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"Treating Science Phobia"
"Treating Science Phobia"
"Treating Science Phobia"

Treating Sciencephobia – Or, how to read real science without getting a nervous breakdown.

For reasons that drive scientists close to despair, many media writers get science stories wrong. They make small advances look like Great Leaps Forward, and when really big steps take place they usually miss the real story. ...
 
 
acupuncture
 
"Winter Sadness"
"Winter Sadness"
"Winter Sadness"

Winter SADness? Stick a light in your ear!

An wonderful English madrigal from 1598 by Thomas Weelkes goes “To shorten Winter sadness see where the nymphs with gladness Falala lala lala Falala lala lala” And the nymphs  go dancing and singing through the tow...
 
 
beauty and esthetics
 
"Women Not To Blame For Obesity But Estrogens Might Be"
"Women Not To Blame For Obesity But Estrogens Might Be"
"Women Not To Blame For Obesity But Estrogens Might Be"

Women not to blame for obesity – but estrogens might be.

  Around the world it is estimated that 1.4 BILLION individuals are overweight — a previously unknown problem in history, when food deprivation, famine, and day-long physical work were much more common. But why is...
 

 
archeology of mind
 
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The Kim Kardashian hypothesis of beauty.

Here is a response I just wrote to a new article by Leonid Perlovsky, “Aeshetic emotions, what are their cognitive functions?” (See here, here, and here). Perlovsky raises the classical question, “Why do we fe...
 
 
biology of language
 
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Is ROBO2 really a language gene? Hmmm…

The popular science media are wondering whether a genetic language code has just been discovered (near the gene ROBO on chromosome 3) … based on a correlation between a human gene variation and the number of words spoke...
 
 
Brain infection
 
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Cat bug changes behavior – NY Times Science Section

From the NY Times Science Section: Toxoplasma Gondii — a popular bacterium that gets to humans by way of cats — has been shown to manipulate brain states. Infections have previously been known to cause brain damage...
 

 
coma
 
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Be nice to your Precuneus – it might be your real self…

The hardest thing about the brain is learning the labels. Let’s take the Precuneus as example. It’s one of the most important parts of our brains, so much that we would be totally lost without it (Literally).  In ...
 
 
acupuncture
 
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Acupuncture triggers neurotransmitters in the body

It’s been thirty years since Western medicine started to take Chinese acupuncture seriously, as a direct result of President Nixon’s “opening to China” in the 1970s. American doctors who visited hospit...
 
 
brain disorders of aging
 
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New Insights into Nerve Regeneration

Nerve regeneration is the Holy Grail of medical neuroscience. The traditional dogma is that in humans — unlike other animals — nerve regeneration simply does not occur. We start life with those 80+ billion neurons i...
 

 
Darwinism
 
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Flatworm ejaculation is triggered by dopamine… a lesson in ultraconservation.

In biology, “ultraconservation” does not mean wanting to go back to the Dark Ages. Instead, it’s a remarkable fact about remotely related species — say, the round worm C elegans and your aunt Molly ̵...