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Preschoolers smarter than college students? Psych study shows tots bring more open minds to problem solving

Flexible thinking helps preschoolers and kindergartners more easily discover how to work an unusual toy gadget during experiments. Researchers, including L&S psychology Professor Alison Gopnik, say that young minds have much to teach us about learning, including how to teach machines to "learn in more human ways."

Bump up minimum wage, save billions on food stamp spending, says economists' report

The Center for American Progress report, cowritten by L&S scholar Michael Reich, concludes a minimum wage hike would cut food stamp spending by $4.6 billion a year, a claim conservative researchers dispute, according to the Washington Post.


To understand science, study history, alumna urges in Op-Ed

As a former scientist-in-training, alumna Alejandra Dubcovsky '05 B.A., '11 Ph.D., now an assistant professor of history at Yale University, makes a case for " what history in particular and the humanities in general have to offer" in an opinion piece published in the Chronicle for Higher Education.

Lurie Prize goes to Jennifer Doudna for "groundbreaking technology" in biomedical sciences

The 2014 prize, only the second Lurie awarded, rewards Doudna's scientific contributions and "unrelenting pursuit"  of biomedical discoveries, according to the Foundation for the NIH which grants it. The Prize is dedicated to investigators under the age of 52 who are still building careers that advance science and health.

Asteroids perform colorful dance in astronomer's 'Fantasia'-like animated video

Alex Parker, a postdoctoral researcher in planetary astronomy, has created an animation of more than 100,000 asteroids that shows their orbits, relative sizes and colors. View the piece, "Painted Stone: Asteroids in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey," from a link published in Slate.

ADHD Riddle: Are schools asking to drug kids for better test scores?

A new book co-authored by psychologist Stephen Hinshaw, "The ADHD Explosion," says the increase in hyperactivity diagnoses lies at least partly in changes in educational policy. The Wall Street Journal considers the case.


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