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Historical 1911 Footage of Daily Life in New York City Taken by a Visiting Swedish Film Crew

In 1911, a Swedish film crew from Svenska Biografteatern came to the United States through New York City and captured beautifully clear footage of …

New York City

Hello, Goodbye.

We've launched the SongwritersFonts project, a series of typefaces created from famous songwriters' handwritings, as a design project. The unique …

Typography

MIT's AlterEgo headset can read words you say in your head

When you think a sentence in your head, your brain sends signals to your mouth and jaw. MIT Media Lab's headset reads those signals with 92 percent accuracy.<p>I don't want to alarm you, but robots can now read your mind. Kind of.<p>AlterEgo is a new headset developed by MIT Media Lab. You strap it to …

MIT Media Lab

How Women See How Male Authors See Them

On Easter Sunday, the writer and podcaster Whit Reynolds ripped open a Pandora’s box of secondary sex characteristics when she challenged her Twitter followers to “describe yourself like a male author would.” The responses—of which there are now thousands—don’t so much display a unifying theme as a …

Literature

21 of the Best Horror Books by Women

Alma Katsu’s standalone historical horror novel is a treasure. Drawing on werewolf tales, Wendigo folklore, and more, Katsu manages to create a sense …

The Letter From Teller That Changed My Life

<b>Teller's Response ...</b><p>Date: Wed, 18 Oct 1995 3:40:27 -0500 (CDT)<br>From: "Teller"<br>Subject: Fury<br>To: "Brian Allen Brushwood"<p>My dear bastard son,<p>It is about …

Fashion Shows

The Illusory Theory of Multiple Intelligences

Many people find the idea that there are many different types of intelligence very appealing. Howard Gardner disparages IQ tests as having limited …

Emotional Intelligence

Find The Perfect Word For Your Feelings With This Vocabulary Wheel

Sometimes, it's hard to explain exactly how you feel. This handy vocabulary wheel helps you narrow down the word that best expresses your current …

Vocabulary

The rapper Dessa scanned her brain to fall out of love

How the rapper Dessa’s turn to neuroscience inspired her new album, Chime<p>On a rainy night two years ago, the rapper Dessa pulled over on the side of the road to take a call. The name of a man she had dated on and off for years flashed across caller ID; they weren’t dating any longer, but the sight …

The Brain

State-by-State List of Free Online Public Schools, K–12

Many states offer some type of online public school courses to resident students. Some states offer full online high school diploma programs, while …

A Handy Infographic Featuring 19 Reading Resources for Teachers and Students

Below is an infographic we created for the post entitled 19 Educational Websites to Enhance Students Reading Skills. Due to its length we were unable …

Education Technology

On Losing a Husband, and (Almost) Losing a Wedding Ring

My husband died in May, the morning after his older brother’s wedding, in San Francisco. The wedding was a joyful celebration, the next morning its opposite.<p>Peter was only thirty-nine. An autopsy revealed that he died from Loeffler’s endocarditis, a disease as rare in its diagnosis as it is …

How to Write Like an Architect: Short Primers on Writing with the Neat, Clean Lines of a Designer

We have another national crisis on our hands.<p>Our children are not only ill-equipped to read maps and tell time with analog clocks, their handwriting …

The Gap Between The Science On Kids And Reading, And How It Is Taught

Mark Seidenberg is not the first researcher to reach the stunning conclusion that only a third of the nation's schoolchildren read at grade level. The reasons are numerous, but one that Seidenberg cites over and over again is this: The way kids are taught to read in school is disconnected from the …

Education

The best travel sites to help you plan the perfect trip

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps …

How to grow horsetails, which have been around since before dinosaurs

It was the most important wild plant for pioneers settling the West by wagon. The women knew it made a perfect pot scrubber. Equisetum hyemale, named …

The Best Tools That “Automatically” Create Presentations

There are a zillion good tools out there that let you create attractive presentations.<p>However, there are far fewer (though I expect their number to …

The Cult Skin-Care Brand Whose Secret Ingredient Is Being Dirt Cheap

On a recent evening, when I visited the first New York outpost of Deciem, a Toronto-based skin-care brand, the store’s back room had a mood of hushed giddiness, like there was a secret craps game going on and all the players were winning. The rear chamber of the narrow space, appointed in gleaming …

Skin Care
New Albums

Online tutoring is the safe, convenient way for your child to learn

<i>This article was originally published on 5th April 2017.</i><p>With schools increasingly working with virtual providers, guided learning online is a cost-effective way to get educational help at home, says Katie Hughes. Online tutoring and tutoring agencies are also safe and convenient.<p>The rich have long …

A Determined Praying Mantis Tries to Catch a Digital Spider Scampering Across an iPhone Screen

German insect enthusiast and breeder Adrian Kozakiewicz of Insecthaus captured absolutely adorable footage of a rather determined praying mantis …

Insects

How 1 Photographer Used a Single Mirror to Show the Heartbreaking Emptiness of Losing a Child

Photographer Susana Butterworth and her husband Dallin experienced any parent's worst nightmare when they found out their unborn son had trisomy 18, a deadly genetic disease in which babies have a third chromosome in some, or all, of their cells.<p>Although they did everything humanly possible to …

Helen Keller Verbally Expresses Her Regrets About Not Learning to Speak Clearly in a 1954 Interview

In a remarkable documentary from 1954, the amazing Helen Keller, who learned to read and communicate despite being both deaf and blind, verbally …

This guy's amazing Tinder profile is a PowerPoint sales pitch

If your Tinder profile doesn't look like a PowerPoint slide, you're not doing it right.<p>Niket Biswas, a software engineering manager at Facebook in …

15 Modern Wallpapers For Contemporary Decorators

Modern decorating in today’s world has some expectations attached. Most people expect to find lots of neutral colors, clean lines and minimal …

Home Decorating

The Square app’s Twitter account is sparring with somebody named Fart Sandwich

The Square app’s Twitter account is in a social media tiff with an account named Fart Sandwich, and thus far, the mobile payment company is striking …

Social Media

Renaissance Knives Had Music Engraved on the Blades; Now Hear the Songs Performed by Modern Singers

<i>Image courtesy of The Victoria and Albert Museum</i><p>On any given weekend, in any part of the state where I live, you can find yourself standing in a hall …

Knives

How Would Xenomorphs Wear Hats?

The people of the internet love fighting over stupid things that have no definitive answer, particularly things like if dogs wore pants, how would …

Stunning fossil reveals prehistoric baby bird caught in amber

Amber hunters in Burma dug up a remarkably complete bird hatchling that dates to the time of the dinosaurs. The bird's side, almost half of its body, was dipped in tree sap, which hardened around the neck bones, claws, a wing and its toothed jaws.<p>Scientists identified the animal as a member of the …

Paleontology

Retirees flock to Latin America to live an upper-class lifestyle on $1,500 a month

To casual visitors, this colonial town in southern Ecuador looks like it was torn from the pages of history. With its cobbled streets, soaring …

Retirement