Learning! Roundup: Your brain can tell the future, there is no true self, and more!

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Fortune Telling Brains

Our brains can see the future, even if we can't. Or at the very least, our brains can recognize when a Kickstarter campaign is going to be successful, even if we don't consciously realize it.

You Have No True Self

Scientifically, there is no evidence that we have a  "true self" - a core part of us that is more real than the others. But that doesn't mean it isn't a useful concept! (Or, interestingly, a universal one - across cultures, the true self is seen as the person's moral centre.)

How Neon Lights are Made


Larvaceans Love Plastic

There are funny little creatures called larvaceans in the ocean who are eating plastic and pooping little tiny plastic pellets out that fall to the sea floor. This finally explains why there is less plastic in the ocean than might be expected, based on our rampant use, and the impact of all these micro plastics in the ocean is still unclear.

Don't Bank Blood

If you have a baby, you can pay a looooot of money to bank some of it's umbilical cord blood, full of happy stem cells. The idea is that those stem cells could be used to save its life, or treat future disease. However, organizations like the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say don't bother. It's a waste of money.

What the Health?

If you watched the latest Netflix special, What the Health, and felt like everything you are eating is killing you, fret not. The science is bad. Eat your eggs.

Micromotor Drug Deliveries

Last week we talked about the potential of nanobots fixing your brain, and this week we've got some little baby robots, called micromotors, who have now delivered medicine to cure gut infections in mice.

Alternative Cancer Treatments Are Dangerous

New research shows that choosing an alternative cancer treatment doubles your chance of death.


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