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Unraveling the Reproductive Strategy of Living Organisms

At the Matsumoto Lab of the Department of Biosciences and Informatics at Keio University, fundamental research relating to reproduction and the process of ontogeny of living organisms is being conducted.

The lab is focused particularly on a primitive animal called a planarian, which has a particularly high regenerative capability and diverse reproduction modes. Researchers there are trying to shed light on the basic mechanisms of living organisms by learning from planaria.

Video Games Don’t Cause Violent Behavior

Everyone just knows that violence is on the rise, especially among kids. Everyone just knows that violent video games have something to do with it. Except violence isn’t on the rise, as we showed in our “Sky isn’t falling episode”. And there’s really no evidence that video games are the cause of violence anyway. Step away from my video games!

Bruce Hood on the Domesticated Brain

How does the brain shape our behavior? In the third of our exciting series of events celebrating the return of the popular and accessible Pelican books, leading psychologist Bruce Hood gives us a clear insight into the complexities of our grey matter.

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A-rhythm-etic. The math behind the beats 

Ready to dance in your seat? Drummer Clayton Cameron breaks down different genres of music—from R&B to Latin to pop—by their beats. A talk that proves hip hop and jazz aren’t cooler than math—they simply rely on it.

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Five True Facts about Google X

Want to learn more about the most intellectual, yet underground unit of Google? With the secrecy of the CIA and the aura of Area 69, Google X’s mystique is explained via a list, courtesy of Marques Brownlee.

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Service Agility from Ericsson speeds innovation, collaboration and OSS/BSS in real time

Ericsson has launched a comprehensive offering that harnesses Ericsson’s extensive OSS and BSS and Service Enablement portfolio capabilities for a new level of streamlined development and delivery of new services and bundles.

Waiting for a Supernova

The poltergeists of physics. That is how scientists refer to neutrinos, the elementary particles that zip through our bodies and morph into different forms like “cosmic chameleons evading capture.” Neutrinos are also said to be “pathologically shy” in that they rarely interact with other particles. And yet, it is said that whenever anything cool happens in the universe, neutrinos are usually involved.

A gigantic supernova explosion would qualify as a cool cosmic event. Neutrinos, which travel at nearly the speed of light, would bring this information to us. Let’s say that a massive star dies on the far side of the Milky Way galaxy. We might not see this event with our optical telescopes because stellar dust obscures the visible light. However, the neutrinos would still get through. 

"Because these particles don’t interact with much they can escape from the site of mayhem — basically from the core of the explosion unhindered and reach us and therefore confirm directly what’s going on there."