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The ordinariness of the revolutionary - How scientific developments enable us to take a brief look at a possible future

Recently the Japanese Bank Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ announced that it would soon start testing a humanoid robot in customer service in order to cope with the expected increased flow of foreign customers during the Olympics in Tokyo in five years time. Almost simultaneously the computer entrepreneur Bill Gates articulated his concern about the developments […]

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Lars Jaeger February 8, 2015 0

Research behind the walls of a monastery - Where genetics originated 150 years ago

The regular readers of newspapers know that major scientific breakthroughs receive nowhere near the level of public interest enjoyed by such events as the presentation of the new iPhone, the discussions around the complacent posturing of a newly elected Greek government, or the annual rendezvous of a self-proclaimed world’s elite in Davos. And this even […]

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Lars Jaeger January 25, 2015 0

Neuroscience - A science on its way to adulthood

While very few naturalists and philosophers of antiquity ascribed an important function to the brain (for Aristotle it was no more than a cooling device for the blood), it stands at the center of much of the scientific endeavor to understand the nature of us human beings today. Yet for much of the 20th century […]

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Lars Jaeger January 10, 2015 , 0

The future of Science - The future of our society

Over the past 500 years our world has changed more dramatically than in any comparable period in human history. It is one intellectual force that is largely responsible for this: the development of the natural sciences. In a short period of only a few hundred years, their findings have fundamentally changed human life and our […]

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Science and Truth - a common misconception

Anyone dealing with science and its findings sooner or later faces a term that has its roots in philosophy, and even its original discipline has never been able to exactly determine its actual meaning: “truth”. But also in everyday use, we surprisingly often encounter this term in relation to science: “checked scientifically”, “as scientific studies […]

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New progress in one of the "big questions" – The latest on the attempt to explore the origins of life

One of the “big questions” of humanity is the question of how life originated on our planet. Until well into the 20th century, scientists have hardly dealt with this question, as they had considered it outside their scope. But with the Darwinian theory of evolution in the second half of the 19th century and its […]

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Science and aesthetics - Why the scientific search for truth is also a search for beauty

Since the beginning of recorded time we ask about the true essence of things and the world. We are thereby over and over again awed by the beauty of nature and the diversity of its forms. Albert Einstein called the thus occurring sense of mystery “the most beautiful thing we can experience. It is the […]

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Why upon the inexplicable in nature we do not have to ask for a higher being (any longer)

The relatively simple structure of the fundamental equations of physics, as found in Newton’s equation of mechanics, Maxwell’s equations of electromagnetism and Schrödinger’s and Dirac’s equations in quantum mechanics, respectively quantum field theory, suggests that the processes in nature can generally be well calculated and predicted. Physicists have therefore long believed that simplicity is the […]

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The stone and Rosetta - A flair of moon landing

It does not happen too often that a scientific event makes it into the headlines of the daily press. As fascinated as in the prime times of the Football World Cup we have been in the last few days following the touchdown of “Philae”, the landing device of the spacecraft “Rosetta”, on the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko […]

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Dancing on a volcano - Extreme events can be quantitatively assessed and reliably judged upon

Nuclear energy comes with residual risks that even the soothing assurances of the nuclear industry cannot completely hide. As unlikely a nuclear disaster after considering the mathematics of probability may be, voices are growing louder that refuse to rely on mathematically quantified model calculations for probabilities as the basis for the public debate on nuclear […]

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