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The Secret of Elon Musk's Success Is ... There Are No Secrets

His companies aren't the biggest, or even the most successful, but he's one of the most recognizable CEOs around. The reason why is everywhere.<p>Elon Musk commands an arguably outsize level of attention for himself and his two companies, SpaceX and Tesla, which are basically a NASA cargo delivery …

Is Planet Nine behind mass extinctions on Earth? One astrophysicist says yes

Planet Nine has seen its share of headlines lately, but its newfound popularity is also bringing back theories that the yet-to-be-discovered planet …

Extinction

We Have Student-Led Conferences. Why Not Teacher-Led Evaluations?

At the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, we are working toward creating a culture of learning that includes students, teachers, and parents. We believe …

7 Patents That NASA Is Freeing Up For Small Companies

NASA has a mandate to push the technologies it develops for space out into Earth, too. So over the last few years, the agency has made more than a …

Self-Healing

8 Useful Tips To Win Screenwriting Competitions by Sasha Allay

“How to win screenwriting competitions” is one of the top Google searches bringing writers to this blog, so when Sasha got in touch with this great, …

What one college discovered when it stopped accepting SAT/ACT scores

Hampshire College is a liberal arts school in Massachusetts that has decided not to accept SAT/ACT scores from applicants. That's right - the college won't accept them, a step beyond the hundreds of "test-optional" schools that leave it up to the applicant to decide whether to include them in their …

Syria war spurs opening of 'doomsday' Arctic seed vault

As Aleppo gene bank built to safeguard global food supplies is at risk, researchers request frozen seeds from Svalbard.<p>Syria's civil war has prompted the first withdrawal of seeds from a "doomsday" vault built in an Arctic mountainside to safeguard global food supplies.<p>The seeds, including samples …

War

The best way to colonize Mars is crazier than Elon Musk's idea of dropping nukes on the planet

Yet the Red Planet holds great promise, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently discussed its future with comedian and television host Stephen Colbert.<p>Musk, who hopes to build a colony of 1 million people on Mars, told Colbert that there are two ways to warm the global temperatures on Mars, which would …

See Cecil the Lion and Other Animals Light Up the Empire State Building

Cecil the lion from Zimbabwe is seen on the Empire State Building, in the 'Projecting Change on the Empire State Buildin<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Kena …

6 Things You Didn't Know Were Invented by NASA

<i>By: Joe Oliveto</i><p><i>Credit: Wikimedia Commons</i><p>NASA deserves a lot of thanks. The space program is the reason we've put satellites in the sky, landed on the moon, and seen <i>Armageddon</i>. But in the constant quest to dominate the stars, the agency has also ended up creating tools and technologies with …

‘Key & Peele’ Shows Us a World Where Teachers Get Paid Like Pro Athletes

Move over, pro athletes—a new crop of highly skilled individuals is about to dominate the airwaves and make some serious cash: teachers. They’re …

Excellent Google Sheets Tools for Assessment and Grading

July 29, 2015<br>Google Sheets add-ons store has a multitude of excellent educational apps teachers can employ to enhance their productivity and improve …

Education Technology

Harry Potter Transforms Class Dojo: Why Creativity Craves Constraints

After reading my students’ reflections on their blogging experience I felt like my assignment had taken multiple swigs of the Polyjuice Potion from …

7 Good Options for Building Digital Portfolios - A PDF Handout

Next month I am leading a short workshop on building digital portfolios. In preparation for that workshop, like every workshop I lead, I created a …

Here Is A Good YouTube Tool for Teachers

July 24, 2015<br>Magic Actions for YouTube is a good Chrome app to use on YouTube to enhance your watching experience. It provides a wide variety of …

How the rest of the world learns about the American Revolution in school

The American Revolutionary War is an intensely proud moment in history for most Americans (perhaps too proud). It’s taught as a major subject in history classes as early as elementary school, and it’s brought up again and again in different contexts in middle school, high school, and college. Along …

Kepler Telescope Introduces Earth To A Very Distant Cousin

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler Telescope has spotted the first roughly Earth-sized world orbiting in the "Goldilocks zone" of another star – offering perhaps the best bet so far for life elsewhere in the universe.<p>A year on Kepler-452b, which is about 1,400 light years from us in the constellation …

Telescopes

A Whale of an Innovation

The speckle-skinned whale shark, despite growing to lengths of up to 40 feet, is among the rarest and least understood fish species. Its name in …

Here's One Thing You Didn't Realize About 'Star Wars'

In a way, you could have seen a version of the iconic battle many decades before the movie came out.<p>"We matched frame to frame," explained visual effects artist Ken Ralston in the 2004 documentary "Empire of Dreams," talking about how the intergalactic fight scenes in the original 1977 "Star Wars" …

This Is Where Students Get Suspended From School The Most

The likelihood that a student will get suspended from school may have a lot to do with their geographic location.<p>The U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday released maps detailing where students are most likely to get suspended from school, with specifics for Native Americans, blacks, Hispanics …

America spends more than $600 billion on schools. Here's where it goes and why it matters.

By the time a student finishes college, more money is spent on his or her education in America than in nearly every other country in the world.<p>That's because the US, compared with other developed countries, spends a lot on education. Yet all that money is yielding only middling results on …

Chronic Absenteeism Can Devastate K-12 Learning

Commentary<p>By Hedy Chang, John Gomperts, & Leslie Boissiere<p>Warning systems exist to keep us out of harm's way. The car's dashboard light warns of low …

The Top Colleges and Grad Schools To Study Game Design

One of the best schools in the world to study computer game design started out as a private company. DigiPen Institute of Technology, a for-profit school with 1,200 students in Redmond, WA, was founded in 1988 as a computer simulation and animation company based in Vancouver. As the company grew, …

5 NFL Players Due for a Reality Check in 2015

Let's start with our standard practice on these types of articles: deciphering what the catchy headline actually means.<p>A "reality check" does not mean a player is bad. It does not mean a guy will get hurt or is destined to be disappointing. For me, it means something simple: Circumstances and …

A former NFL 1st-round pick explains why he fired his agent and will represent himself as a free agent

In a piece published by Okung on The Players' Tribune, the former first-round draft pick says most players choose to be represented by an agent when it comes to contract negotiations because they haven't ever thought of an alternative. The 2012 Pro Bowler believes that he is "more than adequate" to …

SpaceX's blast shock delays world's MOST POWERFUL ROCKET

Rocketry upstart SpaceX has said it's new "Falcon Heavy" launcher – which will be the most powerful on Earth when it comes into service – has been …

How to write fantasy series: Do’s and Don’ts

Fantasy series such as George R. R. Martin’s <i>A Song of Ice and Fire</i> and Rowling’s bestselling <i>Harry Potter</i> series still win over new generations of …

Colonizing The Moon May Be 90 Percent Cheaper Than We Thought

And that in turn could help us get to Mars, says NASA-commissioned study<p>Only 12 people have walked on the moon, and we haven't been back since 1972. But a new NASA-commission study has found that we can now afford to set up a permanent base on the moon, by mining for lunar resources and partnering …

A Great Tool Students Can Use for Creating Book Covers in Class

July 18, 2015 <br>Book Cover Creator is an excellent tool from ReadWriteThink that allows students to easily craft beautiful book covers. There are three …