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More bomb threats target Jewish community. Trump finally responds

<b>(CNN) —</b> Samantha Taylor was at Orlando's Jewish Community Center for a morning meeting when she heard reports of a bomb threat crackle from the director's walkie-talkie.<p>Her daughter attends preschool there; she ran to the classroom and evacuated with the students and teachers.<p>While police and …

Israel

How 'Deprogramming' Kids From How to 'Do School' Could Improve Learning

The class read Timothy Slater’s article, “When Is a Good Day Teaching a Bad Thing?” which discusses the unspoken contract that can exist between …

Here’s why so many smart people don’t believe in evolution

Does seeing the word "evolution" in a headline make you nervous?<p>It makes me nervous. Climate change may be the most politically charged scientific finding of the modern era, but the charged responses to it are nothing compared to people's forceful responses to evolution.<p>Gallup reports that 64% of …

Mysterious chimpanzee behaviour could prove they believe in God, according to scientists

New footage of ritual behaviour by chimpanzees, taken and analysed by researchers, shows they may be engaging in spiritual practices - and could even believe in God.<p>West African chimpanzees have been captured on camera throwing rocks into holes in trees and engaging in other bizarre behaviour, …

Barbie Is Finally Available In Three New Body Types

Fifty-seven years after first giving little girls an unrealistic representation of what a woman’s body should look like, Mattel is finally …

Kids

Doctors breach the blood-brain barrier for the first time

Our blood-brain barrier is a highly selective membrane specially designed to only allow very specific molecules access to our grey matter while keeping everything else out -- regardless of whether they're invading foreign bodies or potentially life-saving medicines. That's no longer the case. …

Religious children are meaner than their secular counterparts, study finds

Religious belief appears to have negative influence on children’s altruism and judgments of others’ actions even as parents see them as ‘more empathetic’<p>Children from religious families are less kind and more punitive than those from non-religious households, according to a new study.<p>Academics from …

Religion

Ultra-orthodox Jews are using WhatsApp to defy their rabbis’ internet ban

Hasidic leadership has in recent years mounted a concerted campaign to control the web. In 2012, ultra-orthodox leaders held a massive anti-internet rally at Citi Field baseball stadium in New York, where they called for tighter restrictions on internet use. Ultra-orthodox rabbis have effectively …

Israel

Letter of Recommendation: Bamba

My son’s first word was ‘‘Mama.’’ His second was ‘‘Bamba.’’ It is among his favorite things, right up there with picture books, his blanket and the washing machine. The product was born nearly five decades before he was, when its manufacturer, Osem, swapped out the cheese it had been dusting on its …

Food that markets to both genders confuses people’s tastebuds

Given the choice between a container of fruity yogurt and a tray of fried chicken, most women will gravitate toward the former and most men toward the latter, thanks in part to the way clever marketing strategies dictate our unconscious food preferences. What’s more, marketing food toward one …

University of Manitoba

5 Common Teaching Practices I’m Kicking to the Curb

<b>Listen to an Extended Version of this Post in a Podcast:</b><p><b>So many of us teach the way we were taught.</b> We may not even realize we’re doing it. And that …

Teaching

How to Take Notes in College: The 6 Best Systems

Heading off to college is kind of like leveling up in a video game. In high school, the tests and courses were smaller bosses that you could take …

Watch A Drone Gently Deliver A Package

Handled with care<p>Delivery by drone is a big promise of the future, with small flying robots carrying goods from warehouse or truck right to customer doorsteps. It’s easy to make a gimmick delivery drone, one that haphazardly carries a burger or ice cream and then releases it onto the people below. …

'Dropsy' the clown threatens to hug you in September

<i>Dropsy</i>, a new game from publisher Devolver Digital, is a pixelated acid trip disguised as a point-and-click adventure. It's stars a bald, nearly toothless clown covered in thick white face paint, bright red lipstick, too-small suspenders and high-water pants, who wanders around giving people hugs …

Clowns

Learn to Make Soutache: Braid-and-Bead Embroidery Jewelry

You know that POW; that heart-stopping feeling of oneness that grips you when you see a kindred soul? I do! That was the reaction I had the first time I saw an artist making soutache jewelry. It was fun, funky, and bohemian. It WAS awesome!<p>People will often ask, “What is soutache and how do you say …

How Improv Can Open Up the Mind to Learning in the Classroom and Beyond

Illustration by Bauke SchildtLong before Amy Poehler became famous for her comic roles as Hillary Clinton on “Saturday Night Live,” and as …

Bleak picture for minority kids in public schools

More than a decade into the 21st century, minority students still face educational opportunities starkly different from those of white students, including harsher discipline and lower-paid, less-qualified teachers, according to new federal data from every public school in the USA.<p>In some cases, …

Doctors Say Don't Give Birth To Baby In A Tub, But Midwives Disagree

Hospitals are increasingly giving women the option of going through labor or giving birth in a pool of warm water. Laboring in the tub is fine, the nation's obstetricians and pediatricians say, but there's not enough proof that it's safe to actually give birth in one.<p>The doctors' statement has …

Is Botox starting to show its age?

Happy birthday Botox, approved in 1989 for treating uncontrolled blinking, again in 2000 for spasms of the neck, and finally in April 2002, for the treatment of lines between the eyebrows. Happy birthday Botox, with your things that you stand for, and the faces you make.<p>As with the web (25 years …

The Great American Gender Debates of 2013

From Supreme Court cases to blockbuster films, these are the narratives on sex and gender that dominated the news this year.<p>Some of the biggest stories and debates in the media in 2013 had to do with gender relations—LGBT rights, women in the workplace, parenting styles, and more. Same-sex marriage …

Palestinians draw parallels with Mandela's anti-apartheid struggle

The death of Nelson Mandela has given fresh impetus to Palestinian efforts to portray the Israeli occupation as a form of apartheid that should be confronted with a similar international campaign that took on South Africa's white regime.<p>Mandela's message of solidarity from a 1997 speech in which he …

Mid-East conflict: Palestinians blame Israel over teenager's death

<b>The Palestinian presidency has blamed Israel for the killing of a 15-year-old boy near Ramallah in the West Bank.</b><p>The teenager, Wajdi Wajih al-Ramahi, was killed in the Jelazoun refugee camp on Saturday night.<p>A Palestinian medical source told AFP he was dead on arrival at a Ramallah hospital, from a …

Israeli leader who mourned Mandela's death helped white regime get missiles

Among the world leaders who have showered South Africa with condolences since the death of Nelson Mandela, Israel’s Shimon Peres stood out as a peer. Like Mandela, he won a Nobel Peace prize. Like Mandela, he stayed on the world stage long past retirement age. Mandela died at 95. At 90, Peres is …

Yes, Your Toddler Really Is Smarter Than A 5-Year-Old

Parents, does your 18-month-old seem wise beyond her years? Science says you're not fooling yourself.<p>Very small children can reason abstractly, researchers say, and are able to infer the relationships between objects that elude older children who get caught up on the concreteness of things.<p>In …

Ed Miliband vows to tackle 'childcare crunch'

<b>Parents in England face a "childcare crunch" as they struggle with soaring nursery costs, Ed Miliband has said.</b><p>The Labour leader also cited the closure of Sure Start centres - aimed at helping disadvantaged children - as evidence of broken coalition promises.<p>Labour has pledged to extend free …

Survey Finds Anti-Semitism 'On The Rise' In Europe

Two-thirds of Jews surveyed in a European Union study believe that anti-Semitism is "a problem" where they live and three-quarters said they believed that anti-Jewish attitudes had increased in recent years.<p>The EU's Fundamental Rights Agency sampled opinion from 5,847 Jewish people in Belgium, …

Sound, fury, cliché! Lazy pundits “double down” on “game-changing” “narratives”

Jon Stewart was right: From Fox News to NPR, pundits hurt the political debate by speaking in the same lazy clichés<p>It was February of this year. The radio was tuned to NPR, the subject was austerity, and the great observers of our political moment were speaking with their customary authority. The …

Does Using Birth Control Lead to Higher Future Incomes?

A recent paper published by University of Michigan economist Martha Bailey suggests that "family planning programs provide a cost-effective strategy for promoting opportunities and...longer-term prosperity." What does this mean? It means that women who have access to birth control have an increased …