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Babies learn best just before a nap

Babies devote the majority of their time to sleeping, but until now, little has been known about the links between sleep and the unprecedented levels …

Book at bedtime could help children learn more quickly

The University of Sheffield found that snoozing helps youngsters develop their memory and retain new skills<p>A book at bedtime could help babies to learn more quickly after researchers discovered children soak up the most information before they go to sleep.<p>Snoozing helps infants to develop their …

The Most Amazing Science And Technology Images Of The Year

We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure<p>Each week at <i>Popular Science</i>, the staff scours the web for the most amazing images from the realms of science and technology. We liked this year's weekly gallery images so much that we compiled our favorite visualizations, …

Lying on Facebook profiles can implant false memories, experts warn

A fifth of young people admit their online profile bears little resemblance to reality<p>Embellishing the truth to impress friends on sites like Facebook may implant false memories, psychologists have warned.<p>A fifth of young people admit their online profile bears little resemblance to reality, and …

Why You Forget: 5 Strange Facts About Memory

Memory can be a playful thing. It collects minute details from childhood events, yet leaves us wondering where we left our keys.<p>There are several …

The Surprising Ways That Chickens Changed the World

Future of Food<p>Civilization was powered by the humble chicken, says author.<p>For most of us, the word "chicken" spells a cold, clammy slab of plastic-wrapped white meat plucked out of the refrigerated section of our local supermarket. But in the ancient world, and in many cultures today, chickens had …

Superfluid Helium Can Leak Through Glass And Climb Out of Its Container

This incredible video proves that helium isn't just a voice-raising gas. In its superfluid state it also defies gravity, has zero friction and can …

Quantum Physics Just Got A Tiny Bit Easier To Understand, As Two Oddities Merge Into One

No one is about to claim that quantum physics is now easy to understand, but maybe it's not quite as devilishly complicated as we thought.<p>New research suggests that two of the quantum world's most mysterious features--the uncertainty principle and wave-particle duality--are simply two sides of a …

The Real Connection Between Ambition And Mental Health

We're a culture that tends to define success in terms of money and power. But finding other ways to measure self-worth isn’t just intrinsically worthwhile -- it could help prevent a troubling mental health diagnosis.<p>How one views social status, including financial status, can predict mental health …

Aircraft safety: Should planes have parachutes?

Parachutes capable of carrying entire aircraft exist, so why aren’t they installed on more planes? Wouldn’t they save lives in emergencies, wonders Katia Moskvitch.<p>John Farese’s plane engine quit without a sputter, and he began to plummet.<p>Farese, a US lawyer with 42 years experience flying his 1978 …

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Ten weird and wonderful images of our world in 2013

Some of the most bizarre and beautiful pictures captured in 2013, from a flying electric bike to some decidedly operatic mudskippers.<p><b>More amazing image galleries of the year:</b><p>The year in weather<p>The year in space<p>The year in design and architecture<p>The year in wildife<p>People of the year<p>The year in …

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The man who wants to tackle the impossible

Helping a paralysed former street artist draw again inspired entrepreneur Mick Ebeling to tackle seemingly unsolvable problems.<p>Mick Ebeling says he wants to attempt the impossible.<p>Ebeling’s organisation, the Not Impossible Foundation, was set up to tackle seemingly intractable problems, via …

Which hiccup remedies really work?

From holding your breath to far stranger and ruder tricks – how can you get rid of hiccups yourself and why do these methods work? Claudia Hammond investigates.<p>The moment you get hiccups, every person will immediately propose their own suggestion for the best way of getting rid of them, whether …

Is praising a child good or bad for them?

We assume that enthusiastic words motivate children to try harder. But when you look at the evidence, it’s not that clear-cut. It all depends on the wording.<p>Your child presents you with their latest artistic creation. It’s a painting of a figure with very long thin legs, no body and big hair. It’s …

How being watched changes you – without you knowing

Are you being watched? It can change your behaviour and choices for the better without you realising, says Jason G Goldman.<p>If there is one thing that the rise of social media has taught us it's how to carefully curate the information we present to the digital world. We think about all the potential …

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Why birds can’t avoid hitting your car windscreen

Millions of birds are killed by oncoming vehicles every year. Why can’t they get out of the way? A team has investigated just what clouds their bird brains.<p>It’s not just a superstition – a bird hitting your car windscreen really is an omen of death. No, not for you, but for the poor bird. It’s …

Why do we love to play?

Our pick of the week from around the web, including what makes humans unique, virtual reality in movies and everything Google is working on this year.<p>Everything Google is working on this year<br>Ron Amadeo | Ars Technica | 11 February 2014<br>Google tends to signal its areas of interest and its new …

Body bacteria: Can your gut bugs make you smarter?

The bacteria in our guts can influence the working of the mind, says Frank Swain. So could they be upgraded to enhance brainpower?<p>I have some startling news: you are not human. At least, by some counts. While you are indeed made up of billions of human cells working in remarkable concert, these are …

When Darwin and Einstein were brilliantly wrong

Our pick of the week from around the web, including notable science failures, the French way to treat cancer and how relationships evolve on social media.<p>The case for blunder<br>Freeman Dyson | New York Review Of Books | 18 February 2014<br>Review of Brilliant Blunders, by Mario Livio, telling how five …

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How to learn like a memory champion

Companies are creating learning aids that tap the science of memories, says David Robson. Do they work in the classroom?<p>For most of his 20s, Ed Cooke had been hovering around the top 10 of the World Memory Championships. His achievements included memorising 2,265 binary digits in 30 minutes and the …

Why blushing may be good for you

No-one likes that awful flushed feeling, but is there a plus side to a red face? Some psychologists think so.<p>We’ve all said something stupid or regretful before, so we know how much worse it is when you feel that sudden heat in your face and realise your cheeks are visibly burning red. Blushing is …

Can you learn to be creative?

Is creativity magical? Not according to those now teaching it as a skill, discovers Colin Barras. Are there really secrets to unlocking your imagination?<p>Is it possible to be learn what it takes to be creative? If you look at great artists, musicians or entrepreneurs, it can seem that creativity is …

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Could an app help you read a novel in 90 minutes?

Our picks of the week from around the web, including the tech claiming to quadruple reading speed and what living longer means for life-sentenced criminals.<p>Hell on Earth<br>Ross Andersen | Aeon | 13 March 2014<br>Life-extension technologies could keep bad people alive as well as good ones, allowing …

Can video games ever be funny?

Ever been tickled by a video game? Humour is rare in the world of shoot-em-ups and magical quests, but games that play for laughs are emerging, says Simon Parkin. Can they make you chuckle?<p>Video games offer much in the way of entertainment, but there’s one thing they have long failed to do: tickle …

Want to learn quicker? Use your body

Waving your arms, wriggling your fingers and striding around a room can help you learn faster, says Colin Barras. How does it work?<p>Ever got to grips with a problem? Picked up a new skill? Grasped a difficult concept? The language of learning is full of references to parts of the body outside the …

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How malaria defeats our drugs

Our best drug hope for tackling the global killer is becoming resistant in a small region in south-east Asia. What happens next will decide the fate of millions.<p>The meandering Moei river marks the natural boundary between Thailand and Myanmar. Its muddy waters are at their fullest, but François …

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Can technology kill off the exam?

We have the technology to get rid of final exams and assess students differently, says Colin Barras, but are we ready yet?<p>Major exams are the bane of many a student’s life. They represent a one-off chance to scribble months or years of learning onto paper, and can make or break future career …

Do coffee and tea really dehydrate us?

We’re told that tea and coffee dehydrates us, says Claudia Hammond, but what’s the evidence say?<p>Every day people around the globe drink 1.6 billion cups of coffee and around twice as many cups of tea.<p>They enjoy the taste and the fact that the caffeine wakes them up. But when we’re exhorted to drink …

The crashes that changed plane designs forever

The tragedies that were part of a long and fraught process that has helped make flying as safe as it is today.<p>At any one time hundreds of thousands of us are cocooned in pressurised cabins scything through the cold upper reaches of the troposphere. Soon enough, this figure will rise to a million: a …

The road design tricks that make us drive safer

When conventional road signs have no effect, designers are turning to increasingly clever ways to subconsciously make drivers slow down or pay attention.<p>A spooky, black human silhouette suddenly appeared out of nowhere on the roadside of a picturesque country road in southern France. It was the …