Science and Human Rights
curated by Don F Moyer PhD [link]
Physicist, Historian of Science,
Patent Agent, Teacher, Retired
Email: don@donmoyer.com

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Previous posts [link].  Daily Posts:

Wednesday, 11 Oct 2017 Our National Science Foundation [link] Has a very broad agenda. Yesterday I posted a video about clean water in distressed parts of the world. Today I am posting a video about repairing infant's hearts. This means for repairing infant's hearts is not likely to help poor persons. [link].

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Tuesday, 10 Oct 2017 Clean water is essential for humanity. Too many of us do not have access to clean water. A solution to this problem ought to be made and implemented at low cost by persons needing clean water. Here is an example: [link].

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Monday, 09 Oct 2017 Today we return to the topic of inclusion which we considered 2 weeks ago [link]. Now we have news about two reports which give us trustworthy empirical evidence that we get the best economic growth when our economy is inclusive. And, that economic growth fosters more inclusion. Inclusion is a winner: [link].

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Friday, 06 Oct 2017 Adding new tools to our microbiome looks like an interesting new path for health and medicine: [link].

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Thursday, 05 Oct 2017 Software which now causes big effects for nearly every part of our lives can be composed — and ought to be composed — with formal means which can verify that the software will do what is intended and not do anything else.

The bad news is that very little software is so composed. Rather is composed by a patchwork of snippets borrowed from all sorts of places with no understanding of how those snippets might interact. Bad things can, and do, happen.

Here is a link to a super piece about this: [link]. We all ought to be informed about this.

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Wednesday, 04 Oct 2017 Our National Institute of Standards and Technology [link] has a very broad range of activities. Here is a link to a nice story about NIST helping to defeat cancer [link].

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Tuesday, 03 Oct 2017 I am a big fan of citizen science [link]. So, I was happy to learn about the GLOBE program which gets K-12 students around our world doing environment relevant citizen science: [link]. Everyone wins.

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Monday, 02 Oct 2017 A must-do part of trustworthy science [link] is calibration of every device and procedure. This calibration is done by measuring standard reference materials. Providing standard reference materials is one of the tasks of our National Institute of Standards and Technology. Here is a nice example [link].

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Friday, 29 Sep 2017 Our National Institute of Standards and Technology perfects all sorts of devices for making sensitive and reliable measurements. Here is a report on a device to tell which antibiotic will best clear your infection [link].

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Thursday, 28 Sep 2017 Meanwhile researchers are working within "carefully crafted embryo-editing research regulations" to study embryos [link] [link].

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Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017 Help! Help! It looks like synthetic embryos can be created. What ought be done with them? Big ethical problems here [link].

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Tuesday, 26 Sep 2017 Bias continues to be a problem in science and elsewhere. At least this is a topic for discussion in science [link].

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Monday, 25 Sep 2017 Science works best, and all sorts of work groups work best, when persons with different backgrounds, different points of view, different skills sets embrace those differences [link].

The crucial trick is for all those persons to feel included, to feel fully respected. Our sciences work hard to attract those needed persons, but still — by the testimony of those persons — does not make those persons feel included, to feel fully respected.

[I added a video link to last Friday's post.]

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Friday, 22 Sep 2017 When I measured properties of matter at low temperatures those low temperatures were a few degrees above absolute zero. Now people get down to billionths of a degree above absolute zero. NASA now has an ice chest size automatic system doing this for experiments on the International Space Station [link] [new video link] .

Here is a link to a super video by one of the pioneers of ultra-cold physics [link].

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Thursday, 21 Sep 2017 This example of super sensitive measurements relates to sea level rise from melting ice, which is important for modeling weather and climate [link].

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Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017 The parts of doing physics I liked best were designing experiments, making devices for measuring, getting data, learning from data. So, I enjoy stories like this about making super sensitive and reliable measurements. In this case the data tell us about how much the carbon dioxide in our air comes from fossil fuels [link].

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Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017 We learned last century that science, and every work group, works best when persons having different points of view and having different skills sets work together embracing differences [link]. When UK leaves EU There will be less of those precious differences in EU sciences and in UK sciences. As New Scientist puts it "Science after Brexit will be weaker all round" [link].

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Monday, 18 Sep 2017 Why is our weather forecasting behind that in Europe? Because we get the forecasts we pay for and the fossil fuel interests do not want us to do better [link].

Here is a link to a great talk about modeling weather and climate [link].

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Friday, 15 Sep 2017 Today spacecraft Cassini, which has been studying Saturn for 13 years, crashes into Saturn. This is to avoid accidentally contaminating Saturn's moons Titan and Enceladus. [link].

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Thursday, 14 Sep 2017 US exports the most food measured by value. What is your guess for number two? Likely you did not guess tiny Netherlands, but that is the correct answer. Here is a link to a fascinating tale of what we can do working together [link].

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Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017 We are told that moving from fossil fuels to sources of energy less harmful to our environment will destroy our economy. This piece in Scientific American: "Germany’s Transition from Coal to Renewables Offers Lessons for the World, How to retrain coal miners and create new jobs" teaches otherwise [link].

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Tuesday, 12 Sep 2017 This is not a big deal, but it does help and it is a clever innovation. From the Science web site: "New water-cooling solar panels could lower the cost of air conditioning by 20%" [link]..

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Monday, 11 Sep 2017 When cells die their DNA enters the bloodstream. So, draw some blood. Study that dead cell DNA. You get, a Scientific American headline tells us: "One Test May Spot Cancer, Infections, Diabetes and More" [link]. Which might be another big deal for human rights from science. .

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Friday, 08 Sep 2017 The science relating to electricity matured to electrical engineering by 1870. Between 1870 and 1970 our living and working conditions changed more rapidly and more in kind than any time before or since. After 1970 our only growth is related to entertainment. Elsewhere there is decline. [link].

Here is a link to the best piece I know of about one thing we should do about reversing our decline [link]. [I was indisposed yesterday]

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Thursday, 07 Sep 2017 Meanwhile from science we get big deals for human rights. Here is a short report of some heroic work pointing to a repurposed drug which might help Parkinson's disease [link].

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Wednesday, 06 Sep 2017 Bad things are happening to science and to human rights. Here is a link to a Florida science teacher's lament that fellow scientists did not help the fight against a nasty anti-science law passed there [link].

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Tuesday, 05 Sep 2017 Here is some good news Wind power costs could drop 50%. Solar PV could provide up to 50% of global power [link].

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Friday, 01 Sep 2017 Here is another piece about the post yesterday with more background and with some info about a competing innovation [link].

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Thursday, 31 Aug 2017 This audacious innovation is now a big deal for human rights and shows a path toward more big deals [link]

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Wednesday, 30 Aug 2017 Yes we can. Here is a link to a good piece about a report which charts Earth's path to all green energy [link].

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Tuesday, 29 Aug 2017 Wednesday last week I wrote about human rights not being absolute. I forgot to include this link to a good piece about this [link].

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Monday, 28 Aug 2017 Another audacious innovation which might be a big deal for human rights. This time it is making organoids to test the best treatment for what ails you. It is a long read well worth your time because it shows much about science works [link].

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Friday, 25 Aug 2017 Another audacious innovation which might be a big deal for human rights. This time it uses zebrafish to tell which chemo treatment will be best for a person's cancer tumor. Nifty science [link].

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Thursday, 24 Aug 2017 There is now in science, and elsewhere, much discussion about the ethics of genetic engineering. This is so because of the discovery of easy means for modifying genes.

Here is another example which might be a big deal for human rights [link]. Our first example was posted this Tuesday.

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Wednesday, 23 Aug 2017 Human rights must not be absolute. For example, when freedom of speech of one person hurts the dignity and well being of another person, then that freedom of speech must be limited. This is understood in The Universal Declaration on Human Rights [link] and the Covenants thereto [link].

That declaration and covenants are law in Europe. We (USA) have not affirmed that declaration nor the covenants so we are free to hurt people with our free speech.

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Tuesday, 22 Aug 2017 This is an audacious innovation which might be a very big deal for human rights. It is about tricking a tobacco plant, tobacco because it is much studied and well understood. The plant is tricked to make a polio vaccine, the polio vaccine having no poliovirus, just the cover of the virus which is all that is needed to train our immune systems to kill polio virus. Great trick with many more applications [link].

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Monday, 21 Aug 2017 We now have worries about actions that diminish the role of independent science in public health, public safety, and environmental policymaking. Thus, the Union of Concerned Scientists started a "Science Protection Project" to respond. This is very important [link]

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Friday, 18 Aug 2017 We will need mountains of innovations to just feed us all in the not too distant future. Here is a link about an example showing what a big job this is [link].

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Thursday, 17 Aug 2017 Even in troubled times we innovate. Where we innovate teaches a good lesson [link]. The lesson is that diversity is super important for innovation [link].

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Wednesday, 16 Aug 2017 I just finished a wonderful book — The House of Truth — about the foundations of US liberalism in the years between T Roosevelt as President and F D Roosevelt as President. [link].

My short definition of this liberalism is: Use evidence based public policies to serve human rights. The book shows the great network of persons committed to this goal and having skills to do this work, that network having a node at the house of truth in DC, and that network having a key node in Felix Frankfurter. That network filled key parts of the FDR administration thanks to Frankfurter.

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Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017 Here is another example of a young scientist specifying ways scientists ought to speak directly to the general public. Is this a movement? [link].

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Monday, 14 Aug 2017 I am back from that short summer break. Today's link is to a big piece from The Atlantic about we got to our current crazy fantasy thinking. For me it is painful to revisit the steps I fought through to here and our crazy here [link].

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Monday, 31 Jul 2017 Short summer break.

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Friday, 28 Jul 2017 Problem is that curiosity is very hard to define. There are several kinds. Curiosity is variable and can depend on external and internal variables. Nevertheless, it is not hard to recognize curiosity whatever kind, however varied. And, it is not hard to encourage that curiosity. Unfortunately it is easier to discourage that curiosity.

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Thursday, 27 Jul 2017 This piece from The Atlantic is a good example of a growing understanding that curiosity is essential for success in education and much more [link].

Big problem is that schools do not foster curiosity rather discourage curiosity. Which was my experience [link].

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