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9 Skills You Should Learn That Pay Dividends Forever

Some of the most important skills in life are not taught in school. Here are 9 you won't want to miss out on.<p>The further along you are in your career, the easier it is to fall back on the assumption that you've made it and have all the skills you need to succeed. The tendency is to focus all your …

An SAT tutor who charges $1,500 an hour explains what everyone does wrong preparing for the test

However, students hoping to get top scores often hurt their chances by focusing on the wrong material, Anthony-James Green , a $1,500-an-hour SAT and ACT tutor, told Business Insider.<p><b>"Obsessing over your weakest points is way more important than looking at what you're good at,"</b> Green said. "There's …

College & University

Universities admit students who are 'almost illiterate', lecturers warn

Universities are admitting students who are “almost illiterate”, lecturers warn as they complain that dropping entry requirements has led to a generation of undergraduates who cannot read, write or speak proper English.<p>Almost half of academics (48 per cent) do not think that students are adequately …

This essay got a high-school senior into Harvard, Yale, MIT, and other top schools

But before he was accepted to the prestigious Ivy League school, he had to first navigate the tricky aspect of writing a stellar admissions essay.<p>His hard work certainly paid off. In addition to Harvard, he gained acceptances at Yale, MIT, Columbia and the University of Virginia.<p>Rodriquez …

Growing up poor taught me that good opportunities aren’t enough to guarantee a better life

Last month, on my way to a friend’s new apartment in San Francisco, I listened to an episode of Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast called “Carlos Doesn’t Remember.” I quickly found myself in tears. The protagonist’s story was my story; it was my co-founder’s story; and it may be your …

Middle School

The night we almost lost Arkansas — a 1980 nuclear Armageddon that almost was | Salon.com

<b>A Titan 2 missile, as seen in "Command and Control" (PBS)</b><p>The night we almost lost Arkansas — a 1980 nuclear Armageddon that almost was<p>Author Eric Schlosser and filmmaker Robert Kenner on the nuclear-missile accident that could have killed millions<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>September 14, 2016 11:00pm (UTC)<p>On a …

War

Tough Love From Two Ex-College Instructors

A college education is presented as a cure-all. The prevailing narrative is that anyone without one is doomed to forever sling fries at McDonald’s (which is a completely respectable job that could be more fiscally rewarding soon). But, while most people will tell you that you need a degree, few …

After reading thousands of romance books, Google’s AI is writing eerie post-modern poetry

Google had a problem. Their AI engine spoke with grammatical precision and factual accuracy, but its diction remained terse and limp. They wanted it to be more conversational, so they made it read 2,865 romance novels. Now Google has a poet.<p>In an unpublished paper entitled “Generating Sentences …

Artificial Intelligence

From Clint Eastwood to Captain America: Why superhero movies can’t escape how the West was won

Superhero movies are drawn from such expansive and popular source material — their own comics — that we often don’t really discuss them on their own …

Comics

Poetry Behind Bars: The Lines That Save Lives — Sometimes Literally

The way Jimmy Santiago Baca tells it, poetry saved his life — but he's not speaking in hyperbole. Long before the poet won an American Book Award, Baca was in prison on a drug conviction, where he was facing down a prison-yard fight with another inmate.<p>Baca sought padding however he could get …

Formulaic Freedom: Get Students to Abandon Writing Formulas

As a writing teacher, I'm bewildered by challenges facing both students with the writing process and teachers desperately trying to impart tips in an …

If you want to be like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, adopt their voracious reading habits

Want to know one habit ultra-successful people have in common?<p>They read. A lot.<p>In fact, when Warren Buffett was once asked about the key to success, he pointed to a stack of nearby books and said, “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. …

Success

Texas is using “Of Mice and Men” to justify executing this man. Seriously.

<b>Bobby James Moore</b><p>Bobby James Moore has an intellectual disability, yet he sits on death row because of deeply unscientific evidence<p>Anna Arceneaux<p>April 21, 2016 7:42pm (UTC)<p>Bobby James Moore has a lifelong intellectual disability, yet he sits on Texas’s death row because the courts there used John …

Developmental Disabilities

The Tragic History of RC Cola

Who drinks RC Cola, anyway?<p>It’s a question Coke and Pepsi drinkers have been asking for decades. In the prolonged marketing battle that began in the …

Research Finds Poor Outcomes For Students Who Retake Courses Online

High schools around the country are increasingly turning to external, for-profit providers for "online credit recovery." These courses, taken on a computer, offer students who have failed a course a second chance to earn credits they need for graduation, whether after school, in the summer or …

Education

One Man's Hands: The Watts Towers

<i>I had it in my mind to do something big, and I did.</i> <b>-Simon Rodia</b><p>(image credit: BenFrantzDale)<p>The Watts Towers were built by one man, without help and …

Ta-Nehisi Coates Hopes 'Black Panther' Will Be Some Kid's 'Spider-Man'

After he won a National Book Award, and one of the MacArthur Foundation's so-called genius grants, no one anticipated Ta-Nehisi Coates' next move.<p>"What's the good of getting a MacArthur genius grant if you can't go and write a comic book for Marvel?" Coates tells NPR's Audie Cornish. "I don't know. …

Google shocked this man by offering sympathy on the death of his father

Today, we bring you a mind-blowing example of that.<p>Reddit user " barney13 " was experimenting with all the voice commands in Google Now and Google Photos. He's got an Android phone and pretty much uses all of the Google services, Gmail, Drive, YouTube, Google Now and Google Photos, which …

Google Photos

North Korea sentences U.S. student to 15 years hard labor

<b>(CNN) —</b> North Korea has sentenced an American student to 15 years of hard labor after accusing him of removing a political banner from a hotel.<p>The U.S. State Department fired back Wednesday, saying the punishment doesn't fit the alleged crime.<p>The sentence against University of Virginia student Otto …

North Korea

A $1 billion cyber heist against Bangladesh's central bank was thwarted by a spelling error

Hackers broke into the Bangladesh central bank’s account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and succeeded in moving $100 million out of it before a spelling mistake tripped up their efforts.<p>The cyber thieves, using the Bangladesh Bank’s credentials for transferring funds, tried to move another …

Central Banks

Three Questions High School Seniors Should Ask When Choosing a College

If you are a high school senior in the United States, or one's parent, the next few months will be a whirlwind as you wind down your high school career and begin receiving acceptance letters from the colleges and universities to which you applied.<p>These letters represent the culmination of years of …

Someone spent 6 hours paying for super cheap stuff at a Walmart that was going out of business to resell it on Amazon

And this brought to life a classic retail arbitrage scheme: Buy cheap stuff in a defunct store and sell it for a markup somewhere else.<p>From The Wall Street Journal:<p>Sam Cohen, owner of e-commerce company DWNY LLC in Ocean, N.J., sent three employees in a 26-foot truck to the nearest closing Walmart, …

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Police Sketches of Literary Characters Based on Their Book Descriptions

It's a complaint you hear time and time again from readers when beloved books are adapted into films: The actors don't match the mental image …

15 Insane Things That Correlate With Each Other

Now a ridiculous book!<p>Spurious charts<br>• Fascinating factoids<br>• Commentary in the footnotes<p>Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indie Bound<p>Data sources: U.S. Office of …

National Science Foundation

WD-40 and microwaved tampons: secrets of food photography revealed

Behind most professional food photos is a stylist who tricks the viewer. These deceits range from a touch of lipstick to redden a strawberry, to “milkshakes” made from mashed potatoes. It’s not that food stylists are liars and cheats. They’re simply in the business of improvisation.<p>Throughout the …

Ice Cream

How Quentin Tarantino Paid Homage to Hollywood Westerns with His Hateful Eight Costumes

The Hateful Eight costume designer Courtney Hoffman takes us behind-the-sartorial-scenes of Tarantino's latest film.<p>It seems fitting that <b>Quentin Tarantino</b>, a renowned film buff who rose from video-rental-store ranks, paid careful homage to specific westerns while making his own, <i>The Hateful Eight</i>. …

How to Watch a Movie review – expert advice, and a touch of condescension

Acclaimed film critic David Thomson sets his readers a low bar in this slight echo of his earlier, weightier titles<p>It’s a question every film critic gets asked: does watching films for a living take the fun out of it? Is the spell broken when you consider the mechanics behind the magic? Can you …

21 Phrases You Use Without Realizing You're Quoting Shakespeare

William Shakespeare devised new words and countless plot tropes that still appear in everyday life. Famous quotes from his plays are easily …

Literature