Tag Archives: BBC

Maybe we’ve found Neanderthals, and they are us.

The intermixing of modern humans and Neanderthals is back in the news: BBC News – DNA yields secrets of human pioneer. DNA analysis of a 45,000-year-old human has helped scientists pinpoint when our ancestors interbred with Neanderthals. The genome sequence from … Continue reading

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The myth of the eight-hour sleep

For much of my adult life, I’ve had trouble sleeping throughout the night, often waking up in the early morning hours, unable to go back to sleep.  On weekends or on vacation, I’ve simply gotten up, drank and/or ate something, … Continue reading

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Most science fiction is actually a blend of scientific fiction and fantasy.

Quentin Cooper, looking over a top 100 sci-fi movie list which has many questionable entries, ponders this question: BBC – Future – Why is science fiction so hard to define?. Time Out, the weekly listings magazine, recently ranked the 100 best … Continue reading

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Interstellar travel: Raising children in space

BBC Future has an article looking at how living in space might effect humans and society, and asking, among other things, should we have babies in space? “Mars,” sang Sir Elton John in Rocket Man, “ain’t the kind of place to … Continue reading

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BBC – Future – How human culture influences our genetics

BBC has an interesting article on the effects of culture on evolution. You shouldn’t be able to drink milk. Your ancestors couldn’t. It is only in the last 9,000 years that human adults have gained that ability without becoming ill. … Continue reading

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Epigenetics: The sins of the father

A while back I linked to a BBC story on the discovery that mice could pass on a learned fear of certain smells to their descendants.  This is an almost Lamarckian observation, one that may indicate that the long discredited … Continue reading

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BBC – Future – Science & Environment – Infographic: Absolute zero to ‘absolute hot’

BBC – Future – Science & Environment – Infographic: Absolute zero to ‘absolute hot’. The infographic at this link is worth checking out.  A few observations: The temperatures are all in Celsius. Calling the Boomerang nebula the “coldest place in … Continue reading

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BBC News – ‘Memories’ pass between generations

Experiments showed that a traumatic event could affect the DNA in sperm and alter the brains and behaviour of subsequent generations. A Nature Neuroscience study shows mice trained to avoid a smell passed their aversion on to their “grandchildren”. More at BBC … Continue reading

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BBC – Future – Technology – Is it OK to torture or murder a robot?

In the discussion on my post on computer consciousness from the other day, my friend amanimal just provided the following link: BBC – Future – Technology – Is it OK to torture or murder a robot?. I think this powerfully … Continue reading

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Appointment with the Doctor

Appointment with the Doctor. I’m a big fan of Doctor Who.  It’s the longest running science fiction show on television (sorry Star Trek), and it often explores many concepts that American television won’t touch.  Tonight will be the 50th anniversary … Continue reading

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