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Viewpoint: Human germline editing offers ‘bright future’ if done carefully

E. Paul Zehr | 
We are at the point where our technology will soon surpass our humanity. It used to be that what we ...
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Do you find psychopaths attractive? You may be one yourself

Scott Kaufman | 
In 2005, Scott Peterson was convicted of the murder of his wife Laci and her unborn child. During the first ...
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Audio: New FDA pesticide residue study confirms America’s food supply is safe

Carl Winter, Monica Reinagel | 
The FDA recently released its annual Pesticide Residue Report. As pesticides are one of the things people worry most about, I ...
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‘Race’ may affect the way Alzheimer’s attacks the brain

Karen Weintraub | 
Research on Alzheimer’s has mainly focused on Caucasians. New findings, however, suggest the disease process that leads to dementia may ...
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DNA as ‘fortune teller’? There are limits as to what genes can predict

Kevin Mitchell | 
Is our future written in our genes? … King’s College London geneticist Robert Plomin, in his new book, Blueprint, presents DNA ...
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Unravelling the mysteries of the creative brain

Anna Abraham, Scott Kaufman | 
Anna Abraham wrote a wonderful resource that covers some of the most hot button topics in the field [of the neuroscience of creativity] ...

New therapy could aid battle against drug-resistant bacteria

Zahidul Alam | 
[T]he first penicillin-resistant pathogen was detected in 1940. Since then, many other antibacterial drugs (both natural and semisynthetic) have been ...
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Nazi parents were taught to ignore children’s emotional needs—Germany’s youth may still be paying the price

Anne Kratzer | 
Renate Flens, a German woman in her 60s who suffers from depression, tells her psychotherapist that she wants to love ...
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Why did dinosaurs thrive for so long, while other ancient species faced extinction?

Brian Switek | 
Everybody knows about the K/Pg Mass Extinction. As soon as we learn about dinosaurs, and demand to know why we ...
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Are you an early bird or a night owl? Simple blood test could answer the question

Simon Makin | 
Are you an early-rising lark or a night owl? These terms have gained scientific credibility, with researchers determining such differences ...
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Is conscious thought just an illusion?

Peter Carruthers, Steve Ayan | 
Philosopher Peter Carruthers insists that conscious thought, judgment and volition are illusions. … [Carruthers:] Thoughts such as decisions and judgments ...
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Can this ancient plant-based hallucinogen lead to new diabetes treatment?

Emily Willingham | 
For centuries, some indigenous groups in South America have relied on a brew made from the parts of a local ...

Does a higher IQ lead to a better, happier life?

Scott Kaufman | 
[In] a new study conducted by Ana Dimitrijevic and colleagues, [the researchers] attempted to assess the relationship between multiple indicators of ...

‘Tribe before truth’: Why scientific knowledge without curiosity can be polarizing

Dan Kahan | 
What intellectual capacities—or if one prefers, cognitive virtues—should the citizens of a modern democratic society possess? For decades, one dominant ...

Gut-brain axis: How a high-salt diet could affect the brain

Jonathan Grinstein | 
It is well known that a high salt diet leads to high blood pressure, a risk factor for an array of health ...
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Reversing OCD with intensive 4-day ‘head-on’ therapy

Diana Kwon | 
[A]round nine years after [Katherine] Mydland-aas’s cleaning rituals began, a psychologist diagnosed her with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and referred her ...

Alien limb syndrome: Understanding how brain injuries can rob the sense of free will

Bahar Gholipour | 
When Ryan Darby was a neurology resident, he was familiar with something called alien limb syndrome, but that did not ...

Targeting cancer with sugar-powered immunotherapy

Esther Landhuis | 
Over the last few decades, researchers tinkering with molecules that turn an immune cell on and off have created a ...
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Is climate change ‘robbing’ our food of nutrients?

Elena Suglia | 
Is it possible to starve yourself of nutrients while simultaneously gaining weight? .... According to a growing body of research, ...

Are dogs really all that smart? This study says ‘no’

David Hambrick | 
If you are convinced your dog is a genius, you may be disappointed in the conclusions of a study just published ...
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PEW survey: Half of Americans believe GMOs pose health risks and are linked to use of food additives

Cary Funk | 
A new Pew Research Center report shows an American public that is closely divided over [food] additives, and genetically modified (GM) crops ...

Baboons given heart transplants from genetically engineered pigs—humans could be next

Angus Chen | 
In four adjacent enclosures transplantation researcher Bruno Reichart kept four happy baboons. … Most importantly, he says, they were healthy ...
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Like riding a bike: Why do we never forget some things?

Boris Suchan | 
So how is it that we can ride a bicycle when we haven’t done so in years? As it turns ...
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Solitary confinement may cause ‘irreversible’ damage to the brain

Dana Smith | 
There are an estimated 80,000 people, mostly men, in solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. They are confined to windowless cells ...

Viewpoint: An argument against using genetically modified mosquitos to fight malaria in Africa

Ify Aniebo | 
Some scientists have proposed genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes as a solution to controlling malaria, a scourge that has been around ...
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How a father’s stresses alter sperm and can ‘leave his children scarred’

Esther Landhuis | 
A stressed-out and traumatized father can leave scars in his children. New research suggests this happens because sperm “learn” paternal ...
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How plants have shaped the course of human history

Yota Batsaki | 
Quinine (Scientific name: Cinchona) is a plant that has influenced the course of human history. Used for centuries by the indigenous ...

Brains of fetuses could suffer from exposure to marijuana

Dana Smith | 
Marijuana has been legalized in some capacity in 31 U.S. states, in large part due to a softening stance around ...