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  1. Cards Against Humanity Funds Women’s STEM Scholarship With New Science Pack

    Uranus. The planet. What were YOU thinking?

    Cards Against Humanity, a game known for its funny and offensive dark humor, released a new science-themed deck, and the money they make from profits will be going to a scholarship for women who are going into STEM education.

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  2. Malala Yousafzai Accepted Her Nobel Peace Prize This Morning on Behalf of Girls Everywhere

    "No one can stop me, or stop us, because now we are millions."

    At a ceremony in Oslo earlier today, 17-year-old education activist Malala Yousafzai became the 16th woman to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize. According to The BBC, "Nobel organisers say there have never been such standing ovations."

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  3. So Much Awesomeness: J.K. Rowling Introduced Malala Yousafzai to 600 Lucky Kids

    We are not worthy.

    Oh, to transmogrify into a fly on the wall: It was revealed this morning via Twitter that J.K. Rowling made a trip down to the Edinburgh Book Festival to introduce education activist and astounding teenager Malala Yousafzai.

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  4. Creationism Has Been Banned in All State-Funded Schools in the UK

    So maybe don't teach the controversy.

    Score one for science! New clauses added to the funding agreements for schools in the UK have banned creationism from being taught as fact in any schools that accept government funds -- even church schools.

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  5. Wyoming Schools Won’t Teach Climate Change to Protect the Oil and Coal Industry Causing Climate Change

    Sure. Raise a generation of science-illiterate students. What could go wrong? Oh... right... everything.

    Schools in Wyoming are the first to reject the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that include lessons on, among other things, climate change. Why? Lawmakers say it's because teaching climate change would turn kids against Wyoming's coal and oil industry (which are causing climate change.) They're probably right.

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  6. If You Don’t Stay In School In Australia, You Will End Up In A Horror Film And Die

    Which is actually one of the least terrifying ways to die in Australia.

    Educational ads usually say, "stay in school or else you'll be unemployed and sad all the time," though that's also applicable to most university grads I know. In Australia, though, they're not satisfied with vague threats about your career and your future; oh no, they want you to know that if you drop out of school, you will die a horrible death.

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  7. New Study Looks at the Impact of Snow Days on Student Performance

    Now study the impact of calling out of work with a hangover.

    For a kid (or teacher) in school there is nothing better than a snow day, but educators have been concerned with how an unexpected day off might impact a student's education. A new study examined the impact of snow days on how students learn, and the results are promising for kids who want a day off.

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  8. Build Your Own Portable Video Game Machine with the DIY Gamer Kit

    Make annoying people who think gaming is a lazy hobby try to build this.

    The DIY Gamer Kit tasks you with building your own portable game machine and programming its games. Looking for a fun project that you can get creative with? Have a little geek-in-training who won't stop bugging you for a new console for the holidays? This kit may be the solution you're looking for.

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  9. Play-i Toy Robots Teach Young Children Computer Programming Basics [Video]

    If you're trying to raise a geek, Play-i's robots are here to help.

    Pretty much everyone needs to have at least a basic understanding of computer concepts to function in the modern world. Play-i wants to help your little geek-in-training learn the basics of computer coding by playing with their toy robots Bo and Yana.

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  10. Natalie Portman Has Serious Science Cred Going into Partnership With Disney to Get Girls Involved With STEM

    Lest you foolishly doubt her science cred, we have the two papers she coauthored.

    Natalie Portman and Marvel have teamed up to offer girls a chance to get involved in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with the Ultimate Mentor Adventure. Portman is more than just a face on the campaign, she has a legitimate science background and was the coauthor on two papers. We tracked them down. Take a look.

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  11. Watch the Debut Episode of Burka Avenger, Pakistan’s First Animated Female Superhero Show [VIDEO]

    Submitted For Your Approval

    A few weeks ago we told you about Burka Avenger, Pakistan's first animated TV show to feature a female superhero. Well now we have the first episode, where teacher Jiya —a.k.a. the Burka Avenger—uses books, pens, and martial arts to keep bumbling baddies from shutting down her city's girls school and depriving its students of their right to education. What do you think? (Thanks, anonymous tipster!) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  12. Burka Avenger: Pakistan’s First Animated Female Superhero Is A Teacher By Day, Crime Fighter By Night

    Firsts

    Pakistan's newest TV superhero, Burka Avenger, is not only the first animated female superhero for the country, but a woman with a mission. That mission is to promote girl's education in the country, on and off screen. The new show, from Pakistani pop star Haroon, features Jiya, a teacher at an all girl's school who protects the school from various villains, including a corrupt politician and an evil, anti-women's education magician. Jiya dons a burka at night and quite literally uses her teaching tools, including pencils and books, to foil her enemies' schemes and keep the school open for her students.

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  13. No, Kids Who Use iPads Won’t Have Smaller Vocabularies

    Arm your arms tired? Because this claim is pretty huge stretch.

    A study was done that used MRI scans of the brains of 27 adults to determine that humans learn new words better by hearing them than they do by learning them visually. One of the authors of the study then told the Daily Mail that it means children who use iPads will learn fewer words than previous generations. Nope. It does not.

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  14. Malala Speaks At The UN: Refuses To Be Silenced After Taliban Attack

    Rights of Passage

    Malala Yousafzai is one impressive sixteen-year-old. First, she attends her school in Pakistan and campaigns for education, attracting the ire of the Taliban. Then, in October 2012 while she's leaving school, extremists shoot her in the head to silence her-- but she doesn't die, and she doesn't back down. Now, the teen is speaking to crowds at the UN on her birthday ("Malala Day") and is stronger than ever before, bearing the pink shawl of assassinated Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto and standing tall before the leaders of the world.

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  15. French Teacher Suspended for Showing Saw to Sixth-Grade Class

    Saw is probably not a good film to show 11-year-olds, and not just because of the predictable plot and hackneyed direction.

    It's that time of year again when kids are starting summer vacation and teachers just couldn't give a damn. Yesterday, we brought you the story of a fourth-grade teacher from Wisconsin who got falling down hammered while chaperoning a class field trip. Today, Europe is getting in on the action as a sixth-grade teacher in France has been suspended for putting on a viewing of Saw for a roomful of 11-year-olds. If he really wanted to watch a Cary Elwes movie that badly, it occurs to us that The Princess Bride might have saved him a lot of trouble. Also, it's a good film, unlike Saw.

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  16. Politician Gets On Our Good Side, Introduces Bill to Make Science Fiction Required Public School Reading

    Today in Awesome

    West Virginia Republican legislator Ryan Canterbury's bill to make sci-fi a mandatory part of public school required reading just landed him on our Awesome People list.

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  17. Arguing Could Lead to Better Science Education

    Sometimes it seems that no matter how well an idea is accepted by the scientific community, there's someone out there not willing to believe it. That's why Jonathan Osborne, professor of education at Stanford University, says we should be teaching students how to argue based on evidence, not just cram facts into their head. The challenge, Osborne says, isn't in getting students to argue -- it's getting teachers on board with teaching "argumentation." Why not just argue with them until they agree?

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  18. Flies Raised On Booze Need Alcohol To Learn, Just Like College Students

    Fly larvae -- fine, maggots -- that are raised on food spiked with alcohol grow up into flies who can't learn normally without the aid of a little booze juice, marking yet another way in which maggots are pretty much just like college students. A study demonstrating the difficulties maggots experienced while trying to process new information without the aid of a morning beer to take the edge off things appears this week in the journal Current Biology, which reminds us that keg stands are not always recreational choices -- sometimes they are educational tools.

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  19. Science Says Kids With Educational Toys Become Educated Adults, Loving Parents Not Really a Factor

    A childhood filled with Reader Rabbit and other educational doodads appears to be the key to improved cognitive development later in life. Everything else, including whether your parents were loving or not, has no discernible effect. At least, that's what Martha Farah, Director of the Center for Neuroscience & Society at the University of Pennsylvania, and her colleagues have concluded after a twenty-year study.

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  20. Wanna Learn How to Find Aliens? Edinburgh University’s Got a Class for That

    And So It Begins

    There are a ton of exceedingly odd collegiate classes floating around out there. I, for one, taught a class about the wonders of Harry Potter at my school before I even got my BA. Long story. Now Edinburgh University is joining the fine tradition of off-beat classes, and they're doing it online and for free.

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