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UK universities are wary of getting on board the mooc train

UK universities are wary of getting on board the mooc train | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Moocs – massive online open courses – have taken off in America. Why are UK universities holding back?

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What the rest of the world thinks about the world's powers, in 8 maps

What the rest of the world thinks about the world's powers, in 8 maps | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Pollster Gallup says it invented the approval rating system of US presidents 70 years ago, and now it has applied the same principle to countries themselves.

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Scientists create the sensation of invisibility

Scientists create the sensation of invisibility | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The power of invisibility has long fascinated man and inspired the works of many great authors and philosophers. A team of neuroscientists now reports a perceptual illusion of having an invisible body, and show that the feeling of invisibility changes our physical stress response in challenging social situations.

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What's wrong with finance

What's wrong with finance | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Both financiers and economists still get the blame for the 2007-2009 financial crisis: the first group for causing it and the second for not predicting it. As it turns out, the two issues are connected. The economists failed to understand the importance of finance and financiers put too much faith in the models produced by economists.

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What women really think about masturbation

What women really think about masturbation | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Men have a host of terms to describe self-pleasure including jerking it off, jacking off, spanking the monkey, shaking the sausage and choking the chicken - women, meanwhile, don’t enjoy such a vast range.

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Human beings do not have an instinct for war

Human beings do not have an instinct for war | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Many evolutionists believe that humans have a drive for waging war. But they are wrong and the idea is dangerous.

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The free market is destroying my school

The free market is destroying my school | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Rufus F.: As a janitor, my job is in jeopardy. Sadly, so is the education of thousands of students who depend on us.

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I asked FBI to validate forensic hair analysis – they couldn't

I asked FBI to validate forensic hair analysis – they couldn't | Gavagai | Scoop.it

He's the man who got the FBI to admit that hair analysis was flawed evidence, and now campaigner Peter Neufeld says there's a bigger problem to tackle.

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The last Princess of Cambridge: the 19th century People's Princess known as 'Fat Mary'

The last Princess of Cambridge: the 19th century People's Princess known as 'Fat Mary' | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, born in 1833, was known as the original People's Princess.

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The Idea, the first animated film to deal with big, philosophical ideas (1932)

The Idea, the first animated film to deal with big, philosophical ideas (1932) | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The Idea first emerged as a wordless novel in 1920, drawn by Frans Masereel. Masereel, a close friend of Dadaist and New Objectivist artist George Grosz, had created a stark, black-and-white story about the indomitable nature of ideas. Setting to work in 1930, a Czech film-maker named Berthold Bartosch spent two years animating The Idea.

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Scientists are figuring out how to change blood types

Scientists are figuring out how to change blood types | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Researchers from the University of British Columbia have figured out a way to change the type of blood donated by volunteers. The result: the blood is more like type O, the universal donor.

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What satellite data tells us about Nepal's brutal quake

What satellite data tells us about Nepal's brutal quake | Gavagai | Scoop.it

GPS and satellite data of this week's 7.8 earthquake in Nepal show just how much Earth got moved.

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Pope Francis orders Vatican to open files on Argentina dictatorship

Pope Francis orders Vatican to open files on Argentina dictatorship | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Argentinian pontiff acts after meeting with one of mothers of disappeared.

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On the 45th anniversary of the Kent State massacre, a talk with one of the students who got shot

On the 45th anniversary of the Kent State massacre, a talk with one of the students who got shot | Gavagai | Scoop.it
The Kent State massacre, 45 years later, remains a red mark on our nation’s history. On a sunny spring day, May 4th, 1970, National Guardsmen attacked—with a 13 second barrage of bullets—a group of unarmed students, gathered for an anti-war protest. Nine were wounded, and four (Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandy Scheuer and William Schroeder) were killed. Those four bear witness to a divisive political landscape that exists as much today as it existed in 1970.
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The fight to build Earth's most powerful optical telescope

The fight to build Earth's most powerful optical telescope | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A new telescope would let astronomers see further than ever, but local opposition in Hawaii might scuttle the project.

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Why can't we remember dreams? The neuroscience of ecstasy and sadness

Why can't we remember dreams? The neuroscience of ecstasy and sadness | Gavagai | Scoop.it

It seems like a pact with the devil. As soon as you're in a position to record a dream, it starts to disappear.

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How clean is your beard? Some are as dirty as toilets

How clean is your beard? Some are as dirty as toilets | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A sample of men’s facial hair has found that some beards contain the same germs as those found in toilets.

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We're in the process of decimating 1 in 6 species on Earth

We're in the process of decimating 1 in 6 species on Earth | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The extinction rate is rising rapidly, a new study finds. And climate change is to blame.

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California observatory discovers two large planets orbiting nearby star

California observatory discovers two large planets orbiting nearby star | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Two new large planets have been found orbiting a nearby star. But what makes the discovery interesting is they were found using a telescope at an observatory that was slated to be shuttered.

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Volcanoes and climate: after Tambora

Volcanoes and climate: after Tambora | Gavagai | Scoop.it
Two hundred years ago the most powerful eruption in modern history made itself felt around the world. It could happen again at almost any time.
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If you're born poor, you'll probably stay that way

If you're born poor, you'll probably stay that way | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A new book reveals more evidence that upward mobility is often unattainable for kids raised in low-income homes.

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US House Science Committee guts NASA Earth sciences budget

US House Science Committee guts NASA Earth sciences budget | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Appears to be part of a concerted attack on climate research and responses.

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