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GeekSpeak subject for Saturday December 4th at noon SLT: What will Synthetic Biology lead to?

 One of the big drivers of the future will be synthetic biology, the art of using DNA to program bacteria or yeast cells so that they will produce something useful.  There are plenty of examples.  DNA can be used to make fertiliser, to c…

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One of the big drivers of the future will be synthetic biology, the art of using DNA to program bacteria or yeast cells so that they will produce something useful.  There are plenty of examples.  DNA can be used to make fertiliser, to change the taste of food, to resurrect the scent of extinct flowers. 

And this is just the beginning.  As we learn more about nature’s code the only limits to what can be achieved may be the limits of human imagination.  Will we have chairs built by cells out of tusk ivory?  Future DNA coders who can program an arm for you?  Or, frighteningly, DNA programs that are used to create bioweapons.  A, C, G, and T programming will become much more important than the old 0 and 1 programming.

Come and test your imaginations at GeekSpeak.  Bring your brought-back-to-life dinosaur and your friends!

IM Vulcan Viper, who teaches a meditation class every Wednesday at 1pm SLT in the GeekSpeak auditorium, if you have ideas for new subjects.

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Announcement: This Saturday at The Science Circle – "2020s Vision" And "Events Or Discoveries That Inspire"

 “2020s Vision: The Future Is Nearly Now”Saturday January 15,10:00 AM to 11:00 AM SL timeIn a daily fog of uncertainty, we may lose track of transformational changes just over the horizon. So where are we headed? Some of the world’s smartest peopl…

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"2020s Vision: The Future Is Nearly Now"

Saturday January 15,

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM SL time

In a daily fog of uncertainty, we may lose track of transformational changes just over the horizon. So where are we headed? Some of the world’s smartest people in government, social research, academia, business, economics, science, and other fields have looked 20 years into the future and seen a time of abundance and shared opportunities. Let’s update on evolving technologies and trends from an optimistic perspective beyond the turmoil of today.

Presentation by Dr. Steven Van Hook

Auditorium

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"Events or Discoveries That Inspire Your Love for Science"

Saturday January 15,

9:00 PM SL time

“Beautiful, beautiful. Magnificent desolation.” -NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin as he followed Armstrong onto the moon’s surface

“Every brilliant experiment, like every great work of art, starts with an act of imagination.” -Jonah Lehrer

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Announcement: This Saturday at The Science Circle – "A Biological Perspective on Mating Dynamics" and "The Future Is Now"

 A Biological Perspective on Mating Dynamics in a Sex Ratio Imbalanced PopulationSaturday January 110AM to 11AM SL timeThe basic tenet of biology is reproduction to continue the species. Evolution and genetics has programmed every species’ to foll…

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A Biological Perspective on Mating Dynamics in a Sex Ratio Imbalanced Population

Saturday January 1

10AM to 11AM SL time

The basic tenet of biology is reproduction to continue the species. Evolution and genetics has programmed every species’ to follow behaviors to ensure the next generation. This genetic programming influences the mating game between the sexes in those species even in “higher” cognitive species such as humans. The interplay between conscious and subconscious driven behaviors is increasingly complicated to understand as society becomes increasingly complicated compared to “cave-man” days. One aspect of human biology without intervention is that the birth rate of male to female is 50/50. One aspect of most historical and modern societies is a cultural trend towards life-long pair bonding being encouraged and even legally enforced in some cases. Research has suggested a correlation to economic and social stability in such monogamy encouraged societies.

China and India are notable case exceptions to the gender balance. Cultural practices has lead to an overabundance of men. These have important consequences for the mating game in those countries now and the foreseeable future. Japan similarly has had cultural practices leading to a current stagnation of dating today, developing the monikers: dating “‘herbivores” and “celibacy syndrome”

This presentation will explore initially the biology of sexual reproduction in vertebrates and humans, the development of monogamy practices in history, then look to reconcile or at least understand better the current society/cultural situation in these countries.

Presentation by Dr. Stephen Gasior (Xootfly)

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Auditorium

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"The Future Is Now"

Saturday January 1

9PM to 10PM SL time

In a daily fog of uncertainty, we may lose track of transformational changes just over the horizon. So where are we headed? Some of the world’s smartest people in government, social research, academia, business, economics, science, and other fields have looked 20 years into the future and seen a time of abundance and shared opportunities. Let’s update on evolving technologies and trends from an optimistic perspective beyond the turmoil of today.

By Dr. Stephen Van Hook

For more information, Click Here

Auditorium

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Science%20Circle/125/132/22
 

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