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Your life really does flash before your eyes before you die, study suggests

Your life really does flash before your eyes when you die, a study suggests - with the parts of the brain that store memories last to be affected as other functions fail.<p>Research on those who have had "near death" experiences suggests that the phenomenon rarely involves flashbacks in chronological …

12 Apps That’ll Help You Organize *Everything*

With the new year already underway, now is a great time to start getting organized. Even though we love planning out our lives in our paper planner, we also need some organization hacks on-the-go… both for our digital lives and our real lives. That’s why we’re super excited to share our top apps …

Healthier fries: Baked and roasted veggie recipes that'll satisfy your french fry cravings

Fried foods may be one of life's greatest pleasures, but eating them can have some pretty dire consequences.<p>You don't need us to lecture you about …

To Obama With Love, and Hate, and Desperation

On a recent October morning in the White House mailroom, on the ground floor of the Executive Office Building just beside a loading dock, 10 interns sat at two long tables, each trying to get through 300 letters. Grab a bundle, sit down and read. It was pretty straightforward: Read. A girl doesn’t …

The White House

Dividing Droplets Could Explain Life’s Origin

Researchers have discovered that simple “chemically active” droplets grow to the size of cells and spontaneously divide, suggesting they might have …

Earth - Monstrous spiders and centipedes that prey on large animals

You have probably seen the viral video of an Australian huntsman spider dragging a mouse up the side of a fridge. Well, we can top that.<p>The huntsman footage is undoubtedly remarkable. The spider is displaying amazing strength and extraordinary gripping power: the surface of that fridge is really …

Physicists Simulate Sending Particles of Light Into the Past, Strengthening the Case that Time Travel Is Possible

<b>The study of closed timelike curves (CTC’s) provides valuable insight into particles that can loop back on themselves, breaking free of linear …

UW, Microsoft claim big breakthrough with data storage using DNA

A joint team from the Redmond company and the university said Thursday that it had successfully encoded about 200 megabytes of data onto synthetic …

IT

Enrollment in online courses slows, new report finds

The number of college students taking at least one course online continues to rise, but at the slowest rate in more than a decade, and the proportion …

Teaching kids philosophy makes them smarter in math and English

Schools face relentless pressure to up their offerings in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math. Few are making the case for philosophy.<p>Maybe they should.<p>Nine- and 10-year-old children in England who participated in a philosophy class once a week over the course of a year …

More Playtime! How Kids Succeed with Recess Four Times a Day at School

Recess at Eagle Mountain Elementary School in Fort Worth, Texas, looks much like recess anyplace else. Some kids run and squeal, others swing, while …

The Information Age is over; welcome to the Experience Age

Mike Wadhera Contributor<p>Mike Wadhera is the founder of Teleport.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>The future of mobile video is virtual reality<p>Twenty-five years after the introduction of the World Wide Web, the Information Age is coming to an end. Thanks to mobile screens and Internet everywhere, …

Launching a Makerspace: Lessons Learned From a Transformed School Library

Excitement about school makerspaces has been in the air, but many educators eager to create hands-on learning spaces in their schools still aren’t …

Makerspaces

What Kind of Group Work Encourages the Most Original Thinking?

When I first read <i>Originals</i> I couldn’t help but take notes. What I jotted down was essentially a to-do list for how I could be more creative, how I …

Natural selection making 'education genes' rarer, says Icelandic study

Researchers say that while the effect corresponds to a small drop in IQ per decade, over centuries the impact could be profound<p>Tempting as it may be, it would be wrong to claim that with each generation humans are becoming more stupid. As scientists are often so keen to point out, it is a bit more …

Genetics