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In Silicon Valley, companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google are building big, sprawling campuses. Despite being in what feels like an overbuilt region, the companies continue to find open spaces to extend their footprint.
But in Shenzhen, China, Internet goliath Tencent finds itself in even tighter quarters. So when it decided to build a new headquarters, it needed to go up, rather than out.
The company hired architectural firm NBBJ, which is also designing Amazon's distinct biodome campus in downtown Seattle. The firm's idea: Try to take the concept of a big, open campus and turn it on its side in the form a tower.
There is a fantastic book titled Reading in the Brain by the distinguished French neuroscientist Prof Stanislas Dehaene that outlines the issues in detail. The basic problem is that one of the most important feats that an animal’s visual system needs to accomplish is the ability to recognise the objects and creatures in their environment regardless of the distance or angle at which they are viewed.
To experience this yourself, pick up a stapler or any other object and spin it around and you will see how radically different it looks from different angles.
One of the most important “tricks” the brain uses to make this task easier is to assume that two things that appear identical but mirror reversed are probably the same object viewed from opposite directions and only need to be remembered as one thing.
The main objectives of the SCALE CCR project as a whole were:
✔ to define and classify "ICT-enabled innovation for learning" across a range of settings and participants, including groups of learners and teachers/instructors at system level, both within and outside formal education settings
☛ A mapping framework of ICT-enabled innovation for learning:
In the context of SCALE CCR project, the term ICT-enabled innovation for learning refers to profoundly new ways of using and creating information and knowledge made possible by the use of ICT, dealing with both formal and informal learning in school settings and in adult education. Elaborating on existing classifications and models of innovation, we have come to adhere to a mapping framework of five components that address key perspectives that are relevant for the purpose of the SCALE CCR project.
The CCR multi-dimensional concept (8 key dimensions and 28 reference parameters) intends to capture the essential elements of Creative Classrooms which can be seen as 'live ecosystems' that constantly evolve over the time, mainly depending on the context and the culture to which they pertain. Focus is on the innovative pedagogical practices and on the systemic approach that is needed for the sustainable implementation and progressively scaling up of ICT-enabled innovative learning environments.
☛ A set of policy recommendations for mainstreaming of systemic, ICT-enabled innovations in Education and Training (E&T)
Rarely do weather patterns and satellite overpass schedules align to provide cloud-free views of Western Europe in the spring. However, a high-pressure pattern kept skies spectacularly clear over the Iberian Peninsula and east into France and Germany as the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite passed over on March 8, 2014. The cloud-free area began to emerge on March 5 and persisted through March 11. Explore Worldview—a near-real time browser from the MODIS Rapid Response Team—to see a wider view and how the cloud-free area changed over time.
This unobstructed view of Spain, Portugal, Andorra, and southern France exposed a variety of natural features. Meseta Central, the broad mountainous plateau at the center of the Iberian Peninsula, appears brown compared to the greener coastal lowlands to the west. Near the center of the image, the snow-capped Pyrenees Mountains serve as a natural barrier between France and Spain. The Cantabrian Mountains, another range in northern Spain, are visible to the west of the Pyrenees. The snow-covered areas to the north are the highlands of France’s Massif Central.
More than one in four (27%) of adults from the poorest socio-economic backgrounds said they never read books themselves, compared with just 13% of those from the richest socio-economic backgrounds.
And more than six in 10 (62%) of those from the richest backgrounds said they read daily or weekly, compared with four in 10 (42%) of those from the poorest.
School software programs are getting more sophisticated in using data analytics to help educators target their instruction more effectively and personalize learning for students.
Learning and instructional management systems now include increasingly powerful “data dashboards” that show teachers and administrators what interventions their students need—and how best to deliver these.
Russian companies are pulling billions out of western banks, fearful that any US sanctions over the Crimean crisis could lead to an asset freeze, according to bankers in Moscow.
Sberbank and VTB, Russia’s giant partly state-owned banks, as well as industrial companies, such as energy group Lukoil, are among those repatriating cash from western lenders with operations in the US. VTB has also cancelled a planned US investor summit next month, according to bankers.
The flight comes as last-ditch diplomatic talks between Russia’s foreign minister and the US secretary of state to resolve the tensions in Ukraine ended without an agreement.
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Paulo Tomás Neves's insight:
U.S. investigators suspect that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 stayed in the air for about four hours past the time it reached its last confirmed location, according to two people familiar with the details, raising the possibility that the plane could have flown on for hundreds of additional miles under conditions that remain murky.
Roberto and William Isaias, are fugitives from Ecuador, which has angrily pressed Washington to turn them over, to no avail. A year after their relatives gave $90,000 to help re-elect Mr. Obama, the administration rejected Ecuador’s extradition request for the men, fueling accusations that such donations were helping to keep the brothers and their families safely on American soil.
“The Isaias brothers fled to Miami not to live off their work, something just, but to buy themselves more mansions and Rolls-Royces and to finance American political campaigns,” President Rafael Correa of Ecuador told reporters last month.
What is the connection between growth and poverty in UK cities?
Cities are increasingly seen as the drivers of the national economy, and the UK Government is devolving new powers to the largest and fastest-growing urban areas. Cities also tend to have concentrations of poverty. This study examines how strategies for economic growth and poverty reduction can be aligned. It finds that:
✔ there is no guarantee that economic growth will reduce poverty – in some economically expanding cities poverty has stayed the same or increased;
✔ employment growth has the greatest impact on poverty, but if jobs are low-paid or go to workers living outside the area, the impact is minimal;
✔ increased output risks worsening poverty because it can lead to increases in the cost of living;
✔ some cities are tackling this by promoting employment in expanding sectors or providing training for disadvantaged groups so they can access opportunities associated with major infrastructure projects.
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