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Geniuses may be born with certain advantages for thinking “outside the box,” but the right environment also can encourage revolutionary thinking.

Ten great books for students in kindergarten through the fourth grade, suggested by Science Books & Films at AAAS, promise to stimulate children’s imaginations and help combat summer learning loss.

The diversity of bats, the language of birds, “wacky” animal defenses, and the inspiring true stories of Albert Einstein, oceanographer Sylvia Earle, and environmentalist Rachel Carson are all covered by the list from Science Books & Films (SB&F).

Humans show different patterns of brain activity when they’re deciding to bluff against either a human or computer poker opponent, a new study in the 6 July issue of Science reveals. The unique experiment demonstrates how the action of social decision-making differs from non-social decision-making in the brain.

When Anil Dash needed a new mobile phone, he asked his Twitter followers and Facebook friends for suggestions. He received several recommendations, but he was surprised by a response that included a link to a paper listing popular mobile phones and how much radiation they emit.

That experience showed Dash how social networks can help people not only answer questions but also consider issues related to their questions that may not have occurred to them otherwise.