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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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Are We Still Evolving?

Yep, but there’s a catch: Our identities might be too fluid for any advantageous mutations to take hold.

 

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Why Do Scientists Cheat?

Well, for starters, it’s actually pretty easy to.

 

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Why You’re Able to Spot a Friend in a Crowd, Even When You Can’t See Their Face

And how new research on this common phenomenon will be used to improve controversial facial-recognition technology.

 

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Wait, Could We Make a Computer Out of Our DNA?

Related: Why would we want to?

 

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The Limits of Memory for Witnesses of Crime

Using so much brainpower to make quick decisions during a crime keeps us from creating lasting memories.

 

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Planet of the Octopuses: What Animal Species Is Most Likely to Rise Up and Overthrow Humans?

It’s not something we need to worry too much about, but….

 

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Your Genome Is a Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland

It’s way more than just a twisted ladder.

 

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I Kind of, Sort of Might, But Not Really, Believe in Astrology

With little to no scientific evidence backing them, why do so many people still look at their horoscopes?

 

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Mapping (and Potentially Preventing) Crime With Math

Mathematicians propose using the “Lévy flight” model to reveal and police hotspots of crime.

 

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Living in a Bacterial World

The good news: Antibiotics didn’t create antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The bad news: Antibiotic-resistant bacteria is everywhere.

 

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Crime-Stopping Cars of the Future

New computer technology could prevent hijacking, drunk driving, and high-speed chases.

 

bright-brain

How Did Our Brains Get So Brilliant?

Two words: open architecture.

 

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Building an Elevator to Space

We traveled to Seattle’s Museum of Flight for the annual International Space Elevator Consortium to meet the engineers and space hippies that are working hard to realize the dream of one self-taught Russian scientist.

 

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Selling Your Body to Science

Medical research depends on human subjects, but should we pay people to be our guinea pigs?

 

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Time Flying By? You’re Getting Old (and Stressed)

New research shows that time seems to move faster as we get older because we’re more stressed.

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The Link Between Carbs, Gut Microbes, and Colon Cancer

Reduced carb intake among mice protected them from colon cancer.

The New Weapon Against Disease-Spreading Insects Is Big Data

Computer models that pinpoint the likely locations of mosquitoes and tsetse flies are helping officials target vector control efforts.

People Are Clueless About Placebos

Doctors know that sometimes the best medicine is no medicine at all. But how do patients feel about getting duped into recovery?

No, Walking on All 4 Limbs Is Not a Sign of Human ‘Devolution’

New quantitative analysis reveals that people with Uner Tan Syndrome don't actually walk like primates at all.

Why Didn’t California’s Handheld Phone Ban Reduce Motor Accidents?

Are handheld cell phones as dangerous as they have been made out to be?

The Big One

Today, the United States produces less than two percent of the clothing purchased by Americans. In 1990, it produced nearly 50 percent. July/August 2014

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