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Why An Addicted Brain Is Its Own Worst Enemy

08/27/14See Comments

Drug addiction creates a hellish feedback loop in the brain: Neuroscientists think that the same drugs that invite abuse also weaken areas of the brain...[Read More]

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Synesthetic Senses: Green Wednesday, Orange F-sharp

08/26/14See Comments

At least 3 percent of the population is thought to have some form of synesthesia—the phenomenon of blended senses, where a stimulus, like letters or numbers,...[Read More]

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Uncovering The Genetic Roots Of African-Americans

08/25/14See Comments

Many African-Americans have struggled to trace their family trees, thanks in part to the lack of documentation kept for generations of slaves. But new genetic...[Read More]

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Sailing To The End Of The World

08/23/14See Comments

The melting of ice in the Arctic is doing even more than raising the levels of the seas—it’s opening new frontiers. Hundreds of square miles...[Read More]

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Weaving Science Into Narrative With Literary Masters Sean Carroll, E.L. Doctorow, Jo Marchant, Joyce Carol Oates, and Steven Pinker

08/22/14See Comments

A compelling narrative is the true heart of science writing, whether it comes in the form of a science fiction classic like Frankenstein or a...[Read More]

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How To Spot An Alien World

08/21/14See Comments

Scientists think that prime real estate for extraterrestrial life lies in the “habitable zones” of solar systems—regions where conditions are just right for liquid water...[Read More]

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Can We Create Totally New Life In The Lab?

08/19/14See Comments

Creating completely novel lifeforms would be a big boon to both the study of origins of life on Earth and the search for life on...[Read More]

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Facebook And Social Science: How To Thin Friends And Influence People

08/18/14See Comments

Your social network has more of an influence on you than you might think. In this clip from “Go Figure,” a program from the Big...[Read More]

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How Color Tricks The Eye And Brain

08/18/14See Comments

There’s more to the colors we see than what meets our eyes; thanks to the quirky nature of perception, colors seen in context with other...[Read More]

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Do Predictive Algorithms Allow For Free Will?

08/14/14See Comments

If we can predict things with math, what’s the role of human free will? Does free will even count when you are dealing with massive...[Read More]