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Do the Government’s Biomedical Initiatives Ever Lead to Medical Progress?

Over time, sure, but in the immediate future, social science will play a bigger role in any large-scale improvements to human health.

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Another Name for the Bermuda Triangle: The Ocean

Ships disappear everywhere, not just in the western North Atlantic Ocean.

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The Small Sample Size of Humanity

Comparisons to machines and information processors hide what’s most fascinating about the human body: its underlying randomness.

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Do We Need to Be Protected From Our Genomes?

Despite the FDA’s recent ban on 23andMe’s personal genome analysis, we still don’t know how best to regulate personal genome information.

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The Emotions That Prosecutors Elicit to Make Jurors Vote Guilty

Jurors experiencing “moral outrage” will be more likely to convict, and changes in technology are making this a bigger factor.

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When Crime Labs Go Criminal

Annie Dookhan, the forensic scientist sent to prison last week for falsifying evidence, is just the tip of the iceberg.

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We Don’t Understand Life

Otherwise, we’d be able to build it from scratch.

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The Silly Science of Near-Death Experiences

There’s no way to prove whether or not someone’s had an out of body experience, but that hasn’t stopped scientists from trying to study the phenomenon.

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Why an Invisible Gorilla Is a Security Threat

On “inattentional blindness” in security guards, and what to do about it.

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The Frightening and Fraught Future of Genetic Testing

Will genetic testing inevitably become a part of all of our decision-making processes?

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How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

Pollution’s Racial Divides

When it comes to the injustice of air pollution, the divide between blacks and whites is greater than the gap between the rich and the poor.

Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

Your Brain Starts Faltering After You Reach Age … 24

Sorry to break it to you, TSwift. At least in terms of cognitive functioning while playing StarCraft 2, you're finished.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014