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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Science Writer Who Wants to Understand How Sleep Affects Our Health

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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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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What Makes You Neurotic?

A new study gets to the root of our anxieties.

Fecal Donor Banks Are Possible and Could Save Lives

Defrosted fecal matter can be gross to talk about, but the benefits are too remarkable to tiptoe around.

How Junk Food Companies Manipulate Your Tongue

We mistakenly think that harder foods contain fewer calories, and those mistakes can affect our belt sizes.

What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

Studies have shown that when public figures die from disease, the public takes notice. New research suggests this could be the key to reaching those who are most at risk.

Speed-Reading Apps Will Not Revolutionize Anything, Except Your Understanding

The one-word-at-a-time presentation eliminates the eye movements that help you comprehend what you're reading.

The Big One

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