For the first time, scientists have cryogenically frozen a brain and recovered it with all cells, connections, and synapses intact. But what does this mean beyond of the world of neuroscience? Have we finally found a way to preserve personality, thoughts, and memories after death? Using an innovative technique called Aldehyde-Stabilized Cryopreservation (ASC), involving […]Read More How to make your brain immortal
The concept of the soul being a singular entity is probably a regular notion to you. In fact, any idea to the contrary probably seems ludicrous. But, what seems peculiar to the western mind has been engrained into the eastern psyche for centuries. That is the idea that a multiplicity of souls or selves can […]Read More How many souls make a man?
Rabia Salihu Sa’id: a female physicist in Northern Nigeria. This is an inspiring statement for many reasons, but the story behind the statement is what is truly amazing. Nigeria as a country rates very poorly on measures of discrimination against women, especially in the North, where many girls go uneducated and marry in […]Read More Not all superwomen wear capes
“Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.” Those were the words of movie star and beauty icon Hedy Lamarr (pictured in featured image). What is less well known about Lamarr is that she was also an inventor, helping to develop a communications system that was […]Read More The great female exodus
The growing tensions between the Middle East and ‘The West’ have considerably heightened in recent weeks, following the latest string of attacks in Europe, Africa, and in Syria. It is a global crisis that has bulldozed its way into all our lives, and unlikely to leave politely. It was whilst reading the endless news reports […]Read More Sleepwalking into segregation
How plausible is it that every event to take place in the universe, past, present and future, is predetermined? As strange as it may seem, this deterministic view is one metaphysical explanation for a concept that has bewildered physicist for decades; quantum entanglement. This is the idea that the fate of paired subatomic particles, such […]Read More Where quantum physics meets metaphysics
Over a decade ago, Irving Weissman proposed an experiment that has been hotly debated ever since. His idea was to inject human derived stem cells into a fetal mouse, in the aim of producing a mouse with human neurons to be studied in vivo (1). The idea of introducing human pluripotent cells into animal embryos has now […]Read More Are human-animal hybrids the ethical limit?