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.

NASA Names Joel Montalbano International Space Station Program Manager

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Kathy Lueders, NASA’s associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, has named Joel Montalbano as manager of the International Space Station Program. The appointment was effective June 29 following the June 26 retirement of Kirk Shireman, who held the position since 2015.

NASA Invests $51 Million in Innovative Ideas from US Small Businesses

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NASA has selected 409 technology proposals for the first phase of funding from the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program.

Nuclear Power Safety?

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The nuclear option is the most controversial form of power here we explore 5 of the most famous nuclear events and look at some basic problems we face when dealing with nuclear power. Fukushima, Nagasaki, Chernobyl, Hiroshima, the Rainbow Warrior, Moruroa Atoll. These are all names that are closely tied to the most destructive elements of nuclear power. What are some of the challenges we face in dealing with nuclear power.

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.

Week in images: 22-26 June 2020

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Week in images: 22-26 June 2020

Discover our week through the lens

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). 

National Radioactive Waste Management Facility: Hearings last Tuesday of the Senate Standing Committee on...

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A media statement about the need for the facility, the site selection process, economic benefits to regional Australia and ways to protect cultural heritage.

What is the Covid-19 data tsunami telling policymakers?

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A global team of researchers searches for insights during a weeklong virtual “datathon.”
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Invitation to join collaborative working groups to progress the blockchain roadmap

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The National Blockchain Roadmap Steering Committee is seeking expressions of interest from the blockchain community to join working groups.

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.

Meeting of the Founding Partners of the Energy Resource Governance Initiative (ERGI)

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Founding partners reaffirm shared interest in diversified, sustainable and ethical energy resource supply chains.