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The Cerebral Jongleur

An algebra whiz reveals the secrets of keeping a lot of balls in the air.

Dec 2004

The Big Debate over the Oldest Life on Earth

One researcher says he has the oldest fossils ever found; another says that’s just mangled, pressure-cooked rock.

Dec 2011

Bring Back the Buddha

Archaeologists plot a recovery from the Taliban’s cultural vandalism.

Nov 2004
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The Blank Slate

The long-accepted theory that parents can mold their children like clay has distorted choices faced by adults trying to balance their lives, multiplied the anguish of those whose children haven’t turned out as hoped, and mangled the science of human behavior.

Oct 2002

Schweitzer’s Dangerous Discovery

When a shy paleontologist cracked open a T. rex femur and peered inside, she erased a line between past and present. Then all hell broke loose.

Apr 2006

Lights Out

Can contact sports lower your intelligence?

Dec 2004

Can We Trust Research Done with Lab Mice?

New studies show that animals used in critical experiments may be out of their minds.

Jul 2003

Extreme States

Out-of-body experiences? Near-death experiences? Researchers are beginning to understand what’s really going on.

Jul 2005

The Scientist Who Hated Abortion

Endocrinologist Joel Brind says research has shown him the truth about abortion, and that’s why he set out on a crusade that now reaches into the heart of the nation’s most powerful cancer agency. But what if he’s wrong?

Feb 2003

Wild Cats in Carolina

Is the Carnivore Preservation Trust creating a genetic future for threatened species—or genetic junk?

Mar 2001

Can Turtles Live Forever?

A quiet backwoods study opens a huge window on aging.

Jun 2002

Forbidden Science

What can studies of pornography, prostitutes, and seedy truck stops contribute to society?

Aug 2004

When Women Go Bald

A scientist’s painful battle with balding drives her pursuit of the genetic basis for extreme hair loss.

Feb 2006

Doug Melton: Crossing Boundaries

Pushing the limits of genetic medicine means testing the limits of human ethics.

Jun 2005

Your Cancer, Your Cure

Potent new cancer treatments come with a big catch: They tend to work on just a few people. New ways to match the right drug with the right patient could finally lead to a genuine breakthrough.

Nov 2012

Tempting Fates

If you could dictate the content of your kid’s genes, wouldn’t you? Shouldn’t you?

May 1998

Masters of an Ancient Sky

For 160 million years reptiles flew above the Earth. For just over 200 years we humans have known something of their existence. But only recently have we really begun to understand their lives—or their looks.
Feb 1994

Islam’s High-Tech Backlash

After the Arab Spring: A chilling reminder that social media can foster political oppression.


Sep 2012

Looking at Stress—and God—in the Human Brain

Using fMRI technology to track our thoughts on some big questions.

May 2009

How to Tell If You’re Poisoning Yourself with Fish

Researchers are creating genetic tests to determine if mercury hiding in that “healthy” dinner could be messing with your brain.

Apr 2009

Did a Comet Cause the Great Flood?

The universal human myth may be the first example of disaster reporting.
Nov 2007
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How Google Is Making Us Smarter

Multi-tasking may not have the detrimental impact on our attention span that so many think.
Feb 2009

Look Deep into the Mind’s Eye

A study of how important it is for human beings to be able to picture objects in their mind.

Mar 2010

What Is the Speed of Thought?

The intricacies of how neurons deliver signals to our brains.
Aug 1995