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The universality of music

A new study prompts us to ask what in music deserves an evolutionary or physiological explanation, and what is better explained by the individual cultures we live in
Philip Ball  

Does DNA really define destiny?

Robert Plomin's Blueprint argues—correctly—that genes have a profound effect on human traits from intelligence to mental health. But what happens in our lives matters, too
Philip Ball  

Where has all the sperm gone?

Sperm counts have been decreasing for decades. Nobody seems to know why it’s happening, and not much is being done to find out, but we could be facing a public health disaster
Philip Ball