Religion is uniquely human, but computer simulations may help us understand religious behavior

Christchurch Cathedral in New Zealand partially collapsed after a 2011 earthquake. AP Photo/Mark Baker When disaster strikes, people often turn to religion for comfort and…

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Privatizing essential human services like the VA can come at a high social cost

For-profit service providers may use discrimination as a way to make more money. wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock.com Over the years, countries have privatized dozens of services and activities…

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Studying chimpanzee calls for clues about the origins of human language

Nisarg Desai observes wild chimps known as Sandi, Ferdinand and Siri in Tanzania. Michael Wilson, CC BY-ND Freud, Wilkie and the other chimpanzees peacefully fed…

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#257: Learning Robot Objectives from Physical Human Interaction, with Andrea Bajcsy and Dylan P. Losey

In this interview, Audrow speaks with Andrea Bajcsy and Dylan Losey about a method that allows robots to infer a human’s objective through physical interaction.…

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Where does the controversial finding that adult human brains don’t grow new neurons leave ongoing research?

Could it be that a baby has all the brain cells she ever will? Jv Garcia on Unsplash , CC BY Scientists have known for…

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Adult human brains don’t grow new neurons in hippocampus, contrary to prevailing view

A lone new neuron (green) in a 13-year-old’s hippocampus. Sorrells et al, CC BY-ND When our recent study met significant skepticism, we weren’t surprised. After…

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