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MOOCs Will Change the University Business Model - The Experts - WSJ

MOOCs Will Change the University Business Model - The Experts - WSJ | Dorai on Ideas, Inventions and Innovation | Scoop.it
There are two major advantages to the online education business model.

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How Pixar Unlocks Imagination With Technology

How Pixar Unlocks Imagination With Technology | Dorai on Ideas, Inventions and Innovation | Scoop.it
By pushing the boundaries of animation, Pixar's filmmaking increasingly mimics reality.
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New microbatteries combine the advantages of lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors

New microbatteries combine the advantages of lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors | Dorai on Ideas, Inventions and Innovation | Scoop.it
Powerful microbatteries developed at the University of Illinois combine the energy capacity of lithium batteries and the power delivery of a supercapacitor.
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Adobe launches into hardware with pen, digital ruler

Adobe launches into hardware with pen, digital ruler | Dorai on Ideas, Inventions and Innovation | Scoop.it
Apart from transitioning its Creative Suite software to the subscription-based Creative Cloud, Adobe also showed off two new pieces of hardware that it has been working on.
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The pedagogical foundations of massive open online courses

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The pedagogical foundations of massive open online courses

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Carlos Lizarraga Celaya's curator insight, May 8, 2013 8:39 AM

In 2011, the respective roles of higher education institutions and students worldwide were brought into question by the rise of the massive open online course (MOOC). MOOCs are defined by signature characteristics that include: lectures formatted as short videos combined with formative quizzes; automated assessment and/or peer and self–assessment and an online forum for peer support and discussion. Although not specifically designed to optimise learning, claims have been made that MOOCs are based on sound pedagogical foundations that are at the very least comparable with courses offered by universities in face–to–face mode. To validate this, we examined the literature for empirical evidence substantiating such claims. Although empirical evidence directly related to MOOCs was difficult to find, the evidence suggests that there is no reason to believe that MOOCs are any less effective a learning experience than their face–to–face counterparts. Indeed, in some aspects, they may actually improve learning outcomes.

 
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New Plant Protein Discoveries Could Ease Global Food and Fuel Demands

New Plant Protein Discoveries Could Ease Global Food and Fuel Demands | Dorai on Ideas, Inventions and Innovation | Scoop.it
New discoveries of the way plants transport important substances across their biological membranes to resist toxic metals and pests, increase salt and drought tolerance, control water loss and store sugar can have profound implications for...
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The conclusion of 12 leading plant biologists from around the world whose laboratories recently discovered important properties of plant transport proteins that, collectively, could have a profound impact on global agriculture. They report in the May 2nd issue of the journal Nature that the application of their findings could help the world meet its increasing demand for food and fuel as the global population grows from seven billion people to an estimated nine billion by 2050.

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Planet Hunters

Planet Hunters, the latest project from the Zooniverse, is a citizen science project. Participants help us sieve through data taken by the NASA Kepler space mission. These data consist of brightness measurements, or "light curves," taken every thirty minutes for more than 150,000 stars. Users search for possible transit events - a brief dip in brightness that occurs when a planet passes in front of the star - with the goal of discovering a planet (hence the name "Planet Hunters"). The most difficult detections for Planet Hunters and for computer-based searches will be those from planets that orbit far from their star and therefore cross the star infrequently. It may also be difficult for computer algorithms to detect planets in data that has artificial offsets (which can occur with telescope pointing errors or space craft rolls). Planet Hunter participants may be better than computers at finding signals in this type of data. Because of the outstanding pattern recognition of the human brain, we hope that participants will also establish new "families" or classifications for the light curves. We will be standing by to obtain more data at telescopes to better understand the underlying physical reason for the different classifications.

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27 of History’s Strangest Inventions

27 of History’s Strangest Inventions | Dorai on Ideas, Inventions and Innovation | Scoop.it

“If at first an idea is not absurd,” Albert Einstein famously said, “then there is no hope for it.” Sometimes, however, absurd is just absurd — yet, even so, it’s a fascinating slice of history’s collective direction of curiosity and experimental innovation. After those vintage versions of modern social media and yesteryear’s visions for the future of technology, here come some of history’s most weird and wonderful inventions, from wooden swimwear to spectacles for reading in bed, captured in archival public domain images by Holland’s Nationaal Archief.

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Why I Believe That This Will Be The Most Innovative Decade In History - Forbes

Why I Believe That This Will Be The Most Innovative Decade In History - Forbes | Dorai on Ideas, Inventions and Innovation | Scoop.it
Vivek Wadhwa - Vice President of Academics and Innovation at Singularity University Many people believe that we’ve run out of ideas and that the future will be one of bleak shortages of food, energy, and water.
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What are some of the best new products that people don't really know about?

What are some of the best new products that people don't really know about? | Dorai on Ideas, Inventions and Innovation | Scoop.it

Innovative products that we don't hear much about. 

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Wikispeed: How A 100 mpg Car Was Developed In 3 Months - Forbes

Wikispeed: How A 100 mpg Car Was Developed In 3 Months - Forbes | Dorai on Ideas, Inventions and Innovation | Scoop.it

What if the car you drove to work every day got 100 mpg? Joe Justice and his Wikispeed team have developed a functional prototype. Using Agile radical management methods, their prototype was developed in just three months, instead of the multi-year process that traditional manufacturing requires.

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Innovation's Next Decade

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Innovation's Next Decade
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Sramana'on Innovation "

I believe in the decade ahead that the style of thinking that will have the maximum impact is thisability to assimilate ideas from across domains and disciplines and apply them to innovation andentrepreneurship, instincts already deeply woven into the technology industry’s fabric.

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Researchers create optical switch with graphene semiconductor, could boost internet speeds

Researchers create optical switch with graphene semiconductor, could boost internet speeds | Dorai on Ideas, Inventions and Innovation | Scoop.it
Researchers found that by using graphene as a semiconductor, they could make one step necessary to transmit data 100 times faster.

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More information on graphene on Wikipedia. Interesting substance.


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Harvard's flying robot insect can now hover and steer

Harvard's flying robot insect can now hover and steer | Dorai on Ideas, Inventions and Innovation | Scoop.it
Harvard researchers have presented video of the world's first controlled flight of an insect-sized winged robot.
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The Man Behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the Quest for the New AI | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

The Man Behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the Quest for the New AI | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com | Dorai on Ideas, Inventions and Innovation | Scoop.it
There's a theory that human intelligence stems from a single algorithm. The idea arises from experiments suggesting that the portion of your brain dedicated to processing sound from your ears could also handle sight for your eyes.
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AMON: An Eye on the Universe | Penn State University

AMON: An Eye on the Universe | Penn State University | Dorai on Ideas, Inventions and Innovation | Scoop.it
AMON stands for Astrophysical Multimessenger Observatory Network.
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OpenIDEO - How might we inspire and enable communities to take more initiative in making their local environments better?

OpenIDEO - How might we inspire and enable communities to take more initiative in making their local environments better? | Dorai on Ideas, Inventions and Innovation | Scoop.it
OpenIDEO is a global community that will draw on your optimism, inspiration, ideas and opinions to solve problems together for the collective social good.

 

How might we better collectively solve problems facing our neighbourhoods?
How might communities look out for each other more?

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nsf.gov - National Science Foundation (NSF) News - NSF Announces Interagency Progress on Administration's Big Data Initiative - US National Science Foundation (NSF)

nsf.gov - National Science Foundation (NSF) News - NSF Announces Interagency Progress on Administration's Big Data Initiative - US National Science Foundation (NSF) | Dorai on Ideas, Inventions and Innovation | Scoop.it

NSF invests nearly $15 million in new Big Data research projects, and the start of an idea-generating challenge

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30 big data project takeaways | ZDNet

30 big data project takeaways | ZDNet | Dorai on Ideas, Inventions and Innovation | Scoop.it
Summary: Here's a look at the big data lessons learned in the field from a bevy of technology execs.
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Science as a service

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Science as a Service - Transcriptic is building a laboratory virtualization platform: Amazon Web Services for the life sciences. A machine-readable protocol and robotics technology for carrying out experiments quickly, cheaply, and highly repeatably. 

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GE Announces $63 million in New Orders for Breakthrough Battery | Business Wire

GE Announces $63 million in New Orders for Breakthrough Battery | Business Wire | Dorai on Ideas, Inventions and Innovation | Scoop.it

“Durathon batteries help solve key challenges for customers in emerging markets, where power outages and cycle disruption are prevalent, and in developed markets where batteries currently take up large spaces in cramped urban centers. The technology is unique because it can function in a variety of extreme conditions and store as much energy as lead-acid batteries twice its size while lasting up to 10 times as long.”

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Innovation in Education - A Visual Representation of a Twitter Discussion

Innovation in Education - A Visual Representation of a Twitter Discussion | Dorai on Ideas, Inventions and Innovation | Scoop.it

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