Author: skakos

  • Who wrote what? It matters not.

    Who wrote what? It matters not.

    The 17th century playwright Molière is as important to French literature as William Shakespeare is to the English canon. But for the past 100 years, a question has swirled around him: Did Molière really write his plays? Or was Pierre Corneille, another famous French playwright of the time, the true author? A new study uses […]

  • Not seeing the tree… 

    Not seeing the tree… 

    Researchers have shown how it is possible that objects stand out less when they are surrounded by similar objects. This surroundings-suppressing effect is caused by feedback from higher visual brain areas. The results of this research are important for a better understanding of the way in which the brain transforms incoming light into a cohesive […]

  • Free access to… microbes! Free access to… life! 

    Free access to… microbes! Free access to… life! 

    Poverty increases the risk for numerous diseases by limiting people’s access to healthy food, environments and stress-free conditions. In a new essay published November 26 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology, Suzanne Ishaq and colleagues at the University of Oregon, argue that poverty also compromises health by creating unequal access to beneficial microorganisms.   People living […]

  • Free Blogging Advice (FBA) – Episode 4: From whom are you writing?

    Free Blogging Advice (FBA) – Episode 4: From whom are you writing?

    Free Blogging Advice: Writing is hard. And easy. The goal of the Free Blogging Advice (FBA) series of short articles is to provide some free advice on… blogging! All you have to add is some time and effort. And love. Lots of love. FBA Episodes FBA Episode 1: The beginning FBA Episode 2: What to […]

  • Philosophy snapshot: Everything?

    Philosophy snapshot: Everything?

    Sitting for a quick coffee… Random thoughts. (Could anything get closer to the truth?) What is everything? If not something and nothing together?