Opinion | The World’s Smartest Chimp Has Died – The New York Times

Her life helped us answer the question: What do animals think about?

‘It’s Gigantic’: A New Way to Gauge the Chances for Unresponsive Patients – The New York Times

Researchers have found a way to detect “covert consciousness” that could aid the recovery of people with severe brain injuries.

I, Germ Line – by Mike Dawson

It can feel like we have a firm sense of our histories. But we can only make out the twigs.

Read comic: I, Germ Line – by Mike Dawson

Liberals and Conservatives React in Wildly Different Ways to Repulsive Pictures

Apparently, conservatives are more intolerant.

To a surprising degree, our political beliefs may derive from a specific aspect of our biological makeup: our propensity to feel physical revulsion.

Source: Liberals and Conservatives React in Wildly Different Ways to Repulsive Pictures

Could A Ban On Spanking And Other Corporal Punishments For Kids Affect Rates Of Teen Violence? : Goats and Soda : NPR

Researchers look at countries that have prohibited corporal punishment for kids and their rate of youth violence.

Source: Could A Ban On Spanking And Other Corporal Punishments For Kids Affect Rates Of Teen Violence? : Goats and Soda : NPR

Mary Midgley, 99, Moral Philosopher for the General Reader, Is Dead – The New York Times

Writing into her 90s — her last book was published last month — Dr. Midgley challenged with wit and verve the primacy of science as arbiter of reality.