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Teachers put Shanghai ahead in global tests

<b>The quality of teaching is the most important ingredient in Shanghai's success in education, according to a study by the World Bank.</b><p>Pupils in the Chinese city have been ranked in top place in international school tests, and the World Bank, which provides financial and technical assistance to …

Education

How ESports Just Took a Giant Step Toward Legitimacy

When you look at the early days of any traditional sport, there was a time when just a handful of teams and owners formed a governing body and a …

The Information Age is over; welcome to the Experience Age

Twenty-five years after the introduction of the World Wide Web, the Information Age is coming to an end. Thanks to mobile screens and Internet everywhere, we’re now entering what I call the “Experience Age.”<p>When was the last time you updated your Facebook status? Maybe you no longer do? It’s been …

'Lord of the Flies' comes to Baltimore

<i>Watch a CNN special report, "Police Under Fire," at 9 p.m. ET/PT Monday.</i><p><b>Baltimore, Maryland (CNN) —</b> He was a quiet man who once stood watch on his front porch, just three blocks away from where a riot erupted in West Baltimore this week.<p>We called him "Mr. Shields" because no one dared use his first …

Justice

Why do AAA devs often hate their jobs? Watch this video.

If you're a AAA-game developer at a big studio with a publisher and a big marketing budget, this video is probably enough to give you cold chills, or at least a knowing nod.<p>This is what it looks like when people who don't understand game development begin asking for things they assume are …

Three of the Hottest CleanTech Companies on the Planet | Inc.com

Last month, as China rejected provisions in a draft multilateral agreement at the Lima, Peru climate conference, that directly contradicted an earlier bilateral agreement between the USA and China, Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute commented on China's …

Clean Technology

Elon Musk Uses This Ancient Critical-Thinking Strategy To Outsmart Everybody Else

But while he dropped out of the program after only a few days, the field left an impression on the billionaire-to-be.<p>Perhaps most crucially, it trained him in <b>"first principles thinking,"</b> a mode of inquiry that relentlessly pursues the foundations of a problem.<p>"I think it's important to reason from …

Why Google Stopped Trying To Make Renewable Energy Cheaper Than Coal

In 2007, Google, the internet search giant based in Mountain View, CA, made a media splash by investing big-time dollars in an effort to develop a renewable energy technology that could compete economically with coal.<p>The project was called RE<C and it ended only four years after it began.<p>During its …

How insects could feed the world

At first, my meal seems familiar, like countless other dishes I’ve eaten at Asian restaurants. A swirl of noodles slicked with oil and studded with shredded chicken, the aroma of ginger and garlic, a few wilting chives placed on the plate as a final flourish. And then, I notice the eyes. Dark, …

The science of fear: How to measure scares in gaming

From the lackluster scares of <i>Resident Evil 5</i> to looping dread of <i>P.T.</i>, fluctuations in the quality of horror games have made the genre a notoriously unreliable venture. But what if you could ensure your video game would feature genuine scares?<p>As part of a preliminary push toward finding an answer to …

How to Beat Online Price Discrimination

A new study found that major e-commerce retailers show some users different prices or a different set of results.<p>Do you think you can find the lowest …

Is Mars One ready to colonize the Red Planet? MIT engineers say no

A team of engineers at<p>MITthat studies the technology needed for humans to live on other planets has determined that the Mars One plan to send four people to colonize the Red Planet by 2025 is not possible.<p>"The claim they make is that no new technology is required for their mission," said Sydney Do, …

Mars

Elon Musk Teases Tesla Fans With "The D"

Tesla Motors is planning to give us the D.<p>A mysterious tweet by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk told the world to expect the D and something else on October 9, though there was no mention of what the D, or that <i>something else</i>, is. In Thursday’s teasing tweet, Musk did attach a clue: A photo of the front …

Ed Vaizey announces scheme to help teens get jobs in gaming

The Next Gen Skills Academy will give 16- to 18-year-olds a new route into the games, animation and VFX industries at Sony, Ubisoft and Pinewood Studios<p>Ed Vaizey, the government minister for culture and the digital economy, has announced an initiative called the Next Gen Skills Academy, designed to …

Learn how to copy, and know when to steal

There are developers and publishers finding huge success with brand-new ideas, but the majority of profitable games take proven ideas and add a bit of spin to them to find an audience.<p>There's nothing wrong with copying the work of other games, or other genres, the important thing is to know why …

Watch Dogs’ scary app puts the power of the NSA in your browser

If you think that the conceit behind Ubisoft’s hacker-themed video game <i>Watch Dogs</i> isn’t real enough, be sure to take a look at this website.<p>Watch_Dogs We Are Data takes real world, publicly-accessible location-based data and parses it into a display ripped directly from the video game of the same …

Ancient Underwater City Flooded by the Chinese Government Becomes Major Tourist Attraction

While the Qiandao lake in Zhejiang province, China may be beautiful, it covers an entire city that was submerged to create a hydroelectric power …

Inside the mind of an iWatch product manager

Apple announced a torrent of new software features at last week’s Worldwide Developers Conference, strongly hinting at the upcoming launch of an Apple “iWatch” with frameworks for health tracking and home automation.<p>But as the buzz and speculation around what this iWatch will deliver continue to …

Tim Cook Gathers The Software And Hardware For An Apple TV Gaming Console

Apple’s WWDC conference is not about revealing new hardware, it’s about the new building blocks that developers can use to make best use of any new hardware that will be available later in the year. So let’s play join the dots on the subject of Apple TV.<p>One of the presentations at this year’s WWDC …

Why Only Beats Can Teach Google Glass How to Be Cool

When Apple dropped $3 billion on Beats this week, it was pretty clear Cupertino was more interested in the software and people than the hardware. …

13 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier

You <i>think</i> you know how to Google? You don't know how to Google.<p>Even the most seasoned Googler might not know every tip and trick available with just a few extra keystrokes in the search bar. Consider this your instructions manual for the world's most popular search engine.<p>Define A Word<p><b>The Scenario:</b> …

The Crazy Genius Behind Solar Roadways

Here’s an idea crazy enough that it just might work: Pave the streets with solar-powered panels that have their own built-in heat and LED lights. That’s what Scott and Julie Brusaw hope to accomplish with their ongoing Solar Roadways project, which they just funded through a hugely popular …

Glassholes accused of hurting restaurant's ratings

Feast restaurant in New York gets a slew of one-star reviews on Google after one customer is asked to remove her Google Glass.<p>Though Google didn't itself invent the word "Glasshole," it has embraced it.<p>It has pleaded with its own Google Glass Explorers not to behave in rude ways. It's not that …

Google Glass

Nadella's Bid To Fix Microsoft: What Ballmer Didn't Dare

When Satya Nadella settled into the U.S. at age 20, he had a problem. The Indian emigre wanted a master’s in computer science as fast as possible, so he could dash into America’s booming tech sector. But cash was tight and his undergraduate preparation, back in Mangalore, was patchy. In 1988 …

iOS Dominates Android As Windows Phone Takes Third Place In North American Smartphone Usage

While Chitika’s latest survey focuses on Windows Phone confirming its third place in the North American smartphone market, their usage statistics once more highlight the dominance of iOS for online activities over the more voluminous Android platform.<p>The survey data is gathered through Chitika’s …

What you need to know about online advertisers tracking you

Spend lots of time online? Then perhaps you've heard of targeted advertising, "Big Data" analysis and complaints of privacy violations by advertising companies. The ads above your Gmail inbox? Yeah, those. As it turns out, most people don't like being tracked by advertisers. Surprise! As such, a …

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