What happens when a scientist presents evidence contrary to a law? Scientists are removed from advisory panels

  The Paper That Finally Changed The Law on Drugs The case for the end of the war on drugs has never been stronger than it is today. The Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs published a paper in The Lancet last month demonstrating the clear scientific evidence that stands to oppose UK government drugs policy. … Continue reading

FYI: What Is the Evolutionary Purpose of Tickling?

You probably know that you can’t tickle yourself. And although you might be able to tickle a total stranger, your brain also strongly discourages you from doing something so socially awkward. These facts offer insight into tickling’s evolutionary purpose, says Robert R. Provine, a neuroscientist at the University of Maryland and the author of the … Continue reading

Scientists find evidence for ‘chronesthesia,’ or mental time travel

  The ability to remember the past and imagine the future can significantly affect a person’s decisions in life. Scientists refer to the brain’s ability to think about the past, present, and future as “chronesthesia,” or mental time travel, although little is known about which parts of the brain are responsible for these conscious experiences. … Continue reading

Did ‘Martian’ methane signal come from Earth? – space – 23 December 2010 – New Scientist

Claims that Mars’s atmosphere contains methane, which have fuelled speculations that the planet hosts life, may be premature. A key piece of evidence for methane on Mars may actually be due to Earth-based methane, say researchers led by Kevin Zahnle of the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. “This is not a done … Continue reading

The Science of Right and Wrong

Ever since the rise of modern science, an almost impregnable wall separating it from religion, morality and human values has been raised to the heights. The “naturalistic fallacy,” sometimes rendered as the “is-ought problem”—the way something “is” does not mean that is the way it “ought” to be—has for centuries been piously parroted from its … Continue reading