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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Addiction Researcher Who Wants to Translate Science for a Broad Audience

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

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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.

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Who Loves His Master? Brain Scans Provide Clues to a Dog’s Inner Life

New research suggests a region of a canine brain that is associated with rewards is uniquely activated by the scent of a familiar human.

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Will We Ever Be Able to Figure Out Alzheimer’s?

The cause of Alzheimer’s disease has troubled the science world’s best detectives. Can such a mystery really be solved if we gather enough clues?

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Mapping the Brain’s Response to Art

New research finds a brain network linked to solitary introspection gets switched on when we encounter particularly moving artworks.

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Bored by Botticelli? Hook Up the Electrodes

New research finds stimulating a specific part of the brain can increase appreciation of certain types of art.

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Crime-Stopping Cars of the Future

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

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How Did Our Brains Get So Brilliant?

Two words: open architecture.

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The Muse: True Inspiration or Total Nonsense?

Your muse might actually be real, but it doesn’t descend from the heavens. Instead, it’s sitting inside your skull.

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Our Cyborg Overlords May Arrive Sooner Than Expected

A group of scientists recently created a genuine mouse cyborg. It’s only a matter of time until those same advances are applied to humans.

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Quick Studies

Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America's favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

Cities must play a critical role in shifting the world to a fossil fuel-free future. So why won't anybody help them?

When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

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.

The Big One

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