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President Declares ‘War on Entropy’

President Declares ‘War on Entropy’ | things i found | Scoop.it
Enjoy this satirical look at the politics of energy by PCI Senior Fellow Richard Heinberg.
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Evangelists of Democracy | The National Interest

Evangelists of Democracy | The National Interest | things i found | Scoop.it
The National Interest is a bimonthly foreign-policy journal offering cutting edge analysis of politics, national security and economics.
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Genetic Engineering Fails to Increase Crop Yields | UCSUSA

Genetic Engineering Fails to Increase Crop Yields | UCSUSA | things i found | Scoop.it
A new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists shows that despite 20 years of research and 13 years of commercialization, genetic engineering has failed to significantly increase U.S. crop yields.
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Steady-State Economy - P2P Foundation

Steady-State Economy - P2P Foundation | things i found | Scoop.it

"The closer the economy approaches the scale of the whole Earth the more it will have to conform to the physical behavior mode of the Earth. That behavior mode is a steady state—a system that permits qualitative development but not aggregate quantitative growth. Growth is more of the same stuff; development is the same amount of better stuff (or at least different stuff)."

- Herman Daly

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How to Ignite Passion in Your Students: Passion-based Learning

How to Ignite Passion in Your Students: Passion-based Learning | things i found | Scoop.it

A study in 1985 “On the Brain of a Scientist: Albert Einstein” found that Einstein’s brain was actually not significantly different from others. As an Organization Development blogger put it:

 

                     ===> what made Einstein different was his mind. <===


His thinking and passion for learning were the basis of his genius. His brain was the same, but his intellect was markedly different. He was often humble about his intellect, and instead said that learning relied on working hard and imagining the impossible. So what made his learning so different? What can we learn from Einstein?

 

Read more, very interesting, a MUST:

http://newsroom.opencolleges.edu.au/features/how-to-ignite-passion-in-your-students-8-ways-educators-can-foster-passion-based-learning/

 


Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Gust MEES
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Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, November 14, 2012 2:44 PM
That is a beautiful quotation Ian; thank you for sharing!
Ian Giles's comment, November 14, 2012 3:10 PM
Hi Ana, Thank you. I must say I also prefer the original to the reworked version by WB Yeats at the head of this piece!
Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, November 15, 2012 12:30 AM
Thank you ian Giles, totally agrees with you!
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Symphony of Science - Onward to the Edge!

mp3:http://bit.ly/oRYyiV - A musical celebration of the importance and inspirational qualities of space exploration (human and robotic), as well as a look at...
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#Learning basics of #cybersecurity: Information-October 2012 Global Threats

#Learning basics of #cybersecurity: Information-October 2012 Global Threats | things i found | Scoop.it
We determined the cyber criminal activity across the globe in this map that features a roundup of securityrelated news in the October issue of SC Magazine.

 

Read more, a MUST:

http://www.scmagazine.com/october-2012-global-threats/slideshow/965/#0

 


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The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries | things i found | Scoop.it
What is our latest picture of some of the most inexplicable features of the universe? What still remains to be uncovered? What are some of the next avenues of exploration for today’s chemists, physicists, biologists, and astronomers?
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Google and Skyhook: the internet privacy invasion | openDemocracy

Google and Skyhook: the internet privacy invasion | openDemocracy | things i found | Scoop.it

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Complexity Science, Living Systems, and Reflexing Interfaces: New Models and Perspectives

Complexity Science, Living Systems, and Reflexing Interfaces: New Models and Perspectives | things i found | Scoop.it

There are new and important advancements in today’s complexity theories in ICT and requires an extraordinary perspective on the interaction between living systems and information technologies. With human evolution and its continuous link with the development of new tools and environmental changes, technological advancements are paving the way for new evolutionary steps.    This book is a collection of research provided by academics and scholars aiming to introduce important advancements in areas such as artificial intelligence, evolutionary computation, neural networks, and much more. This scholarly piece will provide contributions that will define the line of development in complexity science.

 

 


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Fueling Long Term G-Local Innovation

Fueling Long Term G-Local Innovation | things i found | Scoop.it
On Tuesday the 23rd of October, I had the honor and pleasure to speak on the subject of gLocality and innovation at the Udine’s DITEDI (District of Digital Technologies). During my speech, I first ...
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WordPress Plugins

WordPress Plugins | things i found | Scoop.it

Plugins can extend WordPress to do almost anything you can imagine. In the directory you can find, download, rate, and comment on all the best plugins the WordPress community has to offer.

 

21,235 PLUGINS, 345,801,245 DOWNLOADS, AND COUNTING

 

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http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/

 


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Bill Hicks + George Carlin: The Big Electron

mp3:http://bit.ly/siAsCj Two legendary comedians offer their perspectives on life, through song.
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Social News Gathering, Curation and Syndication Platform: Spundge

Social News Gathering, Curation and Syndication Platform: Spundge | things i found | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Expressedly designed for journalists and newsrooms Spundge is a unique social news discovery, curation and syndication platform that facilitates the discovery, selection and distribution of news content across multiple channels.

 

Spundge works with topic-specific containers called "notebooks", which you can create and configure to work around any specific topic, event, company or issue you are interested in following.

 

Spundge taps into YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, Soundcloud and Facebook to gather relevant content around your specified topics, as well as into RSS feeds and OPML files that you specify. All these can then be easily filtered (by keyword, time, location, and language) and curated manually before being published inside any topic-specific "notebook".

 

Notebooks can be made public or private and their contents can be shared on all major social media networks as well as being syndicated outside of Splundge in a number of different ways.

 

The PRO version of Spundge adds a number of useful features to the free base version, including:

 

Custom editor - create, write, format and edit your own multimedia posts integrating text, images and video clips with extreme ease.

 

Personal customized dashboards - these allow you to collect and organize in one page streams from different notebooks, traffic and social sharing data and more.

 

Syndication - syndicate to major socia platforms such as Twitter and Facebook as well as to Wordpress and Mialchimp.

 

Collaboration - invite co-editors, curators, newsmasters to complement your work or to fuel a common newsroom activity allowing everyone to track, review, comment and edit individual notebooks.

 

Embedding - standard embed code to publish/integrate any notebook inside any website or blog page.

 

Analytics - Acces to detailed traffic data.

 

Smart attribution - Spundge automatically tracks original sources from where you are picking content, images or video clips and automatically credits them.

 

Custom sources - plug-in private RSS feeds or your own API to feed unique proprietary content into your notebooks.

 

Free version available.

 

Read The Nieman Journalism Lab review of Spundge: http://www.niemanlab.org/2012/09/first-look-spundge-is-software-to-help-journalists-to-manage-real-time-data-streams/

 

For more info: http://www.spundge.com/

 

 


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Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking and Arthur C. Clarke - God, The Universe and Everything Else (1988)

Join me on facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/TheScienceFoundation/277697568961708 Stephen Hawking, Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan (via satellite) discu...
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Downward Causation and the Neurobiology of Free Will (Understanding Complex Systems) ~ DIGITAL BOOKS

Downward Causation and the Neurobiology of Free Will (Understanding Complex Systems) ~ DIGITAL BOOKS | things i found | Scoop.it
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