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8 quotes from Frank Herbert’s Dune

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The wisdom of the epic sci-fi fantasy book Dune

1. "The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience." - Frank Herbert, 'Dune'.

2. "Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic."

3. "The concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism to shield us from the terrors of the future."

4. "It's shocking to find how many people do not believe they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult."



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On this date, 23 years ago

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On 20th November 1998, the first module of the International Space Station was launched

The module was called Zarya and was Russian-built and American-owned. Zarya is an FGB (Functional Cargo Block), which provided electrical power, storage, propulsion, and guidance to the ISS during the initial stage of assembly. The International Space Station (ISS) is a modular space station in low Earth orbit. It is a multinational collaborative project operated by 5 space agencies – the Canadian Space Agency, the European Space Agency, US's NASA, Russia's Roscosmos, and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency. It is a manned artificial satellite. The brightest man-made object visible to the naked eye from Earth. ISS orbits the Earth at a speed of 17,500 miles per hour (28,000 kilometers per hour) at an average distance of 248 miles (400 kilometers) from Earth.

The station's purpose is to serve as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory where scientific research is conducted in meteorology, astronomy, astrobiology, physics, and other fields. The ISS is suited for testing the spacecraft systems and equipment required for possible future long-duration missions to the Moon and Mars.



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Scientists improving the ‘crystal ball’ for better climate predictions

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Recent progress in Climate Models

Climate models are used to predict how the climate will likely respond to rising greenhouse gas concentrations in the coming decades, a timescale crucial to meeting the terms of the Paris Agreement. That's why it's necessary to keep developing and refining such models to better support climate policies.

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The 3 ‘demons’ that haunted legendary scientists

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The inner demon of the scientists

Jimena Canales, an expert in 19th and 20th-century history of the physical sciences, began a fascinating journey a decade ago. She began to investigate the appearance of the word demon in a historical context. And it turned out that it is present not only in religion or occultism but in the serious world of objective science, skepticism, and technology. Well, first of all, one should take into account that the word comes from Ancient Greek δαίμων daemon with the meaning – spirit or a divine power but not necessarily an evil one or malevolent in any way. The negative connotation came with the tradition of Christianity. Long before that, the daemon notably appears in Plato's works describing the divine inspiration of Socrates. It had (and still has) this positive and even productive meaning, which is the subject matter of this short video by Big Think. So, which is your demon?

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SGEM Vienna Green 2021 Workshops

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Call for workshops and performances in Vienna

We present you with four of the already confirmed workshops for this year's SGEM Vienna Green Conference. Two really important parts of the main focuses of SWS Scientific Society are first, the prolific rendezvous of Science and Art; and second, the integration of green technologies in both science and art. That's why we created our special workshops panel - to give our participants a space for action. The idea of these sessions is to involve you and give you the chance to immerse yourself into the creative realms where scientific achievements enrich the artistic imagination and vice versa. Our mission is to facilitate the conversation between environmentalists, artists, and scientists, in order to show how elucidating and inspiring their collaboration could be.

We invite you to participate with your own workshop or as a spectator, and why not both. It's up to you!

Follow the link below for more detailed information about our workshop sessions:

Call for Workshops

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