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Horizon: The Power of the Placebo, BBC Two, review

Benji Wilson reviews The Power of Placebo, the latest episode of BBC Two's science strand Horizon<p>I love placebos. I love the word, for starters – I’m rolling it round my mouth right now, like a shiny pill – and I love the idea. That humans are so dumb, or so ingenious, that they can dupe themselves …

Why Does White Noise Help People Sleep?

A white noise machine is the simplest solution to blocking out noise.<p>On its face, flipping on white noise before hitting the sack must be the most counterintuitive idea out there. Want to sleep better? Simple solution: make a bunch of noise. Sweet dreams ahoy.<p>And yet, not only do some people swear …

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The Science of Stupid: Galileo is Rolling Over in His Grave

So here’s a fine howdy-do for Galileo Galilei: Exactly one day—<i>one flipping day</i>—after the great man’s 450th birthday, on Feb. 15, 2014, a study by …

Girls: The World's Greatest Return on Investment

My mom is from Argentina, and we often spent Christmas holidays there while I was growing up. When I was 12, I was riding on a train with my parents …

Interactive Educational Television in the Amazon

According to figures from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, "Countries will need an extra 1.6 million teachers to achieve universal primary …

Education Technology