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Why Was 5 x 3 = 5 + 5 + 5 Marked Wrong

Viral Math Problem Explained<p>A lot of you have been asking about WHY this viral math problem is marked incorrect. And that’s a great question! <i>It seems</i> …

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Getting Medieval | National Review

By<p>Good news from the Senate. Hopefully, the White House can begin rolling Rand Paul more often. Read More<p>By<p>Last month, just before the Final Four, I …

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52 Of The Best Apps For Your Classroom In 2015

Dec 24, 2015 - geo.itunes.apple.com - 17224<p>Get the official YouTube app for iPhone and iPad. See what the world is watching – from the hottest music …

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5 Things You Didn't Know About 'The Lord Of The Rings'

If you're a dedicated fan and essentially consider Middle Earth a second home, you probably have your own extensive knowledge of trivia surrounding J.R.R. Tolkien's work. Since <i>The Hobbit</i> was released in 1937 and <i>The Lord of the Rings</i> 17 years later in 1954, Tolkien has garnered an extensive …

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14 realistic New Year's resolutions for underachievers

Set the bar low — like, <i>really</i> low — for 2015.<p>Another year has gone by and chances are you haven't saved a ton of money, ran a marathon or reorganized …

What To Watch For In 2015, Higher Education Edition

As a busy year in higher education policy draws to a close, it’s time to look forward to 2015. What should higher ed leaders and wonks be paying attention to in the new year? Here are three things I’ll be watching:<p><b>Lamar Alexander’s Priorities</b><p>For education wonks, the most lasting effect of the …

Another Bad Year For Higher Education

At the end of each semester, college and graduate students fill out evaluation forms. In theory, these “student feedback forms” provide students with an opportunity to assess their learning experiences. And these forms do, in fact, play a large part in the process through which instructors are …

Science experiment would grow lettuce on Mars

A team of British students have a vision for what the future looks like on Mars and it involves lettuce.<p>Students from Southampton University are …

The Lamentable Death of Bae

A divisive word remembered<p>The International House of Pancakes set itself apart among chain restaurants this September when it tweeted, “Pancakes. Errybody got time fo’ dat.” But the American starch dispensary—whose claims to internationality include a middling presence in Canada, four stores in the …

'Literally,' Emojis, and Other Trends That Aren't Destroying English

Experimental psychologist Steven Pinker talks about a few cherished grammar rules he'd prefer to see forgotten—and replies to critics of his book The Sense of Style.<p>As an experimental psychologist, Steven Pinker <i>thinks</i> about writing. As a linguist, he thinks about <i>writing</i>.<p>In <i>The Sense of Style: The</i> …

The Ebola Crisis That Never Ended

On the same day that the World Health Organization announced that 20,000 people have been infected with the virus, Scotland got its first case.<p>It may have receded from the American public consciousness, but the biggest Ebola outbreak on record isn't over.<p>On Monday, the World Health Organization …

There's just no explaining 2014

Published on December 28, 2014<p><b>It was a year of mysteries</b>. To list some of the more baffling ones:<p>A huge airliner simply vanished, and to this day nobody has any idea what happened to it, despite literally thousands of hours of intensive speculation on CNN.<p>Millions of Americans suddenly decided to …

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When does the sum of three numbers equal their product?

Mathematics Diary posted the following identity this morning. If <i>a</i> + <i>b</i> + <i>c</i> = π then<p>tan(<i>a</i>) + tan(<i>b</i>) + tan(<i>c</i>) = tan(<i>a</i>) tan(<i>b</i>) tan(<i>c</i>).<p>I’d never seen that …

Is U2 secretly Christian? Here’s what The New Yorker missed

If U2’s faith is a secret, like a writer for The New Yorker suggested, it is one of the worst kept ones in the global music industry today. – Image …

Dash releases its smart driving application for iPhone with support for third-party hardware

Dash, a popular smart driving tool that originally launched on Android in January, is now finally available for iPhone users. The free app pairs with a device that plug into your car and transmit data back to the app. From there you can see data about your car’s performance and alert you of any …

Stanford's Maryam Mirzakhani wins Fields Medal

Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman to ever win the Fields Medal – known as the "Nobel Prize of mathematics" – in recognition of her contributions …

A Life-Changing Challenge: Add One Compliment

<i>“Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.”</i><br>—William …

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Swimmers exceed expectations in first season

On Jan. 5, 2013, Wayland Baptist announced that it would field a men's and women's swimming and diving team for the 2013-14 school year. Fourteen …