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Hard Feelings: Science’s Struggle to Define Emotions

While it's possible for researchers to study facial expressions, brain patterns, behavior, and more, each of these is only part of a more elusive whole.<p>When Paul Ekman was a grad student in the 1950s, psychologists were mostly ignoring emotions. Most psychology research at the time was focused on …

Scientists discover that atheists might not exist, and that’s not a joke

<i>Metaphysical thought processes are more deeply wired than hitherto suspected</i><p>WHILE MILITANT ATHEISTS like Richard Dawkins may be convinced God doesn’t …

Opinion: A smart way out of the Gaza confrontation - CNN.com

<i>Editor's note: Michael B. Oren is the Abba Eban chair in international diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, and an ambassador-in-residence at the Atlantic Council. He was formerly Israel's ambassador to the United States. The opinions expressed in this commentary are</i> …

Atheists: The Origin of the Species by Nick Spencer, reviewed.

Nick Spencer begins his spirited history of atheism with a fairy tale. Once upon a time, people lived in ignorant superstition, offering sacrifices …

An Open Letter to Bill Maher From a Muslim American

Hey there, Bill. You hate religion. You particularly hate Islam. We get it. Your liberal bigotry against Muslims and Islam is no secret. For a while …

2,500-year-old erotic graffiti found in unlikely setting on Aegean island

Wild, windswept, rocky and remote, Astypalaia is not an obvious place for the unearthing of some of the world's earliest erotic graffiti.<p>Certainly, Dr Andreas Vlachopoulos, a specialist in prehistoric archaeology, didn't think so when he began fieldwork on the Aegean island four years ago. Until he …

This is the most ambitious game in the universe

Summon up every great space-exploration fantasy of the past century — from mining exotic planets in uncharted space to watching attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion — and convert that compendium of awesome into a game of unprecedented size and scale. That, in rough terms, is the …

Playing a mountain simulator is surprisingly emotional

When Joaquin Phoenix's character in <i>Her</i> isn't wooing his smartphone's operating system, he spends much of his time playing a video game. Called <i>Alien Child</i>, the game is essentially a glimpse at what would happen if Kinect actually worked as promised — it's controlled entirely through hand gestures …