Popular Cavendish banana heading towards extinction, with GMO and gene edited varieties only viable saviors

Popular Cavendish banana heading towards extinction, with GMO and gene edited varieties only viable saviors

We are in the age of the Cavendish, a banana cultivar that accounts for 99 percent of imports to the Western world. But ...
New ‘curvature blindness’ optical illusion illustrates how the brain interprets images

New ‘curvature blindness’ optical illusion illustrates how the brain interprets images

A new optical illusion has been discovered, and it’s really quite striking. The strange effect is called the ‘curvature blindness’ ...
High IQ and health: Are more Intelligent people more prone to illnesses?

High IQ and health: Are more Intelligent people more prone to illnesses?

A new paper claims that very intelligent people are more prone to mental illnesses and allergies. Mensans reported levels of illness higher ...
Preserved fatty tissues found in 48-million-year-old bird fossil

Preserved fatty tissues found in 48-million-year-old bird fossil

[R]esearchers have confirmed that fatty tissues were still identifiable in the partial fossil of a 48-million-year-old bird. The new research hints ...
Why the quest for artificial intelligence almost died in infancy

Why the quest for artificial intelligence almost died in infancy

It feels as if we’re riding the wave of a novel technological era, but the current rise in neural networks ...
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Oldest African DNA found in Malawi cave fills some of human ancestry’s ‘crucial gaps’

A great irony about Africa is that, even though it’s the birthplace of our species, we know almost nothing about ...
Human Project: 10,000 New Yorkers' health to be tracked over 20 years

Human Project: 10,000 New Yorkers’ health to be tracked over 20 years

If you smoke cigarettes, you’re putting yourself at a heightened risk for heart disease. That correlation is well-known and unchallenged ...
Fighting the common cold: Understanding rare genetic mutation may be key

Fighting the common cold: Understanding rare genetic mutation may be key

A rare mutation that nearly killed a young girl has revealed insights into the common cold. Researchers from the National Institute ...
What if we find an alien civilization 500 years behind us in technology and advancements?

What if we find an alien civilization 500 years behind us in technology and advancements?

We couldn’t communicate with them by any currently known method. Unless physicists make some kind of wildly unanticipated new discovery, ...
Walked with us: Cave findings show extinct human-like species Homo naledi co-existed with modern humans

Walked with us: Cave findings show extinct human-like species Homo naledi co-existed with modern humans

Discovered in a South African cave, H. naledi first came to light in 2015, in a paper by University of the Witwatersrand ...
To save energy, our liver grows by day and shrinks at night

To save energy, our liver grows by day and shrinks at night

Among all the organs in the human body, the liver is something of a superhero. Not only does it defend our ...
Do we have a human right to the privacy of our brain activity?

Do we have a human right to the privacy of our brain activity?

Do we have a human right to the privacy of our brain activity? Is “cognitive liberty” the foundation of all ...
How one surgeon harnesses the regenerative power of pig guts to save fingers, limbs

How one surgeon harnesses the regenerative power of pig guts to save fingers, limbs

Bioengineers have made great strides harnessing the body’s ability to start over...[still] much of regenerative medicine’s promise remains inside the ...
Could life on Earth have started without the 'fundamental' periodic elements?

Could life on Earth have started without the ‘fundamental’ periodic elements?

Biologists have traditionally assumed that [carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorous, and sulfur] were prerequisites, as each one is found in ...
Heart-pounding vegetables? Heart tissue grown on spinach may lead to organ regeneration

Heart-pounding vegetables? Heart tissue grown on spinach may lead to organ regeneration

One of the biggest obstacles in the field of organ regeneration is scaling up production from tiny samples in a ...
Astrological medicine: Your birth month can predict your risk for asthma, ADHD and more than 50 other diseases

Astrological medicine: Your birth month can predict your risk for asthma, ADHD and more than 50 other diseases

Your Zodiac symbol and birthstone aren’t the only things decided by your birth date: The day you entered this world ...
"Uncombable hair syndrome" linked to rare gene mutations

“Uncombable hair syndrome” linked to rare gene mutations

The "uncombable hair syndrome," which is usually present only in childhood, results in a tangled mess of frizzy hair that leaves ...
Drug industry could improve research if scientists use CRISPR edited human-like lab rats

Drug industry could improve research if scientists use CRISPR edited human-like lab rats

“Cancer has been cured a thousand times.” So says Christopher Austin, the director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences ...
Search underway for 'super donors' to facilitate gene therapy

Search underway for ‘super donors’ to facilitate gene therapy

Our bodies’ cells didn’t evolve to flourish in a petri dish. Even fast-growing skin cells stop dividing and turn thin ...

Psychologists counter publication bias with call to reveal negative study results

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. The ‘file drawer problem’ ...

Exciting headlines aside, knowledge can’t be ‘uploaded’ into brain

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. According to a spectacularly ...

GM mosquitoes didn’t cause Zika, but they can help stop it

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. A new ridiculous rumor is ...

Bacteria give insights into randomness of evolution

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. It’s a crazy world ...

Is less medication key to treating schizophrenia?

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  According to the New ...

Your brain has its own unique ‘fingerprint’

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  Each person is unique ...

Does oxytocin deserve title of ‘trust hormone?’

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  The claim that the ...

Can drugs that disrupt memory also help people remember?

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  An influential theory about ...

Dementia more common as population ages, but is it an epidemic?

Another day, another alarming brain-related story hits the news: Dementia is striking victims earlier and death rates are soaring Modern ...