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African Spiny Mice Regenerate Missing Body Parts la Salamanders

Many species of starfish relish oysters, clams and other shellfish, much to the chagrin of fishermen who watch over oyster beds and farms. Legend has it that oyster fishermen used to dispose of any starfish they dredged up by cutting the creatures in half and tossing them back into the ocean...

October 5, 2012 — Ferris Jabr

The Neuroscience of 20-Somethings

In the opening scene of Lena Dunham's HBO series Girls , the Horvaths tell their 24-year-old daughter Hannah that they will no longer support her—or, as her mother puts it: "No.

August 29, 2012 — Ferris Jabr

Does Self-Awareness Require a Complex Brain?

The computer, smartphone or other electronic device on which you are reading this article has a rudimentary brain—kind of.* It has highly organized electrical circuits that store information and behave in specific, predictable ways, just like the interconnected cells in your brain...

August 22, 2012 — Ferris Jabr

A Contemplation of Chattering Minds

On Friday I read a post by novelist and essayist Tim Parks on the New York Review of Books blog. Parks argues that the most memorable character in novels of the twentieth century is "the chattering mind, which usually means the mind that can’t make up its mind, the mind postponing action in indecision and, if we’re lucky, poetry."Although I enjoyed Parks's post overall, I take issue with aspects of his analysis...

June 30, 2012 — Ferris Jabr
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