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Why the Future May Belong to Slime Mold - Forbes

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Neither plant nor animal, plasmodial slime mold (or mould, if you prefer) is truly an odd beastie — and it may hold the key to the future of computing, robotics, and other advanced technologies. Researchers studying slime mold have discovered that it possesses a primitive but distinctive intelligence, and that its movements are not random, but a sort of controlled chaos that appears to be driven by the slimy corollary to human decision-making.

Plasmodial slime mold (as opposed to cellular slime) is a combination of slime molds — a super cell of slime — and it’s interesting enough to merit its own documentary called “The Creeping Garden” that will come out later this year. Check out the sci-fi-ish trailer below. It certainly piqued my interest.




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If you think that is clever checkout the symbiotic relationship between bovine lungworm and slime mould Pilobolus...
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Fantastic thank you, I wasn't aware of that
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How Use A Microphone And Tripod With iPhone

Http://www.webvideochefs.com Amani Channel shares smartphone video production tips. He is conducting a workshop with http://wwww.gabpc.com.

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Time to rinse! AI assistant helps clean your teeth - tech - 10 February 2013 - New Scientist

Time to rinse! AI assistant helps clean your teeth - tech - 10 February 2013 - New Scientist | Could be useful | Scoop.it
A video system that gives cues to help people with dementia carry out everyday tasks can help them remain independent
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From web...FOR most of us, brushing our teeth is just a tedious part of the daily grind. But for people with dementia or learning difficulties, such tasks can be difficult. They could soon gain more independence thanks to an AI designed by Christian Peters at Bielefeld University in Germany and his colleagues.

Peters has already come up with a system that guides people when washing their hands. Brushing teeth is more complicated because it involves many steps - such as putting toothpaste on the brush, filling a glass with water or rinsing the mouth.

The TEBRA system uses a video camera to monitor someone brushing their teeth and checks that each step happens at the right time. It prompts them via a screen on the washstand if they forget a step or if they get stuck. The idea is not to dictate a routine, but to adapt to that of the user, says Peters.

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Mobipocket eBook Creator

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Mobipocket.com sells electronic books, or ebooks, for all PDA and Smartphones (and for your PC): Read them on your Windows Mobile Blackberry Palm Symbian ( Nokia Series 60 1st 2nd 3rd edition, UIQ 2, UIQ 3) or Pocket-PC .

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Mobipocket.com sells electronic books, or ebooks, for all PDA and Smartphones (and for your PC): Read them on your Windows Mobile Blackberry Palm Symbian ( Nokia Series 60 1st 2nd 3rd edition, UIQ 2, UIQ 3) or Pocket-PC .

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The future of search is gravitational: Content will come to you

The future of search is gravitational: Content will come to you | Could be useful | Scoop.it
First, it was semantic search and knowledge graphs surfacing information related to our keyword searches. But there’s a handful of companies working to make relevant content come to us, whatever we’re doing.

 

Call it “anticipatory computing,” or “information gravitation” or whatever you want, but it appears the future of search isn’t search at all. Rather, next-generation applications will surface the information we need when we need it — whether we know we need it or not.

And although there’s a semantic element to it, this is beyond the realm of semantic search. We’re talking about doing a video chat, sending an email or just surfing the web, and seeing relevant content appear before your eyes. Why? Because the web and, heck, even our laptops are so full of information we don’t always know what to look for or have the extra attention to devote to looking for it.


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"“anticipatory computing,” or “information gravitation” , not sure I go with these descriptive terms. but the search will be gravitational no doubt.

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Wildcat2030's curator insight, February 8, 2013 10:24 AM

"“anticipatory computing,” or “information gravitation” , not sure I go with these descriptive terms. but the search will be gravitational no doubt.

Matt Cilderman's comment, February 9, 2013 2:53 PM
I actually just wrote an article related to this about Google Now: http://bit.ly/WV8F2x Google's next-gen search engine is a personal assistant.
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88 Places For Free Kindle eBooks Online (Legally)

88 Places For Free Kindle eBooks Online (Legally) | Could be useful | Scoop.it
Check out this amazing list of resources offering tens of thousands of free Kindle eBooks online
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Free voice recognition software that works

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If you are considering adding voice recognition to your AI or robotics project then you are probably looking for a free implementation that works well. Your other option would be to purchase a copy of what is currently considered the state-of-the-art in speech recognition, Nuance’s Dragon Naturally Speaking suite. However, before spending any money, you can also try your luck with the open source Sphinx software.

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Kingston HyperX Predator 1TB Flash Drive: You Don’t Want to Lose This One

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1 terabyte = 1 099 511 627 776 bytes die schrift ist langer als das ding

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Times Higher Education - How not to write a PhD thesis

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10 tips for doctoral failure...

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Online Video Tools And Internet Television Trends: The Best Of 2006

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Online video, Internet television, IPTV and grassroots independent video publishing will indeed be some of the fastest moving new media sectors.
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StationRipper - Record Internet Radio

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Record Interenet Radio, shoutcast, iTunes, Pandora, Last.fm, and Podcasts

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How to Rip a DVD With HandBrake | PCWorld

How to Rip a DVD With HandBrake | PCWorld | Could be useful | Scoop.it
Want to watch your DVDs on your smartphone, tablet, or netbook? Here's how to rip copies of your movies to your PC with HandBrake.
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Review: Livescribe’s Smartpen Gets Wi-Fi, Embraces Evernote | TIME.com

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The newest version of the unique pen makes it a lot easier to get notes, drawings and audio onto all your devices.
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Father Christmas was kind and brought me the new Livescribe Sky wi-fi smart pen. Not tried it in anger yet but looking good.

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: A Google Docs Template for Multimedia Research

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: A Google Docs Template for Multimedia Research | Could be useful | Scoop.it
Once again Susan Oxnevad has created a great tool in Google Docs. This one will elp students with multimedia presentations
"The Google Docs Presentation is well-suited for use as a starting point for short student driven research projects because of the availability of efficient integrated research tools right on the page. To introduce students and teachers to the built in features, I created a simple template to guide the learning and help everyone discover the usefulness of the tool."
The post goes on to share tips on how to use the template, a look at the template, how to access the template and how to make your own.
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Uma ferramenta interessante para suportar o desenvolvimento multimédia diretamente no GoogleDocs.

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Thesis Builder - The Original Persuasive Essay Maker

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Click here to edit the content


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Peg Gillard's curator insight, February 23, 2013 7:20 PM

Great way to set foundational skills!

Principal dd's curator insight, February 25, 2013 12:23 AM

A great way to get students who struggle with getting 'pen / pencil' onto their paper ... let them get a start on their HHDD (hand held digital device). 

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, February 25, 2013 12:22 PM

Another brilliant idea by Tom March

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Why the Future May Belong to Slime Mold - Forbes

Why the Future May Belong to Slime Mold - Forbes | Could be useful | Scoop.it

Neither plant nor animal, plasmodial slime mold (or mould, if you prefer) is truly an odd beastie — and it may hold the key to the future of computing, robotics, and other advanced technologies. Researchers studying slime mold have discovered that it possesses a primitive but distinctive intelligence, and that its movements are not random, but a sort of controlled chaos that appears to be driven by the slimy corollary to human decision-making.

Plasmodial slime mold (as opposed to cellular slime) is a combination of slime molds — a super cell of slime — and it’s interesting enough to merit its own documentary called “The Creeping Garden” that will come out later this year. Check out the sci-fi-ish trailer below. It certainly piqued my interest.




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add your insight...http://blog.mycology.cornell.edu/2006/12/14/pilobolus-and-the-lungworm/

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Alistair Parker's comment, February 9, 2013 7:37 PM
If you think that is clever checkout the symbiotic relationship between bovine lungworm and slime mould Pilobolus...
Wildcat2030's comment, February 9, 2013 8:52 PM
Fantastic thank you, I wasn't aware of that
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South African Boy Gets Robotic Hand Made With 3-D Printer

South African Boy Gets Robotic Hand Made With 3-D Printer | Could be useful | Scoop.it

Liam, age 5, with prosthetic hand.  (Image Credit: Robohand) A 3-D printed prosthetic hand has changed the life of a 5-year-old South African boy who was born without fingers on his right hand, and may be a model for people seeking a low-cost prosthesis.

The boy, named Liam, benefited from work done by Ivan Owen, a part-time mechanical special effects artist in Washington. He was collaborating online with Rich Van As, a woodworker from South Africa, who lost four fingers in a workshop accident.  Liam’s mother came across their blog posts about the “robohand” they were developing.

“I had never connected the dots between what I was doing and that it had a practical application,” Owen told ABCNews.com.

The men decided to make Liam his own “robohand” and the result has been life-changing.  He can now throw a basketball, push a shopping cart and even pick up a coin using his prosthetic hand.

The hand is powered by cables and return bungees. The fingers and wrist hinge were made using a 3-D printer — a computerized device that, given the dimensions of an object, can create copies of it by adding layers of resin or other material.

Owen and Van As, who both have day jobs, met for the first time in November in South Africa. Most of the collaboration was done online, Owen said.

After seeing how well their invention worked for Liam, Owen said their dream is to form a nonprofit to educate people on how to create and assemble robohands.

“We want to provide materials, parts and knowledge, and then someone in the community can assist them with assembly and fitting,” Owen said. “We see that as most realistic way to get this idea to the people who need it, and at the largest scale possible.”


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3D printing, may yet prove itself to be one of the great equalization factors provided by modern technology.

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Mobipocket eBook Creator

Mobipocket eBook Creator | Could be useful | Scoop.it
Mobipocket.com sells electronic books, or ebooks, for all PDA and Smartphones (and for your PC): Read them on your Windows Mobile Blackberry Palm Symbian ( Nokia Series 60 1st 2nd 3rd edition, UIQ 2, UIQ 3) or Pocket-PC .

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Mobipocket.com sells electronic books, or ebooks, for all PDA and Smartphones (and for your PC): Read them on your Windows Mobile Blackberry Palm Symbian ( Nokia Series 60 1st 2nd 3rd edition, UIQ 2, UIQ 3) or Pocket-PC .

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Free Sound Effects to Download (Royalty Free)

Free Sound Effects to download free here: http://jngl.es/freesound Sound effects can help radio producers, podcast producers and DJs to enhance their sound.

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France Lafleur's curator insight, January 21, 2013 11:46 AM

L'accès légal et gratuit  à  des effets sonores pour la réalisation de vos montages (photo, vidéo, musique) vous intéresse? Regardez cette vidéo.

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Open Source Speech Recognition: simon

This is a demonstration of the 0.2 series of simon (0.2 beta 3 in this video). The software is developed with the main intent to provide a alternative way of...
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Times Higher Education - How not to write a PhD thesis

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Bloom's Taxonomy - Language for Communicating About Learning

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 5, 2013 9:25 PM

A view of Bloom's Taxonomy that includes learning domains: 

Interpersonal, Affective, Psychomotor, Perceptual and Cognitive, as well as the Learning Levels: Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analyzing, Evaluating and Creating. 

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Free Video Converter for Mac and PC: Shedworx Smart Converter

Free Video Converter for Mac and PC: Shedworx Smart Converter | Could be useful | Scoop.it

 

 


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SmartConverter is a free downloadable video conversion utility for both Apple Mac computers and Windows PCs capable of transcoding almost any video file into the format most appropriate for playback on a number of different types of devices (especially Apple ones).


From iPhone/iPad to Playstation, tablets, computer screen, SmartConverter allows easy video conversion in just a few clicks by way of its many available conversion presets.


Very simple to use.


Good for non-techies and newbies. Free.


Mac version - Download from App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smart-converter/id447513724?ls=1&mt=12


Windows version - http://shedworx.com/smartconverter-windows


Try it out: www.shedworx.com/smartconverter

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Dragon Dictation

Get Dragon Dictation on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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I am trying this app on my iPad. Initial tests are promising. BIG frustration is only records in 30sec chunks and there is a delay before the text appears on the screen so it is easy to over run, which is a bit irritating. At the end of 30sec you have to press record again. If you want to use text in a document you have to email to yoursel and cut and paste. I suspect this free app is only going to be useable for emails, texts and tweets.

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A “Ripping” Fine New Year

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My New Year’s Resolution: In 2013, I’ll be “ripping” DVDs to make clip compilations for media literacy. And I’ll be encouraging K-12 teachers, school librarians, and t...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 1, 2013 8:09 AM

Did you know that K12 teachers may now "rip" DVD clips for use in the classroom? That's right. This post provides information on this ruling as well as a link to software that is free that will allow you to rip DVDs as well as directions on how to do so. There is a brief history and a clear note that this will come up for review and that it is a use it or lose it proposition. If we do not use it we may lose this option. 

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DIY Book Scanning | A forum dedicated to book scanning, open source, DIY digitization.

DIY Book Scanning | A forum dedicated to book scanning, open source, DIY digitization. | Could be useful | Scoop.it
The most open, friendly DIY Book Scanning community on the 'net. We're making book scanning and digitization accessible to everyone.
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