On New Years

A “New Year” is a very subjective notion. It constitutes a chronological marker defined only by an anthropocentric standard. The duration of a year is merely constructed as per corresponding astronomical phenomena that have been deemed significant by humans. Even though we have largely been preconditioned to assume that there is a naturally ordained fixed […]

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On Ghosts

Many people think that it is too narrow-minded to dismiss the existence of supernatural entities as ghosts. They rely on the famous aphorism that absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. I do, however, think that this aphorism can be misleading and can be used to justify the existence of claims born out of […]

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A Trailblazer of Science

456 years ago today, a true champion of scientific thought was born. GALILEO GALILEI was one of the major luminaries of the Scientific Revolution. His works spurred major intellectual development and scientific growth, efforts on his part which, owing to the dark parochial periods of the time, nonetheless dearly cost him. Despite his unrelenting attempts […]

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Quelle est la taille de l’univers?

En tant que formes de vie transitoires, nous ne sommes simplement pas équipés pour appréhender les étendues inimaginables de l’espace qui nous entourent. C’est en grande partie à cause des limites de perception qui sont inhérentes à nos systèmes biologiques. Ce que nos sens perçoivent et enregistrent n’est rien d’autre qu’un simple fragment de toutes […]

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It is December 31st, 2018. The world eagerly awaits 2019, with lots of celebratory events planned. For many people, “New Years” herald a new beginning. They signal the start of a new cycle where things can recommence anew. But, indeed, the notion is a very subjective one. A “New Year” is a chronological marker by […]

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The Wonder Drug

Today would have marked the 137th the birthday of influential biologist Sir Alexander Fleming, most notably known for his work with penicillin for which he won the 1945 Nobel prize in Medicine along with colleagues Howard Florey and Ernst Chain. Fleming’s story highlights the underlying serendipity behind many of the greatest discoveries in science, particularly […]

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From Singularities to Black Hole Mechanics: Hawking’s Scientific Endeavour

The most recognizable scientist of our times has, sadly, left us this week. Stephen Hawking ushered in fundamental contributions in physics and cosmology and greatly revolutionized our understanding of black holes. It is no doubt that he left a remarkable legacy of scientific inquiry and his passing is a huge loss to the scientific community […]

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The Charade of Epigenetic Evolution

Epigenetic mechanisms which involve biochemical alterations to DNA structure have been documented to result in heritable changes in gene expression. Unlike mutations, however, epigenetic changes do not involve changes in the primary DNA sequence, such that a nucleotide would change into a different nucleotide. Nevertheless, the field of epigenetics has been a fertile ground for […]

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