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Extreme Biology

How to Regrow a Limb

Axlotl
over 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea? The loss of a human limb is a tragedy. We know that once they’re gone, mammalian arms and legs can't ever be restored. But if you cut off a salamander's leg - or tail - it will reappear in just a few weeks. The enigma of amphibian organ regeneration has puzzled scientists ...

Extreme Biology

The Antioxidant Racket

Pills_health_ss
over 2 years ago

What's the Latest Development? Sales of top antioxidant supplements have reached $5 billion but their health benefits have been greatly overstated, say researchers. Antioxidants which are produced naturally by the body combat free radicals associated with cancer and other diseases, but not so ...

Extreme Biology

Is Necrophilia Wrong?

Graves
over 2 years ago

Cemeteries are not for the dead, but for the living. The dead will not thank us for the coffins made to their specifications, nor compliment us on the choice of flowers or gravestones. They cannot do so, since they are, by definition, dead: they feel nothing, they cannot communicate, they are no ...

Going Mental

The End of Free Will?

Brainwithnumbers
over 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea? The field of neuroscience evolved so rapidly in the past twenty years that it will pose unprecedented challenges to the legal system in the decades to come, changing the way we understand crime and punishment, says neuro-pioneer Joy Hirsch, director of the Functional ...