Recent findings challenge the idea that people are more likely to buy into research that features pretty pictures of the brain. Commentator Tania Lombrozo says our responses to neuroimages may just reflect our conflicting instincts about reductionism and the limits of science.
Australian media reported that the country's spy agency had tried to spy on the Indonesian president's phone calls. In other news, a Russian plane plunged vertically before it crashed over the weekend, and Chile's Michelle Bachelet failed to avoid a runoff in the presidential election.
A national poll released Monday shows many registered voters were reminded of the importance of national parks during the federal government shutdown. Congress did get more of a bruising on perceived responsibility for the park closures, but the president wasn't left unscathed either.
Also: The latest round of international talks over Iran's nuclear program opens this week; Toronto mayor Rob Ford could lose even more powers; workers are taking radioactive rods out of the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant; and a Cleveland boy gets his neon-green wheelchair back.