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The case against reality

Evolution has trained humans to construct reality, rather than to see the world as it truly is.

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Want to meditate more effectively? Try algorithms

Digital media often seems to deplete our attention. Scientists have found a way to flip that equation.

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What do dating technology and Alzheimer's have in common?

Artificial intelligence, developed around the same ‘swipe right’ approach we associate with dating apps, could vastly scale up Alzheimer’s research.

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Nicotine exposure in newborns alters neurons, predisposes brain to addiction

Exposure to nicotine through mother's milk induced a number of changes in young mice.

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Lack of sleep shrinks men's testicles?

UC Berkeley scientist Matt Walker shows how missing sleep can really catch up with you in his new TED Talk.

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Want to ace your tests? Take notes by hand

Even a brand new laptop won't give you an edge over pen and paper.

To boldly go or anxiously hang back?

A small population of nerve cells in the brain play an important role in anxiety’s influence over behavior.

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Breakthrough device translates brain activity into speech

It could one day restore the voices of those who have lost the ability to speak due to neurological damage.

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Air pollution impacts childhood development, study shows

Children who live near major roads are at higher risk for developmental delays because of traffic-related pollutants.

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Can short-term stress make the body and mind more resilient?

A new UCSF study is testing a theory about how much stress is good for us.