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This tree produces 40 different types of fruit | Science Alert

This tree produces 40 different types of fruit | Science Alert | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

An art professor from Syracuse University in the US, Van Aken grew up on a family farm before pursuing a career as an artist, and has combined his knowledge of the two to develop his incredible Tree of 40 Fruit.

In 2008, Van Aken learned that an orchard at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station was about to be shut down due to a lack of funding. This single orchard grew a great number of heirloom, antique, and native varieties of stone fruit, and some of these were 150 to 200 years old. To lose this orchard would render many of these rare and old varieties of fruit extinct, so to preserve them, Van Aken bought the orchard, and spent the following years figuring out how to graft parts of the trees onto a single fruit tree.

Working with a pool of over 250 varieties of stone fruit, Van Aken developed a timeline of when each of them blossom in relationship to each other and started grafting a few onto a working tree’s root structure. Once the working tree was about two years old, Van Aken used a technique called chip grafting to add more varieties on as separate branches. This technique involves taking a sliver off a fruit tree that includes the bud, and inserting that into an incision in the working tree. It's then taped into place, and left to sit and heal over winter. If all goes well, the branch will be pruned back to encourage it to grow as a normal branch on the working tree.

After about five years and several grafted branches, Van Aken's first Tree of 40 Fruit was complete.

Aken’s Tree of 40 Fruit looks like a normal tree for most of the year, but in spring it reveals a stunning patchwork of pink, white, red and purple blossoms, which turn into an array of plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, cherries and almonds during the summer months, all of which are rare and unique varieties.


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How information moves between cultures | Larry Hardesty | MIT News

How information moves between cultures | Larry Hardesty | MIT News | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

By analyzing data on multilingual Twitter users and Wikipedia editors and on 30 years’ worth of book translations in 150 countries, researchers at MIT, Harvard University, Northeastern University, and Aix Marseille University have developed network maps that they say represent the strength of the cultural connections between speakers of different languages.

This week, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they show that a language’s centrality in their network — as defined by both the number and the strength of its connections — better predicts the global fame of its speakers than either the population or the wealth of the countries in which it is spoken.

“The network of languages that are being translated is an aggregation of the social network of the planet,” says Cesar Hidalgo, the Asahi Broadcasting Corporation Career Development Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences and senior author on the paper. “Not everybody shares a language with everyone else, and therefore the global social network is structured through these circuitous paths in which people in some language groups are by definition way more central than others. That gives them a disproportionate power and responsibility. On the one hand, they have a much easier time disseminating the content that they produce. On the other hand, as information flows through people, it gets colored by the ideas and the biases that those people have.”


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High schoolers wise up about social media when applying for colleges | CBS News

High schoolers wise up about social media when applying for colleges | CBS News | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

High schoolers are increasingly aware that those embarrassing Facebook posts or tweets could cost them a shot at getting into their dream college.

The test prep company Kaplan found that only 16 percent of the 403 colleges surveyed found anything troubling in the social media posts they viewed -- a drop from 50 percent a year ago. That decline comes as the survey found more colleges are factoring social media into the application process: 35 percent in the latest survey compared to only 9 percent six years ago.

Wes Waggoner, the dean of admissions at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, acknowledged he has seen cases where social media posts resulted in a rejection letter. But he said students now have a greater appreciation of the damage that a wild party shot can do.

"Students are aware that what they say on social media has an impact on something that's important to them," Waggoner told Adriana Diaz of CBS News.

"As social media has evolved from early versions of MySpace and Facebook to a broad ecosystem of platforms and apps that are a daily part of millions of people's lives worldwide, we're seeing greater acceptance of social media use in the college admissions process," Christine Brown, executive director of K12 and college prep programs for Kaplan Test Prep, said in a statement. "This means admissions officers are increasingly open to what they once viewed as a dubious practice, while teens have come to terms with the fact that their digital trails are for the most part easily searchable, followable and sometimes judged."

In a separate survey of 500 high school students, Kaplan found that 58 percent of students describe their social networking pages as "fair game" for admissions officers. And rather than fearing what a college might see, 35 percent said they felt it could actually help their chances of admission -- with 18 percent seeing social media as a savvy way to promote themselves.

Still, Kaplan said social media still plays only a "peripheral role" in the process and that grades and test scores are the main factors being considered by colleges.


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Off-grid kiosk brings education and internet to Nigeria | Adam Williams

Off-grid kiosk brings education and internet to Nigeria | Adam Williams | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

In many parts of Africa, a lack of adequate infrastructure means that it's simply not practical to build a school and employ a teacher to give kids an education – but there are alternatives. The Hello Hub is a solar-powered kiosk that features two touchscreen computers loaded with educational software and an internet connection to help kids and adults learn and get online. The first Hello Hub kiosk was recently installed in Nigeria, and there are more planned for next year.

Bringing to mind the SolarKiosk, the Hello Hub is designed by charity Projects for All, and has bench seating for up to eight people. Its two touchscreen computers are built using standard off-the-shelf parts and are housed in rugged waterproof enclosures which also protect against dust. The computers are designed to be easily repairable, and feature remote access software to allow troubleshooting from afar.

The computers run a custom version of Edubuntu, an educational-themed Linux flavor, which contains plenty of educational software as standard, plus an office suite, media editing tools, and web browser. Users interact with the computers via touchscreen, webcam, keyboard, and microphone, and each member of the community has their own login that loads a personalized desktop, with their files and activities saved.


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California Research & Education Network Gets 100-Gigabit Upgrade | GovTech.com

California Research & Education Network Gets 100-Gigabit Upgrade | GovTech.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

A broadband network used by California’s research universities and schools has been upgraded to 100 gigabits per second (Gbps), officials announced this week.

The California Research & Education Network (CalREN) has almost 10,000 connection sites among K-12, community colleges, the California State University, University of California campuses and private universities such as Caltech and Stanford.

The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) manages and operates CalREN.

Officials with the participating institutions said the new 100-Gbps network backbone will help California remain on the leading edge and bring additional capacity needed to expand the network to public libraries and other organizations.

“Frontier research is being driven today by Big Data, growing in scale at an enormous rate,” said Larry Smarr, founding director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, a UC San Diego/UC Irvine partnership. “CENIC’s backbone upgrade to 100 Gbps is coming just in time to keep California in a leadership position.”

Traffic on the 3,800-mile fiber network continues to grow, said CENIC President and CEO Louis Fox.


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Contemporary art exhibit creates national buzz | Kevin Kinder | NWAonline.com

Contemporary art exhibit creates national buzz | Kevin Kinder | NWAonline.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

The numbers prove the success of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art's much-discussed "State of the Art" exhibit. The Museum is located in Bentonville, Arkansas.

The collection amassed 227 works from 102 artists. Museum curator Chad Alligood and soon-departing president Don Bacigalupi visited nearly 1,000 artists' studios, traveling more than 100,000 miles across the country to do so. The research took months, and the exhibit debuted Sept. 13.

It caused a large numerical response, too -- as of mid-December, 127,000 visitors had seen "State of the Art," making it the most-viewed exhibit in the museum's three-year history. Part of those numbers can be attributed to another number -- zero, as in the price of admission to both the museum and this special exhibit. Attendance peaked on the day after Thanksgiving, with 3,700 people visiting on that single day. Additionally, online news organization Huffington Post named "State of the Art" the second-best art exhibit of 2014.

But all those numbers, telling as they might be, fail to reflect the lasting impact of the exhibit, which runs through Jan. 19 at the museum in Bentonville.

"Oh my gosh," gushes Sara Segerlin, the museum's senior educator of public programs. "It exceeded (all expectations). With all the media coverage, it re-invigorated the interest in Crystal Bridges."

And it did so in ways that are tougher to measure or quantify. One of the goals of Alligood and Bacigalupi was to discover things as up-close and personally as they could.

"They wanted to meet the artists and bring back the human element to building an exhibit," Segerlin says.


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How Chicago is Narrowing the Digital Divide | Danielle Kim | GovTech.com

How Chicago is Narrowing the Digital Divide | Danielle Kim | GovTech.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Hoping to reinvent its image as the nation’s next tech hub, Chicago has doubled down on its investment in digital manufacturing and technology.


This summer, the global online marketplace eBay and the high-profile tech incubator 1871 pledged to expand their presence in Chicago and to add hundreds of tech-savvy jobs to the city’s growing workforce.

Notwithstanding these successes, Chicago remains plagued by an enormous connectivity gap. In the Windy City, broadband usage varies widely, ranging from just 36 percent to 94 percent for a given neighborhood.


Low-income families, minorities, people with disabilities and seniors are overwhelmingly represented in the broad swath of the city’s population who are unable to gain access to crucial information and resources. Furthermore, research has shown that neighborhood-level factors like poverty and segregation magnify existing barriers to Internet use and home adoption).


The Smart Communities initiative aspires to narrow the digital divide by providing disconnected individuals with increased access technology and the Internet. Spearheaded by the Local Initiative Support Corporation Chicago (LISC Chicago) in 2009 in conjunction with the city and a dozen community nonprofits,


Smart Communities brings digital education, outreach, Internet access, small business training, digital youth jobs and local content portals to five digitally underserved neighborhoods in the Chicago area, including Humboldt Park, Pilsen, Auburn Gresham, Englewood and Chicago Lawn.


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Feds push for equal access to quality teachers | Stephanie Simon | POLITICO.com

Feds push for equal access to quality teachers | Stephanie Simon | POLITICO.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

More than a decade ago, Congress ordered states to figure out a way to distribute qualified teachers fairly, so low-income and minority children weren’t so often stuck with inexperienced and unlicensed educators.

As it turns out, they’ve done a lousy job.

New data out from the Education Department find sizable — and in some states, huge — disparities in children’s access to fully qualified and experienced teachers.

In Pennsylvania, for instance, more than 20 percent of teachers are unlicensed in the schools with the largest concentration of minority students. In largely white schools, just 0.2 percent of teachers lack a license, the data show.

Or consider Louisiana: Nearly 20 percent of classes in the most impoverished schools are taught by teachers who don’t meet the federal definition of “highly qualified” — which generally means they lack a bachelor’s degree, are unlicensed or don’t have a strong academic background in the subject they’re teaching. In the wealthier schools, fewer than 8 percent of classes are led by a teacher who’s not highly qualified.

In New York, students in high-poverty schools are nearly three times more likely to have a rookie teacher and 22 times more likely to have an unlicensed teacher than their peers in more affluent schools.

“The inequitable distribution of teachers teaching low-income students is staggering, sobering and getting worse,” said Arnold Fege, president of Public Advocacy for Kids, an education policy group.

President Barack Obama has sought to push the issue; earlier this year, he proposed $300 million in competitive grants to spur states to develop new strategies for getting high-quality teachers in front of needy kids.

But Congress scrapped the program in the recent budget agreement. And Republicans have warned that they’ll fight any “heavy-handed approach to federal enforcement” that subverts local autonomy.


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Shaman Claus: The Shamanic Origins of Christmas | Matt Toussaint | Shamanic Evolution

Shaman Claus: The Shamanic Origins of Christmas | Matt Toussaint | Shamanic Evolution | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered why in modern Christmas tradition we do the things we do? What is the origin of the Christmas tree, with the star on top, decorations about, and all the brightly wrapped presents beneath? Or the idea behind Santa Claus who jets around the globe in a magic sleigh with flying reindeer – defying both time and space – to deliver the world’s children a bounty of Christmas gifts? And since when did Santa and the birth of Jesus have anything to do with each other? Where do these stories come from – and better yet: what are we actually celebrating on Christmas morning?

There are answers to these questions. And the history is not so farfetched or even that hidden. You just have to know where to look. And the first place we look is the North Pole; seriously – in ancient Siberia, near the top of the world. The story of Santa and his likely origins begins where he supposedly lives: the frigid North.

In this wintry-wonderland, if you go searching for Santa, you may not find him or his Elvin factory – but you will find groups of indigenous people native to what we know as Siberia. Among these cultures are the northern Tungusic people, known as the Evenki. The Evenki were predominantly hunter-gatherers as well as reindeer herders. Their survival depended largely upon the health and vitality of their domesticated reindeer. The reindeer provided the Evenki and other northern tribes with everything from clothing, housing material, wares and tools from the bones and antlers, transportation (yes, they ride reindeer!), milk, as well as cultural and religious inspiration.


The Evenki were also a shamanic culture. The word “shaman” actually has its roots in the Tungus word 'saman' which means “one who knows or knows the spirits.” Many of the classic shamanic characteristics that would later be reflected in cultures all over the world were originally documented by Russian and European explorers while observing the Tungus and related people’s religious life. This includes the three-world system, the shamanic journey or soul flight, the use of altered states of consciousness, animistic belief in spirit, and so forth.


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San Antonio, TX : 73 Bexar County schools need improvement | Maria Luisa Cesar & Joshua Fechter | MySanAntonio.com

San Antonio, TX : 73 Bexar County schools need improvement | Maria Luisa Cesar & Joshua Fechter | MySanAntonio.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

The number of Texas schools identified as low-performing increased this year by more than 300, partly because of a tougher state test and an the accountability system that's tied to it.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released a list on Friday showing that 1,199 Texas schools have failed to meet accountability standards in 2011 or 2013 or have passage rates of 50 percent or lower on the state test for two of the last three years. The number for 2014 grew from the 892 campuses considered in poor shape last year.

In Bexar County, 73 schools made the low-performing list.

Locally, the three largest school districts here had 40 schools on the list this year but the San Antonio Independent School District claimed a disproportionate number of poor-performing campuses out of the three.


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Do e-readers really harm sleep? Depends what you call an e-reader | David Meyer | GigaOM Tech News

Do e-readers really harm sleep? Depends what you call an e-reader | David Meyer | GigaOM Tech News | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

A new study has claimed that light-emitting e-readers “negatively affect sleep, circadian timing and next-morning alertness” when used in the evening. However, those reading the resulting coverage should look into the details before worrying too much.

The study was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), leading to scary headlines such as: “E-readers ‘damage sleep and health,’ doctors warn” (BBC); “Keep That E-Reader Out of Bed and You’ll Feel Better in the Morning” (Pacific Standard); and “Before Bed, Switch Off The E-Reader And Pick Up A Paperback” (Fast Company).

The key problem with this study and the more alarmist stories that followed, is that when it says “e-reader”, it means “Apple iPad”. An iPad at full brightness, no less. When I hear “e-reader”, I tend to think “dedicated e-reader” – an e-ink device without a backlit screen — rather than a multi-purpose tablet. And there’s a big difference.


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NASA tests gecko tech to pick up and recycle space trash | Eric Mack | GizMag.com

NASA tests gecko tech to pick up and recycle space trash | Eric Mack | GizMag.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Gripping technology inspired by the force that geckos use to climb even vertical, smooth surfaces has been tested in microgravity. Researchers want to see if it might one day be used to get work done in outer space, and clean up the increasing amount of debris floating in orbit around the Earth.

Scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have modified a design (dubbed "gecko grippers") that originated with Stanford's "Stickybot" a few years back. DARPA has also modified the design to create real-life Spiderman-like abilities.

"The system could grapple objects in space that are spinning or tumbling, and would otherwise be hard to target," said Aaron Parness, NASA's principal investigator for the grippers. Parness was in graduate school at Stanford in the program that tested early prototypes of the gripper technology. It was put through over 30,000 "on" and "off" cycles without losing its adhesive strength.


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Apple Pushes Out Automatic Security Update On Macs For The First Time | HuffPost.com

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Apple Inc has pushed out its first-ever automated security update to Macintosh computers to help defend against newly identified bugs that security researchers have warned could enable hackers to gain remote control of machines.

The company pushed out the software on Monday to fix critical security vulnerabilities in a component of its OS X operating system called the network time protocol, or NTP, according to Apple spokesman Bill Evans.NTP is used for synchronizing clocks on computer systems.

The bugs were made public in security bulletins on Friday by the Department of Homeland Security and the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute. Carnegie Mellon identified dozens of technology companies, including Apple, whose products might be vulnerable.


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Billions of ants help keep NYC streets clean | Perrin Ireland | onEarth.org

Billions of ants help keep NYC streets clean | Perrin Ireland | onEarth.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Under the cement that paves New York City lives a bustling society of tiny janitors. I’m talking about ants. There are 16.7 billion of these arthropods in Manhattan. The scavengers patrol our parks, planters, grassy medians, and cracks in the pavement, where they nosh on the food waste we leave behind, consuming intimidating quantities.


The ants work together in colonies, descending on discarded hot dogs with devastating speed, and this tiny utility they offer Manhattan is mighty when multiplied. Not even Hurricane Sandy could stop these little guys from hitting the streets and carrying off nibbles as much as 5,000 times their bodyweight.

In a recent study, scientists from the University of North Carolina left out the leanest hot dogs, fattiest potato chips, and sweetest cookies all over Manhattan and watched to see who came for dinner. They found greater ant diversity than expected and hungry colonies in highway medians outeating their park neighbors. Without food-waste removal of any kind, we’d be surrounded by an amount of litter that seriously reduces well-being for humans.

I spoke with entomologists Amy Savage and Elsa Youngsteadt last week about everything from the importance of urban ecosystems to the peculiar penchant that some ants have for honeydew, a.k.a. sweet, sweet insect poop.


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Down on the farm: Pierce College ag program slowly changes direction | Jason Song | LATimes.com

Down on the farm: Pierce College ag program slowly changes direction | Jason Song | LATimes.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

To Leland Shapiro, a tour of the Pierce College campus is heavy on memories.

"This is where the 6,000 chickens used to be," he says, pointing at what is now a parking lot.

"This is where the flowers were," he says as he passes an abandoned building.

"We used to fatten the pigs here." He points to an empty structure.

Shapiro is a throwback to an earlier time for both Los Angeles and the community college in Woodland Hills. He learned to milk a cow in a dairy near the corner of 3rd Street and La Cienega in the early 1960s and began farming on lots in Watts and Gardena before attending Pierce. He joined the faculty there in the 1970s, when agriculture was among the school's biggest programs.


But the college has cut back on its trademark field of study, selling land once used for farming and letting the agriculture staff dwindle. Shapiro, 61, is the last full-time department member who still teaches students how to grow crops; the rest are either veterinary or landscaping professors.


Throughout the country, agricultural colleges have undergone similar changes as fewer students are studying farming, which increasingly is dominated by multinational companies. Instead, undergraduates are concentrating on related fields.


"Every institution has to be relevant, and it's more sexy to talk about nutrition than sows, cows and plows," said Keith Barber, president of the National Agricultural Alumni Development Assn., an advocacy group based in St. Paul, Minn.


As a result, some schools have changed their names to fit with the times. The University of Kentucky School of Agriculture became the School of Agriculture, Food and Environment in 2013.


"The old name didn't seem to fit anymore," said Nancy Cox, the campus' dean.


Shapiro knew he wanted to be a farmer when he began working with animals as a child. When he went to Pierce, nearly 2,000 students were enrolled in the agricultural program.


Later, as one of 18 full-time instructors, he taught students how to care for cattle, make butter and ice cream, and raise feed.


"Everyone had a specialty; there was a vet guy, a horse guy, a crop guy. I was the cow guy," Shapiro said.


Since then, the program has slowly shrunk. Professors and staff who left weren't replaced, Shapiro said. Now there are only four other full-time faculty and about 3,000 students in the program, which is the eighth largest at the campus.


Pierce administrators also began selling land for housing or converting it to such uses as athletic fields.


In the late 1980s, administrators allowed development on about 17 acres that had been used to grow alfalfa to feed the hundreds of animals on campus. "It was a financial win in the short term, but we never found a way to feed the cows as cheaply again," said Shapiro, a vocal critic of some development.


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What Digital Literacy Looks Like in a Classroom | Brianna Crowley | EdWeek.org

If students are “glued” 24/7 to their mobile devices, why is it necessary for schools to teach digital literacy? Who should teach it? And wait … what does it even mean to be “digitally literate”?

If these are questions you’ve heard or asked, you aren’t alone. Many educators struggle to understand their evolving role in teaching and using technology in their classrooms. Most importantly, many of us wrestle with how technology is shifting the way kids learn.

The New York Department of Education defines digital literacy as “having the knowledge and ability to use a range of technology tools for varied purposes.” Digitally literate people are those who “can use technology strategically to find and evaluate information, connect and collaborate with others, produce and share original content, and use the Internet and technology tools to achieve many academic, professional, and personal goals.”

Most teachers recognize those skills as critical for 21st-century learning. But before teachers and students dive into using technology in class, we should discuss why a digital literacy curriculum is necessary.

Many adults think that because children have been immersed in a technology since a young age, they are naturally “literate” or skilled in using technology. Younger generations have been labeled “digital natives” while older generations are “digital immigrants.” Some research suggests this labeling is outright false—students are no more literate with devices than their so-called digital immigrant parents.


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Lunar Mission One aims to take Moon exploration to new depths | David Szondy | GizMag.com

Lunar Mission One aims to take Moon exploration to new depths | David Szondy | GizMag.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Another private space exploration venture is under way with the British-led Lunar Mission One announcing plans to send an unmanned robotic landing module to the South Pole of the Moon. Initially funded by a Kickstarter campaign, the non-profit organization hopes to drill ten times deeper into the lunar surface than has ever previously been attempted and use the borehole to store a giant digital time capsule of human knowledge.

Under development for about eight years, the UK-based Lunar Mission One had its public launching this week at the the Royal Society's 12th Reinventing Space Conference in London. The effort was founded as Lunar Mission Ltd by former Royal Navy Engineering Officer David Iron, and is partnered with the University College of London and the Open University among others. Its goal is to develop and land a probe at the Lunar South Pole by 2024 as part of an effort to not only gather more knowledge about the Moon, but also to promote public interest in space exploration and develop new means of funding future missions without government support.

According to Lunar Mission, the South Pole was chosen because it has the advantages of regular sunlight during the lunar southern hemisphere summer, and it's where recent space probes have shown the possible presence of water ice in the shadows of craters. The idea is that the spacecraft will act as a platform for a wireline drill that will bore a 5 cm (1.9 in) hole at 15 cm/hr (5.9 in/hr) down at least 20 m (65 ft), which is 10 times deeper than anything previously attempted on the Moon. The organization says that it could even reach 100 m (328 ft) if conditions are right.


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Journal of Media Literacy Education | University of Rhode Island

The Journal of Media Literacy Education is an online, open-access, peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal that supports the development of research, scholarship and the pedagogy of media literacy education.

See the Aims and Scope for a complete coverage of the journal.


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A High-Tech Dance Performance Melds Human Bodies With Code | Kyle Vanhemert | WIRED.com

A High-Tech Dance Performance Melds Human Bodies With Code | Kyle Vanhemert | WIRED.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

If you’re a lover of contemporary dance or sophisticated 3-D projection mapping, I’ve got just the holiday gift for you! Oh, you’re neither? You’ll still probably like it anyway.

“Pixel” is the latest from Adrien M / Claire B, a French dance company specializing in cutting-edge physical-digital performance. The group’s choreography extends beyond its dancers—by projecting light onto the stage and backdrop behind it, the company creates dynamic virtual worlds that respond to and interact with the people among them. In this latest spectacle, dancers spin inside virtual rings; they hold umbrellas that shield them from pixelated rainfall. At its best, the distinction between the physical and digital evaporates entirely.


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12 Days of Broadband, Day 12: MCNC's flagship network celebrates 30 years | WRAL TechWire

12 Days of Broadband, Day 12: MCNC's flagship network celebrates 30 years | WRAL TechWire | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

This year marked a milestone for MCNC as the technology nonprofit celebrated the 30th anniversary of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN).

NCREN is one of the nation’s finest statewide research and education networks available today. But, NCREN is much more just than a network. It is a broadband backbone for collaboration in North Carolina.

MCNC began as an economic development and research innovation center in the semi-conductor industry. The number of patents produced and companies incubated only tell part of the story. What MCNC really did was attract great companies and tech talent to North Carolina as well as better retain the great minds in technology innovation that were graduating from NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, NC A&T University, UNC Charlotte and many others. Finally, it allowed the organization to build out, scale and sustain NCREN.

The past 30 years have brought tremendous economic changes in North Carolina and growth in the state’s tech-based economy. In that time, MCNC has built one of the nation’s most future-proof networks serving education, research and health care for the entire state. MCNC’s backbone network efficiently and cost-effectively delivers broadband services to community institutions throughout North Carolina as high-speed connectivity continues to evolve into an essential economic asset. And, NCREN is engineered to have virtually unlimited capacity to grow with increasing bandwidth demand.

NCREN has provided the broadband infrastructure to connect North Carolina citizens to the path of success for the last three decades. The historic 2,600-mile expansion of NCREN completed in 2013 now gives even more citizens in almost every county in North Carolina access to high-speed, broadband connectivity.


Today, NCREN serves the broadband infrastructure needs of more than 500 community institutions including all K-20 public education in North Carolina. NCREN is one of the nation’s premier backbone networks, and its expanded capabilities now allows MCNC to customize services and applications for users more than ever before as they also look to further enable private-sector providers to bring cost-effective broadband infrastructure to rural and underserved areas of North Carolina.


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What Would You Have Eaten for Christmas in Medieval Times? | Iona McCleery | Truth-Out.org

What Would You Have Eaten for Christmas in Medieval Times? | Iona McCleery | Truth-Out.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

With Christmas almost upon us, there will be plenty of frenzied present shopping and meal planning. Haven't made that Christmas cake yet? Fear not. If you were preparing the festive meal 600 years ago you'd have far more on your plate.

The picture below is a calendar page from a Book of Hours, a type of prayer book popular among pious rich people in the Middle Ages. Apart from the costumes they are wearing, the people at the bottom of the page seem much like us – keeping warm and enjoying their food and drink.

It may surprise you to learn that this particular calendar month is January. The feast day celebrated by the couple is Epiphany on January 6, picked out in red (Epyphania). Our Christmases, hectic though they may be, are actually a doddle compared to the traditions of old. Medieval people celebrated all 12 days of Christmas, from December 25 through to Epiphany – the day the three kings turned up with gifts for the newborn Jesus – although they did not usually feast every day. Some households had their big feast on Christmas Day. For others it was the first of January or the 6th, depending on local custom.

There's not much detail as to what the couple ate at their winter feast. The artist was more interested in depicting the strawberries and flowers in the margins than in putting food on the table. This is typical of medieval manuscript art. Even elaborate descriptions of royal feasts say little about food. We know even less about what the poor ate, although lords probably feasted their tenants at least once over Christmas.

We do know that preparations for winter would have begun in the late autumn. Humans and animals both ate the same basic foodstuff: grain. Poorer people did not have enough grain for animals over winter so most pigs and cattle were fattened up on acorns and slaughtered. Calendars commemorate this strategic act for the months of November and December as in the images below, paired with the relevant signs of the zodiac (Sagittarius and Capricorn).

Of course, the wealthy could continue to keep their animals alive, so they had fresh meat all winter. It's not true that they used spices to liven up rotten meat: cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper were imported from India or Indonesia, so if you could afford them you could afford good meat. The rich could also afford sugar – candied fruit, sugared almonds and sweets have always been popular Christmas treats.

The poor would have eaten sausage and bacon instead, salted fish if they could get it, stored or dried apples, peas and beans, perhaps a bit of honey, and would only have had the added flavours of onion, leeks and garlic. Even salt was expensive. The hungriest time was actually not the months that we associate with winter cold, but the months of April and May. It was then that stores had run out and there would be little growing yet in the garden. Nor was there much dairy as hens naturally lay less in winter and cows don't produce milk until after they have their spring calves.


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Ireland: Archaeologists Discover Remains of New Humanoid Species | World News Daily Report

Ireland: Archaeologists Discover Remains of New Humanoid Species | World News Daily Report | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

A team of archaeologists affiliated with the University College Dublin, have unearthed three skeletons from a previously unknown humanoid species of extremely small size in a wooded area of Eastern Ireland. The specimens measuring between 47 and 61 centimeters are presumably from an entirely new species of humanoid, distinct from modern humans, which would have survived until the 12th or 13th century AD.

The bones which were presumably partially unearthed by a recent rainfall, and were found by three local children who were playing in the area. The young boys immediately contacted the police, believing they had found the remains of murdered children. The medical examiner called on the site, rapidly understood that this was not a modern crime scene, but seemed instead to be an unusual archeological site. He contacted the University College Dublin to ask for help, and the institution sent Professor Edward James McInnes to analyze the discovery.

The bodies of two females and one male were discovered with a small number of artefacts in what appeared to have been a small settlement, near the banks of the river Boyne. The team of archaeologists led by Professor McInnes, has named the species Homo minusculus, which means either ‘Tiny Man’ or ‘Is small in comparison’.

This tiny axe blade was found near the body of the male individual. It is presumed to have been used as both a weapon and a tool.

Various small stone Tools and weapons were found near the bodies, including an axe, two knives, a spear point and even two miniature sewing needles. These items suggest that the Homo Minisculus had only reached a technological level comparable to human hunters-gatherers from the Paleolithic period, as no pottery or metal items have been found on the site. Many bones from various small animals including squirrels, hares, moles and hedgehogs were found near the settlement, many of which bore traces of cooking.


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Stories of Mighty Women: New Biographies for Adult Readers | Katherine Handcock | A Mighty Girl

Stories of Mighty Women: New Biographies for Adult Readers | Katherine Handcock | A Mighty Girl | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

When we share stories about famous women from history, adults in our community often comment that they’re amazed that they’ve never learned about these world-changing women. And, while people love the biographies we post for children and teens, many adults would also like to learn more about these inspiring women. To that end, in our first-ever post filled with reading recommendations for adults and older teen readers, we're sharing twenty books about incredible women of past and present.

Our recommendations are all biographies with the exception of one remarkable work of historical fiction, The Invention of Wings. Moreover, to help you discover a few of the amazing new biographies which have been recently released, all of our recommended books have been published in the past two years and several are brand new releases.

Since A Mighty Girl's website does not have a book section for adult readers, you won't find these recommendations on our site; however, we've included links below to Amazon so you can learn more or order individual titles.

So whether you're looking for a good book to delve into or a last-minute holiday gift for a friend, these women's stories are sure to inspire!


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'Sounding smart': End of Year Reflection on STEAM | Nettrice Gaskins | Musings of a Renegade Futurist

'Sounding smart': End of Year Reflection on STEAM | Nettrice Gaskins | Musings of a Renegade Futurist | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

High school art students are working on their chemistry projects in the STEAM Lab. These students are interested in the Touch Board, a sensor that converts signals from a variety of conductive materials into sound. I had to figure out a way to get them to identify the substances of which conductive material is composed. I worked with them to investigate the material properties of electric paint and the ways in which it interacts with the sensor to create sound. In this video, you can hear me posing questions to the students to engage them.

Inquiry-based learning starts by posing questions, problems or scenarios—rather than simply presenting established facts or portraying a smooth path to knowledge. In the video above, I guided the students by asking them how the electric paint worked. When the students couldn’t think of an answer I told them that graphite was used: What is graphite and how is it conductive? I gave one student a laptop but one student used her mobile phone to do research and take notes. Another listened and wrote down the answers on paper.

I had prepared myself to ask students questions to probe their thinking processes in order to assess accurately what was happening with the Touch Board, rather than leave them to figure it out on their own. Also, a lot more was going on than meets the eye with the demonstration project I showed them earlier in the term. The paint I used is not regular paint and the interaction through touch to make sound involved more than the paint or the device, itself. How to get them to dig deeper was my challenge.


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The Evolving Face of Santa, As Seen in the Smithsonian's Vast Collections | Saba Naseem | Smithsonian Magazine

The Evolving Face of Santa, As Seen in the Smithsonian's Vast Collections | Saba Naseem | Smithsonian Magazine | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Santa Claus wasn’t always the jovial white-bearded bearer of gifts that we know so well today. In fact, Santa's historical roots in America trace to the 18th-century arrival of Dutch immigrants, who would gather on December 6 to honor the anniversary of Saint Nicholas’ death.

Believed to have been born in modern-day Turkey around 280 A.D., Saint Nicholas devoted his life to philanthropy and kindness, which quickly rendered him a popular legend in European history. His Dutch nickname, Sinterklaas (a short version of Sint Nikolaas) eventually became "Santa Claus."

One of the first American Santas was the plump, jolly fella from Clement Clark Moore’s 1823 poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” better known as “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Later in the 1860s, political cartoonist Thomas Nast popularized Santa in his illustrations for Harper’s Weekly, which he adapted from both Moore’s poem and his German heritage.

As early as the mid-19th century, corporate America saw the need to harness a Father Christmas-style character for seasonal marketing. Department stores like Macy’s and food and drink companies publicized the Santa image in their advertising.


"A standardized visual amalgamation—white, white beard, portly, jolly, wearing an identifiable fur or fur-trimmed uniform—developed through the century," writes George McKay, a professor of cultural studies at England's University of Salford. "It was this image that was most famously exploited by the Coca-Cola Company from the early 1930s on, in the corporate company colors of red and white, as part of its campaign to increase winter sales of its soft drink. It is widely recognized that it is from this long-running campaign that Santa’s place and most familiar representation has been concretized in the contemporary Christmas imaginary."

A search of the archives collections across a number of Smithsonian museums reveals a Santa for every generation.


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