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The 100 stories that shaped the world

BBC Culture asked writers around the globe to pick stories that have endured across generations and continents – and changed society.<p>“I rarely find someone, really anyone, who doesn’t know some part of this story – the idea of the lost man who can’t get home after the war… the woman at home with …

Literature

The Misguided Drive to Measure ‘Learning Outcomes’

I teach at a big state university, and I often receive emails from software companies offering to help me do a basic part of my job: figuring out what my students have learned.<p>If you thought this task required only low-tech materials like a pile of final exams and a red pen, you’re stuck in the …

Why colleges must change how they teach calculus

Math departments fail too many calculus students and do not adequately prepare those they pass.<p>That is the message heard from engineering colleges …

Eat This Carb and You Won't Gain Weight

Carbohydrates sound so innocent: mere starches, sugar and fiber that the body uses for energy. Yet health-conscious Americans despise them, designing …

These Were the Most Read Books of 2017, According to Amazon

While Amazon sells a plethora of things these days (yep, even tiny houses), they started with books. Here's what people read the most—and the …

Books

15 top science & tech leaders offer surprising predictions for 2018

What will the new year bring?<p>The past year has been a momentous one for science and technology. From the detection of gravitational waves (predicted almost a century ago by Einstein) to the rise of virtual currencies like Bitcoin to the creation of genetically modified human embryos, 2017 was …

Artificial Intelligence

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list

After two years of careful reading, moving backwards through time, Robert McCrum has concluded his selection of the 100 greatest nonfiction books. Take a quick look at five centuries of great writing<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his 100 greatest nonfiction books list<br>• The 100 best novels written in …

Books

These skills make you most employable. Why isn’t coding in the top 10?

<i>Caveats: Our methodology is rough and has a number of important weaknesses, so don’t put too much weight on the findings for now. See a brief</i> …

18 of the Best Coming-of-Age Books to Read at Any Point in Your Life

Whether you've freshly entered high school or you're stumbling through your 30s (or beyond), you never really stop growing up. For this very reason, books centered on coming-of-age tales are great for every age no matter what stage in life you're at. And many times, the core theme is so damn …

Over 150 of the Best Machine Learning, NLP, and Python Tutorials I’ve Found

<i>If you like this article, check out another by Robbie:</i> <i><br>The AI Entrepreneur’s Moral Dilemma</i><p>While <b>machine learning</b> has a rich history dating back to …

Genetic Entropy Points to a Young Creation

Many creationists believe that the bulk of scientific evidence for a recent creation comes from the fields of geology, physics, and astronomy and …

Genetics

Tata: India’s Industrial Giant

Tata is one of the world’s wealthiest conglomerates, with an especially strong presence in Britain. Zareer Masani traces its origins among the Parsis …

21 Books That Changed Science Fiction And Fantasy Forever

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction …

Unsupervised Learning with Even Less Supervision Using Bayesian Optimization

In this post on integrating SigOpt with machine learning frameworks, we will show you how to use SigOpt and XGBoost to efficiently optimize an …

Machine Learning

20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners

Kathy Perez has decades of experience as a classroom educator, with training in special education and teaching English language learners. She also …

Unthinkable: Is ‘higher education for all’ based on a lie?

Nietzsche believed expanding college access peddled the lie that all students were equally capable<p>Tue, Mar 1, 2016, 01:00<p>Ireland prides itself on the …

Humanities

Don't Wait: Six Simple Ways to Support Your Struggling Learners Tomorrow

<i>I co-wrote this piece with a virtual colleague of mine (we connected on Twitter and have never met in person). Jamie Martin has become my mentor on</i> …

7 Data Visualization Types You Should be Using More (and How to Start)

Unique data visualizations are more memorable, and add variety for the audience — even the most clear and straightforward visualization types lose …

Researchers release open source code for powerful image detection algorithm

A UCLA Engineering research group has made public the computer code for an algorithm that helps computers process images at high speeds and "see" …

16 Case Studies of Companies Proving ROI of Big Data

Big Data is a broad term for data sets so large or complex that traditional data processing applications are inadequate. Challenges include analysis, …

Big Data

Creating Breakthrough Innovations Through Design With Big and Small Data Analysis

<i>Co-written by Finn Birger Lie</i><p>For decades, Business Intelligence (BI) and, more recently, Big Data Analytics (BDA) has been successfully applied to create incremental innovations. These incremental innovations have been applied in such diverse areas as customer satisfaction, human resources, process …

Power plants: how scientists could harness energy from flowers

Researchers at Linköping University have shown it was possible to create an electric circuit within a plant<p>Scientists have woven electronics into the vascular system of living plants for the first time in a breakthrough which could allow them to convert photosynthesis into power.<p>A team at Linköping …

9 Fascinating Facts About The Microbiome, The Trillions Of Microbes Hidden Inside Us

By Jessica Leber6 minute Read<p>“Bacteria are living things. They are not trying to hurt you. They are not trying to help you. They are just trying to …

Biology

Why 1904 Testing Methods Should Not Be Used for Today's Students

Robert Sternberg, <i>Cornell University</i><p>When I was an elementary school student, schools in my hometown administered IQ tests every couple of years. I felt very scared of the psychologist who came in to give those tests.<p>I also performed terribly. As a result, at one point, I was moved to a lower-grade …

Education

The Buddha Part II: What He Got Right and What He Got Wrong

There are many elements of Gautama's philosophy that are compelling and useful, but some of his main ideas are antiquated and riddled with irreconcilable contradictions (such as soulless rebirth and blissful equanimity). It's worthwhile separating what he got right from what he got wrong.<p><b>What did</b> …

Spirituality

Great Tools to Make Kids Enjoy Math Learning

Assign and grade math homework in less than 10 minutes a day. Now available for Algebra 1.<p>Play a variety of Common Core-aligned math games online or …

This 21-year-old invented a way to clean up the massive Pacific garbage patch

Boyan Slat is not your typical 21-year-old.<p>At an age when most people are still trying to figure out what they're going to do with their lives, the Dutch innovator is the head of The Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit that's raised millions of dollars to put into action a plan that Slat devised.<p>His goal is …

Pollution

Can You Think Yourself Into a Different Person?

<i>We used to believe our brains couldn’t be changed. Now we believe they can – if we want it enough. But is that true? Will Storr wades through the</i> …

The Jew/Atheist Paradox

When I recently wrote about Godless Jews, I cited a Harris survey that surprised a lot of people. The majority of Jews don't believe in God. They are atheists. What makes this result even more interesting is another finding in a Pew Research Center survey on how Americans feel about different …

Religion