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Why I love the world: Mario Batali

The award-winning chef and TV host dishes on his favourite places to wander – and how travelling changed him.<p>Mario Batali is best known for his award-winning restaurants, his popular US food show The Chew and his trademark, can’t-miss footwear: bright orange Crocs. But the 54-year-old chef is also …

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10 Steps To Conquering Information Overload

We’ve all heard the phrase “information overload.”<p>It reminds us of tweets, texts, emails, the endless stream of interesting articles on Facebook, those viral videos we can’t help but click on, the numerous phone photos and videos we take, Secret posts, fleeting Snapchat photos and more.<p>But actually …

How to become an outstanding photographer

Wow, that is a bold title for a blog post, isn’t it? And I bet you’re expecting a fool-proof list of actions that will make you outstanding – maybe a …

Self-improvement

The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking

<b>Carl Sagan</b> (November 9, 1934–December 20, 1996) was many things — a cosmic sage, voracious reader, hopeless romantic, and brilliant philosopher. But above all, he endures as our era’s greatest patron saint of reason and critical thinking, a master of the vital balance between skepticism and …

7 Mobile-Friendly Collaboration Tools

Check out this new post from Teach Amazing!!Share/BookmarkHow do you facilitate collaboration with your students? Well, this important skill is much …

Education Technology

Harvard Says The Best Thinkers Have These 7 'Thinking Dispositions'

• Can you play the piano?<p>• Do you play the piano?<p>The queries are less similar than they seem — and they tell you something about how you learn.<p>"These are different questions," she writes, "and your answer may well be 'yes' to the first and 'no' to the second."<p>How so?<p>"The first question asks about …

Logical and Rhetorical Fallacies Explained

A logical fallacy is a error in reasoning due to a misconception or presumption. If the assumptions of an argument are true, the argument can still …

Critical Thinking

There's a Better Way to Teach Critical Thinking: 9 Rules of Thumb - InformED

Critical thinking is the study of clear and unclear thinking. A simple definition, maybe, but that’s how it should be. The term was popularised long …

Killer Fungus Threatens Salamanders

Colorful creatures around the world face death.<p>Legend says that salamanders can spit poison and extinguish flames, but even such pyrotechnic powers would not be enough to save them from a new scourge.<p>A fungus that arrived recently in Europe from East Asia is lethal to many salamander species, a …

The 21 games that should be installed on every iPhone

The iPhone is home to some of the best portable video games ever made. Unfortunately, they must be downloaded from one of the worst digital marketplaces. Farming simulations and clones too often dominate the App Store's best selling list. Unusual and inspired games are left to fight for short …

If A Fish Grows Up On Land, Will It Learn To Walk?

Flipping your fins actually does get you pretty far.<p>The old idiom about “being a fish out of water” just lost some of its luster. Researchers from McGill University in Canada successfully trained a group of fish to live on land and strut around.<p>The idea was to simulate what might have happened 400 …

McGill University

Dogs (and Cats) Can Love

Neurochemical research has shown that the hormone released when people are in love is released in animals in the same intimate circumstances.<p>I’m not a dog person. I prefer cats. Cats make you work to have a relationship with them, and I like that. But I have adopted several dogs, caving in to …

To Work Better, Work Less

Toiling away for more hours diminishes productivity. Why do so many do it anyway?<p>Between 1853 and 1870, Baron Haussmann ordered much of Paris to be destroyed. Slums were razed and converted to bourgeois neighborhoods, and the formerly labyrinthine city became a place of order, full of wide …

Apple TV in the Classroom

A short presentation on how to use an Apple TV in a classroom that is equipped with one or more iPads and/or a MacBook.

The World's Oldest Animal Is Even Older Than We Thought

A new dating method puts a mollusk specimen at 507 years young<p>Here you see Ming, a mollusk of the species <i>Arctica islandica</i>. In 2006, researchers discovered the bivalve in Iceland, and examined its interior growth rings--patterns on the inside of its shell--to determine its age. That put Ming at an …

Biology

Tibetans’ altitude tolerance may have come from our extinct relatives

A combination of mutations is found in Tibetans and Denisovans.<p>The Denisovans, relatives of the Neanderthals who inhabited Asia before modern humans …

Math has spoken: You're cutting a cake all wrong

A fascinating exposition of humanity's laziness shows the mathematically efficient way of cutting your gateau.<p>Ever since math began to control the world -- shortly after Larry Page and Sergey Brin started their little concern -- I gave myself over to the new power.<p>If math tells me that wearing red …

Mathematics

Stephen Hawking: AI could be a 'real danger'

In a hilarious appearance on John Oliver's HBO show, the famous physicist muses that robots could "outsmart us."<p>I don't want to frighten you. I'll leave it to Stephen Hawking to do that.<p>The famed physicist made an appearance last night on HBO's "Last Week Tonight," and had a deep and meaningful …

Artificial Intelligence

13 ways Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “Cosmos” sent the religious right off the deep end

The series will be watched in classrooms around the world — much to the chagrin of science-denying Evangelicals<p>One of the most anticipated shows of 2014 was Fox’s "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," hosted by notable astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and produced by Seth McFarlane and Ann Druyan, the …

3D-printed skeletons for your mythology museum

Painstakingly designed, these 3D-printed skeletons take their inspiration straight from the pages of a mythological bestiary.<p>Animal skulls, dinosaur skulls, biology specimens -- all of these are wonderful things, but they leave a serious gap in the skeletons-as-art market: unicorns. Also …

3D Printing

The world’s largest ocean treasure

New Caledonia has added a marine park triple the size of Germany to its already long list of natural wonders.<p>Double the size of Texas and triple the size of Germany, New Caledonia’s recently established Le Parc Naturel de la Mer De Corail (The Natural Park of the Coral Sea), has been named the …

New Caledonia

'Game of Thrones' gets 'Law & Order' mashup

Dun dun! Tywin Lannister, Jaime Lannister, Oberyn Martell, and Bronn join Ice-T in this clever tribute to "Game of Thrones."<p>"Game of Thrones" looks even more dramatic when seen through the "Law & Order" lens thanks to this amusing mashup of the two hit shows in "Law & Order: Game of …

TV Series

How to Enter a Room with Confidence and Authority | The Art of Manliness

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” –Will Rogers<p>Charlie Dresow knew when he entered the courtroom that every eyeball would be …

How Leftover Egg Yolks Led to This Wildly Popular French Delicacy

Canelés have a rich, caramelized flavor. - Photo by JM Travel Photograph / Shutterstock<p>A specialty of France's Bordeaux region, this cake's moist center and caramelized shell originated with the wine makers of the area, who used egg whites to remove sediment from red wine barrels. The locals …

Autodesk joins the 3D printer wars

The company is aiming to make 3D printing accessible to as many as possible. But it will be pricey.<p>MakerBot, 3D Systems, and other companies that have dominated the lower-end 3D printer space have a giant new player to contend with: Autodesk.<p>Wednesday, Autodesk announced its own 3D printer, along …

3D Printing

Benjamin Franklin - What Good Shall I Do? | The Art of Manliness

It’s the 1970s. A 30-something man makes his way across the Golden Gate Bridge. He’s passed by pedestrians and cyclists, and steps around tourists …