Guglielmo Giovanni Maria Marconi, Italian physicist and inventor, with one of his first wireless telegraphs. A. DeGregorio/Getty Images/DeAgostini hide caption

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Switchtracking, as defined by author Sheila Heen, is when "someone gives you feedback, and your reaction to that feedback changes the subject." Hanna Barczyk for NPR hide caption

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Trying To Change, Or Changing The Subject? How Feedback Gets Derailed

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Male treehoppers make their abdomens thrum like tuning forks to transmit very particular vibrating signals that travel down their legs and along leaf stems to other bugs — male and female. Courtesy of Robert Oelman hide caption

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Good Vibrations Key To Insect Communication

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Listening To Whale Migration Reveals A Sea Of Noise Pollution, Too

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It Took A Musician's Ear To Decode The Complex Song In Whale Calls

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Patients with certain kinds of brain damage can wind up with locked-in syndrome: they may be able to think just fine, but are unable to communicate their thoughts to others. A recently published case study shows that a non-invasive brain-computer interface can help. iStockphoto hide caption

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From Brain To Computer: Helping 'Locked-In' Patient Get His Thoughts Out

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Our Use Of Little Words Can, Uh, Reveal Hidden Interests

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Would time spent with Anton Chekov, famed for his subtle, flawed characters, make you a better judge of human nature? Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Want To Read Others' Thoughts? Try Reading Literary Fiction

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