Four very simple reasons not to trust any pseudoscience

One can argue long and wide about the inconvenience of relying on pseudosciences, but the most important points could be summarized in four maxims that we offer you below . Obviously, when we say not to trust pseudosciences, it should not be interpreted that the particular approaches of a certain pseudoscience do not end up … Read more

Taking antidepressants in pregnancy affects the baby’s brain

A neurologist and pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of the University of Helsinki (Finland), Heli Malm , has just published a study in which it is suggested that the intake of antidepressants during pregnancy could affect the brain, which pregnant mothers should In the first place, receive a non-pharmacological treatment to combat anxiety and depression … Read more

Is fossil evidence a challenge to faith?

Just as heliocentrism or Darwinism demanded that many religions had to readjust to a new state of things, also the fossil and geological evidence that contradicts the claims of some holy books are indigestible for those who believe at face value and without the ability to self-correct everything what is poured there. For that reason, … Read more

The genes that make us athletes

One question we could ask ourselves is whether aspects such as work or the tendency to play sports are fully acquired traits or do they really have an important genetic component . Theodore Garland, a physiologist at the University of California Riverside, with his team, did a series of experiments in which he was able … Read more

NASA extends Hubble’s life for another five years

We get the good news that NASA has contractually extended the science operations of its Hubble Space Telescope for another five years . This action will take effect from July 1 to June 30, 2021. The amount of the contract will increase by more than 196 million dollars to 2,030 million dollars . This contract … Read more

Should we invest resources in investigating pseudosciences?

Despite the fact that it is relatively easy to identify a pseudoscience, there are still many people who trust them or who, in any case, consider it appropriate to investigate them thoroughly to see if they really are a pseudoscience or not . In the meantime, we have the list of shame in effect, and … Read more

What was agriculture like in Ancient Rome?

With the birth of agriculture , there was a surplus of food, because agriculture can feed ten to one hundred times more people per square kilometer than hunting and gathering. As there was more food, the population grew. Thanks to agriculture, we stopped being hunter-gatherers, and we were able to settle in villages, with more … Read more

An unexpected find: tridymite on Mars

Tridymite is generally associated with silicic volcanism that is known on Earth, and it was not believed to be very important, however it has just been found on Mars as well. The person responsible for the discovery of this unexpected mineral has been NASA’s Curiosity rover, after carrying out an X-ray analysis of the remains … Read more

How many neurons are there in the world?

Only a small fraction of the evolutionary selection that has taken place on Earth has been destined to enhance intelligence, creating more or less complex nervous systems. In that sense, the human nervous system seems the most sophisticated of all those that inhabit the planet. This could change if one day we design an Artificial … Read more

Quixote: the first manual on ‘use of humans’ for robots

Marc Steinberg , a US Navy research program administrator, is overseeing research at the Georgia Institute of Technology to create an artificial intelligence software program called Don Quixote , to teach robots to function in human society. The rapid rate of growth of artificial intelligence has raised fears that robots could act unethically or harm … Read more

How is the stress scale measured?

We often hear that someone is stressed, but is there a more or less objective way to measure the amount of stress we are under? It is something that Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe tried to do in 1967 after evaluating thousands of medical patients who were asked about their life experiences and experiences, looking … Read more

Should we fear another Tunguska?

On June 30, 1908, what appeared to be a huge thermonuclear detonation took place some five miles above Tunguska , Siberia. In reality, what probably took place was the explosion of a comet that came from space: when it did not reach the surface, no crater was produced, and the lack of debris makes us … Read more

Indulging in an artistic activity could reduce your stress

A recent study published in the journal Art Therapy that has been carried out by experts from Drexel University in Philadelphia, suggests that creating art in any of its manifestations can reduce stress levels , regardless of the artistic ability that we harbor. And, in general, doing things by hand, by ourselves, not only has … Read more

When we go from the social contract to the economic one

Broadly speaking, we could say that we have two ways of behaving : one way is characterized by social exchanges and the other by mercantile (or economic) exchanges. Social norms are very delicate and can be transformed into mercantile ones, but it will hardly be the other way around. Imagine that you own a nursery … Read more

The volcano that the Romanticism spit was not so bad

Volcanoes are fascinating geological phenomena, capable of vomiting the bowels of the Earth, producing diamonds and even, in their dormant state, giving fruit to a national park that seems to be from another planet, that of Yellowstone. To measure the fierceness of a volcano’s eruption, the Volcanic Explosive Index (IEV) is used, a scale that … Read more

The Winter of Hunger

"Winter is Coming" has a real-world equivalent: Hongerwinter , that is, the Winter of Hunger, which took place between 1944 and 1945 in Holland. It was neither the first nor the most insidious famine in human history: heavy rains in the early 1300s reduced harvests to such an extent that a quarter of the entire … Read more