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Discover Magazine on Brain
What’s Happening in Your Brain Moments Before Death?
A man’s sudden death during a routine brain scan has given researchers a glimpse of the dying human brain.
«Whatever makes the top of your list may just be what you recall in your final moments, according to this recent study.»
How Similar Are Insect Brains to Human Brains?
A fly's brain can tell us a lot about insect intelligence and maybe a thing or two about our own.
Discover Magazine on Consciousness
Brains Might Sync As People Interact — and That Could Upend Consciousness Research
When we cooperate on certain tasks, our brainwaves might synchronize. This finding could upend the current understanding of consciousness.
Discover Magazine on Dreams
A New Theory of Dreaming
Do dreams exist to protect the brain's visual cortex?
Discover Magazine on Food History
The Inuit Paradox
How can people who gorge on fat and rarely see a vegetable be so healthy?
Discover Magazine on Game Theory
Game Theory Explains Why Popular Baby Names Come and Go
“It's obvious that people like to stand out. Just observe a hipster claiming you've never heard of his favorite band."
«Mathematics forces us to be precise when we talk about social phenomena, so we can check whether our claims actually make logical sense,”»
Discover Magazine on History
Neanderthals May Have Used Animal Skulls as Decor
A new finding in a Spanish cave shows that Neanderthals got creative with a variety of 35 large skulls.
Discover Magazine on Law
The First Criminal Conviction Based on Fingerprint Evidence
How a 1910 murder in Chicago became precedent for the inclusion of fingerprint evidence in U.S. courts.
Discover Magazine on Nature
Are Humans the Only Animals That Lie?
Nonhuman animals can certainly deceive one another — and sometimes deceive humans. But are humans the only species that tell flat-out lies?
How Dogs Perceive Time
Dogs can’t tell us what time means to them — but maybe we can try and understand how dogs perceive the passing of time.
Discover Magazine on Science
How Adding Iodine to Salt Boosted Americans' IQ
New research finds that iodine played a substantial role in cognitive improvements in 20th century Americans.
«But research since then has found that iodine also plays a crucial role in brain development, especially during gestation.»
What Types of Tools Did Neanderthals Use and Develop?
Chip away at the science behind Neanderthal tools. Which ancient tools did they have and handle, and what did they use them for?
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How Do Dolphins Choose Their Name?
Dolphins identify themselves with a unique whistle that scientists have likened to a human name. Here's how they decide what to call themselves.
Conversations With Strangers Are Often More Enjoyable Than We Expect
You might feel anxious about talking to a stranger — including concerns that you'll run out of things to talk about, or simply have a bad time. But recent research reveals that we might not need to…
Research Reveals Surprising Conversations Between Our Brain Cells
A new finding on star-shaped cells called astrocytes could lead to future treatments for conditions such as Alzheimer's and schizophrenia.
The Quantum Internet Will Blow Your Mind. Here’s What It Will Look Like
The next generation of the Internet will rely on revolutionary new tech. It will make unhackable networks real — and transmit information faster than the speed of light.
Floating Away: The Science of Sensory Deprivation Therapy
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