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Children are captivated by science but teachers fail them, says Sir Martin Rees

Sir Martin Rees, astronomer royal, says children are interested in dinosaurs and space but the spark is lost due to poor science teachers<p>Children’s enthusiasm for dinosaurs and space rockets could lead them into eminent careers if only Britain had more decent science teachers, the astronomer royal …

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10 Best Outdoor Documentaries Streaming on Netflix

We’d all rather go out and live the outdoors than watch someone else do it, but there’s nothing wrong with getting a little inspiration every now and …

A 200-year life is a fate worse than death

Scientists have discovered the genes that give bowhead whales a 200-year lifespan. But who wants to live that long?<p>In <i>The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy</i>, Marvin the robot is left outside the time machine and has to wait for millions of years while his friends travel through millennia in an …

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Elon Musk Uses This Ancient Critical-Thinking Strategy To Outsmart Everybody Else

But while he dropped out of the program after only a few days, the field left an impression on the billionaire-to-be.<p>Perhaps most crucially, it trained him in <b>"first principles thinking,"</b> a mode of inquiry that relentlessly pursues the foundations of a problem.<p>"I think it's important to reason from …

How to make an Earth

New evidence suggests that the basic ingredients for our Earth would likely go into making distant rocky exoplanets, orbiting other stars, as …

18 Things I've Learned about Changing Habits, Settings Goals, and Living Life

North Korea Author On ‘The Interview’: ‘Behind The Butthole Jokes, The Filmmakers Get A Lot Right’

It’s hard to ask a North Korean what they thought of <i>The Interview</i>, because, as you may have heard, North Koreans don’t get out much. But the New Yorker wisely solicited a guest review from the next best thing: Barbara Demick, a veteran “North Korea watcher” and author of <i>Nothing To Envy: Ordinary</i> …

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7 of the Craziest Predictions for the Future, From the Past

Back in 1992, in a special issue of TIME devoted to predicting what to expect in the new millennium, writer Lance Morrow waxed philosophical about …

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