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Heat Making You Lethargic? Research Shows It Can Slow Your Brain, Too

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Research suggests that hot weather can slow our brains down.

Research suggests that hot weather can slow our brains down.

Can’t cool off this summer? Heat waves can slow us down in ways we may not realize.

New research suggests heat stress can muddle our thinking, making simple math a little harder to do.

“There’s evidence that our brains are susceptible to temperature abnormalities,” says ...

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Poll: Where You Watch TV News Predicts Your Feelings On Immigration

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Television screens tuned to a Republican Presidential debate sponsored by Fox News and Google shown in January 2016.

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Scared Of Math? Here’s One Way To Fight The Fear

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Overwhelming negative feelings about math, over and above one's measurable ability, affects students at all levels, from kindergarten to grad school.

Overwhelming negative feelings about math, over and above one's measurable ability, affects students at all levels, from kindergarten to grad school.

Do you remember the day you decided you were no good at math?

Or maybe you had the less common, opposite experience: ...

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Study Shows Red Spruce Trees In New England Are Recovering After Decades Of Damage

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Remember acid rain? In the 1970s and ’80s, scientists found that rain 100 times more acidic than normal was harming the mountain forests of New England. The pollution was linked to fossil fuel plants in the Midwest. Now, a new study shows red spruce trees are recovering after decades of damage. From the New England News ...

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Emmett Till’s Cousin On Reopening Of Case: ‘An Opportunity For The Truth To Be Told’

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Before there was the talk, the conversation black parents have quietly had with their sons about how to avoid violent or upsetting encounters with police, there was the talk about Emmett Till. Emmett Till was a 14-year-old boy from Chicago who was visiting family in Mississippi in 1955, when a white woman accused him of whistling ...

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Massive Iceberg Looms Over A Village In Greenland

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Scientists say, the iceberg is unstable, and could be a threat to the village nearby.

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Maryland Investigates Russian National’s Links To State Elections Software

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Maryland Senate President Mike Miller (left) and House Speaker Michael Busch discuss an FBI briefing they received about Russian links to a company that maintains part of the state’s voter registration platform during a news conference in Annapolis, Md.

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When Calling The Po-Po Is A No-No

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Pedestrians walk outside the closed Spruce St. Starbucks store on May 29, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Vouchers In Puerto Rico; Secret Service Guides Schools; Special Education And Race

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Education Policy

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Secret Service releases guide to prevent school shootings

Build a team of people to monitor the school and its students. Define unacceptable and concerning behaviors. Have a hub where people can report suspicious activity. Determine when the police should be involved.

These are the first steps of an eight-part plan released by the ...

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FBI To Start Using A 2nd Database For Gun Background Checks

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A man fills out a federal background check form at Good Guys Guns  Range on Feb. 15, 2018 in Orem, Utah.

A man fills out a federal background check form at Good Guys Guns  Range on Feb. 15, 2018 in Orem, Utah.

A major change which aims to keep more weapons out of the wrong hands is in the works for ...

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Hospital Lockdowns Can Leave Patients’ Loved Ones Locked Out

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First responders transfer patients from ambulances to Broward Health Medical Center in Ft. Lauderdale on the afternoon of Feb. 14. The hospital was on lockdown after receiving victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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‘I Know How Far I Can Go’: Black Entrepreneurs Overcome Challenges In Brazil

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Lívia Suarez, who runs La Frida Bike, arrives at the Dendê Valley boot camp for entrepreneurs in Salvador’s city center.

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