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Modern variations on the 'Trolley Problem' meme

Emerging technologies mean new ethical dilemmas: How would you answer the Drone Problem or the Tesla Driverless Mode Problem?<p>A recent article in the Huffington Post huffs about the "inexplicable" and "absurd" popularity of a trolley-problem-memes page created and run by two philosophy students …

Ethics

Historical Truth | @johndavidblake

<i>John Blake is a London-based history teacher and writer on education. He founded and co-edited Labour Teachers from 2011 to 2014. He blogs here and</i> …

Mein Kampf

Florida thinks learning to code is like studying a foreign language. Here’s why it’s not.

When students in Florida choose which foreign language to study in high school, they might soon have an unusual choice to make: French, Spanish, or computer code?<p>The Florida Senate is set to vote Thursday on a bill that would count computer programming classes as foreign language credits in high …

Computer Science

French speakers angry about spelling change for thousands of words

<b>(CNN) —</b> French speakers will soon have to think twice about how they spell certain words.<p>Changes by the French language council, Académie Française, will simplify the spelling of about 2,400 words, coinciding with the start of the new school year in September.<p>The hat-shaped circumflex accent will …

Language

Is It Foolish to Model Nature’s Complexity With Equations?

Author: Gabriel Popkin. Gabriel Popkin Science<p>Date of Publication: 10.24.15.<p>Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>Sometimes ecological data just don’t …

Pacific Northwest

This Is Your Brain On The Outdoors

<i>The New York Times</i> recently carried a fascinating report on how a walk in nature can actually change the wiring in your brain. According to the story, not only did a brief walk in the woods make people report they felt happier but, using brain scans, researchers found time nature changed …

The Brain

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NPR Science reporters Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller explain to Ira Glass how they smuggled a rat into NPR headquarters in Washington, and ran an …

Mystery radio signals that baffled astronomers for years came from the staff microwave

A telescope started picking up the signals in 1998<p>Beginning in the late '90s, once or twice a year, astronomers operating the telescope at the Parkes Observatory in New South Wales, Australia would pick up mysterious radio signals. These signals were known as perytons, described in a recent report …

Physics

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Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus studies memories. More precisely, she studies false memories, when people either remember things that didn't happen or …

No, Yes, Definitely: On The Rise Of 'No, Totally' As Linguistic Quirk

"Yep. Nope. Very definitely."<p>Kathryn Schulz, a writer for <i>The New Yorker,</i> heard that seemingly-contradictory response to a question recently. And once she started listening for it, she heard it everywhere: people agreeing by saying "No, totally," or "No, definitely," or "No, for sure."<p>In a recent …

Language

Searching Online May Make You Think You're Smarter Than You Are

Using the Internet is an easy way to feel omniscient. Enter a search term and the answers appear before your eyes.<p>But at any moment you're also just a few taps away from becoming an insufferable know-it-all. Searching for answers online gives people an inflated sense of their own knowledge, …

Psychology

If Math Is Universal, Why Can’t It Answer a Stupid Facebook Problem?

Perhaps you’ve seen the problem on Facebook or another forum:<p>6 ÷ 2(1+2) = ?<p>It’s one of several similar math problems popping up on social networks …

The Neuroscience Of "Harry Potter"

Or, what happens to your brain when you’re lost in a book.<p>Let’s do a casual experiment. Here’s a brief passage from the first book in some obscure fiction series called <i>Harry Potter:</i><p>A bush on the edge of the clearing quivered. … Then, out of the shadows, a hooded figure came crawling across the …

Why Saying Is Believing — The Science Of Self-Talk

From the self-affirmations of Stuart Smalley on <i>Saturday Night Live</i> to countless videos on YouTube, saying nice things to your reflection in the mirror is a self-help trope that's been around for decades, and seems most often aimed at women. The practice, we're told, can help us like ourselves and …

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The mystery of Death Valley's sailing stones has been solved

After decades of guessing, researchers finally caught the rocks in the act<p>On a cracked lakebed in Death Valley called Racetrack Playa, there are a collection of stones, some weighing several hundred pounds, that clearly, mysteriously, move. They leave long serpentine trails behind them in the dirt, …

Death Valley

How do you know you exist? - James Zucker | TED-Ed

Can you own a language?

In its first-ever transparency report, the Wikimedia Foundation revealed a handful of odd stories about takedown requests sent to Wikipedia. Among the claims on public-domain books and monkey selfies was a curious request from 2012: that Wikipedia remove a page on the Tasmanian language <i>palawa kani</i>, …

Linguistics

Can Google Build A Typeface To Support Every Written Language?

Google has taken on its fair share of ambitious projects — digitizing millions and millions of books, mapping the whole world, pioneering self-driving cars. It's a company that doesn't shy away from grand plans.<p>But one recent effort, despite its rather lofty scope, has escaped much notice. The …

Typography

Technology has changed art, and this is what it looks like

This summer, London's Barbican Centre plays host to <i>Digital Revolution</i>, a major new exhibition that explores the impact of technology on art over the past four decades. It's a show high on visuals and low on exposition, aiming to entertain children more than enlighten adults.<p>The exhibition begins …

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Art exhibit tracks bike rides to fight for safer streets

This art exhibit is many things at the same time. Besides creating unique wall prints, the exhibit serves as a tool to show where bike paths are most needed and it's also assisting in the fight to make one German city more bike friendly. Local design agency Scholz & Volkmer has put together the …

Cycling

Study: People fear hurricanes with masculine names more

WASHINGTON — Which scares you more: Hurricane Victor or Hurricane Victoria? People are slightly less likely to flee an oncoming storm with a feminine …

Study confirms monkeys can do math

Scientists have long suspected that monkeys are capable of mental arithmetics and a new study is helping them prove it. A research team led by neurobiologist Margaret Livingstone trained three rhesus macaques to identify symbols representing the numbers zero to 25. They then taught the test …

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