Category archives: Science

Epistemology in the courts. Or, Sherlock Holmes is dead, long live to Thomas Bayes.

Epistemology in the courts. Or, Sherlock Holmes is dead, long live to Thomas Bayes.

MathematicsPhilosophy of scienceSociology

By Jesús Zamora Bonilla

Strange as it may sound to many people, the fact is that some of the most interesting work on epistemology that is being currently done in Spain is carried out at the headquarters of the Spanish gendarmerie (the well known force called Guardia Civil), in particular, at the Area of Statistics within the corps’ Service […]

MI weekly selection #17

MI weekly selection #17

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

Scientists use 3D printer to create networks of artificial cells Researchers have developed networks of water droplets that can act like biological tissue cells. The researchers created the networks using a three-dimensional printer. The networks can support up to 35,000 droplets and have the potential to be a scaffold for growing synthetic tissues or a […]

Do I flower now or do I wait a little bit more?

Do I flower now or do I wait a little bit more?

Biology

By Daniel Marino

Flowers are the reproductive organs of angiosperms (flowering plants) and flowering is therefore the phenomenon by which the undifferentiated cells from the meristems (similar to animal stem cells) differentiate into a floral meristem that will then produce the different components of the flower (sepals, petals, stamens and carpels). This transition from a plant vegetative to […]

Closer to quantum Internet

Closer to quantum Internet

Computer scienceQuantum physics

By Daniel Manzano

Quantum computers are one of the most promising technologies under development, and all their promises are completely justified. Quantum systems are extremely expensive to compute, where “expensiveness” can be measured either by the memory or the computational time required in classical computers. But it should be much cheaper if the computer uses quantum mechanics rules […]

MI weekly selection #16

MI weekly selection #16

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

Our metastable universe Under the simplest assumptions, the measured mass of the Higgs could mean the universe is eventually unstable and destined to fall apart. Scientific American Could flow batteries back up electric grids? To power flow batteries, two aqueous electrolytes held in different tanks are pumped through a membrane into a separate chamber, causing […]

Triassic lungs: Unidirectional flow in alligators’ breathing

Triassic lungs: Unidirectional flow in alligators’ breathing

BiologyEvolutionPhysics

By Mireia Altimira

The lungs of birds move air in only one direction during both inspiration and expiration through a set of tubular gas-exchanging bronchi called parabronchi. On the other hand, in the lungs of mammals and other vertebrates, air moves tidally into and out of terminal gas-exchange structures, called alveoli (Figure 1). The work carried out by […]