There's a fantastic long read up at Aeon Magazine about the science of child development and the ethics of running scientific experiments on vulnerable populations. Virginia Hughes goes to Romania to follow a long-term study comparing children placed in orphanages with children placed in foster homes. The catch: Scientists already know that foster homes are better for kids than institutions. But that fact isn't well-known or accepted in Romania. So scientists had to ask — is it ethical to run an experiment involving kids when you already know the answer if there's a chance that it might help other kids in the future?
Early Friday morning, the Moon moved through the Earth's shadow to create the longest lunar eclipse in almost 600 years. During this near-total eclipse, 97% of the Moon went dark. The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles captured the three and a half hour event and sped it up into the lovely one minute video above. READ THE REST
In this video, Columbia University neuroscientist Daphna Shohamy explains the science of memory to a kid, a teen, a college student, a grad student, and an expert. Along the way, she describes how her research is reshaping our understanding of what we remember, how, and where. From the transcript at Wired: We're interested in the… READ THE REST
Kamoʻoalewa, "wobbling celestial object" in Hawaiian, is the name of a 165-foot rock that swings around the Earth on the reg, sometimes just 9 million miles from us. It's easy to think of Kamoʻoalewa as a second moon but there's one big difference: Our Moon orbits the Earth, but even though Kamoʻoalewa gets (kinda) close… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. The holidays are supposed to be a joyous time, but with the ever-growing gift list you've got going, it's easy to feel more stressed than ever. Lucky for you, here's a… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Every year on Black Friday, we see incredible deals in every industry. TVs, appliances, toys, even vehicles. This roundup concerns a different Doorbuster story: skills. Each of the 20 items on… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Black Friday is here, and it's time to take advantage of the deals of the year. Whether you're using this unofficial holiday to get a head start on your holiday gift… READ THE REST