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Heterarchy: An Idea Finally Ripe for Its Time

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By Jay Ogilvy

While browsing a recent issue of Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, I came across an essay titled, “Towards a heterarchical approach to biology and cognition,” and my heart soared. “What a strange heart,” you say. “What an …

Conservative News

Watch This Animation to Learn One Secret From Neuroscience for a Happy Marriage

There are all sorts of tips out there on how to make sure a happy relationship stays a happy one; usually, they have something to do with “date …

Art from the Holocaust: The stories behind the images

A new exhibition in Berlin explores the grim realities of life for Jews in Nazi camps and ghettoes. Thomas Rogers meets one of its curators.

A historic new exhibit, Art from the Holocaust, opened in the rear wing of the German Historical Museum in Berlin last week. For the first time ever, art from …


12 Famous Scientists On The Possibility Of God

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the Mysterious."

When President Barack Obama nominated the Christian geneticist Francis Collins to head the National Institutes of Health in 2009, some American scientists questioned whether someone who professed a strong belief in God was qualified to …


Vatican disputes pope film claim, says pontiff not an actor

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is disputing a U.S. film studio's claim that the pope is making his movie debut, saying no scenes were shot for the venture and that the pope isn't an actor.

Los Angeles-based AMBI Pictures headlined its press release: "Film Will Mark First Ever Big Screen …


Physics of brain wrinkles copied in a jar

Scientists have reproduced the wrinkled shape of a human brain using a simple gel model with two layers.

They made a solid replica of a foetal brain, still smooth and unfolded, and coated it with a second layer which expanded when dunked into a solvent.

That expansion produced a network of furrows …


What's History's Most Unjust "Just War" Justification?

(Eyer Crowe, Slaves Waiting for Sale – Richmond, Virginia, 1861; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-Old-100)

The concept of “Just War” originates in the …


The book that brings magic to the 20th century's darkest hour

The line between the magical and the real seems particularly thin when you're a child — even when you happen to live in one of the most dangerous places in the world.

This truth is beautifully portrayed in the debut novel from Gavriel Savit, Anna and the Swallow Man.

The novel is set in Poland in …


The Philosophers

Our System

A philosopher had spent his lifetime pondering the nature of knowledge and was ready at last to write down his conclusions. He took out a sheet of white paper and a pen. But he noticed, upon lifting the pen, a slight tremor in his hand. Hours later he was diagnosed with a neuromuscular …


50 Hearty (And Easy) Chili Recipes

It's time to step up your chili game

If you want more hearty meals for cold months, try these easy fall slow cooker recipes.


Carl Sagan Explains Your Mother

Consider the scale of the universe. If the Earth were the size of a marble, Jupiter would be approximately the size of a grapefruit, while the sun would be the size of a humble exercise ball. From there, one can extrapolate just how vast our solar system, our galaxy, and our universe really are. But …

Carl Sagan

How The Mountains Changed The Way I Run

Grant runs on the broadway traverse during an ascent of Longs Peak via Kiener’s route. Photo: Fredrik Marmsater
An elite trail runner explains how the


9 Google Maps tips that will make your life way easier

Google Maps is constantly getting better with updates. Get to know the hidden tools you may have missed.


Fairy tale origins thousands of years old, researchers say

Fairy tales like Beauty and the Beast can be traced back thousands of years, according to researchers at universities in Durham and Lisbon.

Using techniques normally employed by biologists, academics studied links between stories from around the world and found some had prehistoric roots.

They found …

Fairy Tales

Parenthood Opened My Eyes to How God Loves

For as long as I can remember, I have been taught that we are God's children and that he is our Heavenly Father; but I don't guess I fully understood what that meant... that is, until I became a parent.

From the moment we brought our firstborn home from the hospital, I have been regularly shown …


Why Some GOP Candidates Aren’t Taking The Fight To Trump

If you, like us here at FiveThirtyEight, were initially skeptical of Donald Trump’s chances of winning the GOP nomination in part because you assumed …

Donald Trump

Gratitude Physically Changes Your Brain, New Study Says

New research reveals the biology of why gratitude is such a powerful happiness booster.

Fad diets aside, we all know the basic formula for greater physical health -- eat less junk and exercise more. The same can be said for greater happiness. Sure mental health is hugely complex, but the research on …


Getting Better With Age

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Maximize your masters years with these five tips

Just like wine, runners have a peak where …


What should I read next?

For bookworms, the new year means one thing: new books, and an even longer to-read list. While mine has now reached teetering heights, it can be tricky to choose which to leaf through first. So if you need some help with deciding what to read in 2016, look no further! Our site members have been …

The Best Marathon Playlist Ever

Tell us if this has ever happened to you—right in the middle of a big race, the same song keeps repeating over and over in your head. It could be an …


How Should I Breathe When I Run?

If you’re not focused on how you breathe while running, you should be.

When we head out for a run, there are plenty of things to think about: how our …

5 Pearls of Wisdom from Presentation Masterminds

Whatever your profession or personal interests we all have people who we admire and respect in our chosen passion. It may be an author, speaker or …


The concept of different “learning styles” is one of the greatest neuroscience myths

Are you a visual learner who writes notes in a rainbow of different colors, or do you have to read something aloud before it will sink it? Chances are, you’ve been asked a similar question at some point in your life, and believe the concept of different “learning styles” is perfectly valid. But, as …

Science Education

The Casties: Quartz’s awards for the best podcasts of 2015

The staggering growth of podcasts is great for those of us that love them.With all of these new options, it’s really tough to know which are actually worth listening to. There are great podcasts of many types: expertly produced narrative storytelling, short fiction, a couple of people chatting for …


The Top 5 Neuroscience Breakthroughs of 2015

Is it really that time of year again already? We’ve reached the end of another exciting twelve months for neuroscience, so let’s look back like we …

Life Sciences

Hiker on Dante's Peak, Death Valley NP

Top 20 Trending Running Articles In 2015

As 2015 comes to a close (can you believe it?), we are reflecting on some of your favorites from the last year. Here are the top-20 hits from the …


10 TED Talks That Will Help You Be a Better Parent

From communicating with kids to providing quality education

When you’ve made it through every parenting and kid-friendly podcast in your feed but still want info pumped into your ear holes, how about some “ideas worth spreading?” These 10 TED Talks cover everything from raising happy kids to raising …

TED Talks

What Can a Year of Running Do for You?

Get Faster with a Disciplined Approach

If you've been running consistently for a while and your goal is to improve your pace, you'll need to log some …

Get started with your new iPhone or iPad with these great family friendly apps

Whether visiting family, off on vacation or spending some quiet time at home for Christmas, chances are you'll have an iPhone or iPad at your side. …