Month: September 2014

  • Mother making the ultimate sacrifice. Seneca. Decisions.

    A young California mother made the ultimate sacrifice for her newborn daughter when she refused lifesaving treatment for bone cancer. Ashley Bridges was 10 weeks pregnant when she learned of her diagnosis. Although doctors recommended she start chemotherapy immediately, it would have required her to terminate her pregnancy. “There’s no way I could kill a […]

  • Tortoises. Heart. Brain.

    Tortoises are using their cleverness to do more than just win long distance races against hares–now they’re moving into the field of touchscreen technology. Researchers from the U.K.’s University of Lincoln have successfully trained four red-footed tortoises (native to Central and South America) to touch different objects on a screen. In a video from the […]

  • Big Bang, universe, logical, illogical.

    The big bang poses a big question: if it was indeed the cataclysm that blasted our universe into existence 13.7 billion years ago, what sparked it? Three Perimeter Institute researchers have a new idea about what might have come before the big bang. The problem, as the authors see it, is that the big bang […]

  • Mind, waves, neural connections…

    Researchers from The University of Western Australia have shown that electromagnetic stimulation can alter brain organisation, which may make your brain work better. In results from a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers from The University of Western Australia and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in France demonstrated that weak sequential electromagnetic […]

  • Dissections, research, bloody hands…

    A long campaign to persuade Indian authorities to bar dissections in university classes has achieved a major victory. The University Grants Commission (UGC), a governmental body that sets standards for university education in India, has banned the dissection of animals in zoology and life science university courses. Some educators decry the decision, arguing that classrooms […]