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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.