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Sex and the Secret Nerve

Could a little-known cranial nerve be the route by which human pheromones turn us on?

By R. Douglas Fields

Why It's So Hard to Be Happy

The pursuit of happiness drives much of what we do, but achieving it always seems just out of reach

By Michael Wiederman

Sticking Point

When it comes to understanding how acupuncture needles can heal, scientists are still only scratching the surface

By Susanne Kemmer

Seduced by Sleep

Scientists have uncovered key clues to a strange disorder that puts its victims to sleep without warning--often at their own peril. The science boosts hope for new treatments while shedding light on the secrets of sleep

By Joachim Marschall

No Place Like Home

What makes a house feel like home? Psychological research offers insight into what people want and need for happy living

By Antje Flade

Love of Garbage

If this magazine is perched on one stack of hundreds in your home, you may suffer from an odd disorder that scientists are beginning to understand

By Walter A. Brown

Abnormal Attraction

Most people are repulsed by the idea of sex with children. But keeping children safe from pedophiles means trying to discover how this disastrous craving comes about--and how to tame it

By Peer Briken, Andreas Hill and Wolfgang Berner, Andreas Hill and Wolfgang Berner


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