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Why chills are sometimes thrills (The Conversation)
by Arash Javanbakht and Linda Saab
Do you love horror movies? Or hate haunted houses? Having fun being scared takes a very specific balance between our thoughts and emotions.
The scientist who helped catch serial killers (Pacific Standard)
by Emily Moon
Behind the new Netflix drama Mindhunter is the real story of an academic forensic researcher who changed the way police pursue serial killers.
When podcasts fill the silence (New York Magazine)
by Sirena Bergman
Listening to podcasts can make you smarter and more informed while you do the dishes or walk the dog, right? Maybe, but your brain might also need a break now and then.
Can an artificial brain predict the next earthquake? (Harvard Magazine)
by Lydialyle Gibson
Predicting where earthquakes will happen takes calculations using an immense volume of data. Predicting when they’ll happen is even harder. Neural networks might be able to solve these problems, even if we don’t know exactly how they do it.
Reformation’s legacy (The Atlantic)
by Emma Green
Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther triggered the fracturing of the Christian world. Can today’s Catholics and Protestants finally bridge the divide?
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