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Video: Introduction to the Series

Alan Alda gives an introduction to "The Human Spark," a new series that explores the question, "What makes us human?"

Jul 11th, 2008 | 10 comments

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In the News: Electrical Stimulation May Improve Learning

In Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, an electrical current is applied to the head and passed to the brain. Preliminary results suggest that TDCS could enhance memory and learning.

Jul 8th, 2008 | 1 comment

Spark Blog: The Big Red Button

Graham Chedd tells the story of what happened at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, where researchers were examining Neanderthal teeth with a high-power x-ray.

Jul 7th, 2008 | Comments Off

In the News

In the News: Monkeys That Can Count

While we can manipulate elaborate equations with square roots and derivatives, new research shows monkeys can “count” audible beeps and equate them to visual representations of the same amount.

Jul 5th, 2008 | Comments Off

Spark Blog: Our First Shoot

How long did it take Neanderthals to grow up? Graham Chedd meets with researchers who are using a giant particle accelerator to find an answer to this question.

Jul 4th, 2008 | Comments Off
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