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An iPad You're Actually Supposed to Cover in Crumbs

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If you're discrete enough, this iPad cutting board will convince your friends and dinner guests that you're absolutely flush with cash.

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Go Forth And Pwn For Shizzle, Word List Guardians Tell Scrabble Players

Go Forth And Pwn For Shizzle, Word List Guardians Tell Scrabble Players | Somewhat Quirky! | Scoop.it
Also on the list of 6,500 new Scrabble words: aji (the pepper), coqui (the frog) and the more old-fashioned ixnay and zowee. Or you could just say yeesh — if you've got the right tiles.
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Everybody's working for the 'weekend effect' - Futurity

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“Workers, even those with interesting, high status jobs, really are happier on the weekend,” says author Richard Ryan, a professor … Continued
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What If You Stopped Going Outside? (Video)

If you spend most of your day inside, this is for you! Check out SQUARESPACE: http://bit.ly/1bTW5gL SUBSCRIBE - http://bit.ly/10kWnZ7 Join the fun! TWITTER -...

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You Have More Willpower Than You Think | Big Think

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One of the trendiest ideas in popular psychology in the last few years has been that of “ego depletion” or willpower as a limited resource. Many different books have been written on the topic, with the most recent being field luminary Roy Baumeister’s magnum opus on the topic, aptly entitled ...
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Tango improves mobility in Parkinson’s patients - Futurity

Tango improves mobility in Parkinson’s patients - Futurity | Somewhat Quirky! | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON-ST. LOUIS (US)/strong>—Dancing the tango may improve balance and mobility in people with Parkinson’s disease. A study by researchers at … Continued
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7 Time Management Lessons I Learned from Mountain Climbing

7 Time Management Lessons I Learned from Mountain Climbing | Somewhat Quirky! | Scoop.it
William Blake once wrote, "Great things are done when men and mountains meet." Climbing mountains can teach you a lot about life, but no area more so than time management. Time is precious. Everyone's day has 24 hours. No more and no less. So how you tackle those 24 hours can make the difference between…
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Blame genes if mosquitoes like the way you smell - Futurity

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How likely it is that you'll get "eaten alive" by mosquitoes may depend on your body odor genes, according to a new study with twins.
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Why Do We Love Paris but Hate Frankfurt? Six Qualities of Beautiful Cities

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"In 'How to Make an Attractive City,' a new video from the School of Life, London-based Swiss writer Alain de Botton offers a cheeky, thought-provoking, six-point manifesto on the need for making beauty a priority in urban architecture and design."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 23, 11:17 AM

Not everyone is a fan of Paris, but the author of this article feels that tourism can be seen as helpful proxy variable for what the general public perceives as good urbanism that makes for beautiful cities.  The six main points of this article are:

  • Order and Variety
  • Visible Life
  • Compact
  • Orientation and Mystery
  • Scale
  • Local


Tags: urban, planning, urbanism, culture, tourism.

Norka McAlister's curator insight, April 15, 10:07 PM

History is a major attraction to tourists in any city, and Paris seems to have all these requirements to be a good urban city. The variety in architecture that is blended in within past and present structures gives a distinct look and attraction. Planning, of course, would help satisfy public expectations and the variety of culture and color would add to the delightful qualities of the city. Amenities contribute to the diversity of the city and businesses affect the image of culture in the city. 

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Science Compared Every Diet, and the Winner Is Real Food

Science Compared Every Diet, and the Winner Is Real Food | Somewhat Quirky! | Scoop.it
Researchers asked if one diet could be crowned best in terms of health outcomes. If diet is a set of rigid principles, the answer is a decisive no. In terms of broader guidelines, it's a decisive yes.
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The Secret Science of Shopping: Why We Buy What We Do

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Sitting in a McDonald’s as a kid, I complained it was cold. My dad told me it was cold on purpose; the restaurant doesn’t want you to sit there all night.
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Coffee Can Counteract Deadly Effects of Alcohol on Your Liver, New Study Suggests

Coffee Can Counteract Deadly Effects of Alcohol on Your Liver, New Study Suggests | Somewhat Quirky! | Scoop.it
Coffee is one of the most polarizing things you can put into your body.
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Frogs go from 'punk' to smooth in minutes - Futurity

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Newly discovered frogs from Ecuador change skin texture in minutes, and appear to mimic the texture they sit on.
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What comfort food reveals about our past - Futurity

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Comfort food can be anything—pie, pasta, pickles, whatever. New research explains why we reach for certain dishes when we're feeling low.
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iPhones at the playground are giving parents guilt - Futurity

iPhones at the playground are giving parents guilt - Futurity | Somewhat Quirky! | Scoop.it
As their kids ask to show off a monkey bar trick for the tenth time, parents at the playground are feeling guilty. Why? They can't put down their phones.
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Fanfic Star Anna Todd on How the Internet Made Her Famous

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Davey Alba:  "Todd and the online writing community Wattpad are proof that the Internet is sweeping away old notions of what it means to be famous."

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Snooze before tackling the to-do list - Futurity

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WASHINGTON U.-ST. LOUIS (US)—When it comes to following through on all those intentions, it’s best to think it over, then … Continued
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Toddlers act different when grown-ups look angry - Futurity

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Toddlers are quick to change their behavior when they sense that adults are angry.
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Think days, not years, to fight procrastination - Futurity

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A shift in time metrics can motivate people to accomplish their goals, report researchers.
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Texting a stranger during surgery reduces pain - Futurity

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Letting people use their phones to text or play games during minor surgery might be an easy way to reduce the need for narcotic pain medication.
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No One Wants a Messy Home – Here’s How to Declutter Yours

No One Wants a Messy Home – Here’s How to Declutter Yours | Somewhat Quirky! | Scoop.it
We all have a lot of stuff. Stuff is fun. But sometimes, our stuff gets the better of us, and we end up with an unmanageable, cluttered mess. What causes us to get cluttered? How do we decide what stuff we need and what we don't? The infographic below shows you all kinds of tips you…
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50 Reasons to #LoveTheWorld

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We asked a range of people, from writers and chefs to musicians and photographers, to share one experience from the last year that truly inspired them – something that, in no uncertain terms, reminded them why they love the world. Madly. Here's what they told us.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 13, 12:30 PM

Most geographers have more than a little bit of wanderlust.  This BBC article is filled with images, quotes and insights into places all around the globe that fill me will a sense of awe and wonder.  For students that have the curiosity, it our mission as educators to cultivate that and help them frame information about the world into a geographic perspective.  I've always felt that window-seat flyers are have the seed of a geographer embedded within them...let's make sure those seeds can grow. 


Tags: place, tourism.

LEONARDO WILD's curator insight, April 14, 9:45 AM

The World is beautiful, but that is not being advertised except by those who want to make money with its beauty (tourism), or call attention to the fact we are destroying it (ecologists). News of destruction and suffering and corruption fill the news outlets, giving us a warped, one percent view of the planet we live in. The only one we have.

Norka McAlister's curator insight, April 18, 3:22 PM

Traveling around the world exposes all culture, traditions and history that probably you will fall in love with. These outstanding images around the world empathize regions, food, people, space, and how people survive on a daily basis will make your mind travel and enjoy places. In every image, we can take and admire sceneries from every single part of the world. Photography captures every image such of cultures, sceneries and geography for people who cannot afford to travel around world.

Break Dancing, Phnom Penh-Style

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Why we have chins, but Neanderthals didn't - Futurity

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Modern humans have one feature that primates, Neanderthals, archaic humans—any species, for that matter—don't possess: a chin. But why?
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Is your face the same age as you are?

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Researchers spot biological differences in those faces that don’t match their age
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This ancient 'remedy' actually kills MRSA - Futurity

This ancient 'remedy' actually kills MRSA - Futurity | Somewhat Quirky! | Scoop.it
Researchers test a 10th century potion on "superbug" bacteria. They report that it works as well, if not better, than today's antibiotics.
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'Highly tuned' people react strongly to happy faces - Futurity

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How your brain responds to happy and sad faces could be an indicator of how innately empathic you are.
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