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Why Is 3 A Magic Number?

Friday, March 06, 2015

Percussionist Clayton Cameron continues his thoughts about the relationship between math and rhythm and why the number three "feels great."

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How Can Math Help You Imagine The Impossible?

Friday, March 06, 2015

Writer Randall Munroe doesn't love math, but has made a career out of solving equations. By answering outlandish hypotheticals, he uses numbers as a playground for the imagination.

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What Makes The Human Brain Unique?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel turns brains into soup so she can meticulously count the neurons and determine why human brains are unique.

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How Can A Stroke Change Your Brain?

Friday, February 20, 2015

When neuroanatomist Jill Bolte-Taylor felt her brain shut down during a stroke, she was more fascinated than panicked. Even though she spent eight years recovering, she's grateful for the stroke.

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How Do We Know What Other People Are Thinking?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe explains how one region in the brain focuses on other people's thoughts.

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How Can We Explain The Mystery Of Consciousness?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Philosopher David Chalmers asks why humans have a sense of self, a constantly running movie full of sensation and internal chatter. He offers two ideas about the nature of consciousness.

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What Does It Take To Map The Human Brain?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Nancy Kanwisher studies the brain partly by staring at her own. She has spent countless hours in an fMRI scanner, mapping her own brain to gain insight into what makes us human.

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What's The Antidote To Political Apathy?

Friday, February 06, 2015

Activist Dave Meslin says even though we're apathetic about local politics, we're hardly sloths.

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How Does Envy Help Us Better Understand Ourselves?

Friday, February 06, 2015

Parul Sehgal, an editor at The New York Times Book Review, says as dangerous as envy can be, it can teach us a lot about who we are and what we really want.

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What Does Losing To A Computer Tell Us About Pride?

Friday, February 06, 2015

Ken Jennings has made a career of being the know-it-all. But then he challenged a supercomputer, Watson — and lost. Jennings explains how it felt to have a computer beat him and crush his pride.

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How Should We Distribute Our Wealth?

Friday, February 06, 2015

Nick Hanauer is a rich guy with several houses, but is he greedy? He argues that an increase in minimum wage would be good for everyone.

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How Did An Obese City Lose A Million Pounds?

Friday, February 06, 2015

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett explains how his city sidestepped gluttony and collectively dropped one million pounds.

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What Did Cavemen Think About Lust?

Friday, February 06, 2015

Christopher Ryan says that human beings are sexual omnivores and hopes that a better understanding of sexual fidelity may end discrimination, shame and unrealistic expectations.

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Why Should We Treat Violence Like A Contagious Disease?

Friday, February 06, 2015

While looking at the problem of gun violence, Dr. Gary Slutkin wondered — what if it could be treated like a communicable disease? His program, Cure Violence, aims to do just that, with real results.

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How Do You Expose An Anonymous Company?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Charmian Gooch's mission is to "out" corrupt companies. She details how global corruption trackers follow the money — to some surprisingly familiar places.

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What's Your Coming Out Story?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Equality advocate Ash Beckham offers a fresh story about empathy and openness — and it involves pancakes.

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Why Would You Share A Secret With A Stranger?

Friday, January 23, 2015

"Secrets ... can be shocking, or silly, or soulful," says Frank Warren, the founder of PostSecret. He shares a few of the half-million secrets that strangers have sent him on postcards.

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Why Should We Care About Keeping Secrets?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Journalist Glenn Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you're "not doing anything to hide."

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Why Should We Search For ET?

Friday, January 09, 2015

Will we find ET in the next 25 years? Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at SETI, says yes. He explains that new technologies and the laws of probability make the breakthrough likely.

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What Did It Take To Find The Giant Squid?

Friday, January 09, 2015

Humans have been looking for the giant squid for decades. Oceanographer Edith Widder shares how innovative technology helped her capture the squid on video for the first time.

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