Sandra Pflaesterer

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The Immortal Brain: Would You Go For It?

Last Saturday, two-time Pulitzer prize winner Amy Harmon published a fascinating article in <i>The</i> <i>New York Times</i> about a young dying woman who chose to have her brain preserved in case neuroscience could one day restore her mind back to life.<p>Harmon accompanied her article with another one, on what it …

Physics

In a scientific field in which the words "spookiness" and "weirdness" are used as technical terms, you can be sure of some properly odd things going …

Quantum Physics

Predictable evolution: bad news for toads, good news for their predators | @GrrlScientist

Researchers reveal that, under certain circumstances, the process of evolution can be highly predictable, especially when there are limited solutions to a particular problem, such as resistance to dangerous toxins<p>A research paper that was published a few days ago in the journal, <i>Proceedings of the</i> …

Virgin births really happen — here are the animals that prove it

Virgin birth is a thing, and it's been happening for millennia in some animals.<p>It's something called parthenogenesis, which basically just means reproduction without fertilization. The mother provides both sets of the DNA necessary to create an embryo, which is typically female.<p>Here are the animals …

Biology

A Mad Science Experiment Proves a Simple Evolutionary Hypothesis

You may consider your eyes a priceless commodity, but for Mexican cavefish, they were a burdensome expense. In a first-of-a-kind study, scientists …

Should Mars Be Independent, Or Just A Colony Of Earth?

Astrobiologist wants to make sure the red planet is independent from the start<p>It’s a popular sci-fi plot: Earth sets up colonies on Mars; Mars colonies grow, developing their own technologies and culture; Mars colonies rebel against overbearing Earth government, demanding independence. It happens …

Space Science

Stephen Hawking's fantastic vision of black holes may solve 40-year paradox

<b>(CNN) —</b> Want to know what happens after you pass through a black hole? Just look around you. You might land in another universe that is similar to our own, if Stephen Hawking is right. Or in a very different one.<p>The iconic astrophysicist joked about it this week as he unveiled a proposed solution …

Universe

First almost fully-formed human brain grown in lab, researchers claim

An almost fully-formed human brain has been grown in a lab for the first time, claim scientists from Ohio State University. The team behind the feat hope the brain could transform our understanding of neurological disease.<p>Though not conscious the miniature brain, which resembles that of a …

Important Link between the Brain and Immune System Found

When the ancient Egyptians prepared a mummy they would scoop out the brain through the nostrils and throw it away. While other organs were preserved …