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Are you left-handed? Scientists have discovered the reason behind it

Past research suggests being right or left handed is connected to the human brain.<p>People have been wondering for a long time why only 10 percent of …

The Future of Blues is Gonna Be Alright

Toby Lee (12) sits in with Ronnie Baker Brooks at Blues Heaven in Denmark and holy crap this kid is unreal.

Guitar

Tim Cook on Donald Trump, the HomePod, and the Legacy of Steve Jobs

The head of the most valuable company in the world talks to Bloomberg Businessweek Editor Megan Murphy.<p><i>Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple Inc., was</i> …

Employment

Thinking Dangerously in Threatening Times

The conditions that produce the terrifying curse of totalitarianism seem to be upon us and are increasingly visible in President Trump's denial of …

Political Science

YouTube

Finding the Job Skills Sweet Spot<p>In Francesca Levy and Christopher Cannon’s job study, <i>The Bloomberg Job Skills Report: What Recruiters Want</i><i>,</i> …

Pedagogy

A List of 8 Learning Reflections That Promote Critical Thinking

The use of learning reflections in a classroom is a powerful practice for any modern learner. Students are usually frank and honest in their …

Characteristics of Critical Thinkers and How to Be One

Studies show that critical thinking leads to increased creativity, enhanced work performance, and a lowering of negative life experiences.1<p>And these …

“Motivated ignorance” is ruining our political discourse

Talking with a political opponent is almost as unpleasant as getting a tooth pulled.<p>If you ever thought, “You couldn’t pay me to listen to Sean Hannity / Rachael Maddow / insert any television pundit you violently disagree with here” — you are not alone.<p>A study, recently published in the <i>Journal of</i> …

Micro-dosing: The Drug Habit Your Boss Is Gonna Love

What started as a body-tinkering, mind-hacking, supplement-taking productivity craze in Silicon Valley is now spreading to more respectable workplaces, maybe even to your office, where the guy down the hall might already be popping a new breed of brain-boosting pills or micro-dosing LSD—all in the …

Peter Thiel

How much can police find out from a murderer’s Echo?

A new case in Arkansas raises tricky forensic questions<p>When police in Bentonville, Arkansas were faced with an unsolved murder last year, they looked to a nearby Amazon Echo. The owner of the house where the murder occurred, and chief suspect in the case, had purchased Amazon’s popular new personal …

Google Home

Michelle Obama: The Historic Legacy of the Nation's First Black First Lady

For the past two years, Michelle Obama has attended a ceremony in the East Room of White House honoring the country's school counselor of the year as part of her program encouraging students to pursue higher learning. On Friday, she will use the occasion to give her final remarks as first lady of …

Michelle Obama

Tales from the bar - a tour of London's 'great pubs'

<b>Giant oak wine barrels sit above the bar of the Cittie of Yorke in Holborn - which is more reminiscent of a great hall in a Tudor mansion than than a traditional pub.</b><p>The jury is out as to whether or not the massive casks were ever used as genuine storage vessels - or simply part of the inn's Tudor …

England

Inside Bright Lights, the Final Curtain for Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher

Documentarians Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens talk their moving documentary, which gains a bittersweet new meaning in the wake of Reynolds’s and Fisher’s unexpected deaths.<p><b>Alexis Bloom</b> and <b>Fisher Stevens</b> began filming Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher in April 2014. But gradually, their documentary</i> …

Entertainment

The Power of Body Language

Have you ever found yourself intently listening to, but not exactly looking at, a work colleague speaking at a meeting—and instead scanning your …

14 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Eggs

Cooking them is really only the beginning...<p>Turns out these tasty breakfast staples are just as useful in your bathroom, your garden, or as an …

Eggs

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking -- Part 3: No Right or Wrong Way of Teaching

<b>Some Suggestions for Teaching Critical Thinking</b><p>Since this series is intended for teachers, I'd like to discuss a number of suggestions for those who might want to teach their courses more critically. You simply begin without fanfare by quietly working up a few lessons, which gradually become a …

Teaching

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 2: Setting the Tone from the First Day of Class

The first day of class, I enter the classroom and ask, <b>"What's the difference between being certain and being closed-minded?"</b> Long silence. Students give tentative answers. <b>"What's the difference between having firm principles and being closed-minded?"</b> Longer silence. More tentative answers. <b>"What's</b> …

Critical Thinking

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking -- Part 1: Why Students Need the Humanities Now More Than Ever

Students today grow up in such a distracted and meaningless world that, unless schools give them some idea of where we have come from as a cultural tradition, schools themselves run the risk of becoming part of that meaninglessness. Not that students need necessarily accept that tradition, but they …

Critical Thinking

7 travel apps for making your summer vacation plans

As National Lampoon can attest, summer travel rarely goes according to plan.<p>The list of things that can go wrong on a summer trip is endless: running …

I Am Your Father

Star Wars is an eternal tale of paternal love and redemption—for both George Lucas and Anakin Skywalker.<p>To every child, boy or girl, a father must seem, at times, to be a kind of Darth Vader—large, tall, frightening, with a booming deep voice, insanely powerful, and at least potentially violent. …

Darth Vader

Can You Smell Your Way to a Better Brain? Science Says Yes.

Having trouble focusing? Remembering things? Here are some easy tips to improve your brain power.<p>A wildly underrated member of the five senses, your sense of smell has a powerful effect on your brain's many functions. Any odor you breathe in affects your limbic system, which governs emotional …

Essential Oils

Hilarious Egg Photography with a Horror Twist

by Cara<p>It’s amazing what an egg, a marker and some creativity can create! As it’s Easter, we’ve picked out some of the best examples of egg …

Apple has a new fix for phones bricked by Error 53

In the latest update to iOS, Apple has issued a patch for one of its most stubborn and mystifying errors, potentially restoring countless bricked phones to functionality. Typically triggered by third-party repairs, Error 53 has been causing headaches for months, but became particularly prominent …

Touch ID

This Professor’s Hilarious Extra Credit Questions Will Make You Wish You Were Taking His Tests Right Now

Most of the time, extra credit questions are dull but easy problems designed to give even those who didn’t get all the studying they needed to a few extra face-saving points. One professor, however, isn’t letting students get off so easy. Knowing how nerve-wracking a test can be, he’s turned his …

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Steven Spielberg

2016 set to be hottest year on record globally

UK Met Office estimates 2016 will be at least as hot as 2015, which would mean the three hottest years ever had occurred in a row<p>2016 is set to be the warmest year ever recorded, according to a forecast issued by the UK Met Office on Thursday.<p>Climate change and the peaking of the El Niño weather …

Global Warming

How a fossilized forest in Arctic Norway changed the Earth's climate

In a fossilized forest in Arctic Norway, scientists find evidence of plants' power to direct climate shifts.<p>Researchers recently unearthed ancient …

14 Holiday Gifts Under $100 for the Cook Who Has Everything

From gifts that stand the test of time to those that don’t (chocolate covered malt balls, anyone?), they're all in our 2015 holiday gift guide.<p><i>Forget naughty or nice—as far as we’re concerned, everyone deserves a ceramic French butter keeper this year. Find more gifts that stand the test of</i> …

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