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Goodbye, math and history: Finland wants to abandon teaching subjects at school

"No more of an hour of history followed by an hour of chemistry. The idea aims to eliminate one of the biggest gripes of students everywhere: “What is the point of learning this?” Now, each subject is anchored to the reason for learning it."

Finland already has one of the best school education systems. It always ranks near the top in mathematics, reading, and science in the prestigious PISA rankings (the 2012 list, pdf) by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Teachers in other countries flock to its schools to learn from a country that is routinely praised as just a really, really wonderful place to live.

But the country is not resting on its laurels. Finland is considering its most radical overhaul of basic education yet—abandoning teaching by subject for teaching by phenomenon. Traditional lessons such as English Literature and Physics are already being phased out among 16-year-olds in schools in Helsinki.
No more of an hour of history followed by an hour of chemistry.
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How do you sign "new" words? The Deaf community works as a network, collectively brainstorming new sign language terms over the web, until dominant signs emerge.
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A month ago, I felt that I was in good health, even robust health. At 81, I still swim a mile a day. But my luck has run out — a few weeks ago I learned that I have multiple metastases in the liver.

Nine years ago it was discovered that I had a rare tumor of the eye, an ocular melanoma. The radiation and lasering to remove the tumor ultimately left me blind in that eye.

But though ocular melanomas metastasize in perhaps 50 percent of cases, given the particulars of my own case, the likelihood was much smaller. I am among the unlucky ones.
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Published earlier today and the collection was at about 43000 dollars, now a few hours later: Fully Funded. Damn! :D
Werner Koch's code powers the email encryption programs around the world. If only somebody would pay him for the work.
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quoting a quote within the larger post:

To quote Mark Manson’s wonderful “The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck”:

Developing the ability to control and manage the fucks you give is the essence of strength and integrity. We must craft and hone our lack of fuckery over the course of years and decades. Like a fine wine, our fucks must age into a fine vintage, only uncorked and given on the most special fucking occasions.

https://medium.com/@bendreyfuss/barack-obama-is-out-of-fucks-592606919932
Obama closed his 2015 State of the Union with a pretty compelling case for not giving a fuck.
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PhD is perfect for a startup
In my 2.5 years as a co-founder of ZappyLab, the most surprising aspect of entrepreneurship for me has been the realization that graduate academic training is just perfect for founding a startup. I can’t think of any other tr...
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The periodic table of the elements...in LaTeX https://www.overleaf.com/read/xsmnzskrzhcz (via TeXGallery)
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Our new manuscript is out, currently still a pre-print.
Sustainable production of target compounds such as biofuels and high-value chemicals for pharmaceutical, agrochemical and chemical industries is becoming an increasing priority given their current ...
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Squee!! So. Much. Cuteness.
The Nagasaki Bio Park zoo in Japan has an ingenious and incredibly cut way of moving large amounts of guinea pigs between enclosures. When the zoo staff need to move the guinea pigs from one play enclosure to the next, they extend what is possibly the most adorable suspension bridge in the world across the gap between them.
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Hate to break it to you, Bible thumpers: Parents who raise their kids without religion are doing just fine, studies say, possibly even better. Overall, not believing in God seems to make people and their offspring more tolerant. Less racist. Less sexist. Enviro-friendly. And their kids care less about what's cool, which—say it with me—only makes them cooler.
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As Republicans in the new Congress and in state legislatures across the United States seek new restrictions on abortion, we look at the story of a Dutch doctor who has brought safe abortion to countries around the world where it is illegal. The new documentary "Vessel" follows Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, founder of Women on Waves, who set sail on a ship to provide abortions in international waters, where a country’s bans do not apply. Gomperts later fo...
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  • University of Manchester
    Management and Chemical Sciences, 2004 - 2007
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Post-doc specialising in metabolic understanding and redesign for biotechnology purposes.
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  • University of Manchester
    Post-Doc, 2013 - present
  • Humboldt University of Berlin
    Post-Doc, 2011 - 2012
  • University of Manchester
    PhD Researcher, 2007 - 2011
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