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Why do brains need sleep? These ‘twinkling’ star-shaped cells may help us find out
The cells, called astrocytes, act differently when we snooze.
Hitting a baseball is the hardest skill to pull off in sports. Here’s why.
A unique blend of physics and neuroscience makes the skill astronomically difficult.
Turn any magazine into a flashlight with this optical illusion
Batteries not required.
This image wiggles when you scroll—or does it?
You move, I move.
Solving the medical mystery of a brain that sees numbers as spaghetti
The condition could help us better understand perception.
Your kids aren’t growing up too quickly, but your brain sure thinks they are
The idea of them growing any faster than the rest of us is a myth.
These two red dots are actually identical. Here’s how
It’s all thanks to the Ebbinghaus illusion.
Time isn’t real. Here’s how people capitalized on that.
Louis Armstrong and Albert Einstein showed that hours, minutes, and seconds can be stretched by perception and experience.
No one knows what a perfect night’s sleep actually looks like
The less you worry about your rest, the better it will be: That’s Jamie Zeitzer’s advice.
Here’s why your brain is so bad at those ‘spot the difference’ games
They entertained you for entire minutes at the dentist’s office.