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      January 7, 2010The Sciences

      Alan Alda's Human Spark

      Alan Alda, star of stage, screen and science, talks with podcast host Steve Mirsky about his new PBS science series The Human Spark as well as his strong interest in science and long association with Scientific American...
      December 1, 1991Technology

      Silicon Babies

      Researchers are trying to build machines that emulate the reasoning and self-awareness of humans, but in the real world even the competence of a mayfly eludes them-for now.
      July 1, 2015Biology

      Found: Life under Antarctica's Ice

      An astonishing discovery is forcing scientists to reconsider whether life can exist in the most extreme places on Earth and in space
      January 16, 1886The Sciences

      Education of the American Citizen

      October 10, 2019Behavior

      On the Nature of Fear

      Experts from the fields of human and animal affective neuroscience discuss their own definitions of fear and how we should study it
      September 1, 2006Mind & Brain

      Hearing Colors, Tasting Shapes

      People with synesthesia--whose senses blend together--are providing valuable clues to understanding the organization and functions of the brain
      February 1, 2019Neuroscience

      How the Brain Reads Faces

      Brain regions that process faces reveal deep insights into the neural mechanisms of vision
      October 20, 2010Neuroscience

      Optogenetics: Controlling the Brain with Light [Extended Version]

      In this web exclusive, the author offers a longer version of his December 2010 Scientific American article on how researchers can probe how the nervous system works in unprecedented detail, using a technique called optogenetics...
      January 25, 1890The Sciences

      The Teaching of Science

      January 1, 2014Mind & Brain

      Living in an Imaginary World

      Daydreaming can help solve problems, trigger creativity, and inspire great works of art and science. When it becomes compulsive, however, the consequences can be dire
      March 29, 1879The Sciences

      Glass Sponges

      March 1, 1995Mind & Brain

      Seeking the Criminal Element

      Scientists are homing in on social and biological risk factors that they believe predispose individuals to criminal behavior. The knowledge could be ripe with promise—or rife with danger...
      June 25, 2010The Sciences

      Paul Dirac: "The Strangest Man" of Science, Part 2

      Award-winning writer and physicist Graham Farmelo talks with podcast host Steve Mirsky about The Strangest Man, Farmelo's biography of Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist Paul Dirac...
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