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Birds Learn Safety from Other Kinds of Birds

Birds become good at avoiding danger by eavesdropping on the alarm calls of other birds—and the learning occurs without even seeing their peers or predators. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

August 2, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

When the Mind's Eye Is Blind

Some people find it impossible to imagine a friend’s face or their own apartment—a phenomenon named aphantasia. Scientists are beginning to tease out the brain features underlying the condition

August 1, 2018 — Anna Clemens

Piano Lessons Tune Up Language Skills

Six months of piano lessons can heighten kindergartners' brain responses to different pitches, and improve their ability to tell apart two similar-sounding words. Christopher Intagliata reports.

June 26, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

How Much Can We Know?

The reach of the scientific method is constrained by the limitations of our tools and the intrinsic impenetrability of some of nature's deepest questions

May 31, 2018 — Marcelo Gleiser