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Crispr: is it a good idea to ‘upgrade’ our DNA?

New genome-editing technology has the potential to eliminate genetic disease by making changes to our DNA that will pass down the generations. Such modification is currently banned in the UK but could that be about to change?<p>Last year Tony Perry made mice that would have been brown-furred grow up …

Genetics

Does dark matter cause chaos on Earth on a regular cycle?

In 1980, Walter Alvarez and his group at the University of California, Berkeley, discovered a thin layer of clay in the geologic record, which …

Setting Limits for Testing Brains

A neuroscientist discusses a new White House report on ethical questions for the future of human brain research.<p>“As humans, we can identify galaxies light-years away. We can study particles smaller than an atom,” President Barack Obama said in April 2013, “But we still haven’t unlocked the mystery …

New DNA Tech: Creating Unicorns and Curing Cancer for Real?

We have the earth-shattering technology in our hands—but even its inventors worry about its awesome power to alter our genetic future.<p><i>“We have within</i> …

Genetics

Memories likely can’t be erased: Research offers new clues to how we remember

A new study challenges more than a century of neuroscience and could radically change the way we treat PTSD<p>As intangible as they may seem, memories have a firm biological basis. According to textbook neuroscience, they form when neighboring brain cells send chemical communications across the …

Buddhist monk displays “unheard of” brain activity while meditating | (Grens)wetenschap | Earth Matters

<b>(Higher Perspectives) Meet the world’s happiest man, Mattieu Ricard. Ricard is a 66-year-old Tibetan monk and geneticist, who has displayed unheard</b> …

Unrelated memories artificially linked for the first time

Researchers from Japan have - for the first time - found a way to create an artificial link between memories that are unrelated - a discovery that …

Brain ‘gender’ more flexible than once believed, study finds

A team of researchers successfully changed the gender in the brains of newborn rats from female to male, according to findings published this week in …

Neuroscience

“What would happen if women could order Brad Pitt’s sperm?”

Evolution and the “sexy geek” syndrome: What if humans could re-evolve — and be perfect?<p>The founding director of the Harvard Business School’s Life Sciences Project, Juan Enriquez, posed a question at a TEDxSummit in Doha, Qatar, in April 2012. Enriquez’s question was one that he had been …

CDC Alert: Drug-Resistant Foodborne Illness Spreads in US

Figuring out how to talk about antibiotic resistance—which you’ll be seeing discussed here a lot, since it’s the topic of my last book, an important part of my next book, and a central topic in my past blogging—is a difficult balancing act. On the one hand, antibiotic resistance is a true global …

Public Health

Physicists Figure Out Why Honey Falls In Twists

A delicious physics problem<p>A stream of honey falls onto a freshly baked buttermilk biscuit. Before you devour this breakfast treat, you might notice that the honey you poured formed a wavy pattern on the biscuit's surface, an unintentional decoration for your morning snack.<p>Most people might think …

Why scientific truth may hurt

All is not what it seems. Much of the universe – from the unimaginably small to the cosmological – is not how it appears to us, and our view is lamentably limited. The Earth’s rotation around the sun has been accepted for less time than it was not, and we still don’t yet know what makes up most of …

Nobel Prize

Poland Developing Liquid Body Armor

Oobleck versus bullets<p>Liquids are great at absorbing bullets' energy. Fired underwater, an AK-47 can only send a bullet a few feet forwards, while in the air the same bullets would easily fly over 1,000 feet. This is great news for secret agents looking to avoid henchmen by swimming underwater, but …

Engineering

You’re praying to the wrong God: What organized religion gets wrong about prayer

<b>Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood in "House of Cards" (Netflix)</b><p>Here’s how science and spirituality might find common ground — and learn something about the universe<p>Nancy Ellen Abrams<p>April 5, 2015 12:00am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our …

Spirituality

Fear of spiders became part of our DNA during evolution, say scientists

Arachnophobia could be a product of human evolution, according to new research.<p>Spiders presented such a great danger to humans during the early …