Einstein once declared that he had no special talents, only he was passionately curious. What makes us want to know about things we don't understand? The urge may be primal, scientists say.
By measuring a subject's brain waves, researchers at Northwestern University can detect the presence of "concealed information". The technique could be used to uncover terrorist plots.
While nearly every social movement claims Enlightenment ideas—freedom, democracy and science—as their own, this very claim to authority cuts against the revolutionary English moment.
Critics who say WikiLeaks has blood on its hands over the release of Afghan war logs are hypocritical because they ignore the actors who more directly split Afghan and coalition blood.
"Making nice doesn't work. It was worth a try, but it didn't work. So we'd better try something else." A Methodist Sunday school teacher proposes standing up to inaction over climate change.
While psychologists have preferred the term 'blended family' to 'broken home', true blending rarely occurs in second-marriages. Fracture at home is becoming a tolerable reality of modern families.
Defining the current generation of twenty and thirty year olds is a controversial task for psychological researchers. Some say Gen Y is selfish and insensitive while others disagree.
A new study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology finds that wearing red makes men appear more powerful, more likely to make money and more likely to climb the social ladder.
"Does affection for animals confer an evolutionary advantage? Our love of all things furry has deep roots and may have shaped how our ancestors developed language and other tools of civilization."
"The idea of a semantic web was proposed over a decade ago. Now a triumvirate of internet heavyweights—Google, Twitter and Facebook—are making it real," says the New Scientist.
"If there is one true religion in the US, it leads us to worship at the altar of technology." The Guardian says only a cultural shift will deliver us from future disasters like those of BP and Toyota.
The 75th anniversary of Social Security provides a moment to strengthen young people's awareness of the program so they will be more active in supporting its reform.
Air conditioning, sometimes necessary and sometimes about status, has made it possible for us to live almost anywhere in the world, but its effects on the environment are "chilling".
Our insistence that luxury goods be genuine is unrelated to how the product functions, say psychologists. We demand authenticity because of an emotional attachment to a brand.
"Two years after the US subprime crisis, China is seeing its own real estate bubble as a result of massive state stimulus programs. Many economists are warning it could burst soon."