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Nord Stream Leaks, Fat Cells and a Synthetic Genius: This Week's Recommended Reading


Nord Stream leaks, fat cells and a synthetic genius: The reading recommendations of the week from the science department of SPIEGEL.

Most sociologists seem to agree that our society is not as divided as one might think when browsing social media, following TV debates, or reading newspapers.

My colleague Julia Koch writes that the corona pandemic is no different.

"We see a liberalization and growing tolerance in society almost continuously," she quotes the sociologist Steffen Mau from Berlin's Humboldt University as saying.

Mau is currently conducting a Germany-wide study with colleagues on the degree of division in society.

In order to determine where exactly the opinions differ, the researchers let people in so-called conflict groups get in their hair about questions such as whether the state has to support the purchase of a cargo bike with 1000 euros, or whether state institutions are allowed to change the language devices.

The quarrels were filmed and then written down word for word.

Mau presented the first results on Thursday this week at the congress of the German Society for Sociology in Bielefeld.

Sociology suffers more than other sciences from dealing with issues that affect everyone, writes Koch.

She does not radiate a »fascination with the incomprehensible« like astrophysics or molecular biology.

And sociological studies often do not provide clear answers, but rather a "both and".

Nevertheless, the story of my colleague is very exciting and well worth reading!


Your Veronica Hackenbroch

I also recommend you:

Modified MiG-29:

The ancient MiG-29 fighter jet is making a comeback in Ukraine.

The machine fires modern missiles with which it is actually incompatible.

The tactic could be successful in other areas as well.

Synthetic genius:

In the field of chemistry, the most important discovery of the past year was a piece of software.

So is it time to award the Nobel Prize to artificial intelligence for the first time? 


war, corona, climate change - what divides the most?

At the University of Bielefeld, 2,500 sociologists discussed the polarization of society.

The ditches are often shallower than expected.

Risk factor fat cells:

Being overweight is a risk if you become infected with Sars-CoV-2.

Researchers from Stanford have now identified a reason for this.

Nord Stream leaks:

A data analysis shows a huge methane cloud.

Hundreds of thousands of tons of the gas are likely to have entered the atmosphere.

Hurricane "Ian" in Florida:

It developed into one of the strongest storms that ever hit the country.

picture of the week

Remotely controlled via electrical signals

that stimulate the animal's sensitive tactile organ on its abdomen, this Japanese cyborg cockroach may one day help track down earthquake victims.

On the back of the Madagascar hissing cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa), which is around six centimeters long, scientists at the Riken Research Institute in Wako, Japan, attached a wafer-thin solar cell, which, after 30 minutes of charging, supplies electricity for two minutes of remote control.

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Source: spiegel

All tech articles on 2022-10-01

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