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Is It Easier to Recognize People Who Look Like You?

Faces are possibly the most important visual stimuli that we perceive. The moment you see a person’s face, you can infer their race, age, mood, identity, and possibly their gender expression (always ask). Unless, of course, you have prosopagnosia, aka ‘face blindness’ — where you can’t tell familiar or unfamiliar faces apart. Prosopagnosia is important […]

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The Curious Case of Exploding Head Syndrome (and The People Who Can’t See Faces)

Ever been suddenly awakened from sleep by something that sounds like booming thunder, a shotgun blast, or perhaps a bomb singing the song of its people? But when you awake, you realize there was no apparent external source for the sound? Well, congratulations, you just experienced a rather curious condition known as Exploding Head Syndrome, […]

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Has Anyone Ever Really Inherited Millions from a Random Person They’ve Never Heard Of?

If you’re like, well, pretty much everyone, at some point you’ve received an email claiming you’ve inherited a large sum of money from some person you’ve never heard of. All you have to do to get it is provide various bits of personal data to verify you are who they think you are and, of […]

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DNA Analysis Reveals Troubling News About Shrunken Heads

NARRATOR: In the mid-19th century, the Amazon’s rubber trees and mineral riches brought traders, miners, and missionaries to the region. Settlements sprung up in or near Shuar territory. The fake head suggests some of these colonial settlers wanted a piece of the lucrative trade in shrunken heads, making a fast buck selling fake heads to […]

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What are GMOs? A Primer for FDA and USDA Labeling | UConn

GMO stands for genetically modified organism. Humans have been breeding plants and animals for thousands of years and selecting for characteristics they value. That’s how we’ve ended up with hundreds of breeds of dogs all descended from wild wolves. Genetic modification accelerates the selection of the traits we desire for foods and medicine. Instead of […]

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How Your Body’s Internal Clock Might Be Messing With Your Sleep

Ever notice your body seems to do certain things around the same time each day? You wake up around the same time, feel peckish around the same time, and are tired and ready for sleep around the same time. You might think it’s habit, but it’s actually thanks to biological processes that keep your body […]

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