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Imagine A Flying Pig: How Words Take Shape In The Brain

This is a story about a duck. More precisely, it's a story about what your brain just did when you read the word "duck."<p>Chances are, your brain created an image of a web-footed waterfowl. It also may have recalled the sound of quacking or the feel of feathers. And new research suggests that these …

Why Caffeine In Coffee Is A Miracle Drug For The Tired

NPR's Coffee Week is winding down, but we'd be remiss if we didn't give some space to caffeine, the most widely used stimulant drug in the world.<p>As much as we may enjoy the nutty dark roast aromas and the sensations of a warm beverage, coffee is often just a caffeine delivery system for a groggy …

Tutoring boom: 'I would eat toast and beans to see Toby go to university'

Sylvia Hart's family rarely eat out and their annual holiday is a trip in a caravan in the UK. The part-time special needs teacher and her husband, …

The future of urban transport

The 21st century city will need to be built around efficient, low-emitting mass transit. How can this best be achieved, especially with existing infrastuctures?<p>In comparison to slums I’ve visited in other parts of the world, Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro looks streets above the rest – literally. …

eLimu: ‘T' is for tablet computer

There has been a surge in technology initiatives aimed at delivering education in the developing world. But is there too much focus on flashy devices?<p>In a tiny classroom tucked inside one of Nairobi’s sprawling slums, the 34 class eight students of Amaf primary school wait anxiously for the 4 …

Does skipping breakfast make you put on weight?

It’s a plausible theory, until you look through the evidence. Then things become a little messy.<p>We’re often told that breakfast is an essential part of a healthy diet, especially if you are watching your weight. Some schools run breakfast to ensure that as many pupils as possible eat this …

Ten extraordinary Pentagon mind experiments

The Pentagon's growing interest in the brain for everything from mind-controlled vehicles to advanced prosthetics.<p>It’s been 30 years since the first message was sent over initial nodes of the Arpanet, the Pentagon-sponsored precursor to the internet. But this month, researchers announced something …

A better way to learn Chinese?

There’s been a rising dissatisfaction with current language teaching methods in China, but scientists think they may have an answer.<p>There’s no way round it: learning Chinese is tough. As far as reading goes, what most dismays native speakers of alphabetic languages is that Chinese characters offer …

Can you train yourself to get by on less sleep?

Margaret Thatcher did it. So did Salvador Dali. They survived the day with only a few hours of sleep. The question is whether you can force yourself to do the same.<p>We waste a third of our lives sleeping – or that’s how some people see it. When there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day, you …

Tesla and the lone inventor myth

Why our simplistic view of science and our desire to make heroes does a great disservice to the thousands of people who have invented our modern world.<p>Who invented the internet? <br>To answer that seemingly simple question you basically have two options: you can go on for hours explaining the hundreds …

Why money can't buy you happiness

Hope a lottery win will make you happy forever? Think again, evidence suggests a big payout won’t make that much of a difference. Tom Stafford explains why.<p>Think a lottery win would make you happy forever? Many of us do, including a US shopkeeper who just scooped $338 million in the Powerball …

Tech fix for Africa’s big farming challenge

Africa could help feed the world if its farmland was properly utilised. Things are starting to change, however, thanks to ideas transforming farmers’ lives.<p>Before last year, George Wainaina’s tiny shop selling agricultural goods and veterinarian supplies in Karura, a lush farming area of central …

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should not face the death penalty, even for a capital crime

Now that the surviving marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been charged with a capital crime, the Justice Department must begin a review process …

Online brain-training: does it really work?

My week has been pretty hectic so far. On Monday, I manned a busy beach bar and had to remember a range of ice-cream and pizza orders for a constant …

Life on Mars to become a reality in 2023, Dutch firm claims

A few months before he died, Carl Sagan recorded a message of hope to would-be Mars explorers, telling them: "Whatever the reason you're on Mars is, …