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Reading: Why Are Those 20 Minutes a Day So Important?

Reading: Why Are Those 20 Minutes a Day So Important? | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Reading: Why Are Those 20 Minutes a Day So Important?

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Mike Woods's curator insight, June 16, 7:52 PM

Keep reading folks...

 

Biblio Teca's curator insight, June 18, 2:18 AM

That's actually a very interesting way to break down or demonstrate the cumulative effects of time spent reading on literacy. Great stuff!

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INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO
“In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.” Warren Buffet
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Robin Williams: Good Will Hunting bench in Boston gets quote tributes from fans

Robin Williams: Good Will Hunting bench in Boston gets quote tributes from fans | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Robin Williams has been honoured at the spot where he touched the most hearts during his rich and eccentric career, with fans scrawling Good Will Hunting quotes by the bench in Boston where his character so articulately conveyed the beauty of worldly experience and the simple magnificence of love.
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Major League Baseball Might Miss a Closed-Off Cuba

Major League Baseball Might Miss a Closed-Off Cuba | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
While Cuba has yet to allow Major League Baseball teams to mine its prospects, the island nation's best players have been finding paths to the top
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Power of Prayer: What Happens to Your Brain When You Pray? - NBCNews.com

Power of Prayer: What Happens to Your Brain When You Pray? - NBCNews.com | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
A doctor at a Philadelphia hospital says prayer is not a cure for cancer — but can sometimes be as important as science in helping patients heal.Dr. Andrew N...
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American Students Who Struggle With English Outnumber Kids Born Abroad

American Students Who Struggle With English Outnumber Kids Born Abroad | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Being born in the United States does not guarantee proficiency in English. Maybe you knew this, maybe you didn’t. But it was new to me. Here’s what I learned.
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Christmas Tree Farmers Invest Long-Term In The Holiday Spirit - NPR

Christmas Tree Farmers Invest Long-Term In The Holiday Spirit - NPR | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Americans buy 25 million Christmas trees every year. They're slow-growing crops, but the trees can be a smart investment for small farmers like the Carroll family in Louisa, Va.
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Map: How much each state pays its government workers

Map: How much each state pays its government workers | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
State and local government employees in New York, New Jersey and Washington earn the highest salaries, according to a new Census Bureau report.
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Random Acts of Coffee

Random Acts of Coffee | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The Italian custom of a “suspended coffee” is being revived, according to this piece in The New York Times.
A caffe sospeso is a random act of kindness whose origins remain murky.
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He Sees You When You're Sleeping, and Gives You Nightmares - New York Times

He Sees You When You're Sleeping, and Gives You Nightmares - New York Times | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
In Germany, misbehaving children had better watch out. The Krampus, a devilish goblin who tears through the streets as St. Nick’s evil counterpart, is making a comeback.
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Why American Jews Eat Chinese Food on Christmas

Why American Jews Eat Chinese Food on Christmas | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
If there’s a single identifiable moment when Jewish Christmas—the annual American tradition where Jews overindulge on Chinese food on December 25—transitioned from kitsch into codified custom, it was during Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s 2010...
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Amazing X-ray picture of the sun

Amazing X-ray picture of the sun | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
NASA's NuSTAR telescope was designed to search for black holes; now it's helping to unlock the sun's mysteries
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The 2014 Story: A Year of Ideas, Inspiration From TED Talks

What were the most powerful ideas of 2014? Watch our 8-minute highlight reel of the Year in Ideas. Explore a fun, interactive playlist of the TED Talks of th...

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 24, 10:41 AM

Lots of folks have been putting together the "best of 2014" lists and this one is my favorite so far. It's inspirational and just what we need during the holidays.


2014 was a remarkable year and I can hardly wait to see how we progress in 2015.


Enjoy!

Art Jones's curator insight, December 24, 9:35 PM

Watch this 8.32 minute compilation of the best of TED in 2014 and I guarantee  one of these voices or perhaps all will serve to inspire you. 


Enjoy!

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$14 Million An Hour: War Costs Top $1.6 Trillion Since 9/11, Say Congressional Researchers

$14 Million An Hour: War Costs Top $1.6 Trillion Since 9/11, Say Congressional Researchers | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
American taxpayers have shelled out roughly $1.6 trillion on war spending since 9/11, according to a new report from Congress’ nonpartisan research arm. That’s roughly $337 million a day -- or nearly a quarter million dollars a minute -- every single day for 13 years.

The $1.6 trillion estimate, which comes to $14 million per hour since 9/11, from the Congressional Research Service is up roughly half a trillion dollars from its 2010 estimate, which found that the post-9/11 military operations are second only to World War II in terms of financial cost. 

In its report, which was released earlier this month, CRS finds that the 92 percent of the war-related expenditures since 9/11 have flowed into the Pentagon. Just 6 percent has been spent on foreign assistance and diplomacy, and 1 percent on medical services for veterans. 

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Hip-Hop, Cultural Authenticity and Appropriation

Hip-Hop, Cultural Authenticity and Appropriation | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The whole hip-hop community has finally taken Azalea to task for building her career by stealing black musical sounds and styles and using her whiteness to sell them to the masses. In the process, she has done little to actually give back to the hip-hop community except be flagrantly offensive. And black hip-hop artists aren't standing for it any longer.

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The Markets' Biggest Winners and Losers of 2014

The Markets' Biggest Winners and Losers of 2014 | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
A bad year for Bitcoin, a great one for Kite Pharma
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California Raids the Nation's Henhouses

California Raids the Nation's Henhouses | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Starting Jan. 1, anyone selling eggs in the state will have to raise hens in larger cages, and egg producers everywhere are falling in line
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Mindfulness with CBT May Rewire the Addicted Brain

Mindfulness with CBT May Rewire the Addicted Brain | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Addiction sensitizes brain's reward pathways; mindfulness rewrites the story
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Thumbing around on a smartphone makes your brain more sensitive to touch ... - Washington Post

Thumbing around on a smartphone makes your brain more sensitive to touch ... - Washington Post | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that touching the fingertips against the smooth surface of a cellphone screen regularly can make the brain more sensitive to the thumb, index and middle finger tips being touched.
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Map: Where American toys are made

Map: Where American toys are made | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Many of the toys sitting wrapped in boxes under American Christmas trees today no doubt carry a familiar label: Made in China. But the U.S. still produces its fair share of toys.
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The dude map: How Americans refer to their bros - Quartz

The dude map: How Americans refer to their bros - Quartz | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
That's a sweet dude map, bro.
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This video will make your heart stop

Veteran BASE jumpers Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen break a world record by BASE jumping off the world's tallest building.
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Why the Future Looks Bleak for Bones

Why the Future Looks Bleak for Bones | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Somewhere in a dense forest of ash and elm trees, a hunter readies his spear for the kill. He hurls his stone-tipped weapon at his prey, an unsuspecting white-tailed deer he has tracked since morning.
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ClassicPics on Twitter

ClassicPics on Twitter | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
How to Kiss a Girl, 1911. pic.twitter.com/YcMozerONe
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States move closer to taxing you by how far you drive

States move closer to taxing you by how far you drive | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
With gas tax revenues falling, one state plans to explore a different way of taxing fuel
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A Collection Of The Best Education-Related "Most Popular" Lists For 2014

A Collection Of The Best Education-Related "Most Popular" Lists For 2014 | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
With the end of the year rapidly approaching, many educators and organizations are putting together various "most popular" lists. I thought I'd bring together the best of them in one place, and wil...

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Silent Monks Sing the Hallelujah Chorus - YouTube


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Cultural and Historical Geography of Santa Claus

Cultural and Historical Geography of Santa Claus | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
A look into Smithsonian's vast archives reveals that Father Christmas tends to get a makeover with every generation that embraces him

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 12, 12:03 PM

The picture archives show the historical evolution behind the cultural representations of Santa Claus.  Additionally this ESRI story map shows some of the regional differences in Santa Claus, showing how the cultural diffusion of this icon of a Christian holiday takes on real local attributes.  I also enjoyed these pictures from the BBC of Christmas around the world.  Merry Christmas to those that celebrate it and a Happy New Year to all.