Where do we descend from? An interstellar civilization dwelling the geometric realms located in the backyard of the universe or, perhaps from a shrew-like creature that lived more than 150 million years ago?
Evolution is the theory in biology postulating that the various types of species on Earth have their origin in other preexisting types and that the distinguishable differences are due to modifications in successive generations.
Even though more than 2 million existing species of organisms have been named and described; many more remain to be discovered, from 10 to 30 million, according to some estimates.
All living creatures are related by descent from common ancestors. Reptiles, amphibians, and fishes seem to share an ancestors what is known as “aquatic worms” that lived 600 million years ago, and plants derive from bacteria-like microorganisms that originated more than 3 billion years ago.
The diversity of the living world is staggering. The flora and fauna we are familiar with, has an ancestor but…what is their ancestor and, where did it went?
By Maria Anna van Driel
“There you are, nervously waiting for the journalists to step on your terrain, to invade your work-space and maybe even jump into the darkest corners of your private life. Then they arrive … looking like a pack of hungry wolves, armed with all kind of terrible questions, looking you straight in the eye and impenetrable in what they really think. Microphones and cameras are being unpacked and put into position, and not only the gazing eyes of the cameras are aimed at you…also the strict looks of the Journalist, camera-man and those of the whole world…are aimed directly at you!”
Okay, that scenario would scare the BLEEP out of me too. But we know that you are feeling a bit uncomfortable … nervous and maybe thinking; “Oh my god, they are going to misrepresent everything I say, rip me apart before I am truly death and in the process my research findings!”
As an investigative science journalist I have to say, YES…I am armed with the most diverse questions…which I WILL ask you! YES…I will lay your personality under a magnifying glass, because the general public is eager to know you and the research you are conducting. But NO, I am neither going to rip you nor your research findings to pieces.
Clinically speaking, the aim of a science journalist is not to obstruct the communication bridge but to render very detailed, specific, and often jargon-laden information provided by scientists into a form that non-scientists can understand and appreciate while still communicating the information accurately.
Science journalists are making sure that your ideas are accessible to the general public which is not the same as dumbing it down. Instead, as Einstein said, “Make everything as simple as possible, but no simpler.”
Words have power, words are power, words can be your power!
You can inspire a nation and invite people into the wonderland of science.
Ladies and gentlemen, let us make that our goal for 2021 because the world needs you…badly.[Top]
12 months ago we walked into the year 2020 not having the slightest idea about these terrifying, dark times we where about to encounter.
Today, a deep psychological fear for this biological parasite, aka COVID-19, has gripped the world population resulting in an avalanche of (conspiracy) theories passing the revue… this ever since the World Health Organization recognized this health attacking virus as a global pandemic.
What is its origin? Where is it traveling towards and when does it all stop?
Paramedic, Thomas van Brunschot, explains how he is experiencing this fear inducing pandemic from both a professional and personal point of view as his mother (93), my mother-in-law, is also being diagnosed with Corona.
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Even though we have learned that Marie Curie, a physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactive decay, was the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize in Physics and became the first person to receive a second Nobel Prize in Chemistry…the presence of female scientists spans the earliest times of the history of science wherein they have made significant contributions.
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The involvement of women in the field of medicine has been recorded in several early civilizations. An ancient Egyptian physician, Merit-Ptah… who lived circa 2700 BC and described in an inscription as “chief physician”, is the earliest known female scientist named in the history of science. Agamede was cited by Homer as a healer in ancient Greece before the Trojan War and Agnodice was the first female physician to practice legally in fourth century BC.
Gender roles were largely deterministic in the 18th century and women made substantial advances in science.
Then, during the nineteenth century, women were excluded from most formal scientific education, but they began to be admitted into learned societies during this period. Forty women have been awarded the Nobel Prize between 1901 and 2010. Seventeen women have been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine.
I am your host Maria Anna van Driel… and you’re listening to “The Next Truth; Where Science and Myth Meet”, and this week I am speaking with Global Young Academy alumni and cofounder and the founder of Women In Science Without Borders, Professor Dr. Amal Amin about the important role of girls and women in science.[Top]
With internationally-known professional Psychic Medium Tracy Farquhar
No one can deny that computers and electronics have revolutionized life on this planet and many serious researchers are claiming that some of this gadgetry can be useful in a quite unexpected way: to contact the dead … or at least to allow the dead to contact us.
Of course we are scared of them and even if we don’t believe in them, subconsciously we cannot ignore them. But is our encounter with ghosts, or the dead, only till the horror flicks or stories about them? No! Since ages we have been fascinated about the hereafter, what happens to us after we die and… in communicating with those who already crossed over just to know a little bit more about ‘their’ world.
Séances, Ouija Boards, Tarot cards… attempts to communicate with the dead have been documented back to early human history and became quite popular in the 19th-century United States and the United Kingdom.
But if any of the methods for communicating with the dead work, why don’t we receive more convincing information from the other side? Perhaps we are not allowed to get better information and… for whatever reason… perhaps the possibility of a life after death is supposed to remain a mystery.
I am your host Maria Anna van Driel… and you’re listening to “The Next Truth; Where Science and Myth Meet”, and this week I am speaking with internationally-known, professional psychic medium Tracy Farquhar about what it means to be a psychic medium in the 21st century.[Top]
With Clinical Psychologist Dr. Brian Sharpless
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“The ghost in the machine”, many people have heard this term at least one time in their life. It was a paper which was written by Coventry University lecturer Vic Tandy and published in April 1998 by the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research.
Working alone in the lab one night, Tandy suddenly gained the feeling he was being watched. He claimed a dark, shadowy figure appeared in the corner of his vision. When Tandy turned to face this shadowy figure…it vanished.
To many, these shadowy figures are better known as the Shadow People.
They are being skests as a malevolent and creepy phenomenon and have being reported by witnesses as human-like shaped dark shadows having ill intentions standing alongside your bed…watching you.
Even these eerie phenomena’s have being reported for decades, it is not your mind simply playing tricks on you. There might be a more simpler and scientific explanation for things like ghosts, demonic hauntings and…shadow people.
I am your host Maria Anna van Driel… and you’re listening to “The Next Truth; Where Science and Myth Meet”, and this week I am speaking with clinical psychologist, Professor Brian Sharpless about the most creepiest sleep disorders, what treatments are there and…how deeply these disorders are woven into the paranormal.
Are those things you see in the darkness more than just a shadow?[Top]
Every time you see, hear, smell or taste something new, you experience this through the brain. Whether you feel hot or cold, think, talk, laugh or cry, remember or forget something, it all happens through the brain. And when the rest of your body ‘sleeps’, your brain is still working at full speed.
Why does the brain accept a conspiracy theory as fact? Has our brain undergone a new form of evolution by observing natures behaviour? And how can complex things like emotion, language, (new) memory and consciousness play out in a physical mass…even after someone is declared brain death?
The brain is the most complex structure in the universe. It is considered as the command center of the whole body. Despite several major breakthroughs in brain research, scientists around the world are still amazed by our fascinating ‘little gray cells’.
Join us on an awe-inspiring journey and discover the most advanced organ in the universe: the mysterious brain.[Top]
“The NBC News has put it bluntly Covid models predicted devastation in Africa, but the reality is starkly different”, says J. A. Jones Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Duke University, Adrian Bejan.
As of 24 March 2020, more than 63.090.470 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in more than 190 countries and territories, resulting in 1.465.415 deaths and 40.366.250 recoveries. An avalanche of theories have passed the revue ever since the World Health Organization recognized this health attacking virus as a global pandemic.
What is its origin? Where is it traveling and when does it all stop?
Even though many tent to think that COVID-19 is a young virus, the most recent common ancestor (MRCA) of all corona-viruses is, according to Wikipedia, estimated to have existed as far as 8000 BCE, although some models place the common ancestor as far back as 55 million years or more, implying long term coevolution with bat and avian species. The most recent common ancestor of the alpha-corona virus line has been placed at about 2400 BCE, of the beta-corona virus line at 3300 BCE, of the gamma-corona virus line at 2800 BCE, and of the delta-corona virus line at about 3000 BCE.
Can we merge this historic human story with an unexpected discovery of a new mental ‘connection’ between two previously disconnected physical phenomena? Can we predict the travel path of COVID-19? J. A. Jones Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Duke University, Adrian Bejan, says we can.
In the attached PDF Prof. A. Bejan, who has made contributions to modern thermodynamics and developed what he calls the constructal law, supports the prediction he made in March 2020 concerning the travel-path of COVID-19 and why Africa was relatively untouched by the corona virus.[Top]