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      August 1, 1955The Sciences

      The Homing Salmon

      How do salmon find their way back to the waters of their birth?Recent experiments in the laboratory and in the field indicate that they do so by means of a remarkably refined sense of smell...
      May 3, 2017Behavior

      6 Ways to Build Your Resilience

      Like grit, executive functioning, and mindfulness, resilience is a buzzword these days. But what does it really mean to be resilient?
      August 30, 2013Octopus Chronicles

      Do Octopuses Feel Pain?

      The past couple posts have described some pretty severe experiments on octopuses, including: showing how octopus arms can grow back after inflicted damage and how even severed octopus arms can react to stimuli...

      Evolutionary Psychology

      If the human mind is what sets us apart most from other creatures, how did it develop? Understanding how evolution helped shape memory, language, perception, emotion, thought and behavior sheds light on research into economics, law, politics, health and sex...
      February 22, 2013Space & Physics

      Astronaut Talks about Being in Untethered Hot Spot

      Michael Barratt, who spent 199 days on the ISS, told kids at the annual meeting of the AAAS how a spacewalker whose line snaps can still get back to the station. Steve Mirsky reports
      September 29, 2016Culture

      Scientists Trace Society’s Myths to Primordial Origins

      Analyzing how stories change in the retelling down through the generations sheds light on the history of human migration going as far back as the Paleolithic period 
      August 1, 2014Space & Physics

      What Came before the Big Bang?

      Our universe may have started not with a big bang but with a big bounce—an implosion that triggered an explosion, all driven by exotic quantum-gravitational effects
      April 26, 2017Fitness

      When to Worry about Lower Back Pain

      Lower back pain is the fifth-most common reason that drives people to the doctor's office. Learn the tips on how to prepare for your doctor's visit
      November 11, 2015The Sciences

      What Makes Sand Dunes Sing

      Engineers at Caltech discovered that for sand dunes to produce sound they need a dry layer on top that amplifies internal frequencies during sand movement. Christopher Intagliata reports...
      What Makes Sand Dunes Sing
      June 1, 1953The Sciences


      A brief account of where it occurs and how to get out of it. The principal point to remember when mired: lie down on your back so as to float atop the sand as you would on the water
      December 1, 2007Mind & Brain

      The Secret to Raising Smart Kids

      Hint: Don't tell your kids that they are. More than three decades of research shows that a focus on effort-not on intelligence or ability-is key to success in school and in life
      August 1, 1969The Sciences

      The Weddell Seal

      This Antarctic mammal can swim under the ice for more than an hour without coming up for air. How is it able to find its way back to its breathing hole, particularly during the long Antarctic night?...
      January 1, 2015Mind & Brain

      The Secret to Raising Smart Kids

      HINT: Don't tell your kids that they are. More than three decades of research shows that a focus on “process”—not on intelligence or ability—is key to success in school and in life...
      September 1, 2012Mind & Brain

      MIND Roundup: Private Lives

      May 1, 2011Mind & Brain

      Feed Your Mind

      August 2, 2009Environment

      Global Warming Beliefs

      How we perceive the future of our Earth may depend on an individual's view of nature and on their own human nature. Christie Nicholson reports
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