Tagged: Human

New evidence supporting a link between Zika virus infection and microcephaly - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 05, 2016

Scientists have just reported that in the lab, the Zika virus can infect and destroy neural stem cells that give rise to the brain’s cerebral cortex. Updated 6/3/2016 to include links to new papers Zika is the virus spread by mosquitoes (and more rarely by sexual transmission) that is currently causing concern across … Read More

TOSP Episode 21: February 21st 2012 - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Feb 20, 2012

We’re back!  And with a minimum of difficulties this week :) This week, Elf and aimee talk of a new soft motor, ROBOBEES, a teeeeeensy chameleon (squee!), hacking yoghurt, some very ancient art, ROBOBEES, investing in yourself, knitting needles and water bubbles and space, quantum computing for beginners, sequencing genomes on a USB stick-sized device [...] … Read More

Deriving ’ought from is’ scientifically? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 04, 2011

There has been a lot of debate recently about the role of science in deciding moral questions. And I am sure this will continue as scientific investigations reveal more about our morality. One issue which keeps coming up, though, is … Continue reading → … Read More

Ravens and Empathy: The Role of Bystanders After Conflict - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jun 23, 2010

At the same time as we were learning that Vegetarians and Vegans might be more empathic than Omnivores we were also discovering the nature of empathy in Ravens. Published in PLoS One recently was a paper called “Do Ravens Show Consolation? Responses to Distressed Others” looking at the behaviour of Ravens and the implications for [...] … Read More