Category Archives: Science

Brain Power

I once wondered if one could lose weight by thinking harder, but it seems like the energy consumption in the brain is not a simple matter of greater mental effort sapping more of the body’s available energy. Even though a more … Continue reading

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Evolution is Just a Theory

From the book ‘Science Tales: Lies, Hoaxes and Scams’, Darryl Cunningham takes on common challenges to evolution, debunking them point by point (see the whole chapter on evolution vs theory here: http://darryl-cunningham.blogspot.no/2011/06/evolution.html ). It probably won’t change the minds of someone who … Continue reading

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Nobel Prize Recipients from Norway in Physiology or Medicine

              Congratulations to this year´s Nobel Prize winners in Physiology or Medicine and cognitive neuroscientists May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser from Norway together with John O´Keefe from UK, which have discovered an inner positioning system … Continue reading

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New Technology May Reveal How Long You’ll Live

Facial recognition technology may soon become personal, as a group of scientists is working on a system that analyze an individual’s longevity prospects based on how his or her face has aged. The research is still in its early stages, but … Continue reading

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Is the Brain a Receiver for Consciousness?

An interesting article regarding the ‘brain-as-receiver hypothesis’. The author, Steven Novella, claims that the hypothesis is nothing more than a convenient way for dualists to dismiss evidence for the correlation between brain function and mental function. He argues that if the … Continue reading

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An Algorithm That Recognizes Faces Better Than People Can

Computer scientists are announcing they’ve made a program that is better at matching photos than people are, and this is the first time a program has performed better than people at recognizing people. The new algorithm, developed at the Chinese … Continue reading

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Beard Trend is ‘Guided by Evolution’

A study from 2013 (The role of facial hair in women’s perceptions of men’s attractiveness, health, masculinity and parenting abilities Evolution and Human Behavior 34 (2013) 236-241. doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2013.02.003) looked at men’s and women’s judgments of attractiveness, health, masculinity and parenting abilities for … Continue reading

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