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Embracing the Unknown

By | November 1, 2015

Researchers are showing that ambiguity can be essential to brain development.


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Book Excerpt from The Brain Electric

By | October 1, 2015

Author Malcolm Gay explores the science underlying headline-making research into neural prosthetics.


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Brain New World

By | October 1, 2015

The melding of mind and machine uncovers mysteries harbored in the brain.


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Book Excerpt from Life on the Edge

By | August 1, 2015

In Chapter 4, “The quantum beat,” authors Johnjoe McFadden and Jim Al-Khalili rethink Newton’s apple from a quantum-biological perspective.


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Good Vibrations

By | August 1, 2015

Does a delicately orchestrated balance between quantum and classical physics distinguish living from nonliving things?


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Book Excerpt from Faith vs. Fact

By | July 1, 2015

In Chapter 1, “The Problem,” author Jerry Coyne sets the historical stage for his suggestion that science and religion are not compatible and never will be.


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The War Rages On

By | July 1, 2015

Conflict between science and religion continues, with effects on health, politics, and the environment.


In the prologue, “Lemurs and the Delights of Fieldwork,” author Ian Tattersall shares the paleoanthropological lessons he learned from studying non-human primates in Madagascar.


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Reimagining Humanity

By | June 1, 2015

As the science of paleoanthropology developed, human evolutionary trees changed as much as the minds that constructed them.


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Attacking AIDS on Many Fronts

By | May 1, 2015

A close cooperation between science, politics, and economics has helped to control one of history’s most destructive epidemics.  


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