Monthly Archives: August 2011

Why Scientists Need to Use Social Media

It is totally essential for scientists to talk about their work using social media. There are several reasons for that:

1. Research funding depends on public opinion. If every person in the world knew that, for example, aging research is not only vital, but also quite amusing with all those fancy life extension experiments, then governments all over the world would provide significant funding for this particular topic. Certainly, this is true for any other research field, whether it’s solid state physics or colloid chemistry.

2. General public doesn’t know anything about science. A lot of people don’t believe in scientific research at all, to them science is a lot like religion. Scientists are often seen as negative personalities. This overall perception has to be changed, because scientific results make our world a better place. And again, funding depends on public opinion.

3. Science is astonishing. It is always a good idea to share your amazing stories to make others see what it is that you are doing, what your results are and, most importantly, how your research is relevant to everybody. You can educate a lot of people by simply maintaing a blog about your experiments.

4. It is very easy to communicate with colleagues, possible collaborators, other people who you would like to reach to using social media. You can build new relationships, strengthen existing ones and learn a lot from others.

Here are two great articles that may help you learn how to share your research stories using blogs and other social media – How scientists an reach out with social media and Top Twitter tips for academics. A lot of good advice.

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Days of Molecular Medicine 2011

It seems to be an extremely interesting conference. Just to highlight a couple of talks: Engineering functional liver tissue, Nanofibers and iPS cells for neural regeneration, Exploring stem cell niche interactions at single cell resolution. Take a look at  the whole program. I believe it’s worth visiting, because regenerative medicine is one of the ways of life extension.

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History of Cryonics – Biography of Mike Darwin

Yesterday I stumbled upon this beautiful biographical story of Mike Darwin. Mike Darwin is one of the best cryonics specialists in the world. His contribution to the science of cryonics is tremendous. It is very well described in the biography. And not only it is a personal story, but also quite a large part of the history of cryonics with its challenges and achievements. Read about dogs fully recovered from being kept at  5oC ( 41oF) for 5 hours and other fascinating experiments.

I believe it is crucial to have more experiments in cryonics. This is a great chance to life forever. Sadly, cryonics has quite a lot of challenges, which are not yet overcome. Probably, the worst thing is that people don’t see how fascinating the promise of cryonics is. I encourage everyone to promote cryonics and cryobiology. We have to change the existing situation and create an industry. Cryonics may become the best business in the world.

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Poll – How Much Sleep is Good for You?

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How People in Science See Each Other

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Can We Live Forever – Artificial Organ Regrowth

Regenerative medicine has the potential of being the first solution to the problem of aging. In several years we’ll be able to repace damaged or diseased organs with the new grown ones. The video shows how it can be done. I found the story about the decellularized rat heart scaffold amazing. They actually show what a scaffold looks like and it’s beautiful.

 

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Peter Diamantis’ Laws: via Singularity Weblog

Socrates from the Singularity Weblog has listed the amazingly inspirational life laws of Peter Diamantis. I strongly encourage everyone who hasn’t heard about Peter Diamantis and his X Prize Foundation to get familiar with what they do. And here’s a list of laws that bring Peter Diamantis his success:

  1. If anything can go wrong, Fix It!!… to hell with Murphy!
  2. When given a choice…  take both!!
  3. Multiple projects lead to multiple successes.
  4. Start at the top then work your way up.
  5. Do it by the book … but be the author!
  6. When forced to compromise, ask for more.
  7. If it’s worth doing, it’s got to be done right now.
  8. If you can’t win, change the rules.
  9. If you can’t change the rules, then ignore them.
  10. Perfection is not optional.
  11. When faced without a challenge, make one.
  12. “No” simply means begin again at one level higher.
  13. Don’t walk when you can run.
  14. Bureaucracy is a challenge to be conquered with a righteous attitude, a tolerance for stupidity, and a bulldozer when necessary.
  15. When in doubt: THINK!
  16. Patience is a virtue, but persistence to the point of success is a blessing.
  17. The squeaky wheel gets replaced.
  18. The faster you move, the slower time passes, the longer you live.
  19. The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself!
  20. The ratio of something to nothing is infinite.
  21. You get what you incentivize.
  22. If you think it is impossible, then it is… for you.
  23. An expert is someone who can tell you exactly how it can’t be done.
  24. The day before something is a breakthrough it’s a crazy idea.
  25. If it were easy it would have been done already.
  26. Without a target you’ll miss it every time.
  27. Bullshit walks, hardware talks.
  28. A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.
  29. The world’s most precious resource is the passionate and committed human mind.
  30. Fail early, fail often!
  31. If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.

Copyright, 1986, 2009, Peter H. Diamandis, All Rights Reserved.  Laws # 14 & #18 by Todd B. Hawley.  #19 Adopted from Alan Kay.

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