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
Poverty may affect the size, shape and functioning of a young child's brain. Would a cash stipend to parents help prevent harm?
When it comes to cultivating genius, talent matters, but motivation may matter more
A novel technique for counting neurons is changing our appraisal of just how special the human brain really is
A “rage to master,” as observed in some precocious young artists, may help define extreme visual creativity
New evidence of ancient ingenuity forces scientists to reconsider when our ancestors started thinking outside the box
The push for rigorous prekindergarten education has overlooked the evidence on how young kids really learn best
Being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working
Science and technology are society's main engines of prosperity. Who gets to drive them?
Millions of patients depend on a rare radioactive form of one element to scan them for disease. But the old nuclear reactors that make it are shutting down
Aerial drones and chaos theory help researchers explore the many ways that microorganisms spread havoc around the world
The long-running effort to ditch the decaying, 19th-century artifact that defines the kilogram nears its conclusion
New studies show cosmic radiation could be even more damaging to astronauts' brains than we thought. Can humanity still live and travel among the stars?
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
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
Eight smart limbs plus a big brain add up to a weird and wondrous kind of intelligence
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
Paleontologist-turned-politician Richard Leakey leads the charge in Kenya's war on poaching
Advances in veterinary forensic science are helping prosecutors convict people who abuse animals
Rethinking the “pleasure molecule” could help scientists better understand addiction, Parkinson’s disease and motivation