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As we age, brain health linked to fitness level

People are living longer, and while that is a good thing, growing older in today's world presents certain challenges — memory loss, illness, depression, loneliness, etc. It has been established that the effects of aging on the brain and cognition are widespread and...

source: By Dorothy L. Tengler
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For the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a pictograph: officially called the "Face with Tears of Joy" emoji, though you may know it by other names.

source: Oxford University Press

It's highly unlikely that a gigantic space rock will crash through our atmosphere and destroy civilization as we know it. But it's not impossible either. Which is why a small but growing community of scientists and astronomers are scrambling to spot and destroy dangerous...

source: Popular Mechanics

You could qualify for Mensa with the scores from intelligence tests you have already taken. Now through Nov. 30, American Mensa invites you to submit your scores, and we will review them for free. Find out more at

source: American Mensa

English speakers know that their language is odd. So do people saddled with learning it non-natively. The oddity that we all perceive most readily is its spelling, which is indeed a nightmare. In countries where English isn’t spoken, there is no such thing as a "spelling...

source: Aeon

If you're exhausted and in the need to zone out, you might actually be grabbing bits of down time called "microsleep." The phenomenon can occur most readily when a person is sleep-deprived, when their brain is primed to switch into...

source: ABC News

A simple test using a raisin can predict how well a toddler will perform academically at age eight, according to research conducted at the University of Warwick. Using just the piece of dried fruit and a plastic cup they have devised a test based on how long a 20-month old...

source: University of Warwick via ScienceDaily


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