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      January 1, 2014Mind & Brain

      Distractions Lower Our IQ [Excerpt]

      A preoccupation with scarcity diminishes IQ and self-control. Simple measures can help us counteract this cognitive tax
      November 1, 2011Mind & Brain

      Probing the Unconscious Mind

      Cognitive psychology is mapping the capabilities we are unaware we possess
      July 19, 2015The Sciences

      The Awesome Power of Lava: Watch Metal Burn!

      Remember when we poked some gentle fun at Hollywood and 'splained that most lava flows are so slow that you can outwalk them? I wish I'd known about this video back then, because it shows how even pahoehoe flows - you know, that thin, runny stuff - are often so ridiculously slow that an elderly sloth could escape their wrath...
      January 8, 2017Mental Health

      Is ADHD Different for Women and Girls?

      This week, Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen examines how ADHD often manifests in girls and women
      January 26, 2021Policy

      Experimental Tests of Theology

      It’s understandable why some people prefer not to test their beliefs, but evidence-based science teaches us that reality does not go away when you ignore it...
      July 1, 2013Mind & Brain

      Chronic Boredom May Be a Sign of Poor Health

      Boredom has been linked with undesirable mental and physical conditions. But what exactly is this puzzling condition?
      October 1, 2012Environment

      Can the World Save Lives and Combat Climate Change?

      Combining humanitarian aid, economic development and environmental improvement may be the only way for the global community to bolster its resilience to 21st-century challenges
      6 Supercool Tech Toy Standouts at the 2016 International Toy Fair [Slide Show]

      Hexbug BattleBots Rivals ($29.99; availability TBA)

      These palm-size, remote-controlled bots wreak havoc on one another, complete with parts flying off before a victor can be crowned. Unlike the robots on the TV show of the same name that inspired these creations, however, repairing them is easy: The parts snap back on so the battle can resume without much delay...
      February 1, 2007Mind & Brain


      September 1, 2011Mind & Brain

      Readers Respond to "The Unleashed Mind"-- and More

      Letters to the Editor about the May/June 2011 issue of Scientific American MIND
      June 1, 2011Health

      Dining and Dancing

      A few easy fixes for long-standing culinary and terpsichorean problems
      April 15, 2010Mind & Brain

      'My Brain Made Me Do It'

      A 22-year-old author discusses the threat that brain science poses to our concept of free will
      January 6, 2012Space & Physics

      Stephen Hawking, "Equal to Anything!" [Excerpt]

      A new biography of Stephen Hawking by long-time acquaintance Kitty Ferguson explores the famous physicist's life and theories in honor of his 70th birthday
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