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Sound Advice: High School Music Training Sharpens Language Skills

When children enter the first grade, their brains are primed for learning experiences, significantly more so, in fact, than adult brains. For instance, scientists have documented that musical training during grade school produces a signature set of benefits for the brain and for behavior—benefits that can last a lifetime, whether or not people continue to play music. 706 more words

Science

Astrology Is Bunk—But Here Are 6 Ways Your Date of Birth Can Affect Who You Are

Science is looking into the way our birthdays impact our personalities.

By Kali Holloway

A search for the amount of money Americans spend annually on astrology turns up estimates ranging from several million to a couple hundred million dollars, depending on the source. 923 more words

Visions

Is the Truth Toxic?

by Zen Gardner, Guest, Waking Times

The truth is only toxic to some. Namely those it exposes. It sure can knock just about anyone for a loop, but it shouldn’t be discouraging. 681 more words

Visions

The World Is Made of Stories

Believing we’ve moved beyond religious myth, we mistake our culture’s newest story for the world itself.

by David Loy

The American poet Muriel Rukeyser famously wrote that… 675 more words

Visions

St. Bernard Parish in Louisiana is undergoing a 60-day chlorine “burn” of its water supply after Naegleria fowleri was detected.

From Yahoo, Jul 2015

A brain-eating amoeba that killed two people in two weeks ago has turned up in the water supply of a Louisiana county near New Orleans for the second time in two years. 207 more words

Health

Tunnel Vision - How suspenseful movies grab your attention

Getting lost in a suspenseful movie, like those of Alfred Hitchcock, is not your fault. Blame it on your brain instead. More specifically, blame it on the ebb and flow of brain activity in the calcarine sulcus: the first brain area to receive and process most visual information. 14 more words

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