Monthly Archives: November 2017

Philosophy of life sciences is ‘constructive subversiveness’

World Philosophy Day was introduced in 2002 by UNESCO, among other things, to raise public awareness of the importance of philosophy in the choices arising from the effects of globalization or entry into modernity. We asked Prof. Hub Zwart and Prof. Ruth Chadwick, Editors-in-Chief of Life Sciences, Society and Policy, why philosophy matters for life sciences and the challenges raised by new sciences and technologies.

Sifting through hierarchies to improve search experience in finding neuroanatomical data


The success of a search technique is all about providing an intuitive user experience, which turns the abundance of the data into knowledge discovery. Data sharing is increasingly recognized as essential in the path towards understanding of the nervous system, but sharing experimental data is still not a standard practice in neuroscience. A new study from Brain Informatics investigates.

From boss-free to hierarchy: the strange case of GitHub


Reporting to your boss, who reports to her boss? Business as usual. But some companies are doing things differently, downplaying the role of hierarchy or even eschewing it entirely. One Silicon Valley firm’s story sheds light on what hierarchy (and the lack thereof) means, in practice and over time.

Livestock methane emissions higher than estimated


We have known for some time animal agriculture plays an outsized role in our planet’s natural carbon cycle. Until recently, however, we didn’t fully appreciate the scope of that influence. Based on new research published in Carbon Balance and Management, and the revelation that previous estimates were based on old data, we now have a much better understanding of the role livestock plays in annual carbon fluctuations across the planet.

Sobre las conciencias de los hombres: A medical ecological view on post-Maria Puerto Rico (Part 1)

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Communities are like bodies – they persist through trauma, adapt, and are reborn… we know that hurricanes and similar sudden stressors (like earthquakes) have implications for pregnant women and their fetuses, on stress levels, and on chronic disease. This blog series by Dr. Timothy Dye, Editor-in-Chief of Springer’s Maternal and Child Health Journal, explores the potential impact and the ground experience of recent hurricanes on Puerto Rico, from an ecological perspective.