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Wealthier children have bigger brains, study finds

Brain scans offer new dimension to the so-called “achievement gap”<p>Richer pupils achieve higher academic grades because their brains are different, according to research.<p>Past research has shown pupils from low-income backgrounds fared worse than those from wealthier families.<p>Brain scans have now …

EROI -- A Tool To Predict The Best Energy Mix

Modern society was born a hundred and fifty years ago when coal began providing sufficient energy to make lots and lots of steel and steam, lifting ordinary citizens out of poverty and into the newly-developing middle class. Soon after, we added oil. The energy obtained from these sources was …

The Coming Boom In Brain Medicines

TONY COLES COULD have had any job he wanted in the drug industry. In five years at the helm of cancer drug developer Onyx Pharmaceuticals he increased its market cap eightfold by purchasing an experimental blood cancer drug for $800 million, developing it into a big seller and flipping the whole …

12 Habits of Highly Motivated Runners

IRS Advice On Marijuana: Deduct It...But Prepare For 50% Tax

Four states have legalized recreational marijuana, and 23 states plus the District of Columbia have legalized medical use. But federal law still classifies it as a controlled substance, regardless of how legal it is in the states. There’s a lot more than taxes at stake, since federal drug crimes …

10 Ways to Lose 25 Pounds

Follow these steps and weight loss won’t seem impossible.<p>Want to lose 25 pounds? Sure, it’s a tall order. But if you follow these 10 steps, it doesn’t have to feel like mission impossible.<p>You can shed weight quickly, depending on how much you have to lose and how focused you remain. Oftentimes, …

4 Food Rules For Strength Training

How your diet should (and shouldn't) change when you amp up your workout routine<p>When it comes to healthy eating for a fit and active lifestyle, certain facts are undeniable: Water is crucial, you can eat as many veggies as you want, and weight loss/maintenance is more a result of diet than …

4 Stories Great Leaders Tell To Engage Their People

German novelist and playwright Gustav Freytag wanted to understand how storytelling impacted the human psyche. He wondered, “What makes a story so engaging that it changes a person’s behavior?” After studying William Shakespeare’s work, Freytag designed a map of storytelling—a key that explained …

This Combination Wind And Solar System Perches On the Edge Of A Building’s Roof

The WindRail is different because it was designed specifically for buildings and takes advantage of its air flows. Developed in Zurich, it’s a …

Ultimate Guide to Living Green Walls

The ultimate guide to living green walls<p>Living green walls. You may have heard of them and thought they were no more than the latest design fad. …

Sustainability

Decorative and flexible solar panels become part of interior design and the appearance of objects

(<i>Nanowerk News</i>) VTT Technical Centre of Finland has developed and utilized a mass production method based on printing technologies allowing the …

Recipe: Crockpot Monkey Bread

Crockpot Monkey Bread<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><p>2 can Refrigerated Biscuits (8 ct)<br>• 2 cup Brown Sugar<br>• 2 tbsp Cinnamon<br>• 1/2 cup melted Butter<p>Icing (optional):<p>2 cup …

The Windup Girl: 2010's science fiction "it" book brings poetry and excitement to ecotastrophe

The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi's debut novel, is causing quite a stir in science fiction circles, with whispers of a Hugo nomination and critical …

2015 Edgar Award Finalists for Mystery Writing Announced

The finalists for the Edgars awards have been announced. The awards, named after (it it wasn’t obvious) Edgar Allan Poe are given out by the Mystery …

Books

Are You Really Happy? These Are 5 Traits of a Happy Person

Happiness is a universal want. If you ask people what their goal in life is, the most prominent answer would be happiness. They may not use that exact word. Instead they could say to be rich, land their dream job, or start a family. That's what they link to the feeling of happiness. At the end of …

Happiness