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Don't blame your job, the traffic or your mindless chores. Battling boredom, researchers say, means finding focus, living in the moment and having something to live for

By Anna Gosline

Do Animals Feel Empathy?

We call a callous turncoat a "rat." Rats and mice, however, are giving scientists clues to the evolutionary origins of empathy

By Frans B. M. de Waal

Sex, Math and Scientific Achievement

Why do men dominate the fields of science, engineering and mathematics?

By Diane F. Halpern, Camilla P. Benbow, Morton Ann Gernsbacher, Ruben C. Gur, Janet Shibley Hyde and David C. Geary

Living with Ghostly Limbs

Scientists are pinpointing the neurological roots of the vivid and painful illusion of phantom limbs in amputees—and finding ways to curb it

By Miguel Nicolelis

Amputee Envy

People with body integrity identity disorder feel alienated from a part of their body and want to have it amputated. Researchers are unraveling clues to the causes of this bizarre condition

By Sabine Mueller

Inside the Terrorist Mind

Scientists are probing the psyches of terrorists to reveal what motivates their monstrous acts. Far from being crazed killers, terrorists are gunning for the greater good-as they see it

By Annette Schaefer


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December 2007

Beyond XX and XY

Biology. Identity. Equality.