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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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The 10 contemporary scientists that changed today’s world

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Some of the most influential scientist from the last decades

Living in the 21st century gives us the privilege to avail ourselves of all the scientific and technical advantages achieved in the past. Nowadays, we have almost effortless access to unlimited opportunities. We travel faster than ever, we could enter into the endless flow of information and search the world wide web just by clicking few buttons on our laptop or even more, on the screen of the mobile computer in our pocket. Every new theory and all the technical advancements expand our perception of the world and grant us new prospects. Thanks to these unnumerable thinkers, scholars, and practitioners. To people from all kinds of spheres and disciplines who devoted their lives to the ideas of knowledge and progress. We are now capable to enjoy our lives better, and moreover, to explore the universe in ever-growing detail and depth. Our human world was slowly shaped throughout thousands of years but, now and then, there was a single person whose activities pushed the evolution of civilization with the speed of light. 



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Insights: Failure Is Your Best Teacher to Achieve Success

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THOMAS EDISON: AN INOVATOR AND... A MOTIVATOR 

Thomas Edison, America's greatest investor as they call him, left us  1093 U.S. patents and 2,332 patents worldwide. He was the father of some of the most important inventions that changes our life completely - the authomatic telegraph (a more development version of Samuel Morse's invention), the carbon telephone transmitter, the light bulb, the phonograph, the movie camera and viewer, the alkaline storage car battery... 

And not only this! Thomas Edison was one of the first inventors who worked with teams of researchers and employees, founded the first industrial laboratory for research and development, and thus laid the foundations of organized science.

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On this day, 125 years ago…

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On this day, 125 years ago, the world-famous microbiologist Louis Pasteur died, but his accomplishments in the sphere of science never will.
Pasteur is renowned for his work on vaccination, microbial fermentation, and pasteurization.

His findings still help the prevention of many diseases. The first vaccines for rabies and anthrax were created by him, thus saving countless lives ever since.

Louis Pasteur is considered among the pioneers in the sphere of bacteriology and is called "the father of microbiology". He is also one of the fathers of germ theory, according to which no microorganisms would develop without prior contamination.

"The greatness of human actions is measured by the inspiration that it brings.


Louis Pasteur

Today it is inevitable to ask ourselves: what would this great scientist tell us in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic if he was still alive? Please, share your thoughts on this in the comments below…

Meanwhile, let us share with you some inspiring quotes by Louis Pasteur that will make you rethink your concepts of science and humanity…

Louis Pasteur on Science, Faith, and More

1. Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. (as quoted in "Louis Pasteur, Free Lance of Science" (1960) by René Jules Dubos)

2.…whatever your career may be, do not let yourselves become tainted by a deprecating and barren skepticism. ("The Life of Pasteur" (1911), Volume II)

3. There does not exist a category of science to which one can give the name applied science. There are sciences and the applications of science, bound together as the fruit of the tree which bears it. ("Revue Scientifique" (1871))

4. I am utterly convinced that Science and Peace will triumph over Ignorance and War, that nations will eventually unite not to destroy but to edify, and that the future will belong to those who have done the most for the sake of suffering humanity. (as quoted in "Louis Pasteur, Free Lance of Science" (1960) by René Jules Dubos)

5. Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity. (as quoted in "There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem" (2001) by Wayne W. Dyer)

6. The human spirit, driven by an invincible force, will never cease to ask: What is beyond? ("Discours de réception de Louis Pasteur" (1882))

7. Where are the real sources of human dignity, freedom, and modern democracy, if not in the concept of infinity to which all men are equal? ("Discours de réception de Louis Pasteur" (1882))

8. The greatness of human actions is measured by the inspiration that it brings. Blessed is he who carries within himself a God, an ideal of beauty and obeys it: an ideal of art, an ideal of science, an ideal of country, an ideal virtues of the Gospel! These are the wellsprings of great thoughts and great actions. All reflections illuminate infinity. ("Discours de réception de Louis Pasteur" (1882))


Ask questions, find answers, and share your thoughts on science, art, and the challenges the world meets today by taking part in the one of a kind international scientific conference on arts and humanities "The Magic of the Renaissance" in Florence, Italy, on 26-28 October, 2020. For more information: www.sgemflorence.org

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