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Dec 10, 2023

Pregnancy-responsive pools of adult neural stem cells for transient neurogenesis in mothers

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Dynamic response of adult neural stem cells during pregnancy prepares the maternal olfactory bulb for motherhood.

Dec 10, 2023

The oldest stars in our galaxy make elements that aren’t yet on the periodic table

Posted by in categories: chemistry, space

Move over uranium, the Milky Way’s oldest stars have bigger and better elements to make.

A group of researchers from across the United States, Canada and Sweden have discovered ancient neutron stars might have created elements with atomic mass greater than 260.

With an atomic mass of 238, uranium is the heaviest naturally occurring element known on Earth, though others like plutonium have been found in trace amounts due to reactions in uranium deposits.

Dec 10, 2023

The Strange Order of Things by Antonio Damasio review — why feelings are the unstoppable force

Posted by in category: neuroscience

The Strange Order of Things by Antonio Damasio review – why feelings are the unstoppable force.

Nietzsche would have given four cheers for this intricately argued book, which is at once scientifically rigorous and humanely accommodating, and, so far as this reviewer can judge, revolutionary. Antonio Damasio, a professor of neuroscience, psychology and philosophy, sets out to investigate “why and how we emote, feel, use feelings to construct our selves … and how brains interact with the body to support such functions”. We are not floating seraphim, he reminds us, but bodies that think – and all the better for it.

From Plato onwards, western philosophy has favoured mind over “mere” body, so that by the time we get to Descartes, the human has become hardly more than a brain stuck atop a stick, like a child’s hobbyhorse. This is the conception of humanness that Damasio wishes to dismantle. For him, as for Nietzsche, what the body feels is every bit as significant as what the mind thinks, and further, both functions are inextricably intertwined. Indeed, from the very start, among the earliest primitive life forms, affect – “the world of emotions and feelings” – was the force that drove unstoppably towards the flowering of human consciousness and the creation of cultures, Damasio insists.

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Dec 10, 2023

Cancer Moonshot: HPV Vaccine Trial and Accelerated Cervical Cancer Control

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

DCEG researchers are testing one-dose HPV vaccination and creating new cervical cancer screening approaches that are effective and efficient. For high resource settings, the investigators are designing a quick and cost-effective HPV genotyping assay to improve the detection and management of cervical cancer.

Dec 10, 2023

Scientists design program for the future of US particle physics research

Posted by in categories: futurism, particle physics

In the culmination of a US community planning process that began in late 2020, the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel has approved the recommendations of the P5 Report.

Dec 10, 2023

Electrical stimulation signals new hope for stroke patients

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

Innovative neuromodulation techniques provided by a specialist institute in New Jersey can restore lost functions.

Dec 10, 2023

Now print structures deep in your tissues with this new acoustic technique

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical

Researchers develop DVAP, a groundbreaking 3D printing technique using sono-ink and ultrasound waves for deep-tissue biomedical applications.

Dec 10, 2023

Fermi Paradox: The Zombie Apocalypse Universe

Posted by in category: existential risks

An exploration of the hard science fiction ways a zombie apocalpyse might become a reality. My Interview with Dr. Travis Langley

Dec 10, 2023

SETI Technosignatures

Posted by in category: alien life

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Dec 10, 2023

10 States Most Likely to Become ‘Blue Zones,’ With Healthy Lifestyles and Long Lifespans

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

People in so-called “Blue Zones” have low rates of chronic disease and long life expectancy.

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