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Mike Baird has been elected unopposed as the new NSW Liberal Party leader, and will soon become the state’s 44th premier after the shock resignation of Barry O'Farrell yesterday. But what are the prospects… In a world of iPhones and drones, people are right to wonder why they are still working so hard. The past century saw huge technological advances and yet there hasn’t been a corresponding increase in leisure… Considering India’s aspirations to be a global power, foreign policy has played but a minor role in the current election campaign. The manifestos of the major parties also say little on the subject, so…

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about Hey there. My name is Maria Popova and I’m a reader, writer, interestingness hunter-gatherer, and curious mind at large. I’ve previously written for Wired UK, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, among others, and am an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow. Maria Popova. Photograph by Elizabeth Lippman for The New York Times Brain Pickings is my one-woman labor of love — a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why.

School Library Association NSW State Library Day Details A one-day seminar featuring; Lyn Hay, Aaron Blabey & Carol Gordon. Date: Saturday 14th March, 2015 Time: 9.00am - 3.00pm Location:State Library NSW Accreditation: NSW Institute of Teachers at Proficient Teacher Level Registration Fee: $269.10 ($296.01 GST incl) SLANSW Members $299.00 ($328.90 GST incl) Non-Members Download PDF »Register now » Join Aaron Blabey, Carol Gordon and Lyn Hay for the SLANSW State Library Day 2015!!! The theme for this seminar and the 2015 Professional Learning Program is “Let’s Make It Happen!” A Film Blog: Book Review: The Reason Why (1953, Cecil Woodham-Smith) Note: An early version of this article originally appeared on My reason for posting this here will become apparent, if a) you noted my recent hints about researching a larger, in-depth article; b) you know the book's connection with a certain movie. Cecil Woodham-Smith (1896-1977) was born of an Irish family in Wales. Marrying a London solicitor, Woodham-Smith busied herself raising children and writing potboiler novels, before becoming an historian. After finishing an acclaimed biography of Florence Nightingale (1950), she remained fascinated with the Crimean War, especially the Charge of the Light Brigade.

Science and technology research news « Prev | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | Next » Detecting corrosion and fatigue during service A new project, CORFAT (Cost effective corrosion and fatigue monitoring for transport products SCP7-GA-2008-218637), looks to develop new monitoring technology based on acoustic emission testing (AT) combined with follow-up NDT (non-destructive testing) to detect defects such as corrosion or cracks in the structure of surface transport products (ships, railway tank cars, road tankers). Projects talks to Andreas Jagenbrein about predictive maintenance and what this means for transport safety.

Ink Tank - Make words not war The ten greatest short story writers of the twenty-first century? What, we scoff, only ten? After all, the century’s fourteen already – that’s enough time to compile a list twice as long as this one! However, we’re going to restrict ourselves to ten because we’re also interested in your input: which story writers have blown your mind since the big Y2K? Leave your comments below! And in the meantime, please, please, please check out these authors if you’re not already familiar with their works – they’re so good it hurts!

Naomi Klein Published in The Daily Beast Our inboxes runneth over with congratulations from American friends. “Pleasure to be able to look north without wincing,” “we’re all thrilled to have regained our sensible neighbors to the north,” “Goodbye Stephen ‘Keystone XL’ Harper.” And then there was this from England: “you now officially have the hottest Prime Minister EVER!” Like us, our friends tend to spend a lot of time thinking about climate change, so you can understand their euphoria.

What Project-Based Learning Is — and What It Isn’t Screenshot/High Tech High The term “project-based learning” gets tossed around a lot in discussions about how to connect students to what they’re learning. Teachers might add projects meant to illustrate what students have learned, but may not realize what they’re doing is actually called “project-oriented learning.” And it’s quite different from project-based learning, according to eighth grade Humanities teacher Azul Terronez.

Questions Learners Should Be Addressing Every Day at School I believe it is every educator’s responsibility to help insure that learners are addressing the following questions during each school day: What questions am I asking today?What answers am I seeking today?What am I exploring today?What am I making today? Accelerating Future There isn’t enough in the world. Not enough wealth to go around, not enough space in cities, not enough medicine, not enough intelligence or wisdom. Not enough genuine fun or excitement. Not enough knowledge. SEAN WILENTZ Yesterday, Columbia Records announced the publication in October of SW’s new book, 360 Sound. Advance order Amazon, B&N July 30, 2012, New York, NY – Columbia Records will celebrate its 125th anniversary with the release of a book titled 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story on the great American record label and its role in initiating recorded music, cultivating great artists, and igniting cultural change.

THE STONE - Opinionator This is the second in a series of interviews about religion that I am conducting for The Stone. The interviewee for this installment is Louise Antony, a professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the editor of the essay collection “Philosophers Without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life.” Gary Gutting: You’ve taken a strong stand as an atheist, so you obviously don’t think there are any good reasons to believe in God.

Reinier Gerritsen photographs readers on the subway in his series, The Last Book. Reinier Gerritsen, courtesy Julie Saul Gallery, New York Reinier Gerritsen doesn’t think books will be around much longer. That’s why you see them everywhere you look in his series, “The Last Book,” which is on display at New York City’s Julie Saul Gallery through Feb. 7. Like a scientist cataloging the last of an endangered species, the Dutch photographer wandered the New York City subway system for weeks, snapping pictures of readers of printed books among an increasingly dominant population of iPhone and Kindle readers. “This is how it goes. Everything is always changing, but there’s a beautiful phenomenon that’s vanishing.

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