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Friday science jokes

Good laughter could boost your imagination up to 99%, scientists say. Well, let's put that to a test!

Enjoy, this Friday's selection of science humor!

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Seven great authors share their view on the nature of Science

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Thought can fly further than airplanes

To consider the influence and importance of Science and Technology today is a thought-provoking activity. Check out what famous think-tanks have shared with us.

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The Secret Troves of Etymology

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The word Energy

Energy is one of those words that most of us use on a daily basis. It has both everyday and scholarly meanings. We all know what does it mean and yet that could really mislead us whenever we are trying to examine the full range of its connotations and its origins. Let's set out on a trip towards the roots of one of the most common words today.

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Sunday Quotes to Reflect on

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To know or to believe - that's the question!

There is an old dispute about the relation between faith and knowledge. Naturally, scientific minds usually reject the existence of God and try to explain everything in the terms of logic and evidence, while religious people find the immanence of God even in the natural laws. However, the situation isn't so black and white.

Here are several quotes from famous scientists, which are illustrating the complex interconnection between these two most important branches of human knowledge.

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New law of physics helps humans and robots grasp the friction of touch

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Discovery advances a range of AI technologies

Although robotic devices are used in everything from assembly lines to medicine, engineers have difficulty accounting for the friction that occurs when robots grip objects -- particularly in wet environments. U.S. National Science Foundation-funded researchers have discovered a law of physics that accounts for this type of friction and may advance a wide range of robotic technologies.

"Our work opens the door to creating more reliable and functional devices in applications such as telesurgery and manufacturing," said Lilian Hsiao, a chemical and biomolecular engineer at North Carolina State University and corresponding author of a paper on the work.

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Motivational Quotes: Louis Pasteur

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Knowledge belongs to humanity

"Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world."
– Louis Pasteur



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11 funny scientific facts that will change your perception of reality

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Science is awesome

Except for being the most useful and practical human activity that we've ever developed, Science could be a great deal funny in a revealing way. Through Science, we gained the ability to see things from different perspectives and to appreciate a new kind of beauty, which is normally hidden from our everyday perception. 

Here you can enjoy some scientific facts that could turn upside down your senses of what is reality:

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Research Integrity: Two Words - A lot of Meaning

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The Chivalry of Scientific Research

Scientific research exists as long as science does. For centuries people around the world were making an effort to help us better understand everything that is happening around us and to ensure the progress of humanity. Unfortunately, not always the goals are as pure and noble. Greed or thirst for fame leads to lower research standards or misleading results. This is the reason Research Integrity has become one of the most important topics in the scientific world.

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Ostriches Stick Their Heads Into The Ground When Threatened

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NO THEY DON'T! .... and other myths

There are many things, that we are told and we accept for granted. But we always forget the most important thing in the world - Science. As an ostrich has its legs to run or fight the threat, we have Science to teach us, how things actually work. So let's stop sticking our heads into the ground and learn the actual truth about some of the most popular myths we believe are true.

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N₂O - Where Science Meets Fun

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Who Said Science Can't be Funny

We all need a good laugh. Especially after a hard week of studying, working, researching, and doing other smart things. We at SWS Society recognize that science is not always the serious stuff we do in our labs or behind the desk. This is why we are starting a column, that will make us all laugh from time to time. Enjoy!

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Could we harness energy from black holes?

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Study indicates that energy can be extracted from black holes

A new study indicates that, someday, energy could be extracted from black holes.

A remarkable prediction of Einstein's theory of general relativity -- the theory that connects space, time, and gravity -- is that rotating black holes have enormous amounts of energy available to be tapped.

For the last 50 years, scientists have tried to come up with methods to unleash this power.

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Even machines need their greens

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Chloroplast-fortified 3D-printer ink may strengthen products like custom sneaker soles

A tree grows strong from years of generating its own food. Imagine if products could be strengthened with the same living materials that provide nutrients to trees. This is the work of University of Southern California civil and environmental engineer Qiming Wang, whose research is among the first to infuse 3-D printer ink with living material. The material has potential for greater strength, flexibility, and self-healing.


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Sunday Inspiration: Neil DeGrasse Tyson

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Falling in love with Science will never end up with heartbreak

"During our brief stay on planet Earth, we owe ourselves and our descendants the opportunity to explore — in part because it's fun to do. But there's a far nobler reason. The day our knowledge of the cosmos ceases to expand, we risk regressing to the childish view that the universe figuratively and literally revolves around us."  - Neil DeGrasse Tyson

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The top 10 scientific discoveries of the last decade

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Ten mind-boggling discoveries we have witnessed in the last decade

Although it's impossible to list all the scientific achievements even for a year. We tried to make a compilation of some of the major breakthroughs in Science. From the first picture of a black hole, and the god's particle to the most powerful computer on the planet Earth.

Here you can enjoy a list of some of the greatest discoveries in the last 10 years:



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The Four Idols of the mind

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Francis Bacon and the New Organon

Francis Bacon (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) has greatly benefited and influenced the scientific world. He is called the father of empiricism. In his most ambitious project - New Organon - he develops the experimental method as we know it today. The Organon seeks to perfect Aristotelian logic by presenting a new logical method. Bacon thinks about his work as an "instrument for rational thinking" because it presents a carefully- and exhaustively-defined process that any scientific investigator can follow. He claims that only through the inductive method we could understand and gain sure knowledge about the essence of nature. One should trust his perception only when it is concerned with the results of a specific experiment. The more experiments, the more particular truths about the natural phenomena we have collected. Then by induction, the scientist should relate pieces to each other and put them together to form a more general conclusion, hypotheses, or theories. Although this methodology falls short because it excludes deduction or the reversed process, that was a big step for the scientific world in order to clarify its own ground for more reliable sources of knowledge. However, modern scientists take that achievement for granted. But Bacon's Organon wasn't only a book discussing logic and methodology. Actually, it was supposed to purge Science from both natural, logical, and linguistic human prejudices and limitations. To achieve this, a scientist should, before all, clear his mind from the idolatry of his own beliefs. Here are the four idols that anyone who seeks unbiased reasoning should fight:

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The World of Open Access: 2. Colors

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Noble colors for a noble idea

There are different ways to distinguish the different Open Access types. The most common nowadays is to give them different colors. As we believe, that the idea to make science as accessible as possible is extremely honorable, we like to make make a reference to the knights and the colors they use the most.

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The World of Open Access: 1. History

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The World of Open Access

The open access movement continues to gain momentum around the world. With the constant appearance of new Open Access Journals or OAJ, such as the SWS Journal of Earth & Planetary Sciences and the SWS Journal of Social Sciences and Art science and research have never been closer and more available to us. In a series of posts, we are going to peek through the world of Open Access and the endless possibilities it provides.

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Arthur Schopenhauer: Every truth passes through three stages

Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first, it is ridiculed. In the second, it is opposed. In the third, it is regarded as self evident."

Arthur Schopenhauer

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Arthur C. Clarke: Everything is possible until the opposite is proven

"If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible, he is almost certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible, he is very probably wrong."

Arthur C. Clarke

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Insights: Erich Fromm

"The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science"

Erich Fromm

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Stay curious and creative in the face of the unsolvable mysteries of the Universe. Enjoy your weekend!

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