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Google rolls out new 'Hummingbird' search algorithm

Google is trying to keep pace with the evolution of Internet usage. As search queries get more complicated, traditional "Boolean" or keyword-based systems begin deteriorating because of the need to match concepts and meanings in addition to words.

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The brain is wired in a 3D grid structure. Our brain pathways are organized like woven sheets and not as tangled as once thought

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"The brain appears to be wired in a rectangular 3D grid structure, suggests a new brain imaging study. (...) “Far from being just a tangle of wires, the brain’s connections turn out to be more like ribbon cables — folding 2D sheets of parallel neuronal fibers that cross paths at right angles, like the warp and weft of a fabric,” (...)

 

“The wiring of the mature brain appears to mirror three primal pathways established in embryonic development.” (...) “Before, we had just driving directions. Now, we have a map showing how all the highways and byways are interconnected,” said Wedeen. “Brain wiring is not like the wiring in your basement, where it just needs to connect the right endpoints. Rather, the grid is the language of the brain and wiring and re-wiring work by modifying it.”

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"By looking at how the pathways fit in the brain, we anticipated the connectivity to resemble that of a bowl of spaghetti, a very narrow and discreet object," (...) "We discovered that the pathways in the top of the brain are all organized like woven sheets with the fibers running in two directions in the sheets and in a third direction perpendicular to the sheets. These sheets all stack together so that the entire connectivity of the brain follows three precisely defined directions." (...)
"This is the first time it has ever been determined that the geometry of the brain is described by a three-dimensional grid," (...)

 

"The research took MRI scanners and new mathematical algorithms to determine a geometry to the relationship of nearby pathways in the brain so that each pathway was part of a two-dimensional sheet of pathways that together looked exactly like a woven sheet of fabric," Each pathway was part of a parallel series next to it crossed by a perpendicular series at a right angle, together which formed a woven grid.

 

The structure was part of a three-dimensional scaffold connections of the brain conformed to the extremely simple three-dimensional structure, a single woven grid with fibers in only three axes. By using diffusion MRI and mapping the three-dimension motion of the water molecules in the brain, the scientists ran the maps through mathematical algorithms that inferred from the water motion pattern the fiber architecture of the tissue of the brain." -- http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=123711&org=NSF&from=news


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What will you do when your doctorate is done?

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In a recent post on her blog "100 days to the doctorate and beyond" Dr Evelyn Tsitas reflects on her post PhD experience. Like many part time doctoral candidates, Evelyn was working full time throu...
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Key Sentence Skeletons

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Is there a recipe for the 10 key sentences? This post is about an easy way to work out what to write the 10 key sentences that define a grant application. There are two reasons I think it's worth w...
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Top 10 Most Intelligent Animals

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Many animals are smarter than we give them credit for. Here are 10 animals that can use tools, solve complex problems, and more.
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Robin Williams and Why Funny People Kill Themselves

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You ever have that funny friend, the class-clown type, who one day just stopped being funny around you? Did it make you think they were depressed? Bec...
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"Farley partied for four straight days, smoked crack and snorted heroin with a call girl, then took her back to his apartment. When they argued about money, she got up to leave. He tried to follow but collapsed on the living room floor, struggling to breathe. His final words were 'Don't leave me.' She took pictures of him, stole his watch, wrote a note saying she'd had a lot of fun, and left. He died alone."
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4 Reasons Why People Love Living In Cities And How We're Working On Ruining Them

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Sometimes, the shiniest, newest city elements aren't the same ones that make us want to live there.
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How To Write A Job Acceptance Letter

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A job acceptance letter is a formal way to show your consent for a job offer. However, it must not be done in a casual way. Related: How To Decline A Job Offer It involves a thorough review of the salary and benefits offered by the employer.
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Presentation Zen: 10 Storytelling tips from Billy Wilder

Presentation Zen: 10 Storytelling tips from Billy Wilder | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Billy Wilder (1906–2002) was the first person to win an Academy Award as producer, director and screenwriter for the same film. The film The Apartment (1960) stared Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray and is certainly in my top-10...

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Art Jones's curator insight, July 2, 3:12 PM

After 50 years of film making Billy Wilder shares his top 10 storytelling tips.

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40 Maps That Explain The Middle East

40 Maps That Explain The Middle East | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
These maps are crucial for understanding the region's history, its present, and some of the most important stories there today.

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Titles like the one for this article, 40 maps that explain the Middle East, are becoming increasingly common for internet articles.  They helps us feel that we can explain all of the world's complexities and make sense of highly dynamic situations.  While we can all agree that maps are great analytical tools that can be very persuasive, sometimes we can pretend that they are the end all, be all for any situation.  Maps can also be used to show how something that we thought was simple can be much complex and nuanced than we had previously imagined, as demonstrated by this article, 15 Maps that Don't Explain the Middle East at All.  Both perspectives have their place (and both articles are quite insightful). Not connected to the Middle East, but East Asia, this article entitled Lies, Damned Lies and Maps continues the discussion of maps, truth and perception.  

 

Tags: MiddleEast, conflict, political, borders, colonialism, devolution,historical, mapping

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Titles like the one for this article, 40 maps that explain the Middle East, are becoming increasingly common for internet articles.  They helps us feel that we can explain all of the world's complexities and make sense of highly dynamic situations.  While we can all agree that maps are great analytical tools that can be very persuasive, sometimes we can pretend that they are the end all, be all for any situation.  Maps can also be used to show how something that we thought was simple can be much complex and nuanced than we had previously imagined, as demonstrated by this article, 15 Maps that Don't Explain the Middle East at All.  Both perspectives have their place (and both articles are quite insightful). Not connected to the Middle East, but East Asia, this article entitled Lies, Damned Lies and Maps continues the discussion of maps, truth and perception. 

 

Tags: MiddleEast, conflict, political, borders, colonialism, devolution, historical, mapping.

Linda Denty's curator insight, August 5, 6:42 PM

As Seth Dixson says, maps only tell a part of a story, but this may assist as part of an overall understanding of the history of the area.

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Some of the histories in maps is helpful in realising the complexities of the issues.

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Chasing Delicious | Kitchen 101: Fruits, Vegetables & Herbs

Chasing Delicious | Kitchen 101: Fruits, Vegetables & Herbs | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Homegrown, homemade, from-scratch delicious. Get your favorite recipes, gardening tips, and life hacks here at Chasing Delicious.
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There Is Some Hope That We Aren't Living Inside a Computer Simulation

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Philosopher Nick Bostrom's famous Simulation Argument suggests it's highly probable that we live inside a supercomputer. But one philosopher takes this hypothesis to task, arguing in a new paper that there are other post-human scenarios that need to be taken into account.

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8 Ways To Motivate Yourself To Finish A Passion Project Outside Of Work

8 Ways To Motivate Yourself To Finish A Passion Project Outside Of Work | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Here are 8 tips for finishing the projects you care about most.
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Norwegian City’s Ingenious Bicycle Lift Makes Cycling Uphill a Breeze

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The city of Trondheim in Norway is the first and only one in the world to have a lift specially designed to help cyclists travel uphill.


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The Land Where the Blues Began

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In the late 1970s Alan Lomax traveled to Mississippi with filmmaker John Bishop and folklorist Worth Long and made this film about the African American music he found there.

 

The Land Where the Blues Began is one of five films made from footage that Alan Lomax shot between 1978 and 1985 for the PBS American Patchwork series (1991). A self-described "song-hunter," Alan Lomax traveled the Mississippi Delta in the 1930s and 40s, at first with his father John Lomax, later in the company sometimes of black folklorists like John W. Work III, armed with primitive recording equipment and a keen love of the Delta's music heritage. Crisscrossing the towns and hamlets, jook joints and dance halls, prisons and churches, Lomax recorded such greats as Leadbelly, Fred McDowell, and Muddy Waters, all of whom made their debut recordings with him.

 

In the late 1970s Lomax returned with filmmaker John Bishop and black folklorist Worth Long to make the film The Land Where the Blues Began. Shot on video tape, the film is narrated by Lomax and includes remarkable performances and stories by Johnny Brooks, Walter Brown, Bill Gordon, James Hall, William S. Hart, Beatrice and Clyde Maxwell, Jack Owens, Wilbert Puckett, J. T. Tucker, Reverend Caesar Smith, Bud Spires, Belton Sutherland, and Othar Turner The Association for Cultural Equity’s Alan Lomax Archive channel on YouTube additionally streams outtakes from this film: other strong performances by Walter Brown, Sam Chatmon, Clyde Maxwell, Jack Owens, Joe Savage, Bud Spires, Napoleon Strickland, and Othar Turner. Turner is also in Gravel Springs Fife and Drum on Folkstreams.

Alan Lomax's book by the same title won the 1993 National Book Critics Award for nonfiction.

No one has come close to Alan Lomax in illuminating the intersecting musical roots of an extraordinary range of cultures, including our own.
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Creativity and inspiration can come from exploring this regional and class specific creation of music.

 

 

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Download 70 Screenplays Legally and Free

Download 70 Screenplays Legally and Free | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
A list of downloads for around 70 screenplays.
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Inside the Dark, Lucrative World of Consumer Debt Collection

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In the murky world of unpaid bills, a banker and an ex-con can make a fortune — if they don’t run into too many crooks.
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Tips on Performing Research for a Historical Novel

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A well-written historical novel will have many hours of research behind it. How to conduct such research and points to consider when creating a story within a historical context.

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50 Things Everyone Should Know How To Do

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Self-reliance is a vital key to living a healthy, productive life.  To be self-reliant one must master a basic set of skills, more or less making them a jack of all trades.  Contrary to what you may have learned in school, a jack of all trades is far more equipped to deal with life than a specialized master of only one.

While not totally comprehensive, here is a list of 50 things everyone should know how to do.

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Artificial Wombs Are Coming, but the Controversy Is Already Here

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Ectogenesis is a social and political minefield.
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Substance Abuse in South African Schools | eHow

Substance Abuse in South African Schools | eHow | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
South African students are vulnerable to drug and alcohol abuse according to country reports. The use of drugs and alcohol is on the rise by students in all grade levels. Prevention efforts include in-school talks and lessons, increased research and programs developed to treat affected populations. The data suggests mixed results. While progress...
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excerpt: "The Mental Health & Substance Abuse Medical Research Council reports that younger South African citizens prefer speed, LSD and Ecstasy. Solvent use and dagga/Mandrax (white pipe) use among this population is higher than it is for the adult population. The use of alcohol among South African school students increases with age."

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/about_6521986_substance-abuse-south-african-schools.html

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What's the Most Important Element of a Good Story?

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What makes a story great? The storytellers behind House of Cards, This American Life, The Moth, and more reflect on the creative process.

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Walking the Line Between Good and Evil: The Common Thread of Heroes and Villains | Andrea Kuszewski

Walking the Line Between Good and Evil: The Common Thread of Heroes and Villains | Andrea Kuszewski | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

A few years ago, I wrote an article titled, “Addicted to Being Good? The Psychopathology of Heroism“, in which I first discussed the potential genetic link between Sociopaths and Heroes, or X-Altruists. In theory, their genetic make-up is very similar—same basic group of extreme traits in each personality—with a few important exceptions, one being expressed empathy. This notion was hinted at in 1995 by Behavior Geneticist David Thoreson Lykken [1] in his book, The Antisocial Personalities, when he said, “the hero and the psychopath may be twigs on the same genetic branch.” It is very possible that two members of the same family—even brothers in a shared home environment—could end up as seemingly polar opposites; one doing extreme good: the X-Altruist, the other doing extreme bad: the Sociopath.

 

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Singularity 1 on 1: Jeremy Rifkin on the Zero Marginal Cost Society and the Decline of Capitalism

Singularity 1 on 1: Jeremy Rifkin on the Zero Marginal Cost Society and the Decline of Capitalism | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
A one-of-a-kind conversation with Jeremy Rifkin discussing “The Zero Marginal Cost Society” and the decline of capitalism.

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Interesting and a must read...

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Some very interesting conversation about the future of capitalism and economics in the 21st century.

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5 Myths You Probably Believe About Famous Landmarks

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As with anything else we think we know, the most basic facts about famous landmarks turn out to be mostly wrong.
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21 Books That Changed Science Fiction And Fantasy Forever

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Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction and fantasy for everybody. Certain great books inspire scores of authors to create something new.
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A Twitter Search Trick You Didn’t Know About

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An undocumented Twitter search operator helps you find the best tweets for any search term based on the retweeted or the favorited count.

 

... The engagement filter surfaces the best tweets and removes the noise from Twitter search results but the most surprising part is that Twitter has not made this filter available outside Tweetdeck. You don’t even have it inside the official Twitter app.

 

Well, here’s the trick. You can actually filter tweets by engagement level on the Twitter website or inside any Twitter app using an undocumented search operator that Twitter doesn’t want us to know about....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 25, 10:54 AM

 Amit Agarwal shares one of those great tips to help you find useful data on Twitter. Recommended.

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Pretty slick.

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