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Sex Chromosomes Aren’t the Whole Story

by Shawn Radcliffe For almost 100 years, children have been taught in school that the anatomical sex of a baby is determined by the X and Y chromosomes, also known as the sex chromosomes — XY…

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Infective Heredity: You Are Not Who You Think You Are

by Shawn Radcliffe According to Charles Darwin, you are the product of your biological mother and father, just as they were the product of their biological mother and father, and so on back to the earliest…

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The Secret Language of Trees

by Shawn Radcliffe If you look at a forest through a Darwinian lens, you’ll see individual trees battling each other for finite resources like water, nutrients and sunlight. The winners take what they can and live…

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Can Gut Bacteria Control Your Mood?

You are never truly alone. Everywhere you go, you carry trillions of microbes inside your gut. These countless creatures, invisible to the naked eye, form what scientists call the microbiome — a thriving ecosystem intimately connected…

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Updated Schrödinger’s Cat Thought Experiment Breaks Quantum Theory

Physicist Neils Bohr once said, “Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.” A new version of Erwin Schrödinger’s famous cat-in-a-box thought experiment, though, shows that lack of understanding and shock can…

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In the Quantum World, the Chicken and the Egg Can Both Come First

Philosophers, biologists, and barroom thinkers have all pondered one of the greatest mysteries of our time: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Each group has had strong arguments to back up their case, but…

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Do Quantum Phenomena Require Conscious Observers?

Quantum mechanics is known for its strangeness, from cats being dead and alive at the same time, to particles affecting other ones across vast distances. But as odd as those phenomena seem, there’s one implication of…

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Subjectivity of Perception: Using Illusions to Alter Pain

“There is no truth. There is only perception.” ~ Gustave Flaubert Many people with chronic pain have been told that the pain is “all in their head.” In some ways, this is true. Pain is not…

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