Only Human

A Blog by Virginia Hughes

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My Walk in the Woods

Last weekend I went for a walk in the woods. It’s not something I do often, but I was with friends who wanted to do it, so alright. We hike…

Where Do New Ideas Come From?

We tend to think of inventors as another species—geniuses—who have sudden flashes of insight. But Eureka moments may be the stuff of lege…

In Defense of Brain Imaging

Brain imaging has fared pretty well in its three decades of existence, all in all. A quick search of the PubMed database for one of the most…

Now THIS Is a Synapse

Every time I read about the synapse, the all-important junction between two neurons, the cartoon above pops into my head. It shows the gist o…

No Pain, No Aging

Age brings pain: back pain, eye strain, sore joints, and the like. And pain, too, seems to accelerate aging. Several studies have reported th…

When Laughter Isn’t Funny

This Sunday is World Laughter Day. Before you feel too giddy, here are three medical cases in which laughing foretold sickness.