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Our brain's filing system for storing experiences uncovered
A team of neuroscientists has uncovered how our brains organize, over time, our experiences: that is, according to their similarities.
Influence of religion and predestination on evolution and scientific thinking
Seen as antithetical to one another, evolution and religion can hardly fit in a scientific discourse simultaneously. One expert has observed the influences a few major religions have had on evolutionists and their scientific thinking. Inspired by the lack of pigmentation and/or eyes in some cave organisms, he focuses on biospeleology to challenge the notions of predetermination and linearity.
Oral vaccine against Salmonella developed
A vaccine against salmonella poisoning, designed to be taken by mouth, has now been developed by researchers.
'Ego-dissolving' psychedelic drugs could assist with mental health
The altered state of consciousness and temporary lack of ego that results from using psychedelic drugs could help some mental health patients recover from their symptoms, according to academics.
Factors predicting school corporal punishment
The number of Southern natives and the average education level in a county are the most influential factors on the odds of a US public school using corporal punishment, according to new research.
Support across ethnicities for physician-assisted death
Physician-assisted death was supported by a majority of California and Hawaii residents, regardless of their ethnicity, who responded to an online survey, according to a new study.
Lawmakers might introduce 'anti-evolution' legislation to appease religious constituents
'Anti-evolution' education legislation continues to be introduced because lawmakers want to appease religious constituents, not because they expect the bills to be made into laws, new research theorizes.
Visiting virtual beach improves patient experiences during dental procedures
Imagine walking along a beach on a lovely day. As you turn to continue along the coast path feeling calm and relaxed you suddenly hear your dentist say 'Fine, all done, you can take the headset off now'. For patients at one dental practice in Devon, England, such Virtual Reality encounters are resulting in demonstrably better experiences in the dentist's chair.
What is mindfulness-based meditation and why should i try it?
It seems like we are hearing more and more about mindfulness-based meditation and the role it plays in stress reduction. But what exactly is mindfulness-based meditation and why is the practice getting so much attention?
Compassionate approach leads to more help and less punishment
Compassion -- and intentionally cultivating it through training -- may lead us to do more to help the wronged than to punish the wrongdoer, new research suggests. Understanding what motivates people to be altruistic can not only inform our own behaviors, it may also play a role in creating more just societal institutions, including the legal and penal systems. It can also help researchers develop better interventions to cultivate compassion, say the authors.