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New neuroscience reveals 4 rituals that will make you happy. Is the Hard Problem of Consciousness Connected to the Hard Problem in Physics? Artistic Expressions of Math Over Seven Centuries. Myth: No Studies Compare the Health of Unvaccinated and Vaccinated People. I’ve heard this claim several times.

Myth: No Studies Compare the Health of Unvaccinated and Vaccinated People

Ever since I found out that it is not true, I have been amazed how it just keeps resurfacing. I would like to put this myth to rest. I am aware of at least seven original research papers and one meta-analysis (looking at another 6 randomised clinical trials or RCTs) published since 2009 which look at myriad aspects of general health, comparing large unvaccinated and vaccinated populations.

I will lay them out below, but to put it shortly: vaccinated people are as healthy or healthier in all aspects compared to the unvaccinated. The vaccinated populations studied have fewer vaccine preventable diseases (may seem obvious, but nevertheless needs to be mentioned), fewer cases of asthma, fewer heart attacks, better birth outcomes, and higher cognitive scores than their unvaccinated counterparts.

All studies listed at the end of this post But before we get to the studies themselves, let’s talk briefly about… What kind of studies are possible? Edge.org. Sexist Men Are More Likely To Be Depressed. The more men act like the stereotype of a real man’s man, the more mental health problems they run into.

Sexist Men Are More Likely To Be Depressed

A new study finds a man’s sexism isn’t just a problem that women have to deal with, but it’s also closely linked with psychological issues like depression, substance abuse, and body image problems. (And yes, we understand if you’re not exactly overflowing with sympathy right now.) “What we found was the more people adhere or conform to masculine norms, the poorer individuals’ mental health outcomes,” Indiana University researcher S. How 'neurosexism' is holding back gender equality – and science itself. People looking for proof that men and women learn, speak, solve problems or read maps differently often think brain scanners are the ultimate answer.

How 'neurosexism' is holding back gender equality – and science itself

And it’s easy to see why. Whether you want to advocate separate schools for girls and boys or sex-segregated training of our armed forces, you can be sure to find brightly colour-coded maps highlighting differences between males and females in various brain areas – potentially backing up your argument. How to Be an Optimal Human - Scientific American Blog Network. What does it take to be an optimal human being?

How to Be an Optimal Human - Scientific American Blog Network

Throughout history there has been much speculation. For Aristotle, the highest human good was eudaimonia. For Carl Rogers, it was the "fully functioning person". The Extraordinary Link Between Deep Neural Networks and the Nature of the Universe. In the last couple of years, deep learning techniques have transformed the world of artificial intelligence.

The Extraordinary Link Between Deep Neural Networks and the Nature of the Universe

One by one, the abilities and techniques that humans once imagined were uniquely our own have begun to fall to the onslaught of ever more powerful machines. Deep neural networks are now better than humans at tasks such as face recognition and object recognition. The modern human colonization of western Eurasia. Like Humans, Chimps Reward Cooperation and Punish Freeloaders. Although humans love the playful ways and toothy grins of chimpanzees, our primate cousins have the reputation of being competitive, churlish and, at times, aggressive.

Like Humans, Chimps Reward Cooperation and Punish Freeloaders

New research published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that despite being prone to occasional violent behavior, chimps actually much prefer cooperating over competing. In fact, the work shows that chimps work together at similar rates as humans—and that when violence does occur among apes, it is often directed toward an individual that is not being a team player. Working with 11 chimps housed in a large outdoor enclosure at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University, researchers devised an experiment to assess cooperation, defined as two or more chimps working together to access a food reward. It’s Time These Ancient Women Scientists Get Their Due.

Women are woven deeply into the history of science, stretching back to ancient Egypt, over 4,000 years ago.

It’s Time These Ancient Women Scientists Get Their Due

But because their contributions often go unacknowledged, they fade into obscurity—and the threads of their influence today aren’t as apparent as they ought to be. As a Wikipedia editor, I have tried to make women’s contributions more apparent by writing entries on figures whose lives haven’t been completely lost, such as Agnodike and Aglaonike, two ancient Greek women, one a brave physician, the other a beguiling astronomer. And fortunately, information about other remarkable women of science has survived, too, thanks in part to pop culture. Although it wasn’t a big hit, Agora, a 2009 film, spotlighted an important female astronomer and mathematician in late 4th century CE Roman Egypt: Hypatia (portrayed by Rachel Weisz).

Though Hypatia was, in many ways, an exemplary female figure of science and philosophy, she wasn’t a singular figure. Medicine & Chemistry. Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer. No matter how hard they try, brain scientists and cognitive psychologists will never find a copy of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in the brain – or copies of words, pictures, grammatical rules or any other kinds of environmental stimuli.

Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer

A civil servant missing most of his brain challenges our most basic theories of consciousness — Quartz. Not much is definitively proven about consciousness, the awareness of one’s existence and surroundings, other than that its somehow linked to the brain.

A civil servant missing most of his brain challenges our most basic theories of consciousness — Quartz

But theories as to how, exactly, grey matter generates consciousness are challenged when a fully-conscious man is found to be missing most of his brain. And yet the man was a married father of two and a civil servant with an IQ of 75, below-average in his intelligence but not mentally disabled. Doctors believe the man’s brain slowly eroded over 30 years due to a build up of fluid in the brain’s ventricles, a condition known as “hydrocephalus.” The code that took America to the moon was just published to GitHub, and it’s like a 1960s time capsule — Quartz. When programmers at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory set out to develop the flight software for the Apollo 11 space program in the mid-1960s, the necessary technology did not exist.

The code that took America to the moon was just published to GitHub, and it’s like a 1960s time capsule — Quartz

They had to invent it. They came up with a new way to store computer programs, called “rope memory,” and created a special version of the assembly programming language. Assembly itself is obscure to many of today’s programmers—it’s very difficult to read, intended to be easily understood by computers, not humans. For the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC), MIT programmers wrote thousands of lines of that esoteric code. Violence in Blue. Police Homicides in the United States Americans are afraid of many threats to their lives – serial killers, crazed gunmen, gang bangers, and above all terrorists – but these threats are surprisingly unlikely.[1] Approximately three-quarters of all homicide victims in America are killed by someone they know.[2] And the real threat from strangers is quite different from what most fear: one-third of all Americans killed by strangers are killed by police.

This is the story of the hidden numbers of police homicides in the United States. The killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Walter Scott have increased the world’s attention to US police violence, yet most Americans underestimate the threat posed by the people charged with keeping them safe. Let’s turn to the facts. There is no national registry of civilians killed by police and corrections officers in the United States. Australia's gun laws stopped mass shootings and reduced homicides, study finds. Since major gun law reforms were introduced in Australia, mass shootings have not only stopped, but there has also been an accelerating reduction in rates of firearm-related homicide and suicides, a landmark study has found.

It has been two decades since rapid-fire long guns were banned in Australia, including those already in private ownership, and 19 years since the mandatory buyback of prohibited firearms by government at market price was introduced. A handgun buyback program was later introduced, in 2003. Researchers from the University of Sydney and Macquarie University analysed data on intentional suicide and homicide deaths caused by firearms from the National Injury Surveillance Unit, and intentional firearm death rates from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

How physical exercise makes your brain work better. The brain is often described as being “like a muscle”. Genetically modified Golden Rice falls short on lifesaving promises. Heralded on the cover of Time magazine in 2000 as a genetically modified (GMO) crop with the potential to save millions of lives in the Third World, Golden Rice is still years away from field introduction and even then, may fall short of lofty health benefits still cited regularly by GMO advocates, suggests a new study from Washington University in St. Kate Tieje Gets A Prize. On May 24 2016, a young Mexican science enthusiast posted a 2 minute video to his Facebook page. Mesmerising fractals and space-filling curves give a window into infinity. Can a Neuroscientist Understand Donkey Kong, Let Alone a Brain?

5 Reasons to Avoid Almond Flour. Almond flour is a little darling of grain free, Paleo/Primal, and low carb baking. It easily rivals conventional flour in its ability to produce tender and fluffy baked goods. Unfortunately, almond flour has numerous detrimental health consequences. The pseudoscience of immune system boosting. Great moments in australian history: when 360 interrogated dr karl on mayan apocalypse theories.

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Australian Chiropractor Ian Rossborough Promises to Stop Treating Children…for Twenty Days. Australian Chiropractor Ian Rossborough Promises to Stop Treating Children…for Twenty Days An Australian chiropractor treating a baby kangaroo makes as much sense as treating a human child. Is Time Linear, or Can the Future Influence the Past? Why Walking through a Doorway Makes You Forget. Badscienceshenanigans: 0hcicero: ... John Oliver exposes how the media turns scientific studies into "morning show gossip"

Is coffee a miracle cure, or is it a huge risk to your health? If you sifted through the recently reported scientific studies on the topic, you may not come away with a very clear conclusion. According to various media outlets, studies have suggested that coffee may help reverse liver damage, help prevent colon cancer, decrease the risk of endometrial cancer, and increase the risk of miscarriage. What Is 'Natural' Food? A Riddle Wrapped In Notions Of Good And Evil. Did Psychedelic Mushrooms and Group Sex Play a Role in Human Evolution? In Narcisse, Around 75,000 Snakes Are Waking Up From a Nap.

Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? This Scientist Thinks So. Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? This Scientist Thinks So. What Neuroscience Says about Free Will. Ode to a Flower: Richard Feynman’s Famous Monologue on Knowledge and Mystery, Animated. A Conversation With Jamie Holmes, Author of 'Nonsense,' About Humans' Discomfort With Uncertainty. A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature’s Deep Design by Frank Wilczek – review. Untitled. How to Create Art With Mathematics. Lucky numbers: Marcus du Sautoy explains the mathematics of chance video. Lucky numbers: Marcus du Sautoy explains the mathematics of chance video. Margaret Wertheim: The beautiful math of coral. Margaret Wertheim: The beautiful math of coral.

A classic formula for pi has been discovered hidden in hydrogen atoms. Infinity Is a Beautiful Concept – And It's Ruining Physics.