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The best way to teach kids math is not in a classroom

As a semi-retired engineer, I often lament efforts to remove shop, technical drawing and other hands-on classes from students’ schedules when they might otherwise understand math as just a dry academic offering. The concept that shop classes serve solely as “industrial education” fail to note its …

Mathematics

8 Books Every New Entrepreneur Should Read

In this, perhaps, Golden Age of technology entrepreneurship, Peter Thiel can rest assured he will find an eager audience for his new book, <i>ZERO TO ONE: Notes on startups, Or How to Build the Future</i> (apparently he couldn’t decide).<p>Thiel, who turns 47 next month, was a co-founder of PayPal, and a …

A Chinese Man, A $50 Billion Plan And A Canal To Reshape Nicaragua

One hundred years ago today, the first ship passed through the brand-new, U.S.-built Panama Canal; a century later, Panama owns the canal outright, and the country is one of the most prosperous in the region.<p>Panama's neighbor to the north, Nicaragua, is hoping a transoceanic canal and similar …

Your next car could feature Softwheels

Can you imagine how uncomfortable it would be to drive a car without a suspension? Now, think about being stuck like that everyday. That is the situation for many people in wheelchairs. A company from Israel has come up with an ingenious solution that goes on sale later this year, though. The …

Analyzing Automakers’ Recall History in the Past 30 Years—Who Is Worst?

Mercedes-Benz has the lowest recall rate and BMW is quickest at issuing them, according to a study looking at nearly 30 years of federal data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.<p>The study, taken by Boston metro–based car-listing website iSeeCars, totaled U.S. vehicle sales from …

General Motors

Five lessons salespeople can learn from politicians

While some salespeople may not be flattered, there's no escaping that they're a lot like politicians; both tend to over-promise and under-deliver. But there are some important lessons salespeople could learn from politicians.<p>With the coming provincial elections, congressional mid-terms and civic …

Charisma

Mercedes-Benz Brings G63 AMG 6x6 To The Northeast

Originally, the plan was to build about three to four of these monstrosities. That number was bumped up to a figure between 20 and 30 units per year, …

Europe's Most Beautifully Precarious Villages

Europe is home to some of the world's most enchanting villages; small, rustic towns where time seems to slow down and travelers can explore narrow streets, ancient buildings, and farm-fresh country taverns to really soak up the local flavor. Europe is also home to some of the most unusual villages …

European Travel

2014 BMW i3 Production Begins Today in Germany

BMW has officially gone electric. The 2014 BMW i3 extended range electric vehicle went into production today in Germany, signaling the start of a new era for Bimmer.<p>Manufactured by BMW in Leipzig, BMW has some serious money (and quite a few jobs) on the line with the i3. BMW invested about $534 …

Motor Authority