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How Exercise Might Help Keep Alzheimer's At Bay

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Paul Law, director of the Interactive Autism Network, and his wife, Kiely Law, changed the direction of their careers after having a child with autism. IAN seeks to facilitate research on autism spectrum disorders. Gail Burton/AP hide caption

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This image is from a test called "Weights," which was part of the study. Participants need to determine the relationships between the objects rather than focus on their individual properties. Courtesy of the BBC hide caption

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Researchers in France conducted tests on multitasking, which suggest the brain struggles to stay focused when fixed on more than two goals at one time. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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About 40,000 years ago, bacteria in the stomachs of Japanese people evolved to digest nori, the seaweed that's used to wrap maki rolls. But the average person from North America doesn't carry this version of the microbe. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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How Gut Bacteria Evolved To Feast On Sushi

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NASA's twin GRACE satellites have been used since 2002 to compile data on the amount of ground water in California's San Joaquin Valley, shown above. New funding may soon allow NASA to replace GRACE. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Zebra finches have complex songs that are learned throughout adolescence. Scientists who recently sequenced the finch's genome say that their research may lead to a clearer understanding of human speech-related disorders like those caused by autism, strokes and Parkinson's disease. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Songbird DNA May Offer Clues To Human Speech

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Scientists altered people's perceptions of right and wrong by applying magnetic stimulation to the brain. The study is part of a larger effort by scientists to explain the mechanics of how the brain makes moral judgments. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Study Narrows Gap Between Mind And Brain

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Scientists have discovered that at 7 months old, children respond to human voices and emotions in much the same way adults do. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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When this poster was printed in 1900, mind reading was still in the realm of magic. A new computer program capable of predicting individuals recollections has brought telepathy a small step closer to science. Library of Congress hide caption

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Computers One Step Closer To Reading Your Mind

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The northern lights dance over the Knik River near Palmer, Alaska. Activity on the surface of the sun creates this natural light show, but severe solar storms could devastate Earth's power and water utilities, and knock out communications. Bob Martinson/AP hide caption

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Can't Remember Faces? Blame Your Genes

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Story Of Book-Writing Coma Patient Debunked

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