Rob Beschizza

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Why Math teaching never improves

"The trouble always starts," writes Elizabeth Green, "when teachers are told to put innovative ideas into practice without much guidance on how to do it."

Japan eyes 2020 robo-Olympics

"In 2020 I would like to gather all of the world's robots and aim to hold an Olympics where they compete in technical skills," said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last week. This is where it begins, meatsacks.

If London builds a new mega-airport, what happens to Heathrow?

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There's something pleasantly old-school about the futurism in these paintings of how Heathrow airport could be turned into a less horrific environment for human beings--and creepily modern, what with all the drones.

Forget not the Aird of Sleat, Londoners.

Gadget waterproofing kit

$30, and your phone becomes waterproof, or, rather, "Anti-wet". Any takers?

Impervious is an invisible nano spray with molecules 1000x smaller than a human hair with super-hydrophobic properties. When applied externally to your device, Impervious protects against spill damage and screen scratching. When fully applied to the outer & inner components of your device, Impervious is classified as IPX 7. We currently only offer full waterproofing kits for the iPhone 5, 5s and 6. When applied, your device can be submerged in (1) meter or (3) feet of water for up to 30 minutes (We do NOT recommend)..

[via BGR]

Cop suspended after threatening to "knock out" bystander during arrest

A police officer in Staffordshire, England, was suspended from duty this week after threatening a bystander during an arrest.

The Stoke Sentinel reports that cops were dealing with a rowdy group of late-night revelers in the city of Hanley. When a woman began filming the arrest of her boyfriend, however, she was approached by a bobby and "verbally abused."

Video footage shows an officer saying "Do that to me again and I will knock you out." It's not clear what she had done, though the officer seems to suggest a punch was thrown his way--or why being knocked out would be an appropriate response to it.

"I'm not knocking the police and the policeman we first spoke to was really nice," the 22-year old filmer told a reporter. "After this all happened he spoke to us and he was really calm. But I don't know where that one particular guy came from and I don't know why he threatened me."

"Ukraine fighter jet took out MH17" debunked

If they did it, they didn't use an SU-25. [Locklin on science]

Crap logo ideas

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An amusing, but telling collection of generic logo concepts, trite design elements and hackneyed type. [gtgraphics.org; Archive.org cache; via]

Hit songs, analyzed by their contemporary obscurity

"Come Down, Ma Evening Star" was a huge hit in 1903, but you'd be forgiven for not knowing it. But time has not been kind to the hits of Clay Aiken, either. [via Kottke]

Let's see if we can get the official youtube video of Clay's 2003 #1 hit "This is the Night" to 5,000 views by sundown! (It's at 4,954, though, so I'm not sure I fancy its chances.)

Mellow electronica video shows what happens in your computer when you go right ahead and just spill juice all over it

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Computer game names "almost universally terrible"

"Assassin Heroes Warhammer: Craft World War" might be an extreme example of a grossly trope-strewn game name, but the business has plenty more like it to offer.

Nigerian email swindlers using more sophisticated hacks

It's not so much that the scammers themselves are becoming better at their jobs, just that off-the-shelf scripts are so much more powerful. [NYT]

Spy toys at the CIA museum

3033350-slide-pigeoncamera1A gallery at Fast Co Design has some of the cool tools of spycraft.

Corpse mistaken for mannequin and tossed in dumpster.

That's the second time this year this has happened in the Tampa Bay area. Tampa, Florida.

Jeans "designed" by tigers and lions

Step 1: Wrap nice new jeans around tires. Step 2: Throw it to the cats. Step 3: Sell the remains.

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Chrome extension turns every instance of the word "cloud" into "butt"

You're welcome.