Femmostroppo Science Reader – September 24, 2010

Items of interest found recently in my RSS feed.What did I miss? Please share what you’ve been reading (and writing!) in the comments.

  • Are ethical principles optional?
  • – “The very fact that our views (individually and collectively) or what is or is not ethical change over time is important to notice. The folks who believe there are “moral facts” in the world for us to discover might account for this in terms of improvements in our ability to perceive such moral facts (or maybe an improvement in our willingness to look for them). Myself, I’m not sure you need to be committed to the existence of objective moral facts to grant that the project of sharing a world with others may change in important and interesting ways as our societies do. And, I don’t think we can rule out the possibility that in some respects, earlier generations may have been jerks, and that we can do better ethically, or at least try to.”

  • In Science We Trust: Poll Results on How You Feel about Science
  • – “attitudes differed widely depending on particular issues–climate, evolution, technology–and on whether respondents live in the U.S., Europe or Asia.”

  • New Aurora Webcam Captures Spectacular Videos, Images
  • – “The camera goes live between dusk and dawn, which is currently about 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. EST (or 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. GMT). The webcam will be live until May 2012.”

  • Antique Pressed Orchids Used as Climate Change Data
  • – “Plants picked by Victorian collectors up to 150 years ago are a valuable new source of data for ecologists seeking to understand how climate change will affect the timing of flowering plants.”

  • Women and malaria research in the 21st century
  • – “These changes in the global attention to malaria were reflected in the last MIM conference, in the number of registrations, which had increased; in the higher quality of the communications; in the inclusion of relevant topics such as malaria eradication; and in the renewed interest on the impact of malaria in pregnancy.

    However, participation of women in malaria research has not increased in line with the increased focus on this disease.”

  • Are Pets the New Phone Chargers?
  • – “According to the design site Tuvie, Chinese student Yuan Gu has designed a humidifier that can draw its power from a cat.”

  • Wednesday Round Up #121
  • – Ginormous roundup of recent science writing

  • Science blog networks now officially kudzu-esque
  • – Wondering what the fallout’s been from the Seed/SB kerfuffle a while back? Carl Zimmer rounds it up.

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Categories: linkfest, Science


3 replies

  1. I don’t like to bring more attention to this, but… Elizabeth Farrelly thinks Muslim women would only wear a Burqa or Niqab for one of three reasons, “One, god. Two, politics. Three, love.” – link to SMH

  2. I read that piece. And couldn’t help thinking that if Elizabeth Farrelly had read Geraldine Brook’s book “Nine Parts of Desire” she’d realise it was more complicated than that.

  3. I just don’t get why it’s so hard for people to imagine that some women are forced to wear these garments. Maybe “fear” sits under number three in Farrelly’s estimation.
    The architectural analogies were also pointless and incredibly wanky.
    The whole article was a privilegasm.

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