When I asked junior high students to look back on their school career and describe the assignment that stood out most for them, most named activities where they were in the driver's seat. They claimed having the opportunity to take responsibility...
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Think about the first time you met your college roommate. You were probably nervous, talking a little too loudly and laughing a little too heartily. What else does that memory bring to mind? The lunch you shared later. The dorm mates you met that night? Memories beget memories,...
Four billion years ago, an endless barrage of space rock pummeled the surface of Earth and the Moon, in a period known as the Late Heavy Bombardment. Now, astronomers have performed a detailed analysis of one of the most famous craters from that time, and what they've learned...
One of the biggest steps in realizing the sci-fi robotic future everyone's been dreaming of (or dreading as the case may be) is getting them to walk like humans. And that's not just because humans are a narcissitic species (though we are). There's a lot of important developments...
The brain looks like a featureless expanse of folds and bulges, but it's actually carved up into invisible territories. Each is specialized: Some groups of neurons become active when we recognize faces, others when we read, others when we raise our hands. Recently, in what...
A new study of pigeons in New York City shows that levels of lead in the birds track with with neighborhoods where children show high levels of lead exposure. "Pigeons breathe the same air, walk the same sidewalks, and often eat the same food as we do. What if we could use...
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