• Forget learning the rules first. A group of cognitive scientists is advocating "perceptual learning," a bottom-up technique that plays on the brain's capacity for pattern recognition. [NYTimes]
  • After a dozen years, two new heavy elements are invited to join the ranks of 112 before them. Scientists still await official names; for now, the two newest inhabitants of the periodic table are being called "ununquadium" and "ununhexium." [Wired]