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Seismic thrift: welcome to the shopping centre for recycled goods

In the Swedish city of Eskilstuna, 100 kilometres west of Stockholm, shoppers are flocking to a mall with a twist.<p>ReTuna Återbruksgalleria is a …

Sustainability

Teaching Students How to Bring Their Dreams to Life

By: Piet Grymonprez. Young children have a strong capacity for 'having a go'. How can we foster the capacity to imagine, dream and try in students? …

In search of myself

This week is Library and Information week (#LIW2018). Library and Information Week aims to raise the profile of libraries and information service …

Should you trust your gut feelings?

Intuition has fallen out of favour in an age of rational, analytical thinking. But your emotional responses are not as fallible as some would have you believe, says neuroscientist Valerie Van Mulukom.<p>Imagine the director of a big company announcing an important decision and justifying it with it …

MIT Scientists prove adults learn language to fluency nearly as well as children

This week a new paper was published in the journal Cognition titled “A Critical Period for Second Language Acquisition” that used a new, viral …

Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning

One of the first things I ever wrote for publication was a short article about drowning recognition for a Coast Guard magazine. A few years later, I …

Coast Guard

The design tricks that get you hooked on your phone

Feel like you have to always use your phone?<p>You're not the only one - technology companies use psychological tricks to get you hooked to your phone.<p>James Reevell explains.

Technology

The Myth of 'Learning Styles'

A popular theory that some people learn better visually or aurally keeps getting debunked.<p>In the early ‘90s, a New Zealand man named Neil Fleming decided to sort through something that had puzzled him during his time monitoring classrooms as a school inspector. In the course of watching 9,000 …

Analysis par BBC sur Apple Podcasts

‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower

For more than a year we’ve been investigating Cambridge Analytica and its links to the Brexit Leave campaign in the UK and Team Trump in the US presidential election. Now, 28-year-old Christopher Wylie goes on the record to discuss his role in hijacking the profiles of millions of Facebook users in …

Steve Bannon

Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs – podcast

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

<b>A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings</b><p><b>by</b> <b>Gabriel Garcia Marquez</b><p><b>Translated by Gregory Rabassa</b><p>On the third day of rain they had killed so many crabs inside …

Eight reasons Facebook has peaked

Amol Rajan @amolrajanBBC on Twitter<p><b>On the surface, Facebook is one of the most successful commercial propositions in the history of business. Its market capitalisation is today over half a trillion dollars. Shares are six times more valuable today than five years ago. Though they trade at a lower</b> …

The Shallowness of Google Translate

The program uses state-of-the-art AI techniques, but simple tests show that it's a long way from real understanding.<p>One Sunday, at one of our weekly salsa sessions, my friend Frank brought along a Danish guest. I knew Frank spoke Danish well, since his mother was Danish, and he, as a child, had …

How to Excel at Both Strategy and Execution

For decades, we’ve often thought of leadership profiles in unique buckets—two popular varieties were the “visionaries”, who embrace strategy and think about amazing things to do, and the “operators”, who get stuff done. We intuitively knew that there must be leaders that span these areas, but in …

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs raised their kids tech-free — and it should've been a red flag

Psychologists are quickly learning how dangerous smartphones can be for teenage brains.<p>Research has found that an eighth-grader's risk for depression jumps 27% when he or she frequently uses social media. Kids who use their phones for at least three hours a day are much more likely to be suicidal. …

Education Technology

8 Mythical Canadian Monsters

It’s got a reputation for friendly faces and impeccable manners, but Canada is still, by and large, a vast and wild place. So it should come as no …

Why we should learn German | John le Carré

To help make the European debate decent and civilised, it is now more important than ever to value the skills of the linguist<p>I began learning German at the age of 13, and I’m still trying to explain to myself why it was love at first sound. The answer must surely be: the excellence of my teacher. …

Toronto: the city of 140 languages

Growing at a clip of more than 100,000 new residents a year, Canada’s largest city keeps getting larger. But the continued population boom hasn’t changed Toronto’s character.<p>Growing at a clip of more than 100,000 new residents a year, Canada’s largest city keeps getting larger. But the continued …

San Francisco

BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Hokusai - The wave: the world’s first viral image

April the Giraffe gives birth, finally

<b>At long, long last, after what seemed like aeons, the world's most famous giraffe has given birth.</b><p>April the Giraffe, whose prolonged pregnancy has been watched by millions of amateur zoologists online, has delivered her fourth calf.<p>"We have a baby! Everything went absolutely perfect. This is …

Five proven hacks to help students tackle revision

We know more about the science of learning than ever, but too few pupils use these strategies when preparing for exams<p>We know more about the science of learning than ever. Working smarter involves using your time and energy efficiently, but many students still do not use many of the most effective …

Hacking

A remote Scottish island with a population of around 60 is looking for a new nurse

<b>A remote island near Shetland, with a population of around 60, is looking for a new nurse.</b><p>Fair Isle is a popular spot for bird watchers, with around 10,000 puffins, and is home to more than 1,000 sheep.<p>But with long, hard winters and months of darkness, the job definitely will not be for …

Pioneering Psychologist Jerome Bruner on the 6 Pillars of Creativity and How to Master the Art of “Effective Surprise”

One of the greatest preoccupations not only of our culture but of our civilization is the question of what creativity is, dating back to the dawn of recorded thought. But it wasn’t until the advent of modern psychology in the early twentieth century that our answers to the question began to take …

The jobs of the future – and two skills you need to get them

Could a robot do your job? Millions of people who didn’t see automation coming will soon find out the painful way. The answer is a resounding yes.<p>The …

CES 2017: UK support to tech firms 'an embarrassment'

<b>The UK government's lack of support for start-ups attending the CES tech show is a "source of embarrassment", according to the event's organiser.</b><p>Gary Shapiro compared the country unfavourably with France, the Netherlands and Israel.<p>The head of one British firm at the Las Vegas event said the …

How to be a good listener: the experts' guide

A close friend was going through a terrible time this summer. As she cried to me on the phone in her lunch break or over coffee at the weekend, I …

Self-help

Disruption Vs. Innovation: What's The Difference?

People are sometimes confused about the difference between innovation and disruption. It’s not exactly black and white, but there are real distinctions, and it’s not just splitting hairs. Think of it this way: Disruptors are innovators, but not all innovators are disruptors — in the same way that a …