It’s the nature of the wolf to travel. By age two, wolves of both sexes usually leave their birth packs and strike out on their own, sometimes covering hundreds of miles as they search for mates and new territory. Whatever the reason, when wolves move, they do it with intent—and quickly. Humans don’t know how they decide which way to go, but the choice is as important as any they’ll ever make.
Source: A Very Old Man for a Wolf
“Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain,” says sleep scientist Matthew Walker. His new book is Why We Sleep.
Source: How To Fall Asleep And Why We Need More : Shots – Health News : NPR
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Social networks train us to focus on images and emotions, sapping the quest for knowledge.
Social networks, though, have since colonized the web for television’s values. From Facebook to Instagram, the medium refocuses our attention on videos and images, rewarding emotional appeals—‘like’ buttons—over rational ones. Instead of a quest for knowledge, it engages us in an endless zest for instant approval from an audience, for which we are constantly but unconsciouly performing.
Source: How Social Media Endangers Knowledge | WIRED
Journalist Ted Genoways spent a year on a small farm in rural Nebraska, and he says American nostalgia for the family farm overlooks the pressures farmers face and the realities of food production.
Source: In ‘This Blessed Earth,’ Nostalgia For Farming Overlooks Real World Issues : NPR
Bringing back “moss,” “blackberry,” and “bluebell” instead of “blog,” “chatroom,” and “database.”
“What’s to become of kids these days, with their damn pocket computers and inability to differentiate between bird species?”
“The Lost Words is a new book for people worried the next generation will lose touch with nature. Written by Robert Macfarlane with illustrations by Jackie Morris, it’s a catalogue and spelling book for kids, where the lost words in question comprise vocabulary about flora and fauna.”
Source: Books for kids: “The Lost Words” by Robert Macfarlane was born from an Oxford dictionary debate — Quartz
What does the push for digital classrooms mean for that oldest and simplest of touch screens: a plain old sheet of paper?
Source: In The Age Of Screen Time, Is Paper Dead? : NPR Ed : NPR
Update – Sept. 11, 2017: This feature (originally published on April 25, 2017) has been updated to reflect Cassini’s current mission status, as well as new lessons and activities.Visit the Cassini website to learn more about the mission’s Grand Finale and follow along on Friday, Sept. 15 as the spacecraft makes its farewell plunge into Saturn. Live streaming information available here. In the News After almost 20 years in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has begun the final chapter of its remarkable story of exploration. This last phase of the mission has delivered unprecedented views of Saturn and taken Cassini where no spacecraft has been before – all the way between the planet and its rings. On Friday, Sept. 15 Cassini will perform its Grand Finale: a farewell dive into Saturn’s atmosphere to protect the environments of Saturn’s moons, including the potentially habitable Enceladus. Teach It Explore our collection of standards-aligned lessons about NASA’s Cassini mission.
Source: A Moment You Won’t Want to Miss: Cassini’s Mission Finale at Saturn – Teachable Moments | NASA/JPL Edu
He’s been debunked again and again—and yet we still can’t give him up.
Source: Why Freud Survives | The New Yorker
A total eclipse is nature at its most incredible. It lasts less than three minutes and along its path, twilight suddenly descends where there
Source: Total Eclipse 2017 | National Park Foundation