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Sleepy Teens: High School Should Start Later in the Morning

High school begins across the U.S. this week and next. And it begins too early! Too early in the day, that is. Ask any groggy teenager waiting for a bus or yawning in "home room" and he or she will tell you that it's just too darn early in the morning to learn chemistry equations [...]..

August 26, 2014 — Mark Fischetti

Earthquakes in Napa, Iceland and... Ohio? [Video]

Photos are everywhere today of wine bottles, and in some cases wine barrels, broken on the floors of Napa Valley, the famous wine region in California–dashed to the ground by a magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck there early Sunday...

August 25, 2014 — Mark Fischetti
How Do Our Brains Remember? [Video]

How Do Our Brains Remember? [Video]

Each of us has a unique experience on this earth. A major reason for that is the buildup of our memories over time, which forms the ongoing narrative that we know as our life.

August 20, 2014 — Mark Fischetti

How #Selfie Culture is Changing Our Lives

We've all done it: We're at an event, we take a bunch of photos with our phones, we take a selfie and maybe one with a friend, we post all the images online, and we're done.

August 19, 2014 — Mark Fischetti

Google Maps Dives Underwater with `Street View'

Google has taken its ‘street view’ maps to a whole new level—namely, the ocean's depths. Already, scientists have collected 400,000 panoramic photos of coral reefs and other marine marvels off the coast of Australia and in the Caribbean, some of which viewers can access on Google Maps...

August 13, 2014 — Annie Sneed

Brain-Inspired Computing Reaches a New Milestone

For the past few years, tech companies and academic researchers have been trying to build so-called neuromorphic computer architectures—chips that mimic the human brain's ability to be both analytical and intuitive in order to deliver context and meaning to large amounts of data...

August 7, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier

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