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Turning biologists into programmers | Penn State University

Turning biologists into programmers | Penn State University | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
For more than half a century scientists have looked on the DNA molecule as life's blueprint, but biological engineers are beginning to see the molecule not as a static plan, but more like a snippet of life's computer code that they can program.

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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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Why Have Kids?

Why Have Kids? | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
A Pew Research Center study from 2010 found that 20 percent of American women now end their childbearing years without having borne a child, compared to 10 percent in the 1970s. During that time, the public has become more accepting of these women, but 38 percent of Americans surveyed for that study felt this trend was bad for society. When it comes to some other changes to the American family — such as marrying someone of a different race or women working outside the home — the public has said in greater numbers that those trends were good for or at least didn’t harm society.
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excerpt: "In advance of the Zócalo event, “Why Have Kids?”, we asked a panel of experts: If Americans have come to accept a range of non-traditional family structures, why does a woman’s choice not to have children still elicit skepticism and judgment?"

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thirteen reasons researchers get asked to write their methods ...

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Dissertation examiners always check the methods chapter or methodological writings carefully. And the more the doctorate is seen as research training, the more important it will be for examiners to make sure that the relevant ...


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mihai nadin's curator insight, February 4, 2013 8:19 PM

yesterday...nothing new

Maria João Loureiro's curator insight, August 17, 2013 9:56 PM

Lista Interessante de problemas que por muitas vezes os capítulos da metodologia apresentam mas que precisa de discussão porque implica, entre outros, uma discussão aprofundada dos termos explorados. Talvez a lista possa ser reduzida juntando itens. A ponderar...

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Qualitative Research Design: 13 Articles from RDR in 2013

Qualitative Research Design: 13 Articles from RDR in 2013 | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Research Design Review published 13 articles in 2013 that dealt explicitly with qualitative research design.  These range from general topics – such as the “10 Distinctive Qualities of Qualitative ...

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Dênia Falcão's curator insight, October 10, 2014 3:26 PM

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3 principles to maximize the value of qualitative research

3 principles to maximize the value of qualitative research | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Sarah Faulkner offers a trifecta of tips for helping qualitative do what qualitative does best.

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Antonio Figueiredo's curator insight, October 13, 2014 9:12 AM

Three tips for young qualitative researchers: Set qualitative objectives for qualitative research | Maximize the value of every respondent | Translate learning into insights with a well-planned debrief (Quirq’s). #qualitativeresearch #researchmethods.

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On Ethnographic Unknowability

On Ethnographic Unknowability | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
the incommensurabilities encountered in fieldwork

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Antonio Figueiredo's curator insight, November 17, 2014 10:34 AM

Inspiring post on the incommensurability we must be able to live with in ethnographic research.

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The Interviewee’s Role in the Qualitative Interview: Interpreter or Reporter?

The Interviewee’s Role in the Qualitative Interview: Interpreter or Reporter? | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
In all sorts of research it is common to ask not only about behavior – When did you first begin smoking cigarettes? How often do you take a multivitamin? Where did you go on your most recent vacati...

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7 free tools to attract readers to your blog

7 free tools to attract readers to your blog | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
I’m one of the thousands suffering from fear of missing out on every “tools, tricks and tips” post, which leads to me starring then filing the content into one of my 123 folders.


Yes, I have 123 folders.

Here’s the good news: When it comes to compiling PR tools for posts or agency seminars, that obsessive bookmarking pays off.

There are dozens upon dozens of great tools that professionals can use for lots of purposes, including drawing readers to a blog. Here are a few that can help you gather readers...


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 8, 5:42 PM

Seven great blogging and content tools from Stephanie Vermillion. My personal favorites are Hemingway and MozBar. I'd be lost without them. Recommended reading.  9/10

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Helpful go-to when you're looking for ideas and tools for crafting content that catches attention. 7 tools, including ubersearch, that will kickstart your writing.

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Hoping to attract new readers to your blog or to notice your book? Check out these tools.

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How Music Can Improve Memory

How Music Can Improve Memory | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Songs and rhymes can be used to remember all kinds of information. A study just published in the journal Memory and Cognition finds that adults learned a new language more effectively when they sang the words instead of spoke them. Even great literature is susceptible to this treatment. Book Tunes, a collaboration between educational entrepreneur Jonathan Sauer and hip-hop artist Andy Bernstein (he performs under the name Abdominal), turns long, wordy books into compact, catchy raps, spoken over an insistent beat.

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 21, 7:22 PM
Songs and rhymes can be used to remember all kinds of information. A study just published in the journal Memory and Cognition finds that adults learned a new language more effectively when they sang the words instead of spoke them. Even great literature is susceptible to this treatment. Book Tunes, a collaboration between educational entrepreneur Jonathan Sauer and hip-hop artist Andy Bernstein (he performs under the name Abdominal), turns long, wordy books into compact, catchy raps, spoken over an insistent beat.


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How Repetition in Music Affects Your Thinking

How Repetition in Music Affects Your Thinking | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
If you’re wondering why a particular song is catchy, it may be because you’ve heard it before on the radio, in a store, on a soundtrack. Elizabeth Hellmuth Margullis, director of the Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas, says that repetition creates an opening for the listener to become imagined participants in the song. In this TED video she’s quoted as saying, “Repetition gives rise to a kind of orientation to sound that we think of as distinctively musical where we’re listening along with the sound, engaging imaginatively with the note about to happen.” Repetition also allows the listener to notice new things.
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From Twitter to Instagram, a different #Ferguson conversation

From Twitter to Instagram, a different #Ferguson conversation | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
on Instagram – a growing photo-sharing site with roughly the same number of users as Twitter – the usage is much broader. There, the hashtag has been employed less as a reference to the events in Missouri, and more often as a way for people to discuss or reference issues such as race, police brutality and politics. In other words, the content and context a user gets from tracking the #Ferguson hashtag on Instagram is quite different from on Twitter.
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How To Use Google Voice Commands In Google Drive ~ Edudemic ~ by Aiden Wolfe

How To Use Google Voice Commands In Google Drive ~ Edudemic ~ by Aiden Wolfe | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Since its inception, Google Drive has been a source of excitement for innovation-minded educators. However, as with any new teaching technology, you may find yourself thinking “it sounds intriguing, but will it really make a difference?” In regards to Drive features like audio feedback, the answer to that question is an unequivocal yes. Aside from offering convenience and helping spare teachers from endless amounts of typing, the addition of voice commenting brings with it profound benefits to the learning experience as a whole. Below, you’ll find five compelling reasons to give it a try, as well as a simple guide on how to get started.

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Does Creativity have its Dark Side?

Does Creativity have its Dark Side? | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Malevolent creativity is aimed toward destructive consequences only. From committing acts of criminal activity or serial murder to terrorism, the malevolently creative seek to attack targets, invoke fear, and assert their power. In addition, just as creativity can be eminent (with a capital “C”), so malevolent creativity can also take an everyday form in which it’s practiced in ordinary circumstances. The malevolently creative attempt to manipulate others to their own ends, create mischief just for the sake of creating mischief, and try to deceive the people closest to them.
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Why the Food Babe is wrong (it's not just because she's ignorant)

Why the Food Babe is wrong (it's not just because she's ignorant) | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
On the face of it, a basic message to eat less processed food and improve the nutritional content of restaurants’ menus is something that I and many other scientists and health advocates could totally get behind. (I see from a quick visit to her facebook page that several of my very rational friends “like” her). But actually Ms. Hari’s mission and tactics aggressively promote pseudoscience. Besides being anti-vaccine, and even anti-microwave oven, she campaigns against all chemicals in food, famously saying “When you look at the ingredients [in food], if you can’t spell it or pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t eat it,” and “There is just no acceptable level of chemical to ingest, ever.”*
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The true essence of scientific research | Machines Like Us

The true essence of scientific research | Machines Like Us | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
On April 18th, 2013, Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, demonstrated complete ignorance of the nature of scientific research. As Chairman of the committee, Rep.

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Antonio Figueiredo's curator insight, August 27, 2013 9:15 AM

Is trivial research realy trivial? 

Maria João Loureiro's curator insight, August 28, 2013 12:26 PM

Uma opinião relevante sobre o que é fazer investigação (ainda que os exemplos não sejam das ciências sociais) e dos "enganos" das atuais políticas de financiamento. Recomendo vivamente!!!

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12 Fabulous Academic Search Engines

12 Fabulous Academic Search Engines | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

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Publishing: Credit where credit is due

Publishing: Credit where credit is due | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Liz Allen, Amy Brand, Jo Scott, Micah Altman and Marjorie Hlava are trialling digital taxonomies to help researchers to identify their contributions to collaborative projects.

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Antonio Figueiredo's curator insight, April 20, 2014 3:43 AM

New taxonomy lets individual contributions in multiple-author texts be known (Nature)

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That Catcalling Video and Why “Research Methods” is such an Exciting Topic (Really!)

That Catcalling Video and Why "Research Methods" is such an Exciting Topic (Really!) - The Message - Medium
And Why All Data Needs Theory

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Antonio Figueiredo's curator insight, November 3, 2014 11:33 AM

On the Importance of Research Methods and on Why All Data Needs Theory. 

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Why Do We Conduct Qualitative User Research?

Why Do We Conduct Qualitative User Research? | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
The following post is based on a talk I presented at MozFest about interviewing users. I recently had a conversation with a former colleague who ...

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Antonio Figueiredo's curator insight, December 10, 2014 7:53 AM

Why Do We Need Qualitative Research? The view of a software developer at Mozilla UX

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5 Trends in Qualitative Research – Ignore At Your Own Peril

5 Trends in Qualitative Research – Ignore At Your Own Peril | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
We dusted off the crystal ball to see what’s in store for qualitative research in 2015. Here are our top 5 qual trends for this year.

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Antonio Figueiredo's curator insight, March 24, 8:51 AM

Although written with marketing research in mind, this post may also be useful for academic qualitative researchers.

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Music Matters | A blog on music cognition: Do musicians listen better?

Music Matters | A blog on music cognition: Do musicians listen better? | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

Today, Makiko Sadakata (Donders Center, Nijmegen) gave a presentation at our monthly meeting on music cognition and computational musicology [1]. She presented a study in which the question was whether musicians do better in perceiving pitch, duration or other timbral deviations in their own and/or unfamiliar languages.


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Study provides new insight into what occurs in the brain during the learning process - PsyPost

Study provides new insight into what occurs in the brain during the learning process - PsyPost | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
“It’s useful to think of your brain as housing a very large toolkit,” said Grafton, a professor in UCSB’s Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences. “When you start to learn a challenging new skill, such as playing a musical instrument, your brain uses many different tools in a desperate attempt to produce anything remotely close to music. With time and practice, fewer tools are needed and core motor areas are able to support most of the behavior. What our laboratory study shows is that beyond a certain amount of practice, some of these cognitive tools might actually be getting in the way of further learning.”
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From Twitter to Instagram, a different #Ferguson conversation

From Twitter to Instagram, a different #Ferguson conversation | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
on Instagram – a growing photo-sharing site with roughly the same number of users as Twitter – the usage is much broader. There, the hashtag has been employed less as a reference to the events in Missouri, and more often as a way for people to discuss or reference issues such as race, police brutality and politics. In other words, the content and context a user gets from tracking the #Ferguson hashtag on Instagram is quite different from on Twitter.
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Top 10 Academic Library Issues for 2015 | From the Bell Tower

Top 10 Academic Library Issues for 2015 | From the Bell Tower | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
“The beginning of the year brings many “top” lists for what to look for in 2015. So far there’s not much predicting for what looks big for the academic library world. Here’s a shot at it.”
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 31, 9:36 PM

I wonder what competence-based education is? Were we churning out incompetent people and now think that is not a good idea?

 

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