Brainfriendly, mo...
Follow
Find
5.3K views | +4 today
Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners
Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Rescooped by Aulde de Barbuat from Amazing Science
Scoop.it!

Paleoclimatology: Three Major Rivers Existed in the Sahara 100,000 Years Ago

Paleoclimatology: Three Major Rivers Existed in the Sahara 100,000 Years Ago | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

Simulating paleoclimates in the Sahara region, a team of researchers from Germany and United Kingdom has found evidence of three major river systems that likely existed in North Africa about 130,000 – 100,000 years ago, but are now largely buried by dune systems in the desert. The image shows Irharhar, Sahabi and Kufrah rivers systems in the Sahara region. The green points show the location of archaeological sites in the region.

 

When flowing, these rivers – Irharhar, Sahabi and Kufrah – likely provided fertile habitats for animals and vegetation, creating ‘green corridors’ across the region. At least one river system is estimated to have been 100 km wide and largely perennial.

 

The Irharhar river, westernmost of the three identified, may represent a likely route of human migration across the region. In addition to rivers, new simulations predict massive lagoons and wetlands in northeast Libya, some of which span over 70,000-square kilometers.

 

“It’s exciting to think that 100,000 years ago there were three huge rivers forcing their way across a 1,000 km of the Sahara desert to the Mediterranean and that our ancestors could have walked alongside them,” said Dr Tom Coulthard of the University of Hull, UK, who is a lead author of the study published in the journal PLoS ONE.

 

Previous studies have shown that people traveled across the Saharan mountains toward more fertile Mediterranean regions, but when, where and how they did so is a subject of debate. Existing evidence supports the possibilities of a single trans-Saharan migration, many migrations along one route, or multiple migrations along several different routes.

 

The existence of ‘green corridors’ that provided water and food resources were likely critical to these events, but their location and the amount of water they carried is not known. The simulations provided in this study aim to quantify the probability that these routes may have been viable for human migration across the region.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Aulde de Barbuat from Amazing Science
Scoop.it!

World won't cool without substantial geoengineering, report finds

World won't cool without substantial geoengineering, report finds | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
The latest draft of the IPCC climate report says global warming is irreversible without schemes to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere

 

Global warming is irreversible without massive geoengineering of the atmosphere's chemistry. This stark warning comes from the draft summary of the latest climate assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

 

Delegates from national governments are discussing the draft this week, prior to its release on Friday morning.

 

According to one of its lead authors, and the latest draft seen by New Scientist, the report will say: "CO2-induced warming is projected to remain approximately constant for many centuries following a complete cessation of emission. A large fraction of climate change is thus irreversible on a human timescale, except if net anthropogenic CO2 emissions were strongly negative over a sustained period."

 

In other words, even if all the world ran on carbon-free energy and deforestation ceased, the only way of lowering temperatures would be todevise a scheme for sucking hundreds of billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

 

Much of this week's report, the fifth assessment of the IPCC working group on the physical science of climate change, will reaffirm the findings of the previous four assessments, published regularly since 1990.

 

It will point out that to limit global warming to 2 °C will require cumulative CO2emissions from all human sources since the start of the industrial revolution to be kept below about a trillion tonnes of carbon. So far, we have emitted about half this. Current emissions are around 10.5 billion tonnes of carbon annually, and rising.

 

Since the last assessment, published in 2007, the IPCC has almost doubled its estimate of the maximum sea-level rise likely in the coming century to about 1 metre. They also conclude that it is now "virtually certain" that sea levels will continue to rise for many centuries, even if warming ceases, due to the delayed effects of thermal expansion of warming oceans and melting ice sheets.

 

The draft report says the available evidence now suggests that above a certain threshold of warming, the Greenland ice sheet will almost disappear within approximately 1000 years, which will result in 7 metres of global sea-level rise. It estimates that the threshold may lie between 1 °C and 4 °C of warming, but is not confident of this figure.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Aulde de Barbuat from La crème de la crème: The best sites for EFL, ESl learners
Scoop.it!

Amazing: 20,000+ FREE Online Science & Technology Lectures from Top Universities

Amazing: 20,000+ FREE Online Science & Technology Lectures from Top Universities | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

"Unless you’re enrolled at one of the best online colleges or are an elite member of the science and engineering inner circle, you’re probably left out of most of the exciting research explored by the world’s greatest scientists.

 

But thanks to the Internet and the generosity of many universities and online colleges, you’ve now got access to the cutting edge theories and projects that are changing the world in this list below."

 

The following topics are covered:

 

Aerospace, Anthropology, Astrobiology, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Cognitive Science, Computers, Cosmology, Dentistry, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Environment, Future, General Science, Geoscience, Machine Learning, Material Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Metallurgy, Mining, Nanotechnology, Oceanography, Philosophy, Physics, Physiology, Robotics, and Sociology.

 

Lectures are in Playlists and are alphabetically sorted with thumbnail pictures. No fee, no registration required - learn at your own pace. Certificates can be arranged with presenting universities.

 

NOTE: To subscribe to the RSS feed of Amazing Science, copy http://www.scoop.it/t/amazing-science/rss.xml into the URL field of your browser and click "subscribe".

 

This newsletter is aggregated from over 1450 news sources:

http://www.genautica.com/links/1450_news_sources.html

 

And also: Excellent:


101 Websites for Science Teachers | @scoopit via @sgruenwald http://sco.lt/...
http://www.goedonline.com/101-websites-for-science-teachers

100 Incredible Lectures from the World's Top Scientists - Best Colleges Online http://sco.lt/8kZovp

From www.bestcollegesonline.com - March 7, 8:59 AM

..For even more amazing lectures,r updated list for 2012 with more talks from great minds.
http://www.bestcollegesonline.com/blog/2012/07/31/100-more-incredible-lectures-from-the-worlds-top-scientists/


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald, Aulde de B
more...
Siegfried Holle's curator insight, July 4, 2014 8:45 AM

Your knowledge is your strength and power 

Saberes Sin Fronteras OVS's curator insight, November 30, 2014 5:33 PM

Acceso gratuito a documentos de las mejores universidades del mundo

♥ princess leia ♥'s curator insight, December 28, 2014 11:58 AM

WoW  .. Expand  your mind!! It has room to grow!!! 

Rescooped by Aulde de Barbuat from La crème de la crème: The best sites for EFL, ESl learners
Scoop.it!

David Rowan, editor of Wired (Uk) An excellent brainfriendly & inspiring culture blog– Food for thought Broad topics

David Rowan, editor of Wired (Uk) An excellent brainfriendly  & inspiring culture blog– Food for thought   Broad topics | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
Stories, people and ideas that are changing our day-to-day world by Wired UK. The most important, interesting and inspiring news and features on Wired.co.uk

 

An example:

 

Lessons from the Future of StoryTelling summit:

 

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-11/22/the-future-of-storyingtelling

 

Who says a conference, like a university course, can't be flipped? At the Future of StoryTelling event last month in New York, delegates were given homework to complete before they had even arrived at the venue -- and instead of standard keynotes or panels, they sat in groups to discuss their studies.

Admittedly, the "homework" consisted of the not-too-unpleasant task of watching 15 entertaining short films, around eight to ten minutes long, that were sent out in the weeks and days before the event. And as one of the delegates, I can confess that the task was not arduous. Watch them for yourselves: they include such delights as this one by Jonah Sachs, the co-founder and creative director of Free Range Studios, on the power of reclaiming the ancient myths; another, on the new rules of the creative entertainment economy, by Damian Kulash, the lead singer and guitarist for the Los Angeles rock band OK Go; a visually compelling short from Aaron Koblin of the Google Data Arts Team on data-driven stories; and one by singer and songwriter Daria Musk on "using social media to create lasting connections and reach an audience of millions".

Of the 15 videos, each offering a personal perspective on where storytelling is moving, we had to choose our favourite six. Then, on the day of the "proper" conference, the audience was divided into groups of around 20 people to discuss the questions raised by the respective filmmakers in a one-hour slot. Continue reading

 

Of the 15 videos, each offering a personal perspective on where storytelling is moving, we had to choose our favourite six. Then, on the day of the "proper" conference, the audience was divided into groups of around 20 people to discuss the questions raised by the respective filmmakers in a one-hour slot.

It was a fresh approach that put the pressure on delegates themselves to think through their position and engage in the discussions. According to the conference organisers, this "new model fosters unexpected insights and meaningful connections among people. We want to cultivate higher levels of engagement in an interactive and dynamic atmosphere, while affording guests a better opportunity to get to know one another and the speakers." From my perspective, it worked -- there were some intense and enlightening conversations in my groups that would not have happened in a more impersonal setting..

 

The aim, according to Melcher, was to understand the "transition from linear storytelling to digital literacy"....

 

.....After music, Shirky suggested, empowerment through open-coursework education services will be our next big story. "Udacity is a story," he said. "This is the decade when higher education suddenly suffers the wrenching dislocation that music went through in the last decade. Because we've lost control of the story. Stories are how we process facts."

futureofstorytelling.org


Via Aulde de B
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Aulde de Barbuat
Scoop.it!

LGBT Community Attacked, Tortured and Imprisoned in Russia as Regime Threatens to Imprison Gay Olympians -

LGBT Community Attacked, Tortured and Imprisoned in Russia as Regime Threatens to Imprison Gay Olympians - | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
Peaceful people in Russia are being attacked and imprisoned at an alarming rate for being open about their sexual orientation

 

Spectrum Human Rights Alliance reports:

Infamous Russian ultra-nationalist and former skin head, Maxim Martsinkevich, known under the nickname “Cleaver” (or “Tesak” in Russian) spearheaded a country wide campaign against LGBT teens using a popular social network VK.com to lure unsuspected victims through personal ads.....

 

In reality, over 500 online groups have been created inside VK.com social network in order to organize illegal militant groups in every Russian city. ....

 

Their idea of fighting pedophiles targets exclusively male teenagers who respond to the same-sex personal ads and show up for a date.

 

Captured victims are bullied and often tortured while being recorded on video.

 

These self-proclaimed “crime fighters” perform their actions under the broad day light, often outside and clearly visible to general public that indifferently passes by or even commend them.

 

Video recordings of bullying and tortures are freely distributed on the Internet in order to out LGBT teens to their respective schools, parents and friends.

 

Many victims were driven to suicides, the rest are deeply traumatized.

 

So far Russian police took no action against these “movements” even though Russian criminal code was clearly violated and despite numerous complaints from parents, victims and LGBT activists.....

 

To make matters worse the police are actually allowing this torture&predation to continue, and are in fact instigating assaults.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Aulde de Barbuat
Scoop.it!

9 Cities In America Running Out Of Water -

9 Cities In America Running Out Of Water - | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

Below are 9 examples of different  American cities that are running dangerously low on water,

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Aulde de Barbuat from Interesting reading for elementary and preintermediate learners of English
Scoop.it!

At The Restaurant - English Vocabulary for Eating Out and Ordering Food

At The Restaurant - English Vocabulary for Eating Out and Ordering Food | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

English vocabulary list of useful words and phrases to use in restaurants, cafes and bars when eating out. Learn how to order food and drink and pay for meals.


Via Sue Lyon-Jones, Aulde de B
more...
Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, September 12, 2013 1:28 PM
Great lesson.
Rescooped by Aulde de Barbuat from Quite Interesting News
Scoop.it!

33 Bizarre New Ant Species Discovered

33 Bizarre New Ant Species Discovered | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
A total of 33 new ant species have been discovered in Central America and the Caribbean. The nearly blind ants live in leaf litter and rotten logs in rainforests and are all quite tiny.

Via The QI Elves
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Aulde de Barbuat from (Language) learning and teaching with new technologies
Scoop.it!

Two-Sentence Horror Stories are actually pretty chilling

Two-Sentence Horror Stories are actually pretty chilling | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
Reddit recently asked their users, "What's the best horror story you can come up with in two sentences?" And their responses were terrifying! Who knew we could be so scared by such small stories?

Via Elke Lackner
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Aulde de Barbuat from (Language) learning and teaching with new technologies
Scoop.it!

Quotes | WordFocus.com

Quotes | WordFocus.com | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Elke Lackner
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Aulde de Barbuat from Esl - Efl activities and games
Scoop.it!

Patterns for clothes learning basic English

Patterns for clothes learning basic English | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

"Learning what the patterns are called for clothes English lesson

Lessons that are related to this lesson

To view any of the lessons below click on link.

Clothes and accessory clothes for men women babies

Clothes and Accessories Vocabulary List learning English vocabulary

A list of clothes idioms from A to Z with meanings

 


Via Learning Basic English vocabulary and grammar, Luciana Viter, Roselink, Renee Maufroid
more...
Learning Basic English vocabulary and grammar's curator insight, July 22, 2013 11:58 PM

Learning what the patterns are called for clothes English lesson

Rescooped by Aulde de Barbuat from Brainfriendly strategies, infos, tips, material - Learning a language efficiently, with pleasure
Scoop.it!

16 Fancy Literary Techniques Explained By Disney

16 Fancy Literary Techniques Explained By Disney | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
Because why waste money on an English degree when you can just watch Disney movies?

 

4. ArchetypeDefinition: A constantly recurring symbol or motif in literature, painting, or mythology.Example: Alice must pass a series of tests as she makes her way through Wonderland. This kind of journey is a common archetype in Western literature and is best epitomized by Homer’s The Odyssey.


Via BookChook, Aulde de Barbuat
more...
BookChook's curator insight, July 19, 2013 3:25 AM

Simple explanations with examples from Disney movies. 

Rescooped by Aulde de Barbuat from Amazing Science
Scoop.it!

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy: World Record Solar Cell with 44.7% Efficiency

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy: World Record Solar Cell with 44.7% Efficiency | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Soitec, CEA-Leti and the Helmholtz Center Berlin jointly announced today having achieved a new world record for the conversion of sunlight into electricity using a new solar cell structure with four solar subcells. Surpassing competition after only over three years of research, and entering the roadmap at world class level, a new record efficiency of 44.7% was measured at a concentration of 297 suns. This indicates that 44.7% of the solar spectrum's energy, from ultraviolet through to the infrared, is converted into electrical energy. This is a major step towards reducing further the costs of solar electricity and continues to pave the way to the 50% efficiency roadmap.

Back in May 2013, the German-French team of Fraunhofer ISE, Soitec, CEA-Leti and the Helmholtz Center Berlin had already announced a solar cell with 43.6% efficiency. Building on this result, further intensive research work and optimization steps led to the present efficiency of 44.7%. 

These solar cells are used in concentrator photovoltaics (CPV), a technology which achieves more than twice the efficiency of conventional PV power plants in sun-rich locations. The terrestrial use of so-called III-V multi-junction solar cells, which originally came from space technology, has prevailed to realize highest efficiencies for the conversion of sunlight to electricity. In this multi-junction solar cell, several cells made out of different III-V semiconductor materials are stacked on top of each other. The single subcells absorb different wavelength ranges of the solar spectrum.

“We are incredibly proud of our team which has been working now for three years on this four-junction solar cell,” says Frank Dimroth, Department Head and Project Leader in charge of this development work at Fraunhofer ISE. “This four-junction solar cell contains our collected expertise in this area over many years. Besides improved materials and optimization of the structure, a new procedure called wafer bonding plays a central role. With this technology, we are able to connect two semiconductor crystals, which otherwise cannot be grown on top of each other with high crystal quality. In this way we can produce the optimal semiconductor combination to create the highest efficiency solar cells.” 


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
more...
Patricia Nicoll's curator insight, October 6, 2013 9:39 PM

I can't wait for the day that solar energy takes over all of our needs!

Rescooped by Aulde de Barbuat from Brainfriendly, motivating videos to learn English B1 B2 and over (European standard)
Scoop.it!

Danger :Japan nuclear watchdog says radioactive w:ater spill at Fukushima an 'emergency'

Danger :Japan nuclear watchdog says radioactive w:ater spill at Fukushima an 'emergency' | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

TOKYO — Highly radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is creating an "emergency" that the operator is struggling to contain, an official from the country's nuclear watchdog said on Monday.

 

This contaminated groundwater has breached an underground barrier, is rising toward the surface and is exceeding legal limits of radioactive discharge, Shinji Kinjo, head of a Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) task force, told Reuters.

Countermeasures planned by Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) are only a temporary solution, he said.

 

Tepco's "sense of crisis is weak," Kinjo said. "This is why you can't just leave it up to Tepco alone" to grapple with the ongoing disaster.

"Right now, we have an emergency," he said.

 

Tepco has been widely castigated for its failure to prepare for the massive 2011 tsunami and earthquake that devastated its Fukushima plant and lambasted for its inept response to the reactor meltdowns. It has also been accused of covering up shortcomings.

 

It was not immediately clear how much of a threat the contaminated groundwater could pose. In the early weeks of the disaster, the Japanese government allowed Tepco to dump tens of thousands of tons of contaminated water into the Pacific in an emergency move."

......

 

BLIEVE IT OR NOT:.....

"In the United States, across the Pacific, there was no sense of alarm.

"With the amount of dilution that would occur, any kind of release in Japan would be non-detectable here," said David Yogi, spokesman for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."

 

Aulde de Barbuat's hint

Frigntening: Japan's new government is in favour of continuing to use nuclear power in spite of the  obvious unability of Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) to ensure the safety of its installations for the country & the world


Via Aulde de B
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Aulde de Barbuat from La crème de la crème: The best sites for EFL, ESl learners
Scoop.it!

WIRED : an excellent clever, thoughtful & inspiring culture blog– Future Science, Culture & Technology News and Reviews & podcasts

WIRED : an excellent clever, thoughtful & inspiring culture blog– Future Science, Culture & Technology News and Reviews & podcasts | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

WIRED : British excellent  interesting & inspiring  excellent culture blog– Future Science, Culture & Technology News and Reviews & podcasts

And more specifically:

 

Stories, people and ideas that are changing our day-to-day world by Wired UK. The most important, interesting and inspiring news and features. Clever, witty, well-written stuff

 

 The newletter is worth suscribing



  AN excellent PODCAST Listen this week for an entertaining 30-minute look at the most interesting technology and science stories from the last seven days, with Wired.co.uk's Nate Lanxon, Olivia Solon and Liat Clark.

http://www.wired.co.uk/podcast

 

And more specifically, the  excellent blog of David Rowan, editor of Wired (Uk)

http://www.wired.co.uk/broad-topics/david-rowan%27s-blog

 

The Wired News iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry apps:

 

"The Wired.co.uk news you care about, now available to pockets everywhere! The Wired News app brings up-to-the-minute coverage of the latest technology, science, culture and business news directly to your iPhone, Android, Windows Phone or BlackBerry -- no matter where you are."

Download now to:

- Read all the latest Wired.co.uk news stories
- Listen to the Wired.co.uk Podcast on-demand (iOS)
- Read the latest comments from the team on Twitter

 

 


Via Aulde de B
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Aulde de Barbuat
Scoop.it!

ScienceCasts: The Sun's Magnetic Field is About to Flip

Visit http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2013/05aug_fieldflip/ for more! Something big is happening on the sun. The sun's global magnetic f...

 

And also: http://intellihub.com/2013/08/08/were-just-a-few-months-away-from-a-flip-in-the-suns-magnetic-field-and-a-shift-in-human-behavior/

 

We’re Just a Few Months Away From A Flip In The Sun’s Magnetic Field &A Shift In Human Behavior ?


We are currently in the middle of a peak or solar maximum which has brought us more solar flares, CMEs, and geomagnetic storms. Historically, research has been conducted to link the 11 year cycle of the sun to changes in human behavior and society.

...Cosmic rays are also affected. These are high-energy particles accelerated to nearly light speed by supernova explosions and other violent events in the galaxy.
The sun recently unleashed three X-class solar flares which were the strongest flares of the year so far. They signaled a significant increase in solar storms now supported by continued activity.

 

 http://www.almanac.com/sunspotupdate
What Is Solar Activity?
The Sun is always active. It has weather. It has storms. And its storms can affect Earth's weather.
    Sunspots are magnetic storms on the surface of the Sun.
    Solar flares are intense blooms of radiation that come from the release of the magnetic energy associated with sunspots. The NOAA ranks solar flares using five categories from weakest to stongest: A, B, C, M, and X. Each category is 10 times stronger than the one before it. Within each category, a flare is ranked from 1 to 9, according to strength, although X-class flares can go higher than 9. According to NASA, the most powerful solar flare recorded was an X28 (in 2003).
    Coronal mass ejections (CMEs) are bursts of solar material (clouds of plasma and magnetic fields) that shoot off the sun's surface. Other solar events include solar wind streams that come from the coronal holes on the Sun and solar energetic particles that are primarily released by CMEs.

 


Maximum Sunspot Activity Correlates With Mass Human Excitability ?
Historically, research has been conducted to link the 11 year cycle of the sun to changes in human behavior and society. The most famous research was been done by professor A.L. Tchijevsky, a Russian scientist, who presented a paper to the American Meteorological Society at Philadelphia in the late 19th century. He prepared a study of the history of mass human movement compared to the solar cycle, beginning with the division of the Solar cycle into four parts: 1) Minimum sunspot activity; 2) increasing sunspot activity; 3) maximum sunspot activity; 4) Decreasing sunspot activity. He then divided up the agitation of mass human movements into five phases:
…….By these comparisons he constructed an “Index of Mass Human Excitability” covering each year from 500 B.C. to 1922 A.D. He investigated the histories of 72 countries in that period, noting signs of human unrest such as wars, revolutions, riots, expeditions and migrations, plus the number of humans involved.

 

Tchijevsky found that fully 80% of the most significant events occurred during the years of maximum sunspot activity. He maintained that the “exciting” period may be explained by an acute change in the nervous and psychic character of humanity, which takes place at sunspot maxima.


.. Tchijevsky’s study is the foundation of sunspot theory on human behavior, and as Harlan True Stetson, in his book Sunspots and Their Effects, stated, “Until, however, someone can arrive at a more convincing excitability quotient for mass movements than professor Tchijevsky appears yet to have done, scientists will be reluctant to subscribe to all the conclusions which he sets forth.” Stetson did acknowledge that the mechanism by which ultraviolet radiation is absorbed was still a puzzle biologists had to solve.

 

Many animals can sense the Earth’s magnetic field, so why not people, asks Oleg Shumilov of the Institute of North Industrial Ecology Problems in Russia.
Shumilov looked at activity in the Earth’s geomagnetic field from 1948 to 1997 and found ....
Surprisingly, he also found that the geomagnetism peaks matched up with peaks in the number of suicides in the northern Russian city of Kirovsk over the same period.


Shumilov acknowledges that a correlation like this does not necessarily mean there is a causal link, but he points out that there have been several other studies suggesting a link between human health and geomagnetism.


For example, a 2006 review of research on cardiovascular health and disturbances in the geomagnetic field in the journal Surveys in Geophysics (DOI: 10.1007/s10712-006-9010-7) concluded that a link was possible and that the effects seemed to be more pronounced at high latitudes.
http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/klu/geop/2006/00000027/00000005/00009010;jsessionid=7c6qec08905la.alexandra

 

Twinned peaks
The review’s author, Michael Rycroft, formerly head of the European Geosciences Society, says that geomagnetic health problems affect 10 to 15% of the population.
“Others have found similar things [to Shumilov's results] in independent sets of data,” says Rycroft. “It suggests something may be linking the two factors.”
A 2006 Australian study, for example, also found a correlation between peaks in suicide numbers and geomagnetic activity (Bioelectromagnetics, vol. 27 p 155). http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=17522055

 

Brain storms
Psychiatrists too have noticed a correlation between geomagnetic activity and suicide rates. A review of 13 years of South African data on suicides and magnetic storms in South African Psychiatry Review, vol. 6 p. 24) suggested a link.
Geomagnetic storms – periods of high geomagnetic activity caused by large solar flares – have also been linked to clinical depression.
In 1994, a study was published suggesting a 36.2% increase in the number of men admitted into hospital for depression in the second week after geomagnetic storms (British Journal of Psychiatry vol 164, p 403).

http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=3955427

……Environmental cue?


“The most plausible explanation for the association between geomagnetic activity and depression and suicide is that geomagnetic storms can desynchronise circadian rhythms and melatonin production,” says Kelly Posner, a psychiatrist at Columbia University in the US. The pineal gland, which regulates circadian rhythm and melatonin production, is sensitive to magnetic fields. “The circadian regulatory system depends upon repeated environmental cues to [synchronise] internal clocks,” says Posner. “Magnetic fields may be one of these environmental cues.”


Geomagnetic storms could disrupt body clocks, precipitating seasonal affective disorder and therefore increase suicide risk, Posner stated...


Sources: science.nasa.gov noaa.gov  newscientist.com   carliniinstitute.com  weatheroffice.gc.ca   spaceweather.com

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Aulde de Barbuat
Scoop.it!

NSA to Fire 90% of Admins to 'Purge Potential Whistleblowers' -

NSA to Fire 90% of Admins to 'Purge Potential Whistleblowers' - | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
Critic: "It would be nice if they reduced the amount of information they are collecting on people by 90%"
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Aulde de Barbuat
Scoop.it!

Death Before NSA Dishonor: Encrypted Services Stage Suicide Revolt -

Death Before NSA Dishonor: Encrypted Services Stage Suicide Revolt - | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
Popular sites Lavabit and Silent Circle would rather close down than betray customer privacy in face of government requests they deem 'unconstitutional'
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Aulde de Barbuat from Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,)
Scoop.it!

Jamaica Focuses on Farming A slideshow

Jamaica Focuses on Farming A slideshow | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
The country has taken on a bold new strategy in the face of expensive food imports: make farming patriotic and ubiquitous.

 

 "......Jamaica has always farmed, and imports have been part of the mix since at least the colonial era because grains are hard to grow in the region. But the balance tipped more significantly toward foreign food in the 1990s. .......Much of the initial growth in food imports coincided with agriculture surpluses around the world and changing tastes, as more Jamaicans favored meat and processed food."


Via Aulde de B
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Aulde de Barbuat from EDTECH - DIGITAL WORLDS - MEDIA LITERACY
Scoop.it!

"Edward Snowden's not the story. The fate of the internet is" | The Guardian - ICT

"Edward Snowden's not the story. The fate of the internet is" | The Guardian - ICT | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

"[...] They [Snowden's revelations] tell us, for example, that no US-based internet company can be trusted to protect our privacy or data. The fact is that Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft are all integral components of the US cyber-surveillance system. Nothing, but nothing, that is stored in their "cloud" services can be guaranteed to be safe from surveillance or from illicit downloading by employees of the consultancies employed by the NSA. That means that if you're thinking of outsourcing your troublesome IT operations to, say, Google or Microsoft, then think again. [...]"


Via Monica MIRZA
more...
Monica MIRZA's curator insight, August 1, 2013 7:43 AM

The article highlights a critical issue : Snowden's being focused on by the media -he well deserves it !-...  yet, we'd better delve further into the internet's future to check how it is managed on our behalf...

Rescooped by Aulde de Barbuat from Quite Interesting News
Scoop.it!

Man tries to smuggle turtle onto plane by hiding it in a hamburger

Man tries to smuggle turtle onto plane by hiding it in a hamburger | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
Passenger said he only wanted to travel together with his 'beloved' pet

Via The QI Elves
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Aulde de Barbuat from (Language) learning and teaching with new technologies
Scoop.it!

English Alphabet - Read and Listen to the Pronunciation A1 elementary

Read and Listen to the English Alphabet being spoken by a native English speaker with a British English pronunciation. Upper case and lower case letter shapes - click on the letter to hear the sound spoken in an English accent.

Via Elke Lackner
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Aulde de Barbuat from (Language) learning and teaching with new technologies
Scoop.it!

English Idioms: Love - Colleges Blog

English Idioms: Love - Colleges Blog | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

Being in love is an incredible feeling and something worth talking about! The English language has many love idioms. These idioms often show the positive and negative sides of being in love. After all, sometimes love hurts!


Via Sandra V. Barbosa, Juergen Wagner, Elke Lackner
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Aulde de Barbuat from Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners
Scoop.it!

ELT resources - Kaplan's Illustrated English idioms & vocabulary | INFOGRAPHICS

ELT resources - Kaplan's Illustrated English idioms & vocabulary | INFOGRAPHICS | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

 

http://pinterest.com/kaplanintl/illustrations-idioms/

 

An example of  Kaplan's Illustrated English idioms & vocabulary

 

 

English Idioms: The Body

"http://kaplaninternational.com/blog/body-idioms-learn-english/.

 

"Have a look at our fun Body Idioms illustration. Do you have a sweet tooth or have you even given someone the cold shoulder? Discover what these idioms mean in our illustration! If you like idiom illustrations, take a look at our happiness,  animal, money and food examples""

English Idioms: The Weather

English Idioms: Shhh!

English Idioms: The Body

English Idioms: Food .

http://kaplaninternational.com/blog/english-idioms-food/

 
English Idioms: Happiness

http://kaplaninternational.com/blog/english-idioms-happiness/,

 

English Idioms: Money

English Idioms: Animals

http://kaplaninternational.com/blog/english-idioms-animals/


Quick English: Hilarious Homophones [illustration]


Hilarious Homophones #2

 

A brainfriendly resource. Creating an imaginary situation to contextualize the idiom, recording it with a script would make this resource really brainfriendly. One or several sentences examples are necessary to show how the  idioms  are used .


Via Monica MIRZA, Aulde de Barbuat
more...
Monica MIRZA's curator insight, May 12, 2013 11:13 AM

This page from kaplaninternational website displays a series of 11 illustrations (infographics that might be used as posters and integrated in EFL lessons) such as the 'Food idioms' previous scoop (see http://sco.lt/88Yxbl ).

Aulde de Barbuat's comment, May 12, 2013 12:17 PM
Here is the direct link:
"http://kaplaninternational.com/blog/body-idioms-learn-english
A brainfriendly resource. Creating an imaginary situation to contextualize the idiom, recording it with a script would make this resource really brainfriendly. One or several sentences examples are necessary to show how the idiom are used
Monica MIRZA's comment, May 12, 2013 2:36 PM
Thanks for rescooping ;)