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Searching for alien intelligence and how dolphins can help

Daniel Oberhaus | 
The return to dolphins as a model for alien intelligence came in 1999, when SETI Institute astronomer Laurance Doyle proposed using information ...
Our brain works '10 million times slower' than computers—so why is it better at some tasks?

Our brain works ’10 million times slower’ than computers—so why is it better at some tasks?

Liqun Luo | 
[W]hy is the computer good at certain tasks whereas the brain is better at others? Comparing the computer and the ...
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Implantable ‘neural lace’: How we may be able to stimulate our brain to regain youthful functions

Kiki Sanford, Charles Lieber | 
[Elon] Musk stated publicly that given the current rate of A.I. advancement, humans could ultimately expect to be left behind—cognitively, ...
How Rev. Thomas Bayes' faith helped us understand how the brain works

How Rev. Thomas Bayes’ faith helped us understand how the brain works

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
It all began in 1748, when the philosopher David Hume published An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, calling into question, among ...
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‘Star cluster’ genetic analysis illuminates history’s social inequalities

David Reich | 
In humans, the profound biological differences that exist between the sexes mean that a single male is physically capable of ...
Humanzee: Creating lab-produced human-chimpanzee hybrids would be ‘profoundly ethical’

Humanzee: Creating lab-produced human-chimpanzee hybrids would be ‘profoundly ethical’

David Barash | 
It is a bit of a stretch, but by no means impossible or even unlikely that a hybrid or a ...
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Chasing the ‘Fountain of Youth’ through stem cells

Victor Gomes, Vittorio Sebastiano | 
Editor's note: The following is part of a Q&A interview with Vittorio Sebastiano, a research professor of reproductive biology at ...
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Singing the praises of the stick’s role in human evolution

Alexander Langlands | 
Sticks are probably where the story of craft begins—the point at which our very distant ancestors progressed from animalistic existences ...
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

Grigori Guitchounts | 
[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

Victor Gomes | 
[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

Brian Gallagher, James DeGregori | 
[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?

Stephen Hsu | 
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

Brian Gallagher | 
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’

Franco Vazza, Alberto Feletti | 
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

Ryota Kanai | 
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?

Seth Baum | 
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?

Jim Davies | 
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?

Dean Simonton | 
[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

Siddhartha Mukherjee | 
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

J.B. MacKinnon | 
[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?

Zach George | 
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?

John Hawks | 
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?

Lois Parshley | 
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

Veronique Greenwood | 
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

Ferris Jabr | 
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

Moises Velasquez-Manoff | 
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?

Scott Solomon | 
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

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