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New research from Britain suggests that video games may help you train your brain to be more flexible and to think more strategically. This kind of “cognitive flexibility” can be advantageous in today’s knowledge economy, the researchers said. Investigators at Queen Mary University of London and University College London recruited 72 female volunteers and measured […]

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Noun: Kipper (KIP-er) Definition: 1. A male salmon or sea trout during or after the spawning season. 2. A herring or salmon cured by salting and smoking. Sample sentence: My favorite treat is a kipper on a cracker with a little cream cheese.

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Here’s the latest on the health benefits of lending a helping hand in your community: volunteering can improve your mental health and lengthen your life. A research team from the U.K.’s University of Exeter Medical School combined data from 40 scientific studies to conclude that volunteering is good for you, but they note that the […]

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Adjective: Eristic (ih-RISS-tik) Definition: Characterized by disputatious and often subtle and specious reasoning. Sample sentence: Dialectical argument is a cooperative, two-sided truth-seeking art that requires a constructive and balanced attitude, whereas eristic dialogue is one-sided, quarrelsome, and antagonistic.

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Blueberries, grapes, and apples can lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, but you’ll need to eat the whole fruit – rather than drinking fruit juice – to get their benefits, according to new research from the Harvard School of Public Health. The investigation was the first to look at the influence of specific […]

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Adjective: Gormless (GORM-lus) Definition: Lacking intelligence: stupid. Sample sentence: Her new assistant quickly proved himself to be completely gormless, forgetting to do half of the tasks she assigned to him and making a mess of the others.

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Moderate drinking – two drinks or less daily for men and one or less for women – appears to help protect against coronary artery disease and heart attack, and now a study in the Netherlands has suggested that two drinks a day may reduce an older person’s risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. The latest […]

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Noun: Shard (SHAHRD) Definition: 1. A piece or fragment of a brittle substance; broadly, a small piece or part. 2. A shell or scale. 3. Fragments of pottery vessels found on sites and in refuse deposits where pottery-making peoples have lived. 4. Highly angular curved glass fragments of tuffaceous sediment. Sample sentence: Julie dropped a […]

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Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables including cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, turnip greens and kale are rich in antioxidants, which help lower the risks of both cancer and heart disease. Population studies have shown that people who eat broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables regularly have lower rates of cancer than those who don’t. And now a […]

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Adjective: Nocuous (NAH-kyuh-wus) Definition: Harmful. Sample sentence: Nocuous levels of toxic gases were detected in the coal mine.

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