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It came from outer space

It came from outer space | Gavagai | Scoop.it

On February 15th (or, depending where you are, the 16th) a hunk of space rock 45 metres across, called 2012 DA14, will buzz Earth in the closest encounter ever recorded for an asteroid of that size.

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If MOOCs are the answer, what is the question?

If MOOCs are the answer, what is the question? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Cathy Davidson: The academic conversation on MOOCs is starting to polarize in exactly the talking-past-one-another way that so many complex conversations evolve: with very smart points on either side but not a lot of recognition that the validity of certain key points on one side does not undermine the validity of certain key points on the other.

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Noam Chomsky: US control is diminishing, but it still thinks it owns the world

Noam Chomsky: US control is diminishing, but it still thinks it owns the world | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The United States has long assumed the right to use violence to achieve its aims, but it is now less able to implement its policies.

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Glowing reviews on 'arseniclife' spurred NASA's embrace

Glowing reviews on 'arseniclife' spurred NASA's embrace | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The 'arseniclife' story convulsed the scientific world with debate over claims of an arsenic-thriving bacterium. A USA Today investigation looks at the peer review of the controversial 2010 study. 

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It's him: skeleton found in car park is that of Richard III

It's him: skeleton found in car park is that of Richard III | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Researchers reveal that remains are those of English king killed at Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.

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650 free online vourses from top universities

650 free online vourses from top universities | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Download 650 free courses from Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley and other great universities to your computer or mobile device.

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Fear of a post-antibiotic planet

Fear of a post-antibiotic planet | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The chief medical officer for Britain's Department of Health warns of the 'apocalyptic scenario' that could occur if more bacteria become resistant to antibiotics and no new versions are created to take their place.

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America the unequal

America the unequal | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Naomi Wolf: The hit of this year’s Sundance Film Festival features Robert Reich, a former US labor secretary, explaining how rising income inequality is causing so many Americans to suffer.

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Cats in US kill billions of birds, mammals, study finds

Cats in US kill billions of birds, mammals, study finds | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Domestic cats in the United States kill up to 3.7 billion birds and as many as 20.7 billion mice, voles and other small mammals each year, biologists estimated on Tuesday.

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The week university (as we know it) ended

The week university (as we know it) ended | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Don Tapscott: Without changing the model of pedagogy, the physical campus will not survive.

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This Explains Everything: 192 thinkers on the most elegant theory of how the world works

This Explains Everything: 192 thinkers on the most elegant theory of how the world works | Gavagai | Scoop.it

'The greatest pleasure in science comes from theories that derive the solution to some deep puzzle from a small set of simple principles in a surprising way.'

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In order to live with people, canines evolved to love carbs

Most dogs will eat just about anything. But that wasn't always the case. The domestic dog's ancestor, the gray wolf, only ate meat.

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How to check the X Files of physics

How to check the X Files of physics | Gavagai | Scoop.it

They may not be on a par with alien goo or liver-eating mutants, but there's a whole collection of real-life X Files that physicists are puzzling over. Some cases eventually will be solved, like the hunt for the elusive Higgs boson.

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How to think like Sherlock Holmes

How to think like Sherlock Holmes | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Maria Konnikova, author of Mastermind, answered readers' questions about harnessing the brain's innate powers of 'deduction'.

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Reconstructed face of Richard III

Reconstructed face of Richard III | Gavagai | Scoop.it

After archaeologists confirm a skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park is that of Richard III, a facial reconstruction based on the skull reveals how the English king may have looked.

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Jared Diamond in row over claim tribal peoples live in 'state of constant war'

Jared Diamond in row over claim tribal peoples live in 'state of constant war' | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Respected author's book condemned by Survival International as 'completely wrong, both factually and morally'.

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Lincoln on slavery

Lincoln on slavery | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The man who began as 'antislavery' eventually issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed all slaves in those states that were in rebellion. He vigorously supported the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery throughout the United States, and, in the last speech of his life, he recommended extending the vote to African Americans.

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Awaiting a new Darwin

Awaiting a new Darwin | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In Mind and Cosmos, Thomas Nagel continues his attacks on reductionism. Though the book is brief its claims are big. Nagel insists that the mind-body problem 'is not just a local problem' but 'invades our understanding of the entire cosmos and its history.'

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20 amazing facts about the human body

20 amazing facts about the human body | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Many of the most exciting discoveries in science are being played out in the human body.

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Wittgenstein's master: Frank Ramsay, the genius who died at 26

Wittgenstein's master: Frank Ramsay, the genius who died at 26 | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Ramsey was friends with Keynes, supervised Wittgenstein’s PhD thesis and made breakthroughs in maths, economics and philosophy.

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Revolution hits the universities

Revolution hits the universities | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Nothing has more potential to let us reimagine higher education than massive open online course, or MOOC, platforms.

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Why Big Data (mostly) can't help improve teaching

Why Big Data (mostly) can't help improve teaching | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Whether we’re talking about machine learning or human learning about how to improve education, the real problem is that we don’t have a vocabulary to talk about these teaching strategies, so we can’t formulate, test, and independently verify our hypotheses.

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