Vocablet of the Day: Shed Light On

What makes someone intelligent?  The way scientists are trying to find out might surprise you.

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Researchers who want to know more about the nature of genius are looking to make clear or supply additional information on the subject by going to the source — the brain of one of the world’s most brilliant minds.

When Einstein died in 1955, scientists knew his brain was special, so it was dissected and preserved.  Modern-day scientists are using new knowledge and techniques to analyze the brain in their attempts to shed light on the nature of genius.

Do you think that the physical brain has an effect on intelligence?  How else could scientists shed light on this complicated subject?

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Vocablet of the Day: Crook

Are your online accounts as secure as you think they are?  You might be surprised!

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You know you should never tell anyone your passwords, but you should also know which common passwords to avoid, if you want to keep your information safe from dishonest people, such as thieves.

Crooks know that the most common password is 1234, so they’ll try it first when they’re attempting to hack into someone’s account.  That means that even if you kept your password totally secret, you’re still vulnerable to crooks if that password is something easy to guess.

Have you ever had anything stolen from you by a crook?  Have your online accounts ever been hacked?  Tell us about it!

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Vocablet of the Day: Confide in

When you need someone to talk to, you might turn to your best friend.  Who cares if that friend isn’t human?

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Animal friends are always supportive and never judgmental, making them the perfect listeners to tell about a private matter while trusting them not to repeat it to others.

Pet owners know that a loving animal companion can make hard times easier to bear.  As an added benefit, when you confide in a friendly dog, you know your secrets will never be revealed!

It may seem silly to confide in an animal who doesn’t understand your words, but those who work with therapy dogs know that talking through problems is helpful, even if the “person” you’re talking to can’t talk back.  Do you confide in your pets?

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Vocablet of the Day: Spur

Soon, cigarette packs in the United States will boast large warnings and graphic images, like a pair of cancer-ridden lungs.  But will these methods get smokers to quit?

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The Food and Drug Administration in the United States is about to begin a new campaign to give an incentive or encouragement to smokers to quit.

Soon, cigarette packs in the U.S. will have warnings like these from the UK.

Starting in October, cigarette packages will be labeled with warnings about the dangers of smoking in an attempt to spur smokers to quit.  Hopefully, these highly visible warnings will  be more effective in spurring smokers to quit than other methods that are more easily ignored.

The spur-Cigarette Dangers Vocablet highlights a public health step that is overdue for the United States — placing strong warnings about cancer and other health risks on cigarette packages.

Do you think this kind of tactic will help spur smokers to quit?  Or will smokers simply ignore these warnings?

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Vocablet of the Day: Predilection

Technology is an incredible, useful, potentially life-changing tool… but those changes are not always for the better.

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Technology is becoming a bigger and bigger part of many people’s lives, but when does this preference or special liking for something go too far?

Our predilection for helpful, innovative technology that keeps us informed and connected is no surprise.  However, this same predilection, if it gets out of control, can become an addiction.

The predilection-Technology Addiction Vocablet highlights the problem that some people have with technology, needing to be constantly connected and experiencing real withdrawal if forced to go without their favorite gadgets.

How strong is your predilection for technology?  Do you know anyone who is tech-addicted?

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