Category: Science

Hey, let’s try this little quiz: are you a psychopath? For this person I know, the answer is The test results suggest strong psychopathic tendencies. This does not mean the person is a potential mass-murderer: socialised psychopaths are not mad, …

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It is interesting to note how our own cultural biases change and sometimes impede the scientific research. That is the case in fertilization, as Emily Martin studied: In fact, biologists could have figured out a hundred years ago that sperm …

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So now we celebrate the Dia de la Independencia de Colombia, remembering the words by Acevedo y Gomez: Si perdéis estos momentos de efervescencia y calor, si dejáis escapar esta ocasión única y feliz, antes de doce horas seréis tratados …

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From wired, it now happens that nerves may transmit information using a mechanism akin to sound waves, not electric signals! Since olive oil is similar to the lipid molecules that make up nerve cells, Jackson and Heimburg started questioning the …

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OK, so that is a bad word game, yet the plasticity of the brain appears to be nothing short of amazing, miraculous, and incomprehensible just yet; from the NYTimes: For patients with brain injury, the revolution brings only good news, …

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Amid all the controversies regarding Pluto’s status as a planet, there comes the most judicious voice of all, thanks to a very “special messagefor Scott “Pluto Hayta” Westerfeld. You don’t argue with that logic. Technorati: astronomy, humor, video

The world is round, but the Universe is flat, as suggested by physicist Raphael Bousso: The holographic bound that the entropy (log of number of quantum states) of a system is bounded from above by a quarter of the area …

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Meat grown in huge vats could be a possibility. But really, do we want to have a synthosteak? And what are the energy benefits of such a thing, ie, how much energy goes into it and what goes out of …

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A dinosaur is like an Oreo: the good stuff is inside. Mary Highby Schwitzer found soft tissue in the remnants of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Jack Horner, another paleontologist, said “Dinosaurs are relatively rare and we certainly think of Tyrannosaurus rex …

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