Anyone can play Tetris, but architects, engineers and animators alike use the math concepts underlying the game

People young and old love the classic video game Tetris. A working knowledge of the spatial reasoning concepts underlying Tetris can set students up for success in mathematics.

Leah McCoy, Professor of Education, Wake Forest University • conversation
today ~7 min

Mental fatigue has psychological triggers − new research suggests challenging goals can head it off

Setting specific, hard-to-reach goals seems to help people maintain motivation, while preventing them from feeling as drained by mental tasks.

Matthew Robison, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Texas at Arlington • conversation
today ~7 min

Low-level blasts from heavy weapons can cause traumatic brain injury − 2 engineers explain the physics of invisible cell death

The people manning the guns are also at risk of injury from the force of the weapon.

Christian Franck, Bjorn Borgen Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Center for Traumatic Brain Injury, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
today ~6 min

Study unlocks nanoscale secrets for designing next-generation solar cells

The work will help researchers tune surface properties of perovskites, a promising alternative and supplement to silicon, for more efficient photovoltaics.

David L. Chandler | MIT News • mit
today ~10 min

In Japan, Fewer Births, Marriages a Cause for Concern

VOA Learning English • voa
yesterday ~3 min

What Would Happen without Leap Day?

VOA Learning English • voa
yesterday ~5 min

Schools Want More Therapy for Students, Not All Parents Agree

VOA Learning English • voa
yesterday ~7 min

Large Study Details Years of Brain Changes in Alzheimer’s Patients

VOA Learning English • voa
yesterday ~4 min

Gulf of Mexico seagrass is retreating as sea levels rise

New research finds a link between rising sea levels and the loss of vital seagrass habitats in the Gulf of Mexico.

Sally Palmer-UT-Austin • futurity
yesterday ~5 min

Where does lightning strike? New maps pinpoint 36.8 million yearly ground strike points in unprecedented detail

A new study shows how often lightning strikes and how it behaves, often hitting the ground with multiple strikes from the same flash.

Chris Vagasky, Meteorologist, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
yesterday ~7 min