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8 Characteristics Of A Great Teacher

<b>8 Characteristics Of A Great Teacher</b><p>by <b>Ian Lancaster</b><p>What makes a teacher strong?<p>What differentiates the best from the rest? There’s no shortage of …

Second language training reorganizes right hemisphere areas.

Hosoda et al. do a clear demonstration of how first and second languages mainly recruit different part of the brain. Training in a second language …

Sony SmartWatch vs. Samsung Galaxy Gear: The first big battle in the wearable tech war

Two electronics titans target each other, waging war over your wrist.<p>Sony's latest wearable tech creation, the SmartWatch 2 (SW2) is attractively styled, water-resistant, and sports plenty of apps and watch faces. The Samsung Galaxy Gear is a strong contender too, running a specially tweaked …

Gear & Gadgets

Qatar's Floating Hotels for the 2022 World Cup

The small Arab state of Qatar has had to deal with much criticism for being chosen to host the 2022 World Cup. Not only have there been concerns about cooling the large stadiums and guests during the brutal summer months, but questions have risen about where the large influx of spectators will stay …

Architecture

Van Morrison: The Poet

The scholar, dreamer, dancer and one of the few originals in rock parses out his lyrics and blues<p><i>In a 1971 review of the album 'His Band and the</i> …

Literature

Australia election: Millions cast their ballots

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1008000/1008567_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522562517_d0cd22f1eb09dfa1d14618e7deb6ce08<p><b>Australians have been casting their ballots in a general election, with opposition leader Tony Abbott's Liberal-National coalition aiming to end six</b> …

Australia

2020 Olympics: the race is on

Olympic Committee is meeting in Buenos Aires to decide whether Tokyo, Madrid or Istanbul will host the tournament<p>The five-ringed circus has landed in the heart of the Argentinian capital for the most important meeting of sport's power brokers in a generation, as prime ministers and princes scrabble …

Syria crisis: No clear winner in Russia-US G20 duel

<b>Both sides have claimed victory in this G20 gladiatorial contest over Syria, but identifying who is on which team is not straightforward.</b><p>So who backed Russia and who backed the United States?<p>According to President Vladimir Putin, the outcome was not a 50/50 split, but a balance of opinion in …

Barack Obama

5 Sky Events This Week: Mars Buzzes Beehive, Venus Grazes Moon

<b>Sky-watching in September starts off with ghostly cosmic glows and stunning close encounters between bright planets and stars.</b><p><b>Zodiacal Lights.</b> Starting on Tuesday, Sept.3, with a near moonless sky in the pre-dawn hours, the next two weeks mark the best chance for Northern Hemisphere observers to …

The Ikkatsu Project Unites Scientists and Adventurers

Changing Planet<p><i>National Geographic Emerging Explorer Gregg Treinish founded Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, a nonprofit organization connecting outdoor adventurers with scientists in need of data from the field. He also organizes his own expeditions, contributing to research on</i> …

Greatest Swims: Five Epic Swims in the Wake of Nyad’s Feat

In the wake of Diana Nyad’s Cuba to Florida swim, here are five great swims from earlier times.<p>Sixty-four-year-old Diana Nyad splashed ashore on Smathers Beach in Key West on Monday to become the first person ever to swim between Cuba and Florida unassisted by a shark cage. She accomplished the …

Why We Need Solitude

When I read <i>Walden</i> in 9th grade, I was convinced that Henry David Thoreau was a bit off. Spending over two years living in solitude on the shores of a pond seemed a recipe for madness. Now, I have begun to appreciate Thoreau’s search for isolation and communion with nature. I have become a seeker of …

How Sunlight Reflected Off a Building Can Melt Objects

A new skyscraper in London exemplifies the phenomenon.<p><b>The "Walkie Talkie Building," a name Londoners have given a distinctively shaped skyscraper near Saint Paul's Cathedral, has been in the news this week after reflected sunlight from its mirrored facade melted the side mirrors and panels on a</b> …

Swimmers, Kumta

Canoeing to the Arctic Ocean: Seek the Joy

I’m on a commercial flight out of Cambridge Bay, a dusty Inuit settlement on Nunavut’s Victoria Island. My five best friends and I just completed a 1,000-mile, 58-day canoe expedition to the Arctic Ocean, and I’m desperately trying to get a grip on my feelings.<p>Since coming off the trip, I’ve found …

Word in New: Red Line

The "line" part is easy to figure out. The "red" part is a little more mysterious.<p><b>Sometime in the next week or so the world will finally learn one way or the other what it means to cross a red line. A little over a year ago President Obama warned Syrian authorities that for them to use chemical</b> …

Geography in the News: Mormons

Human Journey<p><i>By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner,</i> <i>Geography in the NewsTM</i><p>THE GEOGRAPHY OF MORMONISM<p>The Mormon faith is in the news, as a new atlas, <i>Mapping Mormonism: An Atlas of Latter-day Saint History,</i> (by Brandon S. Plewe and S. Kent Brown, editors, etal) was recently heralded by The …

Rio de Janeiro

<b>“We are guinea pigs,”</b> declares Fabio do Amaral, a drug-gang killer turned evangelical minister. Brother Fabio preaches at a church in Santa Marta, one of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. What he means is that the citizenry of Santa Marta is part of a plan to clean up the hillside slums for the 2016 …

Cuba's New Now

<b>“I want to show you where we’re hiding it,” Eduardo said.</b><p>Bad idea, I said. Someone will notice the foreigner and wreck the plan.<p>“No, I figured it out,” Eduardo said. “You won’t get out of the car. I’ll drive by, slowly, not so slow that we attract attention. I’ll tell you when to look. Be discreet.”<p>…

Searching for Doggerland

<b>When signs of a lost world at the bottom of the North Sea first began to appear, no one wanted to believe them.</b> The evidence started to surface a century and a half ago, when fishermen along the Dutch coast widely adopted a technique called beam trawling. They dragged weighted nets across the …

Shamans: Masters of Ecstasy

<b>Nergui stood in the center of the room, swaying from side to side, chanting, “Great sky, please come here.” His eyes were closed, and he gripped a cluster of multicolored cloth strips. His voice was rough and the melody repetitive, like an ancient ballad: “Oh, great blue sky, which is my blanket,</b> …

5 Ways Smithsonian Uses 3-D Scanning to Open Up History

What happens when 3-D scanning is unleashed on America's attic?<p><b>You'd expect to find miniature models of President Abraham Lincoln's head, renderings of five-million-year-old whale skeletons, and even busts of long-dead employees gracing the shelves at the Smithsonian Institution in</b> …

What’s in Your Genes? Join a Twitter Chat with Geneticist Spencer Wells

When National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard, best known for his discovery of the R.M.S. Titanic, first participated in the Genographic Project, he expected to confirm what he already knew of his British-Dutch ancestry. But could his DNA tell him more about his ancient …

New Cosmic Mystery: Butterfly Nebulae Align

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>This mosaic shows a selection of stunning images of butterfly-shaped planetary nebulae taken by Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA; NGC 6302: NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team; NGC 6881: ESA/Hubble & NASA; NGC 5189: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team …

New Giant Volcano Below Sea Is Largest in the World

Tamu Massif in the northwest Pacific challenges traditional views of ocean science.<p><b>A volcano the size of New Mexico or the British Isles has been identified under the Pacific Ocean, about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) east of Japan, making it the biggest volcano on Earth and one of the biggest in</b> …

Watch NASA’s Moon Launch Tonight From the East Coast

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>This image shows the Minotaur V rocket that will carry NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) on a pad at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops Island, Va.<br>Credit: NASA EDGE<p><b>NASA is set to launch a rocket tonight at 11:27 pm EDT that will carry a</b> …