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Were Giant Viruses the First Life on Earth? | Simons Foundation

Giant viruses, containing unique genes unlike those found in any other life (as well as genes not normally found in viruses, such as those for protein synthesis) are forcing new speculations about very early life on Earth. Were Giant Viruses … Continue reading

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Phineas Gage neuroscience case: True story of famous frontal lobe patient is better than textbook accounts.

I’ve passed on the usual stories about Phineas Gage, and how his famous incident changed him into a sociopath. It turns out that how his damage affected his personality is less certain than we thought. Phineas Gage neuroscience case: True … Continue reading

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The Surprising Science Behind Why and When We Yawn : The New Yorker

Why do we yawn? The short answer is that we still don’t know for sure, but here’s a pretty good (popular) summary of some current research. The Surprising Science Behind Why and When We Yawn : The New Yorker.  

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Paralysed woman moves robot with her mind – by Nature Video – YouTube

Paralysed woman moves robot with her mind – by Nature Video – YouTube.  

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This stunning animal looks like a glitch in reality’s programming

So there’s a copepod, normally transparent, whose shell has a gap between two crystalline plates of just the right size to reflect blue light while allowing other frequencies to pass. Thus it shimmers between invisible and iridescent blue. This stunning … Continue reading

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A 63-year-old albatross, oldest known wild bird, hatches a new chick

The world’s oldest known wild bird just became a mother again. The 63-year-old Laysan albatross named Wisdom was spotted taking care of her hatchling earlier this month on the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, via Oldest Bird Hatches a New … Continue reading

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