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Rules of memory 'beautifully' rewritten

<b>What really happens when we make and store memories has been unravelled in a discovery that surprised even the scientists who made it.</b><p>The US and Japanese team found that the brain "doubles up" by simultaneously making two memories of events.<p>One is for the here-and-now and the other for a lifetime, …

The Brain

I've been on antidepressants for a decade — here's the biggest misconception about them

I was in the eighth grade, sitting at my assigned seat with a pencil and a green sheet of paper in front of me — it was the class final.<p>Suddenly, my mind went blank. The words and numbers on the page all blurred together and became meaningless. I froze with fear. My heart raced. <i>What was happening</i> …

Iconic supermodel Twiggy started out as a haircut test subject

Twiggy in the studio<p>Lesley Hornby struck a pose - and another, and another...<p>1966<p>Born in London in 1949, Lesley Hornby was 16 years old when she …

What Queen Elizabeth’s 90 Years of Royal Portraits Tell Us About the Monarch

From Cecil Beaton to Annie Leibovitz, Laura Jacobs studies the works that have captured the likeness of her Royal Highness, one of the most photographed women in history.<p>“The Queen wears just the suggestion of a smile that lightens the mouth. She looks at everyone with the recognition of …

Disappearing act: artist JR makes IM Pei's Louvre pyramid vanish

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Is there a best age at which to learn a second language?

If you want to learn a foreign language, should you begin before a certain age in order to fully master it? Popular opinion holds that young children find it easier than adults because childhood is a “critical period” for language learning.<p>It has been difficult to prove this, but new research …

Language Learning