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"Science engages me despite the fact that I teach English. The 2 are not opposite poles. This curated project focuses on my life long lust for science and tech. Please click the title above to explore my pages, and thank you for sharing and return often."


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How to keep your target audience, employing knowledge of the reading mind

How to keep your target audience, employing knowledge of the reading mind | Bizarre, Mesmerizing, Science | Scoop.it
Mines  real psychological experiments, using videos and discussion to extract the principals that apply to your target audience.  Notes that bloggers can leverage the brains of readers with a...
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What's unique in power women? Empathy, femininity, and humble leadership 

What's unique in power women? Empathy, femininity, and humble leadership  | Bizarre, Mesmerizing, Science | Scoop.it
Mines the feminine qualities that elevate women in the modern workplace, pointing to the unique leadership strengths of empathy and sensitivity. Notes that empathy is not absent in male leadership,...
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5 Hot Power Blog Tips: After readers are hooked, keep them with the first line

5 Hot Power Blog Tips: After readers are hooked, keep them with the first line | Bizarre, Mesmerizing, Science | Scoop.it
Mines the power of the blog's first line to retain your reader for the length of the piece, especially important if you sell a product or service. A successful headline is not enough to keep the...
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How to exploit social media and new enterprise, generating innovation

How to exploit social media and new enterprise, generating innovation | Bizarre, Mesmerizing, Science | Scoop.it
Mines the new freedom companies and employees have experienced  a result of the move to mobile which liberated us from the desk and office. Points to a new brain stress that comes with being on...
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Start Up and Start Over States of Mind

Start Up and Start Over States of Mind | Bizarre, Mesmerizing, Science | Scoop.it
Press releases are rife with successful start ups nearly every day. They are success stories frequently, some bright star going public, being acquired for millions , and triumphing unexpectedly....
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Social media making human geniuses

Social media making human geniuses | Bizarre, Mesmerizing, Science | Scoop.it
Although the question of whether the internet affects our brains did not originate with Nicholas Carr, his July 2008 article in The Atlantic Monthly titled "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" certainly brought the issue into the mainstream media. He contends that Internet use in general, not just Google, changes the brain. The statement is obvious, as all things we experience, especially those over an extended period of time, change or brains, neural pathways, and cognition. However, what agitated people was his assertion that extensive use of the web makes us think in a less complex, in-depth manner.

 

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Social Media and the Individual-Humans Design the Universe

Social Media and the Individual-Humans Design the Universe | Bizarre, Mesmerizing, Science | Scoop.it
Pardon me please for being overly personal and sentimental here, but have you ever been so moved by a thing that you cannot exorcise the demon until you've written about it? Alright, perhaps you find...

 

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Video games help autistic students in classrooms

Video games help autistic students in classrooms | Bizarre, Mesmerizing, Science | Scoop.it
Researchers are studying if off-the-shelf video games can spark a breakthrough in treating autism.

"In real life, 9-year-old Michael has autism, as do his two classmates. All three have long struggled with the mental, physical and social rigors of school. All three now get help most days from video-game avatars — simplified digital versions of themselves doing things most autistic children don't generally do."


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BBC NEWS - Linus Torvalds: Linux succeeded thanks to selfishness and trust

"Architectures of participation" (Tim O'Reilly) enable self-interested acts to aggregate into public goods -- Howard

 

"In many ways, I actually think the real idea of open source is for it to allow everybody to be "selfish", not about trying to get everybody to contribute to some common good.

In other words, I do not see open source as some big goody-goody "let's all sing kumbaya around the campfire and make the world a better place". No, open source only really works if everybody is contributing for their own selfish reasons."


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Design Your Website for Mobile First - Huffington Post (blog)

Design Your Website for Mobile First - Huffington Post (blog) | Bizarre, Mesmerizing, Science | Scoop.it
Design Your Website for Mobile FirstHuffington Post (blog)To address the mobile revolution, many companies have created a second mobile version of their website so their content can be viewed on smart phones without a problem.

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Toddler spatial knowledge boosts understanding of numbers

Toddler spatial knowledge boosts understanding of numbers | Bizarre, Mesmerizing, Science | Scoop.it
ScienceDaily (June 13, 2012) — Children who are skilled in understanding how shapes fit together to make recognizable objects also have an advantage when it comes to learning the number line and solving math problems, research at the University of Chicago shows.

The work is further evidence of the value of providing young children with early opportunities in spatial learning, which contributes to their ability to mentally manipulate objects and understand spatial relationships, which are important in a wide range of tasks, including reading maps and graphs and understanding diagrams showing how to put things together. Those skills also have been shown to be important in Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.
Scholars at UChicago have shown, for instance, that working with puzzles and learning to identify shapes are connected to improved spatial understanding and better achievement, particularly in geometry. A new paper, however, is the first to connect robust spatial learning with better comprehension of other aspects of mathematics, such as arithmetic.

 

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Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will be $19.99 in July: adds Facbook integration, PowerNap updates, dictation, mute switch for notifications

Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will be $19.99 in July: adds Facbook integration, PowerNap updates, dictation, mute switch for notifications | Bizarre, Mesmerizing, Science | Scoop.it
Apple just announced that OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will cost $19.99 when it's released in July, and users can upgrade from both Lion and Snow Leopard. Customers who buy new Macs from today on will...
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Improve your mind now: Neuroscientific discoveries about mono-tasking 

Improve your mind now: Neuroscientific discoveries about mono-tasking  | Bizarre, Mesmerizing, Science | Scoop.it
A modern brain at work My focus right now is the neuroscience and cognitive psychology of mindfulness, but I am doing other tasks as I think through the subject. I multitask and think myself...
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Top Technology 2012: Neuroscientists Pinpoint Thoughts and Words in the Brain Using fMRI

Top Technology 2012: Neuroscientists Pinpoint Thoughts and Words in the Brain Using fMRI | Bizarre, Mesmerizing, Science | Scoop.it
Our close cousin's thoughts The DNA of a chimpanzee is almost identical to our own, with more than 99% similarity. Our close evolutionary relationship provides great benefits to humans, such as...
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How to create viral videos: Applying cognitive science to draw traffic

How to create viral videos: Applying cognitive science to draw traffic | Bizarre, Mesmerizing, Science | Scoop.it
Mines the power of video to engage audiences, increase traffic, and create return visits. Notes that videos must be good quality or you might do damage to your brand, but they do not have to be...
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Confessions of a recruiter: LinkedIn dupes jobseekers

Confessions of a recruiter: LinkedIn dupes jobseekers | Bizarre, Mesmerizing, Science | Scoop.it
Mines the truths about the declining condition of the LinkedIn brand from the point of view of a professional recruiter, who uses the the service to do research, but has her own trusted networks for...
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Scientists: Social Media Is Not Necessarily a Waste of Time

Scientists: Social Media Is Not Necessarily a Waste of Time | Bizarre, Mesmerizing, Science | Scoop.it
When it comes to social media, there seem to be two schools of thought in the science/research community. One posits that spending time on social media can be extremely useful. The other posits that spending time on social media is stupid.

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It's all about priorities, huh?

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Twitter Improves Writing--Top 5 | Darin's Blog

Twitter Improves Writing--Top 5 | Darin's Blog | Bizarre, Mesmerizing, Science | Scoop.it
Many in my English teaching profession bash Twitter, saying that tweeps mangle language, encourage poor writing, promote the trivial, etc. While these concerns are real, this isn't reality for all. Twitter is not writing's satan. If one is looking for rich development, in-depth analysis, synthesis of sources, and so forth, Twitter fails. However, working on the sentence level, where most need help, confining what might be said in 250 words to 140 can be positive. This is only effective if one avoids the cheats and short cuts of text messaging.

 

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iPad apps and screen time for kids: learning or babysitting? | Harvard Medical School

iPad apps and screen time for kids: learning or babysitting? | Harvard Medical School | Bizarre, Mesmerizing, Science | Scoop.it
It’s a dilemma for parents. Is it okay to let your daughter play with your phone so you can get five minutes of quiet in a restaurant, or will that permanently scuttle her attention span?

 

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from Darin...This is actually an ongoing debate embedded within a specific issue. The question more broadly framed is: Should children engage independently with technology? If so, how much, at what ages, and for how long? This is a significant issue for those raising children in whatever form or environment. It is so easy to put them in front of technology to get children out of our hair for a little while. The article suggests that using tech as a babysitter might not be the best solution. For me this is obvious, but my question remains ... what to do as a replacement? Sometimes a break is needed, especially for mothers. If you have any great ideas, send them my way by visiting my webpage at: http://darinhammondbyui.weebly.com/social-media-science-technology.html#.T-eKUStYvSA . This takes you to my blog and has connections to communicate with me. Feel free to jump into comments and discussions there, or contact me through the email link. Thank you so much for taking the time to read.


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Solar Flares Fire Double Sun Storm at Earth

Solar Flares Fire Double Sun Storm at Earth | Bizarre, Mesmerizing, Science | Scoop.it
An active sunspot is amping up the sun's activity, and has already unleashed two strong solar flares that triggered weekend geomagnetic storms on Earth, NASA officials say.
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SF Writers Are Eternal--Ray Bradbury Transcending Space and Time

SF Writers Are Eternal--Ray Bradbury Transcending Space and Time | Bizarre, Mesmerizing, Science | Scoop.it
The recent death of Ray Bradbury (June 5, 2012) induced in me a fit of science fiction (SF) nostalgia, my trek toward literacy. I had been so occupied with everyday concerns, every day, for so long that I neglected my reading roots. My senior year at Middleton High School, Idaho, I fell into literature and reading through the open door of SF stories. Orwell's 1984 was my first love. Bradbury soon followed, reminding me in Dandelion Wine of the joy of new sneakers--what it is to test-pilot white Adidas (with three red, vertical stripes) in a full sprint across the front lawn at the age of nine. New Adidas plus summer equalled pure adrenaline.
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Gene Map of Body's Microbes Is New Health Tool

Gene Map of Body's Microbes Is New Health Tool | Bizarre, Mesmerizing, Science | Scoop.it
Researchers said Wednesday they have produced the first comprehensive genetic map of the microbes that live in or on a healthy human body, laying the groundwork for possible new advances in research and in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

The accomplishment—the result of a five-year, $173 million initiative called the Human Microbiome Project funded by the National Institutes of Health—stems from an effort to better understand bacteria and other organisms that play a critical role in processes ranging from digestion to infection.

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The bacterium, Enterococcus faecalis, which lives in the human gut, is just one type of microbe that will be studied as part of NIH's Human Microbiome Project.

Scientists know the body harbors trillions of such microorganisms—indeed, they outnumber human cells 10 to 1. But until now, they didn't know what the all bacteria were, where they were and how they might differ from person to person, or from site to site on a single body.

"This is really a new vista in biology," said Phillip Tarr, director of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, and one of the leaders of the project, which involved some 200 researchers at 80 institutions.

 

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Apple announces iOS 6, coming this fall; beta available today

Apple announces iOS 6, coming this fall; beta available today | Bizarre, Mesmerizing, Science | Scoop.it
Apple has officially unveiled iOS 6 at its Worldwide Developers Conference today, the next version of its mobile operating system used by the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV. iOS has...
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