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  • 4
    38 min
    4-part Microsoft Office course
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    How to Create Tables & Charts in Excel
    A 4-part course with Subject Money
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    Microsoft Excel is a powerful program that’s perfect for organizing data! In this brief, beginner- to intermediate-level course, learn how to create and edit Excel tables, and format a Gantt Chart.

    Microsoft Excel is a powerful program that’s perfect for organizing data! In this brief, beginner- to intermediate-level course, learn how to create and edit Excel tables, and format a Gantt Chart.

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    82 min
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    Getting Started with Excel 2016
    A 7-part course with Trump Excel
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    Excel 2016 offers many features for daily data tracking. In this course, learn how to use major features of Excel 2016 such as formulas, formatting, charting, pivot tables, and more.

    Excel 2016 offers many features for daily data tracking. In this course, learn how to use major features of Excel 2016 such as formulas, formatting, charting, pivot tables, and more.

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    Excel Formulas
    A 12-part course with Trump Excel
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    Excel is a wonderful data organization software—if you know the functions. This comprehensive course from Trump Excel demonstrates how to use common excel functions, from “FIND” to “IF” functions.

    Excel is a wonderful data organization software—if you know the functions. This comprehensive course from Trump Excel demonstrates how to use common excel functions, from “FIND” to “IF” functions.

  • 10
    45 min
    10-part Microsoft Office course
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    How to Create a Gradebook in Excel
    A 10-part course with Todd McLeod
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    With the basic Microsoft Excel knowledge introduced in this course, build a gradebook based on a course syllabus, format and customize data, and use formulas and functions to calculate grades!

    With the basic Microsoft Excel knowledge introduced in this course, build a gradebook based on a course syllabus, format and customize data, and use formulas and functions to calculate grades!

  • 12
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    Excel 2010 | The Essentials
    A 12-part course with Motion Training
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    Whether you’re a beginner or have Excel experience, this course will help you master one of the most powerful Microsoft Office programs available. Motion Training covers the fundamental skills you need to become a power user, including: proper spreadsheet set up, workbooks, calculations, formulas, functions (such as AutoFill and AutoSum), cell formatting, and charting. All lessons include .xlsx files so you can follow along for practice. Note that videos show Excel 2010.

    Whether you’re a beginner or have Excel experience, this course will help you master one of the most powerful Microsoft Office programs available. Motion Training covers the fundamental skills you need to become a power user, including: proper spreadsheet set up, workbooks, calculations, formulas, functions (such as AutoFill and AutoSum), cell formatting, and charting. All lessons include .xlsx files so you can follow along for practice. Note that videos show Excel 2010.

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    Excel 2010 | Intermediate
    A 27-part course with Motion Training
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    Do you feel comfortable Microsoft Excel 2010 basics? In this comprehensive course from Excel expert Guy Badger with Motion Training, discover essential intermediate Excel features and functions!

    Do you feel comfortable Microsoft Excel 2010 basics? In this comprehensive course from Excel expert Guy Badger with Motion Training, discover essential intermediate Excel features and functions!

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    MS Excel for Real Estate Investment
    A 4-part course with Marc Pfeiffer Finance
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    Harness the power of MS Excel to evaluate real estate investments! In this course from Marc Pfeiffer Finance, get Excel tips for calculating costs and revenues when buying or refinancing a property.

    Harness the power of MS Excel to evaluate real estate investments! In this course from Marc Pfeiffer Finance, get Excel tips for calculating costs and revenues when buying or refinancing a property.

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    Complete Guide to MS Excel 2013
    A 14-part course with Kaceli Technology Tips
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    Ready to master Microsoft Excel 2013? Whether you're new to the software or just upgraded from an older version, this course is packed with tips on navigating the essential database functions.

    Ready to master Microsoft Excel 2013? Whether you're new to the software or just upgraded from an older version, this course is packed with tips on navigating the essential database functions.

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    Microsoft Excel for Beginners
    An 11-part course with Amicron
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    Become a spreadsheet ninja! This course from Amicron, designed for complete beginners, covers everything you need to know to make functional, dynamic spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel 2010. Tour the Excel ribbon and interface before jumping into basic data entry and formatting. By the end of these 11 simple lessons, you should know how to write math formulas and organize data into easy-to-read XLS files.

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    Become a spreadsheet ninja! This course from Amicron, designed for complete beginners, covers everything you need to know to make functional, dynamic spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel 2010. Tour the Excel ribbon and interface before jumping into basic data entry and formatting. By the end of these 11 simple lessons, you should know how to write math formulas and organize data into easy-to-read XLS files.

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    Customizing Excel 2010 Toolbars
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    Learn how to customize Excel to suit the way you work! In this Excel 2010 lesson, learn how to customize the Quick Access Toolbar and Ribbon toolbars.

    Learn how to customize Excel to suit the way you work! In this Excel 2010 lesson, learn how to customize the Quick Access Toolbar and Ribbon toolbars.

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    Using the MID Function in Excel
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    Use the MID Function in Excel when you want to extract a particular string of text from a cell’s content. Learn about the function syntax and usage here.

    Use the MID Function in Excel when you want to extract a particular string of text from a cell’s content. Learn about the function syntax and usage here.

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    Using the PROPER Function in Excel
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    The PROPER Function capitalizes the first character of each word in your Excel spreadsheet data. Learn about function syntax and usage in this lesson.

    The PROPER Function capitalizes the first character of each word in your Excel spreadsheet data. Learn about function syntax and usage in this lesson.

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    Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2010
    A lesson with Sally Ulianich
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    Accounting, budgeting, planning, scheduling—you name it, Microsoft Excel 2010 can help you do it. Discover multiple uses for Excel in this introductory lesson.

    Accounting, budgeting, planning, scheduling—you name it, Microsoft Excel 2010 can help you do it. Discover multiple uses for Excel in this introductory lesson.

  • 1 min
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    3 ways to format cells in Excel
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    Using the RIGHT Function in Excel
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    The RIGHT Function in Excel extracts a specified number of characters from the right part of a string of text. Learn about function syntax and usage here!

    The RIGHT Function in Excel extracts a specified number of characters from the right part of a string of text. Learn about function syntax and usage here!

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    Intro to Excel Tables for Windows & Mac
    A lesson with Excel Campus
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    Want to save time and increase your productivity when working with your data in Excel? Learn how to use Excel Tables - they are the future of Excel.

    Want to save time and increase your productivity when working with your data in Excel? Learn how to use Excel Tables - they are the future of Excel.

  • 4 min
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    Using the SUBSTITUTE Function in Excel
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    In this quick and easy lesson from Trump Excel, learn how to use SUBSTITUTE function and its arguments to replace characters or text strings.

    In this quick and easy lesson from Trump Excel, learn how to use SUBSTITUTE function and its arguments to replace characters or text strings.

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    Vlookup Function in Excel Gradebook
    A lesson with Todd McLeod
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    Learn how to set up the Vlookup function in MS Excel to calculate a final letter grade for each student in your Microsoft Excel gradebook spreadsheet.

    Learn how to set up the Vlookup function in MS Excel to calculate a final letter grade for each student in your Microsoft Excel gradebook spreadsheet.

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    Equestrian excellence
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    Bryan Adams may seem like an unlikely hero for horse girls everywhere, but the gravelly-voiced Canadian rocker earned that title when he lent his voice to the Spirit: Stallion of the Cimaron soundtrack. Released in November 2002, the animated film follows a horse who is separated from his herd. Adams' songs provide context for the film's most important scenes. None is better known than "Here I am," which introduces the film's main character. Like many soundtrack tunes, the song was a joint effort. The lyrics were penned by Adams, American musician Gretchen Peters and famed German composer Hans Zimmer. The song was arranged by Ed Lajeski who has a background in musical theatre. Lajeski's arrangement compensated for several scenes which needed to take place during the song. He wove in long instrumental sections to seamlessly back up Adams' vocals. The song's hopeful, spirited feel—with some sections meant to mimic a prancing horse—earned it an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Award and a Golden Globe nomination. It was even used to promote Canada's hosting of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Talk about a song with a colt following!

     

     

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    Bryan Adams may seem like an unlikely hero for horse girls everywhere, but the gravelly-voiced Canadian rocker earned that title when he lent his voice to the Spirit: Stallion of the Cimaron soundtrack. Released in November 2002, the animated film follows a horse who is separated from his herd. Adams' songs provide context for the film's most important scenes. None is better known than "Here I am," which introduces the film's main character. Like many soundtrack tunes, the song was a joint effort. The lyrics were penned by Adams, American musician Gretchen Peters and famed German composer Hans Zimmer. The song was arranged by Ed Lajeski who has a background in musical theatre. Lajeski's arrangement compensated for several scenes which needed to take place during the song. He wove in long instrumental sections to seamlessly back up Adams' vocals. The song's hopeful, spirited feel—with some sections meant to mimic a prancing horse—earned it an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Award and a Golden Globe nomination. It was even used to promote Canada's hosting of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Talk about a song with a colt following!

     

     

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    FLASHBACK | Equestrian excellence
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    It's Flashback Friday! In honor of both World Snake Day and Guinea Pig appreciation day, enjoy this animal-focused curio!
     
    Bryan Adams may seem like an unlikely hero for horse girls everywhere, but the gravelly-voiced Canadian rocker earned that title when he lent his voice to the Spirit: Stallion of the Cimaron soundtrack. Released in November 2002, the animated film follows a horse who is separated from his herd. Adams' songs provide context for the film's most important scenes. None is better known than "Here I am," which introduces the film's main character. Like many soundtrack tunes, the song was a joint effort. The lyrics were penned by Adams, American musician Gretchen Peters and famed German composer Hans Zimmer. The song was arranged by Ed Lajeski who has a background in musical theatre. Lajeski's arrangement compensated for several scenes which needed to take place during the song. He wove in long instrumental sections to seamlessly back up Adams' vocals. The song's hopeful, spirited feel—with some sections meant to mimic a prancing horse—earned it an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Award and a Golden Globe nomination. It was even used to promote Canada's hosting of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Talk about a song with a colt following!

     

     

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    It's Flashback Friday! In honor of both World Snake Day and Guinea Pig appreciation day, enjoy this animal-focused curio!
     
    Bryan Adams may seem like an unlikely hero for horse girls everywhere, but the gravelly-voiced Canadian rocker earned that title when he lent his voice to the Spirit: Stallion of the Cimaron soundtrack. Released in November 2002, the animated film follows a horse who is separated from his herd. Adams' songs provide context for the film's most important scenes. None is better known than "Here I am," which introduces the film's main character. Like many soundtrack tunes, the song was a joint effort. The lyrics were penned by Adams, American musician Gretchen Peters and famed German composer Hans Zimmer. The song was arranged by Ed Lajeski who has a background in musical theatre. Lajeski's arrangement compensated for several scenes which needed to take place during the song. He wove in long instrumental sections to seamlessly back up Adams' vocals. The song's hopeful, spirited feel—with some sections meant to mimic a prancing horse—earned it an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Award and a Golden Globe nomination. It was even used to promote Canada's hosting of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Talk about a song with a colt following!

     

     

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    Work Daily Curio #1166
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    Wrapped around Excel’s axle
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    Spreadsheet “bugs” are a problem for most data-crunching people. But most of them are not world-renowned Harvard economists using their Excel models to justify highly partisan theories. That’s exactly what Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff were doing though. They released a paper that spawned a global movement to reduce national federal debt, only to realize their fundamental conclusions were based on a serious Excel blunder. In essence, they accidentally “hid” five rows in their Excel spreadsheet that contained GDP data from 5 of the 19 nations in their study. Reinhart and Rogoff’s key claim was that when countries reached a gross government debt equal to 90% of their GDP they hit a tipping point which caused annual economic growth to start decreasing every year. The Reinhart-Rogoff paper was music to the ears of “deficit hawks” around the world. It seemed to provide solid proof that national debt could reverse a nation’s growth. Except not. When Reinhart and Rogoff included the missing rows of data, the growth in countries with high government debt jumped to an extremely healthy +2.2% per year. D’oh! The data error was discovered by a graduate student at UMass Amherst whose econ professor had asked students to find a published paper and replicate it. When Herndon couldn’t replicate the same results, he went to his professor, who also failed to replicate the results. So they gathered a team at UMass to assemble a corrected version of the Reinhart-Rogoff paper, and then published it. Reinhart and Rogoff almost immediately responded, admitting the data error. But it was too late. The original Reinhart-Rogoff paper had already been used to support the 2013 US budget created by the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. The study had also already been used by the European Commission to justify major fiscal cuts and “austerity” measures. And Rogoff himself had already gone before a large panel of bipartisan economists warning of catastrophic consequences for the US economy, since it was in a 90% debt situation. Next time they could save time by just using Excel’s “goal seek” feature.

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    Spreadsheet “bugs” are a problem for most data-crunching people. But most of them are not world-renowned Harvard economists using their Excel models to justify highly partisan theories. That’s exactly what Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff were doing though. They released a paper that spawned a global movement to reduce national federal debt, only to realize their fundamental conclusions were based on a serious Excel blunder. In essence, they accidentally “hid” five rows in their Excel spreadsheet that contained GDP data from 5 of the 19 nations in their study. Reinhart and Rogoff’s key claim was that when countries reached a gross government debt equal to 90% of their GDP they hit a tipping point which caused annual economic growth to start decreasing every year. The Reinhart-Rogoff paper was music to the ears of “deficit hawks” around the world. It seemed to provide solid proof that national debt could reverse a nation’s growth. Except not. When Reinhart and Rogoff included the missing rows of data, the growth in countries with high government debt jumped to an extremely healthy +2.2% per year. D’oh! The data error was discovered by a graduate student at UMass Amherst whose econ professor had asked students to find a published paper and replicate it. When Herndon couldn’t replicate the same results, he went to his professor, who also failed to replicate the results. So they gathered a team at UMass to assemble a corrected version of the Reinhart-Rogoff paper, and then published it. Reinhart and Rogoff almost immediately responded, admitting the data error. But it was too late. The original Reinhart-Rogoff paper had already been used to support the 2013 US budget created by the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. The study had also already been used by the European Commission to justify major fiscal cuts and “austerity” measures. And Rogoff himself had already gone before a large panel of bipartisan economists warning of catastrophic consequences for the US economy, since it was in a 90% debt situation. Next time they could save time by just using Excel’s “goal seek” feature.

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    Work Daily Curio #944
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    More proof Excel is the coolest program ever
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    Microsoft Excel is one of the most powerful programs on the planet. It can generate complex financial models, run statistical simulations, and graph just about anything. But Tatsuo Horiuchi, a Japanese artist, uses Excel to make art. Using just the AutoShapes function, Horiuchi creates stunning landscapes and portraits that appear to be painted on a canvas. Horiuchi claims he just stumbled upon this new medium as a matter of frugality—he tells reporters he only started using Excel because it was preinstalled on his computer. But it has made him a local celebrity. In 2006, he won an AutoShapes art contest, which apparently is a thing. Not bad for a 73-year old retiree who had never used Excel before. The best part about Horiuchi's art is that you can open the original XLS files on your computer (assuming you have Excel—sorry Google Sheets users) to see how the artwork was created. And Horiuchi isn't the only Excel artist. Detroit-based artist Danielle Aubert turned a daily Excel drawing exercise into a book, 16 Months Worth of Drawings in Microsoft Excel. The mathematics group Think Maths even created an application that turns any photo into pixelated art for Excel. I love nerds!

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    Microsoft Excel is one of the most powerful programs on the planet. It can generate complex financial models, run statistical simulations, and graph just about anything. But Tatsuo Horiuchi, a Japanese artist, uses Excel to make art. Using just the AutoShapes function, Horiuchi creates stunning landscapes and portraits that appear to be painted on a canvas. Horiuchi claims he just stumbled upon this new medium as a matter of frugality—he tells reporters he only started using Excel because it was preinstalled on his computer. But it has made him a local celebrity. In 2006, he won an AutoShapes art contest, which apparently is a thing. Not bad for a 73-year old retiree who had never used Excel before. The best part about Horiuchi's art is that you can open the original XLS files on your computer (assuming you have Excel—sorry Google Sheets users) to see how the artwork was created. And Horiuchi isn't the only Excel artist. Detroit-based artist Danielle Aubert turned a daily Excel drawing exercise into a book, 16 Months Worth of Drawings in Microsoft Excel. The mathematics group Think Maths even created an application that turns any photo into pixelated art for Excel. I love nerds!

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    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 pencil." In fact, it was Priestley's description of the necessary vigorous rubbing action that gave the tree its modern name: the "rubber" tree. It proved to be a vast improvement over the then state-of-the-art eraser technology--old bread that had been de-crusted, moistened and balled up. We promise we're not making any of this up!

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    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 pencil." In fact, it was Priestley's description of the necessary vigorous rubbing action that gave the tree its modern name: the "rubber" tree. It proved to be a vast improvement over the then state-of-the-art eraser technology--old bread that had been de-crusted, moistened and balled up. We promise we're not making any of this up!

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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 pencil." In fact, it was Priestley's description of the necessary vigorous rubbing action that gave the tree its modern name: the "rubber" tree. It proved to be a vast improvement over the then state-of-the-art eraser technology--old bread that had been de-crusted, moistened and balled up. We promise we're not making any of this up!

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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 pencil." In fact, it was Priestley's description of the necessary vigorous rubbing action that gave the tree its modern name: the "rubber" tree. It proved to be a vast improvement over the then state-of-the-art eraser technology--old bread that had been de-crusted, moistened and balled up. We promise we're not making any of this up!

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    Bieber saves more lives
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    We recently learned how Justin Bieber saved countless lives by sparking a haircut trend that protected millions of teens against skin cancer. This week there was an even more dramatic Bieber lifesaving event. A Russian bear was in the process of mauling fisherman Igor Vorozhbitsyn near a fishing spot in the Republic of Yakutia when Igor's phone rang. The ringtone was set to Bieber’s song “Baby," which his daughter had downloaded as a joke. The bear, whose claws were digging into Igor's face, was so startled that he turned and fled back into the woods. Igor, badly injured, managed to use the phone to call for help... and credits Bieber with saving his life. Putting all kidding aside--well, actually, I'm finding that hard to do, so I'm just going to end it here.

    MORE FROM JUSTIN: Listen up, peeps! Today we are introducing the "Course of the Week." Each Tuesday we'll highlight one of our courses that our Curious learners are raving about. If you enroll before the following Sunday, you'll get $15 of FREE credit put in your account for future learning.

    Up first is Motion Training's Excel Essentials, one of our all-time most popular courses. If you've ever felt stupid when using Excel, or have resigned yourself to "not being a spreadsheet person," then this course will change your life. Remember, enroll before Sunday night and get $15 of Curious Credit FREE. Not bad for a $30 purchase! Click here to get a peek inside the course.
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    We recently learned how Justin Bieber saved countless lives by sparking a haircut trend that protected millions of teens against skin cancer. This week there was an even more dramatic Bieber lifesaving event. A Russian bear was in the process of mauling fisherman Igor Vorozhbitsyn near a fishing spot in the Republic of Yakutia when Igor's phone rang. The ringtone was set to Bieber’s song “Baby," which his daughter had downloaded as a joke. The bear, whose claws were digging into Igor's face, was so startled that he turned and fled back into the woods. Igor, badly injured, managed to use the phone to call for help... and credits Bieber with saving his life. Putting all kidding aside--well, actually, I'm finding that hard to do, so I'm just going to end it here.

    MORE FROM JUSTIN: Listen up, peeps! Today we are introducing the "Course of the Week." Each Tuesday we'll highlight one of our courses that our Curious learners are raving about. If you enroll before the following Sunday, you'll get $15 of FREE credit put in your account for future learning.

    Up first is Motion Training's Excel Essentials, one of our all-time most popular courses. If you've ever felt stupid when using Excel, or have resigned yourself to "not being a spreadsheet person," then this course will change your life. Remember, enroll before Sunday night and get $15 of Curious Credit FREE. Not bad for a $30 purchase! Click here to get a peek inside the course.
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    Magic for birds
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    Being bird-brained isn't the worst thing when it comes to sleight-of-hand tricks. A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals Eurasian jays are excellent at guessing hand tricks correctly. The experiments in front of the Eurasian jays, which took place at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, United Kingdom, consisted of three hand-to-hand tricks using worms. The first two switch-a-roos were known as the "palm transfer" and "French drop", vanishing tricks which did not fool the birds. The Eurasian jay itself performs its own sort of magic in the wild, often pretending to drop food if another jay is watching in order to hide the real food storage location. As far as the third hand trick in the experiment goes, the jays had difficulty with a fast-pass maneuver between hands. This may have fooled the jays because unlike the first two tricks, the jay has to move its head to keep up instead of merely watching the action closely with its excellent vision. Hey, two out of three is a lot better than we do at a carnival!

     

    [Image description: a tan, black, and white Eurasian jay, perching with its mouth open.] Credit & copyright: eBird
     

    Written by: Esther P.

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    Being bird-brained isn't the worst thing when it comes to sleight-of-hand tricks. A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals Eurasian jays are excellent at guessing hand tricks correctly. The experiments in front of the Eurasian jays, which took place at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, United Kingdom, consisted of three hand-to-hand tricks using worms. The first two switch-a-roos were known as the "palm transfer" and "French drop", vanishing tricks which did not fool the birds. The Eurasian jay itself performs its own sort of magic in the wild, often pretending to drop food if another jay is watching in order to hide the real food storage location. As far as the third hand trick in the experiment goes, the jays had difficulty with a fast-pass maneuver between hands. This may have fooled the jays because unlike the first two tricks, the jay has to move its head to keep up instead of merely watching the action closely with its excellent vision. Hey, two out of three is a lot better than we do at a carnival!

     

    [Image description: a tan, black, and white Eurasian jay, perching with its mouth open.] Credit & copyright: eBird
     

    Written by: Esther P.

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    The prototype for the SAT looks nothing like today's version.  

    We hope you studied your Latin adjective declensions! The College Board administered its first exam this week in 1901, marking the beginning of the end for the absurdly inefficient admissions process of old.  

    Prior to 1900, students had to travel to prospective universities to be evaluated. Universities wrote and administered their own tests, which could more than a week for students to complete—making applications to just one or two schools financially burdensome for everyone involved.  

    In 1885, a school principal raised the issue with the National Education Association so a better process could be devised. After 15 years of planning, the College Board was formed. It hoped to standardize high school curricula, and streamline the college application process to make higher education available to a wider range of applicants.  

    The 1901 test consisted of essays in several topics: English, French, German, Latin, Greek, history, mathematics, chemistry, and physics. Forget about trying to score a perfect 2400, these students were vying for titles: Excellent, Good, Doubtful, Poor, or Very Poor. The test was administered to a mere 973 students in 69 locations.  

    The modern-day SAT was developed in 1925, based on an army intelligence test, and reworked to grade students on a point-based scale. Test-taking numbers have improved considerably since then; nowadays, over 1.5 million students take the SAT each year. We'd grade that "Excellent."

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    The prototype for the SAT looks nothing like today's version.  

    We hope you studied your Latin adjective declensions! The College Board administered its first exam this week in 1901, marking the beginning of the end for the absurdly inefficient admissions process of old.  

    Prior to 1900, students had to travel to prospective universities to be evaluated. Universities wrote and administered their own tests, which could more than a week for students to complete—making applications to just one or two schools financially burdensome for everyone involved.  

    In 1885, a school principal raised the issue with the National Education Association so a better process could be devised. After 15 years of planning, the College Board was formed. It hoped to standardize high school curricula, and streamline the college application process to make higher education available to a wider range of applicants.  

    The 1901 test consisted of essays in several topics: English, French, German, Latin, Greek, history, mathematics, chemistry, and physics. Forget about trying to score a perfect 2400, these students were vying for titles: Excellent, Good, Doubtful, Poor, or Very Poor. The test was administered to a mere 973 students in 69 locations.  

    The modern-day SAT was developed in 1925, based on an army intelligence test, and reworked to grade students on a point-based scale. Test-taking numbers have improved considerably since then; nowadays, over 1.5 million students take the SAT each year. We'd grade that "Excellent."

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