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Can You Figure Out This ‘What Has 4 Letters’ Riddle?

On July 11, 2017, Lacey Fernandez saw a sign outside with a puzzling statement on it, so she snapped a picture. She posted it online, claiming that it messed with her head, and the post immediately blew up. People couldn’t figure out the riddle, which seems like it ought to be really …

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This Super Mario Puzzle is the Dark Souls of Jigsaws

With Mario Kart 8 Deluxe selling like hot cakes and Nintendo Switch exclusive Super Mario Odyssey releasing in October, the famous red plumber has never been more popular. Already a global icon, Mario is having an especially good year and it makes sense to capitalize on that with merchandise. Unfortunately, not all of …

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Daily crossword puzzling may guard against cognitive decline

When researchers in England had 17,000 healthy participants, all 50 years and older, complete an online survey and series of tests, they found those who reported regularly completing crossword puzzles scored higher on assessments of attention, reasoning and memory. Regular crossword puzzlers showcased grammatical reasoning speed and short term memory …

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Alton’s first “escape room” opening this weekend

Escape rooms are all the rage these days. The purpose of an escape room is to solve puzzles as a team to unlock the room in which a group of people has been locked. Several such rooms exist in large cities such as St. Louis and Chicago, but one will …

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MSU’s Camp Jigsaw offers summer fun for autistic children

Named after the puzzle-piece symbol associated with autism awareness, Camp Jigsaw was founded and developed by Sandy Devlin, a 30-year educator and MSU professor of curriculum, instruction and special education. Camp Jigsaw is the only autism-related camp in the country that is entirely free to attend, Devlin said. It is …

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Brains learning together act the same

Students paying attention in class may have similar brain electrical patterns, a new study shows. A teacher standing at the front of the classroom may see all of the students facing her. But are their fixed stares the look of rapt attention? Or the glassy-eyed gaze of daydreaming? Maybe the …

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Harvard Study Shows Smoking Marijuana Improves Cognitive Function

Preliminary evidence from a new study led by Harvard Medical School Affiliate McLean Hospital’s Staci Gruber, PhD, suggests that medical marijuana (MMJ) may not impair, and in many cases, may actually improve executive functioning in adults. Splendor in the Grass? A Pilot Study Assessing the Impact of Medical Marijuana on …

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You’re Going to Tear Your Hair Out Trying to Find a Cell Phone in This Optical Illusion

Math puzzles can drive anyone crazy, but optical illusions are a whole other level. If you lost your mind over this brick wall illusion a few months ago, you’re about to give up on everything after trying to find a cell phone in this photo. Facebook user Jeya May Cruz …

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A Possible Path to Better Sleep—and a Better Memory

Can’t remember where you left your cellphone? Totally forgot about that dentist appointment? If you’re past middle age and really want to hang on to your memory, swap the Sudoku and crossword puzzles for a good night’s sleep. Many studies have made the connection between sleep and memory consolidation—the brain’s …

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