3 brain games boost memory, focus, and flexible thinking

Three free brain games for your phone can help with memory, attention, and flexible thinking. And unlike with other games, there's research to back up the benefits.

Jordan Bennett-NYU | Jan. 17, 2020 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine brains cognition gaming inhibition memory mobile-devices

Little kids learn gratitude, but revenge comes naturally

Children are eager to retaliate but need some help learning to repay a favor, research on reciprocity suggests.

Pat Harriman-UC Irvine | Jan. 17, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology learning preschoolers social-lives

Sepsis accounts for 1 in 5 deaths worldwide

Twice as many people as previously believed die of sepsis worldwide—and a disproportionately high number of them are children.

Allison Hydzik-Pittsburgh | Jan. 17, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine childrens-health death immune-systems infections sepsis

‘Smart building skins’ change shape in the heat

See how smart skins for buildings that react to environmental cues like heat or light could make the structures far more energy efficient.

National Science Foundation | Jan. 17, 2020 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured buildings materials-science sustainability

Cybercriminals gang up to pull off a job, then disband

"...the ones causing the most damage are loose groups of individuals who come together to do one thing, do it really well... then disappear."

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture crimes hackers internet security

What’s the temperature of dark matter?

Physicists have put a limit on the warmth—and therefore the mass—of dark matter, the mysterious substance that makes up about a quarter of our universe.

Andy Fell-UC Davis | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology dark-matter gravitational-lens physics space temperature

Large hippocampus, better memory? Not necessarily

The size of the brain's hippocampus doesn't always matter for memory in older adults. New research clarifies why.

Michigan State | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine aging brains memory

Active babies may have lower obesity risk later

Infants who spend less time moving in their first year may have greater risk of obesity later. "Even in infancy it's important for children to move freely."

Barbara Benham-Johns Hopkins | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine babies childrens-health exercise obesity

Official drug death stats are off by half

"The basic records being kept are annual reports on the number of deaths from drug overdose. But that's only part of the picture."

Michele Berger-Penn | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine deaths drugs life-expectancy mortality overdose

Teen brains are no match for fast food TV ads

Fast food advertisements on TV can prime teen brains to make unhealthy food choices, even when those ads are for salads and smoothies, new research shows.

Jared Wadley-Michigan | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine advertising brains food teenagers

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