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The Emotional Baby: How Infants Respond To Music

Have you seen the “emotional baby” video yet? While that’s only anecdotal evidence of music’s power, science also suggests that music taps into something deep inside the human brain even before we can talk. To learn more, we interviewed Dr. Laurel Trainor, director of McMaster University’s Institute for Music and the Mind in Hamilton, Ontario.

Wild Romance: Weird Animal Courtship and Mating Rituals

Valentine’s Day inspires silly displays in the name of romance, but heart-shaped candies and sappy cards are nothing compared to the show that nature routinely puts on. From balloon-blowing seals to penis-fencing flatworms, here’s a selection of some of the flashiest—and weirdest—ways that animals show off and compete to win mates.

Do Pebbles Really Help If You’re Thirsty? A Scoutmaster’s Take on “Moonrise Kingdom”

How accurately did the movie depict what real-life scouts learn about camping and wilderness safety?

The Mona Lisa…On An Etch-A-Sketch?

If you follow politics, you’ve probably noticed that a certain character with classic good looks and black-and-white views (a bit square, you might say) has drawn a lot of attention this week. No, not that guy…we’re talking about the Etch-A-Sketch! The classic toy is famous for its transience—just shake it to start afresh—but did you…

Global Glimpses: A Guide to the Oscar Foreign Film Nominees

Didn’t get a chance to see any of the foreign-language movies nominated for an Academy Award this year? Better brush up before Sunday! We’ll make it easy: Here’s a synopsis of each of the five nominees, compiled by staff who attended the All Roads Film Project “Global Glimpses” screenings at National Geographic headquarters last weekend.…

All Roads Film Festival: Sneak Peek

The 2011 All Roads Film Festival arrives at National Geographic headquarters today and continues through the weekend, celebrating indigenous cultures with film screenings, directors’ discussions and photo exhibits. Here’s a glimpse of what’s around the bend, courtesy of NGM staffers and interns who got a sneak peek: 1. NAME OF FILM: Benda Bilili! WHEN TO…

Cat Hugging Kitten Video: What’s Really Going On?

This brief, adorable home video of a sleeping kitten and its mother has gone viral in the past week, attracting more than 18 million views on YouTube. One version is titled “Cat Hugs Baby Kitten Having Nightmare.” To find out if feline science backs up that anthropomorphic explanation, we talked to Dr. Nicholas Dodman, director of the animal behavior clinic at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine…