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First Tidal Power in U.S. Starts Flowing to the Grid - IEEE Spectrum

First Tidal Power in U.S. Starts Flowing to the Grid - IEEE Spectrum | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it
Maine installation is first offshore energy facility in the United States to supply power to a utility grid.
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"Looper" And The Real Science Of Time Travel

"Looper" And The Real Science Of Time Travel | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it

A theoretical physicist at MIT shares what we actually know about toying with time travel.

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Story of Bottled Water « The Story of Stuff Project

Story of Bottled Water « The Story of Stuff Project | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it

Negative look at what bottled water does to the environment--"How manufactured demand pushes what we don't need and destroys what we need most."

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Literacy and Text Messaging - Technology Review

Literacy and Text Messaging - Technology Review | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it

"In the age of text messaging, where words are reduced to nonstandard abbreviations and symbols, many people question the future of literacy.

 

Shanahan points to the more than 30 billion e-mail messages and 5 billion text messages that are exchanged every day as evidence of how technology "is raising the value of reading in our society, both as an economic and as a social activity."

 

Experts also say that technology has added new layers to our understanding of what it means to be literate."

 

 

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BBC ON THIS DAY | 15 | 1945: Allied nations celebrate VJ Day

BBC ON THIS DAY | 15 | 1945: Allied nations celebrate VJ Day | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it
Allied nations across the globe rejoice on Victory in Japan day that marks the end of World War II.

 

BBC: VJ day celebration--British view

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CDC: Be Prepared in Case of a Zombie Uprising

Entertaining graphic novel about emergency preparedness--zombie or otherwise!

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Arctic melting at 'amazing' speed

Arctic melting at 'amazing' speed | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it
BBC science editor David Shukman reports from Svalbard in Norway, where scientists say they are amazed by the speed at which Arctic sea ice is melting.
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Slot Machines: The Big Gamble

Slot Machines: The Big Gamble | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it
Lesley Stahl reports on the proliferation of gambling to 38 states and its main attraction, the slot machine, newer versions of which some scientists believe may addict their players.

 

Pair this video with the article from MIT regarding gambling addiction for an expository or argument paper (8th grade)

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Watch This: 12 Years of Fires Burn Across the Globe | 80beats | Discover Magazine

Watch This: 12 Years of Fires Burn Across the Globe | 80beats | Discover Magazine | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it
Environment | fire | http://youtu.be/gwRpvxtMhPAFire maps show the locations all over the world where wild and man-made fires are going on, based on data from NASA’s Moderate Reso...

 

Video shows recurring pattern of fires which take place year after year in the same locations, for the most part, world wide. Interesting! What can kids infer about the world from this?

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Liar, Liar, Bottom-Signer! Signing a Form at the Top Leads to More Honest Answers | 80beats | Discover Magazine

Liar, Liar, Bottom-Signer! Signing a Form at the Top Leads to More Honest Answers | 80beats | Discover Magazine | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it

Mind & Brain | behavioral economics | Many official forms require that you sign your name at the bottom to signify that you have, to the best of your knowledge and ability, supplied honest information. Is there any difference in your level of honesty if you sign your name before filling in the form?

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Mainstreaming Efforts Praised in Schools Study - New York Times

Mainstreaming Efforts Praised in Schools Study - New York Times | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it
Mainstreaming Efforts Praised in Schools StudyNew York TimesA study released on Friday said that the New York City Department of Education had done a good job of preparing for significant special education reforms that will begin in earnest next week,...
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Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it

Great current photos of active volcanoes on the Hawaiian Islands. Webcams, photos, videos, current conditions, etc.

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The Password Fallacy: Why Our Security System Is Broken, and How to Fix It

The Password Fallacy: Why Our Security System Is Broken, and How to Fix It | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it

We're required to take downright ridiculous precautions to maintain our online security, and it's not sustainable. In fact, it never was. Our password system is broken, and it's about time we change it.

 

Studies show that we log into some 10 sites a day. Places that hold our most important data, like Gmail, Dropbox, and our bank, might ask us to jump through two tiers of password hoops in order for them to ensure our online security. Overall we're asked to hold keys to 30-40 sites in order to read the news, access our email, or book a haircut. For each of these sites, security analysts recommend using a unique string of 14-characters made up of letters, numbers, and special symbols. But remember: Computers are quick to guess dictionary words, your birth year, and numbers substituted for letters. No repeats allowed. Oh, and whatever you do, don't write anything down.

 

Who can possibly remember all those characters? It's a nutty system, so we ignore it. People have been crying, "the password is dead," for years (that one was courtesy of Bill Gates in 2004), but we're finally in a position where change is possible. . . .


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Teens | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Data suggests that adolescents are both comfortable with new technologies, and yet not always as technically savvy as we collectively believe them to be. Read our teens research summary.

 

Pew Internet research reports contain infographics and statistics on MANY topics of interest to students.

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HIROSHIMA; Justified Bombings? A Survivor's Reply - New York Times

His ears are missing, his fingers are deformed and he is weakened by chronic illness, making Akihiro Takahashi a living testimonial to the horrific results of the atomic bomb that exploded over Hiroshima.

 

Some Japanese leaders were thankful that the bombs were dropped because they knew that something that drastic was the only way peace could be restored; without something drastic, surrender was not an option.

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BBC ON THIS DAY | 6 | 1945: US drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima

BBC ON THIS DAY | 6 | 1945: US drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it
The first atomic bomb is dropped by a United States aircraft on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

 

6 August 1945: BBC article from the time period which describes the bombing and how it meant that the Allies had won the race to be the first to develop a weapon using atomic energy.

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Shopping for Mr Right in Paris

Shopping for Mr Right in Paris | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it
Shoppers hitting the streets of Paris could now be going home with a man in their shopping baskets.

 

Hmmm.... not sure where it'd fit in, but I'll bet students would find it interesting to write about! Pro/Con argument paper, perhaps?

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Voyager - The Interstellar Mission

Voyager - The Interstellar Mission | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it

The Golden Record was the 12" gold covered copper disk that was sent aboard the Voyager space craft into outer space. The disk contained images and sounds with a message of peace for any extra-terrestrial beings who happened upon the spacecraft.

 

Click the links at the right to go to the photos and sounds and messages in many languages which were sent aboard the Voyager.

 

What would students put on a similar item today? How do they feel about what was sent in 1977? The Voyager spacecraft passed Pluto in 1990 and continues on its journey today.

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Understanding gambling addiction - MIT News Office

Understanding gambling addiction - MIT News Office | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it
For machine gamblers, it’s not whether they win or lose — it’s how much they play the game.

 

There's a good 60 Minutes Video (also Scooped!) you can have kids watch along with this article.

 

The pair make good sources for an expository essay on gambling addiction or an argument paper on why slot machines should be banned.

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Big Idea: Bring Ancient Voices Back to Life | Extinction | DISCOVER Magazine

Big Idea: Bring Ancient Voices Back to Life | Extinction | DISCOVER Magazine | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it
Rebuilding the vocal tracts of extinct creatures could let us hear long-lost sounds: an ancient whale song, the cries of our ancestors. Visit Discover Magazine to read this article and other exclusive science and technology news stories.
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Arctic melting at 'amazing' speed

Arctic melting at 'amazing' speed | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it
BBC science editor David Shukman reports from Svalbard in Norway, where scientists say they are amazed by the speed at which Arctic sea ice is melting.
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Are humans born fair?

Are humans born fair? | Infotext sources for middle school | Scoop.it
A curious puppet-based experiment with children has suggested that humans are "naturally fair". So is an innate sense of justice uniquely human? (humans born fair?
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