Device Reads Mind of Completely Paralysed Patients

I grant you, the title of this post makes a bold claim but I’m confident I’m not misrepresenting the science. A couple of weeks ago an interesting, open access paper was published in PLOS Biology. It detailed how people that were completely paralysed were able to use a brain-computer interface (BCI) to communicate. The subjects… Read More Device Reads Mind of Completely Paralysed Patients

Meteor Impact Or Volcanic Eruption; That Is The Question

Today it is widely accepted that the extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs was caused by the giant meteorite impact at Chicxulub, Mexico; this has not always been the received wisdom, however. Fifty years ago it was thought that the enormous amount of volcanic activity of the Deccan Traps was what wiped them out. The reality… Read More Meteor Impact Or Volcanic Eruption; That Is The Question

Breaking News: Sticking Needles in Babies Does Not Stop Them Crying

We turn now to one of my favourite whipping boys of complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM): acupuncture. More than 3000 research studies into acupuncture are yet to show any kind of effect other than that of an elaborate placebo. Why would they, of course? What possible rationale could there be for sticking needles into your… Read More Breaking News: Sticking Needles in Babies Does Not Stop Them Crying