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OP-ED | Keep Empowering Parents to Show that All Kids Matter

by Gwen Samuel | Apr 24, 2015 8:44am

Parents, especially low-income and of color, understand more and more the importance of data, so why do away with …


National Parks Road Trip: Northern Rockies

Grand Teton > Yellowstone > Glacier

Gateway Airport: Jackson, Wyoming

Explore the three crown jewels of the Northern Rockies on this tour spanning some of the continent’s most stunning alpine scenery and explosive geologic wonders. This trip takes you into the beating heart of wild America, from the …

Road Trips

Peace in Space

Earth Day: 50 mind-blowing images of our world from outer space

The beauty of Earth is indisputable - from the mighty mountains, to the rippling rivers, to the panoramic plains - everywhere one looks, our planet's …

Earth Science

Start-Up Solves ‘Star Wars’ Droid Puzzle

ANAHEIM, Calif. — This is the story of how Robert A. Iger, chief executive of the Walt Disney Company, solved a technology problem — how to bring the new “Star Wars” droid BB-8 to toy shelves and Disney parks — by playing with a ball on his office carpet.

Last summer, Mr. Iger was doing quick …

Star Wars

What makes good sci art? #1

What sci-art? Is it art that comments on science? Is it art that uses the tools of science? Is it science that is done with the intention of being …

Iridescent insect sculptures from ewaste

UK artist Julie Alice Chapell's Computer Component Bugs sculptures are iridescent, intricate assemblage sculptures made from ewaste.

Chapell was inspired by a box of electronic components donated to a crafting centre in Portsmouth, later augmented by the cast-offs from someone else's failed …

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Starving for Wisdom

“We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom.”

That epigram from E.O. Wilson captures the dilemma of our era. Yet the solution of some folks is to disdain wisdom.

“Is it a vital interest of the state to have more anthropologists?” Rick Scott, the Florida governor, once asked. A leader …


NY Teen Accepted to All 8 Ivy League Schools: Reports

A multi-lingual Long Island high school senior who moved to New York from Nigeria when he was 8 and wrote his primary college essay about the …

Long Island High Schooler Accepted by All 8 Ivy League Colleges

A high school senior on Long Island has a big decision to make: He has been accepted to all 13 colleges he applied to, including all eight Ivy League …

Earth, the Marvelous Blue Orb

Sometimes, you have to leave a place to appreciate it.

Humans have not exactly left Earth. It has been 40 years or so, in fact, since representatives of this erstwhile spacefaring species have been more than a few hundred miles from our planet’s surface.

Today, human spaceflight, such as it is, is …


Not only does he have awesome dogs, but @Astro_Flow is an engineer, was on Top Chef, and was an NFL WR. Also, #LEGOS!

Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous - The Washington Post

Fareed Zakaria, a columnist for The Washington Post, is the host of “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on CNN and the author of “In Defense of a Liberal Education.”

If Americans are united in any conviction these days, it is that we urgently need to shift the country’s education toward the teaching of specific, …


Making time for kids? Study says quality trumps quantity. - The Washington Post


In new study, quality parenting trumps quantity

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Do parents, especially mothers, spend enough time with their children?

Though American parents are with their children more than any …


DARPA's Response to Mounting Robophobia is Adorable

It's called Robots4Us, and it's smarter than it sounds

In case you were wondering whether Steve Wozniak is afraid of robots, get this: He probably is. "Computers are going to take over from humans, no question," the Apple co-founder told the Australian Financial Review earlier this week. He also …


When A Meteorite Hits Snow It Forms A "Snow Carrot" Instead Of A Crater

What happens when a meteorite hits snow? Instead of forming classic impact craters, the fragments form strange funnels of dense snow diving into the …

Cool Stuff

Baltimore Ravens Offensive Lineman John Urschel Publishes Paper In Math Journal

Some NFL players spend their offseason working out. Others travel around the world. Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel has done both …


Where Is the Emerald Isle?

“When Erin first rose from the dark swelling flood,
God bless’d the green island and saw it was good;
The em’rald of Europe, it sparkled and shone,
In …


Where the Wonders of Learning Never Cease

What Is Tai Chi? #1461 WONDER OF THE DAYA cup of chai tea may be the perfect drink to help you relax after today’s Wonder of the Day!

Why Are Some …


A Solar Flare and a Volcano Blizzard Are Among These Stellar Shots

The sun shoots out a powerful flare of radiation, a blizzard hits a Hawaiian volcano, NASA fires up its next-generation rocket booster and more in …

Science Museums

Did The Future Begin In 1610?

Scientists debate the start date of 'the age of man'

Time is a valuable commodity for humans. We like our news up to the minute and our technology up-to-date. But when it comes to some temporal boundaries scientists are still trying to figure out what's up.

There is no doubt that humanity is …

The Future

“Reach For the Stars (Mars Edition)” Sizzle Reel : foundation

“Reach for the Stars,” is about’s passion for science, technology and space exploration. This video is a behind the scenes look at the …

Man Puts His iPhone Inside A Guitar and Begins To Play. What It Captures? Stunning

This guy had an awesome idea, he took his iPhone and put it inside his guitar, turned on the camera, and started to play. He wanted to get a good …


Avis What Drives You – Leland Melvin

A Solar Panel You Wear On Your Arm

To continuously monitor your vital signs

This is so cool. But hot? But cool.

A team of engineers has developed a solar-powered, plastic armband that measures the wearer’s body temperature. You can set a threshold temperature for the device, so that an alarm goes off when your temperature rises too …

Solar Power

The Coming Boom In Brain Medicines

TONY COLES COULD have had any job he wanted in the drug industry. In five years at the helm of cancer drug developer Onyx Pharmaceuticals he increased its market cap eightfold by purchasing an experimental blood cancer drug for $800 million, developing it into a big seller and flipping the whole …

The Brain

10 Amazing Places to Hike before you Die

1. Nepal

Me in the Himalayas

Trekking in the majestic Himalayas is high on most hikers' bucket list. Just imagine walking a trail offering stunning …

The Hubble Space Telescope Has Orbited Earth For 25 Years. Here Are 25 Of Its Most Stunning Images

Since 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has been orbiting Earth, capturing images of the cosmos that have “fundamentally changed humanity’s scientific understanding of the universe.”

This year, to celebrate the telescope’s 25th anniversary, NASA and the European Space Agency have compiled 25 of the …