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ted:

Well, that was easy.

You just learned 8 Chinese words in the cutest way possible.

When TED speaker ShaoLan Hsueh tried to teach her children Chinese, she realized just how hard it is for new learners to grasp. So she created a series of illustrations to make the beautiful, often complex characters easier to remember. It makes learning Chinese … wait for it … Chineasy.

Try Chineasy for yourself and watch her full talk here »

papress:

In 1971, Marguerite Hart, the first children’s librarian at the Troy Public Library, contacted a number of public figures asking them to write about the importance of libraries and about their experiences of reading. This was author E. B. White’s response. 

More reflections on the significance of libraries can be found in The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson.

curiosamathematica:

The double pendulum is chaotic: the behaviour of the system is extremely sensitive even to small perturbations. Notice for instance how the two pendulums in the animation start at almost the same position, but their motion drastically drifts apart soon.
Mathematica code by fouriestseries.

curiosamathematica:

The double pendulum is chaotic: the behaviour of the system is extremely sensitive even to small perturbations. Notice for instance how the two pendulums in the animation start at almost the same position, but their motion drastically drifts apart soon.

Mathematica code by fouriestseries.

(via beautyandthemaths)

get-educated:

JUST as important as learning to cite a paper, being a good digital citizen is a MUST in the world today.

This image puts “things” found on the internet in a more meaningful context… 

#ATTRIBUTION #CURATORSCODE

pbsparents:

This quicksand is a great science and sensory project combined into one. After you make this simple mixture, watch and feel your hands sink into the sand while your toys get “stuck” inside the thick, highly viscous mixture!

smartereveryday:

If you haven’t seen the second video you’re really missing out: 

Graphic by http://emilyweddledesign.com/

ryanpanos:

Troglodyte Houses | Via

Les Eyzies de Taynac is a pretty town in the commune of Dordogne in southwestern France, that at first glance, appears to be crushed under the cliff. The town is littered with numerous grottos, caves and troglodyte dwellings whose history dates back to more than 28,000 years.