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Google launches Project Bloks, a new open hardware platform for teaching kids to code

Google today announced Project Bloks, a new open hardware platform that allows developers, designers and educators to build physical programming experiences that can help kids (5+) learn to code.<p>While Google worked together with design firm IDEO to build a reference kit, the idea here is to provide …

Stanford University

A Protein That Moves From Muscle To Brain May Tie Exercise To Memory

Researchers have identified a substance in muscles that helps explain the connection between a fit body and a sharp mind.<p>When muscles work, they release a protein that appears to generate new cells and connections in a part of the brain that is critical to memory, a team reports Thursday in the …

The Brain

These are the things you should really know before visiting Japan

Don’t be caught out by surprise. Here are some top tips that will come in handy for anyone visiting for the first time. 1: Take plenty of cash Japan …

2016 June 13 - Unexplained Dimmings in KIC 8462852

<b>Unexplained Dimmings in KIC 8462852</b> <b><br>Illustration Credit:</b> NASA, JPL-Caltech<p><b>Explanation:</b> Why does star KIC 8462852 keep wavering? Nobody knows. A star …

Universe

NASA moves on to Pluto's rugged highlands | Cosmos

<b>NASA has released an enhanced colour image</b> that zooms in on the southeastern portion of Pluto’s great ice plains where they meet rugged, dark …

Can 'super coral' save the Great Barrier Reef?

<b>As fears mount over the Great Barrier Reef's worst coral bleaching event in recorded history, biotechnologists in Australia are looking at ways to grow "super coral" that is more tolerant of global warming, writes Ian Lloyd Neubauer.</b><p>Heat-resistant coral is not an artificial construct. The mutation …

Great Barrier Reef

It’s possible to train your brain to be less racist. Here’s how.

The most important thing to know about racism is that it's everywhere. Whether it's politics, entertainment, tech, the media, or finance, the nature …

10 Things to Remember When You’ve Lost Your Motivation

<i>The biggest and most complex obstacle you’ll ever have to overcome is your mind. If you can overcome that, you can overcome anything.</i>Have you ever …

The new Prius just blew through a long-standing Consumer Reports record

The redesigned 2016 Toyota Prius not only easily tops its previous-generation's fuel economy, but also goes farther on a gallon of gasoline than any vehicle Consumer Reports has ever tested. By their measurements, it chalked up 52 miles per gallon (mpg) overall. That figure tops the …

Turns Out You Can Escape from a Black Hole

"Don't give up. There is a way out," says Stephen Hawking.<p>Stephen Hawking has revised his theory on black holes. In a paper to be published in the Physical Review Letters, Hawking and two colleagues explain how they believe matter is dispelled from a black hole at the end of its life.<p>"They are not …

Top 10 Rules You Must Follow To Lose 10 Pounds

Experts say the key to losing weight—and actually keeping off the weight—isn’t a crash diet or starving yourself. Rather, it’s making long-term …

Nutrition

Solar Is Going to Get Ridiculously Cheap

Solar will become the cheapest source to produce power in many countries over the next 15 years, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy …

5 Mistakes Parents Make When Giving Kids Directions

Whether your child responds to your directions by saying, “In a minute!” or he ignores your commands completely, dealing with a child who doesn’t …

Want Smart Kids? Make Sure They Learn to Do This

There's a brain-building skill schools are teaching less and less.<p>If you have kids in school, how much time do they spend learning cursive handwriting? Probably not much, especially if they're beyond first grade. The Common Core standards dominating education these days only call for teaching …

The Roots of Mental Health—Maybe They're Not In Our Heads | Goop

The number of people—and women in particular—who are taking antidepressants worldwide has skyrocketed in recent years. Here in the States, the count …

Psychologists and experts explain how to stop being a 'chronically late insane person'

In a Wait But Why analysis of people who are habitually late—whether it's to work, social engagements, or major appointments—Tim Urban concludes that some members of this group, including himself, could be deemed Chronically Late Insane People (CLIP). As classified by Urban, these individuals are …

Self-help

What does alcohol do to your body and brain?

Alcohol is one of the world’s favorite recreational drugs. After a drink, most people become more sociable, less stressed, and happier, and will probably reach for another drink before too long. For all this to occur, the alcohol in the drink has to do a multitude of things.<p>When you sip that tasty …

A simple hobby that can help raise your IQ

Turns out that's wrong.<p>Neuroscience is demonstrating that brain functioning is actually far more fluid than previously believed.<p>For example, research out of the University of Zurich shows that doing one simple thing can actually raise a person's IQ.<p>And we're not just talking about children, whose …

The Brain

I just tried Samsung's first truly wireless earbuds — here's what they're like

That's right — there are no wires to be found on the IconX earbuds, even to connect the earbuds to each other.<p>Like the Gear Fit 2, they're designed for casual exercisers rather than fitness junkies, but it still can still track the most important metrics for general fitness.<p>These earbuds are so …

Fitness Technology

The 13 cities with the best work-life balance in the world

Using data from Swiss banking group UBS, the site compiled information on the biggest, most important cities globally, taking into account how many hours per week and per year people work as well as how many days holiday they take, before creating the ranking.<p>All 13 cities are in Europe, although …

European Travel

19 Of The World's Most Amazing Hotel Pools

Dive in.<p>Vacation doesn't truly feel like vacation until you're sitting poolside sipping a cocktail. But we're not the types to settle for any old swimming hole. Here, we've gathered some of the most breathtaking hotel pools in the world, from an indoor pool in the Himalayas lined with gold tiles to …

The Story Behind The World's Emptiest International Airport

Hardly anybody goes to Sri Lanka’s Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI) because they have a flight. No, the air transport hub is currently a daily flight or two away from being completely defunct, and the people who do go there tend to be tourists making a side trip from the nearby …

Had a Rental Car Accident? Here's What You Need to Know

Credit cards only offer coverage for damage to the car you rent, not damage to another vehicle or property. If you don’t have your own auto policy, make sure you get liability coverage.<p><b>Q: In November 2013 I rented a car from National Car Rental at LAX. I was involved in an accident with another</b> …

Auto Insurance

6 Tips For Traveling The World — Even When You're Totally Broke

I slung my first travel backpack over my shoulder the summer of 2003. That backpack later became a suitcase that has gotten smaller and smaller with …

Flying

5 under-the-radar summer getaways

With so many people on the move all around the world, why not turn your attention to these understated and peacefully crowd-free destinations? In these calmer getaways, you can meet locals, enjoy regional cuisine, and explore untouched oases.<p>Plan a more peaceful summer escape with our list of 10 …

Corsica

12 Secret Caribbean Hotels for a Crowd-Free Beach Getaway

This private island 50-acre resort makes life so sybaritic—cocktails on the deck at Hill House, bocce on the private beach, hammock time pretty much …

The 10 highest-rated boutique hotels around the world

For its Loved by Guests Awards, Hotels.com looked at trusted reviews from travelers to find the best hotels in different caregories. One of those was the top 10 boutique hotels from around the globe.<p>The results were based on hotels that had an average guest rating of at least 4.7 out of 5, and a …

Boutique Hotels

Bioquark Cleared to Try and Revive Dead Brains

The National Institutes of Health have approved an application from Bioquark to perform a small pilot study that would attempt to rejuvenate the …

Transit of Mercury coming Monday: What scientists hope to learn

The transit of Mercury is just around the corner, and scientists are planning to make observations that are only possible during the rare celestial event.<p>On Monday, the solar system's innermost planet will appear to glide slowly across the surface of the sun in a downward sloping diagonal …

Astronomy