• Not everyone can be the next Jack White, but playing the guitar – or piano, or violin – can make students smarter in lots of other areas, according to science.

    But new research from Northwestern University in Chicago suggests learning and playing music sharpens other cognitive skills in young minds – including listening and language.

    “Results showed that students who were the most actively engaged in making music – those who attended class more frequently, those who were judged by their teachers as more engaged, and those who played an instrument rather than taking a music appreciation class – showed greater neural improvement,” Nina Kraus, director of Northwestern’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, told Yahoo News.

    She noted that best improvement was shown in students who studied music consistently for at least two years.

    “Music, then, can’t be thought of as a quick fix.”

    Kraus and her team found intriguing structural similarities between sound waves and brain waves.

    “If you take a

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  • Baby’s first words shock his parents

    "My baby boy Ben said 'I love you' for the first time"

    A child’s first words are always a heart-warming moment for any parent.

    And thankfully, the camera was rolling to capture this baby’s adorable first complete sentence and his dad’s shocked reaction.

    YouTubeuser Ted Moskalenko from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, posted a video on his channel of his three-month-old baby boy saying “I love you.”

    Moskalenko is seen in the short clip holding the infant, named Ben, on his lap and making baby sounds. The two go back and forth babbling, and then the dad tells his three-month-old that he loves him.

    At first there’s complete silence and then Ben looks up at his dad and says “I love you” back. 

    Moskalenko appears to be shocked as he smiles and looks up at his wife, who is filming the unexpected special moment. 

    Although Ben’s first words are a little garbled, both his parents think it counts. 

    Posting alongside the video, Moskalenko wrote: “My baby boy Ben said 'I love you' for the first time.” 

    Ted’s wife, Michelle, commented on the video saying

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  • It's not uncommon for a rapper to drop the microphone before leaving the stage, but then again, Kanye West is far from your typical performer. 

    After weeks or vitriol and petitions aimed at preventing Kanye from performing at the Pan Am Games closing ceremony, it appears the Internet still has plenty to say about the outspoken rapper. But in the Twittersphere’s defence, Kanye pretty much teed this one up for us. 

    Last night, the rapper took the stage during the closing ceremonies at the Roger Centre in Toronto and his performance, even though it was cut short, left the internet buzzing. 

    His set was filled with classics like “Stronger,”  “Power,” “Gold Digger,” and “All Of The Lights.” 

    West began the performance with a small spotlight on him, but eventually the house lights came on, revealing the lone rapper with his blue shirt and ripped jeans on the stage with no backup singers and no visual effects. 

    A fairly modest backdrop for the one who calls himself a "genius," but it was the

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  • Searching something as easy as 'best security practices' can take you down a huge rabbit hole of information that can be hard to digest for some and repetitive and mundane for others. If you're serious about keeping your computer and information safe online, though, Google's new research paper entitled, “...no one can hack my mind”: Comparing Expert and Non-Expert Security Practices, gives a comprehensive breakdown of the mentality between security experts and non-experts alike.

    Here's a quick rundown of the top five security practices from each team brought to you by the Google Online Security Blog:

     

    Non-Experts' Top Online Safety Practices

    • Use Antivirus Software
    • Use Strong Passwords
    • Change Passwords Frequently
    • Only Visit Websites They Know
    • Don't Share Personal Information

     

    Experts' Top Online Safety Practices

    • Install Software Updates
    • Use Unique Passwords
    • Use Two-Factor Authentication
    • Use Strong Passwords
    • Use a Password Manager

     

    Right from the start we do see some similarities

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  • (Twitter/@LUV2BCH_)(Twitter/@LUV2BCH_)

    In the age of social media and over-sharing, it’s nearly impossible to have anything stay a secret.

    A woman allegedly caught cheating on her husband found this out the hard way.

    At a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves, two sisters were watching a completely different game go down.

    Directly in front of Delana and Brynn Hinson, sat a couple: a man who was watching the ball game, and a woman who was simply watching her phone.

    The woman was texting her friend “Nancy,” but instead of texts they were sexts, and instead of “Nancy” it appeared to be a man named “Mark Allen.”

    The Hinson sisters rushed into action and snapped a photo of the woman’s messages and posted them to Twitter in an attempt to “expose” her.

    “I will be naked… laying on the ground,” one of the text reads.  

    And

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  • Lieutenant delivers epic message to culprit who burglarized his favourite lunch spot

    “If you’re the man that committed this felony, look at me son – I’m talking to you."

    Lieutenant Higgins wasn’t happy to hear that someone burglarized his favourite lunch eatery.

    Higgins, who works for the St. Landry Perish Sherriff’s Department in Louisiana, took to the city’s Crime Stoppers to share a few choice words for the culprit.

    “If you’re the man that committed this felony, look at me son – I’m talking to you,” Higgins says with his hands firmly on his belt.

    “We’re going to identify you, arrest you and put you in a small cell.”

    And after all of the day’s work has been done and justice has been served, Higgins vows to wind down with a cheeseburger, fries and Coke at the very supermarket (Shelly’s) that the culprit burglarized.

    “Meanwhile, your next meal will be served through a small hole in a cell door,” he says matter-of-factly.

    And although the police have found DNA on the rock the offender used to smash the window and have a “perfect boot print,” Higgins realizes the popularity of his coverage, and hopes to use it to catch the criminal.

    “Congratulations,

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  • What would you do for, say, two million YouTube views? YouTuber Pikachu The Pokemon would record himself eating the world’s hottest chili pepper – which he did, to hilarious results.

    The fourth-grader ate a Carolina Reaper, which is said to be 100 times hotter than a jalapeno, and while he downs an entire glass of milk, there’s no denying the small pepper is wreaking havoc on his insides.

    “You’re not supposed to swallow it!” the boy’s grandfather is heard saying in the background, while his grandson drinks the milk in a panic.

    “Later on my stomach was burning like Satan was burning me with fire,” he says wide-eyed, in a video recorded after eating the chili pepper.

    The chili peppers were bought off Amazon for just over £3, he explained in the follow-up video.  Despite the obvious pain and discomfort (not to mention the, ahem, after-effects), he says he would do it again – just for all the YouTube views.

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  • As if the monstrous waves of Teahupo in Tahiti wasn’t even to scare any surfer, one brave man rode the waves while on fire.

    Jamie O’Brien is a professional surfer from North Shore, Hawaii. While filming his original series Who Is Job 5.0 in Tahiti, he got an idea to attempt a daredevil stunt: to light himself on fire and surf the “world’s heaviest waves.

    The idea came to him through Instagram. According to O’Brien, he received a comment that said ‘it would be cool if you lit yourself on fire.’ So the surfer went to Red Bull and pitched the idea.

    The stunt took around a year to perfect with several trial runs on land and in the water, reported the Daily Mail. Even Hollywood stunt coordinator, Riley Harper was called in to be part of the team.

    After each run, the surfer had to plunge into the water to prevent himself from getting burnt. During one of his test runs, O’Brien got a quarter of his eyebrow singed from the fire.

    The challenges, however, didn’t stop O’Brien from accomplishing

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  • After shark attacks plagued the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the last few weeks, the Bergmans thought of an interesting way to quell the possibility of further attacks.

    Using PVC pipes, Scott and Sandi Bergman made protective cages that they then painted silver to look like steel.

    Beachgoer M.K. Rainville remembers watching the two casually walk into the ocean with their homemade shark-protectors.

    “We first knew something was up when the wife was taking photos of her husband with the cage and then proceeded to take a video,” Rainville told WTVR.

    A video of the event has since been uploaded to YouTube, and currently has just over 950,000 views.

    In it, the two are shown taking on the wavy waters, while hoisting the ‘steel’ cages above their knees.

    The couple are then seen getting a few feet away from shore, but are they quickly called back to shore by a confused-looking lifeguard.

    It has since been revealed that the entire operation was a prank.

    Following the recent series of shark

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  • Want to avoid divorce? Here's when to get married

    by Kelly Putter

    You’re smart, right? You waited till your mid to late thirties to tie the knot after earning a post-secondary education, travelling some and getting a solid foothold in your career.

    Better hang on to that pre-nup.

    A new study flips conventional wisdom on its head by suggesting that those who marry older face a higher risk of divorce, according to a sociologist at the University of Utah whose data unearthed surprising results about marriage success and age.

    Nicholas H. Wolfinger found that people who marry after their early thirties are more likely to divorce than those who wed in their late twenties. While his data confirms the commonly held belief that getting hitched in your late teens and early twenties is a sure-fire ticket for failure, the finding that older brides and grooms are more likely to split is an eye opener.

    According to his numbers, once past the age of 32, the odds of divorce increase by five per cent per year of age at marriage. His analysis is from

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