What makes us the way we are? Some say its the genes we inherit at conception. Others are sure it's the environment we experience in childhood. But could it be that many of our individual characteristicsour health, our intelligence, our temperamentsare influenced by the conditions we encountered before birth? That's the claim of an exciting and provocative field known as fetal origins.
Pop quiz: When does learning begin? Answer: Before we are born. Science writer Annie Murphy Paul talks through new research that shows how much we learn in the womb - from the lilt of our native language to our soon-to-be-favorite foods.
From the White House to Silicon Valley, the call for all students to learn computer programming is growing louder. Yet some critics of this vision point to logistical hurdles, and others worry about industry dictating the curriculum. Is coding for all a realistic goal - and is it one that American schools should be pursuing?
Too often school assessments heighten anxiety and hinder learning. New research shows how to reverse the trend.