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What are your guys' thoughts on this? On the American Gut Project?  I think crowdfunding and crowdsourcing can help engage more people in science and support more research projects but I think the author does a great job in laying out concerns as well.

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We all need to sleep, but why? Recent studies investigate the requirement of sleep for neural plasticity and learning, so how come bullfrogs never sleep?

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Halloween brings stories of the undead, the dead coming back to life, and the dead staying dead but still coming to visit you. But the scariest of all is the prospect of being buried alive. It happened all to often in the most recent three centuries, so people devised some amazing precautions to prevent premature burial. Nowadays it’s less likely to happen, but there are several conditions that can mimic death and could lead to fingernail scratches inside the lid of a casket.

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The things that can happen to twins in the womb before they’re be born are bizarre. Some are absorbed by their sibling and some just vanish. Two conjoined twins might grow differently and one may becomes a parasite – one boy just had a second face coming out of his chest that could smile, blink and cry. Even scarier - many of you are harboring a twin right now.

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Man has been cloning himself for thousands of years. They’re called monozygotic twins. But how it occurs naturally is still a mystery. Identical twinning isn’t common, but is increased by in vitro fertilization techniques. Maybe this will give clues as to why one embryo splits. And if it doesn’t split completely – conjoined twins.

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It’s a miracle that a human body ever works like it’s supposed to. So many things can go wrong and there’s so few ways for things to be right. Ever hear of a defect called situs ambiguus? It’s a big problem. And what’s more, when something like transposition of the great arteries occurs, it’s only a second defect that keeps the patients alive.

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I started creating teaching pieces that have graphic bits to make them more appealing to mass audiences and students. Let me know what you think., please  =)

I'd love to use BiologyPop in our schools but the only way to create an account is with facebook.  Does anyone know a way around this?


Even when the system of interrelations between all living beings on Earth is enormously complex, we can study it and could know it very well scientifically and, then, could influence its functioning to make it more and more rational and humanitarian. 

That is, given that we are aware of what is pain , suffering, fear, anguish, desperation, hungry, sadness, loneliness, etc. (that animals also fell), we could, voluntarily, go gradually eliminating it from among all the sentient beings in our world. So far we only observe it, and we think that it is so, that it has always been so, and that's the essence of "wild nature" ¡But it does not have why remain so! ¡We have the capacity to change it!

Certainly we must do it very carefully, very wisely, for not negatively alter the cycles that keep life rich and healthy on earth. ¡We can positively influence the evolution of life!

Pain and suffering in nature involves many areas of knowledge, including neuroscience, and even ethics and moral.
Human Brain is one of the supreme marvels of the universe. Its capacities are overwhelming: Consciousness, Free Will, Reasoning, Memory, Imagination, Abstraction, Perception of Feelings and Sensations, etc., etc.  And we don´t know yet, from very fundamental principles, what they are. For example: ¡Free Will apparently contradicts fundamental laws of Physics!
One feeling is Suffering, and one sensation is Pain. These two characteristics, which contain so much meaning for a human being, are also present in less developed brains in nature.
Evolution is another marvel of the universe, and it seems that Suffering and Pain play a very important role on it. 
Besides, we have another feeling called: Empathy, which (for persons who feel it strong) is in contradiction with the necessity of pain and suffering in evolution of beings on earth.

But  ¡We have Free Will! So, ¡We have the capacity to change it!  

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