articles tagged: biology
how a virus accidentally helped the evolution of intelligence
# evolution

how a virus accidentally helped the evolution of intelligence

Intelligent life on Earth may owe its existence to an ancient virus which inserted its genetic code and machinery into early tetrapods and now helps their neurons talk to each other.

world of weird things podcast: purple earth and the search for alien life
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: purple earth and the search for alien life

Get ready for a weekly dose of weird science and bleeding edge technology in an audio format, optimized for your commute and downtime.

how to make really complicated science into a political live wire
# science

how to make really complicated science into a political live wire

Transgenderism and gender fluidity are complicated topics which may be why the media and political partisans are treating them with the subtlety and nuance of a runaway bulldozer.

why the iq police won’t come after you with a brain scanner
# science

why the iq police won’t come after you with a brain scanner

A new study showing that your through patterns are unique enough to be seen on a brain scan is being misinterpreted as a test run of an IQ detector.

what do we do with what elephants taught us about preventing cancers?
# health

what do we do with what elephants taught us about preventing cancers?

We finally know why elephants are more resistant to cancers than humans. Can we use the same strategy they do?

do we know what actually causes autism?
# health

do we know what actually causes autism?

A new study backs up the idea that autism is a genetic disorder by growing neurons in petri dishes.

the hidden costs of a world with a tenth of the men
# sex

the hidden costs of a world with a tenth of the men

A satirical book about exterminating 90% of all men for a better world got some traction again. What would happen if we took it seriously and followed through?

battling superbugs the evolutionary way
# health

battling superbugs the evolutionary way

One good way to fight bacteria that have a resistance to antibiotics may be to remove their resistance to antibiotics...

an age extension drug too good to be true?
# science

an age extension drug too good to be true?

A new potential life-extension drug is performing extremely well in mice. Will these results translate well to humans?

south korea tells creationists to back off
# science

south korea tells creationists to back off

South Korea reverses its creationist-friendly course after consulting with scientists over the contents of its school textbooks.

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