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The True Story of Phineas Gage Is Much More Fascinating Than the Mythical Textbook Accounts

On Sept. 13, 1848, at around 4:30 p.m., the time of day when the mind might start wandering, a railroad foreman named Phineas Gage filled a drill …

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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 …

Vermeer's paintings might be 350 year-old color photographs

<b>Tim Jenison</b>, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the art world: 
How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage …

Is Hollywood’s insistence on “known brands” thwarting originality in film?

<b>Scott Davis comments on how even “original” blockbusters like Edge of Tomorrow could soon be a thing of the past.…</b><p>Over the last few weeks, I have had …

Last Straw: How The Fortunes Of Las Vegas Will Rise Or Fall With Lake Mead

Next year, a new tunnel under Lake Mead will begin delivering water to Las Vegas. The project is massive, expensive, politically fraught—and a harbinger of things to come.<p>The bathtub ring can be seen for miles. The 120-foot-high band of rock, bleached nearly white by mineral-rich water, circles the …

Dams sparked quick evolution in competing fish - Futurity

Researchers say Colonial-era dams set off quick evolutionary changes among one kind of fish, the alewife, as well as its competition.

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Mercury passing in front of the sun, seen from Mars

Transit of planet Mercury across the sun on June 3, as seen from Mars by a camera on the Curiosity rover.<p>NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has imaged the …

Astronomy

What do you want to know about sleep? Neuroscientists answered your questions

Sleep is vital for our mental and physical health, yet an increasing number of people are getting less than they need. Do you have problems sleeping? Neuroscientists from the University of Oxford answered your questions<p>Do you have difficulty getting enough sleep? Sleep problems affect one in three …

Scientists smash crystals to determine the true age of the moon

The violent impact that created our moon may have occurred millions of years earlier than previously thought, according to new research.<p>Mounting evidence suggests that the moon came into being after the Earth got slammed by a Mars-sized object named Theia in the early days of the solar system. The …

Astronomy

Chimps outsmart humans at simple strategy game

When it comes to simple strategy games, chimpanzees consistently outperform humans at tasks that involve short-term memory and predicting opponents' moves.<p>Having more complex cognitive reasoning skills doesn't necessarily make you better at simple tasks, a new study has found. When it comes to …

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Extinct Fox Species With Supersharp Teeth Discovered in Tibet

The discovery of the ancient, sharp-toothed predator may support the theory that many polar carnivores originated in Tibet.<p>An extinct species of "very carnivorous" fox with supersharp teeth once roamed the frigid Tibetan Plateau, a new study says.<p>The fossils of the newly identified <i>Vulpes …

Paleontology

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