1. Health & Medicine

    4 research-backed ways to get people to vote

    Millions of Americans who are eligible to vote won’t bother to go to the polls. Scientists, though, are finding ways to get more of these people into the voting booth.

  2. Brain

    Teen brains may have an advantage — better learning

    The teen brain is infamous for prizing rewards and encouraging risky behavior. But their reward-driven behavior may help those teens learn some things better than adults.

  3. Humans

    Big Viking families got away with murder

    The most deadly Vikings came from families that were big enough to discourage revenge.

  4. Psychology

    Be true to yourself, even in the face of opposition

    It might seem easier to go with the flow when others disagree with you. But expressing your true opinion can be a positive experience, new data show.

  5. Brain

    Teen drinking may damage ability to cope with stress

    Teens are often tempted to drink alcohol. Drinking too much — and repeatedly — can hurt their ability to manage stress, a study in rats indicates.

  6. Brain

    Small region of brain recognizes facial expressions

    Scientists identify the brain region responsible for recognizing facial expressions in others. It helps us know whether others are happy or sad.

  7. Health & Medicine

    Teen girls start drinking earlier than boys

    Teen girls now tend to take up drinking alcohol earlier than do boys, data show. Drinking-prevention programs, however, tend to focus on boys.

  8. Health & Medicine

    Cool jobs: Brainy ways to battle obesity

    Scientists from different fields are tapping into connections between food and the brain to help people fight obesity and overcome the urge to overeat.

  9. Brain

    ‘Mindfulness’ defuses stress in classrooms and teaching

    The science behind mindfulness shows that both teachers and students can benefit from a bit of focused attention.

  10. Brain

    When smartphones go to school

    Students who use smartphones and other mobile technology in class may well be driven to distraction. And that can hurt grades, studies show.

  11. Health & Medicine

    To control overeating: Slow down!

    Encouraging young people to eat more slowly — and to stop when they’re full — may help prevent obesity, a new study finds.

  12. Animals

    Do dogs have a sense of self?

    Dogs don’t know their own reflections in a mirror, but they do recognize themselves from the scent of their own urine, a new study finds.