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How the Brain Creates Personality: A New Theory

Are you a mover, a perceiver, a stimulator, or an adapter? Modes of thinking can be understood in terms of how the top and bottom—rather than right and left—parts of the brain interact.

This Lie-Detecting Throat Tattoo Is Google's Creepiest Patent Yet USPTO

This Lie-Detecting Throat Tattoo Is Google's Creepiest Patent Yet

This seems like a reasonable response to the problem of making calls in noisy environments.

Is Economics 'The Biggest Fraud Ever Perpetrated on the World?' Reuters

Is Economics 'The Biggest Fraud Ever Perpetrated on the World?'

How a Twitter diatribe turned into an article in one of the world's most prestigious journals

Health Begins at Work Reuters

Health Begins at Work

Employers are urging workers to stop smoking and lose weight, but many argue workplace wellness programs are ineffective—and can even hurt less-healthy employees. What's the proper role of an employer in facilitating a healthy lifestyle?

The White Cane as Technology

The White Cane as Technology

A conversation with scholar Georgina Kleege about what her cane tells her, how tech designers should think about visual impairments, and why "bluetooth shoes for the blind" are a terrible idea

How CPR Became So Popular NBC

How CPR Became So Popular

'Medical creep' happens when doctors perform procedures or prescribe treatments for patients in the absence of clear evidence that patients will benefit. The slow changes can gradually transform the structure of our healthcare system—sometimes for the better.

The Drugs of Work-Performance Enhancement Saad Faruque/flickr

The Drugs of Work-Performance Enhancement

A step beyond caffeine, Adderall and other common ADHD medications can improve productivity and focus—even when medical necessity remains debatable.

In Between the FDA and Pharma, People Wait for Treatments

In Between the FDA and Pharma, People Wait for Treatments

It's easy to be skeptical of drug companies. But those of us with polycystic kidney disease, a potentially fatal genetic disorder, stringent FDA regulation seems to be taking away hope.

A Real-Time Map of Births and Deaths

A Real-Time Map of Births and Deaths

This simulation gives an eerily omniscient vantage on the world as it fills.

Gas-Filtering Underwear Traps Odors Tumblr

Gas-Filtering Underwear Traps Odors

A product intended for people with digestive disorders may have wider appeal.

When Physicians' Careers Suffer Because They Refuse to Prescribe Narcotics Shutterstock

When Physicians' Careers Suffer Because They Refuse to Prescribe Narcotics

In some new systems where doctors are reviewed by patients, physicians unwilling to supply addicts with pain pills receive poor patient-satisfaction feedback. That is judged as poor performance by hospital administrators.

This 'Genome Hacker' Is Building Family Trees With Millions of Branches Shutterstock/Martin M303

This 'Genome Hacker' Is Building Family Trees With Millions of Branches

Thanks to computer-aided genealogical analysis, your family may have 43,000,000 members. 

Social Connection Makes a Better Brain Shutterstock

Social Connection Makes a Better Brain

Recent trends show that people increasingly value material goods over relationships—but neuroscience and evolution say this goes against our nature.

Q: Why Do Animal Cells Stay So Small? A: Gravity Shutterstock/Pan Xunbin

Q: Why Do Animal Cells Stay So Small? A: Gravity

Cutting-edge technology leads to a big discovery. 

Social Media Is Redefining 'Depression' Nikko Russano/flickr

Social Media Is Redefining 'Depression'

Online communities like those on Tumblr are perpetuating ideas of "beautiful suffering," confusing what it means to be clinically depressed.

How to Build a Happier Brain perpetualplum/flickr

How to Build a Happier Brain

A neuropsychological approach to happiness, by meeting core needs (safety, satisfaction, and connection) and training neurons to overcome a negativity bias

Look Inside a Chicken Nugget

Look Inside a Chicken Nugget

Doctors at the University of Mississippi dissected two chicken nuggets, looked at them under a microscope, and were "astounded."

When There Are Chemotherapy Shortages, Rationing Is Up to Doctors Eric Gaillard/Reuters

When There Are Chemotherapy Shortages, Rationing Is Up to Doctors

Ethics for and against giving in-demand cancer treatments to children first

Sleeptexting Is the New Sleepwalking Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Sleeptexting Is the New Sleepwalking

“The line is blurring between wakefulness and sleep.”

Why Build a Nose on a Forehead?

Why Build a Nose on a Forehead?

The case of a man undergoing nasal reconstruction is being called global medical progress.

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