GOOD

Curated Learning 'Playlists' Make It Easy to Share Knowledge Online

More reliable than a search engine, more accessible than a textbook, MentorMob crowdsources knowledge on a wide range of topics.


When you want to learn something new, you usually start with a search engine. But many of your search results may not be relevant or reputable. A new service called MentorMob aims to make it easier to learn new information and skills by offering curated "playlists"—collections of links to the best articles, videos, and websites on a particular topic.

Like on Wikipedia, anyone can create or moderate playlists: Simply upload your links, then submit them to MentorMob. Users can rate the quality of the playlist so everyone else can see whether it teaches what it promises.


Playlists are divided into two categories—recreational, which teach things like how to "Create a Resume That Rocks" or "Choosing the Best Digital Camera", and academic, which covers math, science, and other subjects. A teacher could create a playlist of articles and videos about a particular topic, assign it to students to watch at home, and have them come to class the next day prepared to delve deeper into the content.

Of course, the only way to make MentorMob grow and become useful is to submit great playlists. Everyone's an expert on something, so if you have a great collection of links on a specific subject, now's the time to share!

Articles

Cancer is still the second leading cause of death after heart disease for both men and women. The American Cancer Society predicts that 2020 will bring almost 1.8 million new cancer cases and 600,000 cancer deaths, but there's also some good news. The American Cancer Society recently published a report in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians stating the U.S. cancer death rates experienced the largest-single year decline ever reported.

Between 2016 and 2017, cancer death rates fell by 2.2%. While cancer death rates have been steadily falling over the past three decades, it's normally by 1.5% a year. Cancer death rates have dropped by 29% since 1991, which means that there have been 2.9 million fewer cancer deaths in the past three decades than there would have been if the mortality rate had remained constant.

Keep Reading
Health

The Australian bushfires have claimed 27 human lives, an estimated 1 billion animals are feared dead, and thousands of properties have been completely decimated.

The fires were caused by extreme heat and dryness, the result of 2019 being the country's hottest year on record, with average temperatures 1.52C above the 1961-1990 average.

The area hit hardest by the fires, New South Wales, also had its hottest year on record, with temperatures rising 1.95C above average.

Keep Reading
The Planet

Dr. Nicole Baldwin is a pediatrician in Cincinnati, Ohio who is so active on social media she calls herself the Tweetiatrician.

She also has a blog where she discusses children's health issues and shares parenting tips.

Keep Reading
Health