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Lecture videos from MIT's "The Human Brain" undergrad course

MIT 9.11, "The Human Brain," is taught by Nancy Kanwisher, the Walther A. Rosenblith Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Department of Brain & …

The Brain

Brains May Teeter Near Their Tipping Point

In a renewed attempt at a grand unified theory of brain function, physicists now argue that brains optimize performance by staying near — though not …

Neuroscience

A Lost Secret: How To Get Kids To Pay Attention

Fifteen years ago, psychologists Barbara Rogoff and Maricela Correa-Chavez ran a simple experiment. They wanted to see how well kids pay attention — even if they don't have to.<p>They would bring two kids, between the ages 5 to 11, into a room and have them sit at two tables.<p>Then they had a research …

Kids

20+ Summer Salad Recipes You'll Want to Make ASAP

There's nothing like a fresh salad on a hot summer day.<p>Nothing says summer like a fresh salad bursting with seasonal ingredients. Whether you're …

Healthy Eating

Financial Literacy Is The Greatest Gift Of All

It’s been a generation since Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All” was burning up the charts, but the lyrics have resonated for me as a parent and equally as a financial advisor over the years. “I believe the children are our future/ Teach them well and let them lead the way.”<p>As Mother’s Day and …

Personal Finance

20 Delicious Classic Cookie Recipes

Jam Thumbprints<p>Fill sugar cookies with apricot or raspberry jam for a burst of sweet fruit in every bite.<p><b>Get the recipe:</b> Jam Thumbprints<p>Old-Fashioned …

Dessert

When Retirement Advice Went Viral

America faces a retirement crisis, as most people aren't on track to have enough saved by the time they retire. We talk to the inventor of the 401(k) about how it was all supposed to work.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>A few weeks ago, a tweet about retirement advice caused a big old uproar on …

Retirement

7 Workouts You Can Do in Your Living Room

Jenna Wolfe’s Camera-Ready Routine<p>As a longtime <i>Today Show</i> fitness correspondent and author of the new book <i>Thinner in 30</i>, Jenna Wolfe spends a ton of …

Workouts

Amazon's monthly STEM toy subscription box is about to turn your kid into a little genius

Any future Elon Musks or Marie Curies out there?<p>For those parents with kids who could not give a shit about the <i>Bubble Guppies</i> or other educational …

Kids

Genius Strategies for Raising Kids Who Are Smart About Money—Starting at Age 4

Preschoolers & Early Elementary Kids (7 and Under)<p>The foundation of money habits is formed very early, as young as age 5, according to research from …

Kids

Want To Achieve Your Goals? Use These 4 Strategies

I’m a little odd. I enjoy setting goals and then get obsessed about trying to achieve them.<p>Every January, I set about five or six goals for the year ahead, and every three months I review these goals. I don’t always hit my goals, but I’ve learned a lot about how to focus on a goal over short (a …

Productivity

Easy, Sweet Cornbread Muffins Recipe

"If you enjoy sweet cornbread, I think you'll like these a lot!"<p>Ingredients<p>2 (7.5 ounce) packages corn bread mix (such as Jiffy®)<p>1/2 cup milk<p>1/2 cup …

Cornbread

Pavlova Layer Cake With Raspberries and Peaches Is Just 158 Calories

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Preheat oven to 250°F.<p>Step 2<p>Prepare meringues: Beat egg whites and salt with an electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment on …

Dessert

Monte Cristo Sandwich Recipe

"A quick and easy sandwich with ham, turkey and swiss slices, dipped in an egg/milk mixture and fried to a golden brown. A hot alternative to the …

Breakfast

The 20% Pass-Through Deduction: Where Do We Stand Now?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — signed into law on December 22, 2017 — gave birth to a brand new provision: Section 199A, which permits owners of sole proprietorships, S corporations, or partnerships to deduct up to 20% of the income earned by the business. The motivation for the new deduction is …

Retirement

Here's How to Make Delicious Ice Cream at Home Without an Ice Cream Maker

When I was a kid, making homemade ice cream was never an option. "We don't have an ice cream maker," my mom would remind me all of the many times I'd …

Dessert

Brain inflammatory cascade controlled by gut-derived molecules

NEWS AND VIEWS<p>Metabolite molecules produced by the gut’s microbes activate immune cells in the brain called microglia, which signal to astrocyte …

Neuroscience

Scientists Finally Solve Charles Darwin's 'Abominable Mystery'

Where did all the flowers come from?<p>For many years, Charles Darwin was haunted by flowers. In 1859, the naturalist published his most famous work, <i>On</i> …

Biology

Vaccines don't overload babies' immune systems, study finds

Some parents may be afraid that babies and toddlers get too many vaccines all at once, but a new study can help put such worries to rest.<p>It found that kids who got more vaccines were not any more likely to get unrelated infections than kids who got fewer vaccines, or who had them spaced out more …

Public Health

Scientists Probe an Enduring Question: Can Language Shape Perception?

The idea that language shapes our ability to think fell out of favor in the 1960s, but new tools have some researchers revisiting the concept.<p>Picture …

World's oldest lizard fossil forces rethink of reptile family tree

The fossilised remains of a small lizard discovered in rock from the Italian Alps has shaken up the evolutionary family tree of reptiles and shed new light on the survivors of the most devastating mass extinction the world ever faced, researchers say.<p>Thought to have lived in the triassic period, …

Extinction

This Is Why Physicists Think String Theory Might Be Our 'Theory Of Everything'

It’s one of the most brilliant, controversial and unproven ideas in all of physics: string theory. At the heart of string theory is the thread of an idea that’s run through physics for centuries, that at some fundamental level, all the different forces, particles, interactions and manifestations of …

Quantum Mechanics

Addicted to sugar? Neuroscientists could soon reprogram your brain to hate it

In the quest to get ready for summer, many of us want to get in better shape by exercising a bit more and maybe losing a few pounds. But when you’re …

Neuroscience

Babies born with neonatal diabetes can now be treated with tablets instead of injections

The misery of giving tiny babies regular insulin injections is over. Babies born with diabetes can now be treated successfully with tablets instead of injections, a new study suggests.<p>Scientists have examined data collected over the last decade from patients diagnosed with neonatal diabetes who …

Diabetes

Give your whole self to God with this simple prayer from St. Ignatius

Your love and your grace are enough for me ...<p>St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) is the founder of the Society of Jesus, commonly known as the …

Faith

Russian VPNFilter Router Malware Much Worse Than Thought: What to Do

Remember that Russian router malware warning from last week? The situation is even worse than we originally thought, and a whole lot more router …

Wi-Fi

30 Classic Southern Recipes Everyone Needs to Make This Summer

These sensational summer favorites are ripe for the picking.<p>In the South, summertime is best spent with classic Southern comfort food that makes the …

Cooking

This is the free online course Bill Gates thinks everyone should take

We know Bill Gates has a stellar list of books for you to read but he is not done making recommendations. In a recent post on his blog he praised …

Bill Gates

Here are 5 founding fathers whose skepticism about Christianity would make them unelectable today

To hear the Religious Right tell it, men like George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were 18th-century versions of Jerry …

Religion

The Tides Are (Finally) Starting to Turn Against Trump and Trump-ism: Saturday's Good News

Another crazy week, but lots of good news to report as we work our way through these dark times. Lots of reason for hope.<p>Before I get to it, I made a …

Donald Trump