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A Complexity of Life

Posted: 27 Nov 2020 08:19 AM PST

Scattered across the seathe fossilised fingerprintsof your invisible touchproclaim the coincidenceof our lineage.A single point from whichwe all emerged,negative imprintsflowing into fleshthen bone.Seeking to makea connectionwe search throughgeological albumsfor sepia-tinged memoriesof when we first met.Fabricated processesof distant time and lossunearth uneasy truths:no ancestor of complex life,just the chameleonic breathof a common imposter. An example of […]
Doctors use existing treatment earlier to save the lives of Covid-19 patients

Posted: 27 Nov 2020 08:13 AM PST

The lives of patients hospitalised with COVID-19 are being saved by doctors who are using an existing medical treatment at an earlier stage. Dr Luigi Sedda of Lancaster University analysed the results from the team at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (WWL). Their research has now been published in the prestigious medical […]
Specific bacterium in the gut linked to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Posted: 27 Nov 2020 08:11 AM PST

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have detected a connection between Brachyspira, a genus of bacteria in the intestines, and IBS — especially the form that causes diarrhea. Although the discovery needs confirmation in larger studies, there is hope that it might lead to new remedies for many people with irritable bowel syndrome. The pathogenic […]
What’s the secret ingredient that makes a happy couple or family?

Posted: 27 Nov 2020 08:08 AM PST

“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” Leo Tolstoy wrote famously in 1878 in the opening lines of Anna Karenina. Turns out the Russian author was onto something. Cohesive families, indeed, seem to share a few critical traits—psychologists agree. Being emotionally flexible may be one of the most important […]
Are we the same person throughout our lives? In essence, yes

Posted: 27 Nov 2020 08:05 AM PST

A psychobiological study led by the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) on personal identity and its modification over time in parallel with the changes that individuals experience has shown that the essence of our being remains largely stable over the years. “In our study, we tried to answer the question of whether we are the […]
Forming beliefs in a world of filter bubbles

Posted: 27 Nov 2020 08:03 AM PST

Why do so many Republicans still believe that the recent US presidential election was fraudulent? Is it possible to reach coronavirus deniers with factual arguments? A study by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the University of Amsterdam provides insights into what it is that stops people from changing their minds. […]

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