People drew maps of body locations where they feel basic emotions (top row) and more complex ones (bottom row). Hot colors show regions that people say are stimulated during the emotion. Cool colors indicate deactivated areas. Image courtesy of Lauri Nummenmaa, Enrico Glerean, Riitta Hari, and Jari Hietanen. hide caption

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To Make Intersections Smarter, We Need Cars To Be Smarter, Too

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Are We Genetically Inclined To Be Materialistic?

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The skull of a female Neanderthal, who lived about 50,000 years ago, is displayed at the Natural History Museum in London. Rick Findler/Barcroft Media/Landov hide caption

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A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner concludes its first flight in September. Overall, plane-related fatalities have decreased dramatically this year. Stephen Brashear/Getty Images hide caption

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Tired Of Doom And Gloom? Here's The Best Good News Of 2013

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Sarah Ramirez runs an organization that brings excess produce to the hungry. Here, she gleans apples from a front yard. Scott Anger/KQED hide caption

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This Stanford Ph.D. Became A Fruit Picker To Feed California's Hungry

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Research excavations like these in Siberia's Denisova Cave are yielding clues to the mating choices of early hominids. Bence Viola/Nature hide caption

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Mixing It Up 50,000 Years Ago — Who Slept With Whom?

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Science Becomes 'Sexy' With Fast Cars And Gangsta Physics

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Reggie Watts Builds a Synthesizer, Bit by Bit

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Science Book Picks for 2013

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