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Congrats on a year of learning! For the past 52 weeks, Curious students across the world have been stretching their learning muscles, picking up 52 new skills along the way. When we launched the Curious 52 Challenge last January, we never guessed that there would be this much excitement. Each... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Curious.com
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Now that the kids are back to school (phew!), it’s time for the parents to have some fun! Here are five New and Noteworthy lessons to check out this week. Tweet us @Curious to share your favorite lesson. Happy Learning! Getting to Know the iTunes Interface iIn this lesson, Nets@Life... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Curious.com
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This week’s New and Noteworthy lessons will certainly keep you busy and entertained during the upcoming Labor Day weekend. Tweet us @Curious to let us know your favorite lesson! Happy learning! Fireworks Tassels Party Decoration In this arts and crafts lesson, ArtDaniela will teach you how to make the perfect... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Curious.com
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Learn something new this week! Need inspiration? Check out this week’s New and Noteworthy lessons, and tweet us your favorite @Curious. Happy Learning! How to Make Crayon Melting Art Are you looking for a vibrant art project? In this lesson, Creative & Curious demonstrates how a hairdryer can help create... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Curious.com
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Each week we add hundreds of awesome lessons to the Curious platform. We’re excited to highlight this week’s New & Noteworthy lessons. If you have a favorite, tweet us @Curious to let us know! Happy learning! Making a Poster in Photoshop Make your own movie poster with the magic of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Curious.com
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Check out this week’s new and noteworthy lessons! Have a favorite? Tweet us @Curious and let us know. Enjoy! How to Unclog a Bathtub Drain Is your bathtub drain clogged? Skip the plumber's call: this lesson shows you how to remove hair, dirt, grime, and debris from your tub in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Curious.com
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The 4th of July is this Friday! Whether you’re hosting a BBQ at home, finding the best spot to watch fireworks, or just looking to entertain the kids, we’ve put together our favorite lessons for celebrating this festive holiday! Don’t forget to tweet @Curious and let us know how you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Curious.com
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The first round of Curious 52 Challenges is due tomorrow, so I put together a binge learning guide for my fellow procrastinators. 5 lessons. 1 hour. Are you ready? The Lessons: How to Arrange Store-Bought Flowers - [2:17] The History of Saint Patrick - [2:57] French Phrases for Love -... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Curious.com
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Brace yourself...hummus is taking this country by storm, one food blog at a time. For centuries hummus has been a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine, and now the rest of the world is getting in on the delicious trend. How to Make Easy Homemade Hummus with Feast in the Middle... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Curious.com
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Author Joyce Maynard may be famous for her books, but she’s also known for baking fantastic pies! We’re excited to announce Joyce’s homemade apple pie lesson as the next piece of the Curious 52 Challenge. As Joyce shared in a recent Parade article, her pie-making career began the summer her... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at Curious.com
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BEST OF 2013 #1 - For decades brain scientists have struggled to find a scientific explanation for why animals need sleep. New research indicates it might be so that our brain can clean up the mess it makes while we are awake. Researchers have been able to demonstrate (using mice)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Curious.com
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BEST OF 2013 #2 - Theodore Geisel saved modern story time thanks to a few bets. In the 1950's, early-reader children's books consisted mostly of repetitive "primer" books like Dick and Jane using stories involving unnaturally clean and polite children doing ordinary things. One evening a struggling children's author, Theodore... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Curious.com
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BEST OF 2013 #3 - They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but new research suggests you might be able to learn a lot from its smell. An international team of chemists, researching what causes "old book smell," describes it as an olfactory phenomenon that is “a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Curious.com
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Scientists have been baffled for centuries by a counter-intuitive phenomenon first noted in the writings of Aristotle: hot water sometimes freezes faster than cold water. In 1963 a high school student in Tanzania named Ernesto Mpemba proved the phenomenon existed after taking a cooking class, where he observed that hot... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Curious.com
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BEST OF 2013 #5 - Eye color might actually be a determining factor in U.S. Presidential elections. Apparently Americans prefer blue and green-eyed leaders. Only five brown eyed Americans have ever been elected president, although they represent 68% of the population, compared with 27% who have green or blue eyes.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at Curious.com
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BEST OF 2013 #6 - On April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was shot in Washington DC at Ford’s Theater. Earlier that day, Lincoln signed the law creating the Secret Service--the agency we think of today as protecting the President from assassination attempts like the one Lincoln faced later that evening.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2013 at Curious.com
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BEST OF 2013 #7 - Joseph Priestley is most famous for discovering oxygen in 1770, but he also made another equally important discovery. He figured out that the congealed sap of an India Gum tree was "excellently adapted to the purpose of wiping from paper the mark of black lead... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2013 at Curious.com
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BEST OF 2013 #8 - There are over 7 billion human beings living on Earth, but all those people could fit inside a sugar cube! How is this possible? Believe it or not, matter is astonishingly empty. Atoms, the basic building blocks of matter, are 99.9999% empty, and like a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at Curious.com
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Here's a scientific study guaranteed to make you yawn. Researchers have long known that yawning occurs in all humans, even in utero, but there is little consensus as to why we yawn. Various hypothetical explanations include cooling the brain, reducing carbon dioxide in the blood, stretching throat and tongue muscles,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at Curious.com
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The same year that the first "Star Wars" movie was released an even bigger inter-galactic blockbuster was launched. It's a spacecraft named Voyager 1, and just like "Star Wars" it looks a little dated today. Its memory is an 8-track tape recorder, it has a transmitter with the wattage of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2013 at Curious.com
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High fives to all of the fantastic teachers on Curious.com. Tab Times just awarded Curious a Tabby Award for the Best Education and Training App! The Tabby Awards /Business is the only competition for the best business and productivity tablet apps on all major platforms -- iOS, Android, and Windows... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at Curious.com
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Blame Charles Darwin for your sweet tooth. Research now shows that there is an evolutionary basis for why humans crave sweets: in prehistoric times sweeter food was generally safe to eat, while bitter food was more likely toxic. Also, a sweet taste generally meant the food contained a higher amount... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at Curious.com
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