In the video below the folks of RealLifeLore give a short summary of the history of the territorial expansion of mankind.
Given our nature as an expansionist species it seems to be inevitable we will eventually settle the world’s oceans, Antarctica and, of course, Outer Space.
On a loosely related notice, Margaret Kohn and Kavita Reddy have written an article on the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy on the historical attempts to justify colonialism. They also spend some time explaining the difference between colonialism and imperialism.
The Guardian reports that Dutch researchers have been awarded a €2.9 million grant to develop a prototype artificial uterus. Though artificial uteri have several benefits, they also raise a multitude of ethical questions.
Dementia is obviously bad for those who suffer from this condition, but it also puts a strain on society. First of all, it removes potentially active people from society and secondly other people have to take care of dementia patients. Continue reading Fending off dementia
In this post we want to discuss to studies reported by ScienceDaily on the relation between one’s home environment and performance an behavior at school. Continue reading Home environment and education
ScienceDaily reports three interesting studies relevant for designing a public health policy. As we have stated previously, public policy should focus on prevention of disease – also known as health promotion. Continue reading Health promotion – some studies
ScienceDaily reports of a Spanish study that shows that exposure around birth has a negative effect upon one’s cognitive abilities. Given that other studies on particulates have found similar and other negative impacts on human health, this study should not really surprise anyone. Continue reading Air pollution one more time
In an interesting opinion piece in The Guardian Felicity Hannah discusses the role of vasectomies in heterosexual couples as a feminist method of birth control. Her rationale is that with most other forms of family planning, most of the costs disproportionately fall upon women. Continue reading On vasectomies
A Danish study indicated that children who were raised in a green environment have a 55 percent lower risk of developing mental disorders. For the designers of future space settlements this means that they need to ensure that there will be a substantial amount of public green.
For larger free space habitats such as O’Neill cylinders an interesting example is the Wonderwoods project in the Dutch city of Utrecht. This design by Italian architect Stefano Boeri Architetti combines high-rise buildings with forests, a concept he calls vertical forests.