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An eclectic mix of articles about our world and the universe we live in, with some political commentary
Curated by Pamela D Lloyd
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Linguists identify 15,000-year-old ‘ultraconserved words’

Linguists identify 15,000-year-old ‘ultraconserved words’ | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Researchers identify two dozen words whose sound and meaning have survived the past 15,000 years.
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By comparing the sounds of commonly used words across language families, linguists have identified a handful they believe may have been present from our earliest beginnings. The "proto-Eurasiatic" language, these linguists suggest, may be the ancestor of seven language families, with words that were essential for daily life being the most likely to survive to the present day.

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New wind harvesting invention to bring cities to life (ScienceAlert)

New wind harvesting invention to bring cities to life (ScienceAlert) | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
A new wind turbine has been developed that could sit on skyscrapers and convert wind into electricity - will it be part of the city of the future?
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I love seeing innovative technologies that can help us to reduce our dependence upon fossil fuels. I also imagine a residential application in which the sides of a cooling tower are the site for the wind harvesting modules.

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MindMup: Working with Google Drive

MindMup: Working with Google Drive | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it

Via Baiba Svenca
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MindMup is a free, opensource mindmapping system. It requires no signup, and mindmaps stored directly through MindMup are public. Recognizing that many people prefer more limited distribution, MindMup leverages Google Drive as a way to store mindmaps privately or for limited distribution.

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, May 11, 2013 8:28 PM

Includes instructions on how to save MindMups into Google Drive

Ronald BELLEZ's curator insight, May 12, 2013 4:15 PM

Un #outil d'#organisation simple et gratuit qui permet de stocker ses cartes mentales (#mindmaps) dans google #drive.

Mueller, Chad's curator insight, May 15, 2013 10:12 AM

What a great tool!

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Pediatricians Support Gay Marriage

Pediatricians Support Gay Marriage | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
The American Academy of Pediatrics is publicly proclaiming its support for same sex marriage as a means of guaranteeing all federal and state rights and benefits, and long-term security for children
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Master builder of the Middle Ages and design build of today: an analysis and comparison

Master builder of the Middle Ages and design build of today: an analysis and comparison | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
European architecture went through a period of great development and building between 1150 and 1450.
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Queen Isabella and the Invention of Modern Chess | Essay and science

Essay and science
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The rules of chess have not always been static, and one man's tribute to Queen Isabella of Castile gave prominence to the queen piece, completely changing the strategy of the game.

 

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The teaching of astronomy in medieval universities, principally at Paris in the fourteenth century

The teaching of astronomy in medieval universities, principally at Paris in the fourteenth century | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Obviously, however, learned men of antiquity and the Middle Ages showed the greatest interest in such genuinely astronomical activities as the observation of the skies, of the heavenly bodies and of their movements, positions, orbits, and anomalies.
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Como la astronomia era un papel importante en la Universidad Medieval 

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Disney's Innovative Animated Hybrid Paperman Debuts Online

Disney's Innovative Animated Hybrid Paperman Debuts Online | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Disney's Oscar-nominated Paperman short, which blends hand-drawn and CGI animation into a groundbreaking (and beautiful) whole, is now available online.
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V3Solar Spin Cell = 8 Cents/kWh? (CleanTechnica Exclusive)

V3Solar Spin Cell = 8 Cents/kWh? (CleanTechnica Exclusive) | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Quite frankly, if the company's numbers are correct, this could be the biggest solar news of the decade, or even a greater timespan.
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iPad app in development to help with macular degeneration

iPad app in development to help with macular degeneration | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
I’ve written before about iPad apps useful for vision research, but I’ve just come across a new vision-related app, so new in fact that it’s still in the development/testing phase...
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Myths persist about the Emancipation Proclamation | WTVR.com ...

Myths persist about the Emancipation Proclamation | WTVR.com ... | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
When Hannah Johnson wrote President Lincoln in the summer of 1863, she expressed the concerns of any mother with a son fighting a war.
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The Gates-Funded Toilet Of The Future

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Today is World Toilet Day. That’s not as silly as it sounds.
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Designed for the developing world, this toilet provides a system comparable in style and comfort to those found in industrialized nations, while reducing the impact of modern plumbing.

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Obama To Name Climate Hawk John Kerry Secretary Of State

Obama To Name Climate Hawk John Kerry Secretary Of State | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
In the first serious indication Obama will focus on climate change in his second term, media outlets report the President will nominate Senator John Kerry (D-MA) to be Secretary of State.
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Means, Motive, Opportunity: Medieval Women and the Recourse to Arms

Means, Motive, Opportunity: Medieval Women and the Recourse to Arms | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Why did medieval women go to war?
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Communism, welfare state – what's the next big idea?

Communism, welfare state – what's the next big idea? | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: Any attempt to challenge the elite needs courage, inspiration and a truly groundbreaking proposal. Here are two to set us off
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I find this line very telling: "So the age-old question comes knocking: why does the decent majority allow itself to be governed by a brutal, antisocial minority? Part of the reason is that the minority controls the story."

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Colonialism on film: how cinema finds new ways to bust an old Tabu

Colonialism on film: how cinema finds new ways to bust an old Tabu | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it

A pair of Portuguese-language films quietly examine the standoff between old Europe and modern multiculturalism.

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Health Care Reform Survey Shows Public Divided And Unaware About Key ... - Huffington Post

Health Care Reform Survey Shows Public Divided And Unaware About Key ... - Huffington Post | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Health Care Reform Survey Shows Public Divided And Unaware About Key ...
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Appropriate health care policy is essential to the health of our nation, not just to that subset of our population most likely to benefit from improved access to health care. Yet, the political divide between the two major parties in the US has prevented us from developing truly rational policies for health, just as it has for other crucial governmental sectors. Additionally, the media hype over controversy that continues to encompass any issue about which the two parties disagree prevents the American public from obtaining accurate information and rational analysis that would allow them to better understand the true impact of governmental policies, including health care reform. Consequently, the discussion of health care policy has degenerated into the nationwide equivalent of a disfunctional family argument.

 

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9 Steps Cities Must Take to Dramatically Cut Carbon Emissions

9 Steps Cities Must Take to Dramatically Cut Carbon Emissions | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it

A very long, very bold to-do list for the next 20 years.

The city of Toronto has already begun to sketch out policies that could reduce the area’s greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades. Officials have proposed greening the electric grid, banning incandescent light bulbs, promoting green roofs on commercial buildings, retrofitting 1960s-era high-rises and implementing a stricter energy-efficient building code for new construction. With transportation, the city wants to expand bike lanes and transit infrastructure, all while it anticipates that electric vehicles will grow slowly more common.

This is a pretty standard menu of ideas, and according to scientists it will get the city part of the way toward the kind of changes broadly needed to really keep global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius.

But to really alter the future prospects for climate change, much more will have to happen in Toronto, and every other city. Researchers used the city as a case study to model what a truly aggressive framework might look like. If Toronto wants to cut emissions by 70 percent by 2031, all of these actions (or others with a similar impact) might be required in tandem...


Via Lauren Moss, Stephane Bilodeau, Lockall, Territori, Ursula Sola de Hinestrosa, SustainOurEarth
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While the steps being proposed in Toronto may not be as aggressive as those recommending by researchers concerned with reversing the climate changes caused by humanity's activity, they are at least a step in the right direction and far more than what seems likely in most U.S. cities.

 

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Solem a Tergo Reliquit: The Troublesome Battle of Bosworth Field

Solem a Tergo Reliquit: The Troublesome Battle of Bosworth Field | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
The first major point upon which we disagree concerns the nature of existing evidence about the Battle.
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SACRED FAMILIAR - YOU ARE FREE: Ellen Terry and the Beetlewing Gown

SACRED FAMILIAR - YOU ARE FREE: Ellen Terry and the Beetlewing Gown | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
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The fabulous gown worn by actress Ellen Terry in her 1880s role as Lady Macbeth has been restored by England's National Trust. This dress includes hand-crochet work intended to evoke both snakeskin and chain mail, as well as the naturally shed wings of 1,000 green jewel beetles.

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Guilty As Charged: Facebook, Google, Snapchat and Starbucks Caught for Privacy Violations - Forbes

Guilty As Charged: Facebook, Google, Snapchat and Starbucks Caught for Privacy Violations - Forbes | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
This Data Privacy Day, take the first step toward controlling your online information. My company makes a free tool called Hotspot Shield that battles some of the issues I describe below.
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Slideshow: Sperm Whales Adopt Deformed Dolphin - ScienceNOW

Slideshow: Sperm Whales Adopt Deformed Dolphin - ScienceNOW | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Slideshow: Sperm Whales Adopt Deformed Dolphin - ScienceNOW
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Thanks to the interwebz, we often see instances of interspecies adoption, often between domesticated animals, but there is almost always some form of human mediation involved. This grouping, however, seems to be a choice made by the cetaceans, without human interference.

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Still Not Asking For It

Still Not Asking For It | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
sleepydumpling: “ abgron: “ thedarkchocolatedandy: “ sxeman69: “ sketchedsmiles: “ vaginapowersactivate: “ we-are-star-stuff: “ ihopeyouareabletoable: “ h-plus: “ leftybegone: “ I...
Pamela D Lloyd's insight:

This image is, and the woman in it, important, not just for the statement being made, but for the conversations provoked.

 

On Tumblr and on Facebook, assuredly on other social media, although I've not yet witnessed it, conversations are taking place. From these online conversations, "real life" in-person conversations have started. I quote, here, the portion of the conversation from Tumblr which has been shared on Facebook:

 

"but then again, its kind like putting a meat suit on and telling a shark not to eat you"

 

"We (men) are not fucking sharks!

We are not rabid animals living off of pure instinct

We are capable of rational thinking and understanding. 

Just because someone is cooking food doesn’t mean you’re entitled to eat it. 

Just because a banker is counting money doesn’t mean you’re being given free money.

Just because a person is naked doesn’t mean you’re entitled to fuck them. 

You are not entitled to someone else’s body just because it’s exposed. 

What is so fucking difficult about this concept?"

 

This is not the first time these conversations have occurred. This will not be the  last time. But with each such conversation, we move a little closer to the time when the conversation will no longer be needed because all men (and not just the more civilized among them, who are more numerous now than they used to be, and continuing to become so) will no longer feel that it's acceptable to treat women as prey in any context.

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creativityUNLEASHED by traci bautista

creativityUNLEASHED by traci bautista | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
musings and creative inspiration from mixed media artist Traci Bautista, author of Collage Unleashed and Doodles Unleashed...
be inspired...live a beautiful life!

Via Victoria Manzer
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Dating Christmas

Dating Christmas | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Where did Christmas come from? Many have heard the explanation that Christians appropriated a pagan festival, date and customs and all, and simply renamed or reinterpreted it for their own purposes.
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