Fire Studies Shed New Light

Fire: these days, starting one is as easy as flicking the switch on a gas stove. But if you’ve ever been on a camping trip, you know...

The Marx Brothers: Princes of Practice

When we think of legends of comedy, the Marx Brothers might come to mind. In the years leading up to World War II, they were the toast of...

The Strange Case of Phineas Gage, redux

In January of 2013, I wrote a post on one of neuroscience’s most famous cases. New details make it necessary to retell the story. It’s...

Robbing a bank with your wristwatch

As you stand in the check-out line this holiday season, you may find yourself wondering why two minutes in a loud, crowded store can feel...

Are You a Little Bit Neanderthal?

40,000 years ago, the story goes, there were two kinds of early humanoids roaming the land. There were the Homo Sapiens, our noble early...

General Custer, Bath Mats, and Moths

When General George Armstrong Custer made the ill-fated decision to charge his 700 troops into the heart of the Lakota Nation on June...

Cavemen and the Internet

The problem with you––and by you, I mean me––is that our brains are built on a 40,000 year old platform. Let's not forget, evolution is a...