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May 18, 2014: Kayaking from Australia to New Zealand, Exploring America by Night, and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they bicker at the South Pole, find the perfect pairing between beer and food, ride off into the Chilean sunset, solve the global malaria crisis, celebrate the desegregation of American public schools, tip our waiter, hunt for Sasquatch, and jog to save our memory.

Why Do Women Talk So Much?

Because their brains may be built that way. So says a University of Maryland School of Medicine study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, which found that young girls have a greater abundance of a protein that’s associated with language development in mammals. And this might explain why men tend to be less talkative than…

Brains Got Game: The Amazing Minds of Freestyle Rappers

Listening to freestyle rap can be humbling. When an artist easily improvises on the spot, coming up with smooth lyrics and effortless rhymes that flow to the beat in real time, it makes you wonder what amazing things are going on in that brain. A team of scientists decided to find out. The Sounds of…

My Brain on Ads

For decades, social scientists have tried to determine how TV advertising affects the children and teenagers who watch them. Do commercials make kids more materialistic? Are fast food ads responsible for childhood obesity rates? In an investigation originally published on Turnstlyle, reporter Maya Cueva looks into her own brain to find some answers.

Brains, Actually

Acting may not be brain surgery, but Oscar winner Colin Firth can now add “brain researcher” to his resume. The actor recently urged scientists to explore how political views are reflected in a person’s brain structure.

Distractibility May Be Caused By Excess Grey Matter

Being called a brainiac may be a compliment but when it comes to gray matter, a person can have too much of a good thing.