Category: Counter Intuitive

Genes found only in humans influence brain size

Public Release: 31-May-2018 New genes arose in human ancestors just before a dramatic increase in brain size and are involved in genetic defects associated with neurological disorders University of California – Santa Cruz IMAGE: Researchers studied the effects of NOTCH2NL genes in cortical organoids grown from human embryonic […]

Smarter brains run on sparsely connected neurons

Public Release: 17-May-2018 Princeton researchers crowdsource brain mapping with gamers, discover 6 new neuron types Caption By turning a time-intensive research problem into an interactive game, Princeton neuroscientist Sebastian Seung has built an unprecedented data set of neurons, which he is now turning over to the public via […]

Viruses are everywhere, maybe even in space

Public Release: 18-Jan-2018 Portland State University Viruses are the most abundant and one of the least understood biological entities on Earth. They might also exist in space, but as of yet scientists have done almost no research into this possibility. Portland State University biology professor Ken Stedman and […]

1500 years ago Life Expectancy was about 70 not 40

Public Release: 3-Jan-2018 Redefining knowledge of elderly people throughout history Australian National University An archaeologist from The Australian National University (ANU) is set to redefine what we know about elderly people in cultures throughout history, and dispel the myth that most people didn’t live much past 40 prior […]

Gamers have an advantage in learning

Public Release: 29-Sep-2017   Ruhr-University Bochum Neuropsychologists of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum let video gamers compete against non-gamers in a learning competition. During the test, the video gamers performed significantly better and showed an increased brain activity in the brain areas that are relevant for learning. Prof Dr Boris […]

Colorectal cancer death rates rising in people under 55

Public Release: 8-Aug-2017   Rise confined to white population American Cancer Society ATLANTA -August 8, 2017- A new report finds that colorectal cancer mortality rates have increased in adults under 55 since the mid-2000s after falling for decades, strengthening evidence that previously reported increases in incidence in this […]

Pro-vaccine messages are having the opposite effect

Public Release: 7-Aug-2017 Pro-vaccine messages can boost belief in MMR myths, study shows University of Edinburgh Current strategies for correcting misinformation about the dangers of vaccinations have the opposite effect and reinforce ill-founded beliefs, a study suggests. Presenting scientific facts to disprove misconceptions was found to actually strengthen […]

Genes that lead to coronary disease are need for fertility

Public Release: 22-Jun-2017 Human genes for coronary artery disease make them more prolific parents Genome-wide scans suggest that natural selection keeps these genes in the population as they benefit childbearing capacity PLOS Coronary artery disease may have persisted in human populations because the genes that cause this late-striking […]

The cold exterminated all of them

Public Release: 6-Mar-2017   Through age determinations that are using the radioactive decay of uranium, scientists have discovered that one of the greatest mass extinctions was due to an ice age and not to a warming of Earth temperature Université de Genève   Caption Permian-Triassic boundary in shallow […]

Experts claim “ There is no threshold for LDL cholesterol below which there are no net benefits of statins “

Public Release: 18-Jan-2017 Experts urge for wider prescription of statins in treatment and prevention Link to diabetes is questionable and inconsequential Florida Atlantic University World-renowned researchers from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University as well as Harvard Medical School address the possible but […]

Saturated fat could be good for you ?

“Participants on the very-high-fat diet also had substantial improvements in several important cardiometabolic risk factors, such as ectopic fat storage, blood pressure, blood lipids (triglycerides), insulin and blood sugar.” Public Release: 2-Dec-2016 A Norwegian study challenges the long-held idea that saturated fats are unhealthy The University of Bergen […]

Viruses revealed to be a major driver of human evolution

Public Release: 13-Jul-2016 “The discovery that this constant battle with viruses has shaped us in every aspect–not just the few proteins that fight infections, but everything–is profound. “ Study tracking protein adaptation over millions of years yields insights relevant to fighting today’s viruses Genetics Society of America   […]

‘A pretend scientist in a bow tie’: Climate-change denying Weather Channel founder SLAMS Bill Nye for criticizing skeptical film ‘Climate Hustle’

A pretend scientist in a bow tie’: Climate-change denying Weather Channel founder SLAMS Bill Nye for criticizing skeptical film ‘Climate Hustle’ John Coleman, Weather Channel founder, attacked TV star Nye Friday Nye had criticized ‘Climate Hustle,’ which denies man-made climate change ‘It’s not in the world’s interest,’ Nye […]

Children of older mothers do better

Public Release: 12-Apr-2016   The benefits associated with being born in a later year outweigh the biological risks associated with being born to an older mother Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Children of older mothers are healthier, taller and obtain more education than the children of younger mothers. The reason is that […]

Viruses: You’ve heard the bad — here’s the good

Public Release: 30-Apr-2015 American Society for Microbiology “The word, virus, connotes morbidity and mortality, but that bad reputation is not universally deserved,” said Marilyn Roossinck, PhD, Professor of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology and Biology at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park. “Viruses, like bacteria, can be important […]

Humans with genetically long telomeres have an increased risk of dying from cancer – which is the exact opposite of what the researchers expected

Public Release: 29-Apr-2015 Danish discovery may change cancer treatment University of Copenhagen – The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Danish researchers from the University of Copenhagen and Herlev Hospital have made a discovery that may change the principles for treating certain types of cancer. The discovery relates […]

Mothers Hepatitis B infection may give infants a better survival advantage to counteract bacterial infection during early life.

Public Release: 25-Mar-2015 HBV exposure matures infants’ immune systems Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore IMAGE: This is the hepatitis B virus surface antigen in cord blood cells from HBV positive mothers. Credit: Michelle Hong / Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore A Singapore led study has shown that Hepatitis […]