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  • The Globe and Mail

    Full-day kindergarten offers little academic advantage, study says

    May 22, 2015 A new study is raising questions about the value of full-day kindergarten, showing children attending the program in Ontario are no better in reading, writing and number knowledge at the end of Grade 1 than their half-day peers. Critics have characterized the program as an expensive form of government-subsidized daycare and Alberta and Manitoba have decided against funding the program, basing their decisions on the cost. Read on

  • The New Zealand Herald

    NASA: Ancient Martian lake may have supported life

    May 21, 2015 NASA's Curiosity rover has uncovered signs of an ancient freshwater lake on Mars that may have teemed with tiny organisms for tens of millions of years, far longer than scientists had imagined, new research suggests. The watering hole near the Martian equator existed about 3.5 billion years ago. Scientists say it was neither salty nor acidic, and contained nutrients a perfect spot to support microbes. Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    Trusting God when we have a need

    May 20, 2015 A Christian Science perspective: Trusting in Spirit brings blessings in our lives. I remember a saying that went something like this: "Whoever has the most toys at the end of the game wins." I've often questioned that expression. The Bible teaches that there is more value in spiritual than in material things. In Colossians the Bible says: "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth" (3:2). Read on

  • The Hindu

    Gestures help children learn math better

    May 20, 2015 Children who use their hands to gesture during a math lesson gain a deep understanding of the problems they are taught, according to a new research. Researchers from the University of Chicago's Department of Psychology designed the study in particular to answer whether abstract gesture can support generalisation beyond a particular problem and whether abstract gesture is a more effective teaching tool than concrete action. Read on

  • CNN

    Pythagoras, a math genius? Not by Babylonian standards

    May 20, 2015 Scribes in Old Babylonian period knew Pythagoras's theorem 1,000 years before he did. Cuneiform tablets in New York exhibition show sophistication of Babylonian mathematicians. Interest in this strand of history growing... Read on

  • CNN

    Marking Katrina anniversary, Obama praises New Orleans’ resilience

    May 20, 2015 Obama to New Orleans: "I stand with you... New Orleans is coming back" President says efforts remain underway to rebuild after Katrina Officials are looking ahead to prepare for future disasters, he says. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Free, fearless and loving it

    May 20, 2015 The adventures of Austrian couple Daniela Reibnegger, 31, and Christian Benke, 33, will have listeners all ears. The latest in their road journey that began last May from Malatya in Eastern Turkey and brought them to Kochi nearly two months ago is set to take a more thrilling turn. The intrepid couple with a zest for life has built a raft using bamboo, empty oil barrels and old cycle parts. Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Honoring Oscar Romero of El Salvador

    May 20, 2015 This week, I'm in El Salvador to join the national celebration on Saturday, May 23rd, for the beatification ceremony of Archbishop Oscar Romero, the great peacemaker who was shot dead while saying Mass and preaching for peace on March 24, 1980. Read on

  • CNN

    Ahmadinejad hopes for U.S. gesture after Shourd’s unilateral release

    May 20, 2015 Iran's release this week of American hiker Sarah Shourd was a unilateral gesture made without any promise of a quid pro quo, but that doesn't mean Iranian officials wouldn't appreciate a similar act... Read on

  • edition.cnn.com

    Can crowdsourcing reconnect with the crowd?

    May 20, 2015 Collaborative business ventures are developing new ways to crowdsource. Crowdsourcing has been criticized as a jackpot system that rewards only a few. New types of crowd-based ventures work collaboratively and split profits. Read on

  • CNN

    Why the Nobel Peace award upset China

    May 20, 2015 Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Prize exposes gap between China's modernity and the control of ideas. Chinese leaders were split on how to react to the award. China announces new peace award and persuades some countries to shun the Nobel ceremony. But the heavy handed tactics may backfire. Read on

  • CNN

    Why the Nobel Peace award upset China

    May 20, 2015 Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Prize exposes gap between China's modernity and the control of ideas. Chinese leaders were split on how to react to the award. China announces new peace award and persuades some countries to shun the Nobel ceremony. But the heavy handed tactics may backfire. Read on

  • CNN

    Why the Nobel Peace award upset China

    May 20, 2015 Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Prize exposes gap between China's modernity and the control of ideas. Chinese leaders were split on how to react to the award. China announces new peace award and persuades some countries to shun the Nobel ceremony. But the heavy handed tactics may backfire. Read on

  • CNN

    Why the Nobel Peace award upset China

    May 20, 2015 Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Prize exposes gap between China's modernity and the control of ideas. Chinese leaders were split on how to react to the award. China announces new peace award and persuades some countries to shun the Nobel ceremony. But the heavy handed tactics may backfire. Read on

  • CNN

    Obama announces new education initiative led by corporate CEOs

    May 19, 2015 By the CNN Wire Staff Making America's students number one STORY HIGHLIGHTS The Change the Equation initiative involves 100 CEOs It focuses on education in science, technology, engineering and math Better math and science education now is vital for future success, Obama says RELATED TOPICS Barack Obama Science and Technology Education Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a new initiative led by the top executives of... Read on

  • CNN

    Obama announces new education initiative led by corporate CEOs

    May 19, 2015 By the CNN Wire Staff Making America's students number one STORY HIGHLIGHTS The Change the Equation initiative involves 100 CEOs It focuses on education in science, technology, engineering and math Better math and science education now is vital for future success, Obama says RELATED TOPICS Barack Obama Science and Technology Education Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a new initiative led by the top executives of... Read on

  • CNN

    Obama announces new education initiative led by corporate CEOs

    May 19, 2015 By the CNN Wire Staff Making America's students number one STORY HIGHLIGHTS The Change the Equation initiative involves 100 CEOs It focuses on education in science, technology, engineering and math Better math and science education now is vital for future success, Obama says RELATED TOPICS Barack Obama Science and Technology Education Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a new initiative led by the top executives of... Read on

  • CNN

    Obama announces new education initiative led by corporate CEOs

    May 19, 2015 By the CNN Wire Staff Making America's students number one STORY HIGHLIGHTS The Change the Equation initiative involves 100 CEOs It focuses on education in science, technology, engineering and math Better math and science education now is vital for future success, Obama says RELATED TOPICS Barack Obama Science and Technology Education Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a new initiative led by the top executives of... Read on

  • CNN

    Obama announces new education initiative led by corporate CEOs

    May 19, 2015 By the CNN Wire Staff Making America's students number one STORY HIGHLIGHTS The Change the Equation initiative involves 100 CEOs It focuses on education in science, technology, engineering and math Better math and science education now is vital for future success, Obama says RELATED TOPICS Barack Obama Science and Technology Education Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a new initiative led by the top executives of... Read on

  • CNN

    Obama announces new education initiative led by corporate CEOs

    May 19, 2015 By the CNN Wire Staff Making America's students number one STORY HIGHLIGHTS The Change the Equation initiative involves 100 CEOs It focuses on education in science, technology, engineering and math Better math and science education now is vital for future success, Obama says RELATED TOPICS Barack Obama Science and Technology Education Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a new initiative led by the top executives of... Read on

  • CNN

    Obama announces new education initiative led by corporate CEOs

    May 19, 2015 By the CNN Wire Staff Making America's students number one STORY HIGHLIGHTS The Change the Equation initiative involves 100 CEOs It focuses on education in science, technology, engineering and math Better math and science education now is vital for future success, Obama says RELATED TOPICS Barack Obama Science and Technology Education Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a new initiative led by the top executives of... Read on

  • CNN

    Obama announces new education initiative led by corporate CEOs

    May 19, 2015 By the CNN Wire Staff Making America's students number one STORY HIGHLIGHTS The Change the Equation initiative involves 100 CEOs It focuses on education in science, technology, engineering and math Better math and science education now is vital for future success, Obama says RELATED TOPICS Barack Obama Science and Technology Education Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a new initiative led by the top executives of... Read on

  • CNN

    Chris Christie: Liberties useless if you’re in a coffin

    May 19, 2015 Gov. Christie: Gov't obligated to protect the people 01:52 Chris Christie stressed Monday the need for increased funding and support to beef up the U.S.'s intelligence capabilities to prevent terror attacks, putting it this way: "You can't enjoy your civil liberties if you're in a coffin." Christie's comments came as lawmakers on Capitol Hill are raising civil liberties and national security concerns as provisions of the Patriot Act... Read on

  • CNN

    Chris Christie: Liberties useless if you’re in a coffin

    May 19, 2015 Gov. Christie: Gov't obligated to protect the people 01:52 Chris Christie stressed Monday the need for increased funding and support to beef up the U.S.'s intelligence capabilities to prevent terror attacks, putting it this way: "You can't enjoy your civil liberties if you're in a coffin." Christie's comments came as lawmakers on Capitol Hill are raising civil liberties and national security concerns as provisions of the Patriot Act... Read on

  • CNN

    Chris Christie: Liberties useless if you’re in a coffin

    May 19, 2015 Gov. Christie: Gov't obligated to protect the people 01:52 Chris Christie stressed Monday the need for increased funding and support to beef up the U.S.'s intelligence capabilities to prevent terror attacks, putting it this way: "You can't enjoy your civil liberties if you're in a coffin." Christie's comments came as lawmakers on Capitol Hill are raising civil liberties and national security concerns as provisions of the Patriot Act... Read on

  • CNN

    Chris Christie: Liberties useless if you’re in a coffin

    May 19, 2015 Gov. Christie: Gov't obligated to protect the people 01:52 Chris Christie stressed Monday the need for increased funding and support to beef up the U.S.'s intelligence capabilities to prevent terror attacks, putting it this way: "You can't enjoy your civil liberties if you're in a coffin." Christie's comments came as lawmakers on Capitol Hill are raising civil liberties and national security concerns as provisions of the Patriot Act... Read on

  • CNN

    Chris Christie: Liberties useless if you’re in a coffin

    May 19, 2015 Gov. Christie: Gov't obligated to protect the people 01:52 Chris Christie stressed Monday the need for increased funding and support to beef up the U.S.'s intelligence capabilities to prevent terror attacks, putting it this way: "You can't enjoy your civil liberties if you're in a coffin." Christie's comments came as lawmakers on Capitol Hill are raising civil liberties and national security concerns as provisions of the Patriot Act... Read on

  • CNN

    Chris Christie: Liberties useless if you’re in a coffin

    May 19, 2015 Gov. Christie: Gov't obligated to protect the people 01:52 Chris Christie stressed Monday the need for increased funding and support to beef up the U.S.'s intelligence capabilities to prevent terror attacks, putting it this way: "You can't enjoy your civil liberties if you're in a coffin." Christie's comments came as lawmakers on Capitol Hill are raising civil liberties and national security concerns as provisions of the Patriot Act... Read on

  • CNN

    Chris Christie: Liberties useless if you’re in a coffin

    May 19, 2015 Gov. Christie: Gov't obligated to protect the people 01:52 Chris Christie stressed Monday the need for increased funding and support to beef up the U.S.'s intelligence capabilities to prevent terror attacks, putting it this way: "You can't enjoy your civil liberties if you're in a coffin." Christie's comments came as lawmakers on Capitol Hill are raising civil liberties and national security concerns as provisions of the Patriot Act... Read on

  • CNN

    Chris Christie: Liberties useless if you’re in a coffin

    May 19, 2015 Gov. Christie: Gov't obligated to protect the people 01:52 Chris Christie stressed Monday the need for increased funding and support to beef up the U.S.'s intelligence capabilities to prevent terror attacks, putting it this way: "You can't enjoy your civil liberties if you're in a coffin." Christie's comments came as lawmakers on Capitol Hill are raising civil liberties and national security concerns as provisions of the Patriot Act... Read on

  • CNN

    Chris Christie: Liberties useless if you’re in a coffin

    May 19, 2015 Gov. Christie: Gov't obligated to protect the people 01:52 Chris Christie stressed Monday the need for increased funding and support to beef up the U.S.'s intelligence capabilities to prevent terror attacks, putting it this way: "You can't enjoy your civil liberties if you're in a coffin." Christie's comments came as lawmakers on Capitol Hill are raising civil liberties and national security concerns as provisions of the Patriot Act... Read on

  • CNN

    Chris Christie: Liberties useless if you’re in a coffin

    May 19, 2015 Gov. Christie: Gov't obligated to protect the people 01:52 Chris Christie stressed Monday the need for increased funding and support to beef up the U.S.'s intelligence capabilities to prevent terror attacks, putting it this way: "You can't enjoy your civil liberties if you're in a coffin." Christie's comments came as lawmakers on Capitol Hill are raising civil liberties and national security concerns as provisions of the Patriot Act... Read on

  • CNN

    Chris Christie: Liberties useless if you’re in a coffin

    May 19, 2015 Gov. Christie: Gov't obligated to protect the people 01:52 Chris Christie stressed Monday the need for increased funding and support to beef up the U.S.'s intelligence capabilities to prevent terror attacks, putting it this way: "You can't enjoy your civil liberties if you're in a coffin." Christie's comments came as lawmakers on Capitol Hill are raising civil liberties and national security concerns as provisions of the Patriot Act... Read on

  • edition.cnn.com

    What’s next for the former boss of Google in China?

    May 18, 2015 Part of complete coverage on Digital Biz What's next for the former boss of Google in China? By Lara Farrar, for CNN Don't mention Google: Lee Kai Fu, former president of Google in China, in moving on with his new company Innovation Works. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Former boss of Google in China has new business called Innovation Works Aims to support technology start-ups in China and foster innovative culture Read on

  • edition.cnn.com

    What’s next for the former boss of Google in China?

    May 18, 2015 Part of complete coverage on Digital Biz What's next for the former boss of Google in China? By Lara Farrar, for CNN Don't mention Google: Lee Kai Fu, former president of Google in China, in moving on with his new company Innovation Works. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Former boss of Google in China has new business called Innovation Works Aims to support technology start-ups in China and foster innovative culture Read on

  • edition.cnn.com

    What’s next for the former boss of Google in China?

    May 18, 2015 Part of complete coverage on Digital Biz What's next for the former boss of Google in China? By Lara Farrar, for CNN Don't mention Google: Lee Kai Fu, former president of Google in China, in moving on with his new company Innovation Works. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Former boss of Google in China has new business called Innovation Works Aims to support technology start-ups in China and foster innovative culture Read on

  • edition.cnn.com

    What’s next for the former boss of Google in China?

    May 18, 2015 Part of complete coverage on Digital Biz What's next for the former boss of Google in China? By Lara Farrar, for CNN Don't mention Google: Lee Kai Fu, former president of Google in China, in moving on with his new company Innovation Works. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Former boss of Google in China has new business called Innovation Works Aims to support technology start-ups in China and foster innovative culture Read on

  • edition.cnn.com

    What’s next for the former boss of Google in China?

    May 18, 2015 Part of complete coverage on Digital Biz What's next for the former boss of Google in China? By Lara Farrar, for CNN Don't mention Google: Lee Kai Fu, former president of Google in China, in moving on with his new company Innovation Works. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Former boss of Google in China has new business called Innovation Works Aims to support technology start-ups in China and foster innovative culture Read on

  • edition.cnn.com

    What’s next for the former boss of Google in China?

    May 18, 2015 Part of complete coverage on Digital Biz What's next for the former boss of Google in China? By Lara Farrar, for CNN Don't mention Google: Lee Kai Fu, former president of Google in China, in moving on with his new company Innovation Works. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Former boss of Google in China has new business called Innovation Works Aims to support technology start-ups in China and foster innovative culture Read on

  • edition.cnn.com

    What’s next for the former boss of Google in China?

    May 18, 2015 Part of complete coverage on Digital Biz What's next for the former boss of Google in China? By Lara Farrar, for CNN Don't mention Google: Lee Kai Fu, former president of Google in China, in moving on with his new company Innovation Works. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Former boss of Google in China has new business called Innovation Works Aims to support technology start-ups in China and foster innovative culture Read on

  • edition.cnn.com

    What’s next for the former boss of Google in China?

    May 18, 2015 Part of complete coverage on Digital Biz What's next for the former boss of Google in China? By Lara Farrar, for CNN Don't mention Google: Lee Kai Fu, former president of Google in China, in moving on with his new company Innovation Works. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Former boss of Google in China has new business called Innovation Works Aims to support technology start-ups in China and foster innovative culture Read on

  • edition.cnn.com

    What’s next for the former boss of Google in China?

    May 18, 2015 Part of complete coverage on Digital Biz What's next for the former boss of Google in China? By Lara Farrar, for CNN Don't mention Google: Lee Kai Fu, former president of Google in China, in moving on with his new company Innovation Works. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Former boss of Google in China has new business called Innovation Works Aims to support technology start-ups in China and foster innovative culture Read on

  • edition.cnn.com

    What’s next for the former boss of Google in China?

    May 18, 2015 Part of complete coverage on Digital Biz What's next for the former boss of Google in China? By Lara Farrar, for CNN Don't mention Google: Lee Kai Fu, former president of Google in China, in moving on with his new company Innovation Works. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Former boss of Google in China has new business called Innovation Works Aims to support technology start-ups in China and foster innovative culture Read on

  • Reuters

    World Bank pledges $5 billion to improve education in poor nations

    May 18, 2015 NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The World Bank unveiled plans on Monday to double its investment in public education over the next five years with the main focus on improving the quality of education rather than concentrating on boosting enrollment numbers. The bank said it would spend $5 billion by 2020 - double its spending of the previous five years - in an bid to reach more than 120 million children who are out of school and some... Read on

  • Reuters

    World Bank pledges $5 billion to improve education in poor nations

    May 18, 2015 NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The World Bank unveiled plans on Monday to double its investment in public education over the next five years with the main focus on improving the quality of education rather than concentrating on boosting enrollment numbers. The bank said it would spend $5 billion by 2020 - double its spending of the previous five years - in an bid to reach more than 120 million children who are out of school and some... Read on

  • Reuters

    World Bank pledges $5 billion to improve education in poor nations

    May 18, 2015 NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The World Bank unveiled plans on Monday to double its investment in public education over the next five years with the main focus on improving the quality of education rather than concentrating on boosting enrollment numbers. The bank said it would spend $5 billion by 2020 - double its spending of the previous five years - in an bid to reach more than 120 million children who are out of school and some... Read on

  • Reuters

    World Bank pledges $5 billion to improve education in poor nations

    May 18, 2015 NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The World Bank unveiled plans on Monday to double its investment in public education over the next five years with the main focus on improving the quality of education rather than concentrating on boosting enrollment numbers. The bank said it would spend $5 billion by 2020 - double its spending of the previous five years - in an bid to reach more than 120 million children who are out of school and some... Read on

  • Reuters

    World Bank pledges $5 billion to improve education in poor nations

    May 18, 2015 NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The World Bank unveiled plans on Monday to double its investment in public education over the next five years with the main focus on improving the quality of education rather than concentrating on boosting enrollment numbers. The bank said it would spend $5 billion by 2020 - double its spending of the previous five years - in an bid to reach more than 120 million children who are out of school and some... Read on

  • Reuters

    World Bank pledges $5 billion to improve education in poor nations

    May 18, 2015 NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The World Bank unveiled plans on Monday to double its investment in public education over the next five years with the main focus on improving the quality of education rather than concentrating on boosting enrollment numbers. The bank said it would spend $5 billion by 2020 - double its spending of the previous five years - in an bid to reach more than 120 million children who are out of school and some... Read on

  • Reuters

    World Bank pledges $5 billion to improve education in poor nations

    May 18, 2015 NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The World Bank unveiled plans on Monday to double its investment in public education over the next five years with the main focus on improving the quality of education rather than concentrating on boosting enrollment numbers. The bank said it would spend $5 billion by 2020 - double its spending of the previous five years - in an bid to reach more than 120 million children who are out of school and some... Read on

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