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Education's war on millennials: why everyone is failing the 'digital generation'

Education's war on millennials: why everyone is failing the 'digital generation' | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Both reformers and traditionalists view technology as a way to control students — and they're getting it very wrong.

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gwynethjones's curator insight, June 15, 9:33 AM

Some really great conversation starters here with kids and admins. Rather than fight high-tech cheating - let's empower kids to create to demonstrate information mastery. PBL is the way to go!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 15, 10:26 AM

Without a complete reconstruction of School, reform is just another form of surveillance. It acts against the democratic principles we espouse and works towards managing teaching and learning in School.

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10 real-life laws that regulate the supernatural world

10 real-life laws that regulate the supernatural world | Gavagai | Scoop.it

When do you need to tell a prospective buyer your house is haunted? Where do you need a license to practice necromancy or to be reincarnated? And where can you file a lawsuit against a supernatural being? These real-life laws will tell you all that and more.

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Clean eating: yet another pious diet to squeeze the joy out of good food

Clean eating: yet another pious diet to squeeze the joy out of good food | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Gwyneth Paltrow 'eats clean', which tells you all you need to know about the latest self‑deluded food fad, writes Jay Rayner.

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What the world's oldest citizens tell us about their lives

What the world's oldest citizens tell us about their lives | Gavagai | Scoop.it

As these folks show, life might not be so short after all. Therefore, take a moment to appreciate what lessons they have learned throughout their lifetime and discover what it is like to live a long life in their countries.

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Republican congressman: It's 'foolish' to believe humans are causing climate change

Republican congressman: It's 'foolish' to believe humans are causing climate change | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Marco Rubio is more trustworthy than scientists, said Florida Rep. Jeff Miller.

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If America were Syria, everyone who lives in New York City would have fled

If America were Syria, everyone who lives in New York City would have fled | Gavagai | Scoop.it

If We Were Syrian has created stunning visuals to depict what this terrifying conflict would look like in your country.

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Brazil plans to stop the killing of pink dolphins

Brazil plans to stop the killing of pink dolphins | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Brazil will temporarily ban the catch of a type of catfish in an effort to halt the killing of the Amazon pink dolphin, whose flesh is used as bait.

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Eye of Sauron star spotted by planet-hunting camera

Eye of Sauron star spotted by planet-hunting camera | Gavagai | Scoop.it

An exoplanet-hunting add-on for the Very Large Telescope has taken its first images, revealing a stunning ringed star with unprecedented clarity.

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Giant Argentinian storm: International Space Station snags view

Giant Argentinian storm: International Space Station snags view | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A large storm swirling in the southern hemisphere offered quite a view for NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, from his perch on the International Space Station. He pinged this image back to Earth via Twitter,

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Languages: why we must save dying tongues

Languages: why we must save dying tongues | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Hundreds of our languages are teetering on the brink of extinction, and as Rachel Nuwer discovers, we may lose more than just words if we allow them to die out.

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Alexander Shulgrin, who synthesized the drug ecstasy, has died aged 88

Alexander Shulgrin, who synthesized the drug ecstasy, has died aged 88 | Gavagai | Scoop.it

An American chemist known as the 'Godfather of Psychedelics', Alexander Shulgin originally promoted the drug now known as ecstasy as an aid to talk therapy.

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Plastic rocks are starting to appear on Hawaiian shores

Plastic rocks are starting to appear on Hawaiian shores | Gavagai | Scoop.it

It's called a plastiglomerate, a new type of rock comprised of plastic, volcanic rock, beach sand, seashells, and corals. According to researchers from Western University in London, Canada, they're most likely forming from melting plastic in fires lit by humans who were camping or fishing, but they can form anywhere where there's a heat source, such as forest fires or lava flows, and 'abundant plastic debris'.

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The limits of physics

The limits of physics | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In trying to resolve the stubborn dualities of their field, physicists create ever more mind-boggling versions of reality.

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The World Cup of everything else

The World Cup of everything else | Gavagai | Scoop.it

How the World Cup 2014 would play out if 32 countries were competing in things other than soccer.

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Why does the right embrace ignorance as a virtue?

Why does the right embrace ignorance as a virtue? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Dismissing facts and science has become a staple of conservative ideology.

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How El Niño will change the world's weather in 2014

How El Niño will change the world's weather in 2014 | Gavagai | Scoop.it

With a 90% chance of the global weather phenomenon striking this year, impacts both devastating and beneficial will be felt from India to Peru.

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5 demented conservative attempts to hijack and discredit science

5 demented conservative attempts to hijack and discredit science | Gavagai | Scoop.it

On everything from Neil deGrasse Tyson to climate change, these conservatives seriously need to get a grip.

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Here's what faces would actually look like if they were perfectly symmetrical

Here's what faces would actually look like if they were perfectly symmetrical | Gavagai | Scoop.it

There’s a biological assumption that symmetrical faces are intrinsically more beautiful than ones with uneven features. Artist Alex John Beck decided to explore — and dispel — that myth.

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How big is Jupiter's red spot?

How big is Jupiter's red spot? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Someone dug up the North American continent and transported it to Jupiter to create this awe-inspiring image.

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Genetic risk for Alzheimer's ignored for decades

Genetic risk for Alzheimer's ignored for decades | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The function of the leading genetic risk factor for the disease remains mostly unknown but that is set to change.

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Nature by Numbers: a short film on the elegance of mathematics

Nature by Numbers: a short film on the elegance of mathematics | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In this 4-minute documentary, the elegance of mathematics meets the breathtaking complexity of the natural world.

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Microbes may drive evolution of new animal species

Microbes may drive evolution of new animal species | Gavagai | Scoop.it

According to a new hypothesis, a host organism’s microbes might trigger changes in mating and reproduction that begin to define two different populations.

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Piketty, Marx and the roots of inequality

Piketty, Marx and the roots of inequality | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Supporters of neoliberal capitalism have accused Piketty of closet Marxism, getting his figures wrong and utopianism. Of these accusations, the first is wrong, the second is up for debate, and the third raises important questions about politics and democracy under contemporary capitalism.

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5 unhealthy foods engineered to be addictive

5 unhealthy foods engineered to be addictive | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Food scientists use dangerous chemicals to make you eat -- and buy -- more junk food.

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UberFacts is still UberWrong

UberFacts is still UberWrong | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A few months ago we did a little fact-checking and found out that UberFacts is full of shit. So we wanted to give them another shot. The results? UberFacts is still spreading way too much misinformation.

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