Scientists Think This Psychedelic Drug Could Help Treat Anorexia : ScienceAlert

The psychedelic drug psilocybin (as found in ‘magic’ mushrooms) has promising potential as a treatment for the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, according to new research that looked at its effects on an animal model of the condition. Psilocybin appears to free up the brain enough to break out of the rigid patterns of thought which … Read more

A billionaire hopes to upgrade the Hubble Telescope on a private SpaceX mission, but could it really happen?

NASA’s iconic Hubble observatory still has years of life left in it, and there are ideas in the works to perhaps keep it going for longer — but those proposals may be facing uphill battles. The Hubble Space Telescope, launched in 1990, has been serviced five times by astronauts and remains in good health. But … Read more

To stay alive, try being more female

Women and children first, right? The idea that the female body is more vulnerable is pervasive in the public imagination. But in biology, it is increasingly clear the male body has that dubious honour. So let’s talk a bit about innate female strength, shall we? When it comes to fighting off invading pathogens, female bodies … Read more

This Start-Up Wants You to Put Custom Bacteria on Your Teeth

About seven years ago, Aaron Silverbook and his then-girlfriend, a biologist, were perusing old scientific literature online. “A romantic evening,” joked Silverbook. That night, he came across a study from 2000 that surprised him. Scientists had genetically engineered an oral bacterium that they said could possibly prevent tooth decay: “I read it and sort of … Read more

A “Zombie Expert” Shares Advice on How to Survive the Apocalypse

[CLIP: Theme music] Rachel Feltman: Picture someone who’s prepared to survive the end of the world: What are they up to? Maybe you’re imagining a “vaultie” from Fallout zipping themselves into a uniform and heading underground to hide away from the rest of humanity. Or did your mind jump to Nick Offerman’s isolationist tactics in … Read more

Solitude review: New psychology book separates solitude from loneliness

Spending time alone may help us regulate our emotions Harry Gruyaert/Magnum Photos SolitudeNetta Weinstein, Heather Hansen and Thuy-vy T. Nguyen (Cambridge University Press) In recent years, many of us have come to relate differently to the time we spend alone. The globally imposed lockdowns in response to the covid-19 pandemic abruptly curtailed many people’s social networks and … Read more