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Chronique des Droits de l'Homme Independent Science News | Food, Health and Agriculture Bioscience News Helix Magazine | Connecting Science to You Chaos Theory: A Brief Introduction | IMHO What exactly is chaos? The name "chaos theory" comes from the fact that the systems that the theory describes are apparently disordered, but chaos theory is really about finding the underlying order in apparently random data. When was chaos first discovered? The first true experimenter in chaos was a meteorologist, named Edward Lorenz. In 1960, he was working on the problem of weather prediction. Figure 1: Lorenz's experiment: the difference between the starting values of these curves is only .000127. When he came back an hour later, the sequence had evolved differently. By all conventional ideas of the time, it should have worked. This effect came to be known as the butterfly effect. The flapping of a single butterfly's wing today produces a tiny change in the state of the atmosphere. This phenomenon, common to chaos theory, is also known as sensitive dependence on initial conditions. From this idea, Lorenz stated that it is impossible to predict the weather accurately.

ISIS News no.7/8 part35 Book Briefs Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain by George Monbiot, MacMillan, London, 2000. Review by Mae-Wan Ho The corporate take over is here and threatening the foundations of democratic government. That is the message of George Monbiot’s explosive and important book Corporations have seized control of our hospitals, schools and universities. The chapter on corporate takeover of universities is too close to home. In the course of the genetic engineering debate, I had begun to realise that the corporate take over of science was the greatest threat to democracy and to the survival of our planet [1]. In August, less than two months after my retirement, my research assistant and I were both officially banned from the University campus. The University made no attempt to communicate with me or with my assistant before imposing the ban. After days on the telephone to my Union representative, the Dean of Science agreed to see me. Genetic Engineering Dream or Nightmare?

medias-matrices/blog Improbable Research How OSDD works - Open Source Drug Discovery OSDD is an open innovation translational research platform for both computational and experimental technologies, where all the projects and the research results are reported on the web based platform SysBorg 2.0 , enabling independent researchers to freely share their work, discuss, and collaborate through the internet. OSDD emphasizes integrative science through collaboration, open-sharing, taking up multifaceted approaches and accruing benefits from advances on different fronts of new drug discovery. Because the open source model is based on community participation, it has the potential to self-sustain continuous development by generating a storehouse of alternatives towards continued pursuit for new drug discovery. Numerous academic and research intuitions along with industries are partnering with CSIR in Open Source Drug Discovery Project. To deliver drugs to the market OSDD relies on the generic industry business model. Response to Market Failure

Modelling the Relationship between the Food System and Health, Development, and the Environment | Future of Food The aim of this project is to develop the first integrated model of environmental sustainability, health and economic development. Such a model will allow for in-depth exploration of food production and trade scenarios. Global food systems are highly complex. They are both influenced by and have an influence on health, economic development and the environment. Under these conditions, the challenge is to find a sustainable method to feed the world’s increasing population, whilst considering the trade-offs and synergies between health, environmental sustainability and economic development. An initial goal of the project will be to conduct an audit of data sources that are relevant to this project, which will be used to construct a conceptual framework within which to build the integrated model. Sub-Project: Web-Based PRIME Model

Liberating Science and Imagination ISIS Report 09/01/13 Science co-opted by big business endangers society and stultifies the imagination on which the advancement of science depends; liberating science and the imagination is top priority for the survival of people and planet Dr Mae-Wan Ho Please circulate widely and repost, but you must give the URL of the original and preserve all the links back to articles on our website. If you find this report useful, please support ISIS by subscribing to our magazine Science in Society, and encourage your friends to do so. Or have a look at the ISIS bookstore for other publications Liberating Science Science is central to every aspect of our everyday lives and our wellbeing, be it to do with climate change, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), nuclear energy, mobile telephony, or the tens of thousands of chemicals to which we are constantly exposed in our homes, workplace, and the general environment. Liberating Imagination Science unfree stultifies and stifles the imagination. Ho MW. « Europeanrevolution The Journal of Irreproducible Results African Science Heroes | promoting African engagement with science