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The Virtues of Daydreaming

Why it makes you smarter and more creative.

Jun 2012
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How to Be Creative

The image of the “creative type” is a myth. Jonah Lehrer on why anyone can innovate—and why a hot shower, a cold beer or a trip to your colleague’s desk might be the key to your next big idea.

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The Forgetting Pill Erases Painful Memories Forever

Feb 2012
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Groupthink

The brainstorming myth.

Jan 2012
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True Grit

Quarterbacks need instincts more than smarts; why are some better at getting better?
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The Fragile Teenage Brain

An in-depth look at concussions in high school football.
Jan 2012
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Some Assembly Required

Five days before the 2010 Olympic snowboarding trials, Kevin Pearce slammed his head on a rock-hard wall of halfpipe, suffering severe brain trauma that flipped the script of his life. A return to competition is out of the question—he’s had to relearn how to walk and talk—but that’s not enough to keep him off the mountain.

May 2011
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Clay Marzo: Liquid Cure

Clay Marzo is one of the world’s most gifted surfers. Clay Marzo has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism. And it is only when the 20-year-old steps off of dry land and immerses himself in the water that these two statements make perfect, miraculous sense.

Sep 2009
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The Truth Wears Off

Is there something wrong with the scientific method?

Dec 2010
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Animating a Blockbuster: How Pixar Built Toy Story 3

May 2010
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A Physicist Solves the City

What makes a city grow and thrive? What causes it to stagnate and fall? Geoffrey West thinks the tools of physics can give us the answers.

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Depression’s Upside

Is there an evolutionary purpose to feeling really sad?

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Don’t

The Secret of Self-Control.

May 2009
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The Neuroscience of Screwing Up

Jan 2010
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Cracking the Scratch Lottery Code

Is the apparent randomness of the scratch ticket just a facade, a mathematical lie?
Feb 2011
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The Gay Animal Kingdom

The effeminate sheep and other problems with Darwinian sexual selection.
Jun 2006