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All about Science - to remove misconceptions and encourage scientific temper

Communicating science to the common people

'To make  them see the world differently through the beautiful lense of  science'

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         WE LOVE SCIENCE HERE BECAUSE IT IS A MANY SPLENDOURED THING

     THIS  IS A WAR ZONE WHERE SCIENCE FIGHTS WITH NONSENSE AND WINS                                               

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”             

                    "Being a scientist is a state of mind, not a profession!"

"Knowledge is a Superpower but the irony is you cannot get enough of it with ever increasing data base unless you try to keep up with it constantly and in the right way!" The best education comes from learning from people who know what they are exactly talking about.

Science is this glorious adventure into the unknown, the opportunity to discover things that nobody knew before. And that’s just an experience that’s not to be missed. But it’s also a motivated effort to try to help humankind. And maybe that’s just by increasing human knowledge—because that’s a way to make us a nobler species.

If you are scientifically literate the world looks very different to you.

We do science and science communication not because they are easy but because they are difficult!

There are about 573 articles posted here. Links to some important articles :

1. Interactive science series...

a. how-to-do-research-and-write-research-papers-part 13

b. Some Qs peopel asked me on science and my replies to them...

Part 6part-10part-11part-12, part 14  ,  part- 8

part- 1part-2part-4part-5part-16part-17part-18 , part-19 , part-20

part-21 , part-22part-23part-24part-25part-26part-27 , part-28

part-29part-30part-31part-32part-33part-34part-35part-36part-37,

 part-38part-40part-41part-42part-43part-44part-45part-46part-47

Part 48 part49Critical thinking -part 50 , part -51part-52part-53

part-54part-55part-57part-58part-59part-60part-61part-62part-63

part 64, part-65part-66part-67part-68part 69part-70 part-71part-73 ...

.......185

BP variations during pregnancy part-72

who is responsible for the gender of  thier children - a man or a woman -part-56

c. some-questions-people-asked-me-on-science-based-on-my-art-and-poems -part-7

d. science-s-rules-are-unyielding-they-will-not-be-bent-for-anybody-part-3-

e. debate-between-scientists-and-people-who-practice-and-propagate-pseudo-science - part -9

f. why astrology is pseudo-science part 15

g. How Science is demolishing patriarchal ideas - part-39

2. in-defence-of-mangalyaan-why-even-developing-countries-like-india need space research programmes

3. Science communication series:

a. science-communication - part 1

b. how-scienitsts-should-communicate-with-laymen - part 2

c. main-challenges-of-science-communication-and-how-to-overcome-them - part 3

d. the-importance-of-science-communication-through-art- part 4

e. why-science-communication-is-geting worse - part  5

f. why-science-journalism-is-not-taken-seriously-in-this-part-of-the-world - part 6

g. blogs-the-best-bet-to-communicate-science-by-scientists- part 7

h. why-it-is-difficult-for-scientists-to-debate-controversial-issues - part 8

i. science-writers-and-communicators-where-are-you - part 9

j. shooting-the-messengers-for-a-different-reason-for-conveying-the- part 10

k. why-is-science-journalism-different-from-other-forms-of-journalism - part 11

l.  golden-rules-of-science-communication- Part 12

m. science-writers-should-develop-a-broader-view-to-put-things-in-th - part 13

n. an-informed-patient-is-the-most-cooperative-one -part 14

o. the-risks-scientists-will-have-to-face-while-communicating-science - part 15

p. the-most-difficult-part-of-science-communication - part 16

q. clarity-on-who-you-are-writing-for-is-important-before-sitting-to write a science story - part 17

r. science-communicators-get-thick-skinned-to-communicate-science-without-any-bias - part 18

s. is-post-truth-another-name-for-science-communication-failure?

t. why-is-it-difficult-for-scientists-to-have-high-eqs

u. art-and-literature-as-effective-aids-in-science-communication-and teaching

v.* some-qs-people-asked-me-on-science communication-and-my-replies-to-them

 ** qs-people-asked-me-on-science-and-my-replies-to-them-part-173

w. why-motivated-perception-influences-your-understanding-of-science

x. science-communication-in-uncertain-times

y. sci-com: why-keep-a-dog-and-bark-yourself

z. How to deal with sci com dilemmas?

4. Health related topics:

a. why-antibiotic-resistance-is-increasing-and-how-scientists-are-tr

b. what-might-happen-when-you-take-lots-of-medicines

c. know-your-cesarean-facts-ladies

d. right-facts-about-menstruation

e. answer-to-the-question-why-on-big-c

f. how-scientists-are-identifying-new-preventive-measures-and-cures-

g. what-if-little-creatures-high-jack-your-brain-and-try-to-control-

h. who-knows-better?

i. mycotoxicoses

j. immunotherapy

k. can-rust-from-old-drinking-water-pipes-cause-health-problems

l. pvc-and-cpvc-pipes-should-not-be-used-for-drinking-water-supply

m. melioidosis

n.vaccine-woes

o. desensitization-and-transplant-success-story

p. do-you-think-the-medicines-you-are-taking-are-perfectly-alright-then revisit your position!

q. swine-flu-the-difficlulties-we-still-face-while-tackling-the-outb

r. dump-this-useless-information-into-a-garbage-bin-if-you-really-care about evidence based medicine

s. don-t-ignore-these-head-injuries

t. the-detoxification-scam

u. allergic- agony-caused-by-caterpillars-and-moths

General science: 

a.why-do-water-bodies-suddenly-change-colour

b. don-t-knock-down-your-own-life-line

c. the-most-menacing-animal-in-the-world

d. how-exo-planets-are-detected

e. the-importance-of-earth-s-magnetic-field

f. saving-tigers-from-extinction-is-still-a-travail

g. the-importance-of-snakes-in-our-eco-systems

h. understanding-reverse-osmosis

i. the-importance-of-microbiomes

j. crispr-cas9-gene-editing-technique-a-boon-to-fixing-defective-gen

k. biomimicry-a-solution-to-some-of-our-problems

5. the-dilemmas-scientists-face

6. why-we-get-contradictory-reports-in-science

7. be-alert-pseudo-science-and-anti-science-are-on-prowl

8. science-will-answer-your-questions-and-solve-your-problems

9. how-science-debunks-baseless-beliefs

10. climate-science-and-its-relevance

11. the-road-to-a-healthy-life

12. relative-truth-about-gm-crops-and-foods

13. intuition-based-work-is-bad-science

14. how-science-explains-near-death-experiences

15. just-studies-are-different-from-thorough-scientific-research

16. lab-scientists-versus-internet-scientists

17. can-you-challenge-science?

18. the-myth-of-ritual-working

19.science-and-superstitions-how-rational-thinking-can-make-you-work-better

20. comets-are-not-harmful-or-bad-omens-so-enjoy-the-clestial-shows

21. explanation-of-mysterious-lights-during-earthquakes

22. science-can-tell-what-constitutes-the-beauty-of-a-rose

23. what-lessons-can-science-learn-from-tragedies-like-these

24. the-specific-traits-of-a-scientific-mind

25. science-and-the-paranormal

26. are-these-inventions-and-discoveries-really-accidental-and-intuitive like the journalists say?

27. how-the-brain-of-a-polymath-copes-with-all-the-things-it-does

28. how-to-make-scientific-research-in-india-a-success-story

29. getting-rid-of-plastic-the-natural-way

30. why-some-interesting-things-happen-in-nature

31. real-life-stories-that-proves-how-science-helps-you

32. Science and trust series:

a. how-to-trust-science-stories-a-guide-for-common-man

b. trust-in-science-what-makes-people-waver

c. standing-up-for-science-showing-reasons-why-science-should-be-trusted

You will find the entire list of discussions here: http://kkartlab.in/group/some-science/forum

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http://www.thesudburystar.com/2013/02/23/ent-scienceart-and-science...
ENT science:Art and science of sword swallowing
The art of sword swallowing has a lot to do with science
The practice dates back 4,000 years, when priests in India swallowed swords to demonstrate their supposed supernatural powers and connection to the gods.

Today, sword swallowing is a popular act in circuses and sideshows, and has diversified to include even more dangerous feats. Some performers tackle other objects, such as saws or fluorescent tubes, and some even swallow multiple swords at the same time. The record is more than 20.

Although professional sword swallowers make these incredible feats look easy, the art -- or science -- of sword swallowing is one that takes years to learn and even longer to master. Beginners learn from an experienced performer and follow the 7 x 7 rule-- practising seven times a day, seven days a week for many years, before they're ready to perform. The main challenge they face is learning to become aware of parts inside the body that we normally don't have any control over.

When a sword is swallowed, the path it takes in the body is the same path that your food takes when you eat -- from the mouth, to the throat, through the esophagus, and into the stomach.

First, the sword swallower must straighten their spine and tilt their head back. This positions the body in a straight line, ready for the sword to enter. Next, they need to relax the muscles at the back of the throat to allow the sword to pass through.

In this way, sword "swallowing" is actually a misnomer. When you swallow, you're contracting those muscles in your throat to send food towards your stomach.

Finally, the sword swallower needs to relax two more keys sets of muscles -- those at the top and bottom of the esophagus -- before the sword passes all the way down to the bottom of the stomach.

Sword swallowing is not a hoax or a trick. Many people think that sword swallowers use a collapsible sword, or a fake sword made of plastic -- but rest assured, it's a real metal sword.

Swallowers constantly dull and buff the edges because even a small nick or scratch can cause serious injury. If you were to touch a sword swallower's sword, which you can do in the exhibition, you would notice that it's not sharp enough to cut your skin. However, the soft lining inside your body does not have the same protection, and sword swallowers can puncture the esophagus if they try to swallow before their mind and body are ready.

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on February 26, 2013 at 8:28am

http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/pub/2004/5/scientific-literacy
Scientific literacy
Scientific Literacy

The United Nations agency UNESCO has defined literacy as an individual's ability to "read and write a short simple statement relevant to his everyday life." Scientific literacy does not imply that a person must be learned in matters of science, but it does not suffice that a person be able to read and write. It rather means functional literacy, the ability to comprehend what is read or written to an extent sufficient to perform adequately in society, whether to communicate with individuals, to further one's own economic or other interests, or to participate in the democratic way of life. Scientific literacy implies the ability to respond in a meaningful way to the technical issues that pervade our daily lives and the world of political action.

Scientific literacy does not require knowing the definition of angular momentum or that the expression of DNA is mediated by transfer–RNA molecules. But a scientifically literate person would know that astrology is not science and that children are not born with stronger muscles just because their parents exercise in the gym. Scientific literacy implies that whether or not a person endorses a program for water fluoridation or for building a nuclear power plant is based on some understanding of the issues at hand, rather than on prejudice (that all tampering with natural resources is harmful or unambiguously beneficial) or ignorance that decisions involve trade–offs, as might exist between a nuclear and a coal–fueled plant.

Two increasing demands of modern nations establish the universal need for scientific literacy. First is the need for a technically trained labor force. Second is the requirement that citizens at large pass judgment on the promises and actions of their governments and on the claims of advertisers of consumer goods.

The productive sector of the economy of any industrial nation demands a scientifically literate labor force. Scientific and engineering breakthroughs are the basis of industrial productivity. But economic and industrial development more immediately come from the adaptation of scientific ideas: new materials and manufacturing processes, quality control, advances in productivity and the performance of workers, and consumer appeal and marketing. The successful implementation of scientific and engineering innovations requires cadres of educated workers skilled in the management of machinery, computers, control centers, quantitative information and materials.

The need for scientific literacy extends beyond industry to other sectors such as agriculture. The recent greatly increased agricultural productivity in the United States and other countries is largely attributable to the introduction and application of modern farming practices and the use of machinery that requires skilled operators.

Scientific literacy is also required for informed public involvement in the political and public life of a nation. Whether or not a highway system will be developed, and if so, where and how; how to protect and improve the water supply and air quality; the exploitation of mineral or marine resources; the preservation and commercial use of forests, rivers and coasts—these are among the numerous political decisions that call for the participation of the body politic.

A participatory democracy will not be consummated if the import of the technical premises of political decisions with great economic consequence, and which affect the present and future welfare of a nation, can be understood only by a small fraction of the population. A public that has no inkling of the technical issues at stake exposes the democratic process to exploitation by special interests and demagogues, and even to fraud of the kind that masks pseudoscience, such as astrology or parapsychology, with the cloak of science.

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on February 26, 2013 at 7:23am

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