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8 exam questions that divided the internet in 2015 – how many can you get right?

How many do you know the answer to? Here are eight questions that divided the internet in 2015<p>The 50 Cent maths question<p>A high school maths exam question about a 50 Cent piece coin sparked a debate after students complained it was too difficult.<p>"A 50 cent coin has 12 sides of equal length. Two 50 …

Why I quit teaching

<i>The writer has taught English in private schools in the District, Maryland and Massachusetts.</i><p>I was a teacher for 30 years, except for one five-year hiatus. This year I left the profession. The short explanation is that I was burned out. I arrived at school at 7:45 every morning, I rarely left …

Why India should stop celebrating Teacher’s Day

We have all had great teachers who have shaped our lives. Yet, we can’t pretend that India’s education system is not broken. Most of it has to do with teachers. Indian school students famously don’t ask questions in class. If you ask questions, you are a problem child. When there is rote learning …

Pedagogy

The United Nations has saved millions of lives and boosted health and education across the world. But it is bloated, undemocratic – and very expensive.<p>It was Dag Hammarskjöld, the tragic second UN secretary general, who had it best. The United Nations, he said, “was created not to lead mankind to …

Four Syrians explain why they have no option but to take to the sea – and reveal the few things that they will take with them

13 Apps That'll Teach You Something New Every Day

Superfood for your noggin.<p>The buzz around "brain-training" apps like Elevate, Lumosity, Peak, and others recently came into question after a 2014 study by the Stanford Center on Longevity doubted the effectiveness of brain games to improve your cognitive abilities.<p>The study concluded that …

China To End Organ Harvesting From Executed Inmates

China says it will halt the controversial practice of harvesting human organs for transplant from executed prisoners beginning on Jan. 1 in what The New York Times describes as "the firmest deadline given to date for ending" the practice.<p>Human Rights activists have long charged that taking organs …

Hundreds In Germany Mourn Student Killed Defending Teen Girls From Harassment

Most of the mourners gathered outside a German mosque Wednesday never met Tugce Albayrak when she was alive. But hundreds of them came out anyway to pay their final respects to the 23-year-old college student, who was killed after she stepped forward to defend two teenage girls from harassment.<p>"I …

Warming Seas Drive Rapid Acceleration of Melting Antarctic Ice

As warm ocean water rises up to melt them, glaciers around the Amundsen Sea are losing half a Mount Everest a year.<p>Melting Antarctic glaciers that are large enough to raise worldwide sea level by more than a meter are dropping a Mount Everest's worth of ice into the sea every two years, according …

Friendly gut bacteria 'help to attack malaria'

<b>Friendly bacteria in the human gut can trigger a natural immune response against malaria, say researchers.</b><p>They found that sugary proteins on the surface of some healthy gut bacteria train the immune system to fend off the malaria parasite.<p>Tests, in the journal Cell, showed the same sugary protein …

Thai king cancels 87th birthday appearance on doctors' orders | Reuters

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej canceled a public appearance on his 87th birthday on Friday on the advice of doctors, disappointing thousands outside a hospital where he is staying, hoping for a glimpse of the world’s longest-reigning monarch.<p>The cancellation fueled concern …

White policeman kills unarmed black man in Arizona

Officer shot father of three after mistaking pill box in his pocket for a gun in another incident of police using lethal force against an unarmed black man<p>A white police officer shot dead a black man in Arizona when he mistook some pills for a gun, authorities said Thursday, amid protests in New …

Google's internet balloons are staying aloft longer than anyone expected

The company is announcing a number of milestones as it moves forward with its ambitious X Labs project<p>When Google announced Project Loon in June of last year many balloon experts were skeptical of its chances. The stated goal was that the balloons that would last 100 days or more in the air, but …