Tonight I'm at biotech without borders for a NSF funded talk about genetic engineering of humans. Looks like it'll be a discussion format. Before we start Dr. Jorgensen is explaining the challenges of opening up the scientific enterprise.
@bgcarlisle That profile picture is most excellent. I first encountered that term second hand and was told it was from a blog post about Star Trek. Where does that image come from?
"If Disney Princesses Were Earth and Environmental Scientists…" https://eos.org/geofizz/if-disney-princesses-were-earth-and-environmental-scientists
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
and with pictures:
Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
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There were cool ideas of tech ultimately preserving the inequalities of power as a minor but persistent backdrop to a story which engaged in too much explicit description of abuse for my likes. Nuance in characters was washed out by cyberpunk action sequences where the takeaway was "people can be awful to each other" and "sometimes there is limited justice". The world was great but various threads of tech and trauma didn't come together cohesively.
This is a long shot, but anyone on Masto know anything about mass concrete requirements?
Philsci preprint via @email@example.com:
It considers that current merit rankings fail to account for systematic bias and coverage of epistemic space. Argues for the use of lotteries to maximize efficiency and sense of fairness in science funding.
Draws heavily from Boyle 1998 https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9884.00133
birdsite, really nice biology department seminar posters from Laurier. Show more
RT @firstname.lastname@example.org Since Storify is now defunct, I've reassembled my collection of 73 (to date!) #LaurierBiology departmental seminar posters on @email@example.com
The first iteration of an #incubator for #liverworts is made! It features PID cooling and heating, cool white light (day/night cycle) and fan speed control. A timed log of those parameters is kept on an SD card. It's still under development so I'll post more updates as we bring together documentation and add features. #openscience
#nowreading βehemoth by Peter Watts
Jackson heights has a great market feel. I really like this city.
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I skimmed the prequel novel Starfish (by Peter Watts) to refresh my memory. I was surprised that I forgot there was major #AI involvement. There is a neural net who was trained to filter out junk on the internet and later appointed as neutral body by global powers to administrate a strategy of sacrificing citizens in order to control an outbreak. The retraining didn't take into account a underlying preference for simplicity and the net decided it liked the outbreak scenario more.
After GEB I am ready for fiction! #nowreading Maelstrom by Peter Watts
If you are building tutorials for software, I really enjoy this tool for capturing animated gifs of screen area. https://github.com/phw/peek
You should be using a citation manager, because formatting data according to strict specifications is best handled by computers. But if you are not, you should use Zotero's new service: https://zbib.org/
What if this May scientists and conservationists made a concerted effort to publish an Letter to the Editor or OpEd, on the topic that matters most to them, in their local newspaper?
The Long-lasting Effects of Newspaper Op-Eds on Public Opinion: https://www.nowpublishers.com/article/Details/QJPS-16112
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So the project has been going on for a month and a bit so far. We're waiting on our Marchantia samples to clear the authorities, meanwhile we have been talking about how to build our incubator, we got some "wild" plant samples and are trying to grow them and we're figuring out how to best engage the most people in the work. I've already learned a lot of electronics I didn't think I would. Hopefully we barcode something soon. I sense things will speed up but right now it's a simmer :D
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