Anna Bjornson

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Iraq: 80 percent of Ramadi in ruins after fighting

Months of fighting and the recent pitched battle to take Iraq's Ramadi from ISIL have levelled most of the key city as officials warned it was too soon for civilians to return after it was recaptured.<p>Local official Eid Amash said 80 percent of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar, has been …

Response: Teaching Science to English Language Learners

<b>(This is the first post in a two-part series)</b><p>This week's question is:<p><i>What are the best ways to teach the Next Generation Science Standards to English</i> …

How the Brain Finds Its Way

Development of an innate ability to know where we are in relation to our surroundings—a critical survival skill rooted in the workings of a complex …

Steam Is Randomly Logging Users Into Other People's Accounts And Exposing Their Information

Some sort of breach or malfunction has hit Steam, the world’s largest PC gaming platform, that is allowing people access to other people’s user accounts. Not just allowing, rather, but <i>forcing</i> users into accounts that aren’t theirs.<p>That means not only access to other people’s game libraries, but …

Awesome DIY Halloween Ideas on Flipboard

It’s October already and if you haven’t decided on a Halloween costume yet, don’t fret! With Flipboard, you have tons of awesome DIY Halloween ideas at your fingertips. When someone asks where you got your costume, there’s nothing like the satisfaction of saying, “I made it myself.”<p>Here’s the …

New Atheism’s fatal arrogance: The glaring intellectual laziness of Bill Maher & Richard Dawkins

<b>(HBO/Janet Van Ham/Reuters/Chris Keane/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>For all their eloquence, New Atheists show little interest in understanding how believers really think or feel<p>Sean Illing<p>May 9, 2015 2:30pm (UTC)<p>Atheism has a storied history in the West. From the irreverent Voltaire to the iconoclastic …

Religion

At 15, Daniela Shia-Sevilla’s writing has already wowed the literary community

She would say later that she was so nervous, she felt she didn’t belong there, that one singular thought resounded in her mind when she first stepped into the room: <i>I’m just a kid.</i><p>The Folger Shakespeare Library was crowded with the well-heeled literati, writers and thinkers and philanthropists in …

Why You Need To Unplug Every 90 Minutes

You’re an organism. And organisms run in cycles. Here’s how to work with yours.<p>Since sprints get us to focus in and finish our tasks with crisp consciousness, we know they’re the most effective way of working. But what’s fascinating is <i>why</i> they make us work so well.<p>For Leo Widrich at Buffer, it’s in …

One vision of tomorrow’s college: Cheap, and you get an education, not a degree

<i>Higher education — increasingly unaffordable and unattainable — is on the verge of a transformation that not only could remedy that, but could change the role college plays in our society. Can you imagine the benefits of colleges having little bricks-and-mortar overhead, of each student being</i> …

Higher Education

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

Consciousness

Painting by numbers: getting creative with environmental data

Culture professionals network,Digital,Communications,Sustainable development,Environment,Big data,Technology,Culture,Art and design,Dance,Game culture,Games<p>A creative and artistic approach to mass data can help make it more tangible and deliver meaningful change<p>Data: the word on everyone’s lips. …

Creativity

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Teens can't control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why?<p>Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly.<p>"Teenagers are not …

Teenagers sleep less when they have more computer screen time says study

Parents have long suspected it, but now doctors have proof: the more time teenagers spend on computers or mobile phones, the less they sleep - especially if the gadget is used just before bedtime.<p>The evidence is so strong, the experts said, that health watchdogs should overhaul guidelines for …

Listening to the Star Wars Soundtrack in a Pygmy Village

A new study looks at how music affects emotions across cultures.<p>Four decades after the debut of the brassy score that announced a galaxy far, far, away, music from <i>Star Wars</i> has reached a whole other world: a Pygmy village in the Congolese rainforest.<p>The Mebenzélé Pygmies, an isolated group of …

Star Wars

What the 'marshmallow test' can teach you about your kids

<b>(CNN) —</b> The premise is simple: You can eat one marshmallow now or, if you can wait, you get to eat two marshmallows later.<p>It's an experiment in self-control for preschoolers dreamed up by psychologist Dr. Walter Mischel. While the rules of his experiment are easy, the results are far more complex …

Democratizing data: Why data literacy will be the most important new skill of the 21st century

<i>This sponsored post is produced by RJMetrics</i><p><i>“The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” – William Ford Gibson</i><p>Before the printing press, books were primarily produced in monasteries, copied meticulously, word by word, by the hands of monks. They were things of incredible …

On the Red Couch With DJ Spooky

<i>Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky doesn’t just want you to dance. Though the musician still spins experimental music at clubs and museums around the</i> …

Could be years before New Mexico nuclear waste dump fully reopens, official says

(Reuters) - It may be years before an underground nuclear waste dump in New Mexico shuttered by a radiation leak is fully operational, and costs for decontamination and other activities to restore the facility are not yet clear, U.S. Energy Department officials said.<p>A recovery plan is being crafted …

4 Strategies For Remembering Everything You Learn

• knowledge about the subject at hand, like math, history, or programming<p>• knowledge about how learning actually works<p>The bad news: Our education system kinda skips one of them, which is terrifying, given that your ability to learn is such a huge predictor of success in life, from achieving in …

Washington University in St. Louis

The Week in Review: Value of Sleep

We blame it on laziness, too much socializing or a late bedtime, but there is also some science involved in why teens just can’t wake up in the …

Sleep

A brief history of psychedelic psychiatry | Mo Costandi

In the 1950s a group of pioneering psychiatrists showed that hallucinogenic drugs had therapeutic potential, but the research was halted as part of the backlash against the hippy counterculture.<p>On 5th May, 1953, the novelist Aldous Huxley dissolved four-tenths of a gram of mescaline in a glass of …

The Week in Review: What Defines an American?

In 1993, 12-year-old Jose Antonio Vargas boarded a flight in his native Philippines and landed in the United States, where he’s lived ever since as …

Immigration

The Science of Collaboration

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>Andrea wrote a great post about working remotely recently. There’s something implicit in her post that I’ve noticed in my own work: even when you’re working in a mostly “solo” position (e.g. as a writer), being part of a team means your job will always …

And when the 'revolution' is over | US & Canada

What did I know about popular uprisings until the crisis in Ukraine? Not much, to be honest. Sure, the Arab Spring gave us all a taste of what it means. Countries can disintegrate as a result of anti-government protests that turn into violent confrontations with the police and the army, and end up …

Modern dance with drones is confusingly beautiful

Dancers with weird costumes? Check. Trippy sci-fi music? Check. Drones with pyramids on top... wait, what? The Eleven Play dance troupe in Japan has integrated quadrotors into its performances, starting with synchronized moves choreographed to the dancers. The flying 'bots soon take over the show, …

The 20 Best Songs By Elvis Costello

When considering material from over five decades, in as varying sonic categories as punk, bluegrass, New Wave, country, electronic, hip-hop (as …

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Salvador Dalí’s Rare 1975 Illustrations for “Romeo and Juliet”

The greatest literary classics tend to attract a plethora of visual art and graphic tributes. But the highest convergence of text and image happens when an influential artist reimagines an influential piece of literature — take, for instance, Picasso’s 1934 drawings for a naughty ancient Greek …