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Did you know that beryllium is transparent to X-rays? Or yttrium is found in moon rocks and bullet-proof glass? Or that curium was named after Pierre and Marie Curie? Or that because tantalum is used in cell phones, the demand for it has become so immense that wars have erupted in central Africa?

I did, because I've been clicking through this interactive chart on the TED-Ed platform, which features a free lesson about every single element on the periodic table. Go ahead. Ask me anything about hassium.

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TED talks are great to watch when you have time to spare, the problem is finding a good collection of them without having to jump through a bunch of different websites. To combat this, a new channel called the "TED Archive" has begun the long process of cataloguing and uploading talks, making it easier for the rest of us.

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TED talks are great, but there's a point where they all seem too similar, or are just taxing to muddle through. If you'd still like to enjoy a smart, engaging talk now and again but you've had enough of TED, here are some alternative to boost your brain.

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Not everything needs to be complicated! At this year's TED, Adam Savage, best known as part of the two-man team the fronts TV's MythBusters, reinforced this adage by highlighting examples of historic scientific discoveries that were made using straightforward concepts and approaches.

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You can access your Internet Explorer bookmarks with a quick registry hack and the about: command in the address bar. The gist of the hack shown at the Technoworld weblog is to manually add your bookmarks to the registry so you can quickly navigate to them by putting about:YourBookmark into the address bar. You can access your bookmarks from the dropdown menu, but as you know, mouseless navigation can do wonders for your productivity. Couple this hack with an "about:" entry for Texter, and you can put together a pretty handy ad-hoc mouseless navigation scheme for Internet Explorer. I wouldn't recommend setting up shortcuts for URLs shorter than six characters (the length of "about:") but it would be very handy for complicated URLs that you visit frequently like "about:bank" or "about:gasprices"—you get the picture. It is about as close as you can get to keyword navigating for Internet Explorer.
Trick : Make use of "about" pages for fast navigation and security in IE

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Windows only: Move and resize windows to any side or corner of your screen with freeware application WinSplit Revolution. The proliferation of widescreen and dual monitors has made maximising most applications a waste of precious productivity space, especially when you want to keep a dashboard of information available at all times. WinSplit Revolution's simple keyboard shortcuts quickly position the active window anywhere on your monitor (or dual monitors) so you can maximise your screen space. WinSplit Revolution is freeware, Windows only.

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