A couple of weeks ago, Tu Youyou became the first Chinese national to win the Nobel Prize in Medicine "for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria." (Tu had already won the Lasker Award a few years ago for the same work, and had described her work this way.) There were cheers and hopes that with the prize, more people would become aware of Traditional … [Read more...] about Turning a Nobel Prize to a Chinese for Artemisinin Into a Eulogy for Traditional Chinese Medicine?
A lot has been discussed on this blog recently with regards to censorship, most of the discourse so far have revolved around the justice and standards of censorship. I want to take a different but related direction, and discuss yet another myth propagated by the democracy/freedom advocates - the notion that "free" societies are always more innovative than their "non-free" … [Read more...] about Rethinking the Freedom-Innovation Nexus
A supernova occurring on July 4, 1054 formed the Crab Nebula, a well known supernova remnant in Taurus. The ancient Chinese recorded detailed observations. It was a previously unseen star that became for a time bright enough to be visible in the daytime. Some Native American Tribes also made records of the event. Around the same time, Venice, Genoa, and the Byzantine Empire … [Read more...] about (Letter from raventhorn4000) Political paradigm