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Bees on Mars: Nasa funds swarm of robotic insects for exploring Red Planet

A swarm of robotic bees, nimble enough to fly across the surface of Mars and explore the Red Planet’s nooks and crannies, is being funded by Nasa.<p>The cyber-insects, dubbed Marsbees, are the size of bumblebees but have giant wings to generate sufficient lift to hover in the Martian atmosphere, which …

Black Mirror

Most Americans Fail at Financial Literacy. Here Are 3 Concepts You Absolutely Need to Know

Need a crash course on finances? We've got you covered.<p>While Americans might have no problem <i>spending</i> money, managing it is a different story. In …

Personal Finance

15 Favorite Interview Questions to Completely Disarm Job Candidates (in a Really Good Way)

We asked readers for their favorite interview questions -- and we weren't disappointed.<p>Maybe your favorite interview question is one of the most common interview questions. Maybe it's one of the most common behavioral interview questions. Or maybe you have a less conventional interview question you …

Employment

If You Read One Ed-Related Article Today, You’ll Want To Make It This One

What School-Funding Debates Ignore is an important article that appeared in The Atlantic today.<p>It’s written by Jack Schneider.<p>Here’s an excerpt:<p>I’m …

Why I Created A Kindness Calendar

HuffPost UK<p>Every December advertisers try to convince me that my family and I would be happier if only we purchase their products. Certainly, the …

Guest Post: Getting Started With Flipgrid

<i>Editor’s Note: I invited Jess Bell to write about how she uses Flipgrid with her students.</i><p><i>Jess Bell has taught ENL and English in an urban school</i> …

13 Recipes That Made Me Love Breakfast for Dinner

As a child, I was a fussy eater—not in a no-I-won’t-eat-those-green-beans kind of way, but a conservative rule abider. Some would’ve called me a snob. I once refused to eat a sandwich because, how could a real meal <i>not</i> be eaten with a fork and a knife? My parents didn’t know whether to fret or feel …

Martin Luther King Jr. on the problem with ‘so-called educated people’

Here, as I have published before to mark the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr., are some of his writings related to the purpose of education and the U.S. government’s efforts toward educating its citizens. You will see that King was prescient on a lot of things, including the dangers …

Education

Take a flight through the heart of the Orion Nebula to see where stars are born in this stunning NASA video

The three-dimensional video provides a look at the topography of the nebula using visible and infrared light<p>NASA has combined the staggering images …

Cosmology

What to Cook This Week

Good morning. I got into it with the cutting boards and butcher block just now, scrubbing away the sins of 2017, allowing everything to dry and then rubbing an immense amount of beeswax and mineral oil into the wood. It was mindless labor — simple work that made the kitchen a better place to be — …

Spices

Lots Of Good Tidbits On Teaching English Language Learners

I’ve done “Twitter Chats” for most of my books where I’ve shared short excerpts from them.<p>I’ve archived them using Storify. However, Storify is going …

Language Learning

Weeknight Lemon Chicken Skillet Dinner

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Preheat oven to 450°.<p>Step 2<p>Place potatoes in a medium saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil, and simmer 12 minutes or until …

Country Lifestyle

4 Powerful Lessons You Gradually Learn as You Let Go of the Past

If somebody is working on themselves and changing for the better, it’s unnecessary to keep bringing up their past. People can change and grow. You …

Boats

12 of the best British short stories you've never read

Disclosure<p>Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission …

Books

27 underrated US destinations everyone should visit in their lifetime

7 books to make your teaching more memorable

Memory underpins learning. And yet, as a profession, we talk about it so rarely. What gives? Here are 7 books to kindle that conversation:<p>1. Make it …

Pedagogy

Minuscule Measurements Over 12 Years Confirm The Existence Of Orbiting Black Holes

In a ground-breaking study over ten years in the making, scientists have observed two supermassive black holes orbiting each other hundreds of millions of light years from Earth.<p>“For a long time, we’ve been looking into space to try and find a pair of these supermassive black holes orbiting as a …

Universe

A Sociology of the Smartphone

<i>Adam Greenfield</i> | Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life |<i> Verso | June 2017</i> |<i> 27 minutes (7,433 words)</i><i></i> <i>Below is an excerpt from</i> Radical …

Scientists Assert That Earth May Exist in a Massive Cosmic Void

Riddled With Holes<p>If you picture what the universe looks like, you can imagine it as Swiss cheese. The sizes of holes, or voids, in the matter of the …

Universe

Fast radio bursts: stirrings from a galaxy far, far away

Scientists studying FRBs – energy explosions from distant parts of the universe – are on to something vitally important. But what causes them?<p>In summer 2006, astronomer Duncan Lorimer started work on a seemingly routine piece of scientific research. He and a team of students began examining old …

Black Holes

NASA's Juno Reported Back, and Things Are Getting Weird

Juno’s Revelations<p>NASA’s Juno spacecraft has just revealed a wealth of new information about our Solar System’s biggest resident, Jupiter, and it’s …

Astronomy

5 Reasons Why The 21st Century Will Be The Best One Ever For Astrophysics

It’s been a staple of science throughout the centuries: the arrogant thinking that we’ve almost arrived at the ultimate answers to our deepest questions. Scientists thought that Newton’s mechanics described everything, until they discovered the wave nature of light. Physicists thought we were …

Physics

How Lucky Was Hubble To Find The Most Distant Galaxy Ever?

If you take the world’s most powerful space telescope, point it into the cosmic abyss for days, and collect all the light possible, you’ll see something fantastic.<p>But you won’t see the Universe’s most distant galaxy.<p>The most distant galaxy ever discovered comes from when the Universe was only …

Universe

Colorado school district defends 'white privilege' survey given to staff

A "white privilege" survey handed out to staff members at a Denver-area school district rankled some employees, but a spokesperson for the district said Wednesday it was useful in finding "opportunity gaps."<p>The survey, distributed at Cherry Creek School District, included 26 statements such as, "If …

Take comfort in the fact that there are 2 trillion galaxies in which the 2016 election is not occurring

Astronomers discover there are 10 times more galaxies than previously thought<p>We know so very, very little about the universe, as a paper published in the<i>Astrophysical Journal</i> in October reminds us. We thought the observable universe contained billions of galaxies. But it seems there are at least 2 …

Universe

Brad Pitt Voluntarily Takes Drug Test Amid Child Abuse Investigation

He is reportedly fully cooperating with the Department of Children and Family Services.<p>Days after the stunning reports that an “incident” had occurred between Brad Pitt and his 15-year-old son Maddox during a private plane ride with their family, <i>People</i> has confirmed with the Department of Children …

NASA’s List Of The Best Air-Filtering Houseplants

Back in the late ‘80s, NASA was looking for ways to detoxify the air in its space stations. So it conducted a study to determine the most effective …

Houseplants

Harvard's New Approach to America's Teacher Deficit

The school hopes reshaping how young people enter classrooms will keep them there longer.<p>When Kia Turner began college, she didn’t plan on a career as a public-school teacher. “I came into college thinking I was going to go into corporate law,” said 22-year-old Turner, who graduated from Harvard …

Education

18 Mesmerizing Photos of the Stars

It's official: These are the most beautiful night sky photos of the year.<p>Some photographers shoot celebrity portraits, while others prefer celestial bodies of an entirely different sort. Every year, the Central West Astronomical Society in Australia celebrates those astrophotographers with the CWAS …

Constance Wu on 'whitewashing': 'Our heroes don't look like Matt Damon'

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Fresh Off the Boat" star Constance Wu says she is sick of Hollywood "whitewashing" heroism.<p>In a letter posted to her Twitter account Friday, Wu said films like Matt Damon's forthcoming "The Great Wall," in which the star plays a warrior defending the landmark against ancient Chinese …