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Why America Demonizes its Teachers -- Part 4: The Role of the Home in Student Learning

One powerful influence on student learning, which federal and state governments refuse to acknowledge, is a student's home life, over which teachers have no control. Students who come from homes conducive to learning usually do well in school, while those who don't come from such homes, generally …

Crash Course: 8 Ways to Discipline Your Kids

Whether you’re a parent or babysitter sometimes you need a go-to trick or two—or three— when it comes to discipline. All families develops their own …

Cicadas Aren’t the Only Crazy Ones: Nature’s Most Bizarre Life Cycles | WIRED

The word 'unnatural' is often used to describe what's considered weird or unusual. But is anything weirder than nature?<p>Just look at 17-year cicadas, …

Amazon is going to do to enterprise cloud companies exactly what it did to book stores

“I find it really hard to believe that we cannot collectively beat a company that sells books,” said Carl Eschenbach, the chief operating officer of VMWare, at the company’s recent annual confab with its partners and resellers. VMWare competes with Amazon to provide businesses with computing and IT …

Cloud Computing

The iPad Will Lead Apple's Next Wave Of Growth

Following Apple is like contemplating the big waves in a Hokusai print. Successive lines of iPods, intermixed with iPhones and then iPads rise and crest relentlessly. For a while it seemed like the established interval between those waves was shortening, but Tim Cook’s comments at Apple’s earning …

Newly-discovered lithium reserve could satisfy US demand for hundreds of years

Researchers at the University of Wyoming have discovered a new lithium reserve that could radically alter where the US sources a key component of the li-ion batteries used in consumer electronics, electric vehicles, and other technology. Currently the United States imports a vast majority of its …

World's oldest and stickiest lab study ready for drop of excitement

In terms of output, Queensland University's pitch drop study – the world's oldest laboratory experiment – has been stunningly low. Only eight drops …

Scientists' hope for HIV cure

Researchers are working on "novel strategies" to find a cure for HIV, with the first results expected “within months”.<p>Danish scientists are hoping for results that will show that “finding a mass-distributable and affordable cure to HIV is possible”.<p>They are conducting a clinical trial to test a …

Immune System

China cracks down on online piracy and removes two major sites for illegal downloads

Two major platforms in China dedicated to pirating international movies and TV shows have shut down today. The removal comes just in time for World Intellectual Property Day, a little-known, UN-mandated holiday held on April 26 that Chinese fans of Game of Thrones unwittingly observed today.<p>As …

Ubuntu 13.04 boosts graphics performance to prepare for phones, tablets

Raring Ringtail for Ubuntu desktops and servers now ready to download.<p>The stable release of Ubuntu 13.04 became available for download today, with …

Researchers Retract Study Saying Hormone Grows Insulin-Producing Cells

<i>Editors' note: The study this story covers have retracted their work, saying that they made errors in conducting the experiment that invalidate the results. The study prompted controversy when it was published in 2013, and study author Douglas Melton collaborated with some of those critics to</i> …

New battery design could help solar and wind energy power the grid

Researchers have designed a low-cost, long-life battery that could enable solar and wind energy to become major suppliers to the electrical grid.<p>“For …

No more droop: LED future looks bright - Futurity

UC SANTA BARBARA (US) — Researchers have conclusively identified what causes light emitting diodes (LEDs) …

Google Cares Less About SAT Scores And GPA Because They Have Better Hiring Data

Google, known for rigor in evaluating people, has devalued SAT scores and college GPA, which have long been critical tools for gauging potential.<p>Prasad Setty, Google's vice president for people analytics, told The New York Times that they've found that those numbers alone didn't lead to success at …

Apple pins its China hopes on the iPhone 4. Yes, the iPhone 4

Apple CEO Tim Cook just said something at once unsurprising and totally amazing. Asked on the company’s earnings call how Apple is planning to tackle China, he said, “We’ve seen a significant interest in iPhone 4 there and have recently made it even more affordable, to make it more attractive to …

Apple posts $9.5b profit on $43.6b in revenue, but iPhone growth slows at 37.4m units sold

Apple beats the Street, but iPhone sales aren't growing<p>Apple just posted its hotly-anticipated Q2 2013 earnings, and the company posted a profit of $9.5b on revenues of $43.6b, compared to $11.6b in profit on $39.2b in revenue this quarter last year and $13.1b in profit on $54.5b in revenue last …

Should we change the Higgs boson's name?

On 4 July 2012, the discovery of a new particle was announced at Cern. It looked like the long-sought-after "Higgs boson", which gives mass to …

iPad 5 Estimated to Be 15% Thinner, 25% Lighter Than Current iPad

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has on a number of occasions offered accurate information on Apple's product plans, recently published a new research note outlining his expectations for Apple's fifth-generation iPad. Kuo expects mass production and shipments of the new iPad to ramp up in …