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S5 Ep3: Magic and the Brain

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Neuroscientists join Penn and Teller to explore why humans are so easily fooled by magic.

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Magic and Autism

Magic and Autism

A magician's sleight of hand may not fool people with autism, who may benefit from learning social cues fou...

Profile: David Eagleman

Profile: David Eagleman

A neuroscientist finds inventive ways to study the brain—like sending test subjects into free-fall.

Profile: Jean Berko Gleason

Profile: Jean Berko Gleason

Psycholinguist Jean Berko Gleason is a 70-something speed demon as well as an expert on how humans learn ho...

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S5 Ep6: What's The Next Big Thing?

Greet the future: social robots, a "smart" electric grid & microbes that make diesel fuel.

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S5 Ep6: What's The Next Big Thing?

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S5 Ep5: Where Did We Come From?

Explore the origin of our solar system and the start of life itself.

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S5 Ep5: Where Did We Come From?

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S5 Ep4: How Smart Are Animals?

Dogs, dolphins, parrots and even octopuses (mere mollusks!) may be smarter than you think.

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S5 Ep4: How Smart Are Animals?

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S5 Ep3: How Does the Brain Work?

Explore the psychology of magic tricks, magnetic wands, artificial intelligence, and more.

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S5 Ep3: How Does the Brain Work?

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S6: Viewing H.M.'s Brain

Neuroscientist Jacopo Annese prepares H.M.’s brain for further study.

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S6: Cooking with Chemicals

Chefs are turning to the chemical cabinet to create new dishes.

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S6: Criminal Minds: Born or Made?

Scientists are using neuroimaging and genetic testing to uncover biological aggression.

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S6: New Photos of Einstein’s Brain

Recently released brain images could provide new clues as to what made Einstein so smart.

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S6: Augmented Reality and Touch

The science of Haptics allows us to “touch” objects in a virtual world.

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S6: Sneak Peek: What Will the Future Be Like?

New augmented realitytechnologies could redefine how we communicate and search the web.

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S6 Ep5: Slime Mold Smarts

Slime molds may be brainless, but they aren’t stupid.

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S6 Ep5: The Waggle Dance

Watch David Pogue shake his moneymaker like a honeybee.

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S6 Ep5: The Waggle Dance

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S6 Ep6: What Will the Future Be Like? Preview

Meet the people building tomorrow’s robots, mind-reading machines, and more.

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S6 Ep7: How Smart Can We Get? Preview

See inside Einstein’s brain, learn how to boost your memory, meet people who became savant

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S6 Ep1: What Makes Us Human? Preview

Find out if you’re part Neanderthal, about the evolution of laughter, and more.

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Explore the genetics behind criminal minds, the latest in lie detection, and more.

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