Raissa Matunog

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6. We€™ll Probably Never Explore The Galaxy

When we imagine the future, we usually picture humans zooming around the galaxy, colonising far-distant worlds and generally living it up as a …

Proxima Centauri

Gene Editing Could Erase HIV

Scientists have used gene editing for years to manipulate genetic material—but what if it could be used to end HIV?<p>The diagnosis of HIV is not what …

Physics envy: Do ‘hard’ sciences hold the solution to the replication crisis in psychology?

Psychology is evolving faster than ever. For decades now, many areas in psychology have relied on what academics call “questionable research practices” – a comfortable euphemism for types of malpractice that distort science but which fall short of the blackest of frauds, fabricating data.<p>But now a …

Brain's limits lead to unconscious choices in what we see and remember

The human brain is a marvel of power and flexibility, and a pair of new studies out Monday demonstrates that when it runs up against the limits of its capacity to take in and store information, the brain often relies on its agility to fill the gap. In the process, however, information can be …

Are You Ready? Here Are The Top 10 Skills For The Future

As big disruptive shifts hit the workplace we all get taken out of our comfort zones. Whereas once we felt in control, the stakes are evolving rapidly and our ability to adapt is falling behind. If we consider the recent gallup poll results that indicates that only a mere 30% of the workforce is …

Morality pills: reality or science fiction?

Could we create a "morality pill"? Once the stuff of science fiction, recent studies in neuroscience have shown that brain chemicals can subtly influence some aspects of moral judgments and decisions. However, science is very far from creating pills that can turn sinners into saints, as I have …

What your science teacher told you about sex chromosomes is wrong

Sarah Richardson is a historian and philosopher of science who focuses on the intersections between race and sex and the sciences. In her new book, <i>Sex Itself: The Search for Male and Female in the Human Genome</i>, she explores how cultural gender norms have influenced the study of sex in the genome, …

Stranger than The Shape of Water: the woman wooed by a dolphin

In 1965, Margaret Howe moved into a flooded house in order to teach a dolphin to talk – but he wanted something from her in return. As the Oscar-nominated inter-species romance The Shape of Water is released in cinemas, we revisit the stranger-than-fiction story of The Girl Who Talked to</i> …

Human 'suspended animation' trials to start this month

The researchers behind it don't want to call it suspended animation, but it's the most conventional way to explain it. The world's first humans trials will start at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, with 10 patients whose injuries would otherwise be fatal to operate on. A team of …

3D model of a nerve terminal in atomic detail

The electrochemical jelly inside your head contains something like one quadrillion synapses, the junctions at which nerve cells talk to one other by converting electrical signals into chemical ones and then back again. They have two components (sometimes three): the nerve terminal of one cell, …

Roundtable | Lapham’s Quarterly

April 23, 2018<p>How Islam’s divine law emerged, evolved, and spread—then reached a crisis point.<p>April 20, 2018<p>Beans, books, wannabe actors, and walking.<p>…

Psychology’s replication drive: it’s not about you

In 1974, Elizabeth Loftus and John Palmer conducted a study that is now required knowledge for all university undergraduates reading psychology. They asked students to watch a video clip that involved a multi-car pile-up. Afterwards, the students were asked one of two questions – “how fast were the …

A question of trust: fixing the replication crisis

Human beings are born to communicate with each other. Communication involves both trust and vigilance. We constantly monitor how reliable the information is and how trustworthy the person is who has provided the information.<p>So what about information we get from scientists? Psychology has recently …

People link free will to the mind, not soul

Across the board, even if they believed in the concept of a soul, people in a new study ascribed free will based on down-to-Earth criteria: Did the …

Consciousness

DARPA teams begin work on tiny brain implant to treat PTSD

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has announced the start of a five-year, $26 million effort to develop brain implants that can treat mental disease with deep-brain stimulation.<p>The hope is to implant electrodes in different regions of the brain along with a tiny chip placed …

The brain's reaction to male odor shifts at puberty in children with gender dysphoria

@jk<br>this is the ONLY part that you got right.<br>as for your Lenski quote... tell you what, why dont you ask him directly? why are you so afraid of …

Aliens Exist And Will Be Found Pretty Soon, Say Scientists

It used to be that if you asked an astronomer if there was intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, you’d get some sort of hedged response involving the vastness of the universe and statistical probabilities that you’d expect from a diligent scientist.<p>I’ve asked this question recently of a few …

The End Is A.I.: The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

<i>The second in a series of posts about the major myths of robotics, and the role of science fiction role in creating and spreading them. Previous and former topics, respectively: Robots are strong, the myth of robotic hyper-competence, and robots are evil, the myth of killer machines.</i><p>In 1993, Vernor …

Can a robot learn right from wrong?

Researchers are working on robots that can make ethical choices and then explain why<p>In Isaac Asimov’s short story "Runaround," two scientists on Mercury discover they are running out of fuel for the human base. They send a robot named Speedy on a dangerous mission to collect more, but five hours …

Humans Evolved Weak Muscles to Feed Brain's Growth, Study Suggests

Weak muscles evolved even faster than smart brains in people.<p>We humans may be weaklings by nature.<p><b>Humans appear to have evolved puny muscles even faster than they grew big brains, according to a new metabolic study that pitted people against chimps and monkeys in contests of strength.</b><p>The upshot, …

Sound and vision: Visual cortex processes auditory information too

Scientists studying brain process involved in sight have found the visual cortex also uses information gleaned from the ears as well as the eyes when …

Sex-specific changes in cerebral blood flow begin at puberty, study finds

so are you stupid or illiterate?<br>which one?<p>FFS,THIS is ONE reason why you are considered a pseudoscience hack: your ignorance of your field …

The incredible shrinking dinosaur

Dinosaurs still roam the Earth - only now, according to researchers at the University of Oxford, they rule the air. At least, according this landmark …

Skin Cell Research Suggests Schizophrenia Begins in Womb

Neurons generated from the skin cells of schizophrenia patients behave strangely in the early developmental stages, offering clues that might lead to …

The Fermi Paradox

<i>PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.)</i><p>Everyone feels something when they’re in a …

Noah's Ark and the Great Flood: Did it Really Happen?

<i>“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great</i> …

Archaeology

Swarmageddon: America braces for cicada plague of Biblical proportions

America's East Coast is bracing for a cacophonous summer as hordes of flying insects emerge for the once-in-a-generation phenomenon popularly known as "Swarmageddon".<p>After 17 years underground growing from larva to bug, billions of cicadas are set to revel in the final four climactic weeks of their …

Insects

Heartbreaking Sci-Fi Short Film - EXPO