Paul Spinelli

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Is my drinking normal, or could I be an alcoholic?

Alcoholism rose 49 percent in the last decade.<p>The trouble with alcohol is that it’s everywhere. We don’t treat any other drug the way we treat alcohol, marijuana included, and in part that’s because we mostly don’t think of it as a drug. It’s what you down a shot of to loosen up on the dance floor, …

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The secret ingredient to early life’s primordial soup: Thickener

The term "primordial soup" was coined nearly 100 years ago to describe the mysterious chemical broth that was home to Earth's very first self-replicating organisms. Ever since, scientists have been trying to cook that soup up in a lab, searching for the exact combination of compounds that gave rise …

Energy hijacking pathway found within photosynthesis

An unexpected source of inefficiency within a photosynthetic enzyme has been identified by scientists. The issue also adversely affects the …

University of Cambridge

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What you need to know about CRISPR

Should we bring back the wooly mammoth? Or edit a human embryo? Or wipe out an entire species that we consider harmful? The genome-editing technology …

Genetics

Scientists Find Evidence That Life on Earth Didn't Only Originate From RNA

It's not as simple as it seems.<p>Scientists have just put forward an alternate hypothesis for how life originated on Earth - suggesting that RNA alone …

Biochemistry

Report: Scientist the first to edit genes of healthy human embryos

A Swedish scientist is believed to be the first in the world to attempt to edit DNA in healthy human embryos, according to an exclusive report from …

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New era of human embryo gene editing begins

A Swedish scientist is gene editing healthy human embryos, and he is probably not alone, researchers say.<p>Chinese researchers have twice reported …

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Can we prove that God exists? Richard Dawkins and the limits of faith and atheism

<b>God, Santa Claus (Wikimedia/Milles Studio via Shutterstock)</b><p>Atheists sometimes argue the case against God is the same as the case against Santa Claus. Let’s test the logic<p>Gary Gutting<p>November 29, 2015 3:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “What Philosophy Can Do”<p>Our first concern will be Richard Dawkins’s …

How 'Deprogramming' Kids From How to 'Do School' Could Improve Learning

The class read Timothy Slater’s article, “When Is a Good Day Teaching a Bad Thing?” which discusses the unspoken contract that can exist between …

Cancer Cure Could Lie In Wasp Venom Say Brazillian Researchers

The venom found in a wasp's sting could potentially be a life-saving cure for cancer sufferers, according to a new study from Brazil.<p>The key to this …

Early vs. Beginning Coders

When I was working on <b>Learn Python The Hard Way</b> I was frustrated by how often I’d have to explain that the book is for a <b>total</b> beginner. The problem is …

Stem

Why People Take Antipsychotics For Depression

A decade ago, drug companies started heavily marketing the antipsychotics Abilify, Seroquel, and Zyprexa as treatments for depression — despite concerns over serious side effects. That marketing is subsiding now as generics hit the market, but it may have created a dangerous clinical standard.<p>In a …

M.T. Anderson, sci-fi author, accidental prophet and nice guy

In 2002, M.T. Anderson wrote the novel Feed, which featured a future in which humans are all hardwired with computer chips (the eponymous Feeds) so …

Social Media

Online Learning: A Bachelor's Level Computer Science Program Curriculum (Updated)

<b>Introduction</b> <br>[<b>Update</b>: See also the follow-up post to this piece, An Intensive Bachelor's Level Computer Science Curriculum Program.]<p>A few months back …

How to (Once and For All) Correct Mistaken Beliefs

"Often mistaken, never in doubt."<p>That wry phrase describes us all more than we'd like to admit. The psychological study of misconceptions shows that …

Education researchers don't check for errors -- dearth of replication studies

Education theories come and go. Experts seem to advocate for polar opposites, from student discovery to direct teacher instruction, from typing to …

Education

The Myth Of The Superstar Superintendent?

At corporations, leadership matters. A lot. Think of the impact of the late Steve Jobs at Apple or Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg today, to name a couple.<p>CEOs often play a vital role in bolstering a company's performance, image and culture of success. (Although studies show that …

Must-see morning clip: Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart destroy the Hobby Lobby decision

Back from a two-week vacation, the two tackle the terrible Supreme Court decision in their own unique way<p>Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart missed out on quite a bit during their two-week hiatus, including the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in favor of the craft store Hobby Lobby. The Hobby Lobby …

Women Prefer Complex Composers for Sexual Flings - D-brief

By April Reese | April 23, 2014 12:15 pm<p>“Where words fail, music speaks,” wrote the Danish fairytale author and poet Hans Christian Andersen in the …

Infographic: Absolute zero to ‘absolute hot’

BBC Future takes the temperature of our planet – and the Universe – to find the hottest and coldest things ever measured.<p>How cold can it get on Earth? How hot can hot truly get? And, perhaps more importantly, what’s the ideal temperature a hazelnut souffle should be cooked at?<p>All important …

Timeline of the far future

What do we expect will happen in one thousand years time? Or one million years? Or even one billion? As our amazing timeline shows, there may be trouble ahead.<p>As the beginning of the year is upon us we at BBC Future think it’s the perfect time to look ahead.<p>First, we brought you a prediction of the …

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