In a study that illustrates the pitfalls of relying on research done on animals in captivity, biologists found that wild sloths slept far less than they previously thought. Karen Hopkin reports.
Study shows genetic material in bacteria can be harnessed to solve complex math problems
Experts discuss tips and tricks to let loose your inner ingenuity
Certain people make decisions differently
The Interior Department lists the polar bear as a "threatened" species--one at risk of becoming endangered--due to dangerous declines in their sea ice habitat
An experiment that flew on the Columbia shuttle achieves closure
Two scientists from the University of Bremen have found that groups of brain cells within the temporal lobe of macaque monkeys, are not only dedicated to recognizing facial features, but each cell is responsible for specific sub-sets of facial features, like eye size.
The old "two trains traveling at 60 miles per hour in opposite directions" style of math word problems is less effective at training students than is dealing with abstract concepts, such as finding the value of x. Adam Hinterthuer reports.
Researchers seek to digitize handwriting by studying how muscles in the hand are used to create different characters
The largest workplace health study ever conducted is applying cutting-edge techniques to investigating an apparent cancer cluster - and highlighting the reasons why science doesn't always protect us at work
Quantum computers would be exceptionally fast at a few specific tasks, but it appears that for most problems they would outclass today's computers only modestly. This realization may lead to a new fundamental physical principle
Internet-based financial markets appear to forecast elections better than polls do. They also probe how well the next George Clooney drama will do at the box office and how bad the next flu season will be.
New research indicates that a cavity-fighting treatment could be risky if overused
Besides the first seafood dinner, signs of the earliest symbolic thought
Kids with lead levels within the high end of currently acceptable standards have lower IQ scores than kids with even lower levels. Cynthia Graber reports.
Reviews and recommendations from the December 2007/January 2008 issue of Scientific American MIND
Hint: Don't tell your kids that they are. More than three decades of research shows that a focus on effort-not on intelligence or ability-is key to success in school and in life
Random and frequent cellular deactivation of one of two gene copies could potentially change a genetic outcome
Teaching computers to recognize the works of specific artists is another step toward reliable image recognition. Cynthia Graber reports.