Tag Archive: human

Science fiction, not theories, predicts facts

The past is not the key to the present

Electric fields affect wing movement, leading to agitation and changes in brain chemistry Excerpt: The effect on the wings being moved seems to agitate the flies, as revealed by changes in their brain chemistry. Flies exposed to an electric field…
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RNA-mediated species specificity

human-evolution

Species-Specific Scientists uncover striking differences between mouse and human gene expression across a variety of tissues. By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | November 17, 2014 Excerpt: “…results published today (November 17) in PNAS reveal widespread differences between human and mouse gene expression,…
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2014 and 2004 Nobel Prize in Medicine

neuronal-plasticity

2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine is Awarded for Discovery of Brain’s ‘Inner GPS’ Excerpt: “… gray lines show the path followed by a rat as it moves around a box looking for pieces of food.” 2014 Nobel prize in physiology…
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Teeth evolved: a short misrepresentation

Genetic code

Teeth: a Very Short Introduction Description: Presents the story of teeth – from the earliest tooth-bearing fishes hundreds of millions of years ago through amphibians, reptiles and, ultimately, mammals Teeth are amazing – the product of half a billion years…
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Did our adapted mind evolve? (Revisited)

human-evolution

Did our adapted mind evolve? In my extended comments on this topic I concluded with “Experience-dependent changes in DNA methylation can exert profound effects on neuronal function and behaviour. A single learning event can induce a variety of DNA modifications…
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Watching and waiting for more retractions

neuronal-plasticity

Brain Genetics Paper Retracted A study that identified genes linked to communication between different areas of the brain has been retracted by its authors because of statistical flaws. By Anna Azvolinsky | September 4, 2014 Excerpt: “This retraction raises the…
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Epigentically-effected sensory sensitivity and affects on behavior

neuronal-plasticity

Sensory-Related Neural Activity Regulates the Structure of Vascular Networks in the Cerebral Cortex A video abstract is available via the above link to the article abstract information. Reported as: Sensory Sensitivity Neuroscience News September 5, 2014 Excerpt: “…lowering neural activity…
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MicroRNA de novo Creation manifested in ecological adaptation

Genetic code

Linking ‘natural mutants’ and evolution Reservoir of mutations enabled cichlid fish to adapt to varied environments September 3, 2014 | Popular By Leah Eisenstadt, Broad Institute Communications Excerpt: “…the East African cichlid genomes possess an excess of gene duplications; alterations…
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The importance of science fiction to scientific fact

Concerned about the Eaton SF/F archive at UCR Complaint: “They have driven out long-serving and cherished members of its staff, have proposed policies that would result in the gutting of the Collection as a world-class archive…” My comment: “The concept…
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Drunks and Monkeys: Pseudoscientific nonsense

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Drunks and Monkeys Understanding our primate ancestors’ relationship with alcohol can inform its use by modern humans. By Robert Dudley | June 1, 2014 Excerpt: “…if the right kinds of bacteria are also present, fermentation will stabilize certain foodstuffs (think cheese, yogurt, sauerkraut,…
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