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Do brain interventions to treat disease change the essence of who we are?

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imageBrains are physical organs, but also the seat of something essential about us.Heads via www.shutterstock.com.

These days, most of us accept that minds are dependent on brain function and wouldn’t object to the claim that “You are your brain.” After all, we’ve known for a long time that brains control how we behave, what we...

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A genetic test could predict future troubles for kidney donors – why not use it?

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Over 100,000 people in the US are waiting for a kidney transplant. Most of the kidneys that were transplanted in 2014 (about 17,000 transplants) are from deceased donors. Kidneys donated from living donors last longer, but the number of living donors has dropped over the past decade.

Ethnic and...

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Children who understand emotions become more attentive over time

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imageChildren may be absorbed in figuring out emotions of people important to them.Leonid Mamchenkov, CC BY

What is going on in the minds of young children when it seems they are daydreaming or appear to be scatterbrained?

A study that my coauthor, Susanne A Denham, and I conducted recently shows that inattentive children may sometimes be absorbed in...

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Homeschooled children do not grow up to be more religious

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imageDoes homeschooling make children share the religious beliefs of their parents?IowaPolitics.com, CC BY-SA

An estimated two million children are being homeschooled in the United States. Scholars studying homeschooling often talk about the academic achievement of homeschoolers or their social skills.

But, as important as those things are, they are not...

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Chip-enabled cards may curb fraud, but consumers will be picking up the tab

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imageUS credit cards are starting to get a new look. Reuters

Most of us have by now received new credit cards in the mail embedded with “EMV” (Europay-MasterCard-Visa) chips. Merchants across the country have been hastily investing large amounts of money in new EMV-compliant terminals.

This is because today marks the moment that retailers...

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