Do Music Lessons Make You Smarter?

first_imgScientific American: Practice makes progress, if not perfection, for most things in life. Generally, practicing a skill—be it basketball, chess or the tuba—mostly makes you better at whatever it was you practiced. Even related areas do not benefit much. Doing intensive basketball drills does not usually make a person particularly good at football. Chess experts are not necessarily fabulous at math, and tuba players can’t just put down their tubas and pick up cellos.…Much of the literature makes the mistake of inferring causation from correlation, and fails to control for confounding variables. Glenn Schellenberg, a psychologist at the University of Toronto who studies transfer from music specifically, has new, not yet published work showing that the association between music lessons and cognition disappears when demographics and personality are held constant. In other words, the apparent benefits from music lessons have more to do with which kids take music lessons than they do with the lessons themselves. Read the whole story: Scientific American More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Peter Lyons Selected For Eisenhower Medal

first_imgPeter B. LyonsANS News:Peter B. Lyons, an American Nuclear Society (ANS) Fellow and member since 2003, is set to receive the Dwight D. Eisenhower Medal in a virtual award ceremony presentation Monday, June 8 during the 2020 ANS Virtual Annual Meeting.Lyons is being recognized for his influential leadership in nuclear technology policy over five decades and for the vital role he played in the nuclear renaissance of the early 21st century.A distinguished career: During his career, Lyons worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory, as a commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and as assistant secretary for nuclear energy in the Department of Energy.In 1997, after nearly three decades at LANL, Lyons joined the staff of Sen. Pete Domenici (R., N.M.) as a scientific advisor. In that role he crafted Domenici’s “A New Nuclear Paradigm” speech, which set a foundation for the resurgence of nuclear power in the United States.Lyons also helped Domenici lay the groundwork for the Nuclear Energy Research Initiative and the Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems program. At the DOE, Lyons championed efforts to secure federal funding for small modular reactor development and for the Nuclear Energy University Program, among many other contributions to the future of nuclear energy.A high honor: The Eisenhower Medal is awarded to individuals in recognition of outstanding leadership in public policy for nuclear science and technology or outstanding contributions to the field of nuclear nonproliferation. It was established in 2014 by the Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy Division and was elevated to the status of a top-tier ANS award in 2018.last_img read more

Forty years on

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Prep football: Benton escapes Fair Park in 4A first-round game

first_imgWhen Benton coach Reynolds Moore found out his Tigers would be playing Fair Park in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs, he wasn’t particulary pleased.In Week 7, Benton defeated its District 1-4A rival 42-22 thanks to three fourth-quarter touchdowns. Moore knew the Indians would be fired up for the rematch. He also knew Fair Park was a well-coached team and it wouldn’t be easy to beat a team like that twice.He was right. Fourth-seeded Benton avoided a big upset Friday night, edging No. 29 Fair Park 17-14 on sophomore Brooks Cram’s 31-yard field goal with 9 seconds left.The Tigers rallied from 14-7 down in the third quarter.“You’ve got to win to move on,” Moore said. “When that’s what you’re doing you can’t complain too much with a win.”The victory was the Tigers’ ninth straight. Benton (10-1) will host No. 13 McDonogh 35 (9-2), a 26-6 winner over 1-4A’s Woodlawn, in the second round Friday.The 17-point total was the lowest of the season for a Benton offense that came in averaging almost 40 points per game. The previous low came in a 28-21 victory over North DeSoto in Week 5.Benton gave up 242 yards rushing (according to the Benton radio broadcast) to Fair Park speedster Robert Rochell, but 142 of that came on a pair of 71-yard touchdown runs. The offense has been getting most of the credit for the Tigers’ success this season, but this time the defense stepped up.“I was really proud of their effort,” Moore said. “For a season where the offense had kind of picked the pace up and set the tone in a lot of games when we needed them the most they came through. A lot of the credit goes to our staff preparing our kids over on that side of the football and our kids executing the gameplan.”Benton quarterback Garrett Hable completed 25 of 42 passes for 158 yards with one interception, according to Benton radio. Jermaine Newton rushed 20 times for 82 yards. The Tigers amassed 264 yards to Fair Park’s 300. Benton took an early 7-0 lead on a 1-yard Newton run and Cram’s PAT. But Fair Park grabbed an 8-7 lead at the half on Rochell’s first TD run and a two-point conversion.“We felt we kind of moved the ball at will in the first half and couldn’t finish the drives,” Moore said. “We just missed a few passes, dropped a few passes, and weren’t protecting up front like we wanted to, like we had the last couple of weeks.“That was not just us. That was lot of them making it really tough on us. I knew that when the team is coached that well and you are seeing them a second time. That’s why you’re not too excited by a draw like that.”Fair Park went up 14-7 on Rochell’s second TD run early in the third quarter. But the Tigers stopped the two-point conversion attempt.Benton tied it on a 15-yard screen pass from Hable to Newton and Cram’s PAT with 3.6 seconds left in the third quarter.The defense came up with three big stops in the fourth quarter. And the offense was able to move into position for Cram’s field goal thanks to a couple of short passes and a longer one down the sideline to Clayton Festavan.“The defense did a good job getting a stop, and I thought we did a good job using our time outs and keeping some time on the clock and working the sideline there at the end,” Moore said. “We were able to get some short throws and hit a bigger one to Festavan down the sideline at the end that put us in position to win that game.”The field goal was only Cram’s third attempt of the year. He was one for two.Last year, Brooks’ brother Shane made an interception to help seal a playoff against Belle Chasse. The Cram brothers are the sons of Benton assistant coach Tim Cram.“It was neat to see that,” Moore said. “He does a real good job in practice. That was our best shot (to win the game) at that point. I thought he could hit it so I sent him out there and the kid did a great job and was clutch coming through right there.”Benton will next be facing a McDonogh 35 team out of New Orleans that held high-scoring Woodlawn to just a touchdown.“It’s an opportunity to play another South Louisiana team and maybe earn some respect for our area up here,” Moore said “They’re going to be a very athletic team. Their only two losses have come to Edna Karr and Warren Easton we know Easton (which defeated Benton last year in the playoffs) and what they bring to the table. No real shame in losing to them obviously.“And they played Karr very, very close. It’ll be a tough game matchup wise. We haven’t seen any film of them yet but you kind of know what they’re going to bring to the table, what kind of athletes they’re going to have, so we’ll have to be on top of our game and move the football better than we did tonight and finish drives.”— Russell Hedges, [email protected] Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

UFC Mexico results: Yair Rodriguez, Jeremy Stephens go to no-contest after accidental eye poke

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year“I apologize a great deal,” a disappointed Rodriguez said to Michael Bisping in his post-fight interview. “We both trained very hard for this fight. I feel really bad about it. Jeremy will be back. Let’s do this again.” This strike to the eye caused the #UFCMexico main event to be ruled a No Contest pic.twitter.com/EXIKa2PyeE— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) September 22, 2019 After the eye poke occurred, referee Herb Dean immediately called for time to make sure Stephens was OK. Because the referee requested a timeout, Stephens was allowed five minutes to try and recover. Stephens, though, couldn’t open his eye, so Dean had the ringside doctor enter the octagon to check on the featherweight contender. The doctor put a flashlight in Stephens’ left eye to see if he would be able to fight on. After the five-minute time period lapsed, Stephens still couldn’t see out of the eye and Dean waved it off, ending the bout.Chaos erupted when the fans inside the arena started booing the decision and throwing trash into the octagon. Stephens was still holding his eye when he exited the cage and people were tossing garbage at him. Fans in Mexico City pelt Jeremy Stephens with beer and popcorn after fight is called. @espnmma @marc_raimondi pic.twitter.com/cxv2MlhljC— Eric Gomez (@EricGomez86) September 22, 2019 Looking at the conclusion of the fight would make one think that the UFC should book a rematch as soon as Stephens gets his eye back to 100 percent.  Yair Rodriguez and Jeremy Stephens spent the bulk of their training camp preparing for their main event tilt on Saturday night at UFC Mexico.With their respective fighting styles, a fight of the year candidate was expected at the Mexico City Arena. However, things took an unfortunate turn when Stephens could no longer continue after Rodriguez accidentally poked him in the eye 15 seconds in, with the bout declared a no-contest. The co-main event of the show featured former women’s strawweight champion Carla Esparza defeating Alexa Grasso by majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28). The story of the first and second rounds was Esparza using her wrestling advantage and taking Grasso down to the mat on four occasions.Realizing she was down on the scorecards, Grasso let it all hang out in the third round. And the mindset nearly worked as she staggered Esparza with a blistering left hook. Instead of trying to finish Esparza, Grasso took her foot off the gas pedal and let Esparza gather her bearings and recompose herself. Esparza scored another takedown, but this time Grasso found an arm and locked in an armbar. Grasso pulled as hard as she could, but Esparza somehow escaped.Esparza and Grasso let it all hang out in the final 15 seconds throwing the heavy artillery until the final horn sounded.UFC Mexico undercard resultsIrene Aldana def. Vanessa Melo by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26).Steven Peterson def. Martin Bravo via knockout at 1:31 of the second round.Jose Quinonez def. Carlos Huachin by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).Kyle Nelson def. Marco Polo Reyes via knockout at 1:36 of the first round. Angela Hill def. Ariane Carnelossi by TKO at 1:56 of the third round. Sergio Pettis def. Tyson Nam via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).Paul Craig def. Vinicius Moreira by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:19 of the first round.Bethe Correia def. Sijara Eubanks via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).Claudio Puelles def. Marcos Mariano via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-25).last_img read more