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The 19 Best Poetry Books to Read in the New Year

Hieu Minh Nguyen<p><i>Listen, trying to forget is not the same</i> <i><br>as leaving—sometimes we must</i> <i><br>forget to allow forgiveness</i> <i><br>to comb the knots from our hair.</i><p>These are poems of love, forgetting, heartbreak, and desire. Some of them reflect on the difficult love between Nguyen and his mother, who scorns her gay …

The Magnetic Field Is Shifting. The Poles May Flip. This Could Get Bad.

The shield that protects the Earth from solar radiation is under attack from within. We can’t prevent it, but we ought to prepare.<p>One day in 1905, …

Magnetism

The Islamic State Is the God That Failed in the Middle East

“The revolutionary’s Utopia, which in appearance represents a complete break with the past, is always modeled on some image of the lost Paradise, of …

Middle East

Inequality gap widens as 42 people hold same wealth as 3.7bn poorest

Oxfam calls for action on gap as wealthiest people gather at World Economic Forum in Davos<p>The development charity Oxfam has called for action to tackle the growing gap between rich and poor as it launched a new report showing that 42 people hold as much wealth as the 3.7 billion who make up the …

Income Inequality

Big snowfall, a cooler ocean and, yet, more signs of global warming

Two of America’s top science agencies confirmed last week that 2017 was one of the hottest years on record. But the news came with some anomalies — the kind that skeptics might use to muddy the evidence that the planet is growing dangerously warmer.<p>The reports from NASA and the National Oceanic and …

Climate Change

When School Becomes a Game

Adam Avery<p>How can educators get students to be more engaged? Some experts say it's a matter of gamifying the learning experience.<p>Every year, the American Psychological Society talks to Americans about their mental state. In 2013, the topic was stress—and the group found that, of the teenagers who …

Why is liberal California the poverty capital of America?

Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the country? Not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia, but California, where nearly one out of five residents is poor. That's according to the Census Bureau's Supplemental Poverty Measure, which factors in the cost of housing, food, utilities …

'Battery' that bottles sunshine could bring a new solar revolution

A plastic-like material may do for solar power what high-performance electrical batteries have done for iPhones and Tesla cars.<p>Solar energy is clean, abundant, and irritatingly inconvenient: It doesn’t work at night or on cloudy days. You can convert sunshine into electricity and store it in a …

Clean Energy

Superhero Carbon Footprints: Does Batman Do More Harm Than Good?

Batman has remained an iconic hero for decades for reasons that are transparent. He’s relentless in his drive to curtail crime and make the citizens of Gotham City safe. He never quits, he never kills anyone no matter how evil they are, and, just like you and me, he doesn’t have superpowers to make …

How much money people are really earning from Uber, Airbnb, and 7 more side hustles

Companies like these have made it easier than ever to make a quick buck on your own time.<p>But how much extra dough can you really make through these sites and apps?<p>Online lender Earnest decided to crunch some numbers to find out.<p>They looked at anonymous data from tens of thousands of loan applicants …

Profit

'Psychologically scarred' millennials are killing countless industries from napkins to Applebee's — here are the businesses they like the least

There are many complex reasons millennials' preferences differ from prior generations', including less financial stability and memories of growing up during the recession.<p>"I think we have got a very significant psychological scar from this great recession," Morgan Stanley analyst Kimberly …

Applebee'S

Joshua Ferris: ‘Good fiction is a recapitulation of a dream’

The American author on humour in his fiction, the benefit of having a spouse as your sternest critic, and why short stories are as difficult to write as novels<p><b>US writer Joshua Ferris, 42, is the author of three novels including Then We Came to the End (2007) and To Rise Again at a Decent Hour</b> …

Books

Elon Musk loves video games — here are his favorites

As the head of Tesla Motors, Musk is leading the rebirth of all-electric vehicles. At SpaceX, he's steering a company whose mission is to "revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets." And that's not to mention that he oversees SolarCity, a …

Tesla

Breaking the rules: Ballet BC pushes to the edge with TITAS

"Contemporary ballet" sounds like a term that could apply to any dance company using at least some aspects of the many forms of ballet language …

Google’s AutoDraw uses machine learning to help you draw like a pro

Drawing isn’t for everyone. I, for one, am definitely not very good at it. But with AutoDraw, Google is launching a new experiment today that uses machine learning algorithms to match your doodles with professional drawings to make you look like you know what you’re doing.<p>You can use AutoDraw on …

A Magical Sweater Unleashes Wicked Moves in This Short Dance Film

Supernatural knitwear meets techno in Iqbal Ahmed's joyful dance film, 'Weave.'<p>Magical yarn unleashes sick dance moves in <i>Weave</i>, the latest short film written and directed by Iqbal Ahmed. The video centers on a night cleaner, played by dancer Jamal "Soup" Campbell, working in a 1930s fabric-weaving …

What Is Your Teaching Philosophy: Developing Your Interview Approach

Job Interview Answer: What Is Your Teaching Philosophy?<p>Updated October 25, 2017<p>When you apply for a job as a teacher, you may be asked about your …

We need a software revolution for the greater social good

Silicon Valley has failed to fill the massive unmet needs of the social sector on issues ranging from poverty and education to human rights and the environment.<p>Five years ago, tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen famously wrote, “Software is eating the world.” It’s hard to think …

A new kind of doctor's office that charges a monthly fee and doesn't take insurance could lead to much cheaper prescriptions

For one of Dr. John Burrell's new patients, a six-month supply of a drug fell from $120 to $20.<p>That's because Burrell, who runs a primary-care office in Columbia, South Carolina, manages to charge his patients wholesale prices.<p>Burrell runs a direct primary-care practice. Instead of accepting …

Health Care

6 ways to invest in augmented reality

<i>You can download a high-resolution version of the AR landscape here.</i><p>Augmented reality is generating a lot of excitement, particularly with rumors that Apple will enter the market sometime soon, alongside such competitors as Microsoft and Google.<p>Digi-Capital, a tech advisor, believes that the …

Augmented Reality

Could we trick the brain to stop tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the perception of sound (for example ringing, buzzing, whooshing or humming) in the absence of any external sound source.<p>Tinnitus can be constant or intermittent, steady or pulsating. It might be perceived in one ear or both, or in the middle of the head. Some people may even think the …

Neurophilosophy

Solar-powered 'skin' could make prosthetics more real

Many people try to stay out of the sun. But if a new type of solar-powered electronic skin makes its way onto prosthetics, wearers will definitely want those rays shining on their limbs.<p>Researchers are already working to create smart skin that embeds sensors that mimic the tactile feedback of human …

Top 10 stories of obsession

From Stephen King’s avid fan in Misery to Nabokov’s disturbing tale of preteen Lolita, fixation is a powerful pull for authors – especially when it overlaps with desire<p>I’m not an obsessive person, but tell me a book is about obsession and I’m going to read it. Obsession is a natural motivator, …

Top 10

This New Molecule Can Collect Solar Energy Without Solar Panels

A big step towards a carbon-neutral future.<p>The discussion on climate has persisted for decades since we first discovered that there is a human-made …

You Probably Believe Some Learning Myths: Take Our Quiz To Find Out

This blog post has some pretty useful information. So print it out; get out your highlighter and take off the cap.<p>Ready? Now throw it away, because highlighters don't really help people learn.<p>We all want for our kids to have optimal learning experiences and, for ourselves, to stay competitive with …

Pedagogy

Flexible new solar panel is almost 80% lighter than traditional panels

Solar panels just got a lot slimmer. Zhengrong Shi, a.k.a. the Sun King, is now marketing eArche, a super flexible, ultrathin solar panel that could …

13 best-selling online classes you can enroll in for $10 right now

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Flickr / Luke RedmondUdemy is offering more than 17,000 classes on their site for just $10 each.<p>We put together a list of some of our …

Programming

Wind and solar power are disrupting electricity systems

ALMOST 150 years after photovoltaic cells and wind turbines were invented, they still generate only 7% of the world’s electricity. Yet something …

Why Former Tech Execs Are Leaving Google And Twitter To Start Health Care Companies

Personal and family medical issues are prompting some of the Valley’s best tech minds to try to fix our broken health care system.<p>When Stephanie Tilenius, a former senior executive at eBay and Google, decided to start a health-coaching app, many in her network were incredulous. “Everyone thought I …

What 108 Millionaires Just Taught Me About Money, Success, And Life

Imagine sitting in a room with 108 millionaires and being able to pick their brains for three days.<p>What would you ask them?<p>What would you hope to learn?<p>This is the exact situation I found myself in last weekend, and the event <i>completely changed my life</i>, as I hope the lessons I learned, and …

Self-improvement