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Cognitive Science

Myths about how the brain works have no place in the classroom

There is a shortage of rigorous research into teaching methods, and results are poorly disseminated among teachers<p>Are you left-brained or right-brained? Are you more creative or rational? You can find out easily enough – there are myriad online tests that will help you find your dominant hemisphere.<p>…

Education in 2014: the year of the teaching assistant?

We need to take serious action to improve the role and function of school support staff, argues Rob Webster<p>Last year there were not one, but two days celebrating the contribution teaching assistants (TAs) make to classrooms. Even greetings card manufacturers got in on the act.<p>These 330,000 …

New Education Standards Widen Achievement Gap For English Learners?

New national education standards, known as Common Core, aim to set baseline knowledge for English and math. But some people say the standards will increase achievement gaps between English learners and native English speakers. Host Michel Martin learns more from journalist Pat …

Emma Roberts' Engagement Ring: Come See the Bling She Picked Up From Evan Peters!

Pinterest<p>Hayden Panettiere's ring finger wasn't the only one I was stalking at the Golden Globes: I was also hoping to catch a glimpse of newly engaged Emma Roberts' engagement ring. (I told you last week that she and <i>American Horror Story costar Evan Peters are set to wed</i>.) Sadly, photographers …

The 10 Best Burns From the Golden Globes

Gosh, look, I am all about positivity. My heart <i>belongs</i> to the moment Amy Poehler's name was called last night for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. Normally, I'm not too into snark. But I have to make an exception in the case of real-time snark that happens at awards show—A, because it's so …

Go Inside the Golden Globes After-Parties With Our Behind-the

I have yet to go to bed after last night—and though I wish I could say I partied all night with Leo and J.Law, the truth is we've been working hard to bring you guys all the behind-the-scenes details and party fun (by the way, check out Nikki's after-party fashion roundup here) from the Golden …

H&M Under Fire For Labeling 'Medium' Models As 'Plus-Size'

It's official: The entire world is sick of the "plus-size" label.<p>H&M came under fire last week when its latest catalogue landed in mailboxes, highlighting the store's "plus-size" section. But the models featured immediately raised eyebrows from customers who thought they appeared smaller than …

The Golden Globes Looks That Were 24K+

Notice something? When it comes to red-carpet dressing, there’s definitely a sea change underfoot. Let's face it: There's no reason for black-tie …

Are Filters the Answer?

<b>Reader Question:</b> Are lens filters still necessary for digital photography? Are there filters that National Geographic photographers use to make their pictures look better?<p><b>My Answer:</b> Most National Geographic photographers don’t use filters to define the look of their pictures. In fact, it used to be …

Landscape Photography

2014: The Year of the Mirrorless Camera

At the dawn of digital photography, professional cameras maintained the look and bulk of the 35mm film cameras that photographers had been using for a generation.<p>But, because digital sensors were expensive to make, these cameras were equipped with a sensor that was approximately a third smaller …

Cameras

How India Beat Polio

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><b>Khagaria, India –</b> When he thinks about polio, Dr. B.N. Singh recalls the surgeries.<p>“It was ghastly,” Singh said of his early days as a surgical orthopedic resident practicing in the Indian state of Bihar. “Every week I was doing five to six operations for polio …

Public Health

Rhino Hunt Auction Stirs More Controversy

Hunting permit sold for $350,000 on Saturday, despite outcry.<p>A controversial auction for a hunting permit in Africa concluded this past weekend in Texas.<p>On Saturday evening the Dallas Safari Club (DSC) awarded the permit—which allows a hunter to kill one black rhinoceros, an endangered species, in …

Wildlife

Three Thousand Wild Tigers

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><i>Talking Tigers: Part 1 of a 12-part series</i><p>When I began intensive tiger research for our <i>Tigers Forever</i> book project two years back, I was shocked to learn, through a series of casual conversations, that <i>almost no one</i> is aware of the cat’s precarious state. When I tell people …

Wildlife

Pope puts St. Peter’s relics on display, reviving scientific debate

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican publicly unveiled a handful of bone fragments purportedly belonging to St. Peter on Sunday, reviving the scientific debate and tantalizing mystery over whether the relics found in a shoe box truly belong to the first pope.<p>The nine pieces of bone sat nestled like rings in …

Archaeology