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A little taste of the new show for http://ds106.us that will start on January 14, 2013.
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The 12 missions of Christmas

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"Many of us spend Christmas far from loved ones, but BBC Future pays tribute to the farthest flung of all – our spacecraft exploring the Solar System and beyond."
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Smartphones: From Toy to Tool

Smartphones: From Toy to Tool | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Since students already have smartphones in hand, why not build classroom activities around them? Be sure all stakeholders are on board, and set some ground rules.
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Study Gauges Plastic Levels in Oceans

Study Gauges Plastic Levels in Oceans | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"New computer modeling suggests that 5.25 trillion plastic particles weighing nearly 269,000 tons are currently floating in the world’s oceans."
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No Trial Over Nazi Massacre of 642 Men, Women and Children

No Trial Over Nazi Massacre of 642 Men, Women and Children | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"A court in the German city of Cologne throws out the case of an 89-year-old man accused over an infamous Nazi massacre of civilians in France."
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Most College Students Don’t Earn a Degree in 4 Years, Study Finds

A new report says that only 19 percent of students graduated in four years from most public universities and that only 50 of 580 public universities graduated a majority of their full-time students at the four-year mark.
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Police Killings Reveal Chasms Between Races

Police Killings Reveal Chasms Between Races | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
The recent high-profile deaths of black people at the hands of police officers have exposed sharp differences about race relations in unexpected and often uncomfortable ways.
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'There's your new spacecraft, America': Orion splashes back to Earth after historic test

'There's your new spacecraft, America': Orion splashes back to Earth after historic test | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"NASA launched its Orion spacecraft for an unmanned test flight. The historic event brings humans one step closer to Mars."
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Africa 'soil crisis threat' to future

Africa 'soil crisis threat' to future | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Neglecting the health of Africa's soil will lock the continent into a cycle of food insecurity for generations to come, a report warns.
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Scientists' greener future vision

Scientists' greener future vision | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"A global initiative bringing together researchers across scientific disciplines launches it 10-year strategy to identify key sustainability priorities." • "'Future Earth is a global research platform aimed at connecting the world's scientists across the regions and across disciplines to work on the problems of sustainable development and the solutions to move us towards sustainable development,' explained Future Earth science committee vice-chairwoman Belinda Reyers. • 'It really is an unprecedented attempt to consult with scientists across the world as well as with important stakeholders and policymakers,' she told BBC News. • "It will consider what kind of science is needed in the medium-term to really move us towards more desirable futures." • Dr Reyers - chief scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Stellenbosch, South Africa - said the strategy had been distilled down to eight 'sustainability challenges': • Deliver water, energy and food for all • Decarbonise socio-economic systems • Safeguard the terrestrial, freshwater and marine natural assets • Building healthy, resilient and productive cities • Promote sustainable rural futures • Improve human health • Encourage sustainable consumption and production patterns • Increase social resilience to future threats • "Within each of the eight challenges, we have developed what we see as fundable research programmes that scientists and funding agencies can use as a starting point for building their programmes and strategies," she explained. • Dr Reyers explained the strategy aimed to build on the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process within the United Nations framework. • The SDGs are the successor to the UN Millennium Development Goals, which come to end in 2015."
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Run to Stay Young

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Running may reverse aging in certain ways, a noteworthy new study of active older people finds, while walking does not.
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20 Things We should Say More Often: Video

Inspiring video demonstrates what we should say more often.
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MIT takes new approach with STEM concept videos

MIT takes new approach with STEM concept videos | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Real-life examples are relevant to MIT students and students around the world." • "MIT’s Teaching and Learning Laboratory (TLL) has created 47 STEM Concept Videos to help students connect the concepts they learn in introductory STEM courses to concrete, real-world problems. Students can watch the videos to prepare for class or review a concept for an exam. Instructors can use them to supplement classroom instruction, using snippets or the entire video, most of which are under 15 minutes. Throughout the videos, viewers are prompted to pause to actively engage with the material — to predict the result of demonstrations, engage in a discussion of concepts, or perform activities tied to the video’s intended learning outcomes."
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Man charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder

Man charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"93-year-old has admitted to serving as SS guard at Nazis’ Auschwitz camp"
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TED-Ed's Interactive Periodic Table

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"TED-Ed has recently created an interactive Periodic Table where you can view videos about every element. This project was a collaboration of TED-Ed and Brady Haran of Numberphile. Once you click the video, you can view experiments as well as explanations from experts and teachers about the element. • This is a must view for students taking Chemistry as well as Chemistry teachers."
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Edutopia's Top 10 for 2014

Edutopia's Top 10 for 2014 | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"By the numbers, our community was all about tips and strategies in 2014, even as members' thoughtful, passionate conversations exploded across our social media channels."
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China Has Overtaken the U.S. as the World’s Largest Economy

China Has Overtaken the U.S. as the World’s Largest Economy | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
When the history of 2014 is written, it will take note of a large fact that has received little attention: 2014 was the last year in which the United States could claim to be the world’s largest economic power. China enters 2015 in the top position, where it will likely remain for a very long time, if not forever. In doing so, it returns to the position it held through most of human history.

Comparing the gross domestic product of different economies is very difficult. Technical committees come up with estimates, based on the best judgments possible, of what are called “purchasing-power parities,” which enable the comparison of incomes in various countries. These shouldn’t be taken as precise numbers, but they do provide a good basis for assessing the relative size of different economies. Early in 2014, the body that conducts these international assessments—the World Bank’s International Comparison Program—came out with new numbers. (The complexity of the task is such that there have been only three reports in 20 years.) The latest assessment, released last spring, was more contentious and, in some ways, more momentous than those in previous years. It was more contentious precisely because it was more momentous: the new numbers showed that China would become the world’s largest economy far sooner than anyone had expected—it was on track to do so before the end of 2014.

The source of contention would surprise many Americans, and it says a lot about the differences between China and the U.S.—and about the dangers of projecting onto the Chinese some of our own attitudes. Americans want very much to be No. 1—we enjoy having that status. In contrast, China is not so eager. According to some reports, the Chinese participants even threatened to walk out of the technical discussions. For one thing, China did not want to stick its head above the parapet—being No. 1 comes with a cost. It means paying more to support international bodies such as the United Nations. It could bring pressure to take an enlightened leadership role on issues such as climate change. It might very well prompt ordinary Chinese to wonder if more of the country’s wealth should be spent on them. (The news about China’s change in status was in fact blacked out at home.) There was one more concern, and it was a big one: China understands full well America’s psychological preoccupation with being No. 1—and was deeply worried about what our reaction would be when we no longer were.
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Students Create When Given the Chance

"While studying convergence, my [CoolCatTeacher] students “invent” a new technology. They are to predict what technologies will converge to make new ones. I’m always in awe of what they invent. • I want to share this one with you for several reasons:"
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Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing

Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
The companies that create the most important state and national exams also publish textbooks that contain many of the answers. Unfortunately, low-income school districts can’t afford to buy them.
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Thousands of Einstein Documents Are Now a Click Away

Thousands of Einstein Documents Are Now a Click Away | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"They have been called the Dead Sea Scrolls of physics. Since 1986, the Princeton University Press and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, to whom Albert Einstein bequeathed his copyright, have been engaged in a mammoth effort to study some 80,000 documents he left behind. • Starting on Friday, when Digital Einstein is introduced, anyone with an Internet connection will be able to share in the letters, papers, postcards, notebooks and diaries that Einstein left scattered in Princeton and in other archives, attics and shoeboxes around the world when he died in 1955."
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Indian students rediscover US as education destination - The Times of India

Indian students rediscover US as education destination - The Times of India | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"After three years of decline, the number of Indian students at US campuses increased by six per cent to 102,673 in the 2013-14 academic year, according to a new report on International Educational Exchange."
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Genetic diversity of Africa revealed

Genetic diversity of Africa revealed | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Scientists have completed a comprehensive study of genetic diversity in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Orion spaceship makes splashdown

The US space agency's new Orion crew capsule completes its maiden, unmanned voyage with a splashdown in the Pacific.
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A Live ‘Peter Pan’ Comes to NBC Today, 12.4.14

A Live ‘Peter Pan’ Comes to NBC Today, 12.4.14 | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
A computer-generated Tinker Bell, moving sets and a contraption-heavy pirate ship are among the technical hurdles that face NBC in presenting a live “Peter Pan.”
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STEM Concept Videos | MIT Teaching and Learning Laboratory

"The STEM Concept Videos, produced by the Teaching and Learning Laboratory, are designed to help students learn pivotal concepts in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM). Each video is part of a series that represents a cross-cutting theme in the courses that typically appear in first- and second-year engineering curricula (i.e., physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology). The STEM Concept Videos were originally produced for and funded by the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). SUTD refers to these videos as Concept Vignettes."
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