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5 Lies We Learned When We Were Younger (That We Still Live By Today)

In 1914, the great inventor Thomas Edison experienced a devastating hardship. His entire laboratory burned down to the ground, and several years …

Self-improvement

Here Is a List of High-Paying Programming Languages You Can Learn

Online news site Quartz made a ranking of salary value in programming languages, from highest to lowest based on job postings. Here are five …

'Why whole-class reading beats a carousel – and seven ways to ensure it is successful'

Each time we open a book with children it is an opportunity to walk into a new world together, to explore the inner workings of great literary minds …

The Legal Battle Over Trump's Muslim Immigration Order

Despite a flurry of court injunctions, the status of specific provisions remained unclear on Sunday.<p>Federal judges in four states issued orders over the weekend temporarily forbidding the removal of some individuals who had been targeted by President Trump’s executive order on refugees and …

Immigration

This ancient guide from China, called The Secret of the Golden Flower, may contain the world's best open secret

Some of the world’s best secrets are hidden in plain view for centuries. So it is with a simple Chinese method for clarifying the mind and finding freedom, called <i>The Secret of the Golden Flower</i>.<p>This ancient Taoist text on inner alchemy teaches a single magic trick—getting in tune with the …

Spirituality

Evidence that an ancient Pueblo site was built out of “golden rectangles”

An applied mathematician discovers geometric logic in Colorado's Sun Temple ruins.<p>A millennium ago, the Pueblo peoples were constructing incredible …

Archaeology

7 Quotes of a Lifetime

Quotes that make a difference cause us to think. They become our mantra.<p>Many of us have our favorite quotes, and I have often wondered, what makes some statements so powerful that they stick out? What makes some phrases relevant for generations?<p>Experts tell us that humans are aspirational, and when …

So You Want to Read Dystopian Fiction: Here’s Where to Start

Consider this book your introduction to dystopiana. Believe it or not, <i>1984</i> is totally hot right now. There have been reports of retailers actually …

Forget Nineteen Eighty-Four. These five dystopias better reflect Trump’s US | Alex Hern

George Orwell’s tale of doublespeak and Big Brother is flying off the shelf after the president’s inauguration. But other imaginary worlds are closer to reality<p>Since the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four has shot up the bestseller …

Donald Trump

The Science Of Gender: No, Men Aren't From Mars And Women From Venus

Testosterone Rex is extinct.<p>That's the central conclusion of a fascinating new book by University of Melbourne psychologist Cordelia Fine. Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society hit the bookstores Tuesday.<p>"Testosterone Rex" is a nickname for the view that women and men are essentially …

Trump is the U.S.’s first Latin American president

By Ishaan Tharoor<p>Reporter<p><i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p>In his first week in power, <b>President Trump has ruled by fiat and tweet, following</b> …

Political Science

Here’s how you use mobile phones to learn programming when you don’t have a desktop

• Automatic scaffolding, which are supporting techniques automatically presented on the interface. These include instructions on which buttons to press, error prompts and suggestions to view an example while working on a program. These scaffolding techniques fade away as the student gets more …

Programming

The 100 best nonfiction books: the story so far

At the halfway point in his series, our columnist reflects on what constitutes a classic, the selection process and the omissions he regrets<p>As this <i>Guardian</i>-<i>Observer</i> list reaches its halfway mark with a gay Englishman and a polemical African American social scientist (Lytton Strachey and WEB Du …

10 Creativity Quotes to Kick Off Your Year

<i>For many of us, 2017 was a doozy, but we here at Brit + Co are ready to hit refresh in 2018! Follow our Hit Refresh series through January for new ideas, hacks, and skills that will help you achieve (and maintain!) those New Year’s resolutions.</i><p>If accessing your creative side is one of your …

The Best and Worst Presidential Memoirs

Jefferson set an impossibly high standard for subsequent presidents in many areas, including memoir. No one matched him until Grant, and since then …

Every book Barack Obama recommended during (and after) his presidency

Whether he was reading to kids at the White House, hitting up local bookstores on Black Friday, or giving recommendations to his daughters, former …

Sorry, But Your Brain Only Knows One Way To Multitask Effectively

Your brain can multitask really well when one of the tasks is a habit you’ve developed in that particular context.<p>The news that multitasking is bad isn’t even news anymore. In recent years, people have begun to recognize what psychologists have known for decades: If you try to do two things at the …

CIA puts almost 12 million declassified files online for the first time

The CIA has put almost 12 million pages of its records online, allowing anyone with an internet connection to browse 50 years worth of declassified intelligence reports, briefings, and other once-secret documents. Included in the database are US discussions about assassinating Fidel Castro, details …

These Nanoparticles Might Trick Cancer Into Revealing Itself To Our Immune System

Among cancer’s array of dirty tricks are something called checkpoint molecules. Our immune systems employ T cells to patrol the body and detect any …

4 Web Development Trends to Look Out For in 2017 [Infographic]

Web developers lead very exciting lives. With technology evolving at an ever-increasing rate, you’ll never run out of new skills to learn or ideas to …

11 Indigenous Authors You Should Be Reading Instead Of Joseph Boyden

Turn these pages.<p>In a written statement, Boyden, who has at various points claimed Metis, Anishinaabe, Nipmuc and Mi'kmaq heritage, admits he has stolen the spotlight on Indigenous issues as he is "a white kid from Willowdale with native roots."<p>What does authenticity mean when it comes to fiction? …

How the World’s Oldest Computer Worked: Reconstructing the 2,200-Year-Old Antikythera Mechanism

In 1900, Greek sponge divers discovered a shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera. The artifacts they came back up with included money, …

Los Angeles

100 Years Of Infographics From National Geographic

A new tome from Taschen explores why National Geographic‘s approach to information design has changed little since the 1800s.<p>The fact that <i>National Geographic</i> continues to be a collector’s item when other print magazines are struggling—there’s even a popular eBay guide for selling them–is testament …

Neuroscience: Millennials Need to Lay Off the Social Media (Here's Why)

It's no secret that spending time on our screens is detrimental to our overall well-being. You can do something about that.<p>In this age of ever-increasing technology, it's no secret that spending time on our screens is detrimental to our overall well-being. Being distracted by our electronic devices …

Barack Obama's original sin: America's post-racial illusion

Barack Obama’s refusal to use his position as president to intervene on behalf of African Americans is a stain on his record many activists will never forget<p>In the first hours of the new year in 2009, just weeks before Barack Obama was to be inaugurated as the next president, shots rang out in …

The Most Detailed View of Black Holes in the Universe Will Blow Your Mind

Stare into the abyss, my friends. The image above features the highest concentration of black holes humans have ever seen. So dense are the merciless …

The myth about smart black kids and “acting white” that won’t die

Nerds come in all colors.<p>You've probably heard it before: Too many black students don't do well in school because they think being smart means "acting white."<p>Just last week, Columbia University English professor John McWhorter mentioned it in a piece for Vox to support his critique of elements of …