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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nathaniel Scharping | 
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

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

Kim Smuga-Otto | 
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

Neuroskeptic | 
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

Neuroskeptic | 
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

Christie Wilcox | 
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

Nathaniel Scharping | 
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?

Neuroskeptic | 
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’

Janine Anderson | 
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?’

Neuroskeptic | 
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?

Neuroskeptic | 
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?

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

Sneaky monkey ‘hook-ups’ give peek into primate cognition

Elizabeth Preston | 
Just how much monkey business is there in monkey sex? In groups with alpha males, monkeys lower on the totem ...

Viruses point forensic scientists to bodies’ location of origin

Rebecca Kreston | 
Certain events can pose enormous challenges in identifying the deceased. The huge scope of mass casualty events such as wars, ...

Cultural brokers—environmental groups, prominent journalists—shape public discourse on GMOs

Keith Kloor | 
A Zurich-based think tank asks: “Who is influencing the way we think today? Whose ideas are determining ours?”  To answer that ...
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Food Babe conundrum: Responding to scare mongering while addressing legitimate fears

Keith Kloor | 
We live in an age where lots of people have become suspicious of many things tagged by activists–and the media–as ...

Better face for GMOs: Drought resistance and resistance to ‘superpest’

Christie Wilcox | 
Much of the current criticism of GMOs rests on the currently-available varieties, dominated by RoundUp Ready (herbicide-resistant) and Bt (pesticide-producing) ...

Why reporters should confront an indefensible position on GMOs with scientific consensus

Keith Kloor | 
I recently spoke at Cornell about the public GMO discourse–who has shaped it and how some commonly held perceptions have taken ...

MSNBC’s ‘Frankenjournalism’ on GM labeling

Keith Kloor | 
When veteran health and environmental reporters dig into the GMO debate, they start showing people what all the most trustworthy ...

Alzheimer’s drug slows cognitive decline, set for further trials

Carl Engelking | 
The search for an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease has been riddled with failures, but a promising new drug could ...