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This Is Your Brain on Exercise

Right now the front of your brain is firing signals about what you’re reading and how much of it you soak up has a lot to do with whether there is a …

The Brain

‘Three-parent’ babies explained: what are the concerns and are they justified?

Britain could be the first country to legalise the controversial mitochondrial transfer technique. What does the procedure entail, and what will it mean for parental rights?<p>Britain will be on the path to becoming the first country in the world to permit the creation of “three-parent” babies if MPs …

Genetics

The Solowheel: check out this new giratory system

Bicycles, scooters, skateboards and Segways – make way for a new kind of unicycle. Prepare to wobble<p>“The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot,” to quote the late comedian Sid Caesar, “the guy who invented the other three: <i>he</i> was the genius!” Sympathy with this point of view is the …

Poverty Reduces Brain Power: Study

LONDON, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Poverty and the all-consuming fretting that comes with it require so much mental energy that the poor have little brain power left to devote to other areas of life, according to the findings of an international study published on Thursday.<p>The mental strain could be …

Baby talk: newborns recall words heard in the womb, research shows

Don't save the baby talk until you've got a newborn to coo at: new research offers provocative evidence that an unborn fetus can not only hear sounds from the outside world, but is actually capable of recalling specific words in the days following birth.<p>In a study out of the University of Helsinki …

Retailers, Take Note: Young Shoppers Don’t Care About Owning Your Stuff

Unlike Boomers and GenX consumers, millenials have a different understanding of possessions. A new report reveals how “instant ownership” is losing out to the “unlimited options” of online shopping.<p>A quarter century ago, Russell Belk introduced the concept of the extended self in<br>a paper published …

Generation X

What’s Really Behind the Ever-Rising Cost of Raising a Child in America

It's never been more expensive to have kids. But it's never been cheaper to clothe and feed them, as well. So what's getting more expensive?<p>Much was made last week of a recent study on the cost of child-rearing by economist Mark Lino at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The total cost of raising …

Study Shows Millennials Are More Forgetful Than Seniors

Historically, studies have equated forgetfulness with old age. Indeed, when someone misplaces something like their car keys, people generally refer to it as a "senior moment." But a new survey tells a different story.<p>A Trending Machine national poll finds that millennials aged 18 to 34 are, in …