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What Is Intelligence?

Katie L. Burke

Brian Hare, professor of evolutionary anthropology and member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University, is interested in what dogs can do cognitively that humans and other primates cannot do. Are humans really the most intelligent species? Hare compares psychology within primates as well as between primates and nonprimates through the Hominoid Psychology Research Group and the citizen science project that he launched, Dognition. You can find out how your dog's breed compares in intelligence measures with other dog breeds, based on Hare's research, by visiting Dognition's new data visualizations.

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Mystery of Big Data's Parallel Universe Brings Fear, and a Thrill

Not long ago, a woman in Tacoma, Wash., received a suggestion from Facebook that she "friend" another woman. She didn't know the other woman, but she followed through, as many of us have, innocently laying our cookie-crumb trails through cyberspace, only to get a surprise. On the other woman's profile page was a wedding picture--of her and the first woman's husband, now exposed for all the cyberworld to see as a bigamist...

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Earthquakes and Ancient Humans on the Island of Crete

Karl Wegmann, a geologist at North Carolina State University, may change how people view earthquake risks in the eastern Mediterranean. He has also helped date the age of stone tools on Crete, artifacts that suggest that we Homo sapiens were not the first of our lineage to build or use boats.

In this podcast, Wegmann speaks with senior editor Cathy Clabby about his work studying the geology and prehistory of the beautiful island of Crete.

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Toward a Cure for AIDS

Current therapies are very good at keeping HIV under control, but they never completely cure it. David Margolis, a physician and researcher at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,  studies the molecular biology of HIV infections.

In this podcast, Margolis speaks with associate editor Elsa Youngsteadt about what it will take to cure a person (or a mouse) of HIV.

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Appalachian Coal Mining

Southern Appalachian forests are a global biodiversity hotspot. But they’re also rich with coal. Duke University ecologist Emily Bernhardt led a recent study that documents the long-term, widespread effects of surface coal mining on the region’s waterways.

In this podcast, Bernhardt speaks with associate editor Cathy Clabby about Appalachian ecosystems, and how they’re changing.

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Reflections on a Public Genome

Duke University geneticist Misha Angrist’s genome is a public document, thanks to his participation in Harvard’s Personal Genome Project. Angrist reflects on the medical and ethical implications of the project in his 2010 book, Here is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics.

In this podcast, he speaks with associate editor Cathy Clabby about his experience.

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Friends or Foes: Female Relationships Among the Gombe Chimpanzees

Rivalries and alliances among female chimpanzees can be intense and sometimes shocking. Duke University evolutionary anthropologist Anne Pusey shares insights from long-term studies of chimpanzee behavior at Gombe National Park in Tanzania, where Jane Goodall began observing chimpanzees more than 50 years ago. (Feb. 23, 2011)

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The Puzzle of the Bed-bug Resurgence

North Carolina State University entomologist Coby Schal discusses the return of bed bugs, why pesticides won’t stop them and the best theories for why the tiny pests are spreading around the world. (Jan. 25, 2011)

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Images of Darwin and the Nature of Science

North Carolina State University historian William Kimler charts the changing image of Charles Darwin through time—from dim but perseverant naturalist to revered founder of evolutionary theory. (October 19, 2010)

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Smart Play: Phaedra Boinodiris on Serious Games

Phaedra Boinodiris, Serious Games program manager at IBM, explains how she designs computer games that teach students and trainees to solve complex problems in business management and city planning. (May 25, 2010)

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