July 21, 2017: Friday News Roundup

Welcome to the weekend (almost)! We’re counting down the days until Udemy LIVE, now just a week away, but we’re still keeping an eye on the news.

Forgot Where You Parked? Good
This column explores the role forgetting plays in our ability to learn over the longer term. While it can feel frustrating not to recall a bit of knowledge on command, our brains are actually using the retrieval process to clean out extraneous information. And “when we relearn something that we’ve forgotten, we often gain deeper forms of insight.”

Gig economy got you broke and anxious? Save yourself with a skills audit
This article argues that having a “seemingly scattered career can actually give you a huge edge—provided you know how to mine your skill set.” Performing a self-audit can help you recognize the softer-but-still-highly-valuable skills you’ve developed and how to frame them for potential employers.

Google Glass 2.0 Is a Startling Second Act
When the “smart” spectacles were first introduced, they were supposed to be worn by futurists and fashionistas keen on seeing an augmented view of the world. But they never really gained traction. Now, Google Glass is showing its utility in a much different setting: the factory floor.

Afghan girls team shines at US robotics competition
You may have read how these girls nearly missed the competition due to visa issues, but fortunately, they made it to Washington, DC, and were able to compete. And not only that, they came away with a silver medal. As one team member put it, “We wanted to show our talents to the world so they would know that we do have skills.” Well done!

2017 Audubon Photography Awards
Last up, a visual treat. Photography is among the most popular categories on Udemy, so prepare to feast your eyes on some pictures sure to inspire. Now, get out there this weekend and maybe you’ll capture your own “wild” life.