July 29, 2011 Are humans the only animals capable of using language? A controversial scientific experiment in the 1970s attempted to answer that question. A new documentary looks at the scientists behind that experiment, who raised a chimp as a human and tried to teach him sign language. Jenny Lee and Bob Ingersoll, both interviewed in the film, and Science Magazine's Jon Cohen discuss the ethics of "Project Nim."
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July 27, 2011 The Noble-Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman encouraged scientists and layman alike to embrace the chaos of nature. A new cartoon biography expresses his message in vivid color.
July 25, 2011 Have you ever wondered how much heat you can take? 232 years ago, three men decided to find out.
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July 22, 2011 It's surprising to see how many people have warm, fuzzy feelings about cold, hard numbers. An ongoing worldwide survey reveals people's passion for primes.
July 19, 2011 Does naming a thing make it more or less important to us? Two poets debate the power of words.
July 14, 2011 Neuroscientist Dean Buonomano explains why our brains make mistakes when we try to remember long lists of information or add large numbers in our heads. Humans live "in a time and place we didn't evolve to live in," he says.
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July 11, 2011 An ad that aims to celebrate technology quickly turns creepy as gadgets gain emotion and the human protagonist turns cold. Even more disturbing? This piece of commercial art imitates real life.
July 8, 2011 There's something very special about you: the bacteria that grow in your navel. According to scientists at the Belly Button Diversity project, each one of us has our own unique community of bacteria living in our belly button — our "microbial signature."
July 1, 2011 Some Chinese students consistently out-perform Americans on standardized math tests. What gives them the edge? Maybe it's their rapid-fire number-words and simple counting system.
June 29, 2011 Each year, leaders and innovators converge on the Aspen Ideas Festival to "think big." But just where do great ideas come from? Sandy Speicher, Director of Design for Learning at IDEO, Amit Chatterjee, CEO of Hara, and artist Eric Fischl explain where they find inspiration.
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June 29, 2011 On the corner of 53rd and Second Avenue, in the summer of 1955, a store owner grabbed his fishing pole ... and headed downstairs. His goal? To fish the dark waters of a subterranean stream.
"Rollin Justin" the robot.
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June 27, 2011 It can't pitch, hit or run, but it can catch two baseballs barehanded — at the same time. Even Derek Jeter can't do that. But there are some things humans just do better than robots.
June 24, 2011 Reporting in Current Biology, researchers write that a rocking motion, long employed by parents to lull infants to sleep, synchronizes brainwaves, leading to deeper sleep with a quicker onset. Study author Michel Muhlethaler discusses how motion may affect the sleeping brain.
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June 23, 2011 In his new book, The Compass of Pleasure, neuroscientist David Linden maps out the brain's relationship with pleasure and addiction. From junk food to sex to gambling, Linden explains that addictions are actually rooted in the brain's inability to feel pleasure.
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June 23, 2011 Time seems to slow in the summer. And how we measure time has changed dramatically over the centuries. We used to tell time by the sun and the stars, and our first clocks had no minute hand. University of Rochester professor and NPR blogger Adam Frank talks about the social construct of time.
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