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What If Rich Countries Shut the Door on Immigration?

What If Rich Countries Shut the Door on Immigration? | khamneithang | Scoop.it
Ian Goldin, Director of the Oxford Martin School, warns that a backlash against immigration would wreak havoc on everything from hospitals to the high-tech industry. The interview is part of the Risk Response Network’s “What if?

 

This is article can be an intriguing introduction to a thought exercise geared towards understanding the economic impact of migration and the social processes that create our world. 

 

Questions to ponder:  Which points of the interviewee do you agree with?  Are there some that you think his analysis is off-base?  What do you think the impacts on a given location would be if there was no migration allowed? 

 

Tags:  migration, economic, unit 2 population, immigration, unit 6 industry, labor.


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Celebrate Your Freedom to Read: eBooks for Banned Books Week

Celebrate Your Freedom to Read: eBooks for Banned Books Week | khamneithang | Scoop.it

Digital Library Blog ... My first step is always to take a look at the newly updated list of the most frequently challenged or banned books, compiled by the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, and mentally check off each one that I've already...

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Back To School: How To Ace Taking Notes

Back To School: How To Ace Taking Notes | khamneithang | Scoop.it
Back in the day, before the printing press made books a widely available commodity, students sat through class transcribing each and every word of a published work, as dictated by the teacher.
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Google Quietly Launches Google Play Movie Rentals In Germany

Google Quietly Launches Google Play Movie Rentals In Germany | khamneithang | Scoop.it
Google today quietly rolled out movie rentals in Germany. German Google users have long been able to buy movies through the Play Movies store, but according to German blogger Carsten Knobloch, the rental feature only went live earlier today.
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A $12-Million-A-Month iOS Game? NaturalMotion Has It With CSR Racing

A $12-Million-A-Month iOS Game? NaturalMotion Has It With CSR Racing | khamneithang | Scoop.it
As the iOS platform has gradually amassed more than 365 million units in cumulative device sales, it has created a rising tide for all mobile app developers, who have seen increasing monthly revenue run-rates with each year.
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More trials, less errors - An effort to lower incorrect scientific claims through a new type of service

More trials, less errors - An effort to lower incorrect scientific claims through a new type of service | khamneithang | Scoop.it

So many scientific studies are making incorrect claims that a new service has sprung up to fact-check reported findings by repeating the experiments.

 

A year-old Palo Alto, California, company, Science Exchange, announced on Tuesday its "Reproducibility Initiative," aimed at improving the trustworthiness of published papers. Scientists who want to validate their findings will be able to apply to the initiative, which will choose a lab to redo the study and determine whether the results match. The project sprang from the growing realization that the scientific literature - from social psychology to basic cancer biology - is riddled with false findings and erroneous conclusions, raising questions about whether such studies can be trusted. Not only are erroneous studies a waste of money, often taxpayers', but they also can cause companies to misspend time and resources as they try to invent drugs based on false discoveries.

 

Last year, Bayer Healthcare reported that its scientists could not reproduce some 75 percent of published findings in cardiovascular disease, cancer and women's health. In March, Lee Ellis of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and C. Glenn Begley, the former head of global cancer research at Amgen, reported that when the company's scientists tried to replicate 53 prominent studies in basic cancer biology, hoping to build on them for drug discovery, they were able to confirm the results of only six.

 

The new initiative's 10-member board of prominent scientists will match investigators with a lab qualified to test their results, said Elizabeth Iorns, Science Exchange's co-founder and chief executive officer. The original lab would pay the second for its work. How much depends on the experiment's complexity and the cost of study materials, but should not exceed 20 percent of the original research study's costs. Iorns hopes government and private funding agencies will eventually fund replication to improve the integrity of scientific literature.


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Your Life-Defense Plan

Your Life-Defense Plan | khamneithang | Scoop.it

[…] An incredibly useful characteristic of ideas is that they are extremely contagious, making sharing your ideas with others the easiest way to defend yourself mentally. Not only will sharing your ideas encourage others to adopt and perpetuate them, but they will reinforce these ideas in your own mind, essentially “vaccinating” you against contrary, but seductive, ideas. […]

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Glogpedia - the best of Glogs | Glogster

Glogpedia - the best of Glogs | Glogster | khamneithang | Scoop.it
Glogster.com - Poster yourself - Make your interactive poster easily and share it with friends. Mix Images, Text, Music and Video. It is fantastic!

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New fragrance created that mosquitoes can’t resist

New fragrance created that mosquitoes can’t resist | khamneithang | Scoop.it

Those pesky mosquitoes snacking on your arms and legs aren’t only out for blood. Like most other creatures, they have a favorite food. In their case, it’s sweet, succulent flower nectar. Mosquitoes don’t pollinate flowers as other insects do. After sniffing out a floral fragrance, they track down the plant and steal its nectar for energy. That weakness for nectar, however, could be their kryptonite. Using flower scents created in a lab, a team of researchers at Ohio State University plans to lure mosquitoes into traps. The objective: Kill the pests that carry life-threatening diseases, including West Nile Virus and malaria. 

 

The first step was building a machine, called an olfactometer, to detect and measure odor. That started in 2006. The team began analyzing plant chemicals in 2008 and got to the tests two years later. The experiment was simple: Give a mosquito two options and see which one it chooses. The research team plans to take its study into the field soon, but the venture won’t be without its challenges. For example, synthetic scents might not be as effective as the real thing outside the lab. They hope someday to expand the study and identify scents that would attract a host of mosquitoes around the world, particularly those that transmit malaria in African countries, where a child dies every minute from the disease, according to the World Health Organization.


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The biological impacts of the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan on the pale grass blue butterfly

The biological impacts of the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan on the pale grass blue butterfly | khamneithang | Scoop.it

The collapse of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant caused a massive release of radioactive materials to the environment. A prompt and reliable system for evaluating the biological impacts of this accident on animals has not been available.The accident caused physiological and genetic damage to the pale grass blue Zizeeria maha, a common lycaenid butterfly in Japan. The F1 offspring from the first-voltine females showed more severe abnormalities, which were inherited by the F2 generation. Adult butterflies collected in September 2011 showed more severe abnormalities than those collected in May. Similar abnormalities were experimentally reproduced in individuals from a non-contaminated area by external and internal low-dose exposures. Conclusion: the artificial radionuclides released from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant caused a variety of physiological and genetic damage to this species.


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Landscape photography inspiration from Mark Littlejohn | The D-Photo

Lovely!>> Landscape photography inspiration from Mark Littlejohn http://t.co/nN4e5XGK via @thedphoto RT @Timothy_Hughes #photo #photography...
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Pierre had some extra inspiration Sunday - BLOGS - The Morning Call

Pierre had some extra inspiration Sunday - BLOGS - The Morning Call | khamneithang | Scoop.it
When Juan Pierre realized he had legged out an infield single that gave the Phillies a walk-off 8-7 win in the 12th inning at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday, he ran around shallow right field and then jump into Jeremy Horst's ...
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Electronic Implant That Dissolves in the Body

Electronic Implant That Dissolves in the Body | khamneithang | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Tufts University, and others have created fully biodegradable electronics that could allow doctors to implant medical sensors or drug delivery devices that dissolve when they're no longer needed. The transient circuits can be programmed to disappear after a set amount of time based on the durability of their silk-protein coating

 

"You want the device to serve a useful function, but after that function is completed, you want it to simply disappear by dissolution and resorption into the body," says John Rogers, a physical chemist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and senior author on the study, recently published in Science.

 

The authors demonstrate this possibility with a resorbable device that can heat the area of a surgical cut to prevent bacterial growth. They implanted the heat-generating circuit into rats. After three weeks, the authors examined the site of the implant and found that the device had nearly completely disappeared, leaving only remnants of the silk coating, which is eliminated more slowly than the silicon and magnesium of the circuit itself.


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A Vessel of Inspiration - Wall Street Journal

A Vessel of Inspiration - Wall Street Journal | khamneithang | Scoop.it
A Vessel of InspirationWall Street JournalBy ELLEN BYRON. Jack Schwefel, chief executive of Seattle-based cookware retailer Sur La Table, only used his prized pre-World War II cocotte pot for cooking a handful of times.
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Tigers notes, quotes: Don't expect Nick Castellanos to come up in September - Detroit Free Press

Tigers notes, quotes: Don't expect Nick Castellanos to come up in September - Detroit Free Press | khamneithang | Scoop.it
Tigers notes, quotes: Don't expect Nick Castellanos to come up in SeptemberDetroit Free PressTigers notes, quotes: Don't expect Nick Castellanos to come up in September. 8:45 PM, August 15, 2012 |. Comments · Tweet.
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That Flickr Account Wasn’t Marissa Mayer, But She *Is* Currently Looking For A New Head Of Flickr

That Flickr Account Wasn’t Marissa Mayer, But She *Is* Currently Looking For A New Head Of Flickr | khamneithang | Scoop.it
Oh Process Journalism, how lucky we here at TechCrunch are that we get to practice you. Anyways, here’s what I got: That “Marissa Mayer” account that went up on Flickr earlier today isn’t actually Marissa.
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4 Myths of Social Media Marketing

4 Myths of Social Media Marketing | khamneithang | Scoop.it

"Social media marketing is the shiny new toy. Businesses were provided tools that they could use themselves to promote their business.

 

Coca Cola changed its marketing strategy from creative excellence to content excellence.

They had realized that social media was able to spread their content and ideas with velocity and the crowd could create and share more stories on social networks than they could ever hope to buy.

 

The democratization of marketing was now evident.

 

Here the 4 Myths of Social Media Marketing:

 

Myth #1. It’s Simple

There are many myths about social media marketing but the biggest one by far is that it is easy and can be done by an intern at lunch time.

 

Myth #2. It’s Free

Planning , creating content, optimizing for search, publishing to multiple platforms takes time. Time is money.

 

Enterprise class tools are not free. Participating on Facebook may cost nothing and tweeting is free but the content and eco-sytem to support a sustained social media marketing effort requires budget and commitment. Professional videos still cost money to produce and edit.

 

 

Myth #3. It’s Just Facebook

Many organisations think that because Facebook dominates the social media numbers game with nearly one billion users, that it is the only social media network to consider in a social media marketing strategy.

Facebook only allows less than 15% of your updates to appear in your Facebook followers timelines through its “Edge Rank” algorithms.

 

 

Myth #4. Social Media is the “Silver Bullet”

Social media is not your marketing saviour.

Remember to continue to optimize your online properties for search engines.

 

Being found on Google is still a “must do”. If you aren’t doing this then you need to reconsider some of your marketing budget priorities. Social media marketing advertising is still only $5 billion and search engine marketing spend is 10 times larger at $50 billiuon plus because it works".

 

Full Article Here: http://www.jeffbullas.com/2012/08/13/4-myths-of-social-media-marketing/


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A History of Conflicts

A History of Conflicts | khamneithang | Scoop.it
Browse the timeline of war and conflict across the globe.

 

This database of global wars and conflicts is searchable through space and time.  You can drag and click both the map and timeline to locate particular battles and wars, and then read more information about that conflict.  This resource would be a great one to show students and let them explore to find what they see as interesting.  This site is brimming with potential.     


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Sakis Koukouvis's comment, August 16, 2012 8:06 AM
Oh... You are lucky ;-)
Paul Rymsza's comment, August 22, 2012 2:15 PM
the potential of this site is amazing between the interactive learning system and the correlation between the timeline and location. If the human geography class is anything like this i can't wait for it!
Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 28, 2013 3:34 PM

 

This database of global wars and conflicts is searchable through space and time.  You can drag and click both the map and timeline to locate particular battles and wars, and then read more information about that conflict.  This resource would be a great one to show students and let them explore to find what they see as interesting.  This site is brimming with potential.    

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Saudia Arabia To Build Women-Only City

Saudia Arabia To Build Women-Only City | khamneithang | Scoop.it
In a bid to reconcile strict gender-segregation laws with a desire to increase employment opportunities for women, Saudi Arabia is planning to construct a new industrial "city" exclusively for female workers, Russian news agency RT reports.

 

The idea is mind-blowing to say the least.  More women would be able to be a part of the workforce and move freely about women-only cities in Saudi Arabia than they could in 'regular' cities. 

Question to ponder: would the implementation of this idea represent a cultural step forward for Saudi Arabia towards gender equality or would it be a step that further isolated women and is repressive?  What do you think of the idea given the ingrained gender norms of Saudi Arabia? 


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UPDATE on 8/15/2012 at 3:20 pm ET: Al Arabiya English reported on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia is not building a women-only industrial city.Contrary to reports by the Guardian, ABC News, and the Russian news agency RT, among others, Al Arabiya English writes that the new municipality will be open to both men and women.-Huffington Post

 

I am very happy to know that this city was not created. I do believe that it would have been nice to have women able to come and go as they please in Saudi Arabia (without the accompanying of a man) ,however I do not feel that this was the answer. I believe a city like this might only further the divide of genders. I understand different cultures have different beliefs however when the cost is the suppression of another living thing then there is an issue.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 16, 2014 2:32 AM

Like many the topic of this article can be taken two ways. First that this is a good thing as it will allow for a place for the oppressed women of Saudi Arabia to act as they wish without the gaze and guidance of men. Giving them a sense of freedom rarely found in their country. On the other hand what this does is by placing them within their own city it further marginalizes women by pushing them into their own receptive roles and accepted locations. This could very well further drive home the idea women don't quite belong in this "Man's" country.  

Kendra King's curator insight, February 27, 1:09 AM

I can see how this might sound appealing, but this isn't the right solution. On the one hand, the women would be able to enter the work force more so as to close the disparity between women who are unemployed. That gap is actually huge since the article mentioned the number of Saudi women who work is somewhere in the low teens despite the fact that "60%" of college graduates are women. At the same time, this environment might prove to be more freeing for women in regards to their movement as well. As the article mentioned women always have to be "accompanied by a male," which is just ridiculously restricting.

 

Yet all of these benefits come at the price of isolation. That whole "separate, but equal" thing played out in the US and it wasn't actually equality. Nor did it actually make for a harmonious environment. In order to actually change people's minds, the government can't just push the women workers out of site in a corner.Without men being around women workers, they will continue to treat them poorly as second class citizens. Furthermore,separating them almost makes it seem like they are second class thereby exacerbating the gender norms within the country even more. 

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How Social Media Can Affect Your B2B Lead Generation [INFOGRAPHIC] | Business 2 Community

How Social Media Can Affect Your B2B Lead Generation [INFOGRAPHIC] | Business 2 Community | khamneithang | Scoop.it

Many people think that b2b lead generation is leagues away in terms of helpfulness with regards to social media.

 

With this infographic that has given to use by Online MBA, there has been a recorded 66% percent of online users that are connected to at least one social media platform on the World Wide Web.

 

The use of these websites have steadily increased over the past 10 years in either personal or business reasons.


But the question is, who are the 66%?


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So it's time to being in social media.
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Branch aims to revolutionize online conversation, opens public invites

Branch aims to revolutionize online conversation, opens public invites | khamneithang | Scoop.it

A new discussion platform called Branch announced today that it is leaving private beta and will begin sending invitations to the public. The startup aims to change the way people have conversations...

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20 Inspiring Quotes Wallpapers for your Desktop | Mustified

20 Inspiring Quotes Wallpapers for your Desktop | Mustified | khamneithang | Scoop.it
Sometime we all need courageous, motivational and inspirational words, so here I have collected some inspiring quotes containing wallpapers try them on your desktop or laptop screens.
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Waiting on God… Learning the Patience of Job

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Waiting on God… Learning the Patience of Job
It seems like we’re always waiting.  Waiting in line.  Waiting for a table.  Waiting for an upcoming vacation.  And yes, waiting for God to work in our lives.
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