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A European scientist - On the 150th birthday of Marie Curie

Right between the universally acclaimed 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the 28th of the fall of the Berlin Wall we find a somewhat less celebrated jubilee: the 150th birthday of one of the most important science personalities in history. Marie Curie, born on November 7, 1867, would be given insufficient justice by calling her […]

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Lars Jaeger November 8, 2017 , 1

“Origin” - Dan Brown’s latest thriller and the limits of naturalism

In his latest book Origin the popular American thriller author Dan Brown ventures once again far out into the realm of scientific speculation. This time he deals with the question about the origin of life on earth. Brown seems unwilling to settle for less. In the usual far-fetched manner his plots evolves around his protagonist […]

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Lars Jaeger October 22, 2017 , 0

Immortality – Will science declare victory over death?

It lives in the Mediterranean, bears the name Turritopsis nutricula, and is not much more than a floating watery jelly disk. But it has an amazing property: it is immortal (as long as it is not eaten). For this particular jellyfish has a cell program, which reverses the usual translation of young cells into differentiated […]

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Lars Jaeger October 6, 2017 , 0

A touch of Oscar night in the sciences - Commentary on the Nobel Prizes 2017

It is the time of the year again. The physics, chemistry, and medicine communities anxiously turn their heads to Stockholm. Who will be awarded the Nobel Prize this year thus lining up with the great figures in the history of science? Some scientists – unfortunately, this year it is again only men that were honored […]

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Does Artificial Intelligence start wars? – Thoughts on Elon Musk

The billionaire and acclaimed tech visionary Elon Musk just expressed another dire warning about the potential of artificial intelligence (AI). In a Twitter message (where else, we are to ask today) a few days ago he warned that this technology represents a greater risk to world peace than the current conflict with North Korea. His […]

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Superpower Science - Who or what really shapes our technological future?

The current development in biotechnology (around the new gene-editing technology CRISPR) illustrates once again: The desire of the scientists to understand the world has long turned into man’s determination to design and shape it according to his needs. Numerous new innovations have lead us into dimensions of possibilities, which only a few years before seemed […]

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Lars Jaeger August 3, 2017 , 1

Despite all the downplaying – US-scientists cross a new threshold towards CRISPR babies

More than two years ago, in May 2015, the science journal Nature posed an important question: “Where in the world could the first CRISPR baby be born?” By interviewing experts and government agencies in 12 countries, each with a history of well-financed biological research, the magazine tried to capture a cross-comparison snapshot of the different […]

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Lars Jaeger July 17, 2017 , 0

Mathematics and Gender Politics II - On the death of the mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani

Sometimes the timeliness of the own writing can surprise the author himself. A few days ago this blog was dedicated to Emmy Noether, the greatest mathematician of the twentieth century. It also mentioned the greatest female mathematician of the 21st century: Maryam Mirzakhani is the only female winner of the highest award in mathematics, the […]

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Lars Jaeger July 9, 2017 , 0

On mathematics and gender politics - Emmy Noether: Pioneer of abstract algebra and modern theoretical physics

Anyone who takes a closer look at the history of mathematics quickly realizes that only male geniuses seem to ever have worked in this field. Whether the “Princeps mathematicorum” Carl Friedrich Gauss or the Swiss Leonhard Euler, whether Isaac Newton, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, or David Hilbert, whether Pythagoras, Archimedes, Euclid, Fibonacci, or al-Chwarizmi, in the […]

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Lars Jaeger June 25, 2017 , , 0

The battle for CRISPR - A technological revolution between the desire for scientific insight and capitalist utilization logics

Copyright battles for scientific discoveries are by no means occurrences of modern times. The most well-known dispute on intellectual ownership of a scientific finding took place more than 300 years ago: Newton’s struggle against Leibniz about the invention of calculus. But while the Newton-Leibniz priority dispute was about fame and glory and was fought with […]

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