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The Two-Minute Wave

(YouTube link)<p>Pro surfer Koa Smith caught a wave off Namibia's Skeleton Bay that took him for a nearly a mile! He surfed a single wave for a distance …

Namibia

Why This Huge Full Moon Seems to Be Falling From the Sky

A video taken near a volcano may look like Hollywood at work, but it’s really a great example of how science can mess with your mind.<p>“These people are not in danger.”<p>So begins NASA’s explanation of a stunning video published June 1, which shows a monster moon quickly approaching a dozen or so …

5 Golden Rules for Raising Mentally Strong Kids

Give your kids the skills they'll need to tackle life's toughest challenges head-on.<p>When my first book, <i>13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do</i>, hit the shelves, readers kept asking me the same question over and over again: "How do I teach my kids how to be mentally strong?"<p>I was thrilled to learn …

What everyone gets wrong about introverts — including why they are not antisocial or lazy

When you hear the term "introvert," you might imagine someone who's quiet and insular, who likes to spend most of their time alone, avoiding social situations.<p>But being an introvert isn't really anything to do with how much you like spending time with other people. In fact, introverts can have some …

Behavioral Sciences

What do Students Lose by Being Perfect? Valuable Failure

Lahey taught middle school for more than a dozen years, and said that in that period of time, she watched as kids went from cautious to take risks to …

Teaching

Reading is fundamental -- to the family's happiness

<b>(CNN) —</b> A couple of years ago, when my older daughter was 8, she gently told my wife and me that she'd gotten too old for us to read her books anymore. We didn't try to talk her out of it or numerate the many benefits of reading aloud to a child (even after they can do so themselves). We were …

Books

21 Vocabulary Words That Only Teachers Understand

While the words on this list might seem made up to some, they definitely make sense to a teacher. Here are some of the teacher vocabulary words that …

More and more research points to mindfulness — not certain foods — for weight loss

In our complex, fast-paced world, mindfulness meditation and similar techniques have been recommended to reduce stress, enhance immunity, boost learning, increase productivity and more. New research suggests an important addition to the list: At least three recent studies have suggested that …

Weight Loss

Poignant Portraits Of Endangered Animals

It's hard for some people to understand the value of an animal's life until they come face to face with that animal, because the animals they …

Pictures Capture the Invisible Glow of Flowers

Picture Stories<p>Ultraviolet light reveals alien-like colors and fairy sparkles in seemingly normal plants.<p>Take a look at some of the flowers photographed by Craig Burrows and you might feel as if you’ve suddenly been transported into the alien world of Pandora from James Cameron’s <i>Avatar</i>. Brightly …

James Cameron

Fantastic Things

This Is How Reading Changes Your Brain & It's Even More Wild Than You'd Think

I'm in grad school right now, and we've been reading three of Irish writer Samuel Beckett's very challenging novels. TBH, the reading sort of makes …

Marbles, Magnets, and Music

Remember the Line Rider video that was synced to "Hall of the Mountain King"? That took a lot of work, but now imagine how much work went into …

This dad's comics about empathy and love are going viral

There are a few lessons that every parent should pass onto their child — and empathy is a big one. Father and cartoonist Chris Grady teaches empathy …

9 Majestic Ice Formations That Prove Winter Is The Most Beautiful Season In Michigan

Let’s start with the obvious: Lake Michigan. Our "big lake" is a point of pride for Michiganders of all ages, and it gains a new sort of beauty each …

The Funniest Wildlife Photos Of 2017 Are Also Pretty Freakin' Adorable

They have our seal of approval.<p>The animal kingdom has a whole lot of jesters.<p>The winners of the annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards were announced on Thursday, recognizing photos that are “light-hearted, upbeat, possibly unpretentious and mainly about wildlife doing funny things,” the contest …

Nature Photography

Bizarre, Enormous 16th-Century Map Assembled for First Time

The largest known world map of its time—made of 60 individual sheets—can finally be seen as the mapmaker intended.<p>This colorful and intricately detailed map from 1587 is more than nine feet by nine feet when fully assembled. For the last 430 years, its 60 individual sheets were bound together as an …

Stop Teaching Your Preschooler How to Read

My daughter is onto me. As I read bedtime stories to her, sometimes I’ll stop, point to a word, and in my most convincing voice, and say, “Hmm, I …

Shoe trees in Michigan and the rumors that surround them

Have you spotted a Michigan shoe tree?

Michigan

It’s huge, it moves, and it connects us all: The Mackinac Bridge celebrates 60 years today

Happy 60th birthday to an iconic Michigan landmark: the Mighty Mac!<p>State archivist <b>Mark Harvey</b> joined <i>Stateside</i> to fun facts about the Mackinac Bridge …

Hiking

Oh My Gourd

Here's a delightful stop-motion animation in which the frames are carved pumpkins. Sean Ohlenkamp and Rob Popkin carved hundreds of pumpkins over …

'The Angriest Librarian' Schools Columnist Over Anti-Library Tweets

"First of all, library usage is on the RISE mother*******."<p>Don’t mess with librarians.<p>New York Observer columnist Andre Walker learned that lesson this week when he called for the closure of public libraries, and posted tweets critical of librarians.<p>Thousands responded to Walker’s initial tweet, …

Libraries

A drop of water that fell into Lake Superior in 1826 is just now leaving the lake

Water stays in the Great Lakes biggest lake for about 191 years.

Lake Superior

This algae-filled living chandelier cleans your air

Lighting is an important component of any space: well-designed lighting creates a mood and brings life to a space. But what if that lighting fixture …

Loving Vincent: The first fully painted film

Over a hundred painters came together from all over the world to make this new animated film about Vincent van Gogh. After shooting the scenes as a live action film with Saoirse Ronan, Chris O'Dowd and Douglas Booth, each frame was recreated as a painting in the style of van Gogh.<p><i>Video journalist:</i> …

Vincent Van Gogh

Mom Highlights The 'Invisible Load' Parents Carry In Deeply Relatable Post

“I am the keeper of schedules. Of practices, games, and lessons."<p>When it comes to parenting, there’s the obvious work: making the dinners, feeding the kids, giving the baths. But then there’s also the mental management work of home and parenting: making the lists, assigning the jobs, knowing what …

This Beautiful Infographic Illustrates The Tree Of Languages

Tracing languages back to their roots can be an interesting way to see how the world's languages have developed and evolved over time, but the …

This Quora Answer Is the Perfect Metaphor for White Privilege

<i>Answer by Omar Ismail, Stand Up Comedian, on Quora.</i><p><i>I am white. That’s all you know about me. Am I privileged based on that alone and assuming I am,</i> …

Saturn's Strangest Sights, As Captured By A Doomed Spacecraft

This video was made by stitching together thousands of snapshots taken by one remarkable spacecraft.<p><b>Updated at 5:15 p.m. ET Sept. 14</b><p>The Cassini spacecraft's final moments are a few hours away. Early Friday morning, it will slam itself into Saturn's atmosphere.<p>Cassini is a victim of its own success. …

'Pursuit' is a stunning paean to thunderstorms

In his latest time-lapse opus, storm chaser Mike Olbinski captures a tornado birth, lightning bursts, a rare 'fluid sunset' and much more.<p>Storm …

Time-lapse Photography