How Culture Makes Us Smarter

How Culture Makes Us Smarter

Cumulative culture doesn’t just gift our species technology that none of us could have invented; it literally makes us smarter.

8-year-old's Michelle Obama costume catches hero's attention

8-year-old's Michelle Obama costume catches hero's attention

In a past year, Ella-Lorraine Brown dressed up as Ruby Bridges for Cultural Heroes Day. Karlyn Johnson Brown Ella-Lorraine Brown, 8, dressed as Michelle Obama, with her Cultural Heroes Day project on the former First Lady as an undergrad and young lawyer.

12 new products that will make the holidays easier this year

12 new products that will make the holidays easier this year

To help simplify the season, lifestyle expert Jenn Falik stopped by to share the Better Basics you need this holiday. BottleKeeper The Original Stainless Steel Bottle Holder $40 Amazon BottleKeeper The Original Stainless Steel Bottle Holder $40 Amazon

'Sesame Street' tackles homelessness with this Muppet's new storyline

'Sesame Street' tackles homelessness with this Muppet's new storyline

Craig Melvin went to Sesame Street to meet with Lily (at left), a Muppet experiencing homelessness, and her friends Elmo and Grover to talk about a serious issue that millions of children face.

Why Is the Human Cerebellum Making Headline News?

Why Is the Human Cerebellum Making Headline News?

This NYT report is based on a new study, "Neandertal Introgression Sheds Light on Modern Human Endocranial Globularity," by Phillipp Gunz and colleagues published December 13 in Current Biology.

Mum jailed for starving five-year-old son and locking him under the stairs

Mum jailed for starving five-year-old son and locking him under the stairs

The horrific abuse only came to light because Jordan's 16-year-old stepbrother alerted police in 2015. The little boy was starved and forced to wear a nappy.

Two-year-old girl took last breath on mum's birthday while holding her hand

Two-year-old girl took last breath on mum's birthday while holding her hand

"Kalani fought to be by our side for almost two years and in that short time she gave our family so much love, strength and inspired so many people to keep fighting and raising brain cancer awareness,'' her mum Charlene Karton-Ebbs wrote on her Facebook page.

Big W worker films man 'up skirting' little girl in QLD store

Big W worker films man 'up skirting' little girl in QLD store

Man caught filming up little girl's dress in Big W 00:06:22 Man caught filming up little girl's dress in Big W 00:06:22 "He said, 'He was filming up your daughter's dress.' I was just like, 'What?'."

Man found missing dad’s skeleton in childhood home after psychic reading

Man found missing dad’s skeleton in childhood home after psychic reading

Carroll bought the home from his mother before her death in 1998, and spent years digging around for his father’s remains, spurred on by a hunch and a psychic who purportedly got a hit in the basement, he said.

Australia’s leading retailers reveal 2018’s hottest children’s toys

Australia’s leading retailers reveal 2018’s hottest children’s toys

“What is old is new again, with nostalgic toys and games including Polly Pocket, My Little Pony and of course LEGO making a resurgence for Christmas this year,” she told news.com.au. Meanwhile, two of Catch Group’s hottest Christmas gifts for kids have already sold out, including the LOL Surprise!

'Always be grateful you have someone to wait with'

'Always be grateful you have someone to wait with'

A theatre nurse ushered me into a corridor in which I’d last found myself just over two years ago, when my children and I and my sister and her kids delivered several bunches of flowers to a random ward.

Guaranteed Favorite Toy

Guaranteed Favorite Toy

Since children spell love TIME, make it tangible by coming up with special ways to connect. Why not gift your child with the best present she'll ever get -- your focused time?

The Belief in Separation and Individuation is Not Universal

The Belief in Separation and Individuation is Not Universal

In an unfortunate feedback loop, child development theorists have taken the cultural bias of separation and independence and created theories that are then used to guide parents in raising there children.

Xmas comes early: Girl allergic to family home will no longer live in hell

Xmas comes early: Girl allergic to family home will no longer live in hell

The Marlers have recently shared a post on their Facebook page thanking everyone who was a part in the building of their new home.

The moment I realised my job as a mum

The moment I realised my job as a mum

We all send excited texts to family members to report the day our little one sings an entire Wiggles song by heart. Smile, your kids know all the words to every Wiggles song ever recorded.

Pink claps back at troll who criticized her husband's parenting skills

Pink claps back at troll who criticized her husband's parenting skills

Apparently it wasn't clear to all her fans that she was only kidding — because, sure enough, one came into Pink's comments to share her parenting criticisms.

TODAY anchors share their favorite past and present holiday traditions

TODAY anchors share their favorite past and present holiday traditions

From hunting for the perfect tree to leaving cookies out for Santa to wearing matching pajamas, the holidays are a time when families create traditions...and memories. Whether the traditions are old or new, they all agree that family and the memories made are what make it such a magical time of year.

Committing Narcissism by Proxy

Committing Narcissism by Proxy

In this culture of online announcements and exhibitionistic displays of virtue, children become convenient, socially sanctioned receptacles for the projection of split-off, idealized aspects of the parental self.

The Many Heath and Sleep Benefits Of Music

The Many Heath and Sleep Benefits Of Music

Music has powerful and diverse effects on both the body and mind, influencing breathing and heart rate, triggering the release of hormones, stimulating the immune system, and boosting the brain’s cognitive and emotional centers.

The best gifts for 9-year-old boys and girls from our 2018 gift guide

The best gifts for 9-year-old boys and girls from our 2018 gift guide

Tech Will Save Us, Electro Dough Kit | Educational STEM Toy, Ages 4 and up $17 Amazon Color Smash is a fast-paced fun family game that, priced at $8 on Amazon, makes a very affordable gift.

15 best stocking stuffers and gifts for college students

15 best stocking stuffers and gifts for college students

These gifts, especially curated for the college set, are fun, functional and small enough to easily transport come January when it's time for your kid to head back to campus. We also love the "Pep Talk Pencils" with sayings such as "Make Today Great," "Like A Boss," and "Choose Happiness."

Gillian Brockell's open letter to tech companies goes viral

Gillian Brockell's open letter to tech companies goes viral

While that message had an unexpected benefit of people reaching out to her and sharing their experiences with pregnancy loss, the pregnancy, baby and maternity ads didn’t stop.

A New Look at Links Between Isolation and Mortality Risk

A New Look at Links Between Isolation and Mortality Risk

The most highly isolated black respondents had an all-cause mortality risk more than double the rate of their well-connected peers, and in white men and women, the most isolated individuals had a 60 and 84 percent higher risk of death, respectively—though these differences between the black and white cohorts were not statistically significant.

Australian politician Andrew Leigh puts pouting son on Christmas card

Australian politician Andrew Leigh puts pouting son on Christmas card

Andrew Leigh, who is a member of the Australian House of Representatives, and his wife tried posing for a family photo with their three children. Leigh provided the story behind the photo in an email to TODAY.com.

After losing his mother to cancer, this baker turned her recipes into sweet dreams

After losing his mother to cancer, this baker turned her recipes into sweet dreams

Soon after his mother passed, Jean-Bart started moonlighting as a baker, to honor of his mom — a businesswoman throughout her life — and her love for cheesecake. This holiday season, Jean-Bart plans to offer up two of his mother's favorite desserts: the sweet potato cheesecake and the Neapolitan cheesecake.

Chrissy Teigen Shares New Pic of Kids Luna, Miles in Red Sneakers

Chrissy Teigen Shares New Pic of Kids Luna, Miles in Red Sneakers

While the red kicks were indeed pretty cute, all fans cared about was Miles and his big sister Luna, 2. Teigen, 33, told Us Weekly that Miles and the R&B singer, 39, have the same disposition.

Pregnant Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi Announces Sex of Baby No. 3

Pregnant Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi Announces Sex of Baby No. 3

“I feel like I’m showing,” she said. Polizzi announced on November 22 that she and LaValle are expecting by showing off pictures of her kids holding a sonogram. “We’ve actually been trying for two months now and it’s not happening,” she said.

Fans Believe Pregnant Duchess Meghan Felt Baby Kicking in Clip

Fans Believe Pregnant Duchess Meghan Felt Baby Kicking in Clip

As a pregnant Duchess Meghan stood poised on stage at the 2018 British Fashion Awards on Monday, December 10, her baby was having a dance party— or at least that’s what some people believe after an eagle-eyed fan took to Twitter and posted a clip of the 37-year-old possibly reacting to movement in her belly.

Sandy Hook shooting: Scarlett Lewis's road to healing

Sandy Hook shooting: Scarlett Lewis's road to healing

Scarlett Lewis speaks to students and educators around the country, spreading a message from her son Jesse that she wishes Adam Lanza had heard during his brief, unhappy life: The power of nurturing, healing love.

Scott Wolf Gushes About Kelley Limp, Shares Marriage Advice

Scott Wolf Gushes About Kelley Limp, Shares Marriage Advice

“We really like each other,” Wolf, 50, gushed to Us Weekly at the Robert F. “My nana told me, ‘Marry the person you want to see across the breakfast table for the rest of your life,’” the Party of Five alum told Us.

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