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The science behind why teenagers make such bad decisions

From getting beyond drunk at a friend's party, to some seriously questionable outfit choices, teenagers often do things that seem outlandishly stupid. But we now know why: the areas of the brain that control decision-making don't fully develop until early adulthood.<p>A teen's developing brain places …

Modern Slavery: Its Root Causes and the Human Toll

Slavery, long banned and universally condemned, persists in many corners of the world, victimizing tens of millions of people.

How The Women Of The KKK Helped Architect A Hate Movement

Until relatively recently, it looked as though the Ku Klux Klan was receding into the annals of American history. But given that everything is topsy …

Long-Term Marijuana Use Changes Brain at the Cellular Level, Say Scientists

Chronic use leads to chronic problems.<p>In March, long-term marijuana smoker Woody Harrelson surprised fans by announcing he was giving up his chronic …

Neuroscience

Parents of unsuccessful kids could have these 6 things in common

Raising children requires good parenting techniques as well as avoiding bad habits. A positive body image help children develop socially. Quality time with kids also helps them in school. But just as important are avoiding mistakes that can curtail a child's social, physical, emotional and …

Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

The National Sleep Foundation recommends an average of eight hours of sleep per night for adults, but sleep scientist Matthew Walker says that too many people are falling short of the mark.<p>"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," Walker …

Immune System

10 websites every school computer lab should bookmark

It’s homework time, and these online tools can provide information, build skills, inform, and entertain<p>When kids visit the computer lab after school, they're usually there to finish homework and pass the time productively, so you want them to access the best tools possible. These math, reading, …

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

The disintegration of Jake’s life took him by surprise. It happened early in his junior year of high school, while he was taking three Advanced Placement classes, running on his school’s cross-country team and traveling to Model United Nations conferences. It was a lot to handle, but Jake — the …

Parenting

What every teacher should know about ... memory

There is a wealth of psychology research that can help teachers to improve how they work with students – but academic studies of this kind aren’t always easy to access, or to translate into the realities of classroom practice. This series seeks to redress that, by taking a selection of studies and …

Pedagogy

Higher Education has an Admissions Problem.

Scott Jaschik recently interpreted the findings from the 2017 Survey of Admission Directors, sponsored by <i>Inside Higher Education</i> and Gallup and drawn from a sample of 453 admission directors. While the full discussion of these findings is too complex for this space, the general conclusions, …

How Did A Bunch Of Mythical Monsters Become Queer Icons?

Queer people are used to being vilified, attacked, and misunderstood — so some of us embrace villains like the Babadook and the Mothman because we recognize ourselves in them.<p><b>I was in a dark</b> place, alone in my room and hunched over my laptop, when the Mothman flew into my life. I was living in my …

The idea for lab-grown meat was born in a prisoner-of-war camp

The phone call was as unexpected as the American accent at the other end of the line. And when she hung up a few moments later, Ira van Eelen had to stop to catch her breath.<p>More than two years had passed since the 53-year-old Dutch woman had spoken that in depth to anyone about her father’s work. …

Agriculture

The 14th Amendment Did Not Include American Indians

By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji)<p>The Republican candidate for the presidency of the United States brought it up first.<p>Donald Trump suggested that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States be changed. That amendment automatically guarantees the right of citizenship to anyone born on …

New Hope for Weight Loss May Grow on a Chinese Vine

Thunder god vine (<i>Tripterygium wilfordii</i>), a deciduous and largely poisonous climbing vine native to China, Taiwan, and Myanmar, may hold the secret to getting skinny, at least in mice.<p>A study published this past week in the journal <i>Cell</i> found that a compound called Celastrol, extracted from thunder …

Diabetes

Science says lasting relationships come down to 2 basic traits

<i>In most marriages, levels of satisfaction drop dramatically within the first few years together.</i><p><i>But among couples who not only endure, but live happily together for years and years, the spirit of kindness and generosity guides them forward.</i><p>Every day in June, the most popular wedding month of the …

The Great Gatsby in Six Words

"In his blue gardens, men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings, the champagne and the stars."<p>Each year there are many students who voice their disbelief that literature should be discussed, interpreted or written about. With terrible homework loads and the relentless …

This Week in Fiction: Salman Rushdie

Y_our story in this week’s issue, “The Duniazát,” tells the story of a love affair between Ibn Rushd and Dunia, a jinni posing as a young woman. Ibn Rushd was an actual twelfth-century philosopher, born in Córdoba, in what is now Spain—and known in the West as Averroës. What drew you to reimagine …