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Neuroscience for Kids had several new additions in May including:A. May Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
Psychologist Tom Stafford takes on some of the more unusual questions about the brain and mind in his Neurohacks column for the BBC Future web site. Questions he has tackled include:
After you explore the Neurohacks pages, check out other sections of the
BBC Future site for other fascinating stories about science, health and
B. "Inside Einstein's Mind" is the cover story of the June, 2016, issue of DISCOVER magazine.
C. "It's All in Your Mind" is the cover story of the May 6, 2016, issue of NEWSWEEK magazine.
D. "Genes Are Overrated" by Nathaniel Comfort (THE ATLANTIC, June, 2016).
E."Paradoxes, Contradictions, and the Limits of Science" by Noson S.
Yanofsky, AMERICAN SCIENTIST, May-June, 2016)
B. The American Youth Soccer Organization has started the policy recommended by U.S. Soccer to ban heading of the soccer ball for players U-11 and below during practice and in games. The penalty for heading the ball is an indirect free kick. (Source: American Youth Soccer Organization, http://www.ayso.org/.)
C. A single teaspoon of pure caffeine is equivalent to the amount of caffeine in 28 cups of coffee. (Source: Food and Drug Administration, http://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/SafetyAlertsAdvisories/ucm405787.htm)
D. From 2001 to 2013, an average of 21,101 children (14 years old and young) was treated in emergency departments for nonfatal, playground-related traumatic brain injuries. (Source: Cheng, T.A., Bell, J.M., Haileyesus, T., Gilchrist, J., Sugerman, D.E. and Coronado, V.G., Nonfatal playground-related traumatic brain injuries among children, 2001-2013, Pediatrics, 2016; 137(6):e20152721.)
E. By 2050, about half of the world's population will be nearsighted.
(Source: Holden, B.A., et al., Global prevalence of myopia and high
myopia and temporal trends from 2000 through 2050, Ophthalmology,
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