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"The Americans might have invented the world's best methods for teaching math to children, but it was difficult to find anyone actually using them. It wasn't the first time that Americans had dreamed up a better way to teach math and then failed to implement it. [...] The trouble always starts when teachers are told to put innovative ideas into practice without much guidance on how to do it. In the hands of unprepared teachers, the reforms turn to nonsense, perplexing students more than helping them."
     — Elisabeth Green, "Why Do Americans Stink at Math?" (NY Times Magazine, 2014-07-23)
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/magazine/why-do-americans-stink-at-math.html
The Common Core should finally improve math education. The problem is that no one has taught the teachers how to teach it.
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Fascinating view of the past and very easy to navigate!

You can download pdf maps once you find the time you are interested in :-)

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/07/the-power-of-mapsemdashof-the-past-and-of-the-present/374057/
New ways of envisioning how America once looked, and how it is changing.
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This makes so much sense ...

"The more calories we lock away in fat tissue, the fewer there are circulating in the bloodstream to satisfy the body’s requirements. If we look at it this way, it’s a distribution problem: We have an abundance of calories, but they’re in the wrong place. As a result, the body needs to increase its intake. We get hungrier because we’re getting fatter."

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/18/opinion/sunday/always-hungry-heres-why.html
Are we fat because we overeat, or do we overeat because we’re fat?
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Heartbleed is as bad as it is possible for a security flaw to be.
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Costco is the Disneyland of retail stores. Their huge warehouses offer magical adventures and discoveries for adults, seemingly around every corner. But, did you know, that just like Disneyland, Costco has it's secrets, too?
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Does anyone know an alternative to http://searspartsdirect.com?  In particular, I'm looking for craftsman lawnmower parts.

I've only ordered from there twice, but neither time things ship as scheduled.  They have a same-day-shipping guarantee that they don't honor when they don't ship.  Turns out they don't stock parts, but just act as a middleman to the OEM vendor.
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This is nice.  Not sure why it's a GIF instead of something that someone can pause like a youtube video.  Just means I have to watch it many times to see all changes :-)
 
170 Years Of American History In One Gif http://b4in.org/b3Cc
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"I am a strong supporter of net neutrality." -- Barack Obama

Very disappointing change. This will likely hurt our future competitiveness and prosperity as a country. 
It threatens to make the Internet unequal in a way that deeply threatens our long-term prosperity.
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There's a new We the People petition (because obviously the previous one that got 100K+ signatures and received a WH response essentially in agreement did absolutely nothing to compel the FCC to actually rule that way): https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/maintain-true-net-neutrality-protect-freedom-information-united-states/9sxxdBgy

It's worth another shot.

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Archaeologists say humans reached what is now northeast Brazil as early as 22,000 years ago, upending a prevailing belief of 20th-century archaeology in the United States that people arrived in the Americas about 13,000 years ago.
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