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Does mental illness enhance creativity?

It’s widely held that it does – but what does the evidence say?<p>Everyone can cite famous people from Vincent Van Gogh and Virginia Woolf to Tony Hancock and Robin Williams, who were exceptionally creative and experienced mental health problems. There are so many examples that it seems obvious that …

Mental Health

What you need to know about the Zika virus - UNICEF Connect

The Zika virus is spreading far and fast – and it’s now a public health emergency in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. There is no …

Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2015

The 2015 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are …

Education Technology

Why We Are Learning New Languages

Data from language learning app Babbel shows exactly who is learning to speak other languages, why they’re doing it, and how much difficulty they’re having.<p>Who learns foreign languages and why? When do they study? Do men and women learn then differently? Babbel, the language-learning app company, …

Digital Learning Day: 4 Traits of Effective Schools

(Image: Thinkstock)<p>The Alliance for Excellent Education kicks off the fifth-annual Digital Learning Day, a celebration of great work in schools withÂ</b> …

Education Technology

A Short History of Machine Learning -- Every Manager Should Read

It’s all well and good to ask if androids dream of electric sheep, but science fact has evolved to a point where it’s beginning to coincide with science fiction. No, we don’t have autonomous androids struggling with existential crises — yet — but we are getting ever closer to what people tend to …

Artificial Intelligence

Project-Based Learning Professional Development (part 1)

Last Wednesday I facilitated a few hours of project-based learning (PBL) professional development for our Innovate Salisbury team, a team of 15 …

How Leaderless Groups End Up with Leaders

HBR STAFF<p>We’ve always known that communication is an important leadership skill. But most leadership research and advice is centered on what leaders say and how they say it, not on the underlying neural processes that govern communication between people.<p>A new finding in brain science reveals a …

The Ancient Storytelling Secret That Every Leader Needs To Know

The heroic quest predates written language, and its basic structure can help leaders guide teams through huge changes.<p>When Ray Anderson, former CEO of the carpet company Interface, realized that his company needed to lead the charge on sustainability, he didn’t just plan an initiative and put it …

Top 10 New Species

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Homo Spaciens: How humanity will leave Earth behind

Welcome to a BBC Future special series about how we will live beyond Earth.<p>In the timeline of human history, our species’ time spent exploring the Universe outside our planet is a mere blip.<p>Yet in the few short decades since we first ventured into space, our ambitions have switched from simply …

Space Exploration

26 incredible innovations that improved the world in 2015

From the start, 2015 was ripe for world-changing innovation.<p>In early January, we saw Bill Gates drink clean water converted from sewer sludge and …

UC San Diego

Can Animals Think Abstractly?

In her January <i>Scientific American</i> piece titled "What Animals Know about Where Babies Come From,"anthropologist Holly Dunsworth makes a convincing case that despite popular assumptions to the contrary, animals generally — and our closest living relatives, the great apes, specifically — don't …

University of Pennsylvania

You Don’t Need More Free Time

AMERICANS work some of the longest hours in the Western world, and many struggle to achieve a healthy balance between work and life. As a result, there is an understandable tendency to assume that the problem we face is one of <i>quantity</i>: We simply do not have enough free time. “If I could just get a …

Stanford University

Are your opinions really your own?

The “wisdom of crowds” doesn’t always apply – sometimes group-think nudges people to make wrong-headed decisions.<p>The downstairs room of a central London pub is not where most psychologists would choose to stage an experiment in decision-making, but for Daniel Richardson it is ideal. A researcher at …

Psychology

How to exercise smarter

If you’re serious about your exercise plan, you need to smarten up.<p>Before you head to the gym, here are seven fascinating insights from science to help motivate you and get more from your exercise, plucked from the BBC Future archive:<p><b>1. Why exercise boosts IQ</b><p>Consider this: children who walk to …

Muscle

This 11-Year-Old Girl Started A Project To Get More Diverse Books In Schools

"If you have something in common with the characters, you'll always remember and learn a lesson from the book."

Books

A sigh's not just a sigh - it's a fundamental life-sustaining reflex

Californian scientists have identified the source of the sigh. It is not just a response to sadness, depression or despair: it is, also, they report, a life-sustaining reflex that helps preserve lung function.<p>And a control system in the brain keeps humans sighing about a dozen times an hour, even …

Cognition

How Different Seasons Affect The Way Your Brain Works

We use our cognitive resources differently based on the season, study finds.<p>You've probably experienced fluctuating moods with the seasons, but there's a good chance you never realized that your brain activity also differs based on seasonal changes -- varying between spring, summer, fall and winter …

The Brain