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  • The 'drunken monkey' hypothesisplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigThe 'drunken monkey' hypothesis

    Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is one of the most common addictive substance abuses. It's estimated that in the US alone, there more than 3 million early deaths each year as a result.( ref.)

    Leading to the question - why do humans have such…
  • Neuronal recycling hypothesisplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigNeuronal recycling hypothesis

    Why do modern-day humans have a seemingly in-built ability to learn highly complex procedures, which our ancestors, just a few hundred generations ago, would have never needed?

    The neuronal recycling hypothesis was developed in the early …
  • The muscle synergy hypothesisplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigThe muscle synergy hypothesis

    The Muscle Synergy Hypothesis refers to a concept used to attempt an explanation for animals' ability to carry out very complex movements involving accurate control of many different muscles at the same time.

    In humans, for example, a mov…

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  • The 'drunken monkey' hypothesisplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigThe 'drunken monkey' hypothesis

    Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is one of the most common addictive substance abuses. It's estimated that in the US alone, there more than 3 million early deaths each year as a result.( ref.)

    Leading to the question - why do humans have such…
  • Alcohol intoxicationplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigAlcohol intoxication

    "Despite the fact that alcohol has been used and misused for hundreds of years, the mechanism of action of this simple molecule remains the subject of study. Alcohol use results in diverse behavioral effects, including intoxication, cognitive impa…
  • Multiple sclerosisplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigMultiple sclerosis

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a severe persistent condition of the central nervous system in which the coating around nerve fibres (myelin) is damaged, causing a wide range of distressing symptoms varying in severity.

    At any given time, it affects arou…
  • Neuronal recycling hypothesisplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigNeuronal recycling hypothesis

    Why do modern-day humans have a seemingly in-built ability to learn highly complex procedures, which our ancestors, just a few hundred generations ago, would have never needed?

    The neuronal recycling hypothesis was developed in the early …
  • The muscle synergy hypothesisplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigThe muscle synergy hypothesis

    The Muscle Synergy Hypothesis refers to a concept used to attempt an explanation for animals' ability to carry out very complex movements involving accurate control of many different muscles at the same time.

    In humans, for example, a mov…
  • Lithic spheroidsplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigLithic spheroids

    'Lithic spheroids' (stone balls) are small man-made Stone Age artefacts (dating from around 1.8 million years ago to 70,000 years ago). They have mainly been found in Africa, but also in Europe and Asia. Exactly how and why they were made remains uncer…
  • Magnetoreceptionplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigMagnetoreception

    A number of animal species, including bacteria, arthropods, molluscs, fish, birds and mammals are known to be able to sense magnetic fields.

    "Animals use geomagnetic fields for navigational cues, yet the sensory mechanism underlying magnetic percepti…
  • Crampplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigCramp

    "A muscle cramp is a sudden, severe, and involuntary muscle contraction or over-shortening. It can cause mild-to-severe pain, and a paralysis-like immobility. Usually, it resolves on its own over several seconds, minutes, or in the worst scenario after several h…
  • CISS theoryplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigCISS theory

    The Chirality-Induced Spin Selectivity ( CISS ) effect was first discovered over two decades ago in the field of optical polarization. (ref.)

    It was found that a fundamental quantum property of electrons - known as 'spin' - is strongly influenced by the 'c…
  • Massplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigMass

    All physical objects have ‘mass’. The mass is (largely) a consequence of the additions of the masses of the atomic and subatomic particles from which the objects are comprised. Theorists currently support the idea of mass-creation via the

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