How plants learn and use memories for prediction and decision-making

How plants learn and use memories for prediction and decision-making

Laura Ruggles | 
[Editor's note: Laura Ruggles is a philosophy PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide in Australia.] The idea that plants can ...
Viewpoint: Is having children immoral?

Viewpoint: Is having children immoral?

David Benatar | 
[Editor's note: David Benatar is a professor of philosophy and head of the department of philosophy at the University of Cape Town, ...
Is scientific neutrality being lost to commercialism?

Is scientific neutrality being lost to commercialism?

Hilary Rose | 
In the past few decades, the life sciences have been transformed into gigantic bio-technosciences, blurring the boundaries between science and ...
Does human life have meaning in an unfathomably vast universe?

Does human life have meaning in an unfathomably vast universe?

Nick Hughes | 
Humanity is nothing more than a microscopic blip in the universe. But does that mean we are insignificant? … The ...
'All natural fetish' fuels 'counter-rationalist mindset' on GMOs in Vermont

‘All natural fetish’ fuels ‘counter-rationalist mindset’ on GMOs in Vermont

Molly Hodgdon | 
Immersed as we are in these exquisite pastoral gifts, Vermonters tend to forget that Mother Nature might be lovely, but ...
Evolutionary survival mechanism 'gone-awry' likely source of sleep walking

Evolutionary survival mechanism ‘gone-awry’ likely source of sleep walking

Philip Jaekl | 
Recent research from Stanford University shows that up to 4 per cent of adults might have [walked in their sleep] ...
Races mingling, mixing faster than ever, and that makes us genetically stronger

Races mingling, mixing faster than ever, and that makes us genetically stronger

Scott Solomon | 
Recent insights from the sequencing of hundreds of thousands of human genomes in the past decade have revealed that our ...
Precision medicine: Over promising genetic breakthroughs offers patients false hope

Precision medicine: Over promising genetic breakthroughs offers patients false hope

Nathaniel Comfort | 
Science has always issued medical promissory notes. In the 17th century, Francis Bacon promised that an understanding of the true ...

As the age of mother’s has increased, twin births have skyrocketed

Laura Spinney | 
Twins are very much in our consciousness at the moment...because we are living through a twin boom. A higher proportion ...
Neither good 'microbes' nor 'bad microbes' truly exist

Neither good ‘microbes’ nor ‘bad microbes’ truly exist

Ed Yong | 
[For centuries,] [m]icrobes became synonymous with squalor and sickness. They became foes for us to annihilate and repel. Today, we ...

Should we treat human-pig chimeras as people?

Julian Savulescu | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Scientists in the United ...

Do certain genes determine someone’s “criminal” nature?

Douglas Starr | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. [The year 1871 brought ...

Childhood experiences have long-lasting impact on brain

Donna Nakazawa | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. New findings in neuroscience, ...
Gene-editing, gene drives demand new regulatory approach

Gene-editing, gene drives demand new regulatory approach

Jennifer Kuzma | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Gene editing and gene ...

Genetic evidence reveals extensive inbreeding between humans, other hominids

John Hawks | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Until recently, anthropologists drew ...

Should we praise or demonize artificial foods?

Rachel Laudan | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Artificial food. That’s what ...

Early eugenics movement first introduced biology to politics

Nathaniel Comfort | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. For centuries, human hereditary ...
Fresh, local and organic may not equal sustainable

Fresh, local and organic may not equal sustainable

Louise Fresco | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Are the organic hand-picked ...
Epigenetics: Why there's no such thing as a 'perfect' human body

Epigenetics: Why there’s no such thing as a ‘perfect’ human body

Julie Guthman | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  Epigenetics is a burgeoning ...

Is the infinite universe of Internet pornography a danger, or an asset to sexuality?

Maria Konnikova | 
‘The widespread use of internet porn is one of the fastest-moving global experiments ever unconsciously conducted,’ the U.S. science writer ...

Why evaluating risk factors might not always lead to the best medical advice

Jeff Wheelwright | 
Most health-conscious people are familiar with the concept of risk factors for disease. We’re too familiar, in fact. A risk ...

Creativity more imitation than innovation

Kat McGowan | 
In today’s world, inventors are our heroes and our saviours – the geniuses who keep the world economy surging forward, ...
Does our anthropocentric view of genetics keep us from scientific discovery?

Does our anthropocentric view of genetics keep us from scientific discovery?

Ed Yong | 
We often attribute disease causing agency to microbes. But any human heath effects they have were discovered haphazardly through evolution ...
Humans' love of watching animals is hardwired

Humans’ love of watching animals is hardwired

David Barash | 
Humans derive pleasure watching animals in zoos, nature and in popular culture. Beyond their uses as food sources and domestic ...

Invitro meat and the future vegan carnivore

Julian Baggini | 
Chef Richard McGeown has faced bigger culinary challenges in his distinguished career than frying a meat patty in a little ...