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Monkeys Hear Voices

Introduction By Jonah Lehrer, Editor, Mind Matters The ability to communicate with language is one of the defining talents of the human mind.

April 8, 2008 — Mind Matters

Climbing Mountains Kills Brain Cells

Back in September, R. Douglas Fields, a senior investigator at the NIH, wrote a really interesting post for Mind Matters on the neural hazards of tall mountains.

April 7, 2008 — Mind Matters

Pediatrician zings Jenny McCarthy over vaccines and autism

Is Larry King Live the ideal venue for a reasoned discussion about a controversial topic in science? That was the question Wednesday when one of King’s guests was former actress and model Jenny McCarthy, whose 5-year-old son, Evan was diagnosed with autism at age 2...

April 4, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan

The big bang in musical form

I talked to string theorist Brian Greene earlier this afternoon about the upcoming World Science Festival, and he remarked about how many artists of all types, from painters to musicians to choreographers, have been inspired by scientific discoveries...

April 4, 2008 — George Musser

World Science Festival: science boosterism comes to New York

From May 28 to June 1, "the most exciting city in the world is going to become even more exciting," according to Alan Alda. That's the weekend staked out for the World Science Festival, a scattered constellation of panels, interviews, debates, workshops and cultural events in New York City...

April 2, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan

Recognizing the Familiar

_____________________ Is Familiarity Different Than Remembering? Brock Kirwan
UCSD Have you ever had the experience of seeing someone in the grocery store that you know you've already met, but you can't quite remember where or when you met them?...

April 1, 2008 — Mind Matters

Graphene Could Be the New Silicon

Recent investigations by physicists at the University of Maryland indicate that graphene—one-atom-thick sheets of carbon—could one day supplant silicon as the material of choice for important applications such as high-speed computer chips and biochemical sensors...

March 31, 2008 — Steven Ashley

The state of the planet is good

NASA Or at least not as bad as some might fear. That's the main message I took away from last week's State of the Planet conference (though it is also clear that the planet is in a perilous state when it comes to energy, food and global warming.) But judge for yourself...

March 31, 2008 — David Biello

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