Thursday, August 04, 2011

Good Reads and Interesting Links

The Poop on Dog Breeding.

The mission to get Osama bin Laden. The news trickled in in bits and pieces but now you can read the whole story (it may take a while).

A middle school teacher considers the effect of the way we teach history. “In accepting history courses shaped by war and structured around war, we allow our students to internalize war as normal, constant, at times attractive.” (via Metafilter)

National Geographic Traveler magazine has announced the winners of their 2011 photo contest. Do not miss the Viewer’s Choice winner.

Newsflash: teachers don’t work only until they reach tenure and then slack off when their jobs are secure. Matt Damon compares teachers’ vocational motivations to his own. (slightly NSFW language)

LIFE presents a gallery of famous people who simply disappeared. Some were never found, so take a good look in case you recognize someone.

NASA is just a few days away from launching a solar-powered Jupiter probe. It should arrive in 2016, if the weather stays good.

What the rest of the world said about the US debt crisis -with pictures of pretty animals to soften the blow.

Average IQ scores have been rising for 100 years. Is this because smart people are getting smarter, or are we helping low scorers improve?

Meet Karakuri NingyŨ, Japan’s First Robot. The mechanical puppets of the 17th century started the country on the road to Asimo and the uncanny valley.

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