A Japanese astronaut grows nine centimeters in space

The Japanese Norishige Kanai has grown nine centimeters during his stay on the International Space Station (ISS) due to weightlessness, as he wrote on Tuesday on the astronaut himself. “Today I have an important news, I have passed the medical examination with a measurement of the physical parameters and it…

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Chemists discover a plausible recipe for early life on Earth (ENG)

Chemists at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have developed a fascinating new theory about how life on Earth may have begun. Their experiments show that the key chemical reactions that support life today could have been carried out with ingredients that were probably present on the planet four billion years…

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They propose a new classification of the problems of consciousness

One of the pathological and enduring alterations of consciousness is the state of minimal response or minimal consciousness. The neurologist Lionel Naccache, director of the PICNIC Lab team of the Brain and Spinal Cord Institute of the CNRS / Inserm / UPMC proposes “that the classification of this state be…

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The oldest plesiosaurus was a strong swimmer (ENG)

Instead of laboriously pushing the water out of the way with their paddles, the plesiosaurs slid gracefully along with the modified limbs to form underwater wings. His small head was placed on a long, streamlined neck. The robust body contained strong muscles keeping those wings in motion. Compared to the…

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Can the human brain be explained using quantum physics?

“I can not define the real problem, so I suspect there is no real problem, but I’m not sure there is not.” These are words of the American physicist Richard Feymann, alluding to the enigmas and paradoxes of quantum mechanics, the theory used to describe the smallest objects in the…

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Physical contact produces changes in the baby’s genetics

The close and comforting contact that small babies get not only keeps them comfortable and loved, it also produces changes at the molecular level. Children with less physical contact at an early age suffer changes in the molecular processes that affect gene expression, according to research from the British Columbia…

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