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The incredible story of the man who lived a normal life with almost no brain

One of the biggest myths about the brain is that bigger is always better. But what about those who sit on the extreme end of that scale?<p>How much of our brain do we actually need to survive?<p>Looking through the archives of medical history, there are a number of people with tiny brains, or brains with …

“Just Googling it” is bad for your brain

Having the world at our fingertips around the clock takes a lot of the pressure off our minds to remember basic facts. But the ability to find answers on search engines like Google is also killing our memories, a recent report (pdf) by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab shows.<p>When asked a question, …

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Smoking Doesn’t Kill Them: The Strange Science of the Longevity Gene

Why do some cigarette smokers live to old age while others die young? Scientists are getting closer to an answer.<p>It’s a well-established fact that …

Stephen Hawking explains how to (sort-of) escape a black hole

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>If you find yourself stuck inside a black hole, Stephen Hawking says not to panic: You may die, but all traces of your existence may not be lost forever.<p>Current science suggests that a black hole’s gravity is so strong that absolutely nothing—not even light—can escape …

Dear Graduate, Here's What Nobody Told You

Dear Graduate,<p>This is a big milestone moment. I hope you’re proud of all you accomplished. You did good, kid.<p>Graduation brings up a bag of mixed …

Secret Service agent retiring amid probe into conduct at White House

Sept. 20, 2014<p>Sept. 19, 2014<p>1861-1980<p>Here are images showing how security has changed over the years at the White House.<p>The Secret Service is under scrutiny after a man scaled the White House fence and made it all the way into the East Room.<p>A top member of President Obama’s Secret Service detail …

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