Fun With Non-Ionizing Radiation

By Neuroskeptic | December 6, 2016 1:29 pm

Does non-ionizing radiation pose a health risk? Everyone knows that ionizing radiation, like gamma rays, can cause cancer by damaging DNA. But the scientific consensus is that there is no such risk from non-ionizing radiation such as radiowaves or Wi-Fi.

Yet according to a remarkable new paper from Magda Havas, the risk is real: it’s called When theory and observation collide: Can non-ionizing radiation cause cancer?

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: controversiology, papers, select, Top Posts, woo

Do Synapses Really Store Memories?

By Neuroskeptic | December 4, 2016 2:34 pm

Most neuroscientists will tell you that long-term memories are stored in the brain in the form of synapses, the connections between neurons. On this view, memory formation occurs when synaptic connections are strengthened, or entirely new synapses are formed.

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However, in a new piece in Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, Austrian researcher Patrick C. Trettenbrein critiques the synapse-memory theory: The Demise of the Synapse As the Locus of Memory.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: animals, papers, select, Top Posts

Should We Defend the Scientific Consensus?

By Neuroskeptic | November 30, 2016 1:11 pm

Earlier this week, Frontiers in Public Health published the abstract of a paper called ‘Vaccination and Health Outcomes: A Survey of 6- to 12-year-old Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Children based on Mothers’ Reports’. Based on an online survey of 415 mothers involved in the homeschool movement, Mississippi-based researchers Mawson et al. reported that vaccination is associated with a much higher rate of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: autism, papers, science, select, Top Posts, woo

Should Peer Review Catch Fraud?

By Neuroskeptic | November 27, 2016 6:30 am

Is it the job of peer reviewers to detect scientific fraud?

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: ethics, papers, science, select, Top Posts

Pupil Size and Intelligence

By Neuroskeptic | November 20, 2016 12:54 pm

Are the eyes the windows to intelligence? In an interesting paper, Georgia psychologists Jason S. Tsukahara and colleagues report that there’s a positive correlation between pupil size and cognitive ability.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: papers, select, Top Posts

If You Want to Be Happy, Quit Facebook?

By Neuroskeptic | November 16, 2016 12:30 pm

A remarkable paper claims that staying off Facebook for a week could make you happier: The Facebook Experiment, by Morten Tromholt of Denmark.

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Am I An Unethical Pseudonym?

By Neuroskeptic | November 10, 2016 3:09 pm

I’ve blogged about my fair share of scientific papers over the years, but this is a new one: a paper about me.

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Writing in Science and Engineering Ethics, author Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva discusses the question of Are Pseudonyms Ethical in (Science) Publishing? Neuroskeptic as a Case Study

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The Brain Basis of Hating Cheese?

By Neuroskeptic | November 8, 2016 5:41 am

Do you find gruyère gross? Are you repelled by roquefort?

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: fMRI, funny, select, Top Posts

You Are Your Brain, So Don’t Blame Your Brain

By Neuroskeptic | November 5, 2016 11:57 am

“You shouldn’t blame lying on the brain”, according to Prof. Richard Gunderman writing in The Conversation.

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Does The Motor Cortex Inhibit Movement?

By Neuroskeptic | November 3, 2016 12:49 pm

A new paper could prompt a rethink of a basic tenet of neuroscience. It is widely believed that the motor cortex, a region of the cerebral cortex, is responsible for producing movements, by sending instructions to other brain regions and ultimately to the spinal cord. But according to neuroscientists Christian Laut Ebbesen and colleagues, the truth may be the opposite: the motor cortex may equally well suppress movements.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: animals, papers, select, Top Posts
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