Could the “overview effect” calm political polarization? This paper makes a case for teaching emotional regulation in schools and looking at the Earth from space. The author explains this would help us all become emotionally capable individuals who could engage in conversations with people different from us, with empathy and respect.

Have you ever been angered by someone else’s opinion? Did you understand where the person was coming from before disagreeing? Here’s how @sanjoymarcel thinks we could cool things down a bit. #palebluedot #lookupandlookin article by Aditi Sharma.

Students inspired to study science by participating in real NASA missions In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a group of scientists and teachers came together to create an exciting new educational resource, named Ad Astra Academy. The goal? To develop brief, intense programs to help encourage academically at-risk students to develop critical thinking skills.

Can teachers get students in underrepresented, disadvantaged communities to feel excited about science if they get to participate in real NASA missions? Turns out, probably! #teaching #StemEd

Learning about space exploration motivates students to pursue science Implementing a program called Ad Astra Academy with students in disadvantaged communities in Rio de Janeiro resulted in increased passion and inspiration for science.

Whether it is the acceptance of different passions, backgrounds, or even favorite movies, diversity matters. A group of ten researchers who noticed the positive correlation between motivation and academic success created the Ad Astra Academy to teach astrobiology abroad. They READ MORE

Babies Learn About Eye Contact Early in Life More evidence shows that socializing is an important human behavior for brain development, even for infants.

As infants, we absorb any information our surroundings have to offer, especially if other humans are involved. Infants can recognize their native language, the faces of their own species, and even the faces of their own race. It’s all part READ MORE

Chess might help you become better at math, but not for the reasons you think. Researchers substitute some first, second, and third graders’ math lessons with chess lessons to see if it had a positive impact on scores.

Chess has been proposed as a way of improving math abilities, despite the fact that math and chess do not have as much in common as people think.