What made humans ‘the fat primate’?

How did humans get to be so much fatter than our closest primate relatives, despite sharing 99% of the same DNA? A new study suggests that part of the answer may have to do with an ancient molecular shift in how DNA is packaged inside fat cells, which curbed our body’s ability to turn ‘bad’…

High school seniors losing trust in law enforcement, justice system

High school seniors’ confidence in law enforcement and the justice system significantly declined from 2006 to 2017 while their faith in religious organizations and schools was comparatively higher and more stable, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. Source: High school seniors losing trust in law enforcement, justice system

‘Sneezing’ plants contribute to disease proliferation

”’The jumping droplets, at the rate of 100 or more an hour, are a violent expulsion of dew from the surface. It’s good for the plant because it is removing spores from itself, but it’s bad because, like a human sneeze, the liquid droplets are finding their way onto neighboring plants. ‘ Source: ‘Sneezing’ plants…

45% of American adults doubt vaccine safety, according to survey

The survey also asked Americans to choose a statement that best represented their feelings about vaccine safety and efficacy. While the vast majority (82%) chose in favor of vaccines, 8% selected responses expressing serious doubt. An additional 9% said they were unsure. Source: 45% of American adults doubt vaccine safety, according to survey

First-ever successful mind-controlled robotic arm without brain implants

A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University has made a breakthrough in the field of noninvasive robotic device control. Using a noninvasive brain-computer interface (BCI), researchers have developed the first-ever successful mind-controlled robotic arm exhibiting the ability to continuously track and follow a computer cursor. Source: First-ever successful mind-controlled robotic arm without brain implants

Antidepressants can reduce the empathic empathy

Depression is a disorder that often comes along with strong impairments of social functioning. Until recently, researchers assumed that acute episodes of depression also impair empathy, an essential skill for successful social interactions and understanding others. Novel insights of an interdisciplinary from the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna show that antidepressant…

How Sweden went from ‘least democratic’ to welfare state

In a new study, Lund University economic historian Erik Bengtsson debunks the myth that Sweden was destined to become a social democratic country. Instead, he argues that it was actually against all odds, as Sweden in the early 1900s was one of the western world’s most unequal countries — and the least democratic in western…

Hepatitis B viruses cured – Pilot Study

Hepatitis B viruses cured – Pilot Study Researchers have for the first time succeeded in conquering a chronic infection of the hepatitis B virus in a mouse model. The team showed in its publication, that T-cell therapy can provide a permanent cure. #hbv #hepatitisb #cure Karin Wisskirchen, Janine Kah, Antje Malo, Theresa Asen, Tassilo Volz,…