Marrit Schellekens

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Making Learning Easy by Design

How Google’s Primer team approached UX<p>How can design make learning feel like less of a chore?<p>It’s not as easy as it sounds. Flat out, people usually …

UX Design

How ordinary people decide to become terrorists

For all the hand-wringing in the US over the threat posed by Syrian refugees, it turned out that so far, every positively identified terrorist from the Paris attacks was not a refugee at all — but rather, a European Union citizen.<p>Those in the US who advocate for accepting Syrian refugees have …

The surprising reason why ISIS may be lashing out: because it's losing

On Thursday, one day before terrorists who appear to have been linked to ISIS launched a series of devastating attacks across Paris, President Obama went on ABC and made a comment that now looks pretty bad:<p>What is true is that from the start, our goal has been first to contain, and we have …

Cute Self-Watering Animal Planters

These adorable ceramic animals will prevent you from being a plant-killer! Capillary action, first documented by Leonardo Da Vinci but only recently …

These Flower Lamps Bloom When People Stand Under Them

Pedestrians in Jerusalem’s Vallero Square can stop for some respite under these self-inflating, giant flowers. Installed by HQ Architects in 2014 and …

Flowers

Colorful Murals Appear On Roads Only When It’s Raining

A group of designers from South Korea found a way to fight those gloomy days when it just wouldn’t stop raining. Together with Pantone they brought …

Vertical Garden Planters That Look Like Beautiful Wall Paintings

Kim Fisher has been involved in floral design, décor styling, and creative consulting since 2000, and if you want an air-plant hanging on your wall, …

6 Facts About The Environment (That Just Aren't True)

If it wasn't for Earth's environment, we'd all resemble California Raisins right now -- but dead, perhaps on fire, and certainly not grape-flavored. …

Sustainability

Here's the Best Thing the U.S. Has Done in Afghanistan

With the help of foreign aid, the public healthcare system has vastly improved the Afghan life expectancy.<p>While the U.S. military can win wars with overwhelming firepower, the conventional wisdom is that the U.S. lacks effective civilian tools to win the peace. Afghanistan's public health care …

The domestic economic impacts of immigration

<i>My client GiveWell, working closely with the foundation Good Ventures through the Open Philanthropy Project, is seriously considering labor mobility</i> …

A Study Important to Immigration Critics Is Undermined

© 2018 Moody's Corporation, Moody's Investors Service, Inc., Moody's Analytics, Inc. and/or their licensors and affiliates (collectively, “MOODY'S”). …

Architects Turn Iceland’s Boring Electricity Pylons Into Giant Human Statues

Choi and Shine want to transform how utility structures are built. Their “Land of Giants™” design, proposed in 2008, sees electrical pylons as …

Top 10 Works of Postmodern Literature

Postmodernism has become widely recognized as a movement consisting of an epic scope, innovative techniques and wide ranges of psychological and …

13+ Brave Couples Who Chose Matching Wedding Tattoos Instead Of Rings

Rings symbolize commitment, but these newlyweds decided to get tattoos instead. After all, while you can take off your ring, you can't just take off …

Body Art

Why the US is so bad at countering ISIS propaganda

In the war against ISIS, one of the many fronts is recruiting. The US and its allies are trying to stem the flow of ISIS recruits into Iraq and Syria, partly by physically stopping them, but also by trying to convince them not to join up in the first place — and they're failing. The flow of foreign …

Most research spending is wasted on bad studies. These billionaires want to change that.

Laura and John Arnold, a Houston couple, have become the Medicis for "research integrity."<p>Scientific research is often conducted in a highly unscientific manner. About $200 billion — or about 85 percent of global spending on research — is routinely wasted on poorly designed and redundant studies. …

Bored Panda

Puffy, fluffy, snow-white cloud-dogs, Samoyeds are a great breed for a family dog! With an alert, playful temperament, they rarely become aggressive …