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How to learn the periodic table in 3 minutes

In high school science classes, students are encouraged to memorize the first 20 elements of the periodic table. There are other methods employed at …

The mother of all problems: female literacy in Afghanistan

Last year, I worked with the Afghan government's Central Statistics Organization and Unicef, writing up the results of an ambitious national survey, …

Turkey divided more than ever by Erdoğan's Gezi Park crackdown

The glaziers and joiners were busy this week, fitting up the offices of Turkey's main opposition party with a new reinforced glass entrance. The …

Concerns over online Qur'an teaching as ex-Pakistan militants instruct pupils

With his track record as a member of the political arm of a banned terrorist organisation, Mian Shahzib is unlikely to ever be given a visa to enter …

How do people survive solitary confinement?

<b>The effect of solitary confinement on mental health can be devastating - what techniques can kidnap victims, hostages and prisoners use to get through the ordeal?</b><p>"No-one knows that you are there, so you are nothing. You are zero."<p>For many months, Tabir was kept in solitary confinement in a cell in …

Muslim Light: What's Behind Turkey's Islamization and the Protests Against It

Erdogan has been pushing for an end to alcohol, kissing and other hallmarks of secularization, with disastrous results.<p>It has been a long time, ninety years in fact, since Turkey has had its latest facelift. It is about time considering it happens once every nine decades or so: after the …

50 Drives You Must Take In Your Lifetime

Ranging from the mountains of Montana and Wyoming to a breathtaking salt flat in Bolivia, the drives aren't to miss.

23 Movies That Will Make You Want To Travel

As does people-watching, and the adrenaline boost of things that are hard for me — like getting lost — and making myself understood in another culture and language.<p>Movies set in foreign backdrops can trigger that "need more" feeling.<p>I asked Matadorians what movies make them think of spinning out of …

Here's 25 Utterly Improvised Movie Scenes

With so much investment needed in making a featured length film, one of key elements that film studios are fastidious about is the script …

How the Afghan Conflict Will Be Decided

A horrific week for U.S. casualties reaffirms President Obama's rush to rely on the Afghan army. But can they handle it?<p>KABUL, Afghanistan - Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi thumbs excitedly through a brochure prepared for him by Textron, the U.S. defense contractor. "This is what I want!" the Afghan army …

How Twitter Is Messing With Al-Qaeda's Careful PR Machine

Individual jihadis are increasingly taking to social media with their own opinions, sparking disputes within the terrorist organization.<p>The idea that the Internet facilitates Al-Qaeda's recruitment and messaging campaigns is not new. However, more than ever, the changing landscape of the online …

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Life on Earth… but not as we know it

Across the world's great deserts, a mysterious sheen has been found on boulders and rock faces. These layers of manganese, arsenic and silica are …

The World's Strangest Natural Wonders (PHOTOS)

Ever played the game of Twister on water? The green, yellow, and brown polka dots that form on British Columbia's Spotted Lake each summer make it look like you could.<p>It's a far cry from the stereotypical landscapes of clear blue lakes, rolling green hills, and white-sand beaches that inspire most …

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