Lincoln was the science president

Despite his limited education, he grew up enthralled by science, math and technology, and he remains the only president to hold a patent. In later life, he discovered the ancient Greek mathematician Euclid, who helped him rethink the way he ordered information in his mind. In the White House, he helped found the National Academy of Sciences and deployed science in every way that he could to win the Civil War. Even when writing his great speeches, he may have been thinking in scientific patterns.

Lincoln’s turn toward science was all the more surprising for his rustic upbringing, far from any library or laboratory. He once recalled that if a straggler came into southern Indiana with a rudimentary knowledge of Greek or Latin, he was looked upon as a “wizzard,” which he spelled with two z’s, as if to prove the point. When schooling was available, Lincoln eagerly seized

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Your Guide to Africanfuturist Science Fiction

I found the term Africanfuturism (My computer thinks I misspelled Afrofuturism. Thanks, but no, I didn’t.) on author Nnedi Okorafor’s blog, after reading her novella Binti. Like many who pick up Okorafor’s books, I wanted more. I wanted to read more of this Africa that blended science fiction elements to create something new and somehow familiar. But finding more books within the subgenre can be difficult because a lot of bookstores, critics, and publishers treat Africanfuturism and Afrofuturism like the same thing—often grouping the two genres together and calling one by the other’s name, or totally excluding Africanfuturism from the conversation in order to lump all Black stories under Afrofuturism.

The distinction between the two couldn’t be plainer, however. Okorafor describes it in her blog post “Africanfuturism Defined” as a subcategory of science fiction centered in and about Africa and their people.

That doesn’t mean that the

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Investing in Learning: the Case for Strengthening the Collection and Use of Learning Assessment Data in EiE Contexts [EN/AR] – World

Executive summary

Global displacement is at a record high, with children under 18 accounting for 40 percent of the 79.5
million people forcibly displaced. Children in these conflict and crisis contexts make up about 20 percent
of the world’s primary-school aged children, but represent about 50 percent of those not in school. While
improvements in education access have been made, one in three refugee children still have no access to
primary education, and two-thirds of these drop out before they make it to secondary education.

At the same time, the world faces a learning crisis, with far too many children not learning the basics in
school. There are numerous examples – from Ghana and Malawi, where more than 80 percent of students
at the end of grade 2 were unable to read a single familiar word such as ‘the’ or ‘cat’, to urban Pakistan
where 40 percent of grade 3

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Stadia makes the world creation game Crayta free for everyone to play

You may have seen Little Nightmares II is coming to Stadia Pro tomorrow (February 11), but that’s not the only Stadia news for the week. There are several other announcements today, but perhaps the biggest news is that Crayta is going to be free to everybody — no subscription required. Additionally, Pikuniku is now available, Destiny 2 Season of the Chosen and the PAC-MAN Mega Tunnel Battle add-on are here, and there’s a sale on several Assassin’s Creed and 2K games.

As Stadia exclusives go, Crayta has been one of the more interesting games on the platform because it builds on the ideology of the Minecraft modding community with an even larger potential to create a playground of almost any type. It’s a game that relies heavily on contributions from the players, and since it’s only as good as its community, Stadia is now making Crayta free for everybody to

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