Musical Training Can Accelerate Brain Development and Help With Literacy

The notion that musical training can have positive effects on cognitive functions other than music has long been a source of interest. Research first emerged at the beginning of the 20th century. Standardised assessments of IQ and musical ability suggested the two were correlated – and it was thought that… » 7/21/15 10:40am 7/21/15 10:40am

Why action video games could be a treatment for dyslexia

Dyslexia is typically seen as a reading disorder, but many dyslexics are also known to have trouble processing sensory information. Research now reveals that dyslexics find it especially difficult to shift their attention between visual and audio stimuli. This suggests that brain training with action video games could… » 2/14/14 4:09pm 2/14/14 4:09pm

Can anybody in the Star Wars universe read and write? At all?

Over at Tor.com, Ryan Britt has a provocative analysis of Star Wars, based on a startling observation: Nobody in the galaxy far, far away seems to be able to read or write. It's not just that we never see anybody reading a written text or writing anything down in any of the movies — they also seem not to have anybody… » 10/04/12 12:20pm 10/04/12 12:20pm

What if rapper DMX sang the Reading Rainbow theme song?

This is the new stupidest thing on the internet, yet I can't stop listening to it. Someone thought it would be an idea to place the surly bleating of rap artist DMX over the theme song to PBS' venerable pro-literacy program. Now I want to see LeVar Burton and the most unheralded carnival barker in hip-hop history… » 8/24/12 7:45am 8/24/12 7:45am

The strangest Spider-Man public service announcements ever

Spider-Man's a stand-up guy, and he'll go to bat for almost any good cause. Unfortunately, the fact that he's an arachno-sapien in a bodysuit transforms any serious attempt at advocacy into a perplexing tableau. Here are 10 odd Spider-PSAs. » 10/17/10 8:45pm 10/17/10 8:45pm

I'm pretty sure this ad occurs in an alternate Marvel universe where…