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The ‘most powerful’ classroom innovation — by the $1 million teaching prize winner

Nancie Atwell is the renowned founder of the Center for Teaching and Learning, an award-winning non-profit independent K-8 demonstration school in Edgecomb, Maine, where she teaches seventh- and eighth-grade writing, reading and history. She is the author of numerous books, including the classic …

Amazon Dash + Poppy IoT Coffee Maker + Wink Home Automation = Wow

Amazon’s new Dash replenishment service is just one element of what will become a smart home full of IoT devices that can practically refill …

Remarkable 240-Year-Old Doll Automaton Can Write Actual Programmable Text

Designed and constructed in the 1770s, this extraordinary little doll is actually a self-operating machine that's believed by some to be one of the oldest examples of a computer. Known as “The Writer,” the automaton was built by Swiss-born watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz in order to entertain …

Dolls

ESP8266: This $5 Microcontroller with Wi-Fi is now Arduino-Compatible

<i>This is the 1st part of a series of 3 posts on the new ESP8266 microcontroller</i><p>I only talk about a bare handful of new boards because most of them don’t pass my test: whether they’ll let me do something today that I couldn’t do yesterday.<p>But every once in a while a new board, or a chip, comes along …

Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with 'topics' as country reforms its education system

For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and …

Apple's Tim Cook leads different

Tim Cook assumed he was ready forthe harsh glare that shines on Apple’s (AAPL) CEO. He had, after all, filled in for Jobs three times during the …

Inside Google’s Insanely Popular Emotional-Intelligence Course

How one of Google’s original engineers became a self-help guru, and why thousands are on waiting lists for his course.<p>In 2006, Google engineer Chade-Meng Tan decided he no longer wanted to feel like a cog in the great machine, and set out to create a program that would train people to be more …

Emotional Intelligence

Meet Cyanogen, The Startup That Wants To Steal Android From Google

It’s a little hard to take Kirt McMaster seriously at first. He tends to run on his own schedule, and when he shows up 20 minutes late for a meeting on a recent weekday, there’s not so much as a mention of his tardiness, let alone an apology. In black jeans, a black hoodie that looks a half-size …

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Elon Musk Believes That It'll Soon Be Illegal for Humans to Drive

Tesla CEO and storied entrepreneur Elon Musk thinks that it’ll be illegal for humans to drive in<p>Tesla CEO and storied entrepreneur Elon Musk thinks that it’ll be illegal for humans to drive in the future. Musk has been quoted saying that human drivers are “too dangerous,” and that autonomous cars …

Elon Musk: Tesla Model S ‘ends range anxiety’ with smart navigation, trip planner

Earlier this week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk teased us Model S owners with a tweet promising to “end range anxiety.”<p>In a press conference this morning, Musk revealed the goods: an over-the-air firmware update that, while not increasing the range of the car, will at least set the driver’s mind at ease …

Watch a clever teacher annoy the back row of class to teach all students an important lesson.

A high school teacher wanted share an important life lesson with his students.<p>But a dull lecture just wouldn't do. So he planned a simple interactive …

Pilots Set for First Round-the-World Solar Flight

<b>Abu Dhabi:</b> The first attempt to fly around the world in a solar-powered plane will take off from Abu Dhabi today, its pilots said, in a landmark …

Cellular Connectivity Comes to Microcontrollers With The Spark Electron

Meet Electron from Spark, the new board that puts GSM cellular connectivity directly on the microcontroller.<p>With its onboard cellular antenna, this diminutive board will offer a huge range of deployment options and alleviate the hassle of using a custom cellular breakout board with your micro …

Microcontroller

The ISIS campaign to erase history

When video of ISIS militants destroying a priceless seventh century statue at a museum in northern Iraq surfaced on Thursday, historians and …

Bleep's Rad-Fi: Hackable, Bendable Synth and Effect on a Breadboard

How much freedom do you want when building things? You want the ability to experiment and make choices, but you also want the process of making to be …

Synthesizers

Digit is the automated savings plan we’ve been waiting for

Set it, forget it, and go to Hawaii<p>Until recently, my savings consisted mostly of unexpected windfalls. A tax return here, a birthday check from Grandma there. Over time I’ve amassed enough that I can withstand the odd financial shock. (The physical pain of a root canal is now <i>slightly</i> more intense …

Determined Artist Makes a Beautiful Illustration for Every Single Disney Film

Vancouver-based illustrator Rafael Mayani put himself up to a mighty challenge. In chronological order, he would watch every single Disney movie, and then he would create an original illustration based on each. Since its first movie, <i>Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs</i>, which was released in 1937, to …

Rise of the (Toy) Machines: Meccano’s Meccanoid Robot Is Built From an Erector Set

With the Meccano Meccanoid, the classic Erector set evolves into an arm-waving, fast-talking, programmable robot for children<p>By<p>Nathan Olivarez-Giles<p>Nathan Olivarez-Giles<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@nateog<p>nateog<p>Google+<p><b>FOR MILLIONS</b> of mechanically inclined young tinkerers, the Erector set (known …

Robotics