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Size Matters Quiz:A great brainfriendly way to learn the superlative

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From the largest to the smallest, the longest to the shortest, challenge your knowledge of the world in our Size Matters Quiz. Coastlines, countries, continents, how well do you know your geography?

 

A great brainfriendly way to learn the superlative


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Popocatépetl:This massive volcano looms over Mexico City

Popocatépetl:This massive volcano looms over Mexico City | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
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This image is from June 11, 2013, but if you click on the link you will see an image of Popocatépetl that is refreshed every minute.  This massive volcano looms over Mexico City and plays a key role in the mythology of the city.  The images are taken from a relatively new station in Tochimilco (clouds or intense weather might occasionally limit the visibility of the volcano).


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Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 16, 2014 12:56 PM

As always the advances in technology never cease to amaze me. I love that you are able to see images of this volcano in streaming time. Just viewing the still image above gives you a glimpse of why this volcano is so widely the topic of mysticism. As you peer to the peak one can only wonder what it would be to like to stand there.When I clicked on the link there was another still image with a message that I can only assume said that the camera was temporarily down (it was in Spanish). I will check this link again to see when it is up and running.

Giselle Figueroa's curator insight, October 31, 2014 11:39 PM

This is a active volcano, the last eruption was on 2013 (a year ago), It is the second highest volcano in Mexico. Popocatépetl means "montaña que humea" (wet mountain). I love everything that have to be with nature, Volcano are a very interesting creation of nature. 

Edgar Manasseh Jr.'s curator insight, February 11, 11:01 PM

Amazing volcano located in pueblo Mexico, located in the eastern half of Mexico and is one of the most active volcanoes in Mexico. its been around for awhile and just recently in 94 got active its a very important part of Mexico and is very interesting to look at from your own perspective.

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Atlas of True Names

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The Atlas of True Names reveals the etymological roots, or original meanings,
of the familiar terms on today's maps of the World, Europe, the British Isles and the United States.

For instance, where you would normally expect to see the Sahara indicated,
the Atlas gives you "The Tawny One", derived from Arab. es-sahra “the fawn coloured, desert”.

 

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This is a fun set of maps that forces us to reexamine the historical linguistic roots of place names.  Many toponyms have a complicated histories so the actual root of the name is not always a single straightforward translation as shown in these maps.  As you explore these maps, most readers will find something the they would dispute, correct, or want to see contextualized more but all in all, it is a fun set of maps.


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John Blunnie's curator insight, July 2, 2013 11:12 AM

True names give these maps a unique and historic twist.

Carol Thomson's curator insight, July 17, 2013 4:57 AM

I loved looking at the map of great britain.  I hope it grabs my pupils' attention as an introduction to maps.

Amy Marques's curator insight, July 31, 2013 7:19 PM

Great to see what the original names where! Especially for those that are similar to its current name and those that are completely irrelevant!

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NGAkids Art Zone

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NGAKIDS INTERACTIVES

NGAkids Art Zone interactives offer an entertaining and informative introduction to art and art history. Featuring a variety of art-making tools that encourage exploration and creativity, these activities are suitable for all ages. Simply select a thumbnail image at the left or click one of the colorful banners above to learn more about each program.


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National Gallery of Art | NGA Images

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What is Emotional Intelligence? Its 4 Fundamental Pillars -

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Usually when we think of “intelligence” we associate it with things like logic, math, and science. However, according to psychologists such as Daniel Goleman, “emotional intelligence” (EQ) is another aspect of intelligence that is often overlooked.

 

The basic view of emotional intelligence is that emotions aren’t necessarily the opposite of thinking, but a different way of thinking about different types of problems that exist in our world.............

 

Emotional intelligence is about being more aware of our emotions and what they are signaling to us..... Below you’ll find descriptions of the 4 fundamental pillars that make up emotional intelligence as a whole and how you can apply them to your .....

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"Women Are Heroes"by JR: a project that highlight the dignity of women - -crucial roles- victims of street crime, sexual assault, religious & political extremism

Women Are Heroes is a project with many images and little words. JR’s intention is to highlight the dignity of women who occupy crucial roles in societies, and find themselves victims of wartime, street crime, sexual assault, and religious and political extremism. This project takes place in Africa, Brazil, India and Cambodia."

 

"Women are Heroes est un projet fait de beaucoup d’images et de peu de mots. L’intention de JR est de mettre en valeur la dignité des femmes qui occupent un rôle essentiel dans les sociétés, mais qui sont les principales victimes des guerres, des crimes, des viols ou des fanatismes politiques et religieux. Ce projet voyage en Afrique au Brésil, en Inde et au Cambodge."


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Food policy: GM corn and soy feed cause serious health problems in hogs, says study

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  Pigs fed a combination of genetically modified soy and corn suffer more frequent severe stomach inflammation and enlargement of the uterus than those who eat a non-GM diet, according to a new...

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http://gmojudycarman.org/new-study-shows-that-animals-are-seriously-harmed-by-gm-feed/

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Dear NSA, let me take care of your slides.

Dear NSA, you can do whatever with my data. But not with my eyes. Those slides are hideous. So here's a quick revamp of your PRISM slides.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 13, 2013 8:39 AM

This is a brilliant (and opportunistic) slideshow that uses the major events of the day to share their message.

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Brain Can Be Trained in Compassion, Study Shows

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Sakis Koukouvis's curator insight, May 25, 2013 2:20 PM

A new study by researchers at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that adults can be trained to be more compassionate

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3D-Printed 'Bionic' Ear Can Hear Beyond Human Ability

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Princeton scientists developed a "bionic" ear that can hear radio frequencies human can't, by using 3D-printed materials combined with special electronics.

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Grace Schaafsma's comment, August 7, 2013 11:23 PM
wow this is so interesting OHHHH
Aulde de Barbuat's comment, August 8, 2013 8:50 AM
Thanks. I do think so too. And it may interest EFl learners
Stella Mecham's comment, September 4, 2013 11:43 PM
Scientists at Princeton University have also been researching and have found made a Bionic Ear that can hear better than normal Human Ears. The result was a fully-functional organ that can hear radio frequencies a million times higher than our human ears.
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Man with Cotard's 'Walking Corpse Syndrome' convinced he is dead, hangs out at graveyard

Man with Cotard's 'Walking Corpse Syndrome' convinced he is dead, hangs out at graveyard | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
A MAN suffering a rare brain disorder was so convinced he was a zombie that he would hang out in graveyards to be close to death.

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Ancient plants reawaken: Plants exposed by retreating glaciers regrowing after centuries entombed under ice

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When Catherine La Farge threads her way through the recently exposed terrain left behind by retreating glaciers, she looks at the ancient plant remains a lot closer than most.

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Bolivia: A Country With No McDonald’s

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What America can learn from one of the most sustainable food nations on Earth.

 

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Many feel that corporate expansion within the food industries is inevitable because that's what we are currently experiencing in highly globalized countries such as the United States.  Bolivia proves an example of a country that that has rejected corporate hegemony in the marketplace because they support traditional food choices and local vendors.  Keep in mind that we shouldn't overly romanticize Bolivia, but they are a compelling example showing that consumers can impact food options.


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Lena Minassian's curator insight, February 13, 11:29 AM

I absolutely love this! Here is a country that takes a lot of pride in eating fresh foods. They do not have any fast food chains because Bolivians prefer their traditional foods just the way they are. They still eat hamburgers but prefer to buy them from women who make them instead of a McDonald's. Bolivians value that interaction and relationship with the people surrounding them and that genuinely makes food more enjoyable. Their food relationships do not involve money but the effects of what these fresh foods can do for them. 

Felix Ramos Jr.'s curator insight, February 28, 5:50 PM

This is a fine example of people looking out for one another.  It might be easier to industrialize their food market but it's more admirable to preserve tradition, help small indigenous business, and try your best at making the country more healthy.  I applaud them for doing this.

Brian Wilk's curator insight, March 22, 3:33 PM

I think I might want to move to Bolivia one day! Reciprocity is often a term used for corporate culture; you but from me and I'll buy from you type of relationship. This is still true in Bolivia only they do it on a much more personal level. Farmers share equipment, they share crops, seeds and develop a rapport not easily undone by corporations such as McDonald's. Bolivia's multiple micro-climates allow it to grow a wide variety of foods for their citizens, thus making it easier to trade within their circle of neighborhood farmers. "I'll trade you ten pounds of potatoes for five pounds of Quinoa."

The article goes on to state that Bolivians do indeed love their hamburgers, a handful of Subway's and Burger King's still do business there, but the heritage of picking a burger from a street vendor has been passed down by generations. These cholitas, as they are called, sell their fare in the streets of Bolivia and this type of transaction is not easily duplicated by large corporations. I have added Bolivia to my bucket list...

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Beijing's Pollution

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We've all heard stories about the horrible air quality in Beijing (especially during the 2008 Olympics).  Here's a picture of Beijing by Tom Anderson that I find riveting.  The skies are obviously polluted but this image shows two competing cities that are vying for control of China's future. In the foreground we see a cosmopolitan capital that is sophisticated and technologically advanced, engaged in the great connections that come from industrial growth.  On the other side we see the industrial city that is recklessly producing copious amounts of consumer products with little regard for the environment or worker safety that can be seen as the dirty side of globalization.  Both images are true reflections of China in the 21st century and the tension between the two will be one of China's great issues in the foreseeable future.       




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Jacob Crowell's curator insight, November 24, 2014 2:21 PM

Great picture to show the two sectors of China's society. In Beijing we see the combination of industry and post industrialized. 

Nicole Kearsch's curator insight, November 24, 2014 11:40 PM

This picture taken by a photographer with the perfect lighting is brilliant....that is, if you're into deceiving people that the pollution from these power plants stays away from the higher class businesses and residences.  Looking at this picture you see the smoke coming from the power plant in China far in the distance creating a yellowish hue that could be thought to be from the sun.  Then closer in the scene we see what appears to be businesses and potentially some peoples homes.  This area is in a totally different color from the yellow we see to be associated with the pollution from the power plant.  Here we see a blue, commonly associated with clean water, covering the entirety of this area.  With the difference in colors these places seem to be as different as possible from each other.  In reality though, smog doesn't just stay in one area of the city where it is produced, but spreads throughout the entirety of a city.  There are no restraints on where the pollution can and can't be, it is free flowing into communities where people work and live.  If you're trying to sell a house here this picture wouldn't be a bad idea to use, although most natives aren't oblivious to what is really going on.

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, December 15, 2014 8:00 PM

This picture is interesting to say the least, it depicts two different cities, even though it is the same city. the picture does a good job at showing the major problem that pollution is causing to Beijing. While showing a smog surrounded city behind a clean, yet clouded looking city, drives this point of pollution home and raises the question is putting large factories and toxic fumes in the air, more important than the well being of your citizens?

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The Art Institute of Chicago: Education:

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Google Art Project - Google+

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Google Art Project - Explore art collections from around the world - The Art Project is a collaboration between Google and some of the world’s most acclaimed and diverse art institutions. Powered by a broad, connected suite of Google technologies,...

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125 000 œuvres du RijksMuseum libres de droits et téléchargeables.

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Explore the collection - Rijksmuseum

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Francisco Morfin's curator insight, June 18, 2013 9:45 AM

El Rijksmuseum ofrece 125,000 obras en formato de alta definición y como contenidos libres. 

gawlab's curator insight, June 23, 2013 4:33 PM

Le RijksMuseum met à disposition plus de 125.000 oeuvres libres de droit et téléchargeables! Matériel pédagogique inestimable. 

Vous pouvez également ouvrir un compte, créer vos collections préférées, les partager, etc. Un must à découvrir ! 

bijou letord's curator insight, July 5, 2013 7:55 AM

thank you.

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Mind-Boggling 3D Drawings on Flat Sheets of Paper

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The illusionary work of Dutch artist Ramon Bruin, aka JJK Airbrush, will leave you wondering what's real and what's just a clever illustration. The artist's s…

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Linda Denty's curator insight, June 22, 2013 6:28 AM

These are just incredible!

 

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California's biggest dam removal project in history begins in Carmel Valley

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In a project that will be watched by engineers and biologists across the nation, construction crews today will begin a three-year, $84 million project to tear down the hulking San Clemente Dam in Californias largest dam-removal project ever.

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John Blunnie's curator insight, July 12, 2013 11:29 AM

So much money and time needed to tear down something that was most likely a marvel of its time. Also another sign the the industrial era is way behind us.

Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, August 7, 2013 7:45 PM

CD - The nature of water scarcity and ways of overcoming it, including studies drawn from Australia and West Asia and/or North Africa.

 

This example is in the USA but too interesting to not include!

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Llansanffraid or Llansantffraid? Spelling spat leads to vote in Welsh village (AUDIO)

Llansanffraid or Llansantffraid? Spelling spat leads to vote in Welsh village (AUDIO) | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
Look closely and you'll see it — the problematic letter "t."

"When consonants attack. Wales takes its notoriously vowel-shy place names very, very seriously, even if the rest of us can't. So seriously, in fact, that one Welsh village is preparing to vote in hope of settling a years-old debate: is it Llansantffraid or Llansanffraid?

The town's name was altered from the former to the latter in 2008 by local councillors who fancied themselves authorities on its long-forgotten etymology. Local people disagreed, and some unpleasantness – defacing of roadsigns, etc. – followed. Authorities hope a referendum will quell the controversy once and for all. Listen to the two versions pronounced here and we're sure you'll agree: one little "t" makes all the difference. "

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NSA metadata gathering technique The fun political political animation of the "Washington Post

NSA metadata gathering technique The fun political political animation of the "Washington Post | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
Sucking the life out of a democracy
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3-D Printed Windpipe Gives Infant Breath of Life

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A flexible, absorbable tube helps a baby boy breathe, and heralds a future of body parts printed on command

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Why Some Cockroaches Check Out of Roach Motels

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Roach motels sit at the back of many a kitchen cupboard, bedroom closet, or bathroom cabinet. Yet, to the bane of human residents, only a few years after the traps were introduced in the 1980s, they lost their allure for an increasing number of German cockroaches. Researchers soon realized that some roaches had developed an aversion to glucose—the sugary bait disguising the poison—and that the insects were passing that trait on to their young. Now, scientists have figured out how this behavior evolved.


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Babies learn to babble like birds learn to sing

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Babies learn to babble before they learn to talk, at first simply repeating individual syllables (as in ba-ba-ba), and later stringing various syllables together (as in ba-da-goo). Songbirds exhibit similar patterns during song-learning, and the capacity for this sort of syllable sequencing is widely believed to be innate and to emerge full-blown — a theory that is challenged by a paper published on Nature's website today1.

 

A study of three species — zebra finches, Bengalese finches and humans — reports that none of the trio has it that easy. Their young all have to learn how to string syllables together slowly, pair by pair.

 

“We discovered a previously unsuspected stage in human vocal development,” says first author Dina Lipkind, a psychologist now at Hunter College in New York.

 

More: http://www.nature.com/news/babies-learn-to-babble-like-birds-learn-to-sing-1.13090


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Sakis Koukouvis's curator insight, June 2, 2013 11:24 AM

Research challenges theory of innate vocal abilities.

Broken Arrow Veterinarian Clinic's comment, June 28, 2013 10:49 PM
how cute! :)