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  • Total recall: using light to create and erase memories engram_2The fundamental nature of memory has eluded philosophers and scientists for over two millennia.  As early as 350 B.C., Aristotle conjectured that the mind was like a blank wax tablet, or tabula rasa, imprinted with one’s experiences but only made decipherable by associations between the distinct ideas etched into the tablet .  As modern neuroscience…
  • NASA’s Physics-Defying Space Engine More Fiction Than Fact? NASA Rocket Launch. Image from NASA-Imagery on Pixabay, Creative Commons.The history of modern physics contains several examples of crazy and successful new ideas. Unfortunately for scientists at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, their “impossible” space engine may not be one of them. Why? Simply put, it violates Isaac Newton’s third law of motion. NASA’s experiment involved placing a radio antenna inside of a…
  • Why the West African Ebola Outbreak Is the Deadliest Ever Hill Fig 1The current Ebola outbreak in the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone has received a lot of media attention, with terrifying news headlines such as “Deadliest Ever Outbreak of Ebola” appearing across the globe . And this is indeed the largest outbreak recorded to date, with approximately 1,093 people infected and 660…
  • CRISPR: A game-changing genetic engineering technique Pak Fig 1Have you heard? A revolution has seized the scientific community. Within only a few years, research labs worldwide have adopted a new technology that facilitates making specific changes in the DNA of humans, other animals, and plants. Compared to previous techniques for modifying DNA, this new approach is much faster and easier. This technology is…
  • Electric Bacteria – Groundbreaking Science or Old News? Shewanella_oneidensisbacteria that might be able to subsist on electricity is a tantalizing one and in fact is an idea that has been around for some time
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