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KQED

The conversation about what kids need to know and to be able to do by the end of high school has gradually shifted over the past several years to …

Pedagogy

KQED

In recent years researchers have begun to build a science of interest, investigating what interest is, how interest develops, what makes things …

The Biology Of Altruism: Good Deeds May Be Rooted In The Brain

Four years ago, Angela Stimpson agreed to donate a kidney to a complete stranger.<p>"The only thing I knew about my recipient was that she was a female and she lived in Bakersfield, Calif.," Stimpson says.<p>It was a true act of altruism — Stimpson risked pain and suffering to help another. So why did …

Scientists Have Discovered an On/Off Switch For Ageing Cells

Image: mopic/Shutterstock<p>In our bodies, our cells are constantly dividing in order to replenish our lungs, skin, liver and other organs. But most …

KQED

<b>By Shankar Vedantam, NPR</b><p>John Hewitt is a neuroscientist who studies the biology of intelligence. He’s also a parent. Over the years, Hewitt has …

The Brain

Mice Given Human Brain Gene Show Boosted Intellect

Although it's far from the sort of brain transplant beloved by science fiction enthusiasts, scientists have taken one step in that direction: they have spliced a key human brain gene into mice. Scientists used hundreds of mice genetically engineered to carry the human version of Foxp2, a gene …

The Brain

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As educators across the country continue to examine the best ways of teaching and learning, a new lexicon is beginning to emerge that describes one …

Pedagogy

Doctorow Ruminates On How A 'Brain' Becomes A Mind

When does our brain become our mind? Our heart? How does it become us, whatever we are? And how do we live with memories when they begin to burst inside?<p>E.L. Doctorow's new novel is called <i>Andrew's Brain</i>, and it plunges inside the brain of a man who tells the story of trying to outrun the memories …