A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty.- Edward Teller A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective. -
A decade ago, a British philosopher put forth the notion that the universe we live in might in fact be a computer simulation run by our descendants. While that seems far-fetched, perhaps even incomprehensible, a team of physicists at the University of Washington has come up with a potential test to see if the idea holds water.
A new look at the human genome suggests that unappreciated variations in its fundamental architecture, rather than point-by-point mutations, may be responsible for most genetic difference among people...
People with a syndrome called déjà vécu spend much of their time living through experiences they are convinced have happened before. Researchers think the phenomenon may be a clue to some of the enduring mysteries of memory.
Study of fruit fly chromosomes improves understanding of evolution, fertilityPhys.OrgThese as-yet-unresolved issues fascinate Timothy Karr, a developmental geneticist and evolutionary biologist at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute.
John Smart, co-founder of the Brain Preservation Foundation—an organization dedicated to the study of maintaining brain function after our biological death—argues that the "redundant, resilient and distributed" nature of long-term memory makes it possible to preserve significant portions of our identity after death.
The sought-after equanimity of "living in the moment" may be impossible, according to neuroscientists who've pinpointed a brain area responsible for using past decisions and outcomes to guide future behavior.
A team of computer scientists and geneticists has published a paper detailing a novel approach to genetic mapping that uses a probability algorithm and DNA data to accurately pinpoint the geographical origins of a subject's parents...
Why do cats (usually) land on their feet? In the six-minute video below, missile engineer and last-name-avoider Destin explains…and includes some real stunt-cat dropping photographed with a high-speed camera.