An editorial in the The New England Journal of Medicine recommends that patients provide informed, written consent to undergo elective surgery by physicians who haven't had enough sleep...
Studying brain waves and physiologic patterns in patients under general anesthesia might help researchers build new neurological models of disorders, such as comas and insomnia
The surprising secrets to finding the right partner for a healthy relationship
The noise of billions of brain cells trying to communicate with one another may hold a crucial clue to understanding consciousness
Four programs may help stimulate an early interest in the sciences
Research from wild baboons provides insight into perhaps the best way to combat daily, psychological stress. During this holiday season it might bring some comfort. Christie Nicholson reports...
Books and recommendations from Scientific American
Recognition of the viewpoints of others seen much earlier than previously thought.
Patients told they were getting a placebo still reported improvements at a much higher rate than patients who were not treated. Karen Hopkin reports
Fleeting sensations and body movements hold sway over what we feel and how we think
Can data determine moral values?
Those holiday letters that summarize a family's year usually leave out the key component of the experiences: the feelings about what happened
In this chapter from his new e-book, journalist Carl Zimmer tries to reconcile the visions of techno-immortalists with the exigencies imposed by real-world biology
Linguists have found a new application for ultrasound—decoding dying languages
College students viewed people with innovative ideas as having less leadership potential than those whose thinking remained in the box. Karen Hopkin reports
Recent research finds that chimps tend to fall into the same gender-specific roles as human children do, even without any gender-specific tools. Karen Hopkin reports
Why the left hand doesn't always know what the right is doing
Richard Easterlin wrote a paper back in the 1970s showing that increased income doesn't correlate with increased happiness. Last week he published an update on that paper. Christie Nicholson reports...
The field of "culturomics" promises humanities researchers a robust quantitative tool to analyze cultural trends back to the 1500s
Kitchen staff learned more from food safety stories about methods and consequences than from dry protocols. Cynthia Graber reports