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  • Trying to follow my own advice The Urban Scientist

    Trying to follow my own advice

    By DNLee | 30 minutes ago |

    The last two years have been Amaze-Balls for me. Never, ever, NEVER in my wildest dreams had I ever envisioned I would have been invited to the White House, be listed as a top African American Influencer, be at Cornell, or become a TED Fellow. It's exciting, and also overwhelming. […]

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  • Is it Time for a Personal Growth Mindset? MIND Beautiful Minds

    Is it Time for a Personal Growth Mindset?

    By Scott Barry Kaufman | 1 hour ago |

    In education circles, the phrase "growth mindset" is everywhere. According to Carol Dweck, those with a growth mindset believe that intelligence can be developed over time, whereas those with a fixed mindset believe that intelligence remains stable across the lifespan.  To  test  whether people have a growth mindset, Dweck uses items such as: "No matter who you are, you can significantly change your intelligence level." "You can always substantially change how intelligent you are." "No matter how much intelligence you have, you can always change it quite a bit." "You can change even your basic intelligence level considerably." Dweck and her colleagues have found that fostering an academic growth mindset can raise school grades, and reduce racial, gender, and social class gaps in academic achievement (see  recent review ).  Clearly this work is important. But here's the thing: Dweck's growth mindset really isn't a mindset. […]

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  • Why EVs Can Reduce (But Not Eliminate) Urban Air Pollution Plugged In

    Why EVs Can Reduce (But Not Eliminate) Urban Air Pollution

    By Melissa C. Lott | 2 hours ago |

    An “ all-electric” future for city transportation fleets could significantly reduce – but not eliminate urban air pollution. With dropping battery prices and pressure to reduce air pollution in cities, increasing attention is being paid to the potential for electricity to power urban transportation fleets. […]

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  • The Nepal Scenario Plugged In

    The Nepal Scenario

    By Tali Trigg | 2 hours ago |

    Energy security is often spoken of as a relative measure, with a potential to improve . However, in a global energy market, it is seldom the case that a country does not rely on at least some imports, even though certain smaller countries are getting close to producing all of their own electricity from domestic renewable sources. […]

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  • Bees Learn Which Flowers Have Pollen MIND Not bad science

    Bees Learn Which Flowers Have Pollen

    By Felicity Muth | 5 hours ago |

    Honeybees and bumblebees are remarkable little creatures. Apart from the pollination services they provide for our agricultural industry, they also are extremely good at learning about things . Why are they such good learners? Because bees visit a wide variety of flowers which differ in the quality of food they offer, it makes sense for a bee to be able to rapidly learn which flowers have the best food available. […]

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  • Can You Tell Mathematics from Poetry? Take the Quiz to Find out Roots of Unity

    Can You Tell Mathematics from Poetry? Take the Quiz to Find out

    By Evelyn Lamb | 6 hours ago |

    Can you tell whether these quotations are about mathematics or poetry ? If quiz does not load, click here . Thanks to JoAnne Growney for the idea for this quiz. I based it on a post from her math poetry blog , which was in turn based on a 1992 article she wrote for the American Mathematical Monthly (page 131 of the February 1992 issue). […]

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    Art Business Bootcamp Looks Like the Kick You Need

    By Glendon Mellow | 9 hours ago |

    Registration ends today for Art Business Boot Camp , an online course that looks fantastically comprehensive, run by illustrator/art director Marc Scheff ( @marcscheff ) and graphic designer/art director Lauren Panepinto ( @planetpinto ).& […]

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  • Not Gone with the Wind: The Perpetuation of the Mammy Stereotype Food Matters

    Not Gone with the Wind: The Perpetuation of the Mammy Stereotype

    By Layla Eplett | 10 hours ago |

    Following the end of the Civil War, a Confederate general remembered pancakes a former slave made for him while he was stranded in her cabin. The fond memories led the general to connect the woman, Aunt Jemima, with a milling company in Chicago. […]

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  • Earth as an Alien World Life, Unbounded

    Earth as an Alien World

    By Caleb A. Scharf | 11 hours ago |

    Credit: NASA/ Ocean Biology Processing Group , NASA Goddard Space Flight Center In the 1972 movie ' Solaris ' by Andrei Tarkovsky (based on the novel by Stanisław Lem) there are a number of sequences where we're shown the swirling oceans of the namesake alien planet. […]

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  • Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading Dreams of Being Plugged In

    Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading Dreams of Being "Bigger Than E.ON"

    By Melissa C. Lott | November 29, 2015 |

    On Wednesday, Germany’s market leader for residential energy storage – Sonnenbatterie – launched an energy trading platform that the company hopes will become “ bigger than E.ON ” over the next decade. This trading platform capitalizes on three major trends, including the: increasing use of decentralized power generation in Germany uptake of small, residential energy storage systems growing networks of smart meters and other digital technologies Dubbed “ Sonnen ”, the concept is fairly clear – you take electricity from distributed power generators (e.g. […]

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