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10:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Study Up For 'Think': Shaping The Minds Of Adolescents

The adolescent brain is surprisingly malleable, according to Steinberg, and influences during this age period can affect later outcomes in life.
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There are many factors that come into play while growing up. Teenagers have a lot to think about when it comes to the future, and as recent studies have proven, the crucial influence in determining life outcomes takes place during the adolescent years. Psychology professor Laurence Steinberg joins Krys Boyd at 1 p.m. on Think to discuss these findings and how parents can update their understanding of younger generations.

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Science
10:48 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Study Up For 'Think': Want To Learn More? Here's How To Trick Your Brain

Benedict Carey of the New York Times recommends distributing or "spacing" studying time, as it helps increase the amount of information retained.
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We tend to associate "studying" with “hitting the books” -- lots of discipline and focus. At 1 p.m. on Think, education reporter Benedict Carey of the New York Times explains how new brain science affirms the wandering mind over a one-track approach. His new book is called How We Learn.

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Science
10:54 am
Fri August 29, 2014

SMU Football Players Will Hit The Field With Kevlar-Lined Helmets

The green liner in this helmet created by Unequal Technologies features military-grade Kevlar.
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The football players at SMU will be wearing something new under their helmet this season. At the first game of the season, SMU’s Mustangs will all be wearing helmets outfitted with ballistics-grade kevlar.

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Science
1:35 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Study Up For 'Think': What We See When We Read

A collection of Peter Mendelsund's designs featured in the Book Culture bookstore in New York.
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How do the words we read on a page translate into the images we see in our head? Peter Mendelsund, Associate Art Director for Alfred A. Knopf Books, joins Krys Boyd on Think today. At 1 p.m., he’ll discuss the neuroscience behind reading, which he covers in his book What We See When We Read.

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Science
12:17 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Study Up For 'Think': A Look At The Rover On The Red Planet

This summer marks the second year since the Curiosity Rover's landing on Mars.
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Two summers ago, the Mars Curiosity rover made its landing on the red planet. Approximately thirty-five million miles from Earth, the $2.5 billion robot has had faced its ups and downs. At noon, Marc Kaufman, author of Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission, talks with Krys Boyd on Think about the rover’s journey so far.

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Science
6:03 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Can't Stand Meetings? Try Taking Away The Chairs

Standing even for part of a meeting could engage your team in more productive collaboration, researchers say.
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Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 10:49 am

The secret to more productive meetings? You might simply need to stand up.

This we know, to some degree. Just take as examples the growing popularity of standing desks, which took off after a flurry of reports found that sitting for long periods of time can significantly, negatively, impact employees' health.

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Science
9:59 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Study Up For 'Think': A Look At Laughter

We know that something funny lends to laughter. But what initially makes something funny?
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To guffaw, to chuckle, to giggle—laughter, regardless of how we do it, is a form of expression everyone experiences. But why do we do it? Today at 1 p.m. on Think, we will speak to Peter McGraw about his quest for the answer in "The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny."

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Science
8:55 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson: When It Comes To Asteroids, Be Afraid. Be (A Tiny Bit) Afraid.

That vest is the actual vest Tyson wears in the Superman comic.
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In 2013, a meteor exploded over the Ural Mountains in Russia (you might remember the dashcam footage and the seemingly non-plussed Russians who captured it).

Which begs the question: What else flying around in the cosmos might come into contact with Earth? And who better to deliver the answer than Neil deGrasse Tyson?

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Environment
11:14 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Study Up For 'Think:' Understanding The Ins And Outs Of Fracking

Growing concerns about the effects of fracking have many North Texans protesting the industry. Russell Gold addresses the pros and cons of the process in his new book: The Boom.
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North Texas is a battleground for pro and anti-fracking camps -- especially Denton, where residents have signed a petition to ban fracking in the city. Russell Gold, author of The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World, will speak with KERA's Krys Boyd today at noon on "Think" to talk about the process and future of fracking.

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Science
6:36 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

EPA To Release Air Pollution Guidelines, North Texas Groups Weigh In

A coal-fired power plant in West Virginia
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The Dallas County Medical Society is backing a group rallying for strict EPA air pollution guidelines.

A hearing was held in Dallas Thursday as the EPA prepares to release its first-ever set of guidelines to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.

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