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Tough brain teasers, with answers, courtesy of NSA employees

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According to NSA’s Puzzle Periodical, “Intelligence. It’s the ability to think abstractly. Challenge the unknown. Solve the impossible. NSA employees work on some of the world’s most demanding and exhilarating high-tech engineering challenges. Applying complex algorithms and expressing difficult cryptographic problems in terms of mathematics is part of the work NSA employees do every day.”

You can try a couple of their recent, and quite tough, brain teasers here:

More brain teasers, games and illusions here.

Book review: Grit is a tool in the toolbox, not the silver bullet

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West Point cadets endure a grueling level of physical exertion, emotional challenge, and social abuse. The standards for completing the training are high, as is the dropout rate.

According to psychologist Angela Duckworth, who has studied these cadets, what sets the graduates apart from those who don’t complete the training Read the rest of this entry »

10 Brain Transformers: A Poem

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As we enter an era of a transforming cerebrals

there will soon be “Mind­ful” wearables

to concentrate, meditate and self regulate

Did I just see you drop your jawbone at the gate?

Charge yourself to a calming or energizing state

Enhance memory and you are now feeling great

Your life may soon be in a different motion

With Elec­tri­cal and mag­netic brain stimulation

Not just in games or Read the rest of this entry »

To preserve if not enhance intelligence, work on speed of information processing

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Declining intelligence in old age linked to visual processing (Science Daily):

“Researchers have uncovered one of the basic processes that may help to explain why some people’s thinking skills decline in old age… Read the rest of this entry »

Learning a second language, at any age, leads to better cognitive abilities

HolaLearning second language ‘slows brain ageing’ (BBC):

“Learning a second language can have a positive effect on the brain, even if it is taken up in adulthood, a University of Edinburgh study suggests…Using data from intelligence tests on 262 Edinburgh-born individuals at the age of 11, the study looked at how their cognitive abilities had changed when they were tested again in their seventies Read the rest of this entry »

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