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How Long Will a Lie Last? New Study Finds That False Memories Linger for Years

True memories fade and false ones appear.Each time we recall something, the memory is imperfectly re-stitched by our brains. Our memories retain familiarity but, like our childhood blankets, can be recognizable yet filled with holes and worn down with time.To date, research has shown that it is fairly easy to take advantage of our fallible memory...

November 14, 2012 — Kyle Hill
Dangerous Optimism: Risk, Bias and Smoking

Dangerous Optimism: Risk, Bias and Smoking

Trails of acrid grey mist hang in the air. I use the front of my shirt as an impromptu gas mask as I cough out my drink order to the bartender.

October 18, 2012 — Kyle Hill

Dangerous Optimism: Risk, Bias and Smoking

Trails of acrid grey mist hang in the air. I use the front of my shirt as an impromptu gas mask as I cough out my drink order to the bartender. Passing through one of these repulsive clouds is an irritating game of “try not to breathe.” The saturated air inside has made it almost impossible for me to develop any knowledge of my city’s lively hole-in-the-wall bar scene, still skirting statewide smoking bans.For decades Surgeon General reports have communicated the health risks of smoking, and more recently the risks of second-hand smoke...

October 18, 2012 — Kyle Hill
Of the Creation Persuasion

Of the Creation Persuasion

The Earth is flat. A full moon leads to more crime. Humans were created less than 10,000 years ago. If you made your way through even the most general of science educations, the above statements should strike you as suspect...

October 2, 2012 — Kyle Hill

Of the Creation Persuasion

The Earth is flat. A full moon leads to more crime. Humans were created less than 10,000 years ago.If you made your way through even the most general of science educations, the above statements should strike you as suspect...

October 2, 2012 — Kyle Hill
This Is Your Brain on the Internet (Maybe)

This Is Your Brain on the Internet (Maybe)

Headlines like "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" or "Is the Internet Making Us Dumber?" quite clearly show that people are concerned about what the Internet is doing to our cognition.

September 11, 2012 — Kyle Hill

This Is Your Brain on the Internet (Maybe)

Headlines like “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” or “Is the Internet Making Us Dumber?” quite clearly show that people are concerned about what the Internet is doing to our cognition.

September 11, 2012 — Kyle Hill
Bill Nye Is Not a Businessman

Bill Nye Is Not a Businessman

Bill Nye, the nerdy supernova that fostered my childhood love of science, has recently gone viral in a video highly critical of the teaching of creationism to children.

September 2, 2012 — Kyle Hill

Bill Nye is Not a Businessman

Bill Nye, the nerdy supernova that fostered my childhood love of science, has recently gone viral in a video highly critical of the teaching of creationism to children.

September 2, 2012 — Kyle Hill
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