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A Desert Full of Tomatoes, Thanks to Solar Power and Seawater - MIT Technology Review

At first glance, growing fruit in the desert sounds like an awfully good way to feed a mushrooming global population and adapt to the worst effects …

Tomatoes

How to Filter and Purify Water | The Art of Manliness

For most folks in the developed world, getting a drink of safe, clean, palatable drinking water is as easy as turning on the tap.<p>Outside of the …

Being Taught in Your Preferred Learning Style Has No Influence on Your Learning Ability, Study Finds

We talk a lot about learning styles here on Big Think – how they don’t really exist, why embracing them is dangerous, and why they’re still being …

Pedagogy

What exactly is the scientific method and why do so many people get it wrong?

Claims that the “the science isn’t settled” with regard to climate change are symptomatic of a large body of ignorance about how science works.<p>So …

Physics

Residents of a Bengaluru Apartment Complex Fund School Fees Tutor Their Domestic Helpers' Kids

Every Sunday, the children of domestic workers in the Tata Sherwood residential society of Bengaluru come together for afternoon tuition classes …

Communication Skills

Here’s How Sweden is Recycling 99% of its Waste

<i>Starting Sunday, August 28, the global water community – decision makers from government, civil society and business - will meet in Stockholm for the</i> …

Sustainability

Google's top education expert says we teach machines better than we teach our kids

Jonathan Rochelle, head of the product management team for Google's education outreach arm, called Google for Education, says the techniques we use to teach our machines are far more effective at making them smarter than the methods we use to teach living, breathing students.<p>Whereas machines learn …

Machine Learning

A New Way of Seeing Indian Independence and the Brutal 'Great Migration'

Original caption from LIFE in 1947. Spindly but determined old Sikh, carrying ailing wife, sets out on the dangerous jou<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Margaret …

India

17 Old House Features That Should Have Never Have Gone Out of Style

Please bring these back!<p>Why did we ever stop building the way we used to build? These 17 old house trends made so much sense, we can't possibly imagine why they ever went out of style.

Make Simple Running Robots Using “Whegs”

“Whegs,” or “wheeled legs,” are a unique and fun way to bring mobility to your robotic creations and any sort of vehicle/critter you want to add high mobility to. Watching the videos of the completed walkers here (these are not really robots), you can see how this leg design creates a very robust …

Why the Indian barbershop is a unique institution

<b>The barbershop has made itself into a unique Indian institution. Apart from the usual business of shaving and hair cuts, it also serves other social purposes, writes author Palash Krishna Mehrotra.</b><p>Most Indians don't believe much in professional psychiatrists. You don't pay good money to someone …

Shah Rukh Khan

Architects’ Secrets: 10 Ideas to Create Privacy in the Garden

A fence is the obvious choice, but there are many other ways to design for privacy in the garden. We turned to members of the Remodelista + …

Stop Teaching, So Students Can Start Learning

I have an issue with the use of the word 'teaching.' We often use 'teaching' and 'learning' synonymously. In reality, learning is distinctly different from teaching: teaching is about <i>teachers,</i> and learning is about <i>students.</i> In traditional education, teaching is like a teacher giving a student a cup …

Pedagogy

Teacher uses two apples to show kids what really happens when they bully others

A teacher from Relax Kids in Tamworth, UK, used two apples to show her students the damaging, and often unseen, consequences of bullying. And, her …

Parenting

Seven reasons why Bengaluru is growing to become an unlivable city

<b>Bengaluru:</b> Unplanned development is making Bengaluru progressively unlivable, says a research paper published in this week’s <i>Current Science</i> magazine. …

Ecology

We've tinkered with education for too long - what we need to do is start again from scratch

During a recent recording of The Big Questions there was an animated discussion about the failings of white working class boys.<p>According to a report published last year by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, poor white boys are now the lowest-achieving group in Britain, with just 28 per cent …

Computer Science
Parenting
India

Saadat Hasan Manto: 'He anticipated where Pakistan would go'

Celebrated for his stories of Indian partition, Saadat Hasan Manto was a distressingly prophetic and daring writer. But would his work have found a publisher today?<p>It was the greatest mass movement of humanity in history. In the days and months leading up to the partitioning of India in August …

Pakistan

What Architects Make When They Play With Lego

Architects from BIG, HWKN, SHoP, and more put their Lego skills to the test. Here’s what they built.<p>Many kids who grow up to be architects get their start with Lego, but how do architects play with Lego when they’re not kids any more? To find out, the Lego Store in New York’s Flatiron District, in …

Lego
Education Technology

DIYA / SPASM Design Architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Ahmedabad, is predominantly dry through the year, though it does rain occasionally during monsoon …

Experience Casa Caldera in this Breathtaking Video Narrated by the Architects

Located in the arid desert of the San Rafael Valley, Arizona, Casa Caldera by DUST is a unique object in the vast landscape. In this video, …

A Nobel Laureate's Education Plea: Revolutionize Teaching

Bloodletting to keep the "humors" in balance was a leading medical treatment from ancient Greece to the late 19th century. That's hard to believe now, in the age of robot-assisted surgery, but "doctors" trusted lancets and leeches for centuries.<p>To Nobel laureate Carl Wieman, the college lecture is …

Education

Could This Digital Math Tool Change Instruction For the Better?

Math instruction can be the most resistant to changes in pedagogy — even schools that have had success with project-based learning or …

Teaching

I just visited India for the first time, and it's unlike anywhere else in the world

It was my first time visiting the country. I've been to a lot of other places in Asia and around the world, but India was somehow completely new.<p>Here's some of what I learned when I was there ...

India

The man saving Mumbai water one tap at a time

<b>On a Sunday morning, an 80-year-old man arrives at the topmost floor of an apartment complex in Mumbai's Mira Road district.</b><p>Over the next four hours, Aabid Surti, national-award winning author of 80 books, cartoonist and artist, rings the doorbells of all 56 apartments in the complex, asking a …

India

Mumbai's designer cabs are so stunning that even Chris Martin sat in one

Coldplay's recent India-inspired video "Hymn for the Weekend" might have drawn flak for cultural stereotyping, but it brought one Mumbai-based art …

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Startups (India)