You have seen this before…
People say they see things for the very first time. But you cannot see anything you have not seen before. Because the very moment you see it, you have already seen it… And the only reason you see it is because you already understand it. A mind cannot understand what it does not already know. […]
Back to school… After school… [OR: Why gods admire. Why humans try to understand]
Doctoral students in the sciences are more like the rest of us than previously thought: They don’t know what they want to do with their lives, either. So, when confronted with the choice of what to do with their newly minted doctorates, they tend to keep marching in a straight path, to pursue postdoctoral research […]
Insects flying… Torque… Rotation… Momentum… And why doing is never understanding!
Flightless animals have evolved diverse mechanisms to control their movements in air, whether falling with gravity or propelling against it. Many insects jump as a primary mode of locomotion and must therefore precisely control the large torques generated during takeoff. For example, to minimize spin (angular momentum of the body) at takeoff, plant-sucking bugs apply […]
Peer review by patients! Understanding the Universe…
When it comes to clinical research, the participation of the people being treated—the patients—usually ends by the time the study is submitted to a journal. A few U.K.-based publishers are now looking to change that. Last month, BioMed Central, an open-access publisher, announced that in 2015 it will launch the journal Research Involvement and Engagement, […]
Knowing before seeing…
In the study published online in NeuroImage, the researchers showed that receiving information about a pair of items before seeing them may affect how well they are remembered. Moreover, the researchers also found that the activity in different areas of the brain was unexpectedly related to how the information was remembered. (1) We can know […]
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