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Unlocking independence — Students create robotic locker opener for classmate

Unlocking independence — Students create robotic locker opener for classmate | Good Stuff | Scoop.it
Muscular dystrophy robbed Nick Torrance of his ability to walk, open his locker and do other everyday tasks many take for granted.
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In South Africa, Using Mobile Technology to Improve Maternal Health Access

In South Africa, Using Mobile Technology to Improve Maternal Health Access | Good Stuff | Scoop.it

"This is my first child so I didn't know what to do when his teeth started to show," she said. When Memory needed tips and advice about her son's teething process, she didn't need to go to her local clinic or call a doctor. Instead, she receives several text messages a week about her baby's development from the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action, affectionately known as MAMA -- a global movement that uses mobile technologies to improve the health and lives of mothers in developing nations.

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How to Be Mindful in an 'Unmanageable' World

How to Be Mindful in an 'Unmanageable' World | Good Stuff | Scoop.it
Creating value in our lives and work requires the courage to delay immediate gratification.
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Protecting the heart with optimism

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Work by HSPH researchers suggests a connection between psychological well-being and a reduced risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular events.
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Why is walking in the woods so good for you?

Why is walking in the woods so good for you? | Good Stuff | Scoop.it

"In Japan, they call it shinrin-yoku – literally, “forest bathing.” Here, we might just call it a walk in the park. Either way, people around the world have an intuitive sense of the restorative power of natural environments. The question is: Why?"

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BBC Radio 4 Programmes - The Public Philosopher | AUDIO

BBC Radio 4 Programmes - The Public Philosopher | AUDIO | Good Stuff | Scoop.it
Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel questions the thinking beneath controversies...
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Thirsty? Ditch the Plastic Bottle With This Drinking Fountain App

Thirsty? Ditch the Plastic Bottle With This Drinking Fountain App | Good Stuff | Scoop.it
Download WeTap to chart your city's drinking fountains—and help make them better.
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Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” Performed on Traditional Chinese Instruments (VIDEO)

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"Matteo — they’re a band from Salt Lake City that spent years “meandering through Chinese street markets and mountains,” gathering “a hearty collection of Chinese traditional instruments,” and then incorporating their sounds into their own brand of american indie-folk music."

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James Fowler - 10 points on the science of spreading the word

"We naturally imitate the people around us, we adopt their ideas about appropriate behavior, and we feel what they feel. Acts of charity are no exception. In our 2010 generosity experiment, we showed that every extra dollar of giving in a game designed to measure altruism caused people who saw that giving to donate an extra twenty cents."

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Why Learning Leads to Happiness - US News and World Report

Education, engagement, and creativity produce happier and longer lives.

 

"Your mind may be the closest thing to the Holy Grail of longevity and happiness. Education has been widely documented by researchers as the single variable tied most directly to improved health and longevity. And when people are intensely engaged in doing and learning new things, their well-being and happiness can blossom."

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Celebrate Pi Day with the Picycle!

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"Today is Pi Day, the best day of the year (well, it's in the top 3.1415)! Pi Day was created to commemorate the mathematical constant π (pi), and it is celebrated today because March 14 is written as 3/14 in the month/day date format."  

 

The Picycle was created by Tang Yau Hoong and you can buy prints of his artwork.

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KarmaTube: NYC Subway, 4 iPhones, and a Little Serendipity (video)

KarmaTube: NYC Subway, 4 iPhones, and a Little Serendipity (video) | Good Stuff | Scoop.it

"In October 2010, little-known New York City band, Atomic Tom, had their instruments stolen. But a little bit of bad luck wasn't going to stop these musicians from doing what they love."

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It’s good to give | OdeWire

It’s good to give | OdeWire | Good Stuff | Scoop.it

"Giving improves physical and mental health, enhances communal bonds, spreads wealth—and best of all, it’s contagious."

 

Diana Rico | December 2011

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Money buys happiness — if you share

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Money can buy happiness — if you share it, that is. That’s one of the key research findings of a UBC professor who collaborated on a new book called Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending, due for release next Tuesday.
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School Year Blog: Making Sandwiches to Help Disabled Children | @pritheworld

School Year Blog: Making Sandwiches to Help Disabled Children | @pritheworld | Good Stuff | Scoop.it
Some girls at COSAT get sick of all the junk food at their school, and decide to start selling healthy sandwiches. The money starts rolling in, and they decide to spend it in an extremely noble way.
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The One World Futbol Promises a Lasting Source of Fun in Poor Countries

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For children in impoverished countries, where soccer balls donated by relief agencies often rip and quickly deflate, Tim Jahnigen has developed a ball that can last for decades.
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Blind Stokers Club In San Diego, Calif. : NPR

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The Blind Stokers Club, founded by Dave White, pairs sighted captains with blind partners on high performance tandem bikes.
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Giving Back By Going Halfsies

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"With the large portions frequently dished out in U.S. restaurants, diners are often given the option of taking home the leftovers in “doggie bags.” Lots of times that extra food is simply left on the plate and thrown away. In fact, about 40 percent of all food in the U.S. is wasted. That’s a shameful statistic."

 

"A new concept, called “Halfsies,” limits the amount of food you’re served, and uses the extra money to help fight hunger—and reduce waste."

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Historic flashmob in Antwerp train station, do re mi | VIDEO

"Do Re Mi... Let your body move ! Music track : A remix of "Do re mi" from the Sound of Music by Maria and the children."

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Stand Up for Fitness

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Stand up. Turn off the tube. Add months to your life.

 

"We all know by now that being inactive is unhealthy. But far too many of us think that being inactive is something that happens to other people.

Studies of daily movement patterns, though, show that your typical modern exerciser, even someone who runs, subsequently sits for hours afterward, often moving less over all than on days when he or she does not work out."

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Was This Man 'Cured' by Music? : Discovery News (VIDEO)

Was This Man 'Cured' by Music? : Discovery News (VIDEO) | Good Stuff | Scoop.it

"In the video, music brings an elderly man out of his torpor and he experiences a 'quickening' as Dr. Oliver Sacks says in the video, quoting the philosopher Kant who once described music as "the quickening art.""

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Integration in a pan | OdeWire

Integration in a pan | OdeWire | Good Stuff | Scoop.it

How to create a real melting pot

 

Elbrich Fennema | December 2011 issue

 

"If the playwright Israel Zangwill had been familiar with the Moroccan kitchen, he might have given his 1908 play about an assimilated society a title other than “The Melting Pot.” The term doesn’t reflect the utopian values for which Zangwill stood. In a melting pot, foam (also known as “scum”) floats to the top."

 

"The connotations of that—rabble, mobs, disorder—were probably not what Zangwill intended. He could have avoided all of that if he had chosen a different metaphor: the Moroccan pot known as the “tagine.” Time is the only thing this Moroccan melting pot needs to fuse everything you put into it."

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The Neuroscience of Your Brain On Fiction

Stories stimulate the brain. Metaphors like “He had leathery hands” rouse the sensory cortex.
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With Teamwork, Humans Best Other Primates

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A study comparing preschoolers’ puzzle-solving strategies with those of chimps and monkeys highlights humans’ unique “cumulative culture” of shared knowledge.
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KarmaTube: Building a Green Future (video)

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"John Hardy's dream of building a green school comes alive in Bali. With bamboo architecture, no walls and a diverse range of teachers, this school not only teaches reading writing and arithmetic but also teaches how to reconnect to nature thus building future green leaders."

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