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Your weekend reading list

The EAB Daily Briefing editorial team highlights interesting higher ed stories and studies that didn't quite make this week's Briefing. What are you reading this weekend?

Emily Hatton's reads

Big-data and college sports are colliding in a new concussion study. When student-athletes go down, they don't always admit their injuries or symptoms to training staff. Now, the NCAA and Department of Defense have partnered for a three-year project tracking concussion effects from onset through recovery in an effort to base new head injury regulations on scientific research and statistics.

It's clear teenage boys and girls are different, but a new book explores the neuroscience behind that.  In "The Teenage Brain," neurologist—and mother of two—Frances Jensen details the different ages at which children reach peak cognitive development—and argues schools should consider making some curricula gender-based.

Kristin Tyndall's reads

Want to look smarter in your next meeting? I know I do. This illustrated list suggests 10 tongue-in-cheek ways to earn the admiration of your fellow meeting attendees. Who knew Venn diagrams could be so powerful?

How a math problem about Cheryl's birthday went viral. A logic puzzle designed for fifth-grade-level students in Singapore attracted widespread attention last week after proving surprisingly difficult to solve. What made the problem so special? A puzzle expert explains. And in case you're curious, here's how to solve it—which will also make you look smarter in your next meeting.

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