‘Planet Nine’ may not exist: study – The Hindu

Scientists have found that there is low probability of the existence of the mysterious ‘Planet Nine’, a Neptune-mass world that may circle our Sun at a distance of about 64 billion to 225 billion km.

Source: ‘Planet Nine’ may not exist: study – The Hindu

Evolution of Darwin’s finches tracked at genetic level : Nature News & Comment

Researchers pinpoint gene for beak-size and track how it changed during a severe drought.

Source: Evolution of Darwin’s finches tracked at genetic level : Nature News & Comment

Richard Levins: Marxist scientist, communist

Richard “Dick” Levins, communist and distinguished Marxist scientist, died on Jan. 19 at the age of 85. He was a population geneticist, mathematical ecologist and philosopher of science.

Source: Richard Levins: Marxist scientist, communist

Brain area that recognises facial expressions found

Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have pinpointed the area of the brain responsible for recognising human facial expressions. The area is on the right side of the brain behind the ear, i

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3D printing could help fix damaged cartilage in knees – The Hindu

By 3D bio-printing an ink containing human cells, researchers have now found a way to produce cartilage tissue damaged by injuries or age.Athletes, the elderly and others who suffer from injuries

Source: 3D printing could help fix damaged cartilage in knees – The Hindu

Where Science and Religion Coexist – NYTimes.com

                As part of his ongoing research, Dr. Davidson last year connected French monk Matthieu Ricard to 256 sensors and asked him to meditate on compassion. The scans of his brain showed an extraordinary level of gamma waves (activity linked to consciousness, learning and memory),“levels never reported before in the neuroscience literature”, the scientist said.

               The left prefrontal cortex also saw increased activity, proof of a larger capacity for “happiness.”

Where Science and Religion Coexist – NYTimes.com.

Fascinating – The Most Despised Science Book of 2012 is … worth reading | Mark Vernon | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

The Most Despised Science Book of 2012 is … worth reading | Mark Vernon | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk.