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Wednesday, 03 September 2014
Could a computer ever be conscious? I think so, at least in principle. Scientia Salon has seen a number of very interesting discussions on this theme which unfortunately have failed to shift anybody...
Wednesday, 03 September 2014
Drinking tea reduces non-cardiovascular mortality by 24%, reveals a study in 131,000 people presented at ESC Congress today by Professor Nicolas Danchin from France. Professor Danchin said: "If you...
Tuesday, 02 September 2014
To get the most enjoyment out of our dollar, science tells us to focus our discretionary spending on experiences such as travel over material goods. A new Cornell University study shows that the...
Tuesday, 02 September 2014
My social media accounts today are cluttered with stories about “mutating” Ebola viruses. The usually excellent ScienceAlert, for example, rather breathlessly informs us “The Ebola virus is mutating...
Tuesday, 02 September 2014
Branded or trademarked diets have similar levels of effectiveness; the key is sticking to it, a research study has found. Weight loss differences between these popular diets are minimal and likely...
Tuesday, 02 September 2014
In a new study reported in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Heart Failure, researchers say more than an hour of moderate or half an hour of vigorous exercise per day may lower your...

Highlights

Neurons in human skin perform advanced calculations, previously believed that only the brain could perform. This is according to a study from Umeå University in Sweden published in the journal...