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Want to Raise Successful Boys? Science Says Do This (but Their Schools Probably Won't)

Students--and especially boys--need hours of physical activity every day. They don't get enough because their schools won't let them.<p>This is a story about successful kids (especially boys), common sense, and research.<p>Most of us spend hours each day sitting at work. Science says it's killing us, and …

Standardized Testing

Target Pluto: fastest spaceship set for epic encounter with our remotest planet

Nasa’s New Horizons spaceship has travelled billions of miles in nine years to answer astronomers’ questions about the tiny world<p>It is the fastest spaceship ever launched and has been hurtling towards its target at a staggering 36,000mph for the past nine years. But now Nasa engineers are preparing …

Solar System

How China grew desperate to conceal its power from the world

Beijing's Asian Infrastructure Investment Development Bank marks the opening salvo in a soft power war with the United States<p>The creation of the prosaic-sounding Asian Infrastructure Investment Development Bank (AIIB) has landed the biggest blow to America’s superpower status in the post-war …

Junior trader made to eat 8 burgers in humiliating City initiation ceremony

Video shows 23-year-old man surrounded by colleagues at Marex Spectron, an international commodities broker, who raucously goad him on to complete the challenge<p>A City firm's new junior employee was made to eat eight McDonald's burgers in an hour in a humiliating initiation ceremony, it was reported …

Watch: Nasa astronauts take a GoPro on a spacewalk

If you are impressed by movies such as Gravity or <b>Interstellar</b>, then you will enjoy watching this.<p>During spacewalks conducted early in 2015 on the International Space Station (ISS) Nasa attached two GoPro cameras to the suits of Terry Virts and Barry Wilmore.<p>The footage the two astronauts captured …

Where Kids Learn More Outside Their Classrooms Than in Them

In New Hampshire, work experience plus academic skills equals course credit.<p>PITTSFIELD, N.H.—It’s time for the morning meeting at Pittsfield Elementary School, and several kindergartners jostle for a spot on the carpet next to 16-year-old Anitrea Provencher, who is helping out in their classroom …

Education

Who is right about the equilibrium interest rate?

The equilibrium real interest rate continues to lie at the heart of discussions about economic policy in the US and elsewhere. Ben Bernanke has …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Deep Space Exploration Will Demand Artificial Gravity

Long stays in space have a major hitch. Medical studies on the effects of microgravity on astronauts after many months in low-Earth orbit (LEO) can’t get around one hard truth — humans aren’t cut out for life without gravity. Thus, artificial gravity habitats are now being discussed as a crucial …

Space Exploration

Universal music: stream of consciousness | Financial Times

The annoying thing about the future is that it will not sit still. Five years ago the future of music was firmly in Apple’s hands. The company had …

The Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

When kids can get their lessons from the Internet, what's left for classroom instructors to do?<p>Whenever a college student asks me, a veteran high-school English educator, about the prospects of becoming a public-school teacher, I never think it’s enough to say that the role is shifting from …

NASA’s Opportunity Rover Completes a Martian Marathon

The Mars probe is the first human-made vehicle to travel 26.2 miles on a non-Earth planet.<p>Only 11 years and two months after it began, NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover has completed a marathon across the planet’s barren red desert. The rover made its final roll toward the 26.219-mile mark Tuesday …

Mars Rover

Smartphone use changing our brain and thumb interaction, say researchers

Typing text messages, scrolling web pages, and checking your email on your smartphone could be changing the way your thumbs and brain interacts. That’s according to researchers from the University of Zurich, ETH Zurich, and University of Fribourg.<p>Dr Arko Ghosh, of the University of Zurich and ETH …

The Brain

Connected cars perfect for harvesting personal data, report warns

As our cars get more high-tech and connected, they are increasingly spying on us and sending personal data about us to many different parties — in …

China low on crude oil storage capacity | Financial Times

A shortage of storage may force China to curb purchases of crude oil for its strategic reserves, according to a high-ranking representative of the …

Millennials: More educated, fewer employed than Gen X

Millennials are getting more college degrees, but they aren't getting as many jobs as their Gen X counterparts.<p>Today's young adultsare on track to becomingthe most educated generation to date, according to new data from the Pew Research Center.<p>More Millennial women, in particular, are securing …

Demographics

The disposable income of people in every country of the world in one fantastic infographic

We may all have plenty of preconceived notions about how much those around us make, but it's just not something that's talked about much.<p>International moving company, Movehub, recently put together a fantastic infographic that shows us the personal disposable income of folks all over the planet. …

New Jersey

New Music Industry Revenue Figures Show an Illusion of Stability

The RIAA released its annual recorded music revenue figures for 2014 this past week. The numbers tell the story of changes in the digital music market that have been familiar for the past few years: on-demand music services up, digital radio up, CD sales even further down, ringtone revenue …

NYC taxi industry to propose cap on Uber

New York City's taxi industry is gearing up to propose a cap on for-hire-vehicles as the number of Uber cars outpaces yellow taxis for the first time.<p>The proposed cap, which is still being drafted, seeks to halt the growth of this market, which are like cabs except they cannot take street hails, …

Asian powers hold talks after three-year hiatus

The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan have gathered in Seoul for their first meeting in nearly three years.<p>Saturday's meeting will seek to calm regional tensions rooted in territorial and other diplomatic disputes between the three nations.<p>Ministers from the three countries will …

The U.S. can legally access your old emails and it wants to keep it that way

Many people around the globe might assume these days that the U.S. government can enact some shady magic called the NSA to access any email it wants, …

In Wake Of Kuaidi-Didi Merger, Uber Faces An Even Tougher Battle In China

During the Lunar New Year in China, taxi-hailing app Kuaidi showered its riders with red envelopes. Not traditional ones stuffed with cash, but rather electronic red envelopes that appeared on their phones with free credits designed to lure riders back to the app.<p>“If they continued using our rides, …