Philosophy

Philosophy is the basis for critical thought

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One of the most famous philosophers from history was Socrates who lived during the Golden Age of Greece. The method that has been named for him is a method of co-operative argument. This involves participants asking and answering questions that result in the stimulation of critical thinking. In turn it draws out ideas and forces underlying presumptions out into the open. This eventually eliminates false assumptions, contradictions and weak arguments. This is a an overly simplified explanation of something that I am far from an expert on however the more I learn, the more I know.

The MIT Press and UC Berkeley launch Rapid Reviews: COVID-19

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The new open access, rapid-review overlay journal aims to combat misinformation in Covid-19 research.

The social life of data

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New Data and Society course engages students in the ethics and societal implications of data.

Biology community holds daylong program to address diversity and inclusion

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In honor of #ShutDownSTEM, students, faculty, and staff facilitated virtual discussions to understand and combat anti-Black racism in academia.

If transistors can’t get smaller, then coders have to get smarter

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MIT CSAIL researchers say improving computing technology after Moore's Law will require more efficient software, new algorithms, and specialized hardware.

NASA Plans for More SLS Rocket Boosters to Launch Artemis Moon Missions

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NASA has taken the next steps toward building Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket boosters to support as many as six additional flights, for a total of up to nine Artemis missions.

ESERO France takes off to support and inspire STEM education

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ESERO France

On 23 June 2020, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) officially launched the French European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO). 

Studying the cultures of companies

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PhD student and “organizational ethnographer” Summer Jackson investigates the complex social hierarchies that govern the way we work.

Peruvian Andes

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The Andes mountains, in southern Peru, are featured in this false-colour image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission. Image: The Andes mountains, in southern Peru, are featured in this false-colour image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.

The urban job escalator has stopped moving

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Study shows cities have stopped providing middle-class work in recent decades — especially for Black and Latino workers.
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Estimating greenhouse gas emission methods: 2020 update

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We have released the 2020 National Greenhouse Accounts Factors to help companies and individuals estimate greenhouse gas emissions.

New Critical Minerals Prospectus showcases investment opportunities

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The government has released a new Australian Critical Minerals Prospectus to boost investment in critical minerals projects.