Body and Mind

slot machines

The gambling industry has made serious money by manipulating the science of human behavior, according to Natasha Dow Schull, a cultural anthropologist at MIT. Read More...

Electric brain

We’ve long debated whether intelligence is innate or acquired. Author Annie Murphy Paul talks about the latest scientific research - and looks at simple techniques that may be able to enhance our brains. Read More...

Creme Brulee

Food journalism isn't all filet mignon and creme brulee recipes. Ruth Reichl, former NY Times food critic and Gourmet editor, talks Twitter, blogs, and the value of sitting down for meals. Read More...

Pills

From eye of newt to sugar pills, placebos have always played a role in medicine. And now they have more applications than ever, including placebo surgery. Read More...

Too many choices

Columbia University professor Sheena Iyengar, author of The Art of Choosing, explores the science of how we choose things — from clothes to food to entertainment  — and explains why sometimes the best choice is to NOT choose. Read More...

Nerd Bot

Nerds may be America’s greatest resource, but budding nerds are frequently ostracized. David Anderegg, author of “Nerds: How Dorks, Dweebs, Techies, and Trekkies Can Save America,” argues that our future depends on rethinking nerdiness. Read More...

For years, the fight against polio was considered one of the most successful vaccination campaigns of all time. But now, the reappearance of the disease in countries like Pakistan, Syria, and Cameroon has thrown that success into jeopardy.  How was polio wiped out the first time around? Read more...

Soap Bubbles

Food preferences aren’t just a matter of taste. Science writer Jennifer Ouellette takes us on a molecular journey to discover why we are who we are. Read More...

broken pencil

New research shows that stress may not be as bad as we thought. Reporter Cristina Quinn heads to a local start up to find out just how stressful work is, and why it actually helps them grow. Read More...

TV

Media theorist Doug Rushkoff says technology has made us obsessed with the present - and rendered us unable to think deeply about the past or future. Read More...

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