Dana Magilen

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There’s a world championship for Excel spreadsheets

DUMFRIES, Va. — John Dumoulin has never really set foot in an office. He works part-time at Chick-fil-A.<p>But the 17-year-old from northern Virginia is …

The Argument for (or Against!) Banning Cupcakes in Schools

I'll never forget the day in second grade when my mom showed up with two giant sheet pans of homemade cinnamon rolls. It was my birthday, and this …

A professor in Georgia created a stress-reduction policy that lets students choose their own grades

"Emotional reactions to stressful situations can have profound consequences for all involved," writes Instructor Rick Watson for his computing class offered at Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.<p>"If you feel unduly stressed by a grade for any assessable material or the overall …

Study: Doctors from elite schools prescribe fewer opioids

Doctors from the lowest-ranked U.S. medical schools are three times as likely to prescribe opioids as those trained at Harvard, the top-ranked U.S. …

Why Men Are the New College Minority

Males are enrolling in higher education at alarmingly low rates, and some colleges are working hard to reverse the trend.<p>Jessica Smith raised an arm and pointed across the lobby of the university student center like an ornithologist who had just spied a rare breed in the underbrush.<p>“There’s one,” …

On Campus, Failure Is on the Syllabus

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — Last year, during fall orientation at Smith College, and then again recently at final-exam time, students who wandered into the campus hub were faced with an unfamiliar situation: the worst failures of their peers projected onto a large screen.<p>“I failed my first college writing …

College & University

M.T.A. Tries a New Tack During Delays: The Truth

On my way home from work two Thursdays ago, the No. 3 train I was riding stopped suddenly, just before the 72nd Street station.<p>This, on the New York City subway, was not particularly unusual. But what happened afterward was.<p>“Ladies and gentlemen,” began the voice over the loudspeaker, sounding …

Neil deGrasse Tyson: How He Became America's Top Astrophysicist

I spoke to Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History and author of <i>Astrophysics for People in a Hurry</i>, about what got him interested in astrophysics, some of his biggest childhood influences, how we can apply the laws of physics to everyday life, why America …

We've Lost Sight Of The Most Important Rule In Debating Science

It was almost 100 years ago that the most famous debate in science history took place. The topic up for consideration was the nature of the spiral objects in the sky: were they proto-stars in the process of forming, or were they island Universes, similar to and far outside of our own galaxy? …

Universe

Here Is the Trump Transition Team's Big Plan for NASA

Establishing a permanent presence on the moon, for one.<p>If you feel like NASA's been in limbo lately, you're not alone.<p>"NASA has been kind of stuck for much of the last decade," says Jack Burns, who serves as a member of President Trump's NASA transition team. "After the shuttle stopped flying, …

Space Exploration

The 1 Toxic Personality Trait No Business Should Tolerate

Here's why one insecurity-driven characteristic undermines everything your company is trying to achieve.<p>Passive-aggressive behavior is toxic just about any way you slice it. By definition, people use it to express a variety of negative emotions without being direct. For example, a …

Emotional Intelligence

Why do we have an appendix? Scientists have discovered its purpose and it's really important

Scientists have discovered why humans have an appendix – the small, thin tube attached to the large intestine whose purpose has long been a …

Jimmy Kimmel reveals his low Oscars host salary

As one of the biggest names in late-night television, Jimmy Kimmel will only earn what he might consider pocket change as he hosts the Academy Awards this February.<p>The late-night host appeared on KROQ’s “Kevin & Bean” morning show on Wednesday, where he revealed he’ll be paid $15,000 to host the …

Astronomers Say These Strange Signals Coming From Space Are Probably From Aliens

Ever since we gained a sense of our place in the universe, we’ve been waiting for the day when extraterrestrial intelligent life would make itself …

Why US travellers are being urged to renew their passports immediately

The State Department have warned that they expect a huge surge in applications and have urged travellers in need of US passport renewal to get their applications in early.<p>In 2007, millions of people applied for passports after a change in legislation meant that passports were mandatory for all …

Travelers

Get Ready for the Supermoon of a Lifetime

Entire lifetimes have come and gone without the moon looking quite as large as it will this month. On November 14th, skygazers will witness the …

Astronomy

How smartphone light affects your brain and body

There's something incredibly powerful about the blue lights that the designers of our smartphone, tablet, and laptop screens have been able to create. The lights in these screens glow so bright that we can see them even during a sunny day. At night, they're bright enough that they've been compared …