Archives for September 2015
Head of Microbiology
Bio Products Laboratory
Country: United Kingdom
2004 saw the hit movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind‘s theatrical release, introducing the concept of erasing memories to the public. In a nutshell a couple goes through a breakup where she first decides to have all her memories of him and their relationship removed through some sort of at home clinical procedure. He decides to do the same, but during the procedure, decides he doesn’t want to give up her and the memories of them together. This movie has since become a cult classic Hollywood fiction, but with advances in science, we might one day have to face the bio-ethical question of whether or not people should be able to have memories selectively erased?
People around the world tend to think of scientists as intellectual introverts with a quirky fixation. A 2002 report by The National Science Foundation commented on this caricature, stating, “The entertainment industry often portrays scientists as unattractive, reclusive, socially inept white men or foreigners working in dull, unglamorous careers.”
In 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) reclassified Pluto as a dwarf planet. Which is a bit of an oxymoron, since you would assume dwarf planet meant that it was still a planet… but they said it isn’t. With the recent flyby and pictures from the New Horizon, it has brought the icy world of Pluto back into the spotlight. Many are once again wondering why Pluto was down graded in the first place.