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The uncertain future of handwriting

Computers and tablets are changing how we write – will the ability and need to wield a pen die out altogether?<p>We're told that writing is dying. Typing on keyboards and screens dominates written communication today. Even scribbling a signature has become rarer due to the prevalence of chip-and-pin …

Calligraphy

Alarm as study reveals world’s tropical forests are huge carbon emission source

Forests globally are so degraded that instead of absorbing emissions they now release more carbon annually than all the traffic in the US, say researchers<p>The world’s tropical forests are so degraded they have become a source rather than a sink of carbon emissions, according to a new study that …

Ecology

Terminator moves step closer to reality as scientists create synthetic muscle that can lift 1,000 times its own weight

An artificial muscle that can lift 1,000 times its own weight has been created, laying the groundwork for Terminator-like humanoid robots.<p>Scientists used a 3D printing technique to create the rubber-like synthetic muscle that expands and contracts like its biological counterpart.<p>Heated by a small …

Columbia University

'Warmed up' sex robots can now be borrowed via an app as sharing economy goes too far

£35-a-night robots are delivered ready to use and come with accessories such as whips and handcuffs.<p>Life-size sex robots can be hired through a new …

World's first talking sex robot is ready for her close-up

Come January, the “Westworld” concept of lifelike sex robots will get one step closer. That’s when a San Marcos company will unveil Harmony, an …

Trees might actually make summer air pollution even worse

Talk about treeson<p>Trees were supposed to be the urban jungle’s salvation. After all, trees provide sweet, beautiful shade which helps cool the metropolis, a place prone to overheating thanks to a proliferation of surfaces like asphalt and concrete. And by pumping oxygen into the air—the same oxygen …

Pollution

Professional Development: What should it look like?

A few weeks ago Michael Fenton asked on his blog this question:<p><b>Suppose a teacher gets to divide 100% between two categories: teaching ability and</b> …

Pedagogy

More Western kids are being taught math using China's fabled, slightly brutal "mastery" method

There has been a growing feeling in the UK, a country with some of the most elite schools (paywall) and revered universities in the world, that their students are lagging behind students in other countries. This is particularly true in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) …

Teaching

Discover exactly when you need to go to bed, based on when you have to get up

And it's not as early as you'd think!<p>Ever wondered when you really ought to be in bed for the best night's rest? Well, a new sleep calculator claims …

Sleep

Craig Venter Mapped The Genome. Now He's Trying To Decode Death

<b>THE WORLD’S MOST EXTREME</b> physical exam starts in the world’s plushest exam room, complete with a couch, a private bathroom and a teeming fruit plate. It will be my home for an entire day. First come the blood tests, vial after vial. Then two 35-minute sessions in an MRI tube, where REM and U2 try …

Genetics

Study suggests belief in demons and evil spirits is harmful to mental health

Belief in demons and evil spirits is linked to poorer mental health, according to research published in the <i>Journal for the Scientific Study of</i> …

Should schools welcome cell phones in class?

New evidence suggests schools should stop fighting technological tide and find ways to incorporate cellphones into schools<p>Researchers and educators …

Japan's WWII Torpedo Sank Several US Ships

The Japanese used about 100 Kaiten in combat during WWII

World War II

Stop yelling at your kids right this instant

If you want your child to do well at school, stop being so hard on them.<p>Children exposed to harsh parenting are more likely to have poor outcomes at …

Why an incredible new discovery proves that the Dead Sea Scrolls belong to Israel

In 1948, famed archaeologist and leading biblical scholar William Albright made the extraordinary claim that the Dead Sea Scrolls were “the greatest archaeological find of the 20th century.”<p>The Dead Sea Scrolls are priceless today (a scroll facsimile will cost more than $65,000), which makes it …

The Real 007 Used Fake News to Get the U.S. into World War II

The British ran a massive and illegal propaganda operation on American soil during World War II—and the White House helped.<p>In the spring of 1940, …

Japan travel bucket list: top places to visit in each prefecture before you die【Part II】

The second part of our <b>Japanese bucket list dedicated to all travel enthusiasts</b>!<p>Earlier this week, we began to take a look at some of Japan’s top …

Japan

Disney Kid Cosplay Is a Thing and It’s GLORIOUS

While some parents run into the Disney Store and grab whatever costume is available for their trip to Disneyland, these parents here SO DO NOT. Yes, there are plenty of over-the-counter costumes that would be <i>just fine</i>. But the moms and dads of these kids go the extra mile and create cosplay …

Why The Teacher Of The Future Will Be Neither Man Nor Machine

It’s a classic human v. machine scenario: as AI gets better at teaching and providing educational assistance, the question inevitably turns to whether and when human teachers will be replaced by computers.<p>Students across the U.S. are currently enrolled in online schools that provide the benefits of …

Pedagogy

Eye-tracking technology shows that preschool teachers have implicit bias against black boys

For African American boys, the presumption of guilt starts before they have entered a kindergarten classroom, new research shows.<p>In a study presented Wednesday to a meeting of education policy officials, researchers found that pre-K educators who were prompted to expect trouble in a classroom …

Eye Tracking

Farewell Desks, Here Come the ‘Starbucks Classrooms’

While many iconic features of traditional classrooms have been sidelined over the past decade – less blackboards, more whiteboards, bulky textbooks …

De-Grading: Why Do Schools Use Grades That Teach Nothing?

<i>First published in The Hechinger Report</i> A few years ago I was speaking to a group of parents whose children had just started Hampshire College. A father asked a question that was on many minds: "How can your college be rigorous without grading student work?" Before I could respond, another parent …

Pedagogy

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Artefact 'may be evidence of Jesus'

An ancient burial artefact found in Israel may be the earliest archaeological reference to Jesus Christ ever discovered.<p>The limestone burial box for bones - called an ossuary - bears an inscription reading "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus" in the Aramaic language.<p>The writing style, and the …

Middle East

Signposts: Reflections On My Conversation With Andy Stanley

At our recent ERLC national conference, I had the opportunity to sit down with pastor Andy Stanley. Andy and I have a lot of significant …

Southern Baptist

The benefits of spaced practice in the classroom: four tips for teachers

<b>TES has recently launched the free TES Teach app to help teachers create interactive lessons using digital content. For more information please visit</b> …

Habits of highly mathematical people

The most common question students have about mathematics is “when will I ever use this?” Many math teachers would probably struggle to give a …

The Global Search for Education: Our Top 12 Global Teacher Blogs - What Are the Top Games That Can Help Students Learn?

I asked Susanna Pollack, President of Games for Change, what she believes are the key improvements needed in the next decade to make games better educational tools. "If we want kids to play games for learning, the games need to be as compelling as <i>Call of Duty</i>, <i>Skyrim</i>, and <i>DDR</i>," she commented. "We've …

Hilarious Ghost In The Car Prank Clip From Japanese Variety Show

Prank videos aren't everyone's cup of tea, but those who enjoy watching people scared half to death in silly ways know that Japanese pranks are about …

Five Ways to Restore Humanity to the Classroom

When I look back on the great teachers who shaped my life, what I remember isn't the way they prepared me to take a standardized test. What I remember is the way they taught me to believe in myself. To be curious about the world. To take charge of my own learning so that I could reach my full …

Teaching

A teacher perfectly explained what teachers do all day

In a speech at a Campaign for America's Future event , National Education Association president and teacher Lily Eskelsen Garcia gave a rousing explanation for what the teaching profession entails.<p>After starting the speech by saying teachers needed to educate politicians on what the typical teacher …

Teaching