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A large study concludes that people who grew up in rural areas are superior at navigation, likely because cities tend to be less complex.
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Fantasy, meet statistics: The census comes to Middle-earth!
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Until recently, video games were accused of killing brain cells. Now, researchers are trying to understand how they help players get smarter.
Being mortal makes life so much sweeter.
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Who doesn't love a little existential fear every once in a while?
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One of Apple's key innovations serves as a psychological breakthrough, as its technology eliminates the isolating feel of headset use.
Skepticism is appropriate when gazing into the futurist's crystal ball.
Alchemy had its golden age in the 17th century, when it counted Isaac Newton and Robert Boyle among its adherents.
Theory without experiment is blind, and experiment without theory is lame.
After 10,000 years of civilization, have we figured out what virtue is?
Artificial general intelligence will not arise in systems that only passively receive data. They need to be able to act back on the world.
Though he renounced philosophy, Stephen Hawking's final theory of the universe redraws the basic foundations of cosmology.