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Fact Check: Is Labor's schools policy fully funded?

On January 28, 2016, the Federal Opposition launched its 10-year, $37.3 billion "your child, our future" education plan.<p>The following day, Shadow …

Study: Brain Variance Affects How Anxiety Sufferers See the World

<b>It’s just how you’re wired.</b>Anxiety isn’t something people choose to experience — it’s connected with how their brains see the world.A new study …

Humanity

Flipping the iPad Enabled Classroom (Part 1 of 2) | Emerging Education Technologies

Schools with iPads Programs are Flipping the Classroom too!<p>The Flipped Classroom doesn't necessarily require any special technology in the classroom …

Education Technology

5 Tips for Teaching the Tough Kids

1. Set the Tone<p>I firmly believe that a student's misbehavior in the past does not necessarily equate to future indiscretions. At the beginning of the …

Teaching

How to Use Google Slides to Organize Research

Like many of you, when I was in middle school and high school I was taught to create index cards to organize our research. After creating the cards …

Early childhood education: Importance of learning through play

Brought to you by<p>Leave a child alone or with a couple of others and almost inevitably, they will start to play. “Stop playing” must be one of the …

Education

The Truth About Fake Sugar Is Complicated

Will Splenda give you cancer?<p>The short answer: probably not. A new study found an increase in certain kinds of cancers in male mice given large doses of sucralose, the sweetener in Splenda, a popular sugar substitute. The lowest dose in the study the equivalent of a 150-pound human eating 350 …

Diabetes

Most scandalous scientific retractions in recent times

In early January this year a scientific paper on the biomechanics of the human hand was published in the prestigious open-access journal <i>PLoS ONE</i>. …

5 Cycling Weight-Loss Successes

Each of these riders tried cycling for weight loss and dropped 100 pounds or more. Find out how they used their bikes to lose the weight and keep it off.<p>It’s tempting to think that cycling for weight loss is so elementary a concept it requires no elaboration. Ride more and make a few changes to …

The Five Stages of Getting Dropped

Getting dropped is a lot to handle—but it's easier to manage if you know what to expect<p>We’ve all been dropped—if you haven't endured it yet, don't worry, you will. The predominant emotion is usually embarrassment, but after it’s happened enough times, you learn that getting dropped is a little more …

To Swap or Not to Swap? A Guide to Not-So-All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flours

As miraculous as all those "all-purpose gluten-free" flour blends are, they should really be called something like varied-and-useful-but-not-quite-all-purpose gluten-free flours. Here’s a cheat sheet for when you can sub out all-purpose, and when you should find a recipe that’s intentionally …

Breakfast

Stocking Up for the End Times? Consider the Potato

If the world ended tomorrow, and you survived, what would you eat?<p>In Andy Weir’s hard-to-put-down book <i>The Martian</i>, astronaut Mark Watney has been left for dead on Mars. Now tens of millions of miles from home, stranded, incommunicado, and very much alive, he has to figure out how to survive on his …

Robert Louis Stevenson

Finally, a Definitive Breakdown of "Use-By," "Sell-By," and "Best-By" Dates

You’re probably tossing most of the things in your kitchen way too early.<p>Good news for those who find themselves regretfully tossing out their untouched groceries: If you're one to throw away your food as soon as it hits that barely legible date on its packaging, you're probably wasting way more …

Genetically-Modified Cattle May Help Reshape African Farms

With one gene, molecular geneticist Steve Kemp may someday be able to boost the success of small farms across a huge swath of central Africa.<p>The gene is from a baboon, and it’s important because it produces a protein that kills a diabolical protozoan called <i>Trypanosoma brucei. Trypanosoma brucei</i> …

Agriculture

Death, Taxes and the Fight Against Junk Food

Some taxes just might make us healthier.<p>Benjamin Franklin, in 1789, pointed out that nothing is certain but death and taxes. Though to be fair, the same dismal sentiment had already popped up in 1726, in Daniel Defoe’s <i>The</i> <i>Political History of the Devil</i>. It’s a phrase on many of our minds on income …

Navajo Nation

While U.S. Economy Improves, Food Insecurity Lingers

Dawn Pierce of Boise, Idaho, still remembers the time her colleagues suggested a potluck lunch at work. “I called in sick that day because I couldn’t bring anything,” she tells The Plate. “I couldn’t afford it. I was so embarrassed.”<p>Pierce was a paralegal and a single mom who often found herself …

Navajo Nation

Can Preserving Crop Biodiversity Save the World?

Saving seeds is not as sexy as say, saving the dolphins, and it doesn’t attract nearly as many Hollywood types to its cause. But preserving plant biodiversity is critical if we want to figure out how to feed nine billion people and grow our food in what is likely to be a hotter, drier, climate in …

Nonprofits

See How Much the "Perfect" Female Body Has Changed Over 100 Years

It's pretty eye-opening.<p><i>This article was written by Maria Hart and repurposed with permission from Greatist.</i><p>If you've ever found yourself wishing for this actress’s waist or that singer’s legs, remember this: The silhouette of the "ideal woman" changes year over year, so the physical qualities we …

Do robots or humans make the better chefs?

As technology allows people to be replaced in the kitchen, will we miss that human touch?<p>Can a robot be a foodie? Two <b>developments in artificial intelligence</b> raise provocative questions about whether cooking is a craft or a science, and whether a computer – without any taste buds – can create a …

Recipes

As Global Food Chain Grows, So Does Risk of Illness

A few years ago, I was bored on a long flight and struck up a conversation with a man sitting in my row. It turned out he worked in food production, which was automatically interesting to me.<p>The conversation turned fascinating, though, when he described just what he did: He was involved in the …

Agriculture

Food Poisoning: An Untrackable Illness In A Globalized World

About this time of year, 4 years ago, people in Germany began falling ill with diarrhea, nausea and fever. At first it looked like a small outbreak, though a troubling one: One out of every three victims needed to be admitted to the hospital. Then the outbreak expanded, and expanded again. By June, …

E.coli

Deforestation Threatens Peru’s Food System, Environment

Biting the head off a four-inch grub comes with a unique set of challenges.<p>These wrinkly white insects—offspring of the Rhynchophorus palmarum beetle—have viscous guts the consistency of melted butter and stringy skin that sticks in your teeth like cooked celery. In the rainforest cities of Peru, …

Biodiversity

Deliciously Ella: how to swap sugar for naturally sweet ingredients

As some of you may know, I used to be a total sugar fiend, so when I changed my diet, cutting out refined sugar, I really struggled to start with. I still craved sweetness, but I didn’t know how to make healthier versions of my favourite snacks and desserts. I know that in an ideal world we’d all …

How to Grow an Indoor Kitchen Garden (Starting with Microgreens)

<i>Elizabeth Millard wrote the book on indoor kitchen gardening (literally), and today is sharing her tips for growing microgreens, which are easy to maintain (and delicious).</i><p>Have you found yourself wishing for a bountiful indoor garden that grows vegetables, fruits, and the occasional herb for all …

Gardening

Is it really safe to put children and babies on a paleo diet?

An Australian chef has become mired in controversy after devising a baby recipe book that is based on the paleo diet. But not all popular health regimes are safe for children<p><b>Paleo</b> and vegan. Elimination and low fat. Alkaline, carb-concious and raw. Sometimes it seems that every new dawn brings yet …

Fried Chicken as It's Meant to Be

<i>You know you love your great aunt's banana bread, but you probably don't know</i> why <i>you do. In Modern Comfort, Ashley Rodriguez from Not Without Salt figures out what makes our favorite classics work, and then makes them even better.</i><p><i>Today: How to crack the code on fried chicken (no matter how far away</i> …

Recipes

Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck in Melbourne: wonderful but there's no Wizard in Oz

When rock promoter James Young went to the temporarily transplanted restaurant he expected to see its star chef plating up. Sadly, he only had 14 courses to keep him company<p>Heston Blumenthal is the name, face and essence of his restaurant the Fat Duck and its unique food offering. So, when you’re …

Homemade Mascarpone Cheese

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: Shelly from Vegetarian 'Ventures shows us how we can have the delicacy that is mascarpone cheese in 10 minutes, using just 2 ingredients.</i><p>I didn't …

Recipes

Tomato Pickers Expand Case for Workers’ Rights

It’s fair to say we care more than ever about the food we eat: where it comes from, who farms it, and how it was grown. But how much do we think about the people who harvested it—not the farmers, but the workers the farmers employ?<p>A recently-released documentary, Food Chains, argues that we don’t …

Agriculture

20 Superstar Chefs Pledge Their Allegiance to Saving Seafood

On March 17th, twenty of the world’s greatest chefs including Daniel Humm, Ferran Adrià and Grant Achatz will come together in San Sebastian, Spain …