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Religious Fundamentalism: A Side Effect of Lazy Brains?

Insights from neuroscience suggest that the brain tends to automatically accept rather than reject beliefs, oftentimes independent of how logical …

Richard Dawkins interview: 'It must be possible to construct life chemically, or in a computer'

Photograph: Terry Smith/The Life Images Collection/Getty<p>Richard Dawkins at Oxford in 1976, pictured right, studying insect behaviour with student Ted …

'Gay genes': science is on the right track, we're born this way. Let’s deal with it.

A recent article argued that sexuality is down to choice, not genetics. But the scientific evidence says otherwise, and points to a strong biological origin<p>In a recent Guardian article , Simon Copland argued that it is very unlikely people are born gay (or presumably any other sexual orientation). …

Miniature brain in a dish reveals an outsized secret about autism

Scientists hoping to uncover the origins of autism have grown a passel of miniature proto-brains in a lab, using reprogrammed skin cells to rewind the clock to the brain's earliest days of development. From these small creations have come potentially big insights into autism, a diabolically complex …

Quantum Physics' Wave-Particle Duality Enigma Bleeds Into the Classical World

New experiments demonstrate one of the defining oddities of quantum mechanics scaling up to the size of atoms.<p>A group of Australian physicists has demonstrated for the first time that even atoms, relatively massive particles hundreds of million times larger than electrons (allowing for electrons to …

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Pope Francis ignites a revolt that will overthrow American capitalism

Yes, Pope Francis is encouraging civil disobedience, leading a rebellion. Listen closely, Francis knows he’s inciting political rebellion, an …

Scientists Have Finally Discovered Massless Particles, And They Could Revolutionise Electronics

They can theoretically carry charge 1,000 times faster than ordinary electrons.<p>After 85 years of searching, researchers have confirmed the existence …

Gene therapy for deafness moves a few steps closer

Gene therapy for hereditary deafness is moving closer to reality, with new research showing that the technique for fixing faulty DNA can improve responses in mice with genetic hearing loss.<p>Separately, a clinical trial backed by Novartis is underway to help a different group: people who have lost …

'Miracle' Gene Therapy To Cure Blindness Also Strengthens The Brain

By: Charles Q. Choi<p>Published: 07/20/2015 07:11 AM EDT on LiveScience<p>Treating people who are blind with gene therapy can not only restore their vision, it can also strengthen visual pathways in the brain, even in people who have been nearly blind for decades, researchers say.<p>Since 2007, clinical …

Rejecting Evolutionary Psychology Is Rejecting Evolution

When did “evolutionary psychology” first emerge? Was it with the publication of David Buss’ textbook titled “Evolutionary Psychology” in 1999? Maybe …

Psychology

Majority moves: Baboons make democratic decisions, study finds

Perhaps baboons should run for office. Researchers tracking a troop of wild olive baboons have found that the primates make travel decisions democratically when disagreements arise over which direction to go.<p>The findings, published in the journal Science, could help shed light on the evolution of …

Catching the Brain in a Lie: Is "Mind Reading" Deception Detection Sci-Fi—or Science?

Ever since the inception of our species, humans have wanted to peer inside each other’s minds. A major reason we want to do this is because we lie. …

Heavy metal upgrade to detect antimatter | Ben Still | Life & Physics

<b>Ben Still</b> describes new plans to upgrade a huge tank of water surrounded by light detectors, so that it can detect antineutrinos<p>Heavy metal is being added to one of the worlds largest particle physics experiments to allow it to see antimatter for the first time¹. For years the Super Kamiokande …

Physics

Is Your Brain Really a Computer, or Is It a Quantum Orchestra?

How does the brain - a lump of 'pinkish gray meat' - produce the richness of conscious experience, or any subjective experience at all? Scientists and philosophers have historically likened the brain to contemporary information technology, from the ancient Greeks comparing memory to a 'seal ring in …

Neuroscience

Why Do Solids Have Energy Bands?

One of the most obviously quantum features of our universe is the discrete emission spectra we see from atoms. Every element in the periodic table absorbs and emits light of very particular frequencies, and these unique spectral lines are regularly used to identify the composition of various …

Time-traveling photons connect general relativity to quantum mechanics

Scientists have simulated time travel by using particles of light acting as quantum particles sent away and then brought back to their original …

Were You There? Pointing to God as Creator

Shop Now<p>In an article published online by <i>Slate</i>,1 another swipe has been taken at the idea of teaching biblical creation to children and teaching them …

Scientists Can Now Control Mice Brains Wirelessly

Small but powerful tool provides manipulation of mice’s neural networks<p>Researchers have a hard time understanding how tiny changes to networks of neurons in an animal's brain can affect its behavior. Now a team of researchers has figured out a way to tinker with the neural networks of mice in real …

Neuroscience

Here's What Poverty Does to Your Brain

Recent research suggests that poverty may have a profound effect on the brain. Imaging studies show that the conditions that go hand-in-hand with …

Neuroscientist Sam Harris Selects 12 Books Everyone Should Read

From Bertrand Russell to the Buddha, or why you should spend a weekend reading the Qur’an.<p>On an excellent recent episode of <i>The Tim Ferriss Show</i> — one of these nine podcasts for a fuller life — neuroscientist <b>Sam Harris</b> answered a listener’s question inquiring what books everyone should read. As a …

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