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Secrets of the Creative Brain

A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.<p>As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working …

Dizzying optical illusions by Akiyoshi Kitaoka – in pictures

Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, has spent more than a decade creating his collection of moving optical illusions. Images: Caters News Agency

Kyoto

10 Great Novels That Will Make You More Passionate About Science

Science Fiction

One Species Becomes Two, Inside an Insect

It’s easy to imagine how a physical barrier, like a river or a mountain range, could create new species. If two populations of the same creature get stuck on either side of the divide, they won’t be able to breed. They’ll evolve along their own separate paths, until the differences between them …

Biology

Security researchers buy pornoscanner, demonstrate how to sneak in guns & bombs

Researchers from UCSD, the U Michigan, and Johns Hopkins will present their work on the Rapiscan Secure 1000 at Usenix Security tomorrow; the Secure …

4 Of The Most Evil Science Experiments Ever Performed

Image Source: Photobucket<p>At their best, scientists represent the best in humanity: intelligence, curiosity, and skeptical rigor. This allows …

Genetic Biomarker Identified That May Predict Suicide Risk

Investigators from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have identified a unique modification to a gene linked to stress reactions that may potentially lead in the near future to a blood test to evaluate a person’s risk of attempting suicide.<p>Their findings were published July 30 in <i>The</i> …