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How to be optimistic, according to science

Should you see a glass as half empty or half full? If you want to live a better life, and you care what research has to say, there's a clear answer …

11 scientific studies that will restore your faith in humanity

Reading a lot about the science of human behavior can make you cynical, sometimes deservedly so, but cynical nonetheless.<p>On this blog I try to be …

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Women Who are Ambivalent about Women Against Women Against Feminism

So..<i>.yeah.</i> Right now there’s a lot of talk about a tumblr called WomenAgainstFeminism. It’s just pictures of some women holding up handwritten signs …

Photographer Takes Beautiful Photos of Her One-Handed Daughter

Holly Springs is a photographer in Auckland, New Zealand. Her daughter was born without a left hand and has struggled with Hirschsprung's Disease. …

Prepare to Be Shocked

Four predictions about how brain stimulation will make us smarter<p>Several years ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency got wind of a technique called transcranial direct-current stimulation, or tDCS, which promised something extraordinary: a way to increase people’s performance in …

The danger of silence

"We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don't," says poet and teacher Clint …

Injustice

The Good (And Not So Good) Habits of Highly Intelligent People

Being supersmart has its upside--and its downside, too.<p>Here's a chicken-versus-egg question for you: Do people have high IQs because they've developed certain habits, or do they develop certain habits because they have high IQs?<p>I'm not sure there's an answer to that question, but people with higher …

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Russia has lost control of a gecko sex experiment in space

The science experiment could drop out of the sky thanks to an engine issue<p>67 years ago, the US sent fruit flies into space inside a V-2 rocket to see if they could survive the radiation. Thus began a long and storied history of bringing animals off planet to explore what happens when gravity …

I'm Ira Glass, Host of This American Life, and This Is How I Work

Ira Glass is a writer, producer, storyteller, performer, and a familiar voice. His show This American Life has set the contemporary standard of …

Getting Over Procrastination

Want to hear my favorite procrastination joke?<p>I’ll tell you later. Piers Steel, a psychologist at the University of Calgary, has saved up countless such lines while researching the nature of procrastination. Formerly a terrible procrastinator himself, he figures a dose of humor can’t hurt. It’s …

Procrastination

7 things the world's happiest people do every day

University of California professor Sonja Lyubomirsky details the things research shows the happiest people have in common.<p>1. They devote a great …

Earth's Electromagnetic Field Is Weakening

The Earth's magnetic field, which protects us from radiation from space, is getting weaker. We don't yet know why this is, but new evidence confirms …

Earth Science

Music & Neurosciences V – Blog 7 (Musical Emotions)

Hello Dear Reader<p>I hope you will forgive my lapse on the afternoon of Day 3. I was late staying at the poster session so I missed the start of …

Neuroscience

Tell all the music teachers you know

This article provides more evidence about the lasting benefits of music education, even if you don’t stick with it. They attempt to answer the …

Hooked on music: What makes music catchy?

Everyone knows a hook when they hear one, but scientists don’t know why. By playing the <i>Hooked on Music</i> game you are exploring the science of songs …

Music & Neurosciences V – Blog 8 (Music and Infants)

Hello Dear ReaderThe morning of Day 4 of the Music and Neurosciences V conference featured yet another beautiful blue sky. It has rained quite a bit …

Caffeine and Memory

I have a great fondness for my morning cup of coffee. I'm pretty happy about my second morning cup of coffee, too. Although my children like to taunt …

Turn Off the Music?

Your teenager is studying in her bedroom, preparing for tomorrow’s English test. Books are strewn everywhere, music is blaring. Her head bops along …

In support of school band

In my family, spring means that it's time to look ahead to the following school year and try to figure out what activities to sign up for. Should we …

Flashcards

Learning to read notes on the staff is hard work for many students. There are so many lines and spaces, and they’re so close together. And it would …

Can Free Play Prevent Depression and Anxiety In Kids?

Over the past 50-60 years, play time in kids' lives has been drastically cut. School days and years are longer and parents often schedule enrichment …

How to Make Small Talk with Strangers: My 21-Day Experiment | The Art of Manliness

One of the more unexpected changes I discovered upon becoming a parent is how much more you end up talking with strangers. This is in part because …

What It's Like for a Deaf Person to Hear Music for the First Time

With new hearing aids, Austin Chapman is listening to music for the first time in his life, and it sounds glorious.<p>Austin Chapman was born profoundly deaf. Hearing aids helped some, but music -- its full range of pitches and tones -- remained indecipherable. As Chapman explains, "I've never …

7 Tenets of Creative Thinking

2. Creative Thinking Is Work<p>You must show passion and the determination to immerse yourself in the process of developing new and different ideas. The …

Creativity

18 Epic Productivity Apps to Help You Live Your Dreams

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The Simple Phrase that Increases Effort 40% - Daniel Coyle

Every teacher or coach worth their salt knows that there’s no moment more important than the moment feedback is delivered. Do it correctly, and the …

Art and Music Are Professions Worth Fighting for

Earlier this year, I was invited back to my high school to participate in their annual career day -- a day where during school hours, students learn about different professions and vocations. I was asked to join a panel about the arts, and to share some insight on what I've experienced as an artist …