Monthly Archives: November 2019

“They are indistinguishable”

NPR: Math Looks The Same In The Brains Of Boys And Girls, Study Finds.

“There’s new evidence that girls start out with the same math abilities as boys.

A study of 104 children from ages 3 to 10 found similar patterns of brain activity in boys and girls as they engaged in basic math tasks, researchers reported Friday in the journal Science of Learning.

“They are indistinguishable,” says Jessica Cantlon, an author of the study and professor of developmental neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon University.

The finding challenges the idea that more boys than girls end up in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) because they are inherently better at the sort of thinking those fields require. It also backs other studies that found similar math abilities in males and females early in life.”

NPR: New Study Challenges The Assumption That Math Is Harder For Girls. “Research shows that when boys and girls as old as 10 do math, their patterns of brain activity are indistinguishable. The finding is the latest challenge to the idea that math is harder for girls.”

“Geary says differences seem to show up later and involve very high-level math tasks. His own research has found that in most countries, female students perform just as well as male students in science-related subjects. Yet paradoxically, Geary says, females are less likely to get degrees in fields like math and computer science if they live in wealthier countries with greater gender equality.”

Glaubuli gehören nicht von den Krankenkassen bezahlt!

Neo Magazin Royale: Homöopathie wirkt*

*nicht über den Placebo-Effekt hinaus. (YouTube, 23:30min)

Link von Herrn Rau.

Funk: Kurz gesagt: Homöopathie – Sanfte Alternative oder dreister Humbug? (YouTube, 8:26min, Qellen in den Infos zum Video)

maiLab: Homöopathie-Gesetz: Deutschlands schlechtestes Gesetz. (YouTube, 17:48min, Qellen in den Infos zum Video)

Wer mehr wissen möchte, kann ruhig mal auf der Website des Informationsnetzwerks Homöopathie vorbeischauen.

Begriff “Glaubuli” geklaut vom Kinderdok.

Space Analogies

Alexander Gerst’s Horizon Blog: Cave Life for Space. “When you ignore some details, it is amazing how similar cave exploration is to going to space. After my experience with CAVES, I can say that, so far, this is the best analogue that I know for astronauts to mentally prepare for space.”

See also ESA: Caves 2019. (YouTube, 5:50min)

“In September 2019 in Slovenia, astronauts from five space agencies around the world took part in ESA’s CAVES training course – Cooperative Adventure for Valuing and Exercising human behaviour and performance Skills.

The six ‘cavenauts’ were ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, NASA astronauts Joe Acaba and Jeanette Epps, Roscosmos cosmonaut Nikolai Chub, Canadian Space Agency astronaut Joshua Kutryk and Japan’s space agency JAXA’s Takuya Onishi.

The three-week course prepares astronauts to work effectively in multicultural teams in an environment where safety is critical.

As they explored the caves, they encountered caverns, underground lakes and strange microscopic life. They tested new technology and conducted science – much like life on the International Space Station.

Inhospitable and hard to access, caves are untouched worlds and hold many scientific secrets. The astronauts performed a dozen experiments and were on the lookout for signs of life that has adapted to the extremes. They paid special attention to their environment, monitoring air and water quality, and looking for signs of pollution.”

30 Jahre seit dem Fall der Mauer

Deutsche Welle: Der Tag, an dem die Berliner Mauer fiel. “Am 9. November 1989 endete der globale Kalte Krieg zwischen Diktaturen und Demokratien. Die neu gewonnene Freiheit führte zur Annäherung zwischen Ost und West – aber nicht zu gleichen Lebensverhältnissen.”

Deutsche Welle: Mauerfall-Gedenken in Berlin. “In der Nacht vom 9. zum 10. November 1989 öffnete die DDR die Grenze zur Bundesrepublik. Der Blick zurück ist dankbar und froh. Die Kanzlerin warnt aber vor Rechtsruck und Antisemitismus.”

Deutsche Welle: 30 Jahre Mauerfall. Der Fall der Mauer im TV – “Was sollen wir jetzt machen?” Interview mit Jo Brauner und Angelika Unterlauf, Nachrichtensprechern in der Tagesschau bzw. der Aktuellen Kamera. Mit Aufnahmen der Tagesschau, Aktuellen Kamera, Tagesthemen vom 9. November 1989, sowie einem Interview mit Georg Mascolo, der damals mit einem Filmteam am Grenzübergang Bornholmer Straße war. 30 Jahre Wende

Bundestag: Bundestagsdebatte “30 Jahre Mauerfall” vom 8. November 2019 (YouTube, 1:50h)