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The Clear-Headed Fish

This fish might look made for science—or just plain made-up—but it's 100 percent real. First described in 1939, this "barreleye" has been somewhat of a mystery to science...

February 26, 2009

Placebo Effect: A Cure in the Mind

Belief is powerful medicine, even if the treatment itself is a sham. New research shows placebos can also benefit patients who do not have faith in them

February 25, 2009 — Maj-Britt Niemi

How to Save New Brain Cells

Fresh neurons arise in the adult brain every day. New research suggests that the cells ultimately help with learning complex tasks—and the more they are challenged, the more they flourish...

February 24, 2009 — Tracey J. Shors

Thinking of Human as Machine

It will be a long time before machines can be "more human than human," as scientists are just starting to decode what happens inside our brains as we recognize a spoken word. Christie Nicholson reports...

February 24, 2009

Earths Common as Dirt

Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago on February 14th, astronomer Alan Boss, author of the new book The Crowded Universe, said that we're about to find out just how many habitable planets are out there--and he thinks there are sextillions...

February 23, 2009

New Tactics in the Fight against Tuberculosis

The pandemic is growing in many places, and strains resistant to all existing drugs are emerging. To fight back, biologists are applying a host of cutting-edge drug development strategies...

February 23, 2009 — Clifton E. Barry III and Maija S. Cheung

Are the photos of Borneo's monster snake real?

Grainy images of a large snake in Borneo's Baleh River have some locals afraid the mythical Nabu snake is back. Is Borneo's 100-foot river snake—reported yesterday by London's Telegraph and captured in photographs (one appears to the left) —real?...

February 20, 2009 — Katherine Harmon
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