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This brain teaser drove our staff nuts – can you solve it?

Fifteen straws are laid out to make the mathematical expression: I + II + III = 4 By moving only one straw, how do you make that expression mathematically correct? You can’t add or remove any straws – you can only move one. Give up? You’ll be kicking yourself once …

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Top 25 Educational Toys for Preschoolers

When choosing the best toys for your classroom or for your child at home, remember that simple is best. Children will learn better in an environment that is not cluttered with toys, but instead in a space that is clean, simple, and with room for their imaginations. Here are our …

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50 Secrets Your Brain Wishes You Knew

50 Surprising Things About Your Brain We Bet You Didn’t Know 1. You use way more than 10 percent of your brain 2. No one is either “left-brained” or “right-brained” 3. Men and women don’t learn differently 4. Size doesn’t matter—or does it? 5. The size of our brains cause …

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Riddle of the Week #34: Two Wizards Ride a Bus

This week we take a look at a notoriously tricky math puzzle, one originally penned by English mathematician John Conway back in the 1960s. Apparently he was riding the bus home one evening when he encountered a pair of wizards. Last night I sat behind two wizards on a bus …

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Teen with autism is 2017 Rubik’s Cube World Champion

Max Park is a 15 year old on the autism spectrum who just became the 2017 Rubik’s Cube World Champion. Max is a speedcuber, a person who competes in cubing competitions by solving a Rubik’s Cube and other twisty puzzles in record time.  His best time in this year’s competition …

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Scientists slam ‘exaggerated’ benefits of brain games

The benefits of so-called brain games are “exaggerated” and evidence they improve cognitive ability are “weak to non-existent”, a group of experts has said. Consumers “naturally think these products will be helpful”, a report by the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) found. But it warned that while the games …

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