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NASA Launches Black Hole Hunter

NuStar

The space shuttle program may be discontinued, but that isn’t stopping NASA from plowing ahead with other space exploration initiatives. Case in point is the launch of the space agency’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuStar) high-energy X-ray telescope spacecraft.

The spacecraft’s mission is to get as close as possible to black holes and study them. Specifically, the NuStar will map radioactive material in supernovae remnants in an attempt to study the origins of cosmic rays and extreme physics surrounding collapsed stars.

The entire science community is eager to see the first high-resolution images that NuStar will take of the black holes, in addition to conducting a census.

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Teachers: A “New” Way to Respond to...

Teaching can be frustrating, stressful, and high-pressure. Teachers are always “on.”

They must constantly respond and interact throughout the school day with students. There is little room to breathe.

But that’s exactly what is needed.

The technique I’m about to share with you can be life-changing, professionally, and personally.

First, some context. Teaching can trigger the fight-or-flight response, sometimes many times in the course of a school day. What...

Classrooms are the Mirror of a Teacher’...

Recently, I was listening to a podcast featuring investor and philosopher, Naval Ravikant. He spoke about how success was simply an extension of one’s authentic self. For example, a business, a blog, a podcast ideally are reflections of that person’s passions, interests, and uniqueness.

Instantly, I connected that idea to teachers and education. A teacher’s classroom setup - the pictures and posters on the wall, the rock chair, the carpet on the floor, the yoga mats, the funny and...

Why A Warrior’s Exam is More Realistic...

At the end of each semester, I require students in my college classes to participate in what’s called a Warrior’s Examination, an oral assessment, where a person must spontaneously (and courageously, hence the term, warrior) answer a randomly chosen question about the course content or concepts.

I did not invent this exam. It is extensively used at Naropa University, a private, Buddhist-inspired institution in Boulder, Colorado. I began using the assessment format after I felt that...

The Rite of Passage Project: A...

As an educator, I’ve always been interested in learning experiences that have a transformative power. I believe that to be authentic, learning—along with gaining content—should encourage a paradigm shift, a change in perspective, within the learner.             After 15 years of teaching, I stumbled across what might be most powerful method for accomplishing this intention. I call if the “Rite of Passage” project. I read about this idea in a academic book series on contemplative education by...

Remote Teaching in K-12 Schools: A...

To say that schools forced to operate online during the pandemic were a complete “failure” as the Wall Street Journal reported in a June 5 article is not fair to educators.

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The Global Search for Education:...

“There are other people whose roads have been full of obstacles and they needed to reroute their path much later on in life.” – Michael Marriner 

The fear of robots taking our jobs away is something we see all across our nation. Many experts predict that a traditional education will be the biggest factor in...

The Global Search for Education:...

“Apparently, 95% of students (ages 13-19) believe opportunities for more real-world learning would improve their school.” – Josh Schachter

Josh Schachter is the Founder and Director of CommunityShare, an education initiative that is re-imagining the relationship between schools and communities. Schachter states...

The Global Search for Education: From...

“This platform provides students with opportunities to exhibit their creativity, problem-solving skills, innovation and entrepreneurial skills.” – Deepti Sawhney

When families, community groups, businesses and educators come together to support learning, children can achieve more. The Mahattattva Foundation in...

The Global Search for Education: Stay...

 “From the audience’s responses to our film we have learned how universal something can be when it is very personal.” – Luther Clement  

The co-directors of ...

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