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The State of Common-Core Reading and Writing in 5 Charts

Eight years later, have the Common Core State Standards led to a revolution in how reading and writing are taught?<p>Not exactly. Teachers have shifted …

Teaching

Data mining reveals fundamental pattern of human thinking - MIT Technology Review

Back in 1935, the American linguist George Zipf made a remarkable discovery. Zipf was curious about the relationship between common words and less …

Natural Language Processing

In Town With Little Water, Coca-Cola Is Everywhere. So Is Diabetes.

SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico — Maria del Carmen Abadía lives in one of Mexico’s rainiest regions, but she has running water only once every two days. When it does trickle from her tap, the water is so heavily chlorinated, she said, it’s undrinkable.<p>Potable water is increasingly scarce in San …

Mexico

People Who Eat This Fruit Are Up to 60% Less Likely to Lose Their Sight to Macular Degeneration

Juicy.<p>Include oranges as a regular part of your diet, and your chances of developing macular degeneration – a particularly nasty form of sight loss – …

Nutrition

What Predicts College Completion? High School GPA Beats SAT Score

One of the most pressing problems in American higher education is the high college dropout rate. Spending time in college without a degree to show for it means students will lose opportunities to work or cultivate skills elsewhere. College dropouts are also far more likely than graduates to default …

College & University

Study finds that mastering prerequisites—not taking calculus in high school—better predicts success in college

The word alone is enough strike terror into the hearts of even the most accomplished students, but for those who break out in cold sweats at the …

High School

New chronic fatigue syndrome test is 84 percent accurate

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome does not currently have a diagnostic test. But this may soon change, as researchers have developed …

Pain

How to secure Gmail and stop developers reading your messages

Google’s business is in data. The data it gathers from each time its products are used – from maps to search – allows it to personalise the adverts …

Apps

How to restore your car's black trim the right way

Along with headlight lenses, black trim is about the most frail part of the modern car. Do they design these parts to go bad? It seems like it, but it's the curse of living near a giant UV-radiating orb. Here's the right way to fight back against your car turning one shade of gray.<p>1. Restore the …

Cleaning

100 Greatest Guitarists

50<p>Ritchie Blackmore<p>Best known for the gargantuan riff at the heart of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water," Ritchie Blackmore helped define heavy-metal …

Guitar

Facebook shared user data with 52 tech companies

It's no secret that Facebook shared user data with device and software makers as part of its partnerships. Now, however, the scope of those deals has become clearer. Facebook has responded to a House Energy & Commerce Committee request for data with a 747-page response detailing the social …

Eye Tracking

Gates Foundation Pushes Back On Report Saying $215 Million Education Investment Was A Flop

4:55 PM 06/29/2018<p>Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates’ $215 million investment in education was a colossal failure, according to a report by the …

Education

How to fix peeling nails

Sometimes, horizontal splits may occur in the fingernails, resulting in thin layers of the nails peeling back. There are many different causes of …

Wellness

How To: The Beginner's Guide to Defending Against Wi-Fi Hacking

Hacking Wi-Fi is a lot easier than most people think, but the ways of doing so are clustered around a few common techniques most hackers use. With a …

Information Security

How To: 100+ Secret Dialer Codes for Your iPhone

The dialer screen on your iPhone has a lot more to it than just entering phone numbers and hitting the green call button. It's not very obvious, but …

Telecoms

Former members say Calvary Temple splits families. What happens to those who leave?

He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.<p>Proverbs 13:24, King James Bible<p><b>One Thursday evening</b> <b>in 1998</b>, when Cynthia Azat was 15, her mother picked her up from her after-school job and told her she had to leave home. Sarah Azat had become concerned that …

Binge Eating

Texas Shuffle Blues Solo Performance

<b>The Woodshed</b> is where you'll become a better blues guitarist.<p>We've got an entire catalog of <b>video courses</b> and <b>free lessons</b> for guitar slingers like you.<p>…

Guitar

The Trouble With Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp isn’t here yet. Still, his presence is all around the 10,500-square-foot rented mansion at 16 Bishopswood Road in London’s Highgate …

Alice In Wonderland

It’s time to rein in the data barons - MIT Technology Review

When Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress earlier this year to discuss how the now-defunct political-data company Cambridge Analytica acquired …

Pew Research Center

Cuzco, Peru

Save Place<p>Calle Carmen Alto 227, Cusco 08000, Peru<p>This store is just a little ways off the main street of the San Blas arts district in Cusco, but …

Why more men are delaying prostate cancer treatment

When Ben Pfeiffer was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April, his urologist noted in the biopsy report that he was leaning toward recommending that Pfeiffer have his prostate surgically removed.<p>But Pfeiffer, 58, a married construction supervisor from Las Vegas with two grown daughters, said his …

Cancer

Algebra II

Quiz Banker creates student-ready editable quiz and answer documents based on an item bank of over 2500 state exam questions.<p>Quiz Banker supports New …

Singapore Math Pros and Cons

The Singapore Math method marked a change in the way math was taught in many American classrooms. The program uses a three-step learning model, …

Guest Post: Supporting ELLs In Math Instruction

<b>Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of guest posts that will be appearing on this blog about teaching math to English Language Learners.</b> …

GPAs don’t really show what students learned. Here’s why.

Society has an unhealthy infatuation with grade point averages.<p>The three-digit number purports to represent the sum of a student’s academic accomplishments in a supposedly uniform fashion.<p>Our reliance on it is reinforced in its use for awarding certain honors (such as cum laude), obtaining and …

College & University

We Compared the Average IQ Scores in All 50 States, and the Results Are Eye-Opening

Yes, the IQ test is controversial, but it's one of the few consistent metrics we have. Here's how the states compare.<p>People are getting dumber, according to science.<p>There are a lot of theories why IQ tests are falling. Some say it's bad food, poor schools, or obscene amounts of screen time. Others …

College Sports

Here Are 18 Things You Might Not Have Realized Facebook Tracks About You

Including: information about your online and offline actions and other devices on your Wi-Fi network.<p>When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress in April in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, he said he'd have his team follow up on questions he couldn't answer in full …

Apps

The Man Who Turned America On to Mezcal

In his new book ‘Finding Mezcal,’ Ron Cooper recounts his introduction to the spirit and how he started his pioneering brand, Del Maguey Single …

Hands off my data! 15 default privacy settings you should change right now

On the Internet, the devil’s in the defaults.<p>You’re not reading all those updated data policies flooding your inbox. You probably haven’t even looked for your privacy settings. And that’s exactly what Facebook, Google and other tech giants are counting on.<p>They tout we’re “in control” of our …

Apps

Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia

Here's how I got to bottom of the ads-coinciding-with-conversations mystery.<p><i>Note: this article was updated on June 13 to clarify that apps like Facebook don't automatically have access to your data.</i><p>A couple years ago, something strange happened. A friend and I were sitting at a bar, iPhones in …

Privacy