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Live And In Color, McGill Neuroscientists Prove Famous Hebbian Theory Is Correct

In 1949, Donald Olding Hebb, a psychologist at McGill University proposed this theory: "Cells that fire together, wire together. Cells that fire out of sink, lose their link."  Sixty-five years later, neuroscientists from the same university, along with those from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, have finally seen the Hebbian Theory in real time, in real living creatures, in action, and in color.

All That Jazz Is Good For Your Brain: 3 New Studies

....Studies have shown that those with early music training benefit from that training long into their adult years, and there are correlations between early music training and improved neural reaction to speech sounds in elderly persons, for whom these signals are generally the first to go.  These three most recent studies help explain why musical training might be so important to the retention of language skills....

Mattel & Europcar Create First Rental Car Agency For Kids

Mattel, the maker of Hot Wheels toy cars, has teamed up with European car rental agency Europcar to offer the children of car-renting adults the chance to rent the Hot Wheels models of their choice. Sound good, kids? Just sign on the dotted line...

Chinese High School Holds Exams In A Forest To Prevent Cheating

Teachers at Chengfeng School in Jingzhou, China have come up with an innovative way to prevent plagiarism by students taking important mid-term exams: moving the students' desks outside and widely separating them within a nearby forest.

PoopMD Is An App That Educates Parents On The Color Of Baby Poop

When it comes to educating new parents on their baby's poop, the everyday process can be overwhelming. From consistency to color, a newborn's poop is an important indicator of your little stinker's health. Pediatric gastroenterologists from John Hopkins Children's Center have developed an app to help.

PlanToys Are More Than Toys: They Have Plans For Our Kids' Future

We love our kids. And sometimes, sometimes, we buy them stuff. But the toys our kids play with should be more than toys. PlanToys was the first company in the world to manufacture wooden toys from rubberwood, an eco-friendly wood. Through their ideas and materials, the company continues to improve their manufacturing process while providing our children with fun and sustainable toys. PlanToys have several new products on the market, but two that go above and beyond being just toys.

Finally! An App That Cures Laziness!

I'm a procrastinator. I've even procrastinated about writing this article. I read somewhere that you only procrastinate on the things you don't want to do. But then I read somewhere else that procrastination is good for you. Who knows.

Isn't there an app for this? Of course there is. And today it's free. It's called Finish.

Iranian Teacher Builds A Robot To Teach Kids To Pray

While we're still some decades away from robots that are capable of finding religion, we're most definitely living in an era where they're capable of teaching it. An Iranian schoolteacher has taken it upon himself to build a robot that will instruct his students on proper Muslim prayer techniques.

Atari Co-Founder: Video Games Really Are The Perfect Teaching Tool

The merits of educational gaming have been sung many times, and now one more voice has been added to the chorus: games industry veteran Nolan Bushnell. Best known as the co-founder of Atari and the man who gave Steve Jobs his first job, Bushnell's latest venture involves games as tools for teaching.

Anti-Myopia School Desks “Bar” Chinese Students From Nearsightedness

An elementary school in Wuhan, China has installed swinging metal bars on classroom desks that prevent students from looking too closely at reading and writing materials, therefore helping them avoid becoming nearsighted.

A Look At James Dyson's New Robotics Laboratory

As some of you have likely already heard, British inventor Sir James Dyson this weeek launched a collaboration with The Imperial College in London to the tune of £5 million (approximately $8.34 million USD) . The purpose? To found The Dyson Robotics Laboratory. Pretty cool, right?

Scientists: If A Robot Could Express Emotion,Would It Feel More Human?

Scientists based out of the School of Computer Science at the University of Lincoln have created a robot that's capable of showing everyone how it feels...well, sort of. The researchers are using expressive robot ERWIN to study how relationships form betwen robots and humans.

Read This Book -- Writing Inventions: Identities, Technologies, Pedagogies

All too often, computers in the classroom are treated like typewriters or filing cabinets -- just a convenient place to type and store information. For teachers and students interested in creating better classrooms by engaging with technology in a deeper way, Writing Inventions: Identities, Technologies, Pedagogies by Scott Lloyd DeWitt is a must-read. In this book, Dewitt details why -- and how -- to use the web to transform learning.

At This Year's GDC, Riot's Going To Teach Us All About Sportsmanship

Earlier today, it was revealed that Riot Games will be in attendance at this year's GDC. The developer will host a keynote regarding online sportsmanship. After all, if anyone knows all about sportsmanship, it'd be the studio that made League of Legends, right?

Need This New Innovation? Award-Winning Film About Eating Disorders For Teens, By Teens

Two middle school girls in Greenwood Village, Colorado, were given an assignment to make a film for their film class at Aspen Academy. They put their heads together and came up with an idea for a docu-drama on the eating disorder anorexia nervosa. Their finished product, just four silent minutes long, has been making some serious waves.