The world saw Stephen Hawking as an oracle. In fact, he was wonderfully human | Philip Ball
Like no other scientist, Hawking was romanticised by the public. His death allows us to see past the fairytalePoignantly, Stephen Hawking ’sdeath at the age of 76 humanises him again. It ’s not just that, as a public icon as recognisable as any A-list actor or rock star, he came to seem a permanent fixture of the cultural landscape. It was also that his physical manifestation – the immobile body in customised wheelchair, the distinctive voice that pronounced with the oracular ca lm of HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey – gave him the aura of a different kind of being, notoriously described by the anthropologist Hélèn...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 15, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Philip Ball Tags: Stephen Hawking Disability Science Physics Source Type: news
The Guardian view on Stephen Hawking: the mind of God | Editorial
The death of a brilliant and complex scientist will mean we are all poorer because his mind will no longer roam the multiversesStephen Hawking was a brilliant, complex man and scientist. Diagnosed at 21 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, he had been expected to live a few more years. Hawkinglasted another 55. He made his name as a young Cambridge cosmologist withbreakthroughs as awesome as anything religion offers: proving that big bang theory must hold true and elucidating the link between gravity and quantum mechanics. From his wheelchair, Hawking ’s mind roamed the multiverses. It was his 1988 bestseller A Brief Hist...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 14, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Editorial Tags: Stephen Hawking Science NHS Society European Union World news Motor neurone disease Black holes Donald Trump Source Type: news
A young Stephen Hawking would never have made it in today ’s age of austerity | Zoe Williams
The late physicist was a genius and a visionary but it is hard to imagine those qualities thriving with cuts to disability support and the NHS under attackWhat is a fitting tribute toStephen Hawking? It ’s probably not to ask, as John Humphrys unaccountably did, whether the “science community cut him a lot of slack because he was so desperately disabled?” A more insulting idea is hard to imagine: that you spend your life overcoming adversity to get to the top of your field, then the minute you’re dead, someone speculates that you’d never have made it without the adversity.Instead, the question we should be asking...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 14, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Zoe Williams Tags: Stephen Hawking Disability Society Science Vladimir Putin World news Cuts and closures Education Source Type: news
A brief history of Stephen Hawking – Science Weekly podcast
To mark the 75th birthday of the late Prof Stephen Hawking, Ian Sample talked to family, friends and colleagues about his incredible contribution to scienceSubscribe and review oniTunes,Soundcloud,Audioboom,Mixcloud andAcast, and join the discussion onFacebook andTwitterThis edition of the podcast is a repeat. It was recorded last year to mark the late Prof Hawking ’s 75th birthday.On 8 January 1942, Frank and Isobel Hawking celebrated the birth of their son,Stephen. He would become one of the most prominent scientists of all time. In a career spanning half a century, the cosmologist notched up more than 150 scientific p...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 14, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Presented by Ian Sample and produced by Max Sanderson Tags: Stephen Hawking Science Physics Source Type: news
'Mind over matter': Stephen Hawking – obituary by Roger Penrose
Theoretical physicist who made revolutionary contributions to our understanding of the nature of the universeStephen Hawking dies aged 76The image ofStephen Hawking– who has died aged 76 – in his motorised wheelchair, with head contorted slightly to one side and hands crossed over to work the controls, caught the public imagination, as a true symbol of the triumph of mind over matter. As with the Delphic oracle of ancient Greece, physical impairment seemed compensated by almost supernatural gifts, which allowed his mind to roam the universe freely, upon occasion enigmatically revealing some of its secrets hidden from o...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 14, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Roger Penrose Tags: Stephen Hawking Physics Astronomy People in science UK news Motor neurone disease Society Source Type: news
Stephen Hawking dead: What is motor neurone disease? Symptoms of fatal condition
STEPHEN HAWKING has died at the age of 76, his family have announced. The physicist lived for more than 50 years with motor neurone disease, a rare condition that affects the brain and nerves. What are the symptoms? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Professor Stephen Hawking's greatest wish
The physicist, who has died aged 76, had motor neurone disease. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Famed Physicist Stephen Hawking Has Died at the Age of 76
(LONDON) — Stephen Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease, died early Wednesday, a University of Cambridge spokesman said. He was 76 years old. Hawking died peacefully at his home in Cambridge, England. The best-known theoretical physicist of his time, Hawking wrote so lucidly of the mysteries of space, time and black holes that his book, “A Brief History of Time,” became an international best seller, making him one of science’s biggest celebrities since Albert Einstein. “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work a...
Source: TIME: Science - March 14, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Robert Barr / AP Tags: Uncategorized onetime overnight remembrance Source Type: news
Changing size of neurons could shed light on new treatments for motor neurone disease
(The Physiological Society) New research published in The Journal of Physiology improves our understanding of how motor nerve cells (neurons) respond to motor neurone disease, which could help us identify new treatment options. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
ALS-linked protein's journey into nervous system cells more complex than we thought
(University of Bath) University of Bath scientists have developed a better understanding of a key protein associated with brain diseases including ALS (motor neurone disease) and dementia by studying how it enters central nervous system cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Motor neuron disease tears through Welsh family
A family from Clydach, Wales, have lost five members of their family to motor neurone disease. However, Mandy Duguid is determined to aid in funding for research into the disease (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Research uncovers gene network that regulates motor neuron formation during embryonic development
(University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences) UCLA researchers have discovered the inner workings of a gene network that regulates the development of spinal motor neurons in the growing chicken and mouse embryo. The research also answers a long-standing question about why motor neurons, the nerve cells of the spinal cord that control muscle movement, form much faster than other types of neurons. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Nurse wins funding to improve motor neurone disease care
A specialist nurse has been named as one of the first two recipients of a scholarship fund set up in memory of motor neurone disease (MND) campaigner Gordon Aikman. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 22, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news
This may be a turning point in treating neurodegenerative diseases
Success in trials for Huntington ’s and Spinal Muscular Atrophy raises hopes that diseases such as Alzheimer’s and ALS could be tackled using a new class of drugsThey are diseases that threaten more than physical health: memories, personality, and the ability to move and speak are incrementally stolen. And until this year neurodegenerative diseases, from Alzheimer ’s toALS, had been entirely unstoppable.However, abreakthrough in Huntington ’s disease this week suggests this bleak picture could be about to change. The landmark trial was the first to show that the genetic defect that causes Huntington ’s could be c...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 15, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Medical research Neuroscience Alzheimer's Motor neurone disease Parkinson's disease Genetics Drugs Health Biology Source Type: news
Dying mother's bid to raise funds to keep her children out of care
Sam Kyme has motor neurone disease and wants her two sons to live with her sister in Australia. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news