When my dad was in his 80s, he was able to remember everything from decades earlier, but little about events of previous weeks. For some of us, it is the opposite — we have good short-term memory but remember little of long ago. What causes this difference? A new...
Back in the 1990s, the British anthropologist Robin Dunbar noticed a remarkable correlation between primate brain size and the social groups they formed. This correlation was simple: the bigger their brains, the larger their social groups. And the explanation seemed reasonable:...
A small mammal has sabotaged the world's most powerful scientific instrument. The Large Hadron Collider, a 17-mile superconducting machine designed to smash protons together at close to the speed of light, went offline overnight. Engineers...
Public schools are increasingly filled with black and Hispanic students, but the children identified as "gifted" in those schools are overwhelmingly white and Asian. The numbers are startling. Black third graders are half as likely as whites to be included in programs for...
"Reality is never and nowhere more accessible than in the immediate moment of one's own life," Kafka once told a teenage friend. "It's only there that it can be won or lost." The great Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky...
For the first time in history, researchers have isolated the parts of the human genome that could explain the differences in how humans experience happiness. These are the findings of a large-scale international study in over 298,000 people.
When 12 men gathered at the Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia to discuss the art and science of alien hunting in 1961, the Order of the Dolphin was born. A number of the brightest minds from a range of scientific disciplines, including three Nobel laureates, a young...
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