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Our first instinct, when we read about these experiments, is that what the interventions must be doing is changing students’ minds — replacing one deeply held belief with another. And it is hard to imagine that reading words on a computer screen for 25 minutes could possibly do that. People just aren’t that easy to persuade. But Yeager believes that the interventions are not in fact changing students’ minds — they are simply keeping them from overinterpreting discouraging events that might happen in the future. “We don’t prevent you from experiencing those bad things,” Yeager explains. “Instead, we try to change the meaning of them, so that they don’t mean to you that things are never going to get better.” By Who Gets to Graduate? - NYTimes.com (via rafaelfajardo)

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Success convinces us that we are doing things the right way. There is nothing quite as effective, when it comes to shutting down alternative viewpoints, as being convinced you are right. By Pixar founder Ed Catmull (via wilwheaton)

you-are-another-me:

The world is full of beautiful people. An anonymous man in Saudi Arabia installed a giant refrigerator in front of his house. He and his neighbors leave their leftovers in it daily, providing free food for the less fortunate children in his town. He wants to spare them the “shame” of begging, and provide them with proper meals instead. 

you-are-another-me:

The world is full of beautiful people. An anonymous man in Saudi Arabia installed a giant refrigerator in front of his house. He and his neighbors leave their leftovers in it daily, providing free food for the less fortunate children in his town. He wants to spare them the “shame” of begging, and provide them with proper meals instead. 

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fotojournalismus:

Sarajevo then and nowBosnia reopens once-destroyed “Vijecnica”

Sarajevo’s landmark 19th century city hall-turned-National Library re-opened on May 9, 2014 with its old glory fully restored, 22 years after it was destroyed by Serb shelling during the siege of the city along with its almost 2 million books and manuscripts. More than 10,000 people died during the 43-month siege of Sarajevo in which Bosnian Serbs took control of the hills surrounding the city, bombarding it with shells and killing civilians with snipers as they sought food and water. (Photos by Dado Ruvic/Reuters)

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guardian:

Matter will be created from light within a year, claim scientists
Researchers have worked out how to make matter from pure light and are drawing up plans to demonstrate the feat within the next 12 months.
The theory underpinning the idea was first described 80 years ago by two physicists who later worked on the first atomic bomb. At the time they considered the conversion of light into matter impossible in a laboratory.
But physicists at Imperial College London claim to have cracked the problem using high-powered lasers and other equipment now available to scientists. Full story »
Photograph: Lawrence Manning/Corbis

guardian:

Matter will be created from light within a year, claim scientists

Researchers have worked out how to make matter from pure light and are drawing up plans to demonstrate the feat within the next 12 months.

The theory underpinning the idea was first described 80 years ago by two physicists who later worked on the first atomic bomb. At the time they considered the conversion of light into matter impossible in a laboratory.

But physicists at Imperial College London claim to have cracked the problem using high-powered lasers and other equipment now available to scientists. Full story »

Photograph: Lawrence Manning/Corbis

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Credit Suisse has done what no other huge bank has done in over two decades: plead guilty to criminal wrongdoing.

In a sign that global banking giants are no longer immune from criminal charges — despite public concerns that financial institutions have grown so large and interconnected that they are “too big to jail” — federal prosecutors demanded that Credit Suisse’s parent company plead guilty to helping thousands of American account holders hide their wealth and evade taxes.

In the Federal District Court in Alexandria, Va., a Credit Suisse lawyer, Alan Reifenberg, accepted the plea agreement in a 45 minute hearing before Judge Rebecca B. Smith.

As part of a deal with the Justice Department, the Swiss bank agreed to plead to one count of conspiring to aid tax evasion. Credit Suisse, which has a giant investment bank in New York and whose chief executive is an American, will also pay about $2.6 billion in penalties and hire an independent monitor for up to two years.

“This case shows that no financial institution, no matter its size or global reach, is above the law,” said Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.. “Credit Suisse conspired to help U.S. citizens hide assets in offshore accounts in order to evade paying taxes. When a bank engages in misconduct this brazen, it should expect that the Justice Department will pursue criminal prosecution to the fullest extent possible, as has happened here.”

The severe rebuke from federal prosecutors — as well as from the Federal Reserve and New York State’s banking regulator, Benjamin M. Lawsky, who agreed to punish the bank without shutting it down — stems in part from Credit Suisse’s failure to fully cooperate with the United States government.

The resulting plea deal will strike a blow at overseas tax dodging and the shadowy world of Swiss bank secrecy, which had become a hallmark of the country’s financial system and the scorn of American policy makers. The deal also signals a shift in prosecutors’ policy, representing the first time since Drexel Burnham Lambert pleaded guilty in 1989 that a giant bank has entered a guilty plea in the United States.

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The New York Times, "Credit Suisse Pleads Guilty in Tax Evasion Case."

We had to go all the way to Switzerland to finally nail a bank on a guilty charge?  Jesus H. fucking Christ.

(via inothernews)