STEMsocial Distilled - From the middle of a locked-down Shanghai

in StemSocial4 months ago

As I (it's @mobbs) sit here getting hungrier, craving all the luxuries I once had in a disastrous and pointless Covid Lockdown, I can't help but feel another hunger for knowledge and, better yet, a distraction. Well, if you're anything like me for whatever reason right now, look no further! A quick look into any of these articles can easily create a snowball effect of knowledge pursuit and curiosity. I challenge thee to a read of the following posts supported by our humble team here at STEMsocial!

It should be noted that we are in the midst of a participatory research project undertaken by our leader @lemouth, so special mention should be made of the work of the enthusiastic participants, such as @isnochys, @mangene, @servelle and others that will be recognized later or that I have not come across while writing these lines. Let's keep it up!


[Credits: @raj808]

This edition covers posts published in the period between 2022-04-02 and 2022-04-08. The criteria used for this selection have already been outlined in a previous distilled, which in a nutshell includes that they have been curated by STEMSocial, possess organic comments and their authors have not been awarded in recent editions of this report.

We encourage you to take a look at this choices and show your appreciation to the creators of this fantastic content.


Our top choices


Citizen science: Using MG5aMC to simulate top quark production at CERN's LHC


If you ever find yourself overwhelmed with information on STEMsocial, just go to the comments! Here we have a physicist @travelingmercies discussing performing simulations of top quarks and its process. Below, our in-house physicist @lemouth discusses further and does what any good physicist does: learn something new.

Written in a way that even I can kind of grasp what's going on, it's worth checking out!

The pharmacological effect of snake venom and why it is important in modern medicine


Snaaaakkke! Don't worry, it turns out even the venom can actually be a very good painkiller, even maybe a lifesaver. This is not me giving you advice to go outside and get bitten, but, y'know, give snakes some credit. @hillaryisidore runs through the details including the history of venom, and thoroughly demonstrates why there's always two sides to every story.

Importance of production indicators in livestock systems


As somebody currently in a chaotc lockdown where all civilisation has been put on hold, I can really appreciate this post; the need for proper livestock production; get the food to the people, increase that biomass!You know, people didn't just discover farming 10,000 years ago and just settled with it as it was. It's been developed and evolved every day since. So when there's plenty to go around but poor management to get those resources to the people, something has to be done. And it's complicated, but very interesting, as @pinedaocl demonstrates here.

The phenomenon behind Chimerism - Do you know that DNA test can lie while being true?


Chimerism sounds like something from a Marvel movie or an old french novel about splicing up various creatures and stitching them together in the name of science, but it's an actual very real, biological phenomenon. It comes with some drawbacks with auto-immune problems and such, and ANYBODY can be born with it. But, get this, you can get it right now while you're already alive and kicking. A truly interesting submission by @henryce!

The Unsung Heroes Of Modern Science - Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz


There aren't many true polymaths these days getting us through all the world's problems. Back in the day, there were, well... still not many. But some. One of those you might consider is Leibniz! And so here is a very well written look at this 'unsung hero' by @clinton19, taking apart his talents piece by piece from Philosophy to Technology and beyond. I don't want to spoil too much though, go read for yourselves!


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Thanks a lot to all STEMsocial authors of the week for their very nice contributions to our community. For those who do not know what STEMsocial is, please take a look here, or pass by Discord (or soon by the Openhive Chat).

See you next time!

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 4 months ago  

I recommend everyone to do give those featured posts a try. It is definitely worthy. And of course, congratulations to all authors (including those not selected for this distilled).

Thank you mobbs for this distilled, hope you are doing okay in yet another lockdown! I didn't see the one about Leibniz in my feed, will take a look later :)

 4 months ago  

He is actually doing his best (you can check out his last blog to get more information about it)...

Yeah, I've read his blog after posting this comment.

Thank you very much for the feature. I learned something new today as well from the other posts featured! :)

 4 months ago  

The pleasure was for us, and glad that you have found this edition of the distilled useful :)

Greetings dear friends of @stemsocial, as always an excellent distillate of the week, without you can visualize very valuable content. Congratulations to all the authors for sharing their experiences and knowledge.

See you later, have a great week.

 4 months ago  

Thanks a lot, especially for passing by! :)

Cheers !BEER

 4 months ago  

Thanks! :)

Congratulations! Greetings to all members of #StemSocial, it is appropriate to express my appreciation for the support received. Congratulations to all the participants who have the pleasure of being part of this distillate, you undoubtedly contribute valuable information to this sea of knowledge. We continue on the path of knowledge!

 4 months ago  

And congrats to you for being featured. We are honoured to have you and your husband with us!

Thanks, @mobbs! I just read @henryce's article about chimerism. Wow. Proves we should keep our eyes on the StemSocial community because of the very surprising information we might learn.

Hope the COVID situation there improves for you. This is all so wearying, isn't it? Yet, as I say that, I remember stuff I've read about the way plague swept across the world. COVID is minor league next to that, I guess.

Take care of yourself.

 4 months ago  

Apparently, it did not improve much (you can check the latest post from @mobbs). It seems that Shanghai tries to compete as being one of the worst places to be in the world at the moment. There is however still some margin before reaching #1... :(

I just read it. Oh my. He actually sounds great for someone who is in such a terrible situation. @mobbs is a 'survivor', I think. He may be an artist, but I think he handles life as a realist. Parts 2 and 3 should be fascinating. Let's hope things get better.

 4 months ago  

I hope that too... to be honest.

Cool selections. A few would make a great read for me. Lemme check them out.

 4 months ago  

Please do and let us know :)


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