New vision of how we explore our world

Apr. 4, 2013 — Brain researchers at Barrow Neurological Institute have discovered that we explore the world with our eyes in a different way than previously thought. Their results advance our understanding of how healthy observers and neurological patients interact and glean critical information from the world around them. via New vision of how we … More New vision of how we explore our world

How life may have first emerged on Earth: Foldable proteins in a high-salt environment

Professor Michael Blaber and his team produced data supporting the idea that 10 amino acids believed to exist on Earth around 4 billion years ago were capable of forming foldable proteins in a high-salt (halophile) environment. Such proteins would have been capable of providing metabolic activity for the first living organisms to emerge on the … More How life may have first emerged on Earth: Foldable proteins in a high-salt environment

Eye-contact detector found in the brain – life – 16 October 2012 – New Scientist

hummmmm,  the eye cells neurons…… Biological social and emotional fingerprinting? Reblogged article: Eye-contact detector found in the brain 15:17 16 October 2012 by Clare Wilson Why does making direct eye contact with someone give you that feeling of a special connection? Perhaps because it excites newly discovered “eye cells” in the amygdala, the part of … More Eye-contact detector found in the brain – life – 16 October 2012 – New Scientist

Peak planet: Are we starting to consume less? – environment – 20 June 2012 – New Scientist

Some say humanity’s ever-rising environmental impact is about to go into reverse. Fact or just fantasy? HUMANITY is doomed. Or it was in 1798, when English scholar Robert Malthus published his influential An Essay on the Principle of Population. Malthus predicted that unchecked growth in human numbers would condemn our species to a “perpetual struggle … More Peak planet: Are we starting to consume less? – environment – 20 June 2012 – New Scientist

Antidepressants in water trigger autism genes in fish – 13 June 2012 – New Scientist

THE low levels of antidepressants and other psychoactive drugs found in water supplies can trigger the expression of genes in fish that in humans are associated with autism. The levels of these drugs in drinking water are very low, but in theory a small dose could have an effect, says Michael Thomas of Idaho State … More Antidepressants in water trigger autism genes in fish – 13 June 2012 – New Scientist

Son’s DNA found inside mother’s brain – health – 27 September 2012 – New Scientist

Mothers always have their children in the back of their minds – now it seems that this is quite literally true. Fetal DNA can enter a mother’s brain and remain there for decades, according to autopsies of female brains. During a pregnancy, cells from mother and fetus can cross the placenta and survive for decades … More Son’s DNA found inside mother’s brain – health – 27 September 2012 – New Scientist

David Howes – Anthropology professor at Concordia University. Research Areas.

Anthropology of the Senses. How are our senses formed by culture? What is the world like to societies that emphasize touch or hearing rather than sight? This research explores the life of the senses in society. To a greater or lesser extent, every domain of sensory experience, from the sight of an artwork to the … More David Howes – Anthropology professor at Concordia University. Research Areas.