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Watch a Neuroscientist Explain a Concept in 5 Levels of Difficulty

In this <i>WIRED</i> video, neuroscientist Bobby Kasthuri explains the concept of a <i>connectome</i> to a series of people with differing levels of experience. The …

No evidence to back idea of learning styles

There is widespread interest among teachers in the use of neuroscientific research findings in educational practice. However, there are also misconceptions and myths that are supposedly based on sound neuroscience that are prevalent in our schools. We wish to draw attention to this problem by …

Cognition

NASA video of swirling magnetic arches on the sun is completely mesmerizing

A new video taken by a telescope in space shows a small slice of the awesome beauty of Earth's closest star.<p>NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory …

Theodore Roosevelt used this productivity trick to get more done in a couple hours than most people do in a day

Theodore Roosevelt, widely regarded by political scholars as one of the greatest American presidents, was also one of the most prolific.<p>Before becoming the country's youngest president at age 42 following President William McKinley's assassination in 1901, Roosevelt had already served as police …

Time Management

Palliative Care Is a Human Right

My mother died of cancer 10 years ago. The last week of her life was spent in the hospital. She was admitted on Thursday and died on Tuesday. Two mornings before she died, I arrived early to the hospital. It was not even 8am. I was heading towards my mother's hospital room, balancing two hot …

Altruism and profits aren’t mutually exclusive for Kickstarter

As I read the <i>New York Times</i> this morning, I saw a story on how Kickstarter has retooled itself as a “public benefit corporation.” It’s a relatively …

The Economics Of The Personal Essay

Ha ha, just kidding, who cares, am I right? This is not going to be some lesson about the basic economics of publishing personal essays online; …

Writing

37 fraternity members charged in hazing death at New York college

The death of a 19-year-old student has shone a light on a ritual known as the “glass ceiling” in which young people pledging to join a fraternity at a New York university were blindfolded while wearing a weighted backpack, and forced to get through a line of fraternity brothers outdoors in a …

Crime

All the unhealthy things looking at a smartphone before bed does to your brain and body

It may be hard to stop, but looking at your phone at night is a terrible idea.<p>Smartphone screens emit bright blue light so you can see them even at the sunniest times of day.<p>But at night, your brain gets confused by that light, as it mimics the brightness of the sun. This causes the brain to stop …

The Empty Promises of For-Profit Colleges

In the past 15 years, students at schools such as Corinthian and University of Phoenix have taken out loans at drastically higher rates. What are they getting for their money?<p>In February, Patricia Ann Bowers told <i>ThinkProgress</i> that she owed about $57,000 in student-loan debt. The now-54-year-old …

10 game-changing companies that are on track to revolutionize how we treat illness

From innovations in precision medicine that aim to make treatments customizable to patients to cures for some of the world's deadliest diseases, our treatments are shaping up to look very different in the next decade.<p>Here are the top 10 drug companies to watch.

There Is No Excuse for How Universities Treat Adjuncts

Students are paying higher tuition than ever. Why can’t more of that revenue go to the people teaching them?<p>In early June, California labor regulators ruled that a driver for Uber, the app-based car service, was, in fact, an employee, not an independent contractor, and deserved back pay. The …

Free college for all: Why I’m skeptical

President Barack Obama reemphasized in the State of the Union address this week his plan to offer free community college to Americans who “earn it.” …

The unexpected reason some in higher ed fear free community college

When the governor of Tennessee proposed letting students in that state go to community college for free — almost a year before President Barack Obama …

How many already attend community college for free?

Graphic by Jill Barshay. Data from NPSAS 2012 and the Community College Research CenterWhen President Barack Obama proposed making two years of …

The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet

Little-known Evan McMullin finally takes up the mantle of anti-Trump conservative, three months before the election.<p>There are three months until Election Day, and anti-Trump Republicans finally have their man—even if they’ve never heard of him.<p>On August 8, Evan McMullin announced he is running as …

Watching Nuclear War From Across the Galaxy

With the right telescope and a lot of luck<p>In a recent <i>New Yorker</i> article, the nuclear historian Alex Wellerstein collected testimony from several people who saw, firsthand, the flash from the first successful detonation of the atomic bomb, at the infamous Trinity Test, on July 16, 1945.<p>Wellerstein …

Teachers Wanted: Passion a Must, Patience Required, Pay Negligible

Turnover is highest in the neediest schools, and competition for new educators is getting stiffer.<p>OAKLAND, Calif.—By 9 a.m. on August 19, the first day of work for teachers in Oakland, California, Kilian Betlach had already been busy for hours. Betlach, the principal of a small middle school called …

Socality Barbie Hits Uncomfortably Close to Home

A tongue-in-cheek Instagram account underscores the paradox of social-media authenticity.<p>Don’t you love your life—your single-origin morning coffee, your holidays in nature, your conscious-consumption choices? Those heavy-frame glasses, that analog camera, the washed-out Instagram filter? You’re …

The FBI is looking for a star Ohio State professor from China with NASA ties who disappeared

Professor Rongxing Li, 56, unexpectedly resigned from his position in the OSU Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering in February 2014.<p>Li told OSU that he was going back to China to take care of his sick mother, and no one has heard from him since.<p>A month before resigning, Li …

The Death of Patient Zero

Personalized medicine—or, as President Obama calls it, precision medicine—may indeed one day deliver routine medical miracles. But for Stephanie Lee, the only miracles were the human and ancient kind.<p><b>It was the moment we were waiting for</b> and the moment we dreaded.<p>Stephanie Lee had been hospitalized …

Empathy

A Quest For Personalized Medicine In Cancer Care

If we’re to win the war on cancer, leading researchers say, then delivering personalized care to each and every cancer patient is crucial. That’s easier said than done; there are over 14 million new cancer diagnoses each year, according to the World Health Organization; and each case is unique. …

Cancer

The Physics of Some Seriously Awesome MythBusters Stunts

Mythbusters, the TV show, isn't trying to discover new scientific principles. They just test the coolest myths using basic scientific ideas. However, …

Hospital medication error for Kathleen Neville, 93

<b>A hospital patient was deprived of her daily thyroid medication for five weeks following an administrative error, an inquest in Cardiff has heard.</b><p>Kathleen Neville, 93, of Cardiff, died of pneumonia in March 2014 after developing complications following hip surgery.<p>The coroner said the drugs error …

3D brain map reveals connections between cells in nano-scale

Scientists have created an unprecedented high-resolution map of the brain that reveals structures as small as those found in individual nerve cells.<p>They produced the 3D map from a compilation of images taken with nanoscale resolution, making it possible to pick out features measured in millionths …

Imaging

Multiple sclerosis breakthrough: Scientists develop technology to assist doctors in detection of brain lesions

Australian scientists say they have made a significant breakthrough in the treatment and detection of multiple sclerosis (MS).<p>New software developed …

Multiple Sclerosis

Antibiotic resistance doesn’t just make bacteria harder to kill – it can actually make them stronger

Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria. CDC/ Janice Haney Carr<p>Antibiotics are wonderful drugs for treating bacterial infections. Unfortunately, …

What Would It Be Like to Live on the Moon?

The idea of building a lunar outpost has long captured people's imaginations. But what would it really be like to live on the moon?<p>Space exploration …

Astronomy