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There are a lot of psychopaths amongst us… and some of them are gifts to society

As a happily married family man and a successful neuroscientist at the University of California-Irvine, [James] Fallon didn't exactly fit ...
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COVID = Less sex and more porn

In a recent paper published to the Archives of Sexual Behavior, [professor of media psychology and design Nicola] Döring explored a few of ...
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What is the slippery notion of ‘consciousness’?

As humans, we know we [are conscious] but haven't a clue how it arises. It's a facet of intelligent life ...
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Why turning to germaphobia won’t protect us from another pandemic

As someone who has spent years doing research in health geography, I understand that this collective turn to cleanliness serves ...
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Powerful psychedelic drug ibogaine could help people kick opioid addictions

Somewhere around two million Americans suffer from opioid-related substance use disorder. Treatments like buprenorphine and methadone calm the brain circuits affected by opioids, reducing ...
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Outside of ‘occasional surges’, biodiversity evolution has been largely stagnant for millions of years, studies suggest

The traditional view is that species have increased in diversity continuously over the past 200 million years, particularly in the last ...
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How did early humans avoid being wiped out by tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis is responsible for as many as one billion deaths in the last 200 years alone, but its murderous history ...
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Mimicking brain death: The danger of overdosing on this muscle relaxer

In a new case report, Turkish doctors from Dokuz Eylul University present a curious case of drug intoxication mimicking brain ...
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Controversial theory linking herpes to Alzheimer’s bolstered by study

An outside-the-box theory received new attention in an extensive study published [June 21] to the journal Neuron. Researchers based out of the Icahn ...
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Big data meets taxonomy: Classifying animal species with ‘DNA barcoding’

[T]axonomy – the science of classifying organisms – would be so much easier if life forms came with barcodes… Interestingly enough, ...
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Do ‘brain training’ games actually help kids’ cognitive skills?

In just 13 years, brain training has sprouted from a fledgling industry to a behemoth projected to be worth as much ...
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Reproductive warfare: Do infertile ‘kamikaze sperm’ thwart rival males?

In the 1990s, biologist Robin Baker put forth the idea that a significant proportion of human sperm are not actually capable of ...
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Viewpoint: The government can’t decide what a GMO is—so how is it going to require mandatory labeling?

If the food industry and government cannot come to a consensus about what is a GMO and what isn’t, labeling ...
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Obesity paradox explained? Why muscle mass may reduce risk of death

Nearly twenty years ago, researchers began noticing a curious paradox in health-focused studies: despite common wisdom that being overweight or obese is ...
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How does promiscuity in females impact evolution?

Darwin’s original ideas about sexual selection were based largely on males competing for mates, either by fighting among themselves or ...
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Environmental Working Group wrong: Pesticide levels in food determined safe

A new analysis published in the International Journal of Food Contamination shows that pesticide residues in food are at levels ...

Scientists just calculated the total amount of DNA there is on Earth

The Earth is brimming with life, and within that life, is information, stored in strands of deoxyribonucleic acid: DNA. This ...

In Yellowstone’s hot springs, biotechnology revolution was born

Arguably, the most important enzyme ever discovered was found in a bacterium that lived in one of Yellowstone's hot springs ...

Letter to Dr. Oz: ‘Your rebuttal full of logical fallacies’

Dear Dr. Oz, As a TV host, book author, and "America's Doctor," you hold a powerful and privileged position to ...

Costco scares consumers about GM, yet most of its products contain GMOs

Last week, just days after I wrote a very critical article skewering Whole Foods for lying to all of its customers about ...

Future of biotechnology, scientific research threatened by pro-organic misinformation campaigns

The organic food market is estimated at $63 billion globally, with more than half of those sales occuring in the United States ...
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Genes matter: People marry mates with similar DNA but different immune systems

DNA research suggests that the adage that opposites attract is off base when it comes to marriage. Humans pick spouses ...

Genes may make the musician

A team of researchers has identified multiple genes linked to musical aptitude, providing further evidence that musical ability is heritable ...

30,000 year-old virus revived

As a general rule-of-thumb, eukaryotic cells (e.g., amoebae or human body cells) are about 1,000 times bigger than bacteria, and ...

Desire changes everything, and it’s genetic

Fairbanks, Alaska native Lance Mackey knew all about performance sled dogs, and nursed a burning desire to breed and race ...

Male or female? Why a cell’s sex matters

It may surprise you to learn that -- like humans -- cells can be male or female. The distinction is ...

How does Human saliva compare to a Chimp’s?

Humans (genus Homo) and chimpanzees and bonobos (genus Pan) share roughly 99% of their DNA. But that doesn't necessarily mean we share the same ...

Why do microbes kill some people but not others?

Why do some horrible infectious diseases kill an unlucky few and ignore millions of others? Perhaps the most infamous example ...