There’s a Big Problem Skewing Neuroscience – We’re Not All White And Middle Class

We need more diversity.

A few years ago, researchers were finding that psychology research was being affected by something WEIRD – an oversampling from Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich, and Democratic communities.Now it seems neurology suffers from a similar issue, with a recent study revealing that low diversity among volunteers in neuroimaging research projects risks warping our impression of what a normal growing brain looks like.

Source: There’s a big problem skewing neuroscience – we’re not all white and middle class – ScienceAlert

Acetaminophen — commonly known as Tylenol in the US and paracetamol elsewhere — reduces people’s empathy for the pain of others, new research finds.Acetaminophen is an ingredient in over 600 different medications, including being the main constituent of Tylenol.The ubiquitous painkiller does not just kill pain, it also kills our fellow-feeling.

Source: Empathy Is Killed By Popular Painkiller Found In 600 Different Drugs – PsyBlog

Acetaminophen — commonly known as Tylenol in the US and paracetamol elsewhere — reduces people’s empathy for the pain of others, new research finds.Acetaminophen is an ingredient in over 600 different medications, including being the main constituent of Tylenol.The ubiquitous painkiller does not just kill pain, it also kills our fellow-feeling.

Source: Empathy Is Killed By Popular Painkiller Found In 600 Different Drugs – PsyBlog

Small amounts of nuclear radiation spread across Europe last month, and no one can figure out why.First detected over the Norway-Russia border in January, the radioactive Iodine-131 bloom was then found over several European countries, and while unsubstantiated rumours of nuclear testing by Russia have been cropping up, officials say it’s most likely linked to an unreported pharmaceutical mishap.While the radiation spike happened in January, officials in Finland and France have only just gone public with information on the incident, announcing that after the spike was detected in Norway, it appeared in Finland, Poland, Czechia (Czech Republic), Germany, France and Spain, until the end of January.

Source: No one can figure out what’s behind a mysterious radiation spike across Europe – ScienceAlert

A lot has been written about CRISPR over the past year. The powerful gene editing tool can quickly and easily ‘cut and paste’ genes, which means scientists might be able to use it to edit disease out of human cells, and even prevent genetic disorders in the first place. In November, CRISPR was trialled for the first time on human lung cancer patients.But despite its potential, it’s still very new technology that, like any new technique, has the potential to cause side effects we can’t yet predict – which could be really bad if we start using it regularly in humans. The good news is that scientists think they might have found an ‘off-switch’ that stops CRISPR in its tracks.

Source: Scientists have discovered an ‘off’ switch for the revolutionary CRISPR gene editing tool – ScienceAlert