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The Couple Who Helped Decode Dyslexia

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — By now, Sally and Bennett Shaywitz might have retired to a life of grandchild-doting and Mediterranean-cruising.<p>Instead, the Shaywitzes — experts in dyslexia at Yale who have been married to each other for 55 years — remain as focused as ever on a research endeavor they began 35 …

Dyslexia

The Fair-Skinned Black Actress Who Refused to 'Pass' in 1930s Hollywood

When Duke Ellington and his band toured the segregated South in the early 1930s, they encountered racism wherever they went. A gorgeous black …

Stereotypes

Military mics are now being fitted on soldiers’ teeth

Tiny “Molar Mics” will be used by the military for hands-free communication<p>Say hello to this magic military invention, a tiny tooth microphone that …

Wireless

Today I Discovered The Ten-Legged, Screaming Spider From Hell

Image: YouTube<p>The camel spider is a type of Arachnid found in most deserts around the world (with the exception of Australia, thank God.) They are …

Zoology

Freddie Oversteegen, Who As Teenager Lured Nazis Into A Forest To Make Out Then Had Them Killed, Dies At 92

“Yes, I too shot them. And what am I but a person? You want to pick them up.”<p>Freddie Oversteegen, a true World War II hero, passed away on September …

World War II

Trump supporter who complained about a lawn sign gets schooled by a 7th grader.

Sometimes it's important to remember where our national political debate has landed.<p>As the world took stock of President Trump’s first 100 Days in …

Civil Rights

Restored 1934 Footage of a Gathering of 375 Victorian Couples Married for 50 or More Years

Guy Jones, about whom we’ve written previously, skillfully restored vintage 1934 Movietone footage of a Long Beach, California gathering of 375 …

Victorian Era

Scientists Say This Strategy Can Help You Learn Anything Fast

Study smarter, not harder!<p>In his book <i>Fluent Forever</i>, opera singer Gabriel Wyner suggests that one of the best ways to learn a new language is to …

This No-Cook, Creamy Zucchini-Lime Dressing Is Ready in Seconds

A no-cook sauce with huge flavor? Yes, please! All you need is a blender, zucchini, and some pantry staples, and this super-versatile sauce comes …

This playful robot is designed to take care of your plants

If you’ve ever accidentally killed a calla lily or shamefully neglected a succulent, you’ll love this adorable six-legged robot that’s programmed to …

Watch These Ghostly Faces Suddenly Reappear in the World's Oldest Photos

Like ghostly apparitions, faces that have long since disappeared from some of the world's oldest photographs have suddenly reappeared in all their …

Research

LISTEN: What teachers need to know about dyslexia and supporting dyslexic students

“People used to think dyslexia was a clear-cut syndrome with signs and syndromes like a medical disease, but it is actually much more like blood …

Dyslexia

New 'Eye Language' Lets Paralyzed People Communicate More Easily

The invention of sign language proved you don't need to vocalize to use complex language face to face. Now, a group of designers has shown that you …

Big New Study On Reading Instruction

© 2009 KOMUnews, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio<p>Ending the Reading Wars: Reading Acquisition From Novice to Expert is a huge new study that has a lot to …

Woman asked for advice on how to deal with grief, old man’s incredible reply captivates everyone

There is a goodbye in every hello, just as there is an end in every beginning. We all know that our inevitable finale is to leave this world, and …

Dad Shoots His Daughter Every Week For 18 Years, Shows How Subtle Changes Make A Big Difference At The End

Frans Hofmeester, a filmmaker and artist from the Netherlands, has just given his daughter Lotte the best birthday present. The loving dad has been …

Inside California’s “Slab City,” Where People Go To Live Way Off The Grid [PHOTOS]

It's far from glamorous, but an eclectic group of people call Slab City home.The post Inside California’s “Slab City,” Where People Go To Live Way …

Our Favorite Outdoor Showers

1 of 18<p>Double Outdoor Shower<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 18<p>Striped Outdoor Shower<p>3 of 18<p>Ocean View Outdoor Shower<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 18<p>Classic Outdoor …

Landscaping

A debate over plant consciousness is forcing us to confront the limitations of the human mind

The inner life of plants arouses the passions of even the mildest-mannered naturalists. A debate over plant consciousness and intelligence has raged in scientific circles for well over a century—at least since Charles Darwin observed in 1880 that stressed-out flora can’t rest.<p>There’s no doubt that …

This Is What 11 Everyday Foods Look Like Before They're Harvested

Ever wondered where quinoa actually comes from??<p>21 Extremely Pleasing Photos Of Food That Will Calm You<p>Pick A Penisey Food And We'll Tell You A Penisey Fact!<p><i>This post was translated from German.</i>

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Historical 1911 Footage of Daily Life in New York City Taken by a Visiting Swedish Film Crew

In 1911, a Swedish film crew from Svenska Biografteatern came to the United States through New York City and captured beautifully clear footage of …

Hello, Goodbye.

We've launched the SongwritersFonts project, a series of typefaces created from famous songwriters' handwritings, as a design project. The unique …

MIT's AlterEgo headset can read words you say in your head

I don't want to alarm you, but robots can now read your mind. Kind of.<p>AlterEgo is a new headset developed by MIT Media Lab. You strap it to your face. You talk to it. It talks to you. But no words are said. You say things in your head, like "what street am I on," and it reads the signals your brain …

How Women See How Male Authors See Them

On Easter Sunday, the writer and podcaster Whit Reynolds ripped open a Pandora’s box of secondary sex characteristics when she challenged her Twitter followers to “describe yourself like a male author would.” The responses—of which there are now thousands—don’t so much display a unifying theme as a …

21 of the Best Horror Books by Women

Alma Katsu’s standalone historical horror novel is a treasure. Drawing on werewolf tales, Wendigo folklore, and more, Katsu manages to create a sense …

Die Hard

The Letter From Teller That Changed My Life

<b>Teller's Response ...</b><p>Date: Wed, 18 Oct 1995 3:40:27 -0500 (CDT)<br>From: "Teller"<br>Subject: Fury<br>To: "Brian Allen Brushwood"<p>My dear bastard son,<p>It is about …

Film Editor

The Illusory Theory of Multiple Intelligences

Many people find the idea that there are many different types of intelligence very appealing. Howard Gardner disparages IQ tests as having limited …

Find The Perfect Word For Your Feelings With This Vocabulary Wheel

Image: iStock<p>Sometimes, it's hard to explain exactly how you feel. This handy vocabulary wheel helps you narrow down the word that best expresses …

The rapper Dessa scanned her brain to fall out of love

How the rapper Dessa’s turn to neuroscience inspired her new album, Chime<p>On a rainy night two years ago, the rapper Dessa pulled over on the side of the road to take a call. The name of a man she had dated on and off for years flashed across caller ID; they weren’t dating any longer, but the sight …

State-by-State List of Free Online Public Schools, K–12

Many states offer some type of online public school courses to resident students. Some states offer full online high school diploma programs, while …

High School