Science, Technology and Medicine in Society (STeMiS), Uncategorized

Platforming environmental imagery: the increasing role of algorithms in ordering knowledge.

Written by Warren Pearce Top Google Images search results for [climate change] in six different countries. Source. Environmental imagery online How does one represent something that is both as ubiquitous and abstract as ‘the environment’? This question is becoming ever-more important and urgent, as human-caused environmental damage becomes increasingly serious and debates about political choices… Continue reading Platforming environmental imagery: the increasing role of algorithms in ordering knowledge.

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A “Quality of Life” Threatening Illness

ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) Written by Natalie Wotherspoon Imagine feeling ill but not being believed, experiencing symptoms no one can sufficiently explain and feeling lost in a healthcare system where there is a lack of consensus on how to define and categorise your diagnosis. Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome… Continue reading A “Quality of Life” Threatening Illness

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Trauma Induced Neurodegenerative Diseases: Reimagining dementia?

Written by Greg Hollin Knowledge regarding the causes of dementia have changed considerably over the course of the last hundred-or-so years. Nonetheless, since the discovery in the 1990s of gene variants that alter the risk of getting neurodegenerative disease, Alzheimer’s-related dementias have been understood in primarily genetic terms, and social scientists have persuasively argued that… Continue reading Trauma Induced Neurodegenerative Diseases: Reimagining dementia?

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Together we stand? LGBTQIA* solidarity towards other minorities

Written by Aurora Perego [W]e will go to the Pride march all together […]. [We want] A home for everybody, otherwise why should we have equal marriage? Documents for everybody, otherwise what is the point of civil unions? Immediate jus soli, otherwise, the fair recognition of homosexual couples’ children will only serve to trace a… Continue reading Together we stand? LGBTQIA* solidarity towards other minorities

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Children Act 1989 Section 17: Child in Need today

By Jennifer Cooper This blog post will consider the provision of services for children who are considered ‘in need’ under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989. These services are often provided where children and families are struggling and experiencing some difficulties, although not to the point where the child is considered at risk of… Continue reading Children Act 1989 Section 17: Child in Need today

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How vaccine hesitancy intersects with social inequalities and community mistrust: emerging findings from a UK-US comparison

Ozge Ozduzen, Billur Ozgul, Bogdan Ianosev, Matthew Adams and Monika E. Fratczak Vaccine hesitancy is a multifaceted issue, sparking a lot of debates involving health, illness, religious beliefs, social inequalities, and misinformation. For example, data in both the UK and US points to sizable disparities in vaccination uptake between ethnic groups. The UK Office for… Continue reading How vaccine hesitancy intersects with social inequalities and community mistrust: emerging findings from a UK-US comparison

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A World Reimagined: The Art of Drone Visuals

By Lauren A O'Hagan In recent years, the expansion of drones with embedded cameras has significantly increased the production, consumption and sharing of new visual perspectives. Through social media and online platforms like Dronestagram and Skypixel, drone visuals are rapidly becoming part of our everyday visual experiences, generating images that differ from traditional visual conventions… Continue reading A World Reimagined: The Art of Drone Visuals

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Rethinking community across life and loss

By Kate Reed The concept of community has been central to the development of Sociology. It has often occupied a troubled place within the discipline, but it remains a core focus in understanding the social ties that bind us together. Communities are considered to be both real and imagined, geographically fixed, or stretched across time… Continue reading Rethinking community across life and loss