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The simple way this Japanese town has become nearly zero-waste

At times, separating trash between paper and plastic can be time-consuming. But it's nothing compared to the recycling efforts of residents in …

Sustainability

Why Mathematics Is a Language

Mathematics is called the language of science. Italian astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei is attributed with the quote, "<i>Mathematics is the</i> …

Mathematics

Frankenstein considered as a novel about climate catastrophe

1816 is famous for being the year that Mary Shelley began to write <i>Frankenstein</i>. But it's also infamous for being "The Year Without A Summer". One of …

Breath of the Wild’s fantastic life lessons for kids

Children can learn much from Nintendo’s masterpiece<p>One of the joys of <i>The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild</i> is how it’s created a new connection between me and my seven-year-old son. He’s sunk himself into this game, and shares with me all his achievements and discoveries. When I finally pry the …

Kids

14 Netflix Series And Movies That Will Totally @#$%&! You Up

If Black Mirror wasn't enough for you, here are some picks with more nightmares, disturbing visions, and very weird plots.<p><i>This post was translated from Portuguese.</i>

Dystopia

Write Stronger Sentences With the 2-3-1 Trick

In my six semesters as an English major, this is the best thing I learned: When in doubt, put the best bit of a sentence at the end, the next-best …

The 10 hardest English words to pronounce, according to Reddit

A Reddit user by the name of JustATreeNut posed a question to the Internet: what’s the hardest English word to pronounce? The post garnered over …

German parents can register babies as third gender, court rules

<b>Germany's top court has ruled that there must be the option of registering a gender that is neither male nor female on birth certificates.</b><p>It would make Germany the first European country to allow parents to designate their intersex offspring as a third gender.<p>The case was brought by a registered …

LGBTQ

End of the car age: how cities are outgrowing the automobile

Cities around the world are coming to the same conclusion: they’d be better off with far fewer cars. So what’s behind this seismic shift in our urban lifestyles? Stephen Moss goes on an epic (car-free) journey to find out<p>Have we really reached ‘peak car’?<p>Gilles Vesco calls it the “new mobility”. …

Catalonia And The Staggering Failure Of Politics

In recent weeks I have seen things that you would not believe.<p>- I have seen a legitimate Catalan government commit harakiri and strike a mortal blow to Catalonia, condemning it to a shameful journey into the wilderness.<p>- I have seen 70 out of 135 Parliament members decide on the course to be taken …

These Swedish “Bike Apartments” Are Designed For Life Without Cars

If you don’t spend money on a garage, there’s lots of extra cash to add bike-friendly amenities to a new building.<p>A new apartment building in Sweden doesn’t have any parking spaces. Instead, the developers invested the money that would have gone to a parking garage into creating an ideal place to …

This Beautiful Map Shows the World's Most Common Languages and Where Their Native Speakers Live

Language

Catalan crisis: Two views about independence

<b>Tensions are running high in Spain in anticipation of a possible declaration of independence by the Catalan government. On 1 October, 43% of Catalans voted in a referendum, which the Spanish government declared illegal then tried to suppress by force.</b><p>The final results from the outlawed poll show …

Europe

The founder of Khan Academy built the ultimate school for kids to work and play together — take a look inside

But Khan is also leading the charge on another learning revolution: flexible learning spaces.<p>Originally founded as an all-ages school in 2014 in Mountain View, California, Khan debuted for the 2017-2018 school year the brand new Khan Lab School for high school students. Designed and built by the …

Education Technology

Malala Yousafzai: Youngest Winner of Nobel Peace Prize

Advocate of Education for Girls, Target of Taliban Shooting in 2012<p>Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani Muslim born in 1997, is the youngest winner of the …

16 Of The Most Beautiful Villages Across The World To Add To Your Travel List

Heading to the mountains to escape the city life? Wait till you see the breathtaking scenic beauty of these villages across the world. Unscathed from …

European Travel

How to be a minimalist teacher

Using the principles of minimalism has helped me to have more impact in school – and a calmer professional life<p>The new school year arrives with a flurry of activity: resources to prepare, PowerPoints to write, new classroom displays to create. By the time students arrive we are slumped in the …

'Reluctant Writers' May Have A Learning Disability Called Dysgraphia

Back-to-school week can be a hard for kids who struggle with writing.<p>For many years, my 10-year-old confounded me. She has tested at a ninth-grade reading level and has read classics like L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series since the first grade.<p>So, how could a child with such advanced …

Mark Zuckerberg tells new daughter to play outside

<b>Facebook's co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has urged his young daughter to play outside and enjoy the wonders of being a kid, in a heartfelt letter posted on his social media site.</b><p>The letter was published on Monday to announce the birth of his second child, August, with wife Priscilla Chan.<p>In the …

Social Media

How to Practice Critical Thinking in 4 Steps

It can take time to practice critical thinking, and that it's never too late to start. It is also a skill that nobody practices 24/7. The Foundation …

Critical Thinking

Writing for mobile: Bite-size basics

Here we sample the advice BBC News gives journalists who are writing for mobile - while mobile editor Nathalie Malinarich explains why tighter writing matters.<p>Journalists have always been taught to make every word count - writing for mobile takes the challenge to a new level.<p>News online needs to be …

Mobile

Merriam-Webster Steps In After Trump Tells America To 'Heel'

“Heal” is clearly a very difficult word to spell if you’re president of the United States in 2017, but Merriam-Webster is here to help.<p>Following a so-called “free speech” rally in Boston on Saturday, Donald Trump tried to call for unity on Twitter but instead told America twice that it needs to …

Donald Trump

Emoji Poetry Contest

T. S. Eliot once said, “Immature poets imitate, mature poets steal.” But he forgot to add: “And millennial poets translate poems into emojis.” Can you guess the following famous verses? The first ten people to name all three poems correctly will win a copy of our Summer issue (no. 221)—you can send …

Armed police to patrol V Festival 2017 for extra security checks

'Stay strong together'<p>Armed police officers are set to be on patrol at V Festival this weekend for increased security, as organisers says there will …

Architecture Timeline - Historic Periods and Styles of the West

A Quick Tour of Architectural History<p>How did America's great buildings evolve? Majestic structures in lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea have …

A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry

Few middle schoolers are as clued in to their mathematical strengths and weakness as Moheeb Kaied. Now a seventh grader at Brooklyn’s Middle School 442, he can easily rattle off his computational profile.<p>“Let’s see,” he said one morning this spring. “I can find the area and perimeter of a polygon. …

North Korea

100 Great Works of Dystopian Fiction

We may or may not be living in a dystopian age, but we are certainly living in an age of dystopias. At every turn in a bookstore aisle, you’re …

Books

Flappers in the Roaring Twenties

The New, Modern Woman<p>In the 1920s, a new woman was born. She smoked, drank, danced, and voted. She cut her hair, wore make-up, and went to petting …