Gut microbes eat our medication 

Researchers have discovered one of the first concrete examples of how the microbiome can interfere with a drug’s intended path through the body. Focusing on levodopa (L-dopa), the primary treatment for Parkinson’s disease, they identified which bacteria out of the trillions of species is responsible for degrading the drug and how to stop this microbial interference.

Source: Gut microbes eat our medication — ScienceDaily

Jonathan Bartlett: Consciousness as the “first instantiation of a new law of nature” | Uncommon Descent

If consciousness is indeed a first instantiation of a new law of nature, there should be laws associated with its workings. They should relate to the laws of information theory.

Source: Jonathan Bartlett: Consciousness as the “first instantiation of a new law of nature” | Uncommon Descent

A shady spot may protect species against rapid climate warming: Formula could tell ecologists which species will come to their own ‘behavioral rescue’ — ScienceDaily

A shady refuge on a hot day could be more than a simple comfort in a warming world. Finding a cooler spot might save several species that would otherwise go extinct due to global warming, according to a new analysis.

Source: A shady spot may protect species against rapid climate warming: Formula could tell ecologists which species will come to their own ‘behavioral rescue’ — ScienceDaily