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School’s Out: Why Some Children Fall Behind

Written by: Bill Sherman on Monday, 15 June 2009, 6:54 PM

Conor Clarke, writing for the Atlantic, argues that the United States should end the tradition of summer vacation. He makes three compelling points: First,┬áthe United States ranks near the lowest # of school-days per year. Japan–243 days South Korea–220 days Israel–216 days Compared to those countries, the United States’ school year of 180 days seems […]

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Are You Stuck on a Creative Problem? Get Some Sleep!

Written by: Bill Sherman on Wednesday, 10 June 2009, 8:27 AM

Recent research shows that sleep really does help you solve complex, creative problems. If true, then it gives a strong argument for multitasking. Define project #1 and give yourself a framework. Shift to other projects for the rest of the day. Sleep on problem #1 with good REM sleep Return to problem #1. The amount […]

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Layoffs, Loneliness, and the Decay of Social Capital

Written by: Bill Sherman on Thursday, 25 September 2008, 6:13 AM

t’s been a tough economy, and recently the unemployment level topped six percent. We typically think about unemployment in its short-term consequences, but there are also long-term impacts on individuals and their connection to the community. There’s new long-term research that shows a layoff early in your career makes you more less likely to become […]

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Swapping IMs in Milgram’s Ever-Shrinking Small World

Written by: Bill Sherman on Friday, 8 August 2008, 3:07 PM

Here’s an interesting question. Let’s say you use an instant messanger at least once-a-month. How far are you removed from any other person who sent an IM across the network that month? Leskovec and Horvitz, two researchers at Microsoft, conducted a planetary-wide study of MSN Messenger traffic for a single month (over 180 million users). […]

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