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Brief Answers to Cosmic Questions Structure of the Universe Does the Universe have an edge, beyond which there is nothing? Are the galaxies arranged on the surface of a sphere? Why can't we see the whole universe? Does the term "universe" refer to space, or to the matter in it, or to both? Evolution of the Universe Did the Universe expand from a point? If so, doesn't the universe have to have an edge? Common Core Open Resources Resources produced through work with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Educator Leader Cadre (ELC) are now available to all educators. These free resources for our teachers provide information about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and PARCC assessments. This includes information for educators at all levels on a wide variety of topics such as Curriculum Tools and Instruction, Diverse Student Populations, Higher Education, Communication, Leadership, etc. To access these free resources, click on the “Get Free Resources” button below and create a profile. Once registered, you will have unlimited access to these resources and all new resources created in partnership with PARCC, Achieve, and the state Educator Leader Cadres.

The Greatest TV Writers Rooms Ever A sharp and clever writing staff is the key to a great comedy series, but some shows in television’s past have gone above and beyond, recruiting a murderer’s row of comedy minds to fill the writers’ room, with each member later creating an impressive body of work on their own. Either by design or by luck, some of the best comedy shows ever have featured an eclectic, unusual mix of personalities behind the scenes. This is a list of some of the most remarkable groups of writers in the history of TV comedy, not the best-written shows. Take The Dana Carvey Show, for example; it’s a cult hit but never lasted long enough to be considered a classic. Nevertheless, the combination of comedy writers on staff was the most noteworthy thing about it, with everyone from renowned stand-up Louis C.K. to quirky cinephile darling Charlie Kaufman to late night satirist Stephen Colbert typing up scripts.

Critical and Creative Thinking - Critical Thinking WHAT is it? – Critical Thinking is reasonable, reflective thinking that is focused on deciding what to believe or do. This definition does not exclude creative thinking. Einstein for Everyone Einstein for Everyone Nullarbor Press 2007revisions 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Copyright 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 John D. Ubi-Camera: In the Future, Will We Take Photos with Our Fingers? This is version 1.0 of a technology that's a bit clunky now, but has the potential to be awesome at the 2.0 or 3.0 level. The Ubi-Camera is a working concept devised at Japan's Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences which allows you to take photos the way a pretentious art-house movie director frames shots: By framing them with your fingers. We say it's clunky because the current prototype requires you stick your fingers into that little box, but it's not difficult to imagine where this could go: 1.)

Philip Zimbardo: The Secret Powers of Time (Animated) Bio Philip Zimbardo Philip Zimbardo is internationally recognized as a leading "voice and face of contemporary psychology" through his widely seen PBS-TV series, "Discovering Psychology," his media appearances, best-selling trade books on shyness, and his classic research, The Stanford Prison Experiment.

Best Educational Apps for Kids – Early Elementary Math iGameMom iGameMom Quite few families are planning to give a tablet to the kids for a holiday gift. After getting the device, it is time to find the good apps to put on the iPAD or iPod Touch. I am putting a page up Best Educational Apps for Kids by age and subjects. The Weekly Lizard : Presented by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard After nine novels in the Maggie O’Dell series, author Alex Kava has gotten to know her protagonist well. She’s tough and fearless, stubborn and full of conviction. But more than anything, she’s human, and that’s what readers relate to most. Dashiell Hammett’s best-known detective was his most appealing and enduring creation—even before Humphrey Bogart took him on. So what is it about Spade that keeps us coming back for more? The average American hard-boiled detective is as well known for busting wise-guys as he is for muttering wise-cracks, but Europe’s most recent hard-boiled incarnations are not so full of bravado.

Open source hardware 2009 – The definitive guide to open source hardware projects in 2009 Welcome to definitive guide to open source hardware projects in 2009. First up – What is open source hardware? These are projects in which the creators have decided to completely publish all the source, schematics, firmware, software, bill of materials, parts list, drawings and “board” files to recreate the hardware – they also allow any use, including commercial. Similar to open source software like Linux, but this hardware centric. Each year we do a guide to all open source hardware and this year there are over 125 unique projects/kits in 19 categories, up from about 60 in 2008, more than doubling the projects out there!

The 100 Best Lifehacks of 2010: The Year in Review Happy New Year everyone! It’s the first week of 2011 and many of us are getting ready to kick off the brand new year with a big bang. As we start off 2011 with our new resolutions and goals, let us now look back at the best posts at Lifehack in the past year. In this review post, I have gathered 100 of the best LifeHack articles in 2010. These articles have been selected based on your votes and how much YOU have talked about them in social media (Facebook and Twitter). I have categorized these 100 articles into 11 main categories of Overall Personal Growth, Maximizing Productivity & GTD, Lifestyle & Habits, Inspiration & Motivation, Goal Achievement & Success, Emotional Mastery, People Skills & Relationships, Communications & Writing, Business & Career, Creativity & Inspiration, Family and Miscellaneous.

Airships for the 21st Century Illustration: Boeing Up There: The SkyHook airship, a joint project of Boeing and the Canadian company SkyHook International, is a rotary-airship hybrid that will haul oil-drilling equipment in northern Canada. Although nonrigid airships aren't weighed down by an internal framework, they still have to support the gases, fabric, and other components, as well as any payload. Obviously, the greater the airship's weight, the larger the volume of lifting gas needed and the bigger the envelope size. As the size increases, so does the vehicle's surface area and consequently the amount of aerodynamic drag during flight.