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How We Make Sense of Time

Long, short, forward and back: Our concepts of time—and how we process it in the brain—are based on our understanding of physical space, with some surprising cultural variations 

October 20, 2016 — Kensy Cooperrider and Rafael Núñez

When the Sea Saved Humanity

Shortly after Homo sapiens arose, harsh climate conditions nearly extinguished our species. The small population that gave rise to all humans alive today may have survived by exploiting a unique combination of resources along the southern coast of Africa

October 1, 2016 — Curtis W. Marean

The Caregiver's Conundrum

Tens of millions of people minister to a loved one on a full- or part-time basis, often putting their own lives on hold. Now researchers are finding ways to help them care for others without losing themselves 

November 1, 2016 — Francine Russo

Scientists Should Speak Out More

Engaging the public has long been taboo in scientific circles, but social media outlets are starting to force a change 

October 1, 2016 — Susana Martinez-Conde, Stephen L. Macknik and Devin Powell

How the FDA Manipulates the Media

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been arm-twisting journalists into relinquishing their reportorial independence, our investigation reveals. Other institutions are following suit

October 1, 2016 — Charles Seife