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How to Talk with a Conspiracy Theorist: What the Experts Recommend

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpInOs1Fyno Why do people pledge allegiance to views that seem fundamentally hostile to reality? Maybe believers in shadowy, evil forces and secret cabals fall prey to motivated reasoning. Truth for them is what they need to believe in order to get what they want. Their certainty in the justness of a cause can feel as comforting as a warm blanket on a winter’s night. But conspiracy theories go farther than private delusions of grandeur. They have spilled i...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Politics, College, Current Affairs, Reddit, University of Pennsylvania, Vox, Bill Nye, Daniel, Facebook Twitter, Pew Research, Josh Jones, University of California Irvine, Cass Sunstein, MIT Technology Review


How to Talk with a Conspiracy Theorist (and Why People Believe Conspiracy Theories in the First Place): What the Experts Recommend

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpInOs1Fyno Why do people pledge allegiance to views that seem fundamentally hostile to reality? Maybe believers in shadowy, evil forces and secret cabals fall prey to motivated reasoning. Truth for them is what they need to believe in order to get what they want. Their certainty in the justness of a cause can feel as comforting as a warm blanket on a winter’s night. But conspiracy theories go farther than private delusions of grandeur. They have spilled i...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Politics, College, Current Affairs, Reddit, University of Pennsylvania, Vox, Bill Nye, Daniel, Facebook Twitter, Pew Research, Josh Jones, University of California Irvine, Cass Sunstein, MIT Technology Review


Chinese scientist gets jail for rogue gene editing

In November 2018, a Chinese scientist claimed he'd flouted ethics and the law to edit genes in human embryos. Other Chinese scientists call He Jiankui's research "crazy." Three gene-modified babies are now living in China, future uncertain. None The scientific community has been proceeding with caution as it explores the potential of gene editing. The high risk of unintended consequences, both immediate and long-term, has prompted reticence regarding experimentation with humans. And then ther...
Tags: Health, Hong Kong, Law, China, Hiv, Genetics, Innovation, The Guardian, University of Pennsylvania, Lulu, University of Oxford, University Of California Berkeley, Crispr, Shenzhen, Justice System, Bioethics


Scientist named as one of top 10 innovators for fighting superbugs

University of Adelaide scientist Dr Katharina Richter has been named as one of the top 10 innovators in the MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 competition for the Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and Taiwan region.
Tags: Health, Taiwan, University of Adelaide, MIT Technology Review, Katharina Richter, Australia Hong Kong New Zealand Southeast Asia


MIT says science is close to cracking the genetic code that could eradicate Zika-spreading mosquitoes

Scientists at MIT are proposing the use of a controversial “gene drive” technology to wipe out the mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus, the rapidly spreading illness that causes babies to be born with small heads and brains. Three U.S. labs that handle mosquitoes are now working on developing the gene drive for the Aedes aegypti mosquito species, which also spread dengue fever and yellow fever. Researchers say the technology could be ready in as little as a few months, but they warn it will ne...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Environment, Mit, Genetic Engineering, Nature / Environment, Zika Virus, Zika, Mosquitoes, MIT Technology Review, Gene Editing, Gene Drive


Bandage that fluoresces in the presence of harmful bacteria

Researchers from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom have developed a smart bandage. This bandage is “a prototype of the color-changing bandage, which contains a gel-like material infused with tiny capsules that release non-toxic fluorescent dye in response to contact with populations of bacteria that commonly cause wound infections.” It would be used to alert health officials of the potential for infection hours before evidence of clinical symptoms. It could even decrease bacterial res...
Tags: Health, News, Fitness, Sports, United Kingdom, University Of Bath, Medical Equipment, MIT Technology Review



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