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The Bicycle Problem That Nearly Broke Mathematics

<i>Editor’s Note (7/29/16): An earlier version of this story contained several biographical inaccuracies and did not give Jim Papadopoulos a chance to</i> …

What Should I Do With My Life? A Scientist's Perspective

You were born. You grew up, learned how to survive in a complicated and altogether bewildering world, learned a few things in school, maybe some more in college. And one day you face the challenge of your existence:<p>What should I do with my life?<p>First, let me assure you: you should be asking this …

Emotional Intelligence 101: These 3 Words Can Turn Anxiety Into Advantage, According to Science

It's not about staying calm. In fact, it's the complete opposite.<p>When was the last time you were anxious?<p>Maybe you got worked up over a big presentation. Or preparing for that meeting to ask for a pay raise. Or getting ready to text that guy or girl you especially clicked with recently.<p>When …

The science of resilience: how to teach students to persevere

Neurologist and teacher Judy Willis shares three simple techniques to help teachers build resilience in their students<p>In schools today, the focus is not only on helping students pass exams, but also on improving their character by making them more resilient. Resilience in learning, as in life, is …

Five ways your brain is fooling you, courtesy of neuroscientist Dean Burnett

You’ve probably found yourself in situations where you felt like either your memory or your perception was somehow distorted. Maybe you’d confess to …

The Brain

To do better in school, kids should exercise their bodies as well as their brains, experts say

Attention parents: If you'd like to see your kids do better in school, have them close their books, set down their pencils and go outside to play.<p>That's the latest advice from an international group of experts who studied the value of exercise in school-age kids.<p>"Physical activity before, during …

Copenhagen

Could wear and tear on the 'love hormone' gene make us less social?

We intuitively know that our personalities and temperaments — whether we're introverts or extroverts, how we respond to novelty or adversity, whether we're hard-driving or laid back — are the result of a complex interaction of nature and nurture.<p>We likely start with some general social tendencies …

Psychology

The Science Behind Why Breaking A Bad Habit Is So Hard

Engaging the goal-directed side of your brain can help you override the part that controls your bad habits.<p>Habits are your brain’s version of autopilot. They allow you to get ready for work, navigate your way to the office, and find your way home without having to reinvent the wheel every day. They …

Want Your Kids to Grow Up Successful? Here's What You Need at Home

What's more important than how much money you make or where you live.<p>Parents are eager to do everything they possibly can to help their children be successful. 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 …

How to Keep Your Brain Young and Healthy

Learn how mindfulness can protect your brain from aging, make you more productive, and improve your overall happiness.<p>The death of Muhammad Ali is a somber reminder of what can happen when we take our neurological health for granted. A magical and iconic figure, Ali, the most eloquent of pugilists, …