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India – national debate on nuclear energy proposed

PRESS NOTE  Put Indian citizens before profits of international corporations, initiate a national debate on nuclear energy – S P Udayakumar  Eminent Gandhian activist Dr. S P Udayakumar, who has been leading the grassroots protest in recent years against the Koodankulam nuclear power project in Tamil Nadu, addressed a press conference today in Chandigarh. He flagged the growing protests against nuclear proj ...

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Of Blessing and Cursing

Human Wrongs Watch Interview with anthropologist and social scientist Ariel James*, by Baher Kamal Science has advanced so much that we can split the atom, manipulate the genetic code, and produce synthetic cells. However, contemporary science has not fully understood how the brain works, and above all, how do work our senses of identity, consciousness and morality. **Image: Da Vinci Studies of Embryos | Ph ...

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TED lecture. Andrew Connolly: What’s the next window into our universe?

See the Video here Transcript So in 1781, an English composer, technologist and astronomer called William Herschel noticed an object on the sky that didn't quite move the way the rest of the stars did. And Herschel's recognition that something was different, that something wasn't quite right, was the discovery of a planet, the planet Uranus, a name that has entertained countless generations of children, but ...

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Nuclear — Despite Price Dip, Uranium Demand, Production Continue to Rise

  Human Wrongs Watch A new report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) published on 10 September 2014 found that demand for uranium, the raw material used to fuel nuclear power stations, will continue to rise, despite declining market prices since the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident in Japan in March 2011 and lower electricity demand as a result of the global economic crisis. ...

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East and Southeast Asia, World’s Largest Markets for Synthetic Drugs

East and Southeast Asia, World’s Largest Markets for Synthetic Drugs — Major Drag on Development Human Wrongs Watch 20 August 2014 – East and Southeast Asia remain the world’s largest markets for synthetic drugs, and the methamphetamine problem is showing signs of accelerating, according to senior policy, law enforcement and justice delegates at a special regional conference organized by UN Office on Drugs ...

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What does inequality do to our bodies and minds? A social psychologist and an epidemiologist discuss

Does money make you mean? Does lack of money make you sick? Epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson and social psychologist Paul Piff discuss the human effects of economic and social inequality. What do a disease-fighting epidemiologist (retired) and an up-and-coming social psychologist have in common? They’re both fascinated by the unseen social problems hidden behind the word “inequality.”  Beyond the lack of ac ...

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David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness?

Right now you have a movie playing inside your head. It's an amazing multi-track movie. It has 3D vision and surround sound for what you're seeing and hearing right now, but that's just the start of it. Your movie has smell and taste and touch. It has a sense of your body, pain, hunger, orgasms. It has emotions, anger and happiness. It has memories, like scenes from your childhood playing before you. And it ...

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TED Lecture: How do you explain consciousness?

Our consciousness is a fundamental aspect of our existence, says philosopher David Chalmers: “There’s nothing we know about more directly…. but at the same time it’s the most mysterious phenomenon in the universe.” He shares some ways to think about the movie playing in our heads. See Video Transcript: Right now you have a movie playing inside your head. It's an amazing multi-track movie. It has 3D vision a ...

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This is thrilling life-extension news – for dictators and the ultra-rich

Longevity science may divide us into treated and untreated: the first living ever longer, the second dying even younger than now George Monbiot, The Guardian, Monday 7 July 2014 19.15 BST Once it was a myth. Now it's a dream. And soon it will be an expectation. Suddenly the science of life extension is producing remarkable results. New papers hint at the possibility of treatments that could radically increa ...

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TED: Need to know: About Facebook’s emotional contagion study

By Laura McClure for TED Ethicists are concerned about the recently published details of a mood alteration experiment conducted on Facebook users. Ready to go beyond the headlines? 5 primary sources worth reading next. Source: “Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks,” Adam Kramer et al, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, June 17, 2014. Why you should ...

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