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Naomi Oreskes: Why Should We Believe In Science?

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Kevin Jones: Can Embracing Uncertainty Lead To Better Medicine?

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Liz Coleman: How Do We Teach College Students To Ask Big Questions?

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Eric Haseltine: Can The Past Guide Us To Future Scientific Breakthroughs?

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An illustration from 1875 depicts the survivors of the frigate Cospatrick, which caught fire off South Africa's Cape of Good Hope in November 1874. Of more than 470 people on board, just three ultimately survived, and they were reduced to cannibalism. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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A virtual reality installation allows visitors to experience a doll's perspective as she's poked and prodded by a lab assistant. Read the full story at KQED. Susana Bates for Drew Altizer Photography/Courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery hide caption

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Don't Think Your Bias Can Boss You Around? David Byrne Says Think Again

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Scientists have genetically engineered mice (but not this cute one) to be resistant to the addictive effects of cocaine. Getty Images hide caption

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A Brain Tweak Lets Mice Abstain From Cocaine

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Motivated Reasoning: A Philosopher On Confirmation Bias

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Art Exhibition Celebrates Drawings By The Founder Of Modern Neuroscience

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Though Donald Trump's policies may not help his voters economically, sociologist Arlie Hochschild says he is speaking to them on a deeper level: meeting their emotional needs. MICHAEL MATHES/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Isaac Lidsky talks about losing his sight on the TED Stage. Ryan Lash/TED hide caption

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How Can Going Blind Give You Vision?

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How Do Pheromones Really Work?

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Astronomer Wanda Diaz Merced talks about "sonification" on the TED stage. Marla Aufmuth/TED hide caption

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How Can We Hear The Stars?

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Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump exemplify our contradictory feelings about the rich and famous. As Hidden Brain explores this week, we idolize the powerful, but also relish their downfall. D Dipasupil/WireImage hide caption

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Trees can't talk — or can they? Ecologist Suzanne Simard says tree communicate with each other in a unique way. Courtesy Suzanne Simard hide caption

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How Do Trees Collaborate?

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Anthropologist Robin Dunbar says our social networks are limited to about 150 connections. Courtesy of Robin Dunbar hide caption

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Is There A Limit To How Many Friends We Can Have?

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Can We Improve Our Transportation Network Using...Biology?

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What Happens When Hackers Hijack Our Smart Devices?

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A child takes a facial recognition test in which he is asked to match the face on the top to one of the faces on the bottom. Jesse Gomez and Kalanit Grill-Spector at the Vision and Perception Neuroscience Lab/Science hide caption

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Brain Area That Recognizes Faces Gets Busier And Better In Young Adults

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Researchers from the Max Planck Institute excavate the East Gallery of Denisova Cave in Siberia in August 2010. With ancient bone fragments so hard to come by, being able to successfully filter dirt for the DNA of extinct human ancestors can open new doors, research-wise. Bence Viola/Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology hide caption

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Dust To Dust: Scientists Find DNA Of Human Ancestors In Cave Floor Dirt

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