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This century-old Eastern European custom might actually make kids love math

Last year my daughter, who is going into 4th grade, came home and announced for the first time that she "hates" math. So I went in search of an afterschool program that might inspire her to change her attitude.<p>I discovered "Math Circles," informal math clubs for kids run by mathematicians who often …

Brain Scans May Predict Math Gains in Children, Study Finds

Brain scans may be able to predict which kids are likely to improve their math skills in school and which ones are not, and they do it better than IQ or math tests, researchers reported Tuesday.<p>The researchers have been working with a group of kids who started getting brain scans at the age of 8, …

The Brain

​One Small Optical Chip, One Giant Leap for Quantum Computing

“We carried out a year's worth of experiments in a matter of hours.”<p>Today marked the unveiling of a reprogrammable optical chip that is capable of processing photons in an infinite variety of ways. This development marks a massive step toward the realization of a quantum computer capable of wildly …

When Knowledge Is Unforgettable

Adults remember more of what they learned in school than they think they do—thanks to an aspect of education that doesn’t get much attention in policy debates.<p>I recently found a box of papers from high school and was shocked to see what I once knew. There, in my handwriting, was a multi-step …

How Computers Are Changing the Way We Explain the World

Imagine it’s the 1950s and you’re in charge of one of the world’s first electronic computers. A company approaches you and says: “We have 10 million …