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Here’s how successful people avoid information overwhelm

There are seemingly infinite options in the world today. With increasing options comes increased <i>choices</i>.<p>This may seem like a good thing. But at a …

Self-improvement

From punishing to pleasurable, how cursive writing is looping back into our hearts

DANBURY, Conn. — Francesca Curatilo attended three camps this summer: wilderness, martial arts and — in the final days before the start of school — cursive.<p>Yes, cursive.<p>On a sunny morning, Francesca sat in a windowless room practicing the majestic swoop of an F. And she was delighted.<p>“I love how, …

These Tools Help Students See Classroom Noise

There is nothing quite like the sound of a classroom full of kids talking and working together. But there are times when students need to be aware of …

Education Technology

This California School's Dress Code Is Feminist AF

One California school district is completely revamping the dress code for girls<p>There have been so many awful, sexist stories about the ways dress …

Scotland’s free tampons show the true mark of an evolved civilization

This week, Scotland became the first nation in the world to guarantee free sanitary products to all students at schools, colleges, and universities. It’s part of a £5.2 million ($6.7 million) government plan to fight “period poverty”—the problems faced by women who struggle to cover their basic …

Menstruation

Period emoji could smash the stigma surrounding menstruation

Astonishingly, we’re still living in a world where most women feel uncomfortable talking about their periods and some don’t even have access to sanitary products.<p>This is why girls-focused development charity Plan International UK and Plan Australia launched a campaign to create a period emoji, in …

Menstruation

Study shows teens can police their own smartphone use

A new Pew study published this week suggests teenagers are more aware of the drawbacks of smartphones than you might think — and quite a few of them are actively taking steps to police their own usage.<p>If you’re the parent of a teenager, you’re the parent of someone who’s had smartphones and …

Social Media

Why To Discourage Laptops in Class (with slides you can show your students)

You may have seen various articles about how computers and phones in the classroom affect student performance.<p>Andrew Mills, associate professor of …

Internal Facebook note reveals clever 'psychological trick' to attract teenage users

Always on the lookout for novel ways to attract teens, Facebook purchased viral polling app TBH last October. The app fell well short of anything innovative but did manage to snag an estimated 2.5 million users, mostly teens, just a few months after its launch. While it’s easy to point to as a …

"The Girl Guide" Is The Puberty Book You Always Wanted, But Never Got

Marawa Ibrahim is an internationally known gymnast and hula-hooper. She's also a woman, and was once a girl who went through puberty. Like many of us …

Girl Guides

A Stanford researcher’s 15-minute study hack lifts B+ students into the As

Policy makers, tech executives, teachers, and parents are forever trying to find new ways to improve kids’ performance at school. Schools design and redesign curricula, teachers embrace and reject new learning technologies, and parents plot ways to get their kids to study more.<p>One novel solution …

The counterintuitive tricks to asking better questions, according to Harvard research

Having the ability to ask a question appears to be a uniquely human trait, one that saves us time and energy as we gather resources and information. It also allows us to develop empathy for others and create bonds of trust, even among strangers. Indeed, people who ask more questions are seen as …

Hollywood Has a Secret LGBT History. We Shouldn’t Dismiss It

The Hollywood dream factory was one of the most successful enterprises in American history. At its height, the industry of illusion cranked out …

India Won't Tax Pads Anymore & It Could Make A World Of Difference For Girls In School

Significant changes are in store for women and girls in India. On Saturday, India canceled a controversial tax on pads that had reportedly made it …

Finally, there’s a chart to tell you whether someone is mansplaining or not

Google’s definition of mansplaining is: ‘A man explaining something to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or …

8 Must-See Hidden Gems from ISTE 2018

Every year the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference's expo floor is packed with edtech products vying for teachers' …

Study links frequent gadget use to increased ADHD symptoms in teens

It’s no secret that the number of hours teens spend on electronic devices has some impact on their well-being. What scientists disagree on, however, is just how much.<p>The latest study, published in the <i>Journal of the American Medical Association</i>, has linked Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder …

In Ireland, Drought And A Drone Revealed The Outline Of An Ancient Henge

A drone flight and a lingering dry spell have exposed a previously unknown monument in Ireland's Boyne Valley, forgotten for thousands of years and long covered by crops — which, struggling to cope with a lengthy drought, finally revealed the ancient footprint.<p>Photographer and author Anthony Murphy …

Prehistory

The real reason the sound of your own voice makes you cringe

Most of us have shuddered on hearing the sound of our own voice. In fact, not liking the sound of your own voice is so common that there’s a term for it: voice confrontation.<p>But why is voice confrontation so frequent, while barely a thought is given to the voices of others?<p>A common explanation …

Mickey Mouse

NEC announces Indian subsea cable

The 2,300km submarine cable will connect Chennai with the Andaman and Nicobar islands, with NEC Technologies India designing, engineering, supplying, …

I Rely on Closed Captions to Enjoy a Show and I Don't Appreciate Netflix's Way of Censoring Them

When Netflix first rebooted <i>Queer Eye</i>, I binged the first season in record time, reveling in the joy of the Fab 5. Their easy kindness, even in the …

What It's Really Like To Have A Period As A Transgender Man

On the way back from a recent camping trip, period activist Cass Bliss stopped at a gas station to change their tampon. But first, they counted the …

The 80s and 90s PC games still unbelievably being updated today

The life cycle of a game isn't easy to predict. Some start strong and burn out quickly, others endure for years before slowly fading away. Some crash …

Starcraft

All books will need trigger warnings to protect students from ugly truths, says Booker prize winner

Books will soon need "trigger warnings" because some students do not like being faced with ugly truths, according to author Julian Barnes.<p>The Man Booker Prize winner made the suggestion after hearing that some undergraduates had taken to criticising Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary on the basis of …

A Google Executive Just Admitted a Frightening Truth About Its Search Engine. Here It Is in 5 Words

Well, this should make a few people think a little more.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>You do it all the time, don't you?<p>You're at a restaurant, in a bar, on a train, or merely prostrate on the sofa when a question comes …

Brick-And-Mortar Retail Isn't Dead: Just Look At Who's Moving Into Empty Toys 'R' Us Stores

Toys “R” Us, which closed the last batch of its U.S. stores just over a week ago, has left behind not only nostalgia but also hundreds of empty stores across the country. Still, if you thought this paints a gloomy picture of brick-and-mortar retail, you’d be mistaken.<p>As much as consumers mourn the …

The Very, Very Simple Math Behind Reading 200 Books A Year

"I want to say reading 200 books a year is an amazing thing. But the truth is, it’s not. Anybody can do it."<p>Somebody once asked Warren Buffett about …

Infographic: What PR pros should know about typography and color

There’s more to good web design than avoiding Comic Sans.<p>The typography you choose, as well as the color and other concerns, will convey a lot about …

14 Brilliant Pieces of Literature You Can Read in the Time it Takes to Eat Lunch

It's mighty easy to feel like you don't have time to read — especially quality literature. Life is hectic, jobs are busy and it's much easier to …

How Color and Typography Influence Consumers [Animated Infographic]

Earlier we explored how bad data can ruin a campaign. On the other hand, what good is great data if your creative assets don't catch the attention of …