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How Does Your Brain Follow the Music?

Neurons in the brain fire in sync to music. Musical training may enhance this ability, and perhaps some other skills.

December 10, 2015 — Benjamin Meyers and Diana Kwon

Virtual Reality Gets Real

This generation of VR is cheaper and more accessible than its predecessors. Some of it is even driven by smartphones. Click here for even more information.

December 4, 2015 — Larry Greenemeier and Benjamin Meyers

Why We Live in a Cloud of Microbes

Pets and people shed clouds of microbes as unique and personal as their fingerprints, but the clouds can change over time.

November 30, 2015 — Jack Penland and Christopher Intagliata

Gratitude on the Brain

It takes a lot of brain power – and many parts of the brain - to fully give thanks.

November 24, 2015 — Jayde Lovell and Bec Susan Gill

Why Humans Won't Go beyond Mars

In his new book, the founding executive director of the Planetary Society contends that humans will make it to Mars, but robots will go much farther.

November 13, 2015 — Benjamin Meyers and Lee Billings

A Topology Joke to Celebrate National Doughnut Day

Ian Agol is a University of California mathematician who was awarded the 2016 Breakthrough Prize for his work on 3-D topology. He shares a special joke about how topologists view breakfast...

November 12, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun, Benjamin Meyers and James Drew

Almost Intelligent Agents

Voice-activated intelligent agents use pattern recognition to understand your words - but they do not always understand what you mean.

November 11, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun, Larry Greenemeier and Benjamin Meyers

Working in an Ebola Protection Suit

Scientific American checked out what doctors and nurses do in order to stay safe while caring for highly infectious patients.

October 29, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun and Dina Fine Maron

Dust Reveals Who You Are and Where You Live

Scientists dissected dust bunnies from across the country and found some interesting patterns; their work will help allergy sufferers and forensic scientists

October 19, 2015 — Erika Beras and Benjamin Meyers

Building a Brainbow

Scientists use a genetic technique to illuminate neurons in up to 90 different colors.For more on this, check out “The Brainbow Connection,” a photo essay by Diana Kwon and Liz Tormes in the latest issue of Scientific American MIND ...

October 16, 2015 — Diana Kwon and Eliene Augenbraun

Filling Up on the Fly

When the Air Force needs to fly their fuel-hungry fighter jets across oceans and continents without landing, they rely on flying gas stations like the KC-10 Extender tanker to keep them aloft...

October 9, 2015 — Michael Battaglia, Liz Tormes and Benjamin Meyers
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