So Christmas Day is now just three weeks away. Must be time for some Christmas Lights?
Questions of science, science and progress, do not speak as loud as my heart
— The Scientist - Coldplay
Is Your Pee The Right Color?
“Several times a day, human bodies release a stream of data about internal health. Unfortunately, the data comes analog, and so isn’t immediately accessible as useful information. Now an infographic from the Cleveland Clinic offers a helpful breakdown of urine colors, from healthy “pale straw” to icky “brown ale.” This guide is good for a fast check, but as the Cleveland Clinic recommends, if you think your pee looks weird, it’s probably best to go find an actual doctor.”
World AIDS Day, December 1st
World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December every year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Government and health officials observe the day, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics.
Screenshots from Interactive World AIDS Day 2013 Infographic by CNN
Source: UK’s National AIDS Trust, WHO, UNAIDS, amfAR, CDC
EDITORIAL: BRYONY JONES
GRAPHIC: CNNI DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
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“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music." | Betrand Russell
"Beauty of Mathematics" by Yann Pineill & Nicolas Lefaucheux
Jadi ceritanya di twitterland (bukan istilah alay, ini dikutip dari timeline SBY) sedang ramai soal kasus malpraktik di
Makassar Manado. Berbagai aksi solidaritas bermunculan; mulai dari pita hitam; kemeja hitam; sampai seruan aksi solidaritas dari IDI.
Sebagai mahasiswa kedokteran tentu saya tergerak, ikut berkemeja hitam, ikut browsing berita tentang kasus itu, ikut me-retweet seruan anti kriminalisasi dokter. Saya ingin menunjukkan bahwa sebagai seorang mahasiswa kedokteran, saya peduli. Tetapi saya urungkan niat itu.
Memang saya siapa? Teman sejawat? Belum. Saya cuma mahasiswa kedokteran.
Mahasiswa yang -kalaupun datang lecture- duduknya paling belakang; yang SGD-nya cuma fiktif belaka; yang selalu berharap plenonya cepat; yang setiap ujian berharap soalnya sama; yang tiap OSCE selalu ketakutan dan berharap bukan di urutan pertama; yang masa depannya sebagai mahasiswa belum jelas tetapi sok sok-an meributkan masa depan dokter.
Saya hanya ikut prihatin. Kasus kali ini memang tamparan yang cukup menyakitkan bagi dunia kedokteran di Indonesia. Tetapi tidak banyak yang bisa (dan berhak) saya lakukan.
Selamat berjuang dok, maaf saya besok masih harus kuliah, tunggu saya di sana.
Do We Live in the Matrix?
Tests could reveal whether we are part of a giant computer simulation — but the real question is if we want to know…
In the 1999 sci-fi film classic The Matrix, the protagonist, Neo, is stunned to see people defying the laws of physics, running up walls and vanishing suddenly. These superhuman violations of the rules of the universe are possible because, unbeknownst to him, Neo’s consciousness is embedded in the Matrix, a virtual-reality simulation created by sentient machines.
The action really begins when Neo is given a fateful choice: Take the blue pill and return to his oblivious, virtual existence, or take the red pill to learn the truth about the Matrix and find out “how deep the rabbit hole goes.”
Physicists can now offer us the same choice, the ability to test whether we live in our own virtual Matrix, by studying radiation from space. As fanciful as it sounds, some philosophers have long argued that we’re actually more likely to be artificial intelligences trapped in a fake universe than we are organic minds in the “real” one.
But if that were true, the very laws of physics that allow us to devise such reality-checking technology may have little to do with the fundamental rules that govern the meta-universe inhabited by our simulators. To us, these programmers would be gods, able to twist reality on a whim.
So should we say yes to the offer to take the red pill and learn the truth — or are the implications too disturbing?
…but of course, like everyone else, negatives comes up…but we’re really lucky that we’ve worked out how to deal with them, and help each other through them, and come out on the other side a bit stronger..
— Chris Martin - Coldplay Live 2012
Happy Birthday Carl!
He would have been 79 today.
Carl Sagan was one of the first Miller Fellows at UC Berkeley back in 1960. The program is designed to help young visionaries launch their careers in research.
The GIFS above are from an animated version of Carl Sagan’s famed ‘Pale Blue Dot’ monologue.