1. Science

    Europeans Wants To Unravel Our Brains, Solve Reading Problems

    When you misspell a word but still use all the correct letters, most people can figure it out without wasting much time. TEH becomes THE in our minds easily, which is why it's a common typo (and a lame Internet neologism). But how do our brains decode so quickly, especially longer words, like "BIMEZO" or "CUTHERAPA"? Well, it's something the UK wants to get to the bottom of, because the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is funding new research on the mechanisms of reading, which in turn could yield solutions to dyslexia or similar conditions.

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  2. Tech

    Rising eReader Use Does Not Mean Books Are Dead

    Holiday sales figures are in, and not surprisingly tablets and eReaders were popular gifts this year. Amazon is reporting that Cyber Monday was the best-ever sales day for their Kindle line. A new Pew Research poll shows more people are reading books electronically than ever before, and fewer people are reading physical books now than last year. People reading books electronically doesn't mean printed books are dead. Kindles don't come with the stipulation that, if you own one, you have to burn all your books and vow to never buy one again. You can have both, and, if you're an avid reader, you probably should.

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  3. Tech

    New Font For Smartphones, Browsers May Offer Help for Dyslexics

    A new font -- now available for free use on smartphones and in web browsers -- may make it easier for people who suffer from dyslexia to communicate digitally. Some recent studies have shown that bottom-heavy fonts -- those in which the letters appear a little thinker at the bottom than they do at the top -- can provide relief for some dyslexic patients by making them less likely to invert letters and words while reading. OpenDyslexic is available on Android phones for download, as well as through the iOS app openWeb, which converts websites in Safari into the easier to read OpenDyslexic.

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  4. Weird

    How to Turn a Page as Complicatedly as Possible [Video]

    Joseph Herscher faces a pretty difficult issue in the morning, he needs the page of his newspaper turned, but he's way too busy drinking coffee. His free hand is busy holding a string, which sets off a ridiculous Rube Goldberg machine that eventually turns his page. Granted, he probably could've just turned the page with the hand that is holding the string, but if it wasn't holding the string-trigger to the page-turning Rube Goldberg machine, how else would the page get turned?

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  5. Entertainment

    Netflix, You Know, for Kids!

    Netflix has started testing a new user interface of programs for kids. The separate children's content section is being designed for kids to use themselves. Select Netflix users have been given access to the new section for testing. On the main Netflix site, users who have the trial section will see a tab labelled "Just for Kids" that allows children to select a program based on the character from that show. By clicking on one of the characters, kids will be taken to a new page that lists the television shows and episodes starring that character, each episode is previewed by looking at a screenshot. This is so kids don't necessarily have to be able to read to find what they are looking for. If all they know is they want to watch Blue's Clues, they'll be able to make that choice by recognizing the puppy's picture.

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  6. Entertainment

    Old News of the Day: Comics Help Kids to Love Reading

    Canadian researchers have found that, despite educator worries that comics are "unsuitable reading material... associated with poor quality, cheapness and disposability," young boys who read comics are more likely to read literature in general, and more likely to enjoy reading.

    This should come as news to all the middle school teachers I had who wouldn't let me count Maus or Tintin books on my reading list.

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