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Fossil Pigments Reveal the True Colors of Dinosaurs

Long thought impossible, preservation of fossil pigments is allowing scientists to reconstruct extinct organisms with unprecedented accuracy—a feat that is yielding surprising insights into the lives they led

February 26, 2017 — Jakob Vinther

The Science of Genius

Outstanding creativity in all domains may stem from shared attributes and a common process of discovery

February 24, 2017 — Dean Keith Simonton

A New Model for Defeating Cancer: CAR T Cells

Some advanced cancers can now be successfully treated by synthetic immune cells that are more powerful and longer-lasting than any found in the body

February 23, 2017 — Avery D. Posey, Carl H. June and Bruce L. Levine

Inner Spark: Using Music to Study Creativity

A hearing specialist and sax player says that studying the brain during flights of improvisation may provide new understanding of creativity—as well as insight into the musical genius of John Coltrane

March 1, 2017 — Alicia Anstead

Predicting Artistic Brilliance

A “rage to master,” as observed in some precocious young artists, may help define extreme visual creativity

February 19, 2017 — Jennifer E. Drake and Ellen Winner

The Origins of Creativity

New evidence of ancient ingenuity forces scientists to reconsider when our ancestors started thinking outside the box

February 17, 2017 — Heather Pringle

The Race to Replace the Kilogram

The long-running effort to ditch the decaying, 19th-century artifact that defines the kilogram nears its conclusion

February 1, 2017 — Tim Folger