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Staff Picks - November 16th, 2012

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Jack - The Demanding Puggle

NOVA: The Clever Dog Lab

On the one hand, you have a happy-go-lucky golden retriever: no frills, eager to please. On the other, you have a strong-willed, “Miranda”-type puggle who knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to demand it. What’s going on behind those puppy eyes? A fascinating look at how dogs understand the world.

Science Friday: Are We Getting Dumber? Maybe, New Research Suggests

It seems that humans have been getting much dumber since we stopped with the hunting/gathering. May I suggest that all graduate students adopt a Hunger Games lifestyle during exam season?

NPR: A Young Reporter Chronicles Her ‘Brain On Fire’

That “demonic possession” you’ve been complaining about? It may have just been a nasty case of the rare, brain-attacking autoimmune disease chronicled in this fascinating memoir. A sneak peak here.

NOVA scienceNOW: What Will The Future Look Like?

This piece provides fascinating insight into what the New York Times Tech page could look like in 30 years.

NPR: A Peek Inside Rappers’ Brains Shows Roots of Improvisation

Here’s a shocker. When it comes to rapping, it’s best not to over-think the creative process. CC: Kanye West.