STEMsocial Distilled - 2021 Series #3

in StemSocial10 months ago

Our latest distilled of the best posts on STEMsocial was released 11 months ago. Here is finally the third episode for 2021, written by @lemouth who recently resurrected. The least we can say is probably "better late than never". We of course thank all of those who have been patient enough to wait for this blog. For those who do not know what STEMsocial is, please take a look here, or pass by Discord or the Openhive Chat.

In order to select the top posts of the period ranging from last Saturday (04.12) to today (10.12), I decided to introduce some objective criteria. Of course, these can be discussed. Anyone who wants to share their three cents on this matter, in order to impact the selection next week, is free to leave a comment to this post.

In practice, I considered all best posts found by our curators, and written in English. I then selected those that attracted the largest number of comments that are written neither by the post author, nor by a script or a bot. I also decided that a given author cannot appear twice in the selection.

We encourage everyone to have a look and contribute to the discussion in any of the selected articles, as well as potentially give a follow to selected authors.

Our top choices

100 years of discoveries in particle physics - building the Standard Model brick by brick

This is a bit embarrassing as I am myself the author of the present distilled. However, the post that attracted the largest number of comments last week is mine. 15 comments were indeed posted. In this blog, I browse 100 years of discoveries in particle physics, which leads to what is known today as the Standard Model.

Lesson about lions from a Museum

The second post returned by the script has been written by our curator @gentleshaid, which attracted 10 comments. As can be seen, it lies not very far from the previous post. Here, a curated lion in a museum is the root of a discussion on lions' behaviour when it comes to killing humans. The post also features a true story in which a zookeeper was killed.

A Green Alternative to Strip Mining in My Collage for LMAC #102

The next in the line is a post authored by @agmoore, that collected 9 comments. Here, the LMAC contest is based on a picture showing an open mine, as well as the planet being ravaged by construction (to use the author's words). Therefore, we have thus a clear open door to discuss some environmental issues.

Understanding the concept of placebo effect and why healing comes from the mind

With 8 comments, the 4th selected post of this week was written by @hillaryisidore. The author describes quite comprehensively what placebos are and how they work. Very importantly, the post discusses how a strong mindset could actually be sufficient to help us curing from some diseases.

What If The Universe Is Fundamentally Mathematical ?

With 6 comments, this post form @clinton19 is the fifth and last one that we picked this week. The author puts forward an interesting discussion about the mathematical properties of the universe, that definitely lies at the interface of science and philosophy.

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See you all (hopefully) next week!


I should delegate some HP in honor of the resurrection, better late than never :P

Please do so, don't hesitate ;)

Distilled is back! I am honored to be included with these stellar science bloggers. Thank you @lemouth for putting in the work that publication of this compilation magazine requires. And thank you for alerting me to outstanding articles I missed. I will be paying closer attention :)

2022 is going to be quite different from (to quote Queen Elizabeth) 2021, our global annus horribilis. I look forward especially to your weekly (maybe?) blog from the world of physics.

You are very welcome. It was also quite fun to put all of this together :)

PS: I am not so sure about the 2021 vs. 2022 differences in terms of being horrible years. We will see very soon!

I am accused by my family of being optimistic. Why not? If I am wrong, at least I was happy for a while expecting a good outcome :))

Optimism is definitely a good thing in those dark times ;)

It is indeed better late than never. I'm glad things are returning back to the pre covid era with better hive value :).

I am totally fine with the criteria used to select the top posts. Engagement is key for social blogs and posts that provoke healthy discussion should be the focus of every author.

Love how you described each post. Kudos

Happy to see that you agree with those criteria. One thing I was not sure about was to include the posts with a 10% in the list. Any opinion on this?

If there are no shortage of posts, we can gladly exclude the 10% ones.

I was actually thinking about the mid term, to have some rotation in the author list. But we can always reevaluate after a couple of weeks or so.

it's great to have back the distillate of the best scientific community in hive :) great job guys during these 4 years and happy to be part of this wonderful project.

And the project is also super happy to have you on board! :)

Wow! I haven't seen this for a long time. I'm glad it's back.

written by @lemouth who recently resurrected.

LOL. So you have proof that resurrections are possible!

The proof starts from a slightly different definition of dying :D

I thought so! What a coincidence that yesterday I was reading about the definition of death long before I saw this post and one word that stood out in the readings was "irreversible".

Please don't repeat it, but I am a zombie ;)

And I discovered clinton19 through this distilled. Cool!

 9 months ago (edited)

This is exactly the purpose of those distilled's. Glad to read that it works ;)

It's that time again...make its easier to read lovely post all in one piece.

Thanks for passing by and coming back to STEMsocial as well!

Congatulations to those who were featured in the latest distilled!

Thanks to you for passing by! :)

Hoping I'll be featured next. Hehe

Let's see! I also wish you will be. As you know how the script works, the only missing information is about what the other authors of the week will do ;)

Your content has been voted as a part of Encouragement program. Keep up the good work!

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