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Ideas to use in teaching Economics and History
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Did Neanderthals Die Out Because of the Paleo Diet?


Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/did-neanderthals-die-out-because-paleo-diet-180959066/#K0qA0AJVupbEX4ss.99
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Geoarchaeologist Proposes There Was a "World War Zero"


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Could an alliance among the "Luwians" have helped caused the collapse of eastern Mediterranean civilizations 3,200 years ago?
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Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson, April 30, 2016 Via @GoComics

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson, April 30, 2016 Via @GoComics | The Teaching Idea File | Scoop.it
One of the most famous and popular comic strips of all time, Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes has been a timeless worldwide favorite since its introduction in 1985. The beloved comic follows the richly imaginative adventures of 6-year-old Calvin and his trusty tiger, Hobbes. Whether you enjoyed it as a child while expanding your vocabulary, as an adult in the newspaper or if you are reacquainting yourself with these cultural icons, Calvin and Hobbes will continue to astound and delight you.




Follow the official Calvin and Hobbes accounts on Facebook and Twitter to hear about publishing news, events and giveaways involving a boy, his pet tiger and their brilliant creator.
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Win with volume.
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When You’re Poor, Life’s Little Annoyances Actually Ruin Your Life

When You’re Poor, Life’s Little Annoyances Actually Ruin Your Life | The Teaching Idea File | Scoop.it
Excerpted from Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado. Out now from Putnam. I once lost a whole truck over a few hundred bucks. It had
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The Future of Money

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A "mobile money" revolution has swept Kenya, where people can send and receive money on their cell phones. It's improved commerce and brought basic necessities to poorer areas
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The $750 Per Pill AIDS Drug Now Has $1 Competition

The $750 Per Pill AIDS Drug Now Has $1 Competition | The Teaching Idea File | Scoop.it
The $750 drug drew widespread condemnation for a huge price jump
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Profits lure competition.
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Trucking industry faces severe driver shortage

Trucking industry faces severe driver shortage | The Teaching Idea File | Scoop.it
Trucking companies are harder pressed than they’ve ever been to attract enough drivers to an industry that carries nearly 70% of all the freight that moves in the United States.
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Shot In The Chest In Milwaukee, Theodore Roosevelt Kept On Talking In 1912 | Wisconsin Public Radio

Shot In The Chest In Milwaukee, Theodore Roosevelt Kept On Talking In 1912 | Wisconsin Public Radio | The Teaching Idea File | Scoop.it
On Oct. 14, 1912, presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt, center above, arrived in
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Skiers on I-70 could save half an hour on road for the right price - The Denver Post

Skiers on I-70 could save half an hour on road for the right price - The Denver Post | The Teaching Idea File | Scoop.it
Travelers on Interstate 70 will get the chance this week to sound off on proposed toll rates on a soon-to-open express lane for ski traffic — a lane
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This Graphic Explains 20 Cognitive Biases That Affect Your Decision-Making

This Graphic Explains 20 Cognitive Biases That Affect Your Decision-Making | The Teaching Idea File | Scoop.it
We all make bad decisions sometimes, but have you ever wondered what mental obstacles can lead you astray? This infographic goes over 20 of the most common cognitive biases that can mess with your head when it’s decision time.
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'X' Marks the Spot Where Inequality Took Root: Dig Here

'X' Marks the Spot Where Inequality Took Root: Dig Here | The Teaching Idea File | Scoop.it
In 2002, I heard an economist characterizing this figure as containing a valuable economic insight. He wasn't sure what the insight was. I have my own answer. The economist talked of the figure as ...
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Secret Tunnel Found in Mexico May Finally Solve the Mysteries of Teotihuacán


Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/discovery-secret-tunnel-mexico-solve-mysteries-teotihuacan-180959070/...

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The chance discovery beneath a nearly 2,000-year-old pyramid leads to the heart of a lost civilization
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Research Reveals More Complete Picture of the Devastation Wrought by the Black Death


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This Is the Only Color Photo of the First Atomic Explosion

This Is the Only Color Photo of the First Atomic Explosion | The Teaching Idea File | Scoop.it
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Is Your Brain Easily Fooled? Take This 10 Picture Challenge To Find Out

Is Your Brain Easily Fooled? Take This 10 Picture Challenge To Find Out | The Teaching Idea File | Scoop.it
Take the picture challenge!
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Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson, November 30, 2015 Via @GoComics

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson, November 30, 2015 Via @GoComics | The Teaching Idea File | Scoop.it
One of the many great comics you can read for free at GoComics.com! Follow us for giveaways & giggles.
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Opportunity costs/ marginal societal costs
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Wizard of Id by Parker and Hart, November 13, 2015 Via @GoComics

Wizard of Id by Parker and Hart, November 13, 2015 Via @GoComics | The Teaching Idea File | Scoop.it
One of the many great comics you can read for free at GoComics.com! Follow us for giveaways & giggles.
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http://www.gocomics.com/wizardofid/2015/11/13#mutable_1369807
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History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places | Smithsonian

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Literary Maps
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The 57-Year-Old Chart That Is Dividing the Fed - The New York Times

The 57-Year-Old Chart That Is Dividing the Fed - The New York Times | The Teaching Idea File | Scoop.it
If you believe in the traditional Phillips curve, as some at the Fed do, inflation should be taking off any day now.
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What Makes a Tax Plan ‘Serious’ Anyway? - The New York Times

What Makes a Tax Plan ‘Serious’ Anyway? - The New York Times | The Teaching Idea File | Scoop.it
Jeb Bush plans to cut taxes by $3.4 trillion over a decade, but says Donald Trump’s deeper-cutting plan is not fiscally responsible. Where does one draw the line?
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Tax cuts and growth
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Chart shown at Planned Parenthood hearing is misleading and 'ethically wrong' | PolitiFact

Chart shown at Planned Parenthood hearing is misleading and 'ethically wrong' | PolitiFact | The Teaching Idea File | Scoop.it
Congress may have avoided a government shutdown related to Planned Parenthood funding — at least so far — but the controversy over the women’s health organization looks like it’s here to stay. Rep.
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“Was the Civil War fought over slavery?”: Here’s the video to show idiots who think the answer is “No”

“Was the Civil War fought over slavery?”: Here’s the video to show idiots who think the answer is “No” | The Teaching Idea File | Scoop.it
Col. Ty Seidule, head of the department of history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point lowers the boom
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