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Educational technology is making achievement gaps bigger between rich and poor

Educational technology is making achievement gaps bigger between rich and poor | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Poor kids don't receive as much guidance in a library as affluent kids do.
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You would think that equal access to IT would even the playing field for disadvantaged kids.  Sadly it seems that this is not the case.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, June 29, 2014 3:25 PM

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Health costs of hormone disrupting chemicals over €150bn a year in Europe, says study

Health costs of hormone disrupting chemicals over €150bn a year in Europe, says study | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Lower IQ, adult obesity and 5% of autism cases are all linked to exposure to endocrine disruptors found in food containers, plastics, furniture, toys, carpeting and cosmetics, says new expert study
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The digital black hole: will it delete your memories?

The digital black hole: will it delete your memories? | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Google’s vice-president Vint Cerf has warned that all digitally stored information could be wiped out by tech upgrades, putting the sum total of human knowledge under threat. An author and scientist explains why today’s systems are so vulnerable – and how pioneers are preparing for the worst
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My edible classroom gives deprived New York kids a reason to attend school

My edible classroom gives deprived New York kids a reason to attend school | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
 Teacher Stephen Ritz explains how a project to grow fresh food in his school turned into a wider movement encouraging healthy eating among US students
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"It is easier to raise healthy children than fix broken adults and I believe every child deserves a safe, healthy, nurturing environment to live in."

An inspirational piece about how a project to grow veggies in schools led to radical changes.

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Bill Gates insists AI is a threat

Bill Gates insists AI is a threat | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
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Humans should be worried about the threat posed by artificial Intelligence, Bill Gates has said. The Microsoft founder said he didn't understand people who were not troubled by the possibility that AI could grow too strong for people to control.

 

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12 Worst Ideas Religion Has Unleashed on the World

These dubious concepts advocate conflict, cruelty and suffering.
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Have We Found Alien Life?

Have We Found Alien Life? | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
This feature was originally published in the February 2015 issue of Popular Science. Kenneth Nealson is looking awfully sane for a man who’s basically just told me that he has a colony of aliens incubating in his laboratory.
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Britain entering first world war was 'biggest error in modern history'

Britain entering first world war was 'biggest error in modern history' | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Historian Niall Ferguson says Britain could have lived with German victory and should have stayed out of war
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What do we need to know?

What do we need to know? | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
In this 2-minute documentary, the legendary BBC producer John Lloyd argues that knowledge of what matters trumps knowing a lot.
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8 Ways To Get Serious About Writing in 2015

8 Ways To Get Serious About Writing in 2015 | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
he more romantic writers (which is, to be honest, all of us) will tell you that writing is a vocation – an addiction, a compulsion, a calling. The problem isn’t not writing, it’s keeping enough paper in your burnished steel-and-copper Remington to keep up with us, lest we start writing on tabletop, curtains and our own skin. On the rare occasions writers’ block rises, then all that sunshine and magic fades away and we are bereft, useless and hollow, screaming our frustration at the sky.

This is true exactly forty percent of the time.

The rest of the time, writing is just a thing that you do. There are moments where it’s easier and moments when it’s harder. You have to write the good moments, the hot prose, but you also have to write the small difficult sentences and the bits where the characters hang up their coats. It took me a long time to learn that if I waited for the moments when inspiration struck like lightning out of a clear sky I would be waiting a while. Inspiration is one thing, but it’s the determination to get through the slog that is writing every day that marks a serious writer.

Like any job, however, there are ways you can make it easier on yourself by approaching it strategically. If you’re looking to get more serious about writing this year the following tips should help.

 
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The Stories That Bind Us

The Stories That Bind Us | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
The single most important thing you can do for your family may be the simplest of all: develop a strong family narrative.
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Why Each Year Seems To Disappear More Quickly Than the Last

Why Each Year Seems To Disappear More Quickly Than the Last | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
by Anna Hunt For most people, each passing month of their lives seems to feel shorter than the previous. Many of us can’t believe that stores are already starting to display Christmas products, and if you’re writing a check, you might still catch yourself writing 2013 when 2014 is nearly over. All clocks follow the same…
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Scientists Discover Children’s Cells Living in Mothers’ Brains

Scientists Discover Children’s Cells Living in Mothers’ Brains | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
The connection between mother and child is ever deeper than thought
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Beware the gravitational pull of mediocrity

Beware the gravitational pull of mediocrity | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Being second rate is not simply the curse of being an over-promoted underachiever – it’s the default state of the universe
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New theory suggests the Big Bang never occurred

New theory suggests the Big Bang never occurred | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
A new quantum equation suggests that the Universe has no beginning or end, and it could also account for dark matter and dark energy. Researchers have created a new model that applies our latest understanding of quantum mechanics to Einstein’s...
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It is real Thursdays 7 pm channel 11 :) seriously scientist can't figure the human mind out what's the odds on the universe :) http://susanjboston.com

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Religion’s smart-people problem: The shaky intellectual foundations of absolute faith

Religion’s smart-people problem: The shaky intellectual foundations of absolute faith | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Religious belief the world over has a strenuous relationship with intellectualism. But why?
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Survey Says Scientists And Public Disagree On Climate Change, GMOs, And More

Survey Says Scientists And Public Disagree On Climate Change, GMOs, And More | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
What we have here is a failure to communicate
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‘Inequality has become a challenge to us as moral beings’

‘Inequality has become a challenge to us as moral beings’ | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
A lack of basic fairness in our economic system is threatening democracy, capitalism and civil society, argues Will Hutton in an extract from his new book, How Good We Can Be
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Susan J Boston's curator insight, February 25, 9:02 AM

Fairness has became the wine of the rich and powerful...

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World is now 'three minutes before armageddon'

World is now 'three minutes before armageddon' | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
"Unchecked climate change and nuclear arms race resulting from modernisation of huge arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity.

"World leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe. These failures of leadership endanger every person on earth."
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Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness? | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
The long read: Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots
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Tovar Cerulli – The hidden costs of vegetarianism

Tovar Cerulli – The hidden costs of vegetarianism | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
A former vegan who now hunts deer is troubled by what it takes to put food on our plates
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Why I Hope to Die at 75

Why I Hope to Die at 75 | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
An argument that society and families—and you—will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly
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The death of universities

The death of universities | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Terry Eagleton: Academia has become a servant of the status quo. Its malaise runs so much deeper than tuition fees
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I wish I’d asked about my family’s past while the older generation were here

The problem is that we don’t know how much we don’t know until death takes away the parents and grandparents who were the repository of all these unknown things.
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"Ask now, while you can."

I also think of those unasked questions.

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Religion’s smart-people problem: The shaky intellectual foundations of absolute faith

Religion’s smart-people problem: The shaky intellectual foundations of absolute faith | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Religious belief the world over has a strenuous relationship with intellectualism. But why?
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