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Gaming Can Give Troubled Teens Another Shot At Learning

Students who get turned off by education can struggle to see the point of schools, but one project is showing how gaming can give troubled teens another shot at learning.<p>Games developer Kuato has already won plaudits for its work in schools, where students have to learn basic code to take a robot …

Education

A Navy SEAL Explains 8 Secrets to Grit and Resilience

Sometimes you just want to quit. You know you shouldn’t but nothing seems better than crawling back into bed and hiding under the covers. (I am there …

Military

Where Itching Comes From

The science behind what makes people scratch<p>Semanza lived in the Rukungiri region of rural Uganda. He suffered such unbearable itching that continuous scratching with his fingernails did not afford him even temporary relief. His solution was to break a clay pot and use the rough edge of one of its …

Neurology

5 short films that will blow your mind during your daily subway ride

Okay, so we live in something of a great time for epic movie storytelling — where a combination of the home video market, multiplex theaters, and multi-part franchises mean that filmmakers are no longer pressured to squeeze giant stories into single 90-minute movies.<p>But while that’s all well and …

Skeptical of HoloLens? It's time to rewatch how Microsoft sold us on the Kinect

The HoloLens hardware, which Microsoft claims requires no phone or computer connection to use, looks amazing. You can walk around virtual objects freely, without the use of hardware in a fixed position for positional tracking. You use your hands to interact with the world, even though gesture-based …

Augmented Reality

GIF-iti artist takes mindblowing street art to next level

INSA, the innovative GIF-iti artist who has already blown our tiny minds with pieces painted on street walls and converted into animated GIFs, has …

18 Weird and Crazy Facts About Germany

<i>By Barbara Woolsey</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>Germany has a reputation for being a straight-laced, by-the-books country -- but plenty of weirdness bubbles just below the surface. Honestly, "Sprockets" isn't that far-fetched. As it turns out, there's more than enough weird and wacky going down between the …

Europe

'Groundhog Day' student trapped in bizarre déjà vu time loop for 8 years

A 23-year-old British man has become the victim one of the strangest cases of déjà vu ever recorded in medical history<p>A student was forced to drop out of university after a bizarre case of chronic déjà vu left him unable to lead a normal life.<p>The 23-year-old even stopped watching TV, listening to …

To improve schools, let teachers take over

Walk through a typical public school, and you see students, sitting in rows of identical desks, listening to teachers talk.<p>Unless the teacher is particularly inspiring, half of the students are zoning out. This isn't just a problem for teachers, half of whom leave the profession within their first …

Why we've all fallen head-over-heels for the 36 questions that promise true love

A simple questionnaire, which claims it can make two strangers fall in love, has taken the world by storm. Claire Cohen explains why we're so drawn to the idea of eliminating risk where our fragile hearts are concerned<p>When <b>Mandy Len Catron</b> fell in love, she probably hoped for a few well wishers – …

The scientific evidence against spanking, timeouts, and sleep training

At the end of a gravel road in the Chippewa National Forest of northern Minnesota, a group of camp counselors has gathered to hear psychotherapist Tina Bryson speak about neuroscience, mentorship, and camping. She is in Minnesota by invitation of the camp. Chippewa is at the front of a movement to …

Parenting