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6 Important Things To Know About How Your Brain Learns

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, take up a musical instrument, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know how your brain learns.<p>While everyone learns slightly differently, we do have similarities in the way our …

The Brain

High Apple Store Traffic Distorting Mall Rent, Lifting Mall Sales

Apple Stores' ability to generate a high rate of foot traffic in malls is allowing Apple to win "sweetheart deals" from mall operators while increasing mall sales 10%, according to a new <i>Wall Street Journal</i> report.<p>Apple draws so many shoppers that its stores single-handedly lift sales by 10% at the …

Real Estate

How Apple's embrace of the new USB points to world without wires

Apple's reliance on a single, more powerful version of the USB port in its new MacBook might alienate customers today, but analysts say the company is leading the way to future PC design.<p>Ready or not, Apple's new MacBook is cutting the computing industry's cables.<p>The slim laptop has just a single …

Report: Late Dinner Caused Clarkson to Punch Producer

The more we learn about Jeremy Clarkson’s latest drama, the uglier it gets. After the BBC hastily suspended the host and canceled the broadcast of this season’s remaining episodes, British tabloid <i>The Mirror</i> reports that the whole thing erupted when Clarkson got angry over his dinner not being …

Jeremy Clarkson

Next iPhone will reportedly use Apple's Force Touch technology

A light tap on the screen or a "deep" press might make a big difference on the next iPhone.<p>One of the most interesting features of Apple's new …

Crystal amaze: how a chameleon changes colour revealed

Altering the space between tiny crystals allows lizards to reflect a specific wavelength of light and camouflage themselves, study finds<p>It is one of nature’s most spectacular displays and now scientists have shown how the chameleon changes colour.<p>A study has found that the lizards possess a layer …

Why It’s So Wrong–But So Right–To Sleep With Your Pets

Every scientific study or sleep doctor you can find will tell you not to let your pets share your bed. Why we ignore all the evidence.<p>One night in 1998 my wife and I fell asleep, our very young puppy Mojo on the bed between us, before we had a chance to put her in her crate for the night. When we …

Revealed: The Secrets Lurking Out of Sight in Your Car’s Interior

From the March 2015 issue of <b>Car and Driver</b><p>Your car is filled with secrets—behind the dashboard, under the seat upholstery, and below the carpet. Masked by vinyl, leather, and plastic, there’s an intricate world of motors, computers, structure, plumbing, and wiring that automakers hope you never …

Cadillac

Oleophobic coating – what it is, how to clean your phone, what to do if the coating wears off

Image courtesy of Green Onions Supply<p>By this day, you've probably seen the term "oleophobic coating" on some tech-selling sites – it's sometimes …

The invisible downside of cheating in life

People who take shortcuts can trick themselves into believing they are smarter than they are, says Tom Stafford, and it comes back to bite them.<p>Honesty may be the best policy, but lying has its merits – even when we are deceiving ourselves. Numerous studies have shown that those who are practised …

Eyelashes Grow To Just The Right Length To Shield Eyes

Attaching fake eyelashes might make give you a few extra millimeters to bat at your date, but they could also be channeling dust into your eyes. That's because the ideal eyelash length is about one third the width of an eye. And that goes for 22 different animals, not just humans.<p>A group of …

Makeup

Why Are Modern Women So Exhausted?

We're now so perpetually "on" that our bodies have forgotten how to relax.<p>For as long as Stephanie Peterson, 25, can remember, she's lived in overdrive. The founder of a Colorado-based company that supports female entrepreneurs, she's go-go-go from morning to night, week to week, year to year. When …

Sleep: How to nap like a pro

We’ve all heard of the merits of power naps, says Tiffanie Wen, but are there good and bad ways to sleep during the day?<p>Growing up, sleep was considered paramount in my family home. My siblings and I didn’t have many house rules – bedtimes were flexible, we had free reign over microwaved TV dinners …

The Role of Dreams in Our Lives

Science has experienced great progress in deepening our understanding of dreaming. Still, there is no answer to the question: Why do we dream? There are, however, a great number of theories being explored. While some scientists posit that dreaming has no direct function -- but instead is a …

Get Refreshed With a Catnap

A 30-minute nap undoes the damage of a poor night’s sleep<p>During her adventure racing days, “Queen of Pain” ultraendurance champion Rebecca Rusch and her teammates were limited to about two hours of sleep a night if they wanted to win. They kept biking, hiking, kayaking, and pretty much everything …

Teaching Friends And Family How To Reverse A Drug Overdose

When Priscilla Graham-Farmer went to get her hair done in Newark, N.J., recently, she noticed the elevator in the building was broken, so she took the stairs. And that's when Graham-Farmer saw him: a young guy sprawled out, not breathing.<p>"He was literally turning blue," she says. "And everybody was …

APOD: The Milky Way Over the Arizona Toadstools (2015 Feb 23) Image Credit & Copyright: David Lane & R. Gendler (3 insets) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150223.html Explanation: Which is older -- the rocks you see on the ground or the light you see from the sky? Usually it's the rocks that are older, with their origin sentiments deposited well before light left any of the stars or nebulas you see in the sky. However, if you can see, through a telescope, a distant galaxy far across the universe -- further than Andromeda or spiral galaxy NGC 7331 (inset) -- then you are seeing light even more ancient. Featured here, the central disk of our Milky Way Galaxy arches over Toadstool hoodoos rock formations in northern Arizona, USA. The unusual Toadstool rock caps are relatively hard sandstone that wind has eroded more slowly than the softer sandstone underneath. The green bands are airglow, light emitted by the stimulated air in Earth's atmosphere. On the lower right is a time-lapse camera set up to capture the sky rotating behind the picturesque foreground scene. http://www.robgendlerastropics.com/ Annotated: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1502/ToadSky_Lane_1080_annotated.jpg Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=150223 #APOD

How long can we stay awake?

We can fight off the sandman for a while, but after a certain point, sleeplessness leads to temporary madness and – just maybe – death, discovers Adam Hadhazy.<p>People start to hallucinate and go a bit crazy<p>It’s surprising how we spend our lives. Reach your 78th birthday and according to some …

Neuroscience

CT scan finds mummified monk inside 1,000-year-old Buddha

A Chinese statue of the Buddha dating back to around 1100 AD is more than just a statue -- it's the final resting place of a Buddhist master.<p>It seems Mexico isn't the only place in the world where you can find human body parts incorporated into religious statuary: a Chinese statue of the Buddha has …

Kids, Allergies And A Possible Downside To Squeaky Clean Dishes

Could using a dishwashing machine increase the chances your child will develop allergies? That's what some provocative new research suggests — but don't tear out your machine just yet.<p>The study involved 1,029 Swedish children (ages 7 or 8) and found that those whose parents said they mostly wash …

Biomedicine