Alex Gavan

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Expecting Excellence

<i>All over the country are schools that demonstrate the power they have to help students from all backgrounds learn to high levels. They don't often attract attention, in part because they are busy doing the work. They often aren't doing anything terribly innovative -- at least in the sense that word</i> …

Ecobee's smart thermostat knows conditions throughout your home

As clever as smart thermostats can be, they usually have only a limited sense of what's going on in your home. They may know that it's cool in the hallway, but not that it's roasting in the living room. Ecobee may have a better, more holistic approach with its third-generation climate controller, …

Scientists Discover 'Invisible Graffiti' Lining Walls Of Iconic Cambodian Temple Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat may be covered in graffiti—but don’t worry, it’s invisible. Built in the early 12th century, Cambodia’s architecturally iconic temple is known for its intricate carvings, some of them stretching nearly a kilometer in length.<p>But most archaeologists believe that parts of the temple were …

2,500-year-old erotic graffiti found in unlikely setting on Aegean island

Wild, windswept, rocky and remote, Astypalaia is not an obvious place for the unearthing of some of the world's earliest erotic graffiti.<p>Certainly, Dr Andreas Vlachopoulos, a specialist in prehistoric archaeology, didn't think so when he began fieldwork on the Aegean island four years ago. Until he …

Neanderthals Died Out 10,000 Years Earlier Than Thought, With Help From Modern Humans

New fossil dates show our ancient cousins disappeared 40,000 years ago.<p>The Neanderthals died out about 10,000 years earlier than previously thought, new fossil dating suggests, adding to evidence that the arrival of modern humans in Europe pushed our ancient Stone Age cousins into extinction. (Read …

The Right Crowdfunding Sites for Your Startup

<i>Johnathan Leow is the author of “The Crowdfunded Kit.” This post originally appeared on his blog.</i><p>I commonly get asked what is the best crowdfunding website for your startup.<p>In order to answer this question, we’ll have to first answer another question: Which crowdfunding model suits your project …

3 Clever New Ways to Store Solar Energy

Researchers struggle to find the most efficient—and least expensive—way to bring solar energy to consumers even when the sun isn't shining.<p><b>While engineers build cheaper and more efficient</b> solar panels to soak up more of the sun's rays, it's storage that needs a breakthrough so that solar energy can …

A Smart Watch For Kids, Designed For Worried Parents

Helicopter parents, rejoice: FiLIP’s technology lets you keep track of your kids.<p>An estimated 60% of parents in the United States get their pre-teens cell phones, for reasons like peace of mind and safety. The catch, however, is that those smartphones come loaded with tools that kids can abuse. …

The high altitude slow plod

The importance of keeping a good pace and rhythm when walking up a mountain<p>During his expedition to Kamet in the Garhwal Himalaya, Northern India in …

The Valentich disappearance and the Malaysian missing aircraft

Hi all,<p>Since the recent disappearance of the Malaysian Airline aircraft, I have come across numerous Internet sites ( e.g. click here, here ) which …

8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains

Technology has altered human physiology. It makes us think differently, feel differently, even dream differently. It affects our memory, attention …

What causes an avalanche?

Forget what you've seen in the movies, the biggest cause of snowslides might surprise you.<p>Despite what you may think, yelling isn't likely to trigger an avalanche. Neither will a sonic boom or a low-flying plane.<p>As Earth Unplugged’s Maddie Moate reveals what’s more likely to cause an avalanche is …

YouTube

Did rainy climate aid Genghis Khan? Tree rings offer clues.

In the rings of ancient and gnarled trees, scientists have found evidence of a period of an unusual stretch of warmth and wetness in Mongolia between the years 1211 and 1225 — the exact time that Genghis Khan was in power.<p>Coincidence? They think not.<p>This unusual period of mild temperatures and …

Genghis Khan

UFO Investigations Manual is a practical guide to close encounters

Nigel Watson's <i>UFO Investigations Manual</i> is partly an overview of UFO history, and partly a how-to guide for anyone interested in making UFOs a little …

Paranormal

MIT Students Invent A Universal Language Made Of GIFs

Created by MIT Media Lab, GIFGIF is a new project that tries to analyze the emotive power of GIFs.<p>Which GIF better expresses happiness? This one of Ren and Stimpy bouncing up and down, or this one of <i>Lost’s</i> John Locke grinning with an orange slice in his mouth? Does your opinion change if Grumpy Cat …

Welcome To World Science U, Where Anyone Can Learn Einstein Online

Physicist Brian Greene offers up a new experiment in online science education. Just don’t call it a MOOC.<p>At a time when companies and universities that run massive open online courses are struggling to prove their value, Columbia University professor and physicist Brian Greene thinks he has a new …

Education

U.K.’s FTSE 100 rises 0.5%, up further as pound slides following U.K. Q1 report

Apr 27, 2018<br>5:18 AM<p>U.K. stocks moved higher Friday, on course to extend a run of weekly wins, as the pound slid to a seven-week low after disappointing data on British economic growth.<p>Apr 27, 2018<br>5:15 AM<p>Taiwan’s economic growth eased slightly in the first quarter but remained robust, thanks to the …

Human Geography

How the ancient Greeks shaped modern mathematics – video animation

In this Royal Institution animation about a group of revolutionary thinkers who changed the way we see mathematics, we see that maths isn't just about performing calculations, but a way of understanding and testing the reality of the world around us. Ancient thinking is still helping engineers, …

A Dark Side to the Disappearance of the Asian Wildman??

Once upon a time in Tibet....<p>sometime in the 17th century, a Tibetan lama was painting a large wall-hanging Tamka/Tangka [spell it as it pleases you; …

Boom in personal health tech could be your lifesaver

Nick Ballard has had heart palpitations on and off since high school.<p>Always tech-savvy, Ballard started tracking his health with gadgets like glucose monitors, pedometers and heart rate monitors to see if he could detect anything that might explain why his ticker would suddenly start racing.<p>He got …

Why We Crave Shared Experiences

<i>Bob Horan creates video and motion graphics content at Ticketleap. You can read occasional things he says on Twitter or look at things he eats on Instagram. This post originally appeard on his Medium blog.</i><p>Here at Ticketleap we have a really strong belief in something. We believe it so damn hard …

AI Could Kill Us All: Meet the Man Taking the Threat Seriously

Thinking about the end of the world is something that most people try to avoid; for others, it’s a profession. The Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, UK specializes in looking at the ‘big-picture’ future of the human race, and notably, the risks that could wipe us out …

Show, Don't Tell: How to Live Your Mission Statement

<i>Andrea Ayres-Deets is the Lead Writer at ooomf, an invite-only network connecting short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. Andrea writes about psychology, creativity, and business over on the ooomf blog.</i><p>I once worked for a company who was really proud of their mission …

Why Admitting You Don't Know Everything is Perfectly Okay

<i>Jason Freedman is the co-founder of 42Floors, making it easy for everyone to rent office space. He’s a two-time Y Combinator alum and blogs regularly on humbledMBA. This post was originally published on the 42floors blog.</i><p>I want to share an interesting conversation I had with Kiran Divvela back when …

Is praising a child good or bad for them?

We assume that enthusiastic words motivate children to try harder. But when you look at the evidence, it’s not that clear-cut. It all depends on the wording.<p>Your child presents you with their latest artistic creation. It’s a painting of a figure with very long thin legs, no body and big hair. It’s …

Logging

How big is space? – interactive version

Buckle up and ride a rocket through the Solar System to explore our cosmic neighbourhood.<p>Our top 12 stories of 2014 - #3: Fancy riding a rocket through our Solar System?<p>Then check out our amazing interactive infographic.<p>To celebrate our second anniversary, we’ve created an interactive version of a …

Infographics

A Tiny New Chip Promises Internet 400 Times Faster Than Google Fiber

Fast internet is fast. Google Fiber's gigabit connections? That's like driving a sports car compared to the go-cart-speed connection that's probably …