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15 Writing Prompts To Start Your School Year Off With Some Creative Writing

Going back to school as a kid always began with a brand new binder, an exciting new classroom, and the classic writing assignment: "What did you do …

This 30-Day Plank Challenge Will Transform Your Body

A strong core is the foundation of a strong body. Think about it: A tree would fall if its trunk weren't solid and stable. Doing core work isn't just …

19 Reading Response Questions That Work With Most Texts

<b>19 Reading Response Questions For Self-Guided Response</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p>Though I’ve been busy with TeachThought for the last four years, my original …

How Maps Became Deadly Innovations in WWI

All Over the Map<p>Advances in weaponry and cartography had deadly repercussions in World War I, which the United States entered 100 years ago today.<p>By the time the United States entered World War I, 100 years ago today, the conflict had been raging in Europe for nearly three years. It was to become …

Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well: Images of Death in the Middle Ages

Museum Home Current Exhibitions Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well: Images of Death in the Middle Ages<p>Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well: Images of Death in the …

Why Are American Cities So Much Different Than European Cities?

European cities like Paris are much, much older than American cities like New York, and that age difference has led to many interesting differences …

The unexpected answer to the biggest mystery of the American Revolution

By Jeff Guo<p>Jeff Guo<p>Bio<p>In the grade-school version of American history, the Revolutionary War seems like a righteous inevitability. The typical narrative conflates taxes with tyranny, casting the rebellion as a break from British greed and oppression. “King George III didn’t seem to care what the …

Benjamin Banneker, the African-American Mathematician Who May Have Saved Washington, D.C.

Many people who have a passing familiarity with Washington, D.C. know it was originally styled after famous European locales by architect Pierre …

Historic commercial flight from US lands in Cuba

SANTA CLARA, Cuba (AP) — The first commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than a half century landed in the central city of …

How Nat Turner Explained the Slave Rebellion He Led

It was in August of 1831 that Nat Turner led a rebellion of Virginia slaves that left dozens of people dead, including small children. One-hundred …

Tech moguls declare era of artificial intelligence

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (Reuters) - Artificial intelligence and machine learning will create computers so sophisticated and godlike that humans will need to implant “neural laces” in their brains to keep up, Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told a crowd of tech leaders this week.<p>Elon Musk, …

In ancient DNA, the story of how Native Americans thrived — and then were wiped out

By Sarah Kaplan<p>Sarah Kaplan<p>Reporter for Speaking of Science<p>Email Bio Follow<p>It all began with a tiny, brave band of people who strode across the land bridge connecting Asia to Alaska and into the unknown. Within a few millennia they would conquer the Americas, laying the groundwork for civilizations …

Anthropology

The Great War Like You’ve Never Seen It (Photos)

War to End War<p>The Great War Like You’ve Never Seen It (Photos)<p>Edward Steichen did much to advance the cause of photography in the early 20th century, …

World History

Never Forget: Russell Frederick’s Photographs of Proud Black Brooklyn

The photographer Russell Frederick began documenting life in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant 17 years ago.<p>His beautiful, sometimes moving, sometimes …

Black Panther

15 Science Experiments To Try This Easter Break

Endless fun with things you probably have in your kitchen cupboard already.

Cornstarch

A brief history of Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian's Wall in northern England is well known to tourists and walkers, and has been subject to many years of archaeological research. Built during …

Ancient History

The Supreme Court Ruling That Led To 70,000 Forced Sterilizations

In 1927, the U.S. Supreme Court decided, by a vote of 8 to 1, to uphold a state's right to forcibly sterilize a person considered unfit to procreate. The case, known as <i>Buck v. Bell,</i> centered on a young woman named Carrie Buck, whom the state of Virginia had deemed to be "feebleminded."<p>Author Adam …

Six decades of Egyptian history in six movies

<b>As Egyptians protest against their government, the army dismisses the head of state and takes charge, promising to honour the wishes of the people. But, partly to check the rise of Islamists, it soon assumes sweeping powers.</b><p>The revolution of 1952 foreshadowed the events that followed the Arab …

Living through the Crusades: 3 poems and songs that reveal how medieval people felt about the holy war

In 1095, Christian knights mounted a religious war against Muslims in Jerusalem in an attempt to reclaim the Holy Land. Known collectively as the …

Poetry

DNA Reveals Far-Off Origins of Ancient 'Gladiators'

DNA testing is telling scientists more about the origins of a group of headless Romans.<p>People in the Roman Empire really got around.<p>Evidence from a Roman-era cemetery in York, England shows that the city—once a major outpost on Rome’s distant frontier—was home to both locals and to immigrants from …

People who traveled to the Paris climate summit can offset their carbon emissions — but it isn't easy

One and a half tons of carbon dioxide. That’s roughly how much global warming pollution The World's environment team produced last month flying from the east coast of the US to the UN’s COP21 climate summit in Paris.<p>Multiply that by the at least 30,000 people who attended the conference, many …

8 Fascinating Things We Learned About The Mind In 2015

Memory erasing is just the beginning.<p>As the New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flight to Pluto and some scientists explored the far reaches of our solar system, others were making some incredible advances in their exploration of the inner workings of the mind.<p>Studies published this year shed …

Rathergate and the dark magic of 2004: When the GOP learned how to subvert truth and alter political reality

<b>(AP/Bebeto Matthews/Sony Pictures Classics)</b><p>Long before Benghazi and Planned Parenthood, Karl Rove toppled Dan Rather, gutted CBS and proclaimed lies as truth<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>October 17, 2015 4:00pm (UTC)<p>Most of us, I would assume, have eagerly erased all memories of the dismal 2004 presidential …

Before Dr. Seuss Was Famous He Drew These Sad, Racist Ads

Less well celebrated are Theodor Seuss Geisel's early advertising and political cartoons from the 1920s through the 1940s, which feature a decidely racist streak.<p>In the ads (from the collection of the library of the University of California, San Diego), black people are presented as savages, living …

20 Cognitive Biases That Affect Your Decisions

You’ve always considered yourself a sound decision-maker. From that heavily researched car that you drove to work this morning to the carefully …

Non-religious woman who refused judge's order to meet with Christian counselor loses her sons

Holly Salzman of Albuquerque, New Mexico went to court to resolve coparenting issues with her ex-husband. The judge ordered Salzman to attend 10 …

Libraries

25 Words That Don’t Mean What They Used To

When the English clergyman Thomas Fuller used the word <i>unfriended</i> in a letter dating from 1659, we can be pretty sure he wasn’t talking about his …