Mikael Soares

Vicosa Mg, Brazil

About Mikael

Bio

Curiosity, creativity and dreams. That's what I'm all about.

An idea worth spreading

"They say dreaming is dead, no one does it anymore. It's not dead it's just that it's been forgotten, removed from our language. Nobody teaches it so nobody knows it exists. And the dreamer is banished to obscurity. Well, I'm trying to change all that, and I hope you are too. By dreaming, every day. Dreaming with our hands and dreaming with our minds. Our planet is facing the greatest problems it's ever faced, ever. So whatever you do, don't be bored. This is absolutely the most exciting time we could have possibly hoped to be alive. And things are just starting. (...) Hey, are you a dreamer?" - Waking Life

I'm passionate about

Innovation, Creativity, Biotechnlogy, Evolution, Human mind, Technology, Science, Education.

Talk to me about

Anything you dream on and they say it's impossible.

People don't know I'm good at

Find why something won't happen now or didn't happened yet.

My TED story

I just love the way knowledge and information flows. I just love to see things happening. For some years I've heard about TED talks and always get really impressed each time I watch a new talk. Actually, I'm dreaming about a TEDxUFV (at in Brazil).

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Mikael Soares
Posted over 1 year ago
Craig Venter: Watch me unveil "synthetic life"
This is basically because ribosomes and the entire replication, transcription and translation machinery isn't entirely chiral, even if they recognize chirality in its substrates, the macromolecules. There is something useful is this article: http://cshperspectives.cshlp.org/content/2/9/a003483.full If you go to the "Chirality and the Ribosome" section... "In summary, given that the modern ribosome is not exclusively chiral the early peptide synthesis machinery likely had significantly less chiral specificity. This would be true even if its RNA components were exclusively chiral as the various editing mechanisms associated with the modern charging process would not have been available. Thus, the peptides made by early ribosomes likely included D-amino acids and hence would tend to be unstructured." And after (CTRL + F for "chiral")... "the peptides would be of mixed chirality but enriched for L-amino acids perhaps as a result of an excess of D-ribose in the RNAs of the RNA world."
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Mikael Soares
Posted over 1 year ago
Craig Venter: Watch me unveil "synthetic life"
I can agree with all this assumptions, while they are possibilities of course. Anyway, what evolution teaches is that: you can change rules, but the biological system will always react by learning how to maintain stability and find news strategies. I'm almost sure if we start to using different chiral molecules, pathogens will react someway. I don't really believe that the life and chiral life must be mutually exclusive since nature deals very well with racemic mixtures (L and D isomers at a time). For example, that are enzymes that can reverse chirality, you can have point mutations that can reverse chirality in amino acid expression or you can have some D or L isomer molecules simulating its opposite isomer recognition. http://mcl1.ncifcrf.gov/dauter_pubs/126.pdf You can see these strategies widely being used by viruses, while DNA viruses copies its host molecules (called wolf in sheep's cloth strategy) the RNA viruses generates so many mutations that once it starts to replicate and the infection is established it generates so much random different copies from the original that they call it viral quasis-species - there are so different genomes in a infection that its almost another specie.
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Mikael Soares
Posted over 1 year ago
Craig Venter: Watch me unveil "synthetic life"
Jarek, this is a great discussion topic to start! But anyway, there are a couple of problems we need to examine before answering how long it will take - like if it is possible at first. If life had been shaped with billions of years of evolution to the homochirality, there must be a reason. In a quick search I found some reasons, but if you are curious about, this is a start: Effect of earth's orbital chirality on elementary particles and unification of chiral asymmetries in life on different levels. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10859687
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Mikael Soares
Posted almost 2 years ago
Do you really think school kills creativity ..???
Great point. School, like everything in the past decades had been suffer from the contamination of the industry era and the needing for production scale up. Like everything, schools and even universities had turned out to be a knowledge factory, and like every factory they were concerned about the production. In this way, schools were tracing their way to improve the quantity of the students they can support. In a time when mostly people didn't had even the choice to study or not, it was quite reasonable. But now, it is not. What you see in the old ages can be the opposition of that. Teachers were called mentors, and they usually have a few or just one student. Otherwise, only a few people had this choice in their options, maybe only the royalty or something like that. When the teaching starts to follow up another rules where everybody could (or should) have the opportunity to study, things became to change. The professor that could do well with his pupil, now have to teach for a class with, sometimes, a hundred or more students. See how this is really similar about the industry revolution and how the handcraft turned into the standard industrial craft? Actually, what happened is quite the same about the production model and the teaching model. Students that were handcraft, now are crafted into lots with a standardization. What today schools really kill is the unique and personal creativity of the individual. Now, they produce creativity in lots too. Exploring the diversity of life is a key-factor that we were missing for a long time, but now humanity is back to this subject. And it's not about the diversity of species, ecosystems and so on. It's mostly about the diversity of the human being itself and how we challenge life. But things are gonna change soon. We just need more believers and change-makers to put the plan into work. Actually, we already now that something is wrong. This need to be just the start of something great.
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Mikael Soares
Posted over 2 years ago
Do right and wrong exist?
Something can be right or wrong only in an instant time. What is wrong can be right and what is right can be wrong just a few seconds later, when something unsuspected just occurred to change everything How can you tell that some action or re-action is right or wrong when you didn't see what will happen later? I mean, what about the total consequence of all this? What if someone who did something that you thing that is wrong, but it is actually right and you didn't have the long term vision to reveal it up to yourself? And vice versa. If only God knows what is wrong and what is right it is because he domain the whole spacetime and knows it. But how can you tell something that only God knows? There is no objective wrong and right since it's a concept based on the human mind and our capacity to streamline in short-terms.
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Mikael Soares
Posted over 2 years ago
How to approach science to market in underdeveloped countries?
By communicate I mean: to realize the real needs of the market, to find out what society needs, what are the demands. Much of the technology being made in the Universities aren't really what the market nor the society need. Commonly we need to work on something we call "technology push", where the technology that was made by pure science needs to be re-shaped and re-oriented to fit the market somewhere/somehow. In the other part there is what we call "market push", where the market tell us what the society needs and science works on it.