Piet Mertens

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Here are the ages your brain peaks at everything throughout life

Overall brain processing power and detail memory peaks around age 18.<p><i>Photo: iStock</i><p>Scientists use a test called Digit Symbol Substitution to assess …

This Mind-Bending Theory Joins Black Holes, Gravitational Waves &Amp; Axions to Find New Physics

We haven't seen physicists this excited for a while.<p>Scientists have proposed a new theory that combines some of the most mysterious phenomena in the …

Viruses May Play Vital Role In Brain Function

Out of the 3 billion base pairs in the human genome, only about 2% actually codes for protein. Hidden in the vast sequences of non-coding DNA …

Neuroscience

Neuroscientists Have Accidentally Discovered a Whole New Role For The Cerebellum

We've only just scratched the surface.<p>One of the best-known regions of the brain, the cerebellum accounts for just 10 percent of the organ's total …

Why contemplating death changes how you think

Reading this article could temporarily change your politics, biases and decision-making – it might even make you want to be famous. Why? The very idea of death changes our thoughts in profound ways.<p>If death is the final taboo, it might not be for much longer. There has, in recent years, been …

Psychology

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Reinventing Health Care: The Coevolution of Biology, Technology, and Culture

We are living in a sci-fi world full of bionic limbs, wonder drugs, 3D-printed organs, lab-grown muscles, and brain-computer interfaces.<p>The quality and longevity of life have never been more assured, as the field of health reaches a new zenith every day.<p>Gene sequencing, brain mapping, and vitals …

Why movie dinosaurs are nothing like the real thing

Movie dinosaurs are almost as old as cinema itself. But our big screen version of these prehistoric beasts may be very wide of the mark, argues Quentin Cooper.<p>The documentary Dinosaur 13 may be the most accurate film about dinosaurs ever made. It’s also among the most moving, telling how fossil …

Paleontology

The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most impressive pictures from the worlds of science and technology this week, including a lunar plane crossing and humungous cloud shadows from space.<p><b>More galleries</b> <br>Hoverbike prototypes and hitching robots<p>Speeding warbirds and a luminous Super Moon<p>Streaking space launches and menacing …

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Attention

Every moment, our brains are bombarded with information, from without and within. The eyes alone convey more than a hundred billion signals to the brain every second. The ears receive another avalanche of sounds. Then there are the fragments of thoughts, conscious and unconscious, that race from …

‘Why I want to die at 75’

How long should we live? At BBC Future’s World-Changing Ideas summit in New York, Ezekiel J Emanuel argued that we focus too much on racking up years, and it’s time for a new attitude to death.<p>Death – along with sex – is one of our two great taboos. So it came as some surprise when Ezekiel Emanuel …

Diapers

Richard Dawkins: What are aliens like?

What will alien life look like? Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins told BBC Future why it may be a complete surprise.<p>Out there, far beyond the edges of our solar system, is there life?<p>In this video, presented at BBC Future’s World Changing Ideas Summit in New York, evolutionary biologist …

Richard Dawkins

Evolution: Why do your eyes face forwards?

Why don’t we have peepers protruding from the sides of our heads? It's partly for 3D vision, but as Jason G Goldman discovers, that's not the only reason.<p>Take a stroll through a zoo and, if you're paying attention, you might notice that most animals can be sorted into two groups. There are those …

Nature