Each week, we find 5 fun, quirky or hopefully helpful links. And share them with you. Because we find the internet pretty distracting.
- Over the span of one year, after realizing that she almost always read books originally published in English, Ann Morgan read a book from 196 different countries and reviewed them on her blog. Now her own book, discussing challenges that came up during the year, such as a country's literary identity, government censorship and a dearth of English translations, has just been released in the UK with a US release planned for May 2015. A bit different from the standard blog-to-book tale.
- Perfect Man Study: When it comes to appearance, what men think women want and what women actually prefer are pretty different. Looks like men are just as insecure about their looks as women. Who knew? Via Design Taxi.
- The small and subtle things that can transform teaching: In this Guardian Long Read, we meet Doug Lemov, who uses data to figure out the best teachers, then videotapes their teaching and reviews it like a sports professional. He's created a new methodology and language about the art of teaching. His book, Teach Like a Champion, is being used by teachers in the US and the UK.
- How Chameleons Change Their Color: Nanocrystals! Discovery may allow similar color-changing technology in product design, which would be like mood rings on steroids or something.
- Underground Fire Has Been Burning Nearly 100 Years: The result of coal mines that were perhaps carelessly closed, the fire in Jaharia, India has burned through billions of dollars worth of coal since 1916. Experts believe there's enough coal in the vein to burn for 3,800 years. It's not the only one of it's kind in the world. The town of Centralia, Pennsylvania was shuttered in the 1970s when the underground fire in its abandoned coal mine was deemed too expensive to put out. That fire could continue burning for another 250 years.