Factors That Affect I.Q.

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I made a video based on a review article discussing some factors that influence I.Q. and what I.Q. tests actually measure. Below are links to the videos and a transcript. https://youtu.be/x2q92E3Hf9g   https://vimeo.com/229406771 IQ which stands for “intelligence quotient” is a score used to quantify a person’s level of intelligence based on standardized tests. Two … Continue reading Factors That Affect I.Q.

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What is MECP2 Duplication Syndrome?

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I made a video discussing what MECP2 duplication syndrome is. Below are links to the video as well as a transcript of the video. https://youtu.be/QUyJnqmIOpk https://vimeo.com/228488126 What is MECP2 Duplication Syndrome? MECP2 Duplication Syndrome is a genetic disorder primarily seen in males that causes several symptoms such as autism, intellectual disability, motor dysfunction, delayed growth, … Continue reading What is MECP2 Duplication Syndrome?

Exercise Contributes Little to Weight Loss

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Have you ever gained a few extra pounds and attempted to shed those pounds by hitting the gym? Did it work? No? Yes? Well, the truth is that for a while now, research has been telling us that that workout won’t get rid of that muffin top. In Herman Pontzer’s article The Exercise Paradox in … Continue reading Exercise Contributes Little to Weight Loss

In Defense of Daydreaming

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Mind wandering frees our mind to make new connections, have fresh ideas, and even solve problems that the focused mind has difficulty doing. Scientists such as Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton revered the capability of the wandering mind. The researcher Felicity Mellon criticizes the current atmosphere of collaborative research believing it doesn't value the importance of … Continue reading In Defense of Daydreaming

Cultural Evolution

The Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection We think that we have a decent understanding of how biology evolves over time. A certain group, a certain population, has a set of traits. With each successive generation, new traits will appear due to random genetic mutations. If these gene mutations result in traits that make the … Continue reading Cultural Evolution

Review of The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye-View of the World by Michael Pollan

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Why I Chose this Book My book choice can feel sporadic sometimes. At one point, I determined that my book selection should be more deliberate. I should read books that align with the goals in my life. One of them is to further my science knowledge and understanding. So, I decided that the next audiobook … Continue reading Review of The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye-View of the World by Michael Pollan

Building Brains from Scratch

Many studies on the brain today rely on mouse and rat models. Many of these studies through fail to translate to humans. This is presumably due to natural structural differences between rodents and humans. Though the human brain shares many similarities with the rodent brain, the human brain is still more complex.             Juergen Knoblich, … Continue reading Building Brains from Scratch

Intelligence Genes: Are there Genius Genes?

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In this YouTube video I discuss a paper that investigates if genes for normal intelligence are the same as those for people with "high intelligence."  https://youtu.be/7Ycjklr5yZ0 Intelligence is a widely studied and debated subject. It is praised and admired…for the most part We believe that intelligent individuals provide great technological and cultural advancements. We wish … Continue reading Intelligence Genes: Are there Genius Genes?

Regrowing Human Body Parts

Michael Levin is a professor and scientist at Tufts University. His research is focused on regenerating limbs as in salamanders. He has so far done so in frogs and has even manipulated the development of frogs so that he can grow extra limbs or organs in odd places. He does so by manipulating bioelectricity in these … Continue reading Regrowing Human Body Parts

Why are there different Hair Textures?

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For years characteristics that are strongly associated with “blackness” such as thick lips, wide noses, dark skin, and curly or kinky hair were associated with inferiority. These were touted as evidence that these people were closer to lower animals, even considered subhuman, than their often lighter hued counterparts. Today, there seems to be an emerging … Continue reading Why are there different Hair Textures?