Chris Coffey

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The Internet of Growing Things

Connected sensors and big data are changing how farmers grow crops and raise livestock—making food safer and better for everyone.<p>The Internet of Things (IoT) is turning the ancient practice of farming into precision agriculture. Sensors implanted in the soil can tell you when and where to irrigate. …


These sleek $250 earbuds can translate languages in real time — and it's like something out of 'Star Trek'

The company's first product, the Pilot translating earpiece, started as an Indiegogo campaign in 2016. Now, the Brooklyn-based startup says it has sold 27,000 units and has begun shipping to its early customers.<p>The Pilot looks like a fairly standard pair of wireless earbuds. They fit snugly in your …

Consumer Tech

Teacher strikes are illegal in West how did they strike?

“West Virginia teachers walked out — and they make more than us,” said a teacher at a school board meeting Feb. 28 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, that …


#MyRealClassroom Shows What Modern Classrooms Actually Look Like

When Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Secretary of Education, posted a stock photo of a classroom on Twitter, teachers took notice. As in, they noticed the …

Social Media

How to Teach Your Baby Sign Language So They Can Communicate at 8 Months

Baby sign language gives children as young as 8 months old the vocabulary they need to communicate want and needs with mom and dad.<p>By<p>Mar 07 2018, …


How to Add Voice Comments to Google Docs, PDFs, and Word Docs

Kaizena is a free tool that lets you add voice comments to Google Documents, PDFs, and Word documents. For Google Docs users Kaizena has a free …

Education Technology

The Teacher’s Ultimate Guide to Printing on Sticky Notes

Custom sticky notes in the classroom? That might sound difficult to pull off. What could you even use them for? It might even sound expensive.<p>Believe …


2 of the loneliest characters in literature find companionship in Pride and Prometheus

Jane Austen and Mary Shelley get Frankensteined together in John Kessel’s achingly sincere new novel.<p>So the nerdy sister from <i>Pride and Prejudice</i> and Frankenstein’s monster walk into a bar...<p>That is more or less the premise of John Kessel’s <i>Pride and Prometheus</i>, which sees Mary Bennet, the dourest of …


LSD Study Reveals Unprecedented 'Harmonic' Reorganization of Brain

The drug appears to hit a "reset" button in the brain.<p>Ongoing neuroscience research on psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin is increasingly …


Amazon Go Could Be Coming to a City Near You

A month after its launch, the e-commerce giant is already planning an expansion of the cashierless concept. This could be just the beginning.<p>Just a …


Scientists have discovered the key psychological differences that can make you liberal or conservative

Politically, Americans are more divided than ever.<p>When it comes to issues of race, immigration, national security, and environmental protection, they disagree about how the government should handle things like never before.<p>Relative to polls in the 1990s, Republicans are now much more likely to say …


Empowering Learners to Think with Performance Tasks

Pedagogy has been at the forefront of my thinking and work as of late. Decades of solid research have laid the foundation for current studies that …


You Can Now Get an Exact Lego Replica of Your Home

Home sweet (Lego) home. With prices from $1,500, these custom Lego model homes are certainly a splurge, but the kids— and design-lovers —inside of us …


Babies get strokes, too. Here’s how their brains recover

<b>AUSTIN—</b>Strokes are common in old age, but these devastating events also strike babies. That’s likely because birth is stressful and particularly hard …

The Brain

Copies of Mary Shelley's original Frankenstein text to be published

Shelley spent nine months by Lake Geneva writing the story of the bringing to life of a monster<p>Percy Shelley’s correction of Mary Shelley’s misspelling of “igmmatic” in the notebooks in which she scrawled the story of Frankenstein – “enigmatic o you pretty Pecksie!” he wrote – will be seen in all …


16 Optical Illusions Your Brain Will Refuse To See Correctly

"Wait, what?!" –Your brain<p><i>This post was translated from Japanese.</i>


Jeff Daniels to Star in Aaron Sorkin Stage Adaptation of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Jeff Daniels has been cast to play Atticus Finch in Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird.According to Deadline, the play has been …

Aaron Sorkin

Teacher-Evaluation Efforts Haven't Shown Results, Say Bill and Melinda Gates

The Gates Foundation is redirecting its financial backing away from teacher evaluation overhaul efforts to more "locally-driven solutions."


Moore's law has ended. What comes next?

The speed of our technology doubles every year, right? Not anymore.


Want to Learn Almost Anything in 5 Minutes and Remember It Forever? Here's How

Y Combinator's Michael Nielsen uses a grade school tool to powerfully enhance his learning and retention skills.<p>If you're struggling to master a complex topic, a new language, or anything else that seems to strain your brain, Michael Nielsen has a suggestion for you: Try flashcards. Nielsen is a …


16 Google Sheets Templates for Almost Every Classroom

Flippity is a great service that provides easy-to-follow Google Sheets templates. Recently, Flippity added a new template that you can use to build …

Education Technology

This Is How Reading Changes Your Brain & It's Even More Wild Than You'd Think

I'm in grad school right now, and we've been reading three of Irish writer Samuel Beckett's very challenging novels. TBH, the reading sort of makes …

The Brain

Take this literary London walking tour!

Historic Literary London Walking Tour<p>Updated December 26, 2017<p>If you're a fan of English-language literature, few places are as full of literary …


So You Want to Read English Gothic Literature: Here’s Where to Start

Horace Walpole’s 1764 book <i>The Castle of Otranto</i> is considered by many to be the ur-gothic novel: a genre-defining work that set the stage for …


Five major psychiatric disorders have overlapping patterns of genetic activity, new study shows

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Certain patterns of genetic activity appear to be common among five distinct psychiatric disorders — autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and alcoholism — according to a new study. The paper, appearing in the journal Science, was released …


Scientists invent ‘super wood’ that could replace steel

Scientists have devised a way to make wood up to 12 times stronger in a bid to replace steel with a cheaper, lighter and more renewable …


23 Clean Jokes That Are So Funny And So Dumb

"What's the best thing about Switzerland? I don't know, but the flag is a huge plus."<p>It gets toad away.<p>Sadly, no pun in ten did.<p>One is really heavy, and the other is a little lighter.<p>Of course! The Empire State Building can't jump.<p>They're usually 90 degrees.<p>"Put it on my bill."<p>I don't know, but the …

Matthew McConaughey

Intel is making smart glasses that actually look good

Exclusive first look at Vaunt, which uses retinal projection to put a display in your eyeball<p>The most important parts of Intel’s new Vaunt smart glasses are the pieces that were left out.<p>There is no camera to creep people out, no button to push, no gesture area to swipe, no glowing LCD screen, no …

Brian Krzanich

Neuroscience News wrote a new post, 'Anxiety Cells' Identified in the Hippocampus, on the site Neuroscience News

Summary: Researchers reveal in mice, certain cells within the hippocampus fire when the animal is anxious and this triggers anxiety related behaviors …


Meet Erica, the eerily human-like Japanese robot that will soon be a TV news anchor

Featuring one of the most advanced artificial speech systems, Erica will appear on television to read out the news.<p>We all know of Sophia, the world's …