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7 Countries Where You Can Travel on $30 a Day or Less

Travel adventures may be cheaper than you think.<p>Many people believe that traveling is extremely expensive — and while this may be true if you’re …

A top psychologist says there's only one way to become the best in your field — but not everyone agrees

As a teenager in Sweden, Anders Ericsson used to play chess against one of his classmates, a boy considerably worse at the game than Ericsson. Every …

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British scientists win Nobel prize in physics for work so baffling it had to be described using bagels

Explaining why three British professors won the Noble prize for physics wasn’t rocket science. It was harder.<p>So yesterday the Nobel committee chose the medium of pastries to illustrate how David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz changed the world with their groundbreaking …

5 Mental Habits That Will Make You Much Smarter, According to an MIT Neuroscientist

IQ is largely fixed, but intelligence depends on context and approach.<p>Give a person an IQ test in elementary school and again when he or she is a senior citizen and science suggests the score will remain largely unchanged. Which means, like it or not, our sheer mental horsepower is largely …

What is Einstein's theory of relativity?

Albert Einstein’s theories of special and general relativity rule the field of classical physics.<p>Their effects can be seen in our everyday lives and …

Scientists followed 5,000 genius kids for 45 years — here's what they learned about success

Follow thousands of super-bright kids for four and a half decades and you learn a thing or two about how to raise a high-achiever.<p>One of the biggest …

New Research Confirms That Kids Get Their Intelligence From Mom

Science just proved what your mom has been saying all along.<p>When it comes to your IQ, "I got it from my mama" couldn't be more accurate. New research featured in <i>Psychology Spot</i> says people are born with conditioned genes that work differently depending on if they're from your mother or father — and …

The science of getting your kids to eat more vegetables

<i>Parenting in the information age can be maddening. Data and opinions are everywhere, but helpful advice often feels in short supply. In our Mom and Scientist series, Quartz journalists Jenny Anderson, a mother of two, and Akshat Rathi, a scientist, tackle challenging topics by balancing complex</i> …

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Want to Raise Really Smart Kids? Science Says Do This

If you've ever wondered what the real secret is for raising smarter children, there's something you can do about that.<p>Parents are always trying to find the next big trend in parenting--and for good reason, too. They want to know how to be better parents, how to raise healthier and more successful …

How To Really, Truly Get Over A Breakup

Heartbreak doesn’t just hurt, it often feels impossible. So many questions come along with the pain: <i>How can I move on? How do I get through this?</i> …

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How to Make a Relationship Last: 5 Secrets Backed by Research

Love is wonderful, love is joy, love is the greatest thing in the world… Love is also an enormous pain in the ass. Marriage is hard work.<p>(Older …

DNA’s Hidden Layer Is Real, and Physicists Are Finding More Proof

Maybe you’ve <b>wondered</b>, as I have, how it could possibly be that all of the <b>different types of cells</b> in our bodies are made up of the <b>same DNA chemical</b> …

Scientists Just Successfully Measured Movement Smaller Than an Atom in Space

Time to find more gravitational waves!<p>Scientists working with the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) Pathfinder – an experimental spacecraft …

The Most Mysterious Star in the Galaxy

Late last year, the PlanetHunters group of citizen-scientists found a perfectly ordinary star behaving very weirdly—fading in brightness every so …

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 …

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