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NASA Pictures From Space Show How Powerful Its Cameras Are

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Karthik Venkatesh.</i><p>Crappy? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!<p>You have no idea kid!<p>This is the image of New York …

Space

Revealed: the science behind teenage laziness

They may lie in, act selfishly and take risks, but research by a leading neuroscientist suggests that adolescents may be right when they say nobody understands them<p>Teenagers really get a bad time,’ says Sarah-Jayne Blakemore. ‘It is amazing how it seems to be totally acceptable – even …

Man Successfully Controls 2 Prosthetic Arms With Just His Thoughts

A Colorado man can now control two prosthetic arms with his mind.<p>Les Baugh lost both his arms in an electrical accident 40 years ago. But with the help Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory and DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), he's able to control a set of Modular …

Neuroscience: How to Become Immune to Stress

New research shows that exercise really does combat the ill effects of workplace stress.<p>Most people intuitively understand that exercise can improve your mood, but it was only last week that scientists figured out how it works. Their findings are of enormous importance to everybody who experiences …

Why I hate standardized tests: A teacher’s take on how to save public education

<b>(Eric Von Seggern via Shutterstock)</b><p>Thanks to tests, my students’ minds have been downsized — while corporate interests profit. Here’s the answer<p>Robert Hach<p>September 13, 2014 8:00pm (UTC)<p>In recent years, I have begun each semester by asking my first-year composition students two questions, one …

What happens to literacy when the internet turns into a giant TV station?

Having once pulled us away from the TV, the web is now evolving into it<p>Video is the future of the web. You can no longer launch a new smartphone, inaugurate a Kickstarter campaign, or even announce a business partnership without accompanying it with a slickly produced video teaser. Video is the …

How Environment Can Boost Creativity

Dim lighting and ambient noise may lead to more out-of-the-box ideas.<p>It took F. Scott Fitzgerald nearly a decade to finish <i>Tender is the Night</i>, his semi-autobiographical novel about the physical, financial, and moral decline of a man with nearly limitless potential. While working on the novel, …

Professors on food stamps: The shocking true story of academia in 2014

<b>(domin_domin via iStock/Roobcio via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Forget minimum wage, some adjunct professors say they’re making 50 cents an hour. Wait till you read these stories<p>Matt Saccaro<p>September 21, 2014 10:59am (UTC)<p>You've probably heard the old stereotypes about professors in their ivory tower …

In Defense of Spoilers

Psychologists have found that people like stories more after they've been "spoiled." Why?<p>Last October, one week after the <i>Breaking Bad</i> series finale, I was having breakfast with a friend in Chicago. "Do not tell me the end of the <i>Breaking Bad</i>," he said. "I just started Season 2 and I have been off …

My kid doesn’t like books and it’s okay

<b>(Catalin Petolea via Shutterstock)</b><p>I was always a competitive, obsessive reader, until my daughter showed me another way<p>Mary Elizabeth Williams<p>October 3, 2014 2:35pm (UTC)<p>Before my daughters were born, I wondered endlessly what they would be like. Would they be princess girls, sporty girls, …

Why We Should Treat Teachers Like Software Engineers

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>David Liu is COO of Knewton. He is responsible for helping Knewton launch and scale its platform and operations while expanding its presence globally. Previously, David served as AOL’s senior vice president of global messaging, where he and his teams created web products and</i> …

The best way to teach kids math is not in a classroom

As a semi-retired engineer, I often lament efforts to remove shop, technical drawing and other hands-on classes from students’ schedules when they might otherwise understand math as just a dry academic offering. The concept that shop classes serve solely as “industrial education” fail to note its …

Mathematics

Clocks Make Workers Less Creative

And less happy, too<p>I love the phrase "It's 5 o'clock somewhere." For most people, the saying conjures up an image of an over-eager happy-hour partaker, but it's always made me think of someone, somewhere, leaving their office after a hard day's work. The length of the workday, for many workers, is …

The tiny nautilus may help illuminate the history of brain development

Even in a family tree of full of eccentrics, the tiny nautilus is still an oddball.<p>Unlike most other soft-bodied cephalopods — cuttlefish, squid and octopus — the nautilus has no camouflage, no ink and relatively poor vision.<p>That's because the nautilus adapted differently to threats in its …