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Synaptic transistor learns while it computes

Synaptic transistor learns while it computes | Good Advice | Scoop.it

“The transistor we’ve demonstrated is really an analog to the synapse in our brains,” says co-lead author Jian Shi, a postdoctoral fellow at SEAS. “Each time a neuron initiates an action and another neuron reacts, the synapse between them increases the strength of its connection. And the faster the neurons spike each time, the stronger the synaptic connection. Essentially, it memorizes the action between the neurons.”

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3 Ways Your Mom Is Better Than You At Facebook

3 Ways Your Mom Is Better Than You At Facebook | Good Advice | Scoop.it
If all people used Facebook the ways our moms did, teens and adults would enjoy the social network more than ever. Here are 3 reasons why.
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Your Brain on Books: 10 Things That Happen to Our Minds When We Read - OEDB.org

Your Brain on Books: 10 Things That Happen to Our Minds When We Read - OEDB.org | Good Advice | Scoop.it

"...take what you like from it, and use what you find useful."


Via Anu Ojaranta, Pamela D Lloyd
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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, October 13, 2013 5:24 AM

Your brain on books. We all know reading is good for you, here's yet more proof.

sarah's curator insight, October 27, 2013 7:08 AM

intéressant

Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, October 27, 2013 4:07 PM

Educators have long told us that reading expands our minds. Here are some of the specific ways in which they do so.

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Study: Musical Training Teaches Us to Detect Our Own Mistakes and rapidly make needed adjustments

Study: Musical Training Teaches Us to Detect Our Own Mistakes and rapidly make needed adjustments | Good Advice | Scoop.it
New research finds musical training appears to sharpen our ability to detect our own mistakes, and rapidly make needed adjustments.

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Amira's curator insight, October 20, 2013 6:20 AM

"According to this research, people who spend many hours in the practice room not only process information unusually efficiently, but they also do a superior job of not letting occasional errors derail them.

These findings "suggest that playing a musical instrument might improve the ability to monitor our behavior and adjust our responses effectively when needed," (...) In addition, “higher levels of musical practice were also associated with a better engagement of cognitive control processes, as indicated by more efficient error and conflict detection,” the researchers report. Participants who had spent more quality time with their instruments had "a better ability to detect errors and conflicts, and a reduced reactiveness to these detected problems.” (...) In other words, if you hit a wrong note, it’s important to be immediately aware of what you did wrong, but it’s just as important to not hesitate or second-guess yourself. You quickly take stock what happened and move on—a skill the musicians in the study applied to these two tests, and one players can presumably apply to an assortment of everyday challenges."

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"According to this research, people who spend many hours in the practice room not only process information unusually efficiently, but they also do a superior job of not letting occasional errors derail them.

These findings "suggest that playing a musical instrument might improve the ability to monitor our behavior and adjust our responses effectively when needed," (...) In addition, “higher levels of musical practice were also associated with a better engagement of cognitive control processes, as indicated by more efficient error and conflict detection,” the researchers report. Participants who had spent more quality time with their instruments had "a better ability to detect errors and conflicts, and a reduced reactiveness to these detected problems.” (...) In other words, if you hit a wrong note, it’s important to be immediately aware of what you did wrong, but it’s just as important to not hesitate or second-guess yourself. You quickly take stock what happened and move on—a skill the musicians in the study applied to these two tests, and one players can presumably apply to an assortment of everyday challenges."

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5 Types of Books that Increase Intelligence

1. Science - "Scientific books teach us how to investigate our intuition and validate it with evidence."

2. Philosophy - "If science teaches us to understand the outside world, philosophy teaches us to understand ourselves."

3. Serious Fiction - "Fiction creates experiences that elevate your level of consciousness."

4. History - "By learning about the past we are able to interpret our own times."

5. Poetry - "Poetry sharpens language skills and develops eloquence. Meaning is only half of great language."


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Seven Complex Lessons in Education

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Edgar Morin, an eminent sociologist and philosopher, discusses his work on Seven Complex Lessons in Education for the Future, addressing themes related to knowledge, identity and shared global challenges.


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Jean-Michel Livowsky's curator insight, November 4, 2013 8:04 AM

Edgar Morin, évidemment !

 

 

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In Search of Sticky Notes for Digital Readers

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This sticking point remains: What do we do about the students who are eager to use their Kindles, Nooks, and iPads for their independent reading? What are they supposed to do with their pads of florescent Post-its, attach them to the screen?


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How the Power of Interest Drives Learning

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Research shows that interests powerfully influence our academic and professional choices. When we're interested in a task, we work harder and persist longer, bringing more of our self-regulatory skills into play.


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Students: 10 ways to beat stress ...

1. A varied and healthy diet.

2. Exercise

3. Meditation

4. Take breaks regularly.

5. Get a pet.

6. Sleep (and sign-off Facebook)

7. Quit smoking.

8. See the positive side.

9. Listen to music.

10. Laugh

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Lost 'Return of the Jedi' footage discovered on $699 LaserDisc

Lost 'Return of the Jedi' footage discovered on $699 LaserDisc | Good Advice | Scoop.it
Buyers of a rare LaserDisc used to demonstrate an 80s-vintage film editing system have found it full of raw footage from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, graciously posting clips to a...
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27 Ways to have an awesome presentation

27 Ways to have an awesome presentation | Good Advice | Scoop.it

Students will at some point be required to give a presentation. If the students are prepared, they are more likely to be comfortable. Here are 27 ways to help prepare students for successful presentation.


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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, October 25, 2013 9:32 PM
Some great tips for teachers too...see every lesson as a 'presentation'. How would your audience (students) rate your 'performance'?
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Wireless Device Converts “Lost” Energy into Electric Power | Duke Pratt School of Engineering

Wireless Device Converts “Lost” Energy into Electric Power | Duke Pratt School of Engineering | Good Advice | Scoop.it

The device wirelessly converts the microwave signal to direct current voltage capable of recharging a cell phone battery or other small electronic device...

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What Star Wars Teaches Us About Technology -- InformationWeek

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Luke Skywalker had it right. Push away the screen and go with The Force from time to time.
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Cyborg Cockroach Sparks Ethics Debate | Science/AAAS

Cyborg Cockroach Sparks Ethics Debate | Science/AAAS | Good Advice | Scoop.it

"At the TEDx conference in Detroit last week, RoboRoach #12 scuttled across the exhibition floor, pursued not by an exterminator but by a gaggle of fascinated onlookers. Wearing a tiny backpack of microelectronics on its shell, the cockroach—a member of the Blaptica dubia species—zigzagged along the corridor in a twitchy fashion, its direction controlled by the brush of a finger against an iPhone touch screen..."


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Nima Dehghani's curator insight, October 7, 2013 11:03 PM

Right or wrong?

The company's website: https://backyardbrains.com/experiments/

This is their page on RoboRoach: https://backyardbrains.com/products/roboroach_beta

Toon Mojoham's curator insight, October 8, 2013 2:58 AM

this is  very interesting...  I will need a lot of time to thnk about this.

Mark Waser's curator insight, October 8, 2013 5:37 PM

Playing with (or rather, manipulating against their will -- for no overriding purpose) sentient organisms seems *to me* to have crossed the line.

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How to focus in the age of distraction

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Sharrock's curator insight, October 21, 2013 11:09 AM

This is valuable at a few different levels. It all comes down to habits and skills. students need this kind of reinforcement from home, school, and other points of contact (clergy, counselors, employers, etc.).

David McGavock's curator insight, October 24, 2013 11:18 AM

Surviving in the 21st Century requires choices and knowing what pulls your attention.

Marta Torán's curator insight, November 7, 2013 6:45 AM

Un mapa mental para que nos "enfoquemos".

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Nerdist Podcast: Clark Gregg

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Clark Gregg sits down with Chris to talk about how Agent Coulson came to rise, juggling a career between writing and acting, and a crazy story about acting on Broadway! Watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC Tuesdays at 8 pm...
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Online course providers increasingly using the term 'learning experience' | Inside Higher Ed

Online course providers increasingly using the term 'learning experience' | Inside Higher Ed | Good Advice | Scoop.it
"...some have found the term “course” no longer captures what it means to pursue an education. Enter the “learning experience” -- a term being used to describe a module of higher education not anchored to a specific place or time."
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Anyone can learn to be a Polymath

Anyone can learn to be a Polymath | Good Advice | Scoop.it

Our age reveres the narrow specialist but humans are natural polymaths, at our best when we turn our minds to many things


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, November 5, 2013 7:49 AM

The real master has no tools at all, only a limitless capacity to improvise with what is to hand. The more fields of knowledge you cover, the greater your resources for improvisation.

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How Does Electronic Reading Affect Comprehension? | DMLcentral

How Does Electronic Reading Affect Comprehension? | DMLcentral | Good Advice | Scoop.it
Although electronic texts have been with us for many decades, in the past few years electronic reading has become increasingly popular.

Via Ove Christensen, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Uber Offers to Bring Kittens to Your Office Today

Uber Offers to Bring Kittens to Your Office Today | Good Advice | Scoop.it

The startup has partnered with Cheezburger on "I Can Has Uber Kittens." For $20, you can order up a kitten for 15 minutes of playtime, as long as you're in New York, San Francisco or Seattle. For maximum tweeness, you'll also receive a basket of "unique designer cupcakes" from Ace of Cakes.

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After I Saw This, I Put Down My Phone And Didn’t Pick It Up For The Rest Of The Day | Watch Now

After I Saw This, I Put Down My Phone And Didn’t Pick It Up For The Rest Of The Day | Watch Now | Good Advice | Scoop.it
2 minutes | I am guilty of this, so seeing this made me sad. I'm going to try to change my habits — for my family, my friends, and myself. How about you? - Kim Hohman
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Cat, rescued by pit bull, still recovering

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An update to a very popular story: A Seminole cat, rescued from coyotes by her owner's pit bull, is continuing to heal two weeks later.
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