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

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

Evolution in Real Time: Antibiotic Resistance

I saw a paper in Science this week that was simultaneously very exciting and, frankly, terrifying. It involved the study of antibiotic resistance in¬†Escherichia coli. Many studies have been done looking at how¬†E. coli and other bacteria can evolve resistance to both single and multi-drug environment. These are normally conducted in flasks of liquid culture,… Read More Evolution in Real Time: Antibiotic Resistance

Genetically Modified Aubergine Reveals Desperation of Anti-GMO Zealots

I have written extensively in the past about the benefits of genetically modified crops and how the anti-GMO lobby will tell any lie they can think of to try to discredit a technology that not only doesn’t do harm but actually has the potential to do enormous amounts of good. They say that it increases… Read More Genetically Modified Aubergine Reveals Desperation of Anti-GMO Zealots