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What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story?

"I want The Three Bears!"<p>These days parents, caregivers and teachers have lots of options when it comes to fulfilling that request. You can read a picture book, put on a cartoon, play an audiobook, or even ask Alexa.<p>A newly published study gives some insight into what may be happening inside young …

The Brain

How your name shapes what other people think of your personality

What’s in a name? A lot, apparently. New research suggests that your first name shapes the way other people perceive your age, personality, and how …

Psychology

Frailty is not inevitable in old age for those with a healthy heart, scientists find

Frailty is not inevitable in old age, scientists believe after, finding that people with a healthy heart do not succumb to weakness in later life.<p>New research has shown that older people with very low risk of heart disease also have very little frailty, raising the possibility it is preventable.<p>The …

High Blood Pressure

The One Ingredient Your Guacamole Might Be Missing

It's a universal favorite. The flavorful, green dip usually makes an appearance at summer cookouts, football tailgate parties, and of course, taco …

Cooking

These Bedrooms are the Next Best Thing to Sleeping Outside

Sleeping under the stars is one of those things that sounds lovely and romantic, but doesn't quite live up to the hype. There's dirt! There's bugs!

Outdoor Spaces

This Tiny, 362-Square-Foot Beach Cottage Is BIG On Style

Imagine you have an insanely cute 1920s cottage near the beach on the Venice canals in L.A. It's every Angeleno's dream, right? Except, add in the …

Small Spaces

Every Culture Appropriates

The question is less whether a dress or an idea is borrowed, than the uses to which it’s then put.<p>Meet the Death Metal Cowboys of Botswana. In black leather decorated with metal studs, they play a pounding style of music that people who know more than me trace to the British band “Venom” and its …

Death Metal

I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye

Kanye West wants freedom—white freedom.<p>I could only have seen it there, on the waxed hardwood floor of my elementary-school auditorium, because I was young then, barely 7 years old, and cable had not yet come to the city, and if it had, my father would not have believed in it. Yes, it had to have …

Michael Jackson

These Are the Dinosaurs That Didn't Die

More than 10,000 species still roam the Earth. We call them birds.<p>This story appears in the <i>May 2018</i> issue of National Geographic magazine.<p>Nestled among white-sand beaches and brightly colored resorts, the mangrove swamps along Mexico’s Yucatán coast are a paradise for birds and the people who enjoy …

Paleontology

The Myth of 'Learning Styles'

A popular theory that some people learn better visually or aurally keeps getting debunked.<p>In the early ‘90s, a New Zealand man named Neil Fleming decided to sort through something that had puzzled him during his time monitoring classrooms as a school inspector. In the course of watching 9,000 …

Pedagogy

Pa. lawmakers have a chance to turn the tide on gun violence | Editorial

It is a disgrace that Pennsylvania has laws so loose that criminals and others with bad intentions can so easily obtain guns. Among other reforms, …

Guns

Scientists developing a possible treatment for hearing loss

There may be new hope for people who are losing their hearing, thanks to research being conducted by scientists from the University of Southern …

Critter Creek Garage

After serving as a family home for 20 years, the Critter Creek Garage makes a new life out of its old memories. The current building now functions as …

The Sobro Smart Side Table Is Truly Functional Furniture

Posted in Space and Table<p>This is furniture designed to help you live better. The Sobro Smart Side Table is a connected night stand that features a …

Hygge Supply: The Kit House Reimagined from Northern Michigan

After working in fashion event production for 12 years, Kelly Sean Karcher, who splits his time between Brooklyn and the Leelanau Peninsula in …

These techniques are proven to boost certain cognitive functions

Included: how memory athletes stuff their noggins with so much knowledge.<p>1. Mindfulness<p>Meditation is an ancient practice that rests on training your brain to focus its attention on the present moment, rather than the past or future. Studies suggest that using this technique over time can increase …

Humanity

The micro Madrid apartment filled with hidden surprises

"The 'Yojigen Poketto' literally means '4D Pocket'," Elii architects tells New Atlas. "It is the pocket of anime character <i>Doraemon</i>, from where he …

5 Meal Prep Strategies From a Guy Who Does It For a Living

Get your oven mitts ready because these meal prep tips are on fire.<p>There are many ways to be a chef these days besides working at a restaurant. You can serve the every whim of hedge fund billionaires and pop queens. You can travel the world apprenticing with groundbreaking chefs and yoda-like …

Cooking

Meet the Umami Bomb of Dessert: Malted Milk Powder

Considering I've featured it in recipes for both butterscotch pudding and malted chocolate chip cookies, you'd be right to assume I've got a soft spot for malted milk powder—but what is it?<p>Whether found in familiar containers of Ovaltine and Carnation or purchased in bulk from some less famous …

Affordable A-frame house can be built by just two people

More like A + frame!<p>Whether it’s a beachside retreat or a cabin in the woods, the A-frame is a special type of building. You might recall the quirky triangle structures from vacations of yore, complete with avocado kitchens and shag carpets. But thanks to Instagram, nostalgia, and the allure of a …

Guys, This Could Be Why Women Seem To Think You're Boring

Guys, you've been in this situation before: You meet a girl out at a bar, and she has an adorable accent.<p><b>You:</b> “Where are you from?”<p><b>Her:</b> “Norway.”<p><b>You:</b> …

Relationships

Chocolate Hummus Is Better Than Cookie Dough—Here’s How to Make it at Home

Our chocolate hummus recipe will satisfy any chocolate craving, and it's rich in protein (a total bonus).<p>Not going to lie, when I first heard …

Dessert

45 Awesome Ideas for How to Decorate Your Wall

If you're working to decorate a tiny space, you're mostly limited by the square footage (or lack thereof). You know what doesn't take up any of that …

Breezy studio shows how to fit a lot function into a small space

Don’t be deceived by this studio’s small size—architect Ulrika Saar of Freshwater studio designed the Freshwater Granny Flat to fit a lot function in …

Yes, bacon really is killing us

Decades’ worth of research proves that chemicals used to make bacon do cause cancer. So how did the meat industry convince us it was safe? By Bee Wilson<p>There was a little cafe I used to go to that did the best bacon sandwiches. They came in a soft and pillowy white bap. The bacon, thick-cut from a …

Processed Meat

This Dinner Takes 15 Minutes to Make and Uses Lots of Prosciutto

One pan. Less than 10 ingredients. You got this.<p>This recipe is so easy you could make it with your eyes closed. But, you know what? It’s VERY DANGEROUS to cook with your eyes closed. And people should really stop describing recipes this way. So, how about this: This recipe is so easy you could make …

Eggs

This Is the Worst Roommate Story You’ll Ever Read

<b>Alex Miller’s spare room</b> had been on Craigslist for two weeks when, last March, she got the call she’d been waiting for. The man at the other end …

What no politician wants to admit about gun control

One of the more memorable aspects of former President Barack Obama's time in office were his speeches after mass shootings, speeches that became a bit of a morbid ritual, given how regularly the shootings occur. Over time, they grew angrier, more emotional, and more disgusted at America's gun …

Good sex: The 1-minute fix couples should do every day - TODAY.com

<i>Dr. Stephen Snyder is a sex therapist in New York and author of the new book, "Love Worth Making: How to Have Ridiculously Great Sex in a Long-Lasting Relationship."</i><p>It’s 7:30 a.m. and a man is about to leave the house to go to work. Kissing his wife goodbye, he buries his face in her hair to inhale …

Dim light may be shrinking your brain

If you've opted to go for low "mood lighting" in your office, you might want to think again. According to a new study from Michigan State University, …

Neuroscience