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Field Recordings

Cemetery field recordings reveal terrifying audio messages.

"One night, listening back, she heard the crunch of shovelling. Nothing to worry about, the priest said. Simply gravediggers. She had not realised the cemetery still bore room for fresh dead; she imagined dough cut to the shape of the cemetery and a coffin-shaped cookie cutter pressed into it to calibrate the number of remaining graves."

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Can You Call a 9-Year-Old a Psychopath?

New research on children’s behavior.

The idea that a young child could have psychopathic tendencies remains controversial among psychologists. Laurence Steinberg, a psychologist at Temple University, has argued that psychopathy, like other personality disorders, is almost impossible to diagnose accurately in children, or even in teenagers — both because their brains are still developing and because normal behavior at these ages can be misinterpreted as psychopathic.

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The Theory of Everything

At work with the scientists standing on the precipice of a grand unified theory of the universe. Or failure.

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The Brain That Changed Everything

The brain of Henry Molaison gave science most of what it knows about memory. Dr. Jacopo Annese believes there’s even more to learn.

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The Gay Animal Kingdom

Why Darwin’s theory of sexual selection is wrong and “gayness is a necessary side effect of getting along.”

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The Secret of Self-Control

Would you rather have one marshmallow now or two in a few minutes? How a kid’s answer to that question can predict his or her life trajectory.

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Drug Test Cowboys

For most people who participate in clinical trials, being a guinea pig is just a way to make a quick buck. For others, it’s a career.

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Fifty Years at Gombe

On the golden anniversary of her first trip to study chimps, an ode to Jane Goodall.