Author archives: Invited Researcher

Neural precursors accelerate the development of tumors

Neural precursors accelerate the development of tumors

BiomedicineNeurobiology

By Invited Researcher

“The brain is considered an isolated tissue from the rest of the body thanks to the blood-brain-barrier, which separates it at cellular level with a very strict control”. That was supposed in the past, at least until now… In 2019 a striking discovery led by the researcher Moreno-Jimenez demonstrated human neurogenesis is abundant and persists […]

Nature versus nurture: how modern science is rewriting it

Nature versus nurture: how modern science is rewriting it

EvolutionGeneticsNeurobiology

By Invited Researcher

The question of whether it is genes or environment that largely shapes human behaviour has been debated for centuries. During the second half of the 20th century, there were two camps of scientists – each believing that nature or nurture, respectively, was exclusively at play. This view is becoming increasingly rare, as research is demonstrating […]

Quantum physics: our study suggests objective reality doesn’t exist

Quantum physics: our study suggests objective reality doesn’t exist

Quantum physics

By Invited Researcher

Alternative facts are spreading like a virus across society. Now it seems they have even infected science – at least the quantum realm. This may seem counter intuitive. The scientific method is after all founded on the reliable notions of observation, measurement and repeatability. A fact, as established by a measurement, should be objective, such […]

Soft robots of the future may depend on new materials that conduct electricity, sense damage and self-heal

Soft robots of the future may depend on new materials that conduct electricity, sense damage and self-heal

MaterialsMechanical EngineeringRobotics

By Invited Researcher

Robots used to be restricted to heavy lifting or fine detail work in factories. Now Boston Dynamics’ nimble four-legged robot, Spot, is available for companies to lease to carry out various real-world jobs, a sign of just how common interactions between humans and machines have become in recent years. And while Spot is versatile and […]

Why is climate change denied?

Why is climate change denied?

Sociology

By Invited Researcher

Scientific disinformation about climate change is having a great impact especially in countries like the United States (USA). Misinformation about this topic and about scientific issues in general, not only confuses the population and discredits scientific findings but also paralyzes evidence-based policies. Farrell et al (2019) provide a series of examples and strategies that can […]