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Mae Keane, One Of The Last 'Radium Girls,' Dies At 107

<b>Editor's note, Jan. 15, 2015:</b> Mae Keane was one of the last "radium girls," but not the last one. Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to see the full correction note.<p><i>Before turning the page on 2014,</i> All Things Considered <i>is paying tribute to some of the people who died this year whose</i> …

Would greater independence for teachers result in higher student performance?

<b>JUDY WOODRUFF:</b><p>Next: addressing the high turnover rate among public school teachers.<p>John Tulenko of Learning Matters Television, which produces …

Watch Six Months of Fracking Fires Blaze Across the Country

Massive fires light up the sky in U.S. states at the cen­ter of a frack­ing boom.<p>The fires — known as flar­ing — are a symp­tom of the rap­id spread …

Oil & Gas Industry

A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences

When you think about a sentence, you usually think about words — not lines. But sentence diagramming brings geometry into grammar.<p>If you weren't taught to diagram a sentence, this might sound a little zany. But the practice has a long — and controversial — history in U.S. schools.<p>And while it was …

'F' Is For Fraudster In A Family Novel For Our Modern Times

A father takes his three sons to a hypnotist's show. Called onto the stage, the father's cool self-possession and confidence seem to prevail, and he walks away, claiming no effect. They leave the show, he drops his sons off and drives away. We learn later that he has taken his passport and emptied …

The Life Cycle Of Ideas

How scientific concepts rise and fall<p>Every scientific idea has its day. Theories are born and experiments are designed; results are put to the test, then disproved or accepted as canon. As scientists discuss an idea, they cite the paper that proposed it in their own work. Then, as the conversation …

Science

To save the economy, teach grandma to code

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> Vivek Wadhwa is a longtime friend of Making Sen$e and appears here today extolling the economic virtues of coding and entrepreneurship …

The Loudest Word in Rock and Roll

"The" has risen and fallen in popularity among band names over the years. But its presence or absence always says something about a group's music, members, and relationship with history.<p>Years ago, I was in a khaki Volvo coupe with some friends; Kyra drove, and AJ had stereo duty. He plugged in his …

Edutopia

How do you teach critical thinking? Our BIG list of practical resources for all ages: http://edut.to/1pMa25M.<p>Thanks for the image, Mentoring Minds!

Are Neanderthals Human? — NOVA

• By Carl Zimmer<br>• Posted 09.20.12<br>• NOVA scienceNOW<p>In August 1856, in the German valley of Neander—<i>Neanderthal</i> in German—men cutting limestone for the …

Shipping

A Short History of Quarantine — NOVA

• By Peter Tyson<br>• Posted 10.12.04<br>• NOVA<p>The practice of quarantine—the separation of the diseased from the healthy—has been around a long time. As early as …

Soft Immortality: Would You Do It?

Mortality is humanity's blessing and its curse.<p>Because we are aware of the passage of time, because we know that one day we won't be here — and neither will everyone we love (and everybody else) — we have always searched for an answer to this most painful of mysteries: Why do we die?<p>However painful …

Take a look at a jellyfish sting in slow motion

<i>Video by Smarter Every Day</i><p>Imagine being stabbed by a hypodermic needle that pumps a painful venom into your body once it penetrates your skin. Now, …

Oh, This Bracelet? It's Just My Wearable Device Charger

Wearable devices are increasingly seen as tools primarily designed to track your life, but a new entrant into the category has a far more practical …

Lessons From The Last Time Civilization Collapsed

Consider this, if you would: a network of far-flung, powerful, high-tech civilizations closely tied by trade and diplomatic embassies; an accelerating threat of climate change and its pressure on food production; a rising wave of displaced populations ready to sweep across and overwhelm developed …

The secret history of war — from Stalin to George W. Bush

Author Eduardo Galeano examines the side of world history we rarely ever see<p><b>Stalin</b><p>He learned to write in the language of Georgia, his homeland, but in the seminary the monks made him speak Russian.<p>Years later in Moscow, his south Caucasus accent still gave him away.<p>So he decided to become more …

Medical Examiner: 'Staying Alive Is Mostly Common Sense'

Judy Melinek trained as a surgeon, and she originally focused on saving the lives of the sick. But after one too many 36-hour shifts, she collapsed from exhaustion. Disillusioned with the surgeon's 24-hour lifestyle, Melinek decided to shift careers: Instead of preserving lives, she started …

The Power Of The Peer Group In Preventing Campus Rape

Many forces can drive a male college student to commit sexual assault. But one of the most important may be the company he keeps.<p>A number of studies, on college campuses and elsewhere, have shown that having friends who support violence against women is a big risk factor for committing sexual …

What Your Junk Drawer Reveals About You

The Great American Junk Drawer can be an accidental time capsule, a haphazard scrap heap, a curious box of memories and meaninglessness. It can also serve as a Rorschachian reflection of your life.<p>You know what we're talking about: The drawer of detritus. The has-been bin. That roll-out repository …

Digital To-Do Lists Are Fine, But What Really Motivates Us?

I have two alarms: one, on weekdays, that tells me <i>The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon</i> is set to start in 20 minutes; the other, seven days a week, that encourages me to free-write.<p>Every night I dash to my room to silence the iPhone tune that many a roommate has grown to loathe, mindlessly …

Don Draper? Tywin Lannister? These Aren't Your Father's TV Dads

<i>Breaking Bad</i>'s Walter White was a liar, killer and the biggest meth cook in New Mexico. But he always insisted his bad acts were for a good cause: helping his wife and kids survive after he was stricken with cancer.<p>Then White went on the run, after his actions led directly to the death of his …

Lauren Bacall And The 'Sex? What Sex?' Kind Of Movie Sex

It's almost unreal how impeccable Lauren Bacall was in her first couple of scenes in her screen debut, <i>To Have and Have Not</i>. Not just beautiful; <i>impeccable</i>. She is slouched in a doorway, asking for a match, held at a distance from the camera. Humphrey Bogart throws her a pack of matches; we move a …

In Peru's Blood Festival, It's The Condor Versus The Bull

The Peruvian Blood Festival is a striking spectacle, with a giant condor strapped to the back of an enraged bull in front of a roaring crowd. For many Peruvians, it is a symbolic re-enactment of their liberation from Spanish rule. For conservationists, it is yet another threat to one of the world's …

Case Closed: Agatha Christie's Detective Poirot Solves His Last TV Mystery

Agatha Christie published her first novel, <i>The Mysterious Affair at Styles,</i> in 1920. It featured fussy Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who proved the most popular of all her mystery-solving characters. Hercule made his final appearance in 1975, in the novel <i>Curtain —</i> and this month, nearly a …

More Dads Want Paternity Leave. Getting It Is A Different Matter

After nearly four weeks at home with his infant son, Kumar Chandran has the diaper thing down.<p>"Shhh, almost done," he says, hunching over Kai on the living room floor of their Washington, D.C., townhouse, while his wife, Elanor Starmer, tries to placate the fussy baby.<p>Chandran says there was no …

Why We've Been Seeing More 'Yellowface' In Recent Months

You might have heard a lot about "yellowface" in recent months. It's the word widely used to refer to someone donning makeup or clothing to present the appearance of looking Asian. But why are we seeing the word — and the phenomenon it refers to — so much this year? Is it because it's happening …

Secrets Spawned Of Machismo, Matchmaking And MySpace

For the past eight years I've been living a lie.<p>Whenever someone from my working-class family asks how I met my now-wife, I make up stories. The truth just doesn't live up to my machismo Mexican roots.<p>Take my old man, for example. He met my mom in the aftermath of a car wreck. He was riding shotgun …