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How understanding the brain affects learning potential

Does knowing whether the brain changes or is static have an impact on student success?<p>Parents of GCSE and A-level students taking their exams this month will know how important encouragement is. But they might be surprised to learn that how we understand the brain can affect academic …

Depressing Paper Suggests Cancer's an Evolutionary Mechanism to 'Autocorrect' Our Gene Pool

We were never meant to live forever.<p>Two scientists have come up with a depressing new hypothesis that attempts to explain why cancer is so hard to …

Why fiction can expose a writer in even more ways than memoir

It wasn't until about a week before my first book was published in 2010, a memoir about moving back to my parents' farm, that I started to worry. Not so much about forthcoming reviews or if the thing would generate any interest or sell any copies. I worried about the content. It wasn't just a …

Books

Supreme Court to act on gun ownership cases

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Days after the worst mass shooting in the United States, the Supreme Court is poised to act on two cases highlighting the raging debate over what types of guns and ammunition may be banned and who should have the right to possess firearms.<p>Justices will meet behind closed doors …

Guns

How to Go Viral and Make Yourself Wildly Rich

"Chewbacca Mom" Candace Payne has made almost $500,000 off that video of her laughing in a Chewbacca mask. Surely it can't be too hard?<p><i>This article originally appeared in VICE UK.</i><p>Remember Candace Payne, the "Chewbacca Mom," from literally three weeks ago? I know you do, because she was completely …

Viral

How nature turned a failed communist plan into Bucharest's unique urban park

The wild wetland of Văcărești is a symbol of nature’s resilience. Without human interference, wildlife has reconquered this abandoned lake and transformed it into a green oasis in the middle of one of Europe’s densest cities<p>There are rarely ever more than a handful of people present when you visit …

There may be something more important to your kids' success than how much money you have or where you live

If you want your kids to earn big salaries as adults, what should you buy them now? Piano lessons? Coding camp? Mandarin class?<p>None of the above. A new study shows the secret to your child's future success could be far simpler — and more affordable — than any of those options.<p>Instead, you should …

Kids

Want to Succeed? Do This One Thing

Call it what you want, perseverance pays off.<p>Have you noticed that everyone is talking about grit these days, as if it has just been discovered? Business leaders, pundits, scientists, and even celebrities are extolling the importance of grit as a key ingredient in success.<p>Although the scientists …

Here's What An Undercover CIA Agent Learned About Foreign Policy

When you picture an undercover CIA agent, you may think of Claire Danes on <i>Homeland</i>. But the CIA isn't just the stuff of action movies and TV dramas. …

Manage Distractions When Working From Home With the "Three-Minute Rule"

When you’re working remotely, it’s easy to get distracted by all the nagging tasks you have to do around the house. If you want to keep those chores …

Found: planet the size of Jupiter orbiting two Sun-like stars

Researchers using data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope have spotted the largest planet yet orbiting a two-star system. The planet — dubbed Kepler-1647b — is basically the same size as Jupiter in terms of its radius and mass. The stars it orbits are also somewhat similar to our star: one is a bit …

Earth - It took centuries, but we now know the size of the Universe

"Let us go rambling about the Universe." This is the invitation that American astronomer Harlow Shapley gave to an audience in Washington DC in 1920. He was taking part in the so-called Great Debate with fellow scientist Heber Curtis on the scale of the Universe.<p>Shapley believed that our Milky Way …

Astrophysics
Cancer

Here Are the Best Books of 2016 So Far

<i>Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets</i> by Svetlana Alexievich<p>The Nobel Prize-winner documents the last days of communism in the Soviet Union and …

Why It's Time to Repeal the Second Amendment

"[It] needs to be repealed because it is outdated, a threat to liberty and a suicide pact," says constitutional law professor<p>I teach the Constitution …

Guns

Could Steiner schools have a point on children, tablets and tech?

Studies have yet to show much benefit from technology in schools, leading some to wonder whether the offline life is better for children<p>It’s late morning and the children in Maria Woolley’s class at the Iona school in Nottingham are busy kneading dough. The dough is made from flour they saw ground …

Education

Earth - There are microbes that eat and poo nothing but electricity

Some microbes have developed the ultimate stripped-down diet. They do not bother with food or oxygen. All they need to survive is pure electrical energy.<p>They often live in muddy seabeds or along the banks of rivers. Finding them is easy: biologists can coax them out of hiding by sticking an …

Biology

The One Quality Most People Want From A Leader

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Help Your Learning-Disabled Child To Become More Motivated

Parents and teachers are always balancing the question of whether a student with learning disabilities is doing the best work he can or if he is …

Sex differences in the brain: a whole body perspective

1. Swaab DF, Hofman MA. Sexual differentiation of the human brain. A historical perspective. Prog Brain Res. 1984;61:361–74. [PubMed]<p>2. Jordan-Young …

PubMed

Funny Pictures – February 28, 2016

Hay, a corral is a corral. Found at a Walmart in Arkansas. <br>viaYou thought your jail could stop me? <br>viaVaccines and Autism. <br>via…and a diet coke …

Mind

The One Quality You Need to Be Successful

<i>MPW Insider is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for:</i> …

Here's What Fruits And Vegetables Looked Like Before We Domesticated Them

The original genetic modification.<p>Next time you bite into a slice of watermelon or a cob of corn, consider this: these familiar fruits and veggies …

Evolution

40 out-of-this-world photos from Scott Kelly's year in space

Some people dream of living in Paris for a year or even just a few months abroad. How does a year in space sound?<p>When NASA astronaut Scott Kelly …

Synaesthesia could help us understand how the brain processes language

A new study highlights a fascinating idea for using a multisensory neurological condition to explore bigger psychological questions<p>When we speak, listen, read, or write, almost all of the language processing that happens in our brains goes on below the level of conscious awareness. We might be …

Scientists Say Your Ability To Ignore Is Part Of Your Ability To Pay Attention

Henry David Thoreau once said <i>‘Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves’</i>. That phrase now has renewed meaning thanks to a study from a group of scientists from Johns Hopkins University who have been studying how the mind visually processes difficult information.<p>The general …

Cognition

Funny Pictures – February 26, 2016

My teacher friend thought a student was checking the time too often during a test… <br>viaSome Times Less Is Better. <br>viaThe Best Science Fair Project …

Education

Hungry moggies rescued by cat lovers on Japan's Aoshima Island, in pictures

Pets

7 Seafood Words You Need to Know

Ever wonder what the difference is between sushi and sashimi? How about roe versus caviar? Us, too! Check out the popular dishes and ingredients making waves on menus across the country to make the most of your next seafood feast.<p><b>1. Ceviche</b><p>Ceviche is a dish popular in the coastal regions of Latin …