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This is how your kid learns: The amazing new neuroscience of “brain plasticity” — and how to make your child smarter

New products suggest they can build a designer brain for your kid. How can parents take advantage of new science?<p><b>What happens to our child’s brain when we parent?</b><p>The discovery of the nature and extent of brain plasticity has led to a tremendous advance in our understanding of what happens to the …

Humanity

Schools are starting to teach kids philosophy—and it's completely changing the way students think

It's here that standardized testing creeps behind students like a shadow and where fun experiments take a back seat to rote memorization.<p>But in some ambitious K-12 schools across the country, philosophy courses have made tangible improvements to the way students learn.<p>In these classrooms, teachers …

Teaching

Why 'Skinny Fat' Can Be Worse Than Obesity

We have a big fat problem. America is a fat nation, and we are failing to solve our big fat problem. Failing big time. Almost 70 percent of Americans are overweight. The latest study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows about 35 percent of Americans are obese.<p>It comes as …

Diabetes

The truth about “Cecil the Lion” outrage: Why we’re so angry — and what it says about us

“There’s an enormous sense of outrage about this,” says Yale philosopher Joshua Knobe<p>The case of Cecil the Lion – in which a Minnesota dentist, Walter J. Palmer, killed a lion living in a Zimbabwe sanctuary – has incensed people all over the world. Protestors have put signs up at his office and …

Philosophy

Scientists are on the cusp of these 15 discoveries that will transform the world

Our smartphones are more powerful computers than the Apollo 11 mission to the moon used. Many of the devicIes that power our everyday lives would have been unimaginable a century ago.<p>It's a tough world to keep up in.<p>Concerned about what they argue is a lack of funding and appreciation in the US for …

University of Washington

Who Called It 'Spiritual Rape' to Force Your Religion on Others? The Answer Might Surprise You.

Over the past two years, the term "spiritual rape," used by Mikey Weinstein to describe the unwanted and aggressive proselytizing of members of our military, has become one of the most popular go-to quotes in the world of fundamentalist Christian websites, the right-wing media -- and even in …

Religion

The Science Behind Why Tinder Is Effing Up Your Love Life

Whether you're swiping for ~cuddles~, for love, for friendship, for validation or for absolutely nothing whatsoever (hey, Tinder's a great way to …

Relationships

Anxious Brains Are Inherited, Study Finds

The brain function that underlies anxiety and depression is inherited, a new study finds — but there is still plenty of space for experience and …

Adding oil to Mediterranean diet helps weight loss, but lifestyle change is key

Eat less, move more.<p>That’s the best antidote to “lifestyle diseases” filling our hospitals around the world, said Jean-Pierre Després, professor in …

Simone Weil on Science, Quantum Theory, and Our Spiritual Values

“When someone exposes himself as a slave in the market place, what wonder if he finds a master?”<p>Many decades before Rebecca Goldstein, one of the most compelling philosophers and scientific thinkers of our time, examined how Einstein and Gödel’s work on relativity rattled our understanding of …

Disney Knows Your Brain And Wants Your Emotions

The launch of Pixar’s latest animated film, <i>Inside Out</i>, is imminent. While most will watch the film for its story and animation, there’s an interesting backstory.<p>Much of the story takes place inside the head of the main character, the 11-year-old Riley. Five emotions interact there, voiced by actors …

Animation

New Theory on Why Men Love Breasts

Why do straight men devote so much headspace to those big, bulbous bags of fat drooping from women's chests? Scientists have never satisfactorily …

10 Mind-Melting Optical Illusions That Will Make You Question Reality

This is next-level science trickery.<p>The human brain is perhaps the most complex biological structure in evolutionary history. Yet, it’s surprisingly …

Space

World view: incredible images of the Earth from above

Daily Overview is a New York-based website and Instagram account that showcases stunning, surprising and intriguing photographs of the Earth from the skies

Sea Level

Epic doodling

I’m a pretty big fan of doodling, but my stuff has nothing on Peter Deligdisch.<p>His YouTube channel is full of videos where he documents his …

Doodling

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Baseball<p>We're as surprised as you are that mirrored shades and embroidered mocknecks are cool again.<p>By Megan Gustashaw2 days agoView More<p>Editors' …

26 Books To Inspire Your Next Epic Summer Road Trip

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How the Navy SEALs Train for Leadership Excellence

Almost every world-class, high-performance organization takes training and education seriously. But Navy SEALs go uncomfortably beyond. They’re obsessive and obsessed. They are arguably the best in the world at what they do. Their dedication to relentless training and intensive preparation, …

Business School

20 fascinating facts that make you think twice

Luckily, the folks over at Reddit have a collection of true facts about life, and we've combed through them to find our favorites.<p>From a creature that can survive the harsh vacuum of space to the odd state sport of Maryland, you're bound to learn something that makes you think twice.<p><i>Note: A shorter</i> …

Reddit

The purrrfect cuppa: Taipei's best cat cafes

Taiwan is famed for its delicate teas and the capital, Taipei, teems with excellent cafes. The past decade has seen a craze in cat cafes (or cat coffee as they’re known in Taiwan). A cafe qualifies if it has one or more cats strolling – or more likely dozing – on the premises.<p>We’ve padded the …

Café

How your eyes betray your thoughts

According to the old saying, the eyes are windows into the soul, revealing deep emotions that we might otherwise want to hide. Although modern science precludes the existence of the soul, it does suggest that there is a kernel of truth in this saying: it turns out the eyes not only reflect what is …

The Brain

The collective wisdom of the 2015 graduation speeches

<b>(Real Simple) —</b><p>Trust yourself<p>"I want you all to stay true to the most real, most sincere, most authentic parts of yourselves. I want you to ask those basic questions: Who do you want to be? What inspires you? How do you want to give back? And then I want you to take a deep breath and trust …

College & University

Stunning Early Entries in 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

One of our very favorite photo contests has just kicked off! The 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest brings out the most breathtaking shots in travel photography. This year, the prizes are really exciting! The grand prize winner will receive an eight day National Geographic Photo …

Travel Photography

Calm

Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other

The psychological quirks that make it tricky to get an accurate read on someone's emotions<p>In her new book <i>No One Understands You and What To Do About It</i>, Heidi Grant Halvorson tells readers a story about her friend, Tim. When Tim started a new job as a manager, one of his top priorities was …

Psychology

Hubble at 25: the best images from the space telescope - in pictures

As the Hubble space telescope gets ready to celebrate 25 years since its launch, we look back at some of the iconic images it has produced

Hubble Space Telescope

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130 Inspirational Quotes About Taxes | Inc.com

• <i>Adam Smith:</i> "Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice: all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things."• <i><br>Al Capone:</i> "They can't collect legal taxes from …

Income Inequality