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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

3 hours ago — 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

Cosmic Inflation Theory Faces Challenges

The latest astrophysical measurements, combined with theoretical problems, cast doubt on the long-cherished inflationary theory of the early cosmos and suggest we need new ideas

February 1, 2017 — Anna Ijjas, Paul J. Steinhardt and Abraham Loeb

The Exercise Paradox

Studies of how the human engine burns calories help to explain why physical activity does little to control weight—and how our species acquired some of its most distinctive traits

February 1, 2017 — Herman Pontzer

Does Poverty Shape the Brain?

Growing up in a poor family can leave a mark on the developing brain. Understanding how and why has important implications for educators and society

January 1, 2017 — John D. E. Gabrieli and Silvia A. Bunge