Genetically Pre-Disposed to Sleep Less

Genetically Pre-Disposed to Sleep Less

  Though an overwhelming number of people in the modernized world are running on less sleep than is ideal, for a very small percentage of the population a restricted sleep lifestyle is in their genes—literally. Mutations to the gene DEC2 have been shown in both humans and mice to allow individuals to run sustainably on […]

Searching for Science Capital for the Next Generation

Searching for Science Capital for the Next Generation

Educational administrators in the United Kingdom are searching for more sources of science capital with which to inspire the next generation of students to pursue careers in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). This issue has been an on-going struggle, but was once again brought back to public attention when Greg Clark was […]

Sleepless Life: When Did Sleep Evolve?

Sleepless Life:  When Did Sleep Evolve?

In addition to the need to eat, drink, and breath, humans and other animals also regularly experience the undeniable need to sleep. Sleep is now understood to serve many functions that range from helping the body’s healing process to aiding in memory and learning. But why did such a complex and whole-body experience come to exist? Are […]

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