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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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creativityUNLEASHED by traci bautista

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musings and creative inspiration from mixed media artist Traci Bautista, author of Collage Unleashed and Doodles Unleashed...
be inspired...live a beautiful life!

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Dating Christmas

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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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How To Use Evernote: The Missing Manual

How To Use Evernote: The Missing Manual | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it

Ken's Key Takeaway:

I knew about the OCR in photos.  I did not know about the OCR .pdf function.  Awesome!

Ken

 

 

Are you a digital packrat? Are you in need of a searchable repository for everything you want to recall later? Does the idea of automatic OCR (Optical Character Recognition) for all your scanned PDFs get you excited in a way only seriously organised people could ever understand? If so, Evernote is the tool you need right now – and we’ve got the perfect manual to get you started using it like a professional.

 

Downloads are free from MakeUseOf - just tweet about the product you want. -JL

 

 


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Charles Myers 's comment, May 15, 2013 8:09 AM
Agree totally!! We're using now as a digital portfolio for kids... (well.. starting next school year) :)
Charles Myers 's comment, May 15, 2013 8:09 AM
Agree totally!! We're using now as a digital portfolio for kids... (well.. starting next school year) :)
Louise Robinson-Lay's comment, May 15, 2013 5:02 PM
Hanks everyone, it really is a fantastic tool and I am still finding ways to use it better. It certainly helps to stay better organized.
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Organic: Food Justice for the 99% | Cornucopia Institute

Organic: Food Justice for the 99% | Cornucopia Institute | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Dr.Oz in Time Magazine Slandering Families Who Choose Safe, Organic Food for Their Children — Off-Base/Ill Advised As Americans become increasingly aware of...

 

"Scientific studies show that milk from pastured cows contains higher levels of beneficial fats. Beef from grass-fed cattle and eggs from pastured hens are lower in cholesterol and saturated fat and higher in healthy omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamins A and E. Organic strawberries and tomatoes contain more healthy antioxidants."

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Fracking the Great Lakes

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The Great Lakes hold 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water.

 

"Today, the natural gas industry is beginning horizontal hydraulic fracturing all around the Great Lakes to extract gas. It is against the law to frack under the lakes but there are no laws about fracking near streams, creeks, rivers that empty into the lakes.... Hundreds of toxic chemicals are injected under pressure into the ground to fracture the shale formation." 

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Why Khan Academy Is The Wrong Answer

Why Khan Academy Is The Wrong Answer | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it

"Popular efforts to improve education are focusing on the wrong problem. Millions of dollars and hours of innovation are being spent on improving how we deliver content in an era when content matters less and how we interact with it matters more....

 

"However, the weak link in our current learning paradigm isn’t content delivery. Traditional textbooks deliver content efficiently and effectively, and access to content is cheaper and easier than at any other time in history thanks to the internet. It’s only with the guidance of a skilled teacher and interaction with other learners that content becomes relevant and engaging. That’s what makes good teaching important. Future education is better served by investing in and developing tools that support discussion and interaction, not improving content delivery."


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Lou Salza's comment, November 28, 2012 4:28 PM
In education there as many questions and answers as there are children. Kahn Academy is not the wrong answer. Neither is it the right answer. It is ONE answer to the question: How can we increase access to content and information for students and adults who want to learn?
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The Talbot Shrewsbury Book Goes Online - Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts

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Detail of a miniature of John Talbot presenting the book to Queen Margaret of Anjou, seated in a palace beside King Henry VI of England, and surrounded by their court, from Poems and Romances (the 'Talbot Shrewsbury book'), France (Rouen), c.

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The Magic Adjustable Ring: A Better Way to Begin Crochet in the Round - Crochet Me

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Crochet Me is a community for crocheters.

 

This is an excellent crochet tutorial showing how to start a crochet in the round or granny square.

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Sunlight in a Pipe: New Natural Lighting System

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a South Korean and British joint venture company has created a technology that can literally pipe natural sunlight to any windowless room in a building.
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Red Poulaine's Musings: Salon de Paris Nude Portrait by M. Fronti

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A short history of how Noyer Studios and other postcard publishers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries helped to bring the works of painters and other artists into the public view.

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Bill Nye Blasts Congressman For Remarks On Evolution, Big Bang

Bill Nye Blasts Congressman For Remarks On Evolution, Big Bang | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
For someone who sits on a key congressional science advisory committee, Rep. Paul C. Broun (R-Ga.) seems to take a pretty dim view of science.
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New Study Confirms Obamacare’s Birth Control Mandate Will Reduce Abortion Rate

New Study Confirms Obamacare’s Birth Control Mandate Will Reduce Abortion Rate | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it

"A new study focusing on low-income women in St. Louis, MO concludes that expandig access to free contraception... leads to significantly lower rates of unintended teen pregnancy and abortion."

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Nikola Tesla: The patron saint of geeks?

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Fans have rallied to buy the lab of inventor and electricity pioneer Nikola Tesla to turn it into a museum. But why do so few people appreciate the importance of Tesla's work?

 

Why doesn't everyone know who Nikola Tesla was?

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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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Megastorms Could Drown Massive Portions of California: Scientific American

Megastorms Could Drown Massive Portions of California: Scientific American | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Huge flows of vapor in the atmosphere, dubbed "atmospheric rivers," have unleashed massive floods every 200 years, and climate change could bring more of them...
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RTE au cœur de la transition énergétique

RTE au cœur de la transition énergétique | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it

RTE vient de rendre public son schéma décennal de développement du réseau de transport, conformément aux missions qui lui sont conférées par le législateur. En plein débat sur la transition énergétique, ce document prospectif, qui identifie les principaux besoins de développement du réseau à très haute tension (THT) en France pour les dix ans à venir, revêt une importance particulière. La réalisation de certains projets d’investissement dépendra, de fait, de l’évolution du mix énergétique retenue à cette occasion. Synthèse.

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Fitness Freak or Flake?: The Implications of Caffeine Consumption on Stress and Appetite

Fitness Freak or Flake?: The Implications of Caffeine Consumption on Stress and Appetite | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it

"“There’s too much blood in my caffeine system.” It’s the mantra of most graduate students come finals period. Caffeine becomes students’ comrade in arms as they face off against a semester’s worth of lectures. Energy drinks, coffee, and tea intake spike to fuel marathon study sessions that, fingers crossed, consequently spike grades. But is caffeine really helpful? What are the research-based physiological implications of guzzling that venti chai latte?"

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Exploring Our Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts - Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts

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"The Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts is an important online resource for exploring the British Library's manuscript collections. Begun in 1997, the catalogue focuses primarily on illumination, providing both descriptions of manuscripts' content and a searchable database of images, of everything from text pages to decorated initials to full-page miniatures."

 

 

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Russians mourn science fiction author Strugatsky - Reuters

The Moscow TimesRussians mourn science fiction author StrugatskyReutersMOSCOW Nov 20 (Reuters) - Russians ranging from President Vladimir Putin to his critics lamented on Tuesday the death of Boris Strugatsky, a writer who inspired generations with...
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The Cats of Copenhagen: A Newly Discovered James Joyce Children’s Story

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A charming, irreverent picture-book based on Joyce's letters to his only grandson.
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The Problem With Folk Art

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Museums that champion the work of self-taught artists are struggling. So why is this field of study such an easy target?
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Don’t Mess With Big Bird

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When Mitt Romney threatened PBS and “Sesame Street” in the presidential debate, he insulted a national treasure.
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Brain diabetes: the ultimate food scare - opinion - 03 September 2012 - New Scientist

Brain diabetes: the ultimate food scare - opinion - 03 September 2012 - New Scientist | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Big trouble lies ahead if Alzheimer's is proven to be a form of diabetes...
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