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An AI That Knows the World Like Children Do
Cognition

An AI That Knows the World Like Children Do

Artificial intelligence has staged a revival by starting to incorporate what we know about how children learn

By Alison Gopnik
You Do Not Think Alone
Behavior & Society

You Do Not Think Alone

A new book argues that thought and knowledge are community efforts

By Gareth Cook
New Drugs for Lou Gehrig's Disease Head for Clinical Trials
Biology

New Drugs for Lou Gehrig's Disease Head for Clinical Trials

Newly discovered genetic mutations are providing clues about how this disorder relentlessly destroys motor neurons and robs people of their mobility. The findings may lead to drug therapies for a condition that has long defied treatment 

By Leonard Petrucelli and Aaron D. Gitler
Post-Truth: The Dark Side of the Brain
Behavior & Society

Post-Truth: The Dark Side of the Brain

A growing number of politicians are talking nonsense with impunity. False information is proliferating. What’s worse, the human brain loves it

By Sebastian Dieguez
In Baby Mode
Neuroscience

In Baby Mode

The birth of a first child alters parents’ lives suddenly and forever: sleepless nights, afternoons in pajamas and hardly a moment’s respite. Parents are able to make this transition because of changes that take place in the brain

By Anna von Hopffgarten

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  • From the Editor

    From What to Whom?

  • Advances

    Why It's So Hard to Keep a Secret

  • Brain Activity during Sleep Can Predict When Someone Is Dreaming

  • News

    Smell Test May Sniff Out Oncoming Parkinson's and Alzheimer's

  • Marijuana May Boost, Rather Than Dull, the Elderly Brain

  • Scientists Surprised to Find No Two Neurons Are Genetically Alike

  • Opinion

    Cracking the Popularity Code

  • Is the U.S. Education System Producing a Society of “Smart Fools”?

  • Can Stimulating a Nerve in the Ear Make You a Whiz in Mandarin Class?

  • Why You Shouldn't Tell People about Your Dreams

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