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Intelligence Is in the Genes, but Where?

You can thank your parents for your smarts—or at least some of them. Psychologists have long known that intelligence, like most other traits, is partly genetic. But a new study led by psychological scientist Christopher Chabris of Union College reveals the surprising fact that most of the specific genes long thought to be linked to intelligence probably have no bearing on one’s IQ. And it may be some time before researchers can identify intelligence’s specific genetic roots.

Chabris and David Laibson, a Harvard economist, led an international team of researchers that analyzed a dozen genes using large data sets that included both intelligence testing and genetic data.

In nearly every case, the researchers found that intelligence could not be linked to the specific genes that were tested. The results are published online in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

“In all of our tests we only found one gene that appeared to be associated with intelligence, and it was a very small effect. This does not mean intelligence does not have a genetic component. It means it’s a lot harder to find the particular genes, or the particular genetic variants, that influence the differences in intelligence,” said Chabris.

It’s important to remember that we aren’t flowers, that intelligence is immensely more complex than the color of petals. There isn’t an “intelligence gene,” but rather a bunch of genes that influence it both individually and in cooperation with others. In addition, we aren’t positive on how the nurture-vs-nature relationship works in either. 

Universes inflating, expanding and separating from a vast multiverse membrane on an vertical timeline

The Solar System shown on 3 proportional tiers with the inner planets magnified at the top

Large Hadron Collider, Quarks and the elusive Higgs Boson

A fountain of dark energy in space around a galactic body

A Black hole engine that might be at the centre of the Milky Way galaxy

Waves of dark energy flowing within a young star nursery

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A field of dark matter and energy

The play of light and dark matter around a sun

A solar body falling into a black hole and disappearing beyond its event horizon


Illustrations by Moonrunner

About Moonrunner:

Moonrunner is primarily known for its science-based illustrations, especially in such fields as astro-physics, cosmology, dark energy, black holes, the solar system and such stellar phenomena as quasars, star nurseries and pulsars. We have worked with Stephen Hawking, as well as with the scientist/authors of the National Geographic and Scientific American magazines, and also those publishing with Dorling Kindersley, Weidenfeld & Nicolson and Weldon Owen.

Click on the images to see what they represent.

These are pretty trippy, and are definitely great for visualizing what may be happening during certain cosmic events. Just remember that these aren’t actual representation, and most of this is largely invisible for humans without the use of filters. 

Astounding nonetheless. I especially love the the multiverse one at the top.




This is making me incredibly happy right now, thank you Internet.



Aerofex hover vehicle recalls ‘Jedi’ speeder bikes
The aerospace firm sees the aerial vehicle as a test platform for new unmanned drones for farms or search-and-rescue missions.

Heck yeah.

That means we’re almost to these, right?


Supermassive Black Hole at Work

Image Credit: NASA, S. Gezari (The Johns Hopkins University), and J. Guillochon (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Back in 2010, astronomers witnessed an explosion of light from a star that was obliterated by a supermassive black hole. This is an accurate computer simulation of the event that took place.

Well this looks awesome.