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Search Of DNA In Dogs, Mice And People Finds 4 Genes Linked To OCD

People who have obsessive-compulsive disorder can get trapped inside a thought. It repeats itself, like a stuck song. Did I lock the door? Is that doorknob clean enough to touch? I better wash my hands again — and again.<p>The biology underpinning this loop remains murky to scientists, but scientists …

Genetics

These Adorable Board Books Teach Baby Quantum Physics

With talking pigs and hungry caterpillars taking the leading roles in children’s stories, how often are books actually reflecting the world around …

We Finally Have Some New Insight Into How PTSD Occurs in The Brain

Our brains process fear memories too quickly<p>New research has shown that animal brains may not be able to keep up with the creation of a 'fear memory' …

Neuroscience

This is How You Fold a Record-Breaking Paper Airplane

In 2012, designer John Collins constructed a paper airplane that flew an astonishing 226 feet, establishing a distance record that still stands. A …

Encode Rings Transform Three Seconds of Speech Into a Unique Piece of Jewelry

When given to the right person at the right time, a piece of jewelry can speak volumes. With an Encode Ring, the message you’re trying to convey to …

Typography

50 Movies All Kids Should Watch Before They're 12

Uh-Oh. Is Our Faith in fMRI Brain Studies Misplaced?

It seems like nearly every time there’s a <b>new discovery</b> made in neuroscience, it’s because researchers have been able to associate some process with a</b> …

The science of timeouts: How to make them work for your kids

For centuries, spanking and other forms of corporal punishment were the main disciplinary tools of parents in America. In the 1960s, though, researchers began to turn their attention to a newfangled option: the timeout.<p>Sometimes controversial, the timeout is nevertheless now among the most …

Smartwatch chargers are the next household items to levitate

Soon, everything we own will be hovering a few inches from its magnetic dock<p>As a video we posted this morning on our Facebook page displayed, there are multiple options available for people who want to have household items levitate, from drinking glasses to phone chargers to bonsai trees to lamps. …

Smartwatches

How to Do Timeout: 12 Tips from Science

Photo Credit: EvgeniiAnd/Shutterstock.com<p>Slide 1 of 25<p>The Science of Timeouts<p>Research dating back to the 1960s has found that giving kids time-outs …

This Harry Potter Wedding Was Pure Magic

Rumor has it that there are more Harry Potter fans on earth than there are stars in our solar system. But few of them can claim to be bigger fans of …

Books

15 Smart Gifts for the Teacher in Your Life

Whether it's a friend with a teaching job, your child's teacher, or your own professor, you probably know at least one person who spends their days …

From triage to discharge: a user's guide to navigating hospitals

Australia’s public hospital system has been consistently ranked among the best in the world. But whether it’s an emergency or a planned admission, …

Radiation Therapy

University of California

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Shiley Eye Institute, with colleagues in China, have developed a new, regenerative medicine approach to remove congenital cataracts in infants, permitting remaining stem cells to regrow functional lenses.<p>The treatment, which …

High-potency pot smokers show brain-fiber damage

People who use especially potent pot show signs of damage in a key part of their brain. The results, reported online November 27 in <i>Psychological</i> …

Cannabis

What causes autism? What we know, don’t know and suspect

<i>This is a long read, enjoy. Andrew will be answering reader questions from 4pm-5pm AEDST on Friday, February 19.</i><p>One of the great and enduring …

Autism

Hackers Found a Way to Make Furbies Even Creepier

When Furby hit store shelves in November 1998, it was an instant hit. Kids loved it. Parents loved it. People paid three times the Furby’s retail …

This old study aid for math turns out to have a scientific basis | Ars Technica

Study shows simply tracing over what you're learning about makes it easier to remember.<p>Since the early 20th century, teachers at Montessori schools …

Mathematics

How to block a phone number on your Android phone

Keeping in touch with family and friends has become easier and faster thanks to our Android smartphones. However, not all people who can contact us through our mobile phones are people that we love and cherish. Some are spammers, annoying strangers, telemarketers, or other unwanted callers. You …

Apps

Is bacon dangerous? The science behind food trends

Is fat really bad for you? Should we consume less salt? And what’s wrong with gluten, anyway? A science writer and a consultant cardiologist separate fact from fiction<p><b>The great diet food con</b><p>Have you ever wondered why people on diets seem to be on and off them forever? Or why it’s really only people …

Nutrition

Top 10 feminist heroes in fiction

Maria Turtschaninoff grew up reading about girls. Strong girls, brave girls, scared girls, feisty girls. Here she reveals her favourite feminist heroes who are more than just role models, from Earthsea to the Moomins.<p>What is a literary feminist hero, exactly? To me, it’s a girl who gets to be …

Books

Google Streetview Takes Viewers Into A Miniature Train 'Wunderland'

Now you can feel like Alice, without eating any strange mushrooms<p>Google Street View is downsizing. They've taken us deep into the seven seas and up perilous rock faces but now, they're taking us somewhere very small: Hamburg's Miniatur Wunderland, a huge model train set.<p>The best part is, you can …

Google Street View

The Stanford professor who pioneered praising kids for effort says we’ve totally missed the point

It is well known that telling a kid she is smart is wading into seriously dangerous territory.<p>Reams of research show that kids who are praised for being smart fixate on performance, shying away from taking risks and meeting potential failure. Kids who are praised for their efforts try harder and …

Self-improvement

The science of resilience: how to teach students to persevere

Neurologist and teacher Judy Willis shares three simple techniques to help teachers build resilience in their students<p>In schools today, the focus is not only on helping students pass exams, but also on improving their character by making them more resilient. Resilience in learning, as in life, is …

Pedagogy

How to discipline your children without rewards or punishment

Many parents are moving towards “gentle parenting”, where they choose not to use rewards (sticker charts, lollies, chocolates, TV time as “bribes”) …

Parenting

What science doesn’t know about the menopause: what it’s for and how to treat it

It is a critical stage of life for half the population, yet women struggling with symptoms are confronted with conflicting advice. Why is so little understood about the menopause?<p>My physio, a young woman called Lucy, was simply making conversation. She wanted to distract me from the serious …

Women's Health

In Japan, They Have A Faster Way To Wrap Gifts

Apparently, we've been using way too many steps — and too much tape.<p>It's perhaps no surprise that the culture that invented origami is also superior when it comes to wrapping presents. Their technique is faster and, with a little practice, easier. Talk about holiday music to your ears when you're …

Crafting

How Pikazo Turns Your Photos Into Magic

The latest photo app to grab the world by the eyeballs is called Pikazo. Created by a programmer and an artist, the app “simulates a visual cortex” and takes 10 minutes to change a normal picture into something out of the Tate Modern. Here is how it works.

Tate Modern

The 55 best Christmas episodes you can watch on Netflix right now

But if that's your only strategy, you're missing out on some awesome content in the form of holiday-themed TV episodes. These eps can be harder to find because Netflix's search option won't pick up on episode titles — and some of the episodes don't even have "Christmas" or "holiday" in the title.<p>So …

TV

FactCheck: is there a link between early and easier access to violent TV and domestic violence?

It’s not that hard to draw the lines between early and easier access to more violent and explicit television and the way unfortunately and sadly many …

Psychology