Tag: New Scientist

Random Molecular Permutations

How much predictive power does our DNA have? Let’s say that you and I have never met. If I had your complete genome mapped out would I be able to make any serious predictions about you? Hair color? Height? Weight? Personality? Career path? Many scientists believe that DNA can give us a really good idea ...

Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744-1829)

It’s hard to believe that it has taken modern science 200 years to catch up to Lamarck. One of the common threads on Nautis Project has always been the incompleteness of a biological theory of evolution, morphology, and memory. It is these gaps in our knowledge that people like Lamarck, Darwin, Bergson, and Goethe tried ...

Psychiatric Drugs Help Skinny People

From the New Scientist, “Yet one culprit is rarely mentioned: the broad range of psychiatric drugs that can cause substantial weight gain. They include drugs marketed as antidepressants (such as amitriptyline, doxepin and imipramine), mood stabilisers (including lithium and valproate) and antipsychotics (including clozapine, olanzapine and chlorpromazine). After 10 years on lithium, for example, two-thirds ...

Turtles Never Finish the Race

I was flipping through the latest New Scientist magazine last week when I stumbled across yet another article claiming that a final theory of everything was just around the corner. Each time I see one of these articles I’m reminded of the endless stream of biology and physics professors lined up for their chance to ...