Why Do We Sleep?

Lets start with the basics, what is it that makes us sleepy? Makes our heads drop off during lectures, texts left unread ’til the morning and afternoon naps such an essential… It starts with a substance called Adenosine, a by-product of the use of ATP in our bodies day to day chemical reactions. As soon […]

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A matter of inheritance

The age-old ‘nature-nurture’ debate revolves around understanding to what extent various traits within a population are determined by biological or environmental factors. In this context ‘traits’ can include not only aspects of personality, but also physical differences (e.g. eye colour) and differences in the vulnerability to disease. Investigating the nature-nurture question is important because it […]

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Neuroscientists Make Declaration On Animal Consciousness

On 7/7/2012 a group of prominent neuroscientists signed a declaration supporting the view that non-human animals experience consciousness. The statement claims to be a ‘re-evaluation of previously held preconceptions’. It states that: ‘Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical and neurophysiologial substrates of conscious states, along with the capacity to exhibit intentional […]

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Scientists discover bees that can reverse brain aging

By Maria Panagiotidi Scientists at Arizona State University have discovered that older honey bees can reverse brain aging when they take on nest responsibilities typically handled by much younger bees. This finding could provide alternative interventions for the treatment of age-related dementia. Current research focuses mainly on potential new drug treatments. The study was published in […]

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First Steps Toward Emergence of Life Theory

By Stephen Sadler What turned a primordial mixture of amino acids and proteins into the first organized, self-replicating unit? What was it that breathed the vital breath into a collection of inanimate chemical building blocks, giving rise to an unbroken chain of evolution stretching three and a half billion years into the future and culminating in […]

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Scientists Implant Biofuel Cell in Living Snail

By Maria Panagiotidi Researchers led by Evgeny Katz, the Milton Kerker Chaired Professor of Colloid Science at Clarkson University, have implanted a biofuel cell in a living snail. Their findings were published in the Journal of The American Chemical Society. The “implanted battery” can generate electrical power for several months driven by glucose, which is […]

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