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Why might a female zebra finch cheat on her partner?

Zebra finches are birds which, once they've found that special someone, will tend to stick with them. They are what is called `socially monogamous', meaning they form pairs to mate and raise offspring over multiple breeding seasons, but with the occasional sneaky mating with the next door neighbour...

August 5, 2011 — Felicity Muth

Four Things Most People Get Wrong about Memory

Human memory has been shown again and again to be far from perfect. We overlook big things, forget details, conflate events. One famous experiment even demonstrated that many people asked to watch a video of people playing basketball failed to notice a person wearing a gorilla suit walk right through the middle of the scene.So why does eyewitness testimony continue to hold water in courtrooms?...

August 4, 2011 — Katherine Harmon

Porn on the Mind

If you like to surf porn on the Internet, you’ve got company. In a 2008 survey of college students, 90 percent of males and 60 percent of females had been there, done that.

August 3, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Chew on This: More Mastication Cuts Calorie Intake by 12 Percent

About a century ago, a new craze gripped the country's health conscious: mastication. Chewing each bite of food precisely 32 times would help people control how much food they consumed—turning them from gluttons to epicureans—according to the early 20th-century dietician Horace Fletcher...

August 3, 2011 — Katherine Harmon

Addiction: a Fault of Chemistry

Chemistry is at the brunt of it all, isn’t it? Addiction, the sinuous, stealthy disease is controlled by neurochemicals. Simple as that. You’re an addict or you’re not.

August 2, 2011 — Cassie Rodenberg

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