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Sometimes the Hoofprints Are from Zebras

David J. Hand, emeritus professor of mathematics at Imperial College London, talks about his new book The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles and Rare Events Happen Every Day...

April 30, 2014 — David J. Hand and Steve Mirsky

Why We Give In - Brain Basics #3

Do we really do what we want or are we subtly influenced by the choices of others? A classic psychology experiment shows that other people exert more power over us than we'd like to believe...

April 29, 2014

Expert Violinists Bad at Picking Strads

Ten violin soloists who played different instruments blindfolded then picked a Stradivarius over a modern instrument as being the superior violin at rates no better than chance. Karen Hopkin reports...

April 28, 2014 — Karen Hopkin

Stressed Teens May Be Better Drivers

Teenage drivers who have a high sensitivity to stress actually have lower rates of car accidents than their more mellow friends. Christie Nicholson reports


April 28, 2014 — Christie Nicholson

Mobile Phones Exert Emotional Pull

What's being called "nomophobia," the anxiety of not having your mobile phone with you, may be a real condition among teens, at least according to two recent studies out of South Korea, the world’s most connected nation...

April 21, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier

The Science of Memory

Managing editor Sandra Upson introduces the May/June 2014 issue of Scientific American MIND

April 17, 2014 — Sandra Upson

Cereal Box Characters Look Down at Kids

Tony the Tiger and his kid-friendly cohort tend to gaze downward whereas the Quaker Oats guy stares straight ahead at thee. Karen Hopkin reports


April 15, 2014 — Karen Hopkin

Sperm RNA Carries Marks of Trauma

Stress alters the expression of small RNAs in male mice and leads to depressive behaviors in later generations

April 15, 2014 — Virginia Hughes and Nature magazine
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