How culture and history make American and Russian smiles different.
While many residents fear the monthly rocket launches that pepper the region with debris, others see in it a unique opportunity. Resourceful scrap dealers wait for the announcement of rocket launches and then watch the sky with binoculars.
A partial solution to the problem of punishing droughts may be to snatch water from the air, "Dune"-style.
What's intriguing about anonymous giving, and other behaviors apparently designed to obscure good traits and acts, like modesty, is that it's "hard to reconcile with standard evolutionary accounts of pro-social behavior."
The neurology of flow states.
A dispatch from the front lines of the war against antibiotic resistance.
Like mobile phones that have bypassed the need for a cabled telephone infrastructure, some engineers, designers and humanitarian workers argue not for better sewage systems, but for smarter toilets.
Far from being a symptom of linguistic indifference or moral decay, dropping or reducing sounds displays an underlying logic similar to the data-compression schemes that are used to create MP3s and JPEGs.
The philosophy and science of standing up straight.
Today, we have to ask ourselves where a "therapeutic level of happiness" might lie and whether there are risks and disadvantages connected with higher levels.
My team thought we'd proved cosmological inflation. We were wrong.
How massive parallelism lifts the brain's performance above that of AI.
Primitive reflexes develop before we are born and their primary function is to nourish or protect us. But they don't go away when we're born.
Powerful men have the potential to have a far greater impact than powerful women, and we can see this in genetic data.
Beyond their level of privilege or the circumstances they were born into, the luckiest people may have a specific set of skills that bring chance opportunities their way. Somehow, they've learned ways to turn life's odds in their favor.
After a chunk of his brain was removed, guitarist Pat Martino got his groove back.
Physics grappled with the question of whether space is absolute or relative for centuries, before deciding in favor of relativity. But, it is only in recent years that the brain sciences have begun to discuss a parallel set of questions.
Many scientists think that our cultural fixation with stamping out what they call "disfluencies" is deeply misguided. Saying "um" is no character flaw, but an organic feature of speech; far from distracting listeners, there's evidence that it focuses their attention in ways that enhance comprehension.
Even if we do feel an emotion, there are parts associated with it that we aren't usually aware of. Clinical psychologists, for example, recommend to patients with anger issues to look out for the warning signs — sweating in the palms, for example, or clenching of the jaws — so they can perhaps mitigate upcoming rage.
If the prospect of a humanzee isn't shocking enough, here is an even more controversial suggestion: Doing so would be a terrific idea.