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The Bank Effect - How Physics Blocked The Suez Channel

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Ever Given Explained

This year spring came with an event, that attracted the attention of the whole world. For more than several days, people are carefully following the course of the events around Ever Given, one of the biggest cargo ships in the world, who got stuck in the Suez Channel. And while many theories have been spread about what caused this situation, one thing is sure - Physics could have an important role in worldwide economics.

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Sunday inspirational quote: Sir Fred Hoyle

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Life cannot have had a random beginning…

Sir Fred Hoyle (1915 - 2001) was an astronomer, who was famous for his bold and provocative stances on scientific matters. He was a prominent theoretician and a great contributor to the field of stellar nucleosynthesis. In opposition to Big Bang Theory, which he denied to be valid, he was a proponent of steady-state theory. The latter is the one that claims that no matter that the universe is expanding it remain with approximately the same density and it is constantly creating new stars, galaxies and to say it more general matter in order to keep the balance.

Except for being an incredibly talented scientist, Fred Hoyle was really witty with throwing maxims at the audience. As he once said:

"Life cannot have had a random beginning ... The trouble is that there are about 2000 enzymes, and the chance of obtaining them all in a random trial is only one part in 10^40,000, an outrageously small probability that could not be faced even if the whole universe consisted of organic soup."

Just to remind us that Science is limited as all other human endeavors and there are truths, which we are not or still not able to explore. Maybe we would be more accurate if we take scientific axioms as the best explanations so far instead of general truths. As Sir Hoyle said – Life cannot have had a random beginning – because random is just another concept that we often use for higher states of order that we haven't understood yet or is still lying ahead of us, not yet discovered.

So, keep away from dogmatism and expand your knowledge and perception of the innate meaning of the Universe. Because to not accept total randomness doesn't mean that your fall into the vicious circle of determinism but that you haven't closed your eyes for the ever-present signs of reason in the creation of both micro and macro cosmos.


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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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Chip delivers COVID-19 test results on a phone

A new chip delivers COVID-19 test results in 55 minutes or less. Photo Credit: Jeff Fitlow

Programmed magnetic nanobeads enable diagnostic device

COVID-19 can be diagnosed in 55 minutes or less with the help of programmed magnetic nanobeads and a diagnostic tool that plugs into an off-the-shelf cellphone, according to Rice University engineers.

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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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