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Less Sleep Means More Stress for Teens

Teens stay up late at night and sleep late into the morning, a result of a natural shift in their circadian rhythms. That biological schedule puts them at odds with the adult world, as well as early start times for high school...

December 10, 2014 — Mark Fischetti

Robot Athletes Got Game [Video]

From baseball to billiards, robots are improving their play, even competing in the RoboCup and RoboGames

November 27, 2014 — Mark Fischetti
Are You A Pre-crastinator?

Are You A Pre-crastinator?

Each of us, at times, can be a procrastinator, putting off something that is hard to do or that we don't want to do. But three researchers at Pennsylvania State University think we humans may also be precrastinators—hurrying to get something done so we can cross it off our mental to-do list, even if the [...]..

September 23, 2014 — Mark Fischetti
Passenger Pigeons Went Extinct 100 Years Ago

Passenger Pigeons Went Extinct 100 Years Ago

For nearly a minute the sky went black. Then it was over. I was standing in a long alley between two four-story brick buildings on a clear sunny day.

September 1, 2014 — Mark Fischetti

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]

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
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