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Why some memories last and others fade - Futurity

We are more likely to form lasting memories when there is coordinated activity between two …

FYI: What Would Happen If Every Element On The Periodic Table Came Into Contact Simultaneously?

There are two ways to go about testing this, neither of which are practical. One requires the energy of dozens of Large Hadron Colliders. The other could yield a cauldron-full of flaming plutonium. Both, however, would probably create carbon monoxide and a pile of rust and salts rather than a cool …

Cockatoos are smarter than human toddlers

How do you know that something you cannot see is still present? A new study shows that "object permanence" cognitive abilities in cockatoos rival those of the great apes -- and four-year-old human children.<p>I live with a couple cockatoos so I am always looking for new tasks for them to solve, just …

How sights, sounds, and touch are mapped onto the brain

<i>Chapter 8 of my book, 50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know. Here's the introduction to the book, the chapter about mirror neurons, and my post about the most important idea in neuroscience</i>.<p>Summary: The body's surface and certain features of the external world are mapped onto the brain in a …

5 Cool Ways to Become a Citizen Scientist

The rise of modern hacker culture is putting science back in the hands of curious laypeople.<p><b>It's easier than ever for creative types to perform serious science as a hobby.</b> You don't need a doctorate or the backing of a federal agency to ask a novel, worthwhile scientific question. You just need …

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