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Big Think 02/18/2020 15:19
Stanford's Human Behavioral Biology course explores the interconnections between physiology and behavior. Most of the course is taught by Robert M. Sapolsky, a professor of biology, neurology and neurosciences at Stanford, and also an and contributor to . Check out some highlights from the course below. Imagine a 40-year-old man in the U.S. who's leading a quiet, suburban life.
Big Think 02/18/2020 05:25
A fetish is a sexual fixation on a specific object, activity or body part that becomes absolutely necessary to a person's sexual satisfaction. According to recent research, 1 in 7 people have fantasized about feet in a sexual way at least once in their lives. Prominent researcher , who established the "body image map" in the 1950s, explains that the sensory perception for our feet is located directly adjacent to the sensory perception area for our genitalia - which can explain the sexual fascination many people experience with feet. A brief introduction to fetishes. "Fetish" and "kink" are sometimes used interchangeably, but there are some key differences that are important to discuss when we're talking about the psychology of a specific sex.
Big Think 02/16/2020 17:30
Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek thinks we are not searching for aliens correctly. Instead of sending out and listening for signals, he proposes two new methods of looking for extraterrestrials. Spotting anomalies in planet temperature and atmosphere could yield clues of alien life, says the physicist. For noted theoretical physicist Frank Wilczek, finding aliens is a matter of figuring out what exactly we are looking for.
Big Think 02/16/2020 09:36
Residents of the small Alaskan town Kongiganak can no longer bury their dead. Their. , sucking graves into the once frozen ground. On the island of Sarichef near the Bering Strait, the village of. locals are considering relocating it entirely. Global warming has shown that permafrost is not so permanent after all. And as it begins to melt, it is reshaping the Arctic. The rapidly thawing ice layer is creating great sinkholes and hollows across the region as the ground begins to collapse in on itself. Erosion and landslides have become a problem without the ice that once held the soil together. Permafrost – any area of land that remains – can vary from less than a metre thick to more than 1,500 metres. Some of it is tens of thousands of years o.
Big Think 02/14/2020 14:09
Scientists electrically stimulated the brains of macaque monkeys in an effort to determine which areas are responsible for driving consciousness. The monkeys were anesthetized, and the goal was to see whether activating certain parts of the brain would wake up the animals. The forebrain's central lateral thalamus seems to be one of the "minimum mechanisms" necessary for consciousness. New research suggests a tiny part of the brain plays a key role in enabling consciousness.
Big Think 02/13/2020 13:33
The 2019-2020 flu season, which began in late September, is estimated to have already killed 12,000 to 30,000 people in the U.S., according to the CDC. The death toll for the new strain of coronavirus remains far lower, prompting some people to argue that the public's concern about coronavirus is misplaced. Still, there are valid reasons to be concerned about the new virus. The new coronavirus has so far killed more than 1,300 people around the world, and it's infected at least 15 people in the U.S. But meanwhile, the flu has killed at least 12,000 people in the U.S. alone, with flu activity hovering above baseline for 12 weeks straight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this flu season (which started September 29.
Big Think 02/12/2020 07:48
Scientists in Canada discover a new species of dinosaur. The species is named Thanatotheristes degrootorum, which stands for "Reaper of Death". The dinosaur lived about 79 million years ago. A new dinosaur species was found in Alberta, Canada. Related to Tyrannosaurs, the Thanatotheristes degrootorum is the oldest dinosaur ever found in the country, roaming its lands about 79 millions years ago. The newly-discovered species, the first such find in the last 50 years, shares. a lineage with the fearsome T.rex, which came about 11 million years later. Thanatotheristes degrootorum, whose name translates ominously as the "reaper of death,". had the length of two cars and the height of about 2.4 meters. It lived during the. Cretaceous period, when it.
Big Think 02/11/2020 11:56
In the early 2000s, it was reported that some cancer patients being treated with chlorin e6 were experiencing enhanced night vision. Using a molecular simulation, researchers discovered that a chlorin e6 injection under infrared light activates vision by changing retinal in the same way that visible light does. Researchers hope that this chemical reaction could one day be harnessed to help treat certain types of blindness and sensitivity to light. In the early 2000s, it was reported that a certain kind of skin cancer treatment called photodynamic therapy, which uses light to destroy malignant cells, had a bizarre side effect: It was giving patients enhanced night time vision. An essential component to this therapy is a photosensitive compou.
Big Think 02/11/2020 04:41
In the first days and weeks of fatherhood, a man's testosterone and cortisol levels decrease and oxytocin, estrogen and prolactin levels surge, promoting an important bonding experience between a father and his newborn child. One of the most significant changes in a new father's brain is the new neurons that are formed that have been proved to be directly linked to the time spent with their newborn child. This neurogenesis (forming of new neurons in the brain) happens in the areas that are linked to long-term memory and navigation. What happens in a man’s brain when he becomes a father...
Big Think 02/08/2020 06:00
What is the point of debate when one side the argument is objectively true? There is none. That is, unless the incorrect arguer has the ability to influence the masses. When a relatively famous musician began spewing flat Earth views on social media, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson knew he had to jump in the ring and defend science with science. General belief systems aren't a threat, but it's important to combat incorrect and dangerous views when they have a chance of pervading greater society. -->. List Price:. $19.95. New From:. $10.99. in Stock. Used From:. $5.66. in Stock.
Big Think 02/07/2020 15:59
With males having more upper-body mass than women, a study looks to find the reason. The study is based on the assumption that men have been fighters for so long that evolution has selected those best-equipped for the task. If men fought other men, winners would have survived and reproduced, losers not so much. According to biologist of the University of Utah, "In mammals in general, the difference between males and females is often greatest in the structures that are used as weapons."
Big Think 02/05/2020 12:26
Until about a century ago, 'cretinism' was endemic throughout large parts of the Alps. Sufferers often had a visibly enlarged thyroid gland, and in the worst cases were severely retarded. Although 'goiter belts' in North America and Europe have been eradicated, the disease remains common throughout the world. Age-old blight. How do you make Captain Haddock swear like the drunken sailor he is, without R-rating the comic that stars his much milder-mannered friend Tintin? Eventually Hergé, Tintin's spiritual father, found the answer.
Big Think 02/04/2020 07:48
Achieving orgasm through masturbation provides a rush of feel-good hormones (such as dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin) and can re-balance our levels of cortisol (a stress-inducing hormone). This helps our immune system function at a higher level. The surge in "feel-good" hormones also promotes a more relaxed and calm state of being, making it easier to achieve restful sleep, which is a critical part in maintaining a high-functioning immune system. Just as bad habits can slow your immune system, positive habits (such as a healthy sleep schedule and active sex life) can help boost your immune system which can prevent you from becoming sick. How masturbation affects your brain... Orgasms are a very common human phenomenon - physical and mental.
Big Think 02/03/2020 20:04
Sleep inertia is a physiological state that describes the period between waking up and becoming fully alert. In a recent study, people who woke up to "melodic" alarms were far more likely to experience little to no sleep inertia. Other research suggests that noise can affect our health in subtle yet significant ways. After you wake up, it takes some time to become fully alert.
Big Think 02/03/2020 09:27
A new meta-analysis at Drexel University shows that house plants are not effective for purifying the air of toxins. A 1989 NASA report that claimed indoor plants are purifying was not conducted in realistic living conditions. Indoor plants have positive effects on our mental health, just not in regards to air quality. There are a lot of strange ideas floating around, especially when it comes to purification.

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