It’s been long known that physical activity produces mental benefits, but are all exercises equal when it comes to brain boosts? Recently the New York Times reported on a Finnish study published in the
Our picks of the week from around the web, including the app to help you replace a lost pet, the inside story of Oculus Rift, and the problem with psychiatry. Everything is broken Quinn Norton | The Message
How do you change someone’s mind if you think you are right and they are wrong? Psychology reveals the last thing to do is the tactic we usually resort to. You are, I'm afraid to say, mistaken. The position
A handful of girls seem to defy one of the biggest certainties in life: ageing. Virginia Hughes reports on the families wrestling with a condition they can’t explain, and the scientist who believes that
When people are isolated from human contact, their mind can do some truly bizarre things, says Michael Bond. Why does this happen? Sarah Shourd’s mind began to slip after about two months into her incarceration.
The extreme survival tricks of hibernating animals… and the occasional human… could help us overcome life-threatening injuries, as Frank Swain discovers. Imagine it: you have been rushed into the emergency
Our picks of the week from around the web, including the tricks of the food trade, how AI could change our world and China’s secretive tech giant. Why Apple is like a movie studio Walter Mossberg | Recode
If animals dream like us, where do they go in their slumber? Jason G Goldman explores how we can peer into the minds of sleeping cats, birds and other creatures. "Almost all other animals are clearly to
If more and more people are living past 100, how much older can we survive to, in theory, asks Frank Swain. And what would it take to achieve this in practice? On the Art of Prolonging Life was penned
Our picks of the week from around the web, including why it’s better to be interesting than true, and how many people it takes to colonise another star system. Life after death Hannah Bloch & Peter Miller
The way we eat, cook, explore and interact with others can influence our genes, says Jason G Goldman. So how will modern culture shape our children? You shouldn't be able to drink milk. Your ancestors
Many varieties of fruit, meat and vegetable are disappearing from our plates, says Rachel Nuwer. Why is this happening, and can we stop the rot? The Svalbard Global Seed Vault could be mistaken for a piece
Is creativity magical? Not according to those now teaching it as a skill, discovers Colin Barras. Are there really secrets to unlocking your imagination? Is it possible to be learn what it takes to be
In the animal kingdom, parents adopt babies that aren’t their own, and even other species, says Jason G Goldman. Why do they do it? Is adopting a child a benevolent or a foolish act? If you were taking
Our pick of the week from around the web, including notable science failures, the French way to treat cancer and how relationships evolve on social media. The case for blunder Freeman Dyson | New York
The bacteria in our guts can influence the working of the mind, says Frank Swain. So could they be upgraded to enhance brainpower? I have some startling news: you are not human. At least, by some counts.