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Is Seasonal Affective Disorder a Myth?

A flurry of newspaper headlines have called into question the existence of SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder.

How the Malheur Occupation Hamstrung Science

Last month, a flock of trumpeter swans alighted on the wetlands of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, repeating an annual ritual that dates back centuries.

What Lessons Will We Learn From Zika?

Zika virus caught the world off guard, but it shouldn’t have. The rapid spread of the mosquito-borne virus, and its possible connection to birth defects and neurological disorders, compelled the World Health Organization on Monday to declare an international public health emergency.

Why the Planets Align: Life Inside Two Differentially Rotating Disks

January was a good month for the planets. Scientists reported theoretical evidence for “Planet 9” and the alignment of Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter in the morning sky encouraged many people to wake up extra early to see the show.

Nerve Stimulation Offers Hope for PTSD Sufferers

Millions of people are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) right now. Among military personnel who've been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, an estimated 31 percent are PTSD sufferers.

The Trouble With Head Transplants

In a 1978 essay, titled Where Am I?, the philosopher Daniel Dennett suggested that the brain was the only organ of which it’s better to be a transplant donor than recipient.

Artificial Intelligence Just Mastered Go, But One Game Still Gives AI Trouble

Go is a two-player board game that originated in China more than 2,500 years ago. The rules are simple, but Go is widely considered the most difficult strategy game to master.

World's Most Sensitive Dark Matter Detector Gets a Boost

One truism for me that I suspect holds some tiny bit of general truth for many across the broad, beautiful swath of humanity is that the longer I live the more history compresses.

Fountain of Youth: The Secret Power of Friends and Family

The Nicoya peninsula in northwestern Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. This 75-mile sliver of land, just south of the Nicaraguan border, is covered with cattle pastures and tropical rain forests that stretch down to the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean.

Decision Hacks: The Neuroscience of Making Smarter Choices

Have you ever walked out of a store with a shiny new gadget and wondered, “Why did I buy this? I can’t afford it.

Why We Snap: From Road Rage to Barroom Brawls

R. Douglas Fields, a neurobiologist in his 50s, won’t hesitate to lock a pickpocket into a deadly chokehold in the middle of the street.

Lucid Dreamers May Help Unravel the Mystery of Consciousness

We spend around six years of our lives dreaming – that’s 2,190 days or 52,560 hours. Although we can be aware of the perceptions and emotions we experience in our dreams, we are not conscious in the same way as when we’re awake.

How Scientists Detect Nuclear Explosions Around the World

The world was literally shaken before news broke that North Korea detonated what leaders in the Hermit Kingdom claimed was a hydrogen bomb Tuesday morning local time.

The Limits of Fight-or-Flight Training

The soldiers at Checkpoint 56 ordered the woman to stop. She was Palestinian, the soldiers were Israeli, and this checkpoint divided the Israeli and Palestinian-controlled sections of Hebron on the West Bank.

3 Implications of Memory-Boosting Devices

In fall, DARPA announced a major success in its Restoring Active Memory (RAM) program. Researchers implanted targeted electrical arrays in the brains of a few dozen volunteers — specifically in brain areas involved in memory.

How GMOs Will Let Astronauts Live on Mars

Don’t panic, future astronauts, but GMOs will probably accompany you on your adventures to deep space.

Ever Dreamed of Becoming an Astronaut? Now's Your Chance

Looking for a new job that will literally take you places? On Monday, NASA started receiving applications for the astronaut class of 2017.

Stonehenge Wasn't the First 'Second-Hand' Prehistoric Monument

I led the team of researchers that discovered that Stonehenge was most likely to have been originally built in Pembrokeshire, Wales, before it was taken apart and transported some 180 miles to Wiltshire, England.

How Terrorist Attacks Influence Mental Health

On November 13 2015, a series of coordinated attacks in Paris left 130 people dead. A week later, armed gunmen stormed a hotel in Mali, seizing hostages while also firing indiscriminately at guests, killing 27 people.

Beyond Mars: The Distant Future of Space Exploration

Louis Friedman has always balanced his optimistic vision for the future of human space exploration with a dose of reality, and his tempered outlook courses through his new book, Human Spaceflight From Mars to the Stars, in which he charts the distant future of human space travel.


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