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Tag: Science

Sprout of Office: Scientists Taught Spinach Plants to Send Emails About Hazardous Materials in the Soil

Re-posted from Mental Floss, written by Ellen Gutoskey While it’s unlikely that your email inbox would contain a message sent by spinach, it’s not impossible. In late 2016, engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) published a study [PDF] in the journal Nature Materials detailing how they taught spinach plants to transmit automatic emails. The news recently re-circulated, […]

4 Simple Exercises to Strengthen your Attention and Reduce Distractibility

Amishi Jhad on Mindfullness

Reposted in its entirety from Ideas.Ted.com, June 8, 2018, by Rebekah Barnett Mengxin Li Our attention gets hijacked by everything from the stress in our lives to the ding of our phones. Neuroscientist Amishi Jha shows how we can cultivate the ability to focus on what really matters. “I think, therefore I am distracted.” If Descartes […]

LIFE IN FLUX – To Challenge Apathy in the 21st Century

jamie hamilton aerial performance, 2016, undisclosed location

“My sole aim is to leave everything in suspension, in flux, in order to avoid our community solidifying into a conventional academy. Our initial resources may be few, but our spirits are high, receptive, and excited, and that seems to me to be the most important thing right now”. Walter Gropius, architect, founder of the […]

Out of this World – Santa Fe Institute launches an Interplanetary Project with Galactic Ambitions

Re-posted from The Santa Fe Reporter, July 12, 2017, by Julia Goldberg Science fiction lovers will probably recognize the galactic tribunal trope from any number of graphic novels, books or films. Santa Fe Institute President David Krakauer introduces the notion of cosmic judges rendering decrees on humanity as part of a thought experiment: “I’m so interested […]

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