Electronic voice phenomena are an auditory example of pareidolia – the tendency to perceive human characteristics in meaningless perceptual patterns.
Earlier in the year the world was finally treated to some good news from science: a report was published that claimed to show that eating chocolate could help you lose weight faster.
The natural foods industry is deep into the anti-aging business, and it’s all based on two lies—one about pesticides and toxins, the other about anti-oxidants.
The reaction among some American politicians to the recent news that black holes might not exist again reveals how scientifically illiterate they really are.
If you have followed this blog for any length of time, you have probably figured out that I came to the science of aging through evolutionary biology, and that I believe evolutionary thinking is a key to understanding what aging is and how it can be addressed. So without further ado, I introduce a column that is central to how evolution works, but peripheral to the science of aging.
Trofim Lysenko was born of a peasant family from the Ukraine in 1898. He attended the Kiev Agricultural Institute and was trained as an agronomist. In 1927 he studied the effects of low temperatures on crop plant growth and development, and claimed that this treatment (called “vernalization”) increased crop yields and became an inherited trait in the treated plants.