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Our brains use 4 steps to solve math problems — and the discovery might change education

Ever wondered how your mind deals with complex sums and multiplications?<p>A new study has imaged how the brain's activity levels change while taking on serious math problems, and reveals for the first time that there are four distinct neural stages involved in coming up with a solution.<p>Two different …

Mathematics

Autism is not just a disorder of the brain, mouse study suggests

Autism spectrum disorders are generally thought to be caused by deficits in brain development, but a study in mice now suggests that at least some …

The American election explained — for Canadians!

Can I run for president?<p>Well, no, you can’t. Not if you’re Canadian (unless you’re the Ted Cruz kind of Canadian, then you’re fine).<p>Here in Canada, …

14 Latin Words Hiding in Plain Sight

Latin has left a massive footprint on the English lexicon: According to some estimates, 60 percent of its vocabulary ultimately comes from the …

5 Bizarre Ways Everyone Gets World War II Wrong

What with all the propaganda, prejudice, and humanity's tendency to reduce the complexities of history to Michael Bay films, World War II remains one …

10 Innocent Words And Their Unbelievably Dirty Origins

General Knowledge<p>May 29, 2016<p>Listverse has recently been made aware that this content was not original; consequently we have removed it. We …

List-Worthy

11 Words With Meanings That Have Changed Drastically Over Time

People sometimes tell you you’re misusing a word and cite the Latin origin as proof. Don’t fall for the etymological fallacy.What a word means …

Language

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

13 Facts About Time That Will Hurt Your Brain

Passage of time is faster for your face than for your feet (supposing you’re standing up). Einstein’s theory of relativity states that the nearer you …

50 Words That Sound Dirty But Actually Aren't

To paraphrase Krusty the Clown, comedy isn’t dirty words—it’s words that sound dirty, like <i>mukluk</i>. He’s right, of course. Some words really do sound …

Auld Lang Syne: should old lyrics be forgot... what the song means, and eight things you didn't know about it

Every year, on December 31, merrily inebriated people gather to sing the same song, Auld Lang Syne. The fact that few actually know all of the words, let alone their meaning, has rarely stopped anyone from joining in.<p>However, now is your chance to be well-informed and in tune with these facts about …

8 places that shaped the life of William Shakespeare

He is considered by many to be the greatest playwright of all time, credited with leaving a profound mark on Britain’s culture and heritage...<p><b>In what</b> …

What The Age You Got Your First Period Says About You, According To Science

Did you know that the term for your first period is "menarche"? It's pretty catchy, particularly as opposed to "a seriously stressful event that …

Know Your Terms: Code Switching

code switching<p><i>(noun)</i> <b>the practice of changing one’s language, dialect or speaking style to better fit one’s environment.</b><p>Overview<p>When you talk to your …

Life of the Week: King Cnut

Recognised as one of the most prominent kings of the Anglo-Saxon era, King Cnut conquered England, Denmark, Norway, and areas of Sweden<p>Here, we look …

Why We Hurt Each Other: Tolstoy’s Letters to Gandhi on Love, Violence, and the Truth of the Human Spirit

In 1908, Indian revolutionary Taraknath Das wrote to Leo Tolstoy, by then one of the most famous public figures in the world, asking for the author’s support in India’s independence from British colonial rule. On December 14, Tolstoy, who had spent the last twenty years seeking the answers to …

11 Ways School Was Different in the 1800s

This week, most kids in the United States are returning to school after the summer break ... and they’re probably not thrilled about going back. But …

Elizabeth I: the monarch behind the mask

Anna Whitelock looks beyond Elizabeth I's carefully crafted image as an all-conquering Tudor beauty and finds a balding, frail woman, scarred by pox, …

Why Did Humans Develop So Many Different Languages?

New research suggests that there could be some method to the apparent madness of how different languages form. The key may lie in the environment in …

Linguistics

Agincourt: what really happened

Agincourt is legendary as one of England’s finest moments, but historian Anne Curry says the facts do not substantiate our rosy view of this victory …

Health WARNINGS Your Fingernails May Be Showing You

Shannon Kringen via flickr<p>Fingernail can tell us a lot about our health, the texture and color can reflect a variety of health conditions. …

Raising Awake Children in a Broken School System

Contributing writer for Wake Up World<p><b>Why don’t we tell our children the truth about ‘the System’ as soon as they are old enough to …

12 Useful Math Hacks That They Didn't Teach You In School

12. Use Lines To Multiply<p>The above is actually a method used often by the Japanese. Here is video demonstrating:<p>Still don’t have it? Here are three …

Hacking

10 Powerful Quotes to Read When We’re Feeling Stuck.

As someone with a keen interest in empowerment and choice, I recently conducted a survey about feeling “stuck”—what triggers it, how we feel about it …

9 Houseplants That Clean The Air And Are Almost Impossible To Kill | Spirit Science

Pop quiz: which is more polluted, indoor air or outdoor air? 10 times out of 10, indoor air in your house, office or apartment is going to be worse …

New Research Discovers That Depression Is An Allergic Reaction To Inflammation

New research is revealing that many cases of depression are caused by an allergic reaction to inflammation. Tim de Chant of <i>NOVA</i> writes: “Inflammation …

Five Science ‘Facts’ We Learnt At School That Are Plain Wrong

Let’s start with a quiz…<p>How many senses do you have?<br>• Which of the following are magnetic: a tomato, you, paperclips?<br>• What are the primary colours of …

This Clever Duvet Cover Trick is Going to Change Your Life

The "duvet burrito" makes changing your cover SO much easier.<p>Nothing says frustrating like trying to put on a duvet cover by yourself. In a world of iPhones, robo-vacuums, and all sorts of tech gadgets, you'd think we would have found a simpler solution to this cumbersome housekeeping task by now. …

15 Things You Might Not Know About The Alchemist

Brazilian author Paulo Coelho’s allegorical novel of a Spanish shepherd has inspired millions of readers to set out searching for their own personal …

26 Books From Around The World You Need To Read Before You Die

Next stop: your local bookstore.