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‘Sans Forgetica’ Font Does Not Boost Memory As Claimed

The Sans Forgetica font has received much press coverage, after researchers in Australia claimed they had designed a new font that would boost memory by making information that appeared in the new font feel more difficult to read -- and therefore remembered better.

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What Is a Slow Learner?

Slow learners is a term that is sometimes used for low ability students, with IQ between 70 and 85. These individuals make up approximately 14.1% of the population, larger than the group of children with learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities and autism combined.

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Brush Your Teeth and Postpone Alzheimer’s

You don't only avoid holes in your teeth by keeping good oral hygiene, researchers at the University of Bergen have discovered a clear connection between gum disease and Alzheimer's disease.

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Brain Response to Mom’s Voice Differs in Kids with Autism

For most children, the sound of their mother's voice triggers brain activity patterns distinct from those triggered by an unfamiliar voice. But the unique brain response to mom's voice is greatly diminished in children with autism, according to a new study.

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Newly Discovered Gene Governs Need for Slumber When Sick

Little is known about what genetic or molecular forces drive the need to sleep -- until now. In a study of over 12,000 lines of fruit flies, researchers have found a single gene, called Nemuri, that increases the need for sleep.

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Study: Students’ Social Skills Flourish Best in Groups with Similar Skill Levels

Researchers have found that children who need assistance improving their social skills might benefit more when grouped with peers who have similar social skill levels, rather than with peers who have a similar disability or disorder.

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Alexander Twilight: Pioneer, Scholar, Architect

The Old Stone House — one of the most impressive buildings in New England — lies in the small, quiet town of Brownington, VT. The building was originally constructed by Alexander Twilight, who was born in Corinth, VT on September 23, 1795.

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History of the Typewriter

Before personal computers, word processors or even electric typewriters, virtually every office and home had a manual typewriter. Invented in the early 18th century, this machine rose to popularity in the 19th century, ruling the world of letters for more than a century.

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Inspiring Quotes of Ancient Wisdom

The ancient world produced many great thinkers whose wisdom comes to us in the form of their recorded thoughts and ideas about things that people still reflect on or care about today. The following collection of quotes can best be described as ancient wisdom and the words from these great thinkers may still serve as inspiration for people today.

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The History of Autism

The word “autism” comes from the Greek word “autos” meaning “self”. Autism began as a description of people who isolated themselves, or were removed from interacting with others in a social environment. The Greeks, however, didn’t recognize or treat autism as a disorder. It wasn’t even until 1911 that the word “autism” itself was used. […]

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Why Formative Assessment Is So Useful in the Classroom

Education is always changing. What seemed to work yesterday could be frowned upon today, and what seems to work today might be frowned upon tomorrow. Regardless of the ever-changing instructional methods of today’s classrooms, it’s hard to dispute the fact that one of its most recent trends, formative assessment, is very beneficial to students.

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Abbé Faria: Goan Catholic Monk and Pioneer of Hypnotism

Abbé Faria (Goa, 1746 - Paris, 1819) was a colorful Indo-Portuguese monk who was one of the pioneers of the scientific study of hypnotism, following on from the work of Franz Anton Mesmer.

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