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How Sound Shaped The Evolution Of Your Brain

Sound gets into our brains and processed so quickly that it shapes all other perceptions, says neuroscientist Seth Horowitz. "You hear anywhere from 20 to 100 times faster than you see."

The Problem With Teens Is That They're Just Too Rational

Teenagers aren't always risk-taking gamblers; they put a lot of effort into weighing financial choices, a study finds. Adults are more apt to adopt rules and quickly make choices that are good enough.

Do City Dogs Dream Of Chasing Country Sheep?

Many people spend summertime in the great outdoors, enjoying simpler living. Reporter Fred Mogul took his city dog to a farm in Pennsylvania to see if she might enjoy exploring her shepherding roots.

Intel Ending Sponsorship Of Prestigious Science Contest For High School Students

Intel has been the corporate sponsor of the Science Talent Search since 1998. This year the company gave out more than $1 million in prize money.

I Scream, You Scream For Slow-Melting Ice Cream

It's not every day that basic research into bacteria leads to an application as useful as keeping ice cream frozen longer while holding ice crystals at bay.

Treatment From Brain Tissue May Have Spread Alzheimer's Protein

Eight people who received growth hormone treatments made from human brains died decades later from a rare disease. Some also had brain damage similar to that seen in Alzheimer's, autopsies reveal.
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Why Environmentalists Want To Curb Maryland's Poultry Industry

Environmentalists worry the poultry industry's growth means setbacks for the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

Preemies' Survival Rates Improve, But Many Challenges Remain

Extremely premature babies, those born between 22 and 28 weeks of gestation, are more likely to survive now than they were 20 years ago. But the very youngest still have serious health problems.

1 Tutor + 1 Student = Better Math Scores, Less Fear

Math anxiety is much like other fears, say scientists who scanned the brains of third-graders. One-on-one tutoring soothed the fear circuit in anxious kids' brains and improved performance, too.

1,000 Years Ago, Caffeinated Drinks Had Native Americans Buzzing

People in the American Southwest and Mexican Northwest were drinking cacao and tea-like yaupon in places where neither grew. That suggests an extensive trade network to deliver a caffeine fix.