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How to Help the Growing Female Prison Population

Orange Is the New Black, the popular Netflix show based on the memoir by Piper Kerman, brought female prisons into America's living room, highlighting several issues that are plaguing the correctional system...

April 7, 2015 — Mary Ellen Mastrorilli

Using Light to Monitor and Activate Specific Brain Cells

The past several years have brought two parallel revolutions in neuroscience. Researchers have begun using genetically encoded sensors to monitor the behavior of individual neurons, and they've been using brief pulses of light to trigger certain types of neurons to activate...

January 22, 2015 — Ben Thomas

Calling It Sex When They Mean Love

The saying "Why do they call it love when they mean sex?" is often used when a person feels a strong physical attraction toward another person and they camouflage it as love or a special connection...

December 9, 2014 — Pere Estupinyà

How Our Brains Process Books

We all know how it feels to get lost in a great book. Sometimes the characters and emotions can seem every bit as real as those of our everyday lives.

November 26, 2014 — Ben Thomas

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