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The brain is a context machine

The surprising importance of spontaneous order and noise to how we think.

Why robot brains need symbols

We'll need both deep learning and symbol manipulation to build AI.

Scientists find gut bacteria in the human brain

A surprising new result catches the attention of the neuroscience community.

The problem with scientific credit

Our algorithm said a courtesy driver should have won the Nobel Prize.

What’s wrong with bananas

How industrial agriculture stole sex from our most important fresh fruit crop.

Why do taxonomists write the meanest obituaries?

The open nature of the science of classification virtually guarantees fights.

This biologists’ HMS Beagle is a smelly truck

We are at the midpoint of our journey.

Your IQ matters less than you think

In studies of children and historical figures, IQ falls short as a measure of success.

Is it time to get rid of time?

The crisis inside the physics of time.

Los Angeles should be buried

The San Gabriel Mountains are waging war on Los Angeles and Ed Heinlein's chainsaw is screaming in the late afternoon sun.

Geology makes you time-literate

A scientist tells us how her field instills timefulness.

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My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

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