STEMsocial Distilled - Let's play some DARTs games...

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Here is @lemouth again, for the first edition of the STEMsocial Distilled of October 2022. Sorry for being late, but I am just quite busy. That happens, what can I say. Grant applications cannot wait...

Anyway, let's go back to the topic. For those who are unaware of what a STEM Distilled, let's just say that it is a weakly blog aiming to shed light on five of the best blogs posted in the STEMsocial community during the previous week. This post was hence due... since last Monday. But, better late than never.

My selection relies on various criteria that include engagement/receptivity, quality and diversity of topics. Moreover, any single author cannot be featured more than once in four consecutive editions. That guarantees that many different authors have their chance!

[Credits: @raj808]

Today, I selected many posts related to healthcare (we have a lot of people with a medical job on STEMsocial), programming... and space missions. We cannot write the present Distilled blog without referring the the DART mission about which I hope everyone has heard. Therefore, without waiting for any extra useless sentence, here is the list for the current edition.

Our top choices

Goiter and thyroid emergencies

This week, my top choice was a blog by @alidickson on goiter emergencies. I can clear say that the first image chosen to illustrate the blog influenced my choice. This is however part of the game. In this post, readers will be able to lean about goiter, and how our thyroid gland could sometimes ruin our lives. Although this disease is rare in our countries, this is not the case worldwide, and it is therefore good to know a bit about the topic. Consequently, please consider giving this blog a visit.

I understand how a heart attack affects

Heart attacks! Suddenly, our blood cannot circulate freely anymore in our organism. And this is a big big problem, as oxygen cannot circulate too. Obviously, I recall that life is synonym of oxygen usage, more or less. In their last blog, @apineda discusses this very important topic, and explains to us what a heart attack is exactly and how the problem originate. We should better have good eating habits and a healthy life... Anyway, for more information, consider clicking on the above link and engage with the author.

BAD in Nigeria 4/7-Discussions (Demographics Part 1)

Is BAD really bad? Well not really. BAD stands for Bipolar Affective Disorder, and one of our STEMsocial doctors, @ebingo, started a series about a study made in Nigeria. In the post selected for this Distilled (all posts of the series are very interesting, but I picked this one because... well... I can), the author investigates the impact of the sample of patients that was used for the study, who they were, what were their backgrounds, etc. Do we have some bias here? I let you check the post to guess the answer...

Understanding Python Decorators

For the fourth post of this distilled, I decided to change the topic a little and move on wit programming. The current post, written by @monioluwa, has nothing to do with snakes. It concerns the Python programming language, and a set of functions called decorators. They allow to somewhat upgrade an existing function and equip it with new properties. I won't give more details here, but if you are interested feel free to check the post!

Successful impact!

September 26, a milestone in the space programme of the NASA was reached. The mission DART was a total success. They fired a spacecraft of about 600 kg straight into an asteroid that had a diametre of 160 metres, more or less. The goal? Modify its trajectory. The reason: save Earth if needed in the future. What a mission. For now, we however need to wait for the analysis of the results of the mission. For more information, consider checking this blog written by @emiliomoron.

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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.

See you next week!


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Congratulations to all featured authors! I had a lot of fun in compiling this distilled!

Have a nice week-end everyone!

Thanks for the feature. I feel so honoured. It's my first time...I'll keep my eyes open for the next edition

Congratulations then! I didn't know you were never featured. Anyway, there is always a first :)

Wow....thank you so much for the selection for this week's distilled contents. I am glad and elated to be featured here.

Kudos to my fellow authors for the wonderful contents too. It was indeed an awesome week of learning and impacts.

Congratulations! It is well deserved :)

It's a great pleasure sir

Greetings to all, really an excellent STEMsocial Distilled this week, congratulations to the selected authors and, to our teacher @lemouth for his wise selection, it is always important to acquire any kind of knowledge related to our health. Best wishes to all.

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Congratulations to all the authors who made it and more effort to do more.

Thank you very much for the feature. I really appreciate it. 🙌😊

Thank you very much for the mention, I must say that I had been a bit busy with work, and I had not noticed. But I appreciate it.

Hello dear friends of @stemsocial in spite of the occupations there is always time to read excellent publications like those mentioned in this distillate, congratulations to the authors, have an excellent week everyone.

Hello @lemouth
I almost missed Distilled. Oh no! Busy, busy weekend. My granddaughter visited from college and that was distracting (in the best way).

I have reading to catch up on. All fascinating blogs. The one on Python Decorations would probably be above my head. Goiters in my area are also rare, because we live on the coast and likely get plenty of iodine. The articles in @ebingo's series are always interesting. DART--I've been reading about it but not very technical material. This should be informative. As for the heart attack...I'm suggestible. I'll begin to look for symptoms :)

Have a great week and don't work too hard.