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Jul. 6th, 2005

Interesting . . .

Through one of my many RSS feeds, I learned that the magazine Science is celebrating its 125th anniversary by asking 125 questions we don't yet know the answer to.

I support this.

From their website, here are the top 25:

> What Is the Universe Made Of?
> What is the Biological Basis of Consciousness?
> Why Do Humans Have So Few Genes?
> To What Extent Are Genetic Variation and Personal Health Linked?
> Can the Laws of Physics Be Unified?
> How Much Can Human Life Span Be Extended?
> What Controls Organ Regeneration?
> How Can a Skin Cell Become a Nerve Cell?
> How Does a Single Somatic Cell Become a Whole Plant?
> How Does Earth's Interior Work?
> Are We Alone in the Universe?
> How and Where Did Life on Earth Arise?
> What Determines Species Diversity?
> What Genetic Changes Made Us Uniquely Human?
> How Are Memories Stored and Retrieved?
> How Did Cooperative Behavior Evolve?
> How Will Big Pictures Emerge from a Sea of Biological Data?
> How Far Can We Push Chemical Self-Assembly?
> What Are the Limits of Conventional Computing?
> Can We Selectively Shut Off Immune Responses?
> Do Deeper Principles Underlie Quantum Uncertainty and Nonlocality?
> Is an Effective HIV Vaccine Feasible?
> How Hot Will the Greenhouse World Be?
> What Can Replace Cheap Oil -- and When?
> Will Malthus Continue to Be Wrong?

BTW, the website includes links to some ruminations on the answers.

Comments

( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
cabell
Jul. 7th, 2005 04:19 am (UTC)
aardvark_gumbo linked those the other day. You might like his LJ.
thndrstd
Jul. 7th, 2005 02:37 pm (UTC)
Yay, new LJ friends!

Boo, not being original!
rosepurr
Jul. 7th, 2005 12:07 pm (UTC)
It excites me that we're asking these questions, and that we will someday have some sort of answer, and that those answers lead to more quesitons.
thndrstd
Jul. 7th, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC)
Indeed. Like me, my sweetie is forever questioning. :)
rosepurr
Jul. 7th, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC)
Read my posts, sweetie. I have news!
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