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A Special Place for Blog Lovers with a Touch of Science!

Blog of Earth & Planetary Sciences EPS blog is specially made for Natural Science enthusiasts. Here you can discuss the most relevant themes of today’s scientific world with scientists from all around the world. Our goal is to facilitate the conversation between both scholars and amateurs by providing an online platform, which covers all the...

Blog of Earth & Planetary Sciences EPS blog is specially made for Natural Science enthusiasts. Here you can discuss the most relevant themes of today’s scientific world with scientists from all around the world. Our goal is to facilitate the conversation between both scholars and amateurs by providing an online platform, which covers all the main branches of Earth and Planetary Sciences like Geology, Informatics, Ecology, Space Technologies and, last but not the least, Educational methods and systems.

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Thoughts to reflect on

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Carl Linnaeus

1. "I demand of you, and of the whole world, that you show me a generic character... by which to distinguish between Man and Ape. I myself most assuredly know of none."

2. "Nature's economy shall be the base for our own, for it is immutable, but ours is secondary. An economist without knowledge of nature is therefore like a physicist without knowledge of mathematics."

3. "When all the thoughts are concerning one thing and the person loses interest in other things, the melancholy begins."

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Is math discovered or invented?

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Discovery or Invention – a question without a single answer

It's funny how scientists often speak about their new invention as a discovery or vice versa. Well, one thing is to discover a cave with ancient drawings inside and another to discover a physics law. On the other hand, have we invented musical harmonies or we have found them because it's obvious that some chords sound well together, others don't and that's far from subjective? 

Maybe, we can say that there are cases when something is both a discovery and invention, which is not necessarily a contradiction. It's a ticklish topic that has been discussed for centuries but still, there is no definitive resolution. Perhaps, we haven't posed the right question yet, or the best answer to it is to stay open and thus provocative and stimulating for the imagination of future thinkers.

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First known off-axis, high-temperature deep-sea hydrothermal vents along a portion of the northern East Pacific Rise

Credit: Tiny crabs and other sea life live next to a hot hydrothermal vent on the ocean's floor. The heat and minerals expelled by the vent allow these creatures to survive without sunlight; Getty images

Discovery could increase understanding of ocean floor vent systems' effect on life, chemistry in Earth's oceans

Finding a new, high-temperature, off-axis hydrothermal vent field on the floor of the Pacific Ocean at 2,550 meters (8,366 feet) down could change scientists' understanding of the impact such seafloor vent systems have on ocean life and chemistry.

U.S. National Science Foundation-supported researchers including Jill McDermott, a chemical oceanographer at Lehigh University, have discovered just such an off-axis hydrothermal field. It's named YBW-Sentry and is near the global mid-ocean ridge known as the East Pacific Rise.

The study area is about 200 miles off the west coast of Mexico. The new vent site covers an area equivalent to a football field, roughly twice the size of the nearest active hydrothermal vents in the region. The vent chimneys look like candelabras and are the height of three-story buildings. The findings are published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Call for Workshops SGEM Scientific Conferences

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Workshop sessions 2022

As an essential part of the conference programme of IXth SWS International Scientific Conferences of Social Sciences and ARTS & Humanities, this year again we will host many artistic performances, exhibitions, and workshops. The SWS Scholarly Society holds the belief that Scientific and Artistic activities can benefit from each other. Moreover, sometimes they can merge into an interdisciplinary union in order to produce something beyond their traditional boundaries.

Thematic workshops will be conducted as an event, parallel to the conference. There is limited time and meeting space, which is why the number of presented workshops is in direct dependency on the Oral Session and Invited Session Programme.

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Robot dogs take a walk on the wired side

The LeMo project's dog-like robot is one of the first to have learned to walk through reinforcement learning. © ETH Zurich

Robots are learning to walk and work

Robots are learning to walk and work. While robot dogs are not yet man's best friend, real autonomy and reasoning will make them useful companions in industry, search & rescue and even space exploration. But you must walk before you can run and machines are learning lessons from biology for better walking robots.

The first chords of the 1960s Motown song Do You Love Me, by the Contours sound on the speakers as the robots start to dance. Several models, including a bipedal humanoid version, and a four-legged dog-like contraption, are seen dancing with each other. They shuffle, do pirouettes and swing.

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14 August 2022
Earth & Planetary Sciences (EPS)
Credit: Wikipedia Carl Linnaeus 1. "I demand of you, and of the whole world, that you show me a generic character... by which to distinguish between Man and Ape. I myself most assuredly know of none." 2. "Nature's economy shall be the base for our ow...
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Credit: Tiny crabs and other sea life live next to a hot hydrothermal vent on the ocean's floor. The heat and minerals expelled by the vent allow these creatures to survive without sunlight; Getty images Discovery could increase understanding of ocea...
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