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What the Hex Going On at Saturn's Pole?

When it comes to where the atmospheric action is in the outer planets, move over Jupiter. As if having those gaudy rings weren't enough, Saturn is definitely hogging all the attention by sporting some bizarre atmospheric activity at opposite ends of the planet: polar storms, one with a cyclopean eye and the other shaped like a—hexagon...

March 29, 2007 — Michael J. Battaglia

Can We Control Our Fears?



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Mind Matters Sciam.com's "seminar blog" on the sciences of mind and bbrain. Each week, top researchers in neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry explain and discuss the research driving their fields...

March 27, 2007 — David Dobbs

Attention Must Be Paid



Welcome to the ninth installment of

Mind Matters Mind Matters is Sciam.com's "seminar blog" on the sciences of mind and brain.

March 20, 2007 — David Dobbs

When the Sky Falls, Where Will NASA Be?

Everybody duck and cover. Last week NASA shrugged and told Congress that it neither has the funding nor the resources to meet its goal of identifying 90 percent of near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) 150 yards or more in diameter by 2020...

March 13, 2007 — Michael J. Battaglia

The Neurobiology of Dread

As Edward Munch seemed to intuit, dread is its own kind of pain. The Value of Dread by Andreas Olsson Columbia University, New York, N.Y..

March 12, 2007 — David Dobbs

Closing the Racial Achievement Gap

Welcome to the fifth installment of Mind Matters Sciam.com's "seminar blog" on the sciences of mind and brain. Each week, top researchers describe their disciplines' most significant new findings -- and what they, as fellow researchers, find most exciting, maddening, significant, odd, or otherwise noteworthy in the research driving their fields...

February 20, 2007 — David Dobbs

Big Decision: Head or Gut? Hmm ...

This week's paper is On Making the Right Choice: The Deliberation-Without-Attention Effect by Ap Dijksterhuis, Maarten W. Bos, Loran F. Nordgren and Rick B.

February 3, 2007 — David Dobbs

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