Here is the consensus theory of why Neanderthals went extinct

Here is the consensus theory of why Neanderthals went extinct

Noting over “a dozen serious hypotheses'' about the enigmatic disappearance of our nearest cousins [the neanderthals, researchers] conducted a poll ...
Exploring the mystery of consciousness: Is it everywhere in nature?

Exploring the mystery of consciousness: Is it everywhere in nature?

Accounting for the nature of consciousness appears elusive, with many claiming that it cannot be defined at all, yet defining ...
Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder are all in part genetically hard-wired

Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder are all in part genetically hard-wired

To understand the similarities and differences between the genetic patterns of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder, the research ...
World’s most expensive drug: £1.79 million one-off Zolgensma treatment approved by British National Health Service to treat spinal muscular dystrophy in children

World’s most expensive drug: £1.79 million one-off Zolgensma treatment approved by British National Health Service to treat spinal muscular dystrophy in children

Zolgensma, which costs £1.79m per dose, halts the progression of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), which involves loss of movement, muscle ...
Early humans endured bitter cold without fire during the Plesitocene era

Early humans endured bitter cold without fire during the Plesitocene era

The Middle Pleistocene (125,000-780,000 years ago) was marked by periodic oscillations between a climate similar to today's and much cooler ...
Lunar DNA ark? Scientists want to cryogenically store the genes of 6.7 million species on the moon, just in case

Lunar DNA ark? Scientists want to cryogenically store the genes of 6.7 million species on the moon, just in case

[A “lunar ark” gene bank, could] be safely hidden in [the moon's] hollowed-out tunnels and caves sculpted by lava more ...
Is psychedelic-assisted group therapy the wave of the future?

Is psychedelic-assisted group therapy the wave of the future?

Researchers are beginning to investigate psychedelic-assisted group therapy as a way to let patients connect more deeply, exploring the inner ...
Survival of the brainiacs: Controversial new thesis says humans evolved smarter to capture smaller prey

Survival of the brainiacs: Controversial new thesis says humans evolved smarter to capture smaller prey

As the largest animals on the landscape disappeared, the scientists propose, human brains had to grow to enable the hunting ...
Twin peak: Global twin rates at historic highs, and here’s why

Twin peak: Global twin rates at historic highs, and here’s why

Researchers analysed records from more than 100 countries and found a substantial rise in twin birthrates since the 1980s, with ...
This cold war neurosurgeon successfully transplanted monkey heads. Could it work on humans?

This cold war neurosurgeon successfully transplanted monkey heads. Could it work on humans?

Robert White [was] a neurosurgeon who spent decades performing head transplants on monkeys, hoping to eventually use the procedure to ...
Some animals engage in heinous behaviors — cannibalism, eating offspring, torture and rape. Why did evolution make that happen?

Some animals engage in heinous behaviors — cannibalism, eating offspring, torture and rape. Why did evolution make that happen?

While it is true that rape, torture and murder are more commonplace in the animal kingdom than they are in ...
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Can training make you a premier long distance runner — or are your abilities determined at birth?

Can training make you a premier long distance runner — or are your abilities determined at birth?

All of our skeletal muscles are made up of a combination of two types of fibre: slow-twitch muscle fibres and ...
Author Simon Baron-Cohen on how autism has driven human innovation

Author Simon Baron-Cohen on how autism has driven human innovation

In [cognitive neuroscientist Simon] Baron-Cohen's new book [The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human Invention], he argues that humans became ...
‘What we have right now does not work’: Gene editing aims to relieve chronic pain

‘What we have right now does not work’: Gene editing aims to relieve chronic pain

In experiments on laboratory mice, researchers found that temporarily repressing a gene involved in sensing pain increases pain tolerance, lowers ...
Pop psychology and the myth of the ‘lizard brain’

Pop psychology and the myth of the ‘lizard brain’

“As a neuroscientist, I see scientific myths about the brain repeated regularly in the media and corners of academic research,” ...
AI emulates trained dogs’ ability to detect cancer and other diseases, including COVID-19

AI emulates trained dogs’ ability to detect cancer and other diseases, including COVID-19

Humans already employ [dogs’] olfactory acuity for contraband and explosives detection. More recently it has also proved uncannily good at ...
Critics say gene drives could lead to species extinction. Scientists have developed a brake system

Critics say gene drives could lead to species extinction. Scientists have developed a brake system

By exerting control over the degree of spread, those who unleash gene drives may realize the benefits promised by gene ...
Toothpaste that can treat peanut allergies? It’s in clinical trials

Toothpaste that can treat peanut allergies? It’s in clinical trials

A New York City–based company has launched a trial to start testing [a new] concept in a small group of ...
More than 50 environmental chemicals found in pregnant women and their newborns

More than 50 environmental chemicals found in pregnant women and their newborns

Researchers have detected more than 50 new environmental chemicals lurking in people's bodies, the vast majority of which are little ...
Prehistoric men hunted and women gathered? New evidence suggests that’s too simple

Prehistoric men hunted and women gathered? New evidence suggests that’s too simple

Archeological evidence from Peru has revealed that some ancient big-game hunters were, in fact, women, challenging what science writer James ...
Bionic eyes: Generating visual perceptions and hope for those who cannot see

Bionic eyes: Generating visual perceptions and hope for those who cannot see

In the 1970s, [biomedical engineer William] Dobelle had shown that electrically stimulating visual brain areas (the visual cortex) caused people ...
Are humans wired by evolution to be couch potatoes? This evolutionary biologist believes so

Are humans wired by evolution to be couch potatoes? This evolutionary biologist believes so

A professor at Harvard and a keen marathoner – sometimes barefoot – [Daniel Liberman’s] life’s work in evolutionary biology makes ...
mRNA COVID vaccine efforts could lead to cancer vaccines within a few years, says BioNTech scientist

mRNA COVID vaccine efforts could lead to cancer vaccines within a few years, says BioNTech scientist

Ozlem Tureci, who co-founded the German company BioNTech with her husband [Ugur Sahin], was working on a way to harness ...
Video: What the lungs of newborns look like when they take their first breaths

Video: What the lungs of newborns look like when they take their first breaths

[U]sing a delicate sensor-belt wrapped around the chests of full-term newborns moments after their delivery, a team of researchers from ...
Our ‘evolutionary superhighway’: How the brain connects smells and memories

Our ‘evolutionary superhighway’: How the brain connects smells and memories

Whereas other sensory systems are thought to have been re-routed during human evolution, [a new] study suggests that olfactory-hippocampal functional ...
‘Scorching ethical debate’: Designer babies are already here. The future looks even more revolutionary — and contentious

‘Scorching ethical debate’: Designer babies are already here. The future looks even more revolutionary — and contentious

In one sense, genetically modifying a child with particular traits is already done on a fairly large scale. Couples with ...
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