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Obama Announces FAFSA Change To Make College Aid Decision Earlier And Easier

The Obama Administration today announced changes to the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the college aid form that millions of Americans complete each year to be eligible for federal and (sometimes) state or college based aid. The changes become effective in October of 2016, which …

The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

By Jay Cassano4 minute Read<p>Most people are in the pursuit of happiness. There are economists who think happiness is the best indicator of the health …

Happiness

Scientists Can Now Read Your Memories

Researchers have mapped rats’ memories, and humans could be next.<p>Scientists may have cracked the code of memories by successfully tracing how they …

Students need to learn about sexual assault and consent long before college

There is too much misinformation and confusion about rape. That is why we should be teaching consent in high school<p>There are some essential life skills that high schools know they have to teach students. That’s why most offer classes like woodshop, home economics and drivers education. So I have to …

Education

Wearables will explode after Apple Watch debut

Wearables, and the apps that will make them useful, are set to go mainstream thanks to the expected launch of Apple's smartwatch on March 9.<p>Yes I know, wearables like Google Glass didn't do very well in their initial launch. The current crop of smartwatches and fitness bands are good, but they're …

HIV strain came from gorillas, study finds

Western lowland gorillas in southern Cameroon appear to be the source for the second-most-lethal category of the immunodeficiency virus that crossed into humans, a new study suggests.<p>The category, called HIV-1 group O, has not been nearly as dangerous to humans as group M, which has infected more …

Gorillas

Can an App Be Too Successful? Ask ‘Trivia Crack’

Mobile game has topped the charts with user-generated questions, but now players gripe of a glut<p>Sitting in church services on a Sunday morning last month, Julia Harryman noticed that her husband was playing the quiz game “Trivia Crack” on his phone.<p>“I just looked at him and smirked,” says the …

Mobile

Is Kevin Spacey in House of Cards one of the great TV villains?

House of Cards series 3 is coming to Netflix on Friday. Gerard O'Donovan asks if Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood has a place among television's greatest baddies<p>What makes a great screen villain? There’s never any lack of bad guys (and occasionally gals) in TV drama but what is it that makes the …

Hard Feelings: Science’s Struggle to Define Emotions

While it's possible for researchers to study facial expressions, brain patterns, behavior, and more, each of these is only part of a more elusive whole.<p>When Paul Ekman was a grad student in the 1950s, psychologists were mostly ignoring emotions. Most psychology research at the time was focused on …

Put your phone away and be quiet in the theatre. Evolution demands it

Few minor modern irritations seem to drive people so wild so reliably as talking, texting or chomping during films or other performances<p>Last Sunday night, during the New York City Ballet’s performance of Romeo and Juliet – right around the famous love scene in the orchard – someone several seats to …

John Legend: Let every child's light shine

<b>(CNN) —</b> I grew up in a crowded house with three siblings, many passions and incredible energy. I was surrounded by loving family, including two wonderful parents who cared so much about our education.<p>My father often talked to us about his definition of success. He told us that it wasn't measured in …

Siblings

True adulthood doesn't begin until age 25

The trend has been dubbed ‘kidulthood’ by commentators<p>True adulthood does not begin in the western world until 25 because young people are putting off settling down for longer, a psychiatrist has claimed.<p>Although the transition from child to adult is traditionally marked at 18, in fact, crucial …