How virtual reality could become a vital treatment to deal with the uncertainty of COVID

How virtual reality could become a vital treatment to deal with the uncertainty of COVID

A national shortage in mental health clinicians existed before COVID-19. Now, health care organizations must decide how to rapidly scale ...
Viewpoint: GMO ‘opposition based on emotion and dogma must be stopped’

Viewpoint: GMO ‘opposition based on emotion and dogma must be stopped’

Climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic have featured heavily in this presidential campaign and are without question two of the ...
How getting your flu shot could reduce the likelihood of a COVID infection

How getting your flu shot could reduce the likelihood of a COVID infection

[A] new study suggests that there could be another key reason to get a flu jab this year: it might reduce ...
Why do many COVID patients lose their sense of smell? Here are some answers

Why do many COVID patients lose their sense of smell? Here are some answers

Smell loss is so common in people with [COVID-19] that some researchers have recommended its use as a diagnostic test because it ...
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What goes on in the brains of science nerds?

Do you get really stimulated by new ideas and imaginative scenarios? If so, you may have an influx of dopamine ...
AI can reliably predict Alzheimer’s by analyzing how we use words

AI can reliably predict Alzheimer’s by analyzing how we use words

A team from IBM and Pfizer says it has trained AI models to spot early signs of [Alzheimer’s, a] notoriously stealthy ...
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Natural ‘antifreeze proteins’ added as a polymer can make concrete more durable

Because concrete is porous and absorbs liquid, [temperature] changes often make its surface flake and peel. But researchers say a ...
Viewpoint: ‘Misguided enthusiasm’ to save honeybees threatens wild pollinators

Viewpoint: ‘Misguided enthusiasm’ to save honeybees threatens wild pollinators

The rise in hobby beekeeping, now a trendy activity for hundreds of thousands of Americans, followed strong awareness campaigns to “save the bees.” ...
Republican vs Democrat brains: Either ideology shapes the brain or brain structure drives our political views

Republican vs Democrat brains: Either ideology shapes the brain or brain structure drives our political views

On the whole, the research shows, conservatives desire security, predictability and authority more than liberals do, and liberals are more ...
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Scientists taking partisan stands on the coronavirus: Here comes the political backlash

Today, although most Americans trust information from physicians and medical scientists, public trust in the scientific community has become increasingly partisan, and conservatives and ...
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Matrix redux: It’s actually possible that we are virtual beings living in an AI computer simulation

Some have tried to identify ways in which we can discern if we are simulated beings. Others have attempted to ...
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Do psychiatric drugs do more harm than good to treat mental illness?

In the book [Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America], which ...
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Understanding COVID vaccine skepticism: It’s not all anti-science

Even though vaccines have virtually eliminated the risk of many preventable diseases, there has been an increase in refusal and ...
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Can psychedelic drugs change your religious or political beliefs?

Psychotherapy assisted by psilocybin, the psychedelic compound in “magic mushrooms,” seems to be remarkably effective in treating a wide range ...
How much will vaccines help knowing COVID reinfection is possible?

How much will vaccines help knowing COVID reinfection is possible?

[V]accines mimic a natural immune response, to the effect of developing long-term and in some cases lifelong immunity to reinfection ...
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Our dreams reveal the escalating, suppressed anxiety spawned by COVID

We live day and night inside the same walls. We fear touching groceries that arrive at our doorstep. If we ...
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Viewpoint: Trump’s inflammatory appeals triggered support for him in 2016. Here’s why scientists think it won’t happen again

In the 2016 election, undecided voters were influenced by the brain’s fear-driven impulses—more simply, gut instinct—once they arrived inside the ...
CBD is hyped as a ‘miracle cure’ for just about everything. Here is the reality

CBD is hyped as a ‘miracle cure’ for just about everything. Here is the reality

So, is CBD a miracle cure? Despite its promise, if you’re someone who hopes to read that science proves CBD ...
Dyslexia shows the inborn nature of visual imagining and cognition

Dyslexia shows the inborn nature of visual imagining and cognition

Reading is a learned skill; no one is born reading. But learning to read relies on inborn human capacities for ...
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Video: Antarctica research shows how isolation changes the brain

As humans grapple with pandemic-induced isolation, science is starting to offer insight into what may be happening in our brains when ...
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Only 67% of schools teach evolution is ‘settled science’ although teaching creationism in schools is on the wane

American teachers have not always been afforded the luxury of teaching evolution forthrightly. John Thomas Scopes, for example, was famously ...
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Can you really exercise your brain?

Who wouldn’t want a better memory? After all, our recollections are fragile and can be impaired by diseases, injuries, mental ...
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Why we lie and the challenge of being honest

We lie when we think we can get away with it. We lie more in groups, especially if we see other ...
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‘Complicated, messy and random’: Synthesizing old and new perspectives on human evolution

Darwin made astute observations about our kind and predictions about our ancient past based on the information that was available ...
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IF – intermittent fasting: How and why it works

IF comes in three main flavors: alternate-day fasting, when people alternate between feast days (eating normally or a little extra) and ...
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Horse antibody therapies to contain COVID under development in Latin America

Borrowing from decades of experience in producing snake antivenoms, scientists, veterinarians and technicians at a scientific and technical institute in ...
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COVID spurs fears of surge in suicides

The rate of suicide—the second leading cause of death in the U.S. among people ages 10 to 34 and the ...
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Health monitors you can draw on your skin with electronic pen and ink

Wearable sensor technology, which helps doctors check a variety of health indicators, has in recent years advanced from bulky devices ...
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