Air Cancer

A new study from MIT suggests that in the US, 53,000 people a year die prematurely because of automobile pollution, compared to 34,000 people a year who die in traffic accidents.  » More Americans die from car pollution than car accidents, Quartz. The air we breathe is laced with cancer-causing substances and is being officially classified [Lire la suite]

L’intelligence sous-estimée des animaux

Take the question of whether we are the only species to care about the well-being of others. It is well known that apes in the wild offer spontaneous assistance to each other, defending against leopards, say, or consoling distressed companions with tender embraces. But for decades, these observations were ignored, and more attention was paid [Lire la suite]

Neanderthal : Picture for the inside

We three groups were all enough alike that some of our ancestors could interbreed and produce fertile offspring. But the differences in the genomes of Denisovans, Neanderthals, and modern humans are also revealing the genetic traits that set us apart from them—the traits that made us human. I’ve been comparing it to the pictures of [Lire la suite]

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Dans les pensées de nos mères. Littéralement.

Recent findings showed that during pregnancy, mothers and fetuses often exchange cells that can apparently survive in bodies for years, a phenomenon known as microchimerism. Scientists had found that in mice, fetal cells could even migrate into the brains of mothers. Now researchers have the first evidence fetal cells do so in humans as well. [Lire la suite]

ASMR : Massages for your brain

ASMR : Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is a physical sensation characterized by a pleasurable tingling that typically begins in the head and scalp, and often moves down the spine and through the limbs. Also known as : AIHO (Attention induced head orgasm), AIE (Attention induced euphoria), or simply « head orgasms »/ »head tingles ».  » ASMR : Massages [Lire la suite]

Bath Salts, la dangereuse insaisissable

The last four decades have seen plenty of whipped-up hysteria about various fad intoxicants of the moment. But the fear generated by bath salts seems well earned. Dr. Mark Ryan, director at the Louisiana Poison Center, called bath salts « the worst drug » he has seen in his 20 years there. « With LSD, you might see [Lire la suite]

La science du Gaydar

Should you trust your gaydar in everyday life? Probably not. In our experiments, average gaydar judgment accuracy was only in the 60 percent range. This demonstrates gaydar ability — which is far from judgment proficiency. But is gaydar real? Absolutely.  » The Science of Gaydar’, SundayReview, The New York Times.

Apocalypse Zombie, phase 1

— Un cannibale abattu à Miami.  » New Jersey Man Throws Intestines at Cops.  » A Montauban, un homme ivre mange l’oreille d’un autre. Ça commence. Je ne regrette pas d’avoir pris le temps, avec mes amis du club Apocalypse, d’établir un plan d’urgence, et d’acheter un Leatherman. L’opération NPSM (Ne partez pas sans moi) est en [Lire la suite]

The Boundary Effect

I know I came in here for something, but I can’t remember what it is If you’ve ever said something like this, you’ve probably experienced an event boundary. Many, if not all, of us have had the experience of walking into a room and forgetting exactly what it is we came in there to do. [Lire la suite]

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