Neuron by neuron: We often examine the brain too closely to see the big picture

Neuron by neuron: We often examine the brain too closely to see the big picture

[Rafael Yuste thinks neuroscientists have been looking at the brain too close. “It’s just like a TV screen—if you’re watching ...
Mom was right: We get wiser with age and manage stress better

Mom was right: We get wiser with age and manage stress better

[Professor Dilip] Jeste points out that some things get better with age, like the ability to make decisions, control emotions, ...
Viewpoint: 'Mutation-centric' cancer treatment ignores critical environmental factors

Viewpoint: ‘Mutation-centric’ cancer treatment ignores critical environmental factors

[Editor's note: The following is part of an interview with James DeGregori is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry ...
Peak athletic performance: What are our human limits?

Peak athletic performance: What are our human limits?

Athletic performance follows a normal distribution, like many other quantities in nature. That means that the number of people capable ...
'Gettier case': Philosophical puzzle illustrates challenge of understanding what is true

‘Gettier case’: Philosophical puzzle illustrates challenge of understanding what is true

Philosopher Edmund Gettier devised a thought experiment that has become known as a “Gettier case.” It shows that something’s “off” ...
Universal structures? Galaxies and neural networks 'strikingly similar'

Universal structures? Galaxies and neural networks ‘strikingly similar’

We — an astrophysicist and a neuroscientist — joined forces to quantitatively compare the complexity of galaxy networks and neuronal ...
Here's why conscious robots are possible -- and needed

Here’s why conscious robots are possible — and needed

People often ask me whether human-level artificial intelligence will eventually become conscious. My response is: Do you want it to ...
Masters of everything: Should humankind look to colonize the universe?

Masters of everything: Should humankind look to colonize the universe?

Humanity is already exploring outer space; give us a few billion more years of technological progress and we can probably ...
What would 'seeing' like a blind person feel like?

What would ‘seeing’ like a blind person feel like?

What does a blind person see? Your first guess might be that she sees a vast blackness...The answer, of course, ...
Seeing what others don't: Do genius and madness walk hand-in-hand?

Seeing what others don’t: Do genius and madness walk hand-in-hand?

[Given the various so-called mad geniuses in history, many people assume] that creativity and psychopathology are intimately related...But some recent psychologists ...
Sex and the gender spectrum: How genetics help determine gender identity

Sex and the gender spectrum: How genetics help determine gender identity

That genes have anything to do with the determination of sex, gender, and gender identity is a relatively new idea ...
Genetics key to why world's greatest solo climber doesn't feel fear

Genetics key to why world’s greatest solo climber doesn’t feel fear

[Alex] Honnold is history’s greatest ever climber in the free solo style, meaning he ascends without a rope or protective ...

Did early births lead to smarter humans?

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Due to the size ...
Are hands what made us human?

Are hands what made us human?

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

Could genetically engineering key species allow endangered habitats to survive climate change?

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Whitham is studying the ...
Your housemate may be altering your immune system

Your housemate may be altering your immune system

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Our veins are swimming ...

Fossils provide evolutionary window into how epigenetics works

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. By the time the ...
Western diet, loss of gut microbial diversity may lead to chronic diseases

Western diet, loss of gut microbial diversity may lead to chronic diseases

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Scientists suspect our intestinal ...
Are humans still evolving?

Are humans still evolving?

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  That human evolution has ...

How some people can ‘see’ music in color

Suppose you’re at a concert with a friend who leans over and whispers in your ear, “What color was that ...

African American English is its own dialect, and learning to speak it is no simple task

Unless you’ve been on a media blackout this summer, you likely have heard the story of civil-rights activist Rachel Dolezal, ...

Does the brain have to learn how to be sick – or well?

The power of the nervous system lies in its ability to learn, even through adulthood. Networks of neurons discover new ...
How DNA testing transformed matchmaking in Orthodox Jewish community

How DNA testing transformed matchmaking in Orthodox Jewish community

In 1983, the wife of ultra-orthodox Brooklyn rabbi Yosef Eckstein, gave birth to their fifth child. But the couple’s happiness ...

What do ants and your brain have in common?

Each of the brain’s 86 billion neurons can be connected to many thousands of others. When a neuron fires, it ...

Why the Human Brain Project was doomed to fail

n 2005 neuroscientist Henry Markram embarked on a mission to create a supercomputer simulation of the human brain, known as ...

Why we shouldn’t think of genes as language

When we talk about genes, we often use expressions inherited from a few influential geneticists and evolutionary biologists, including Francis ...

Parkinson’s disease: Nature, nurture or bad luck?

Scientists have long known that genes alone cannot explain why some people get Parkinson’s and others don’t. While a handful ...

Are fears of genetic testing rational?

DNA testing has become very popular among genealogists. The birth certificates, census records, and other documents they usually rely on ...