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Leading Nanotechnology Scientist Awarded 2013 Lemelson-MIT Prize

Leading Nanotechnology Scientist Awarded 2013 Lemelson-MIT Prize | Living | Scoop.it
Dr. Angela Belcher, a materials chemist and one of the world’s leading scientists in nanotechnology was announced today as the recipient of the 2013 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize.

Belcher has drawn inspiration from nature and its ability to create materials.

-She believes that if organic and inorganic materials can combine in nature to produce exquisite structures, similar processes can be used in the lab to create things of which nature hasn’t yet dreamed. She has used these lessons in biology to design novel, hybrid organic-inorganic materials that have been used to create environmentally-friendly batteries and clean transportation fuel, among other inventions with both commercial and social value. The Lemelson-MIT Prize, which honors an outstanding mid-career inventor dedicated to improving our world through technological invention, has been awarded annually since 1995.


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The MOOC in Further Education Colleges – distraction or lever for change? | Learning Futures Lab

RT @matthancockmp: RT: @CathyEllis121 The #MOOC in Further Education Colleges – distraction or lever for change? http://t.co/2YqhOEGn << v interesting piece

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6 Great Videos on Teaching Critical Thinking

6 Great Videos on Teaching Critical Thinking | Living | Scoop.it

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Dr. Richard NeSmith's curator insight, December 13, 2012 7:38 PM

Critical thinking is a skill that we can teach to our students through exercise and practice. It is particularly a skill that contains a plethora of other skills inside it. Critical thinking in its basic definition refers"  to a diverse range of intellectual skills and activities concerned with evaluating information as well as evaluating our thought in a disciplined way ".

cherimacleod's curator insight, December 15, 2012 11:44 AM

Brief but pithy examples we can all relate to.

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Student Engineers Design, Build, Fly ‘Printed’ Airplane

Student Engineers Design, Build, Fly ‘Printed’ Airplane | Living | Scoop.it
Two mechanical engineering students have built and flown a plastic airplane using 3-D printing technology at the engineering school’s Rapid Prototyping Lab.
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Faveoly Crowdfunding Project of the Day: PandaBot (by @PandaRobotics)

Faveoly Crowdfunding Project of the Day: PandaBot (by @PandaRobotics) | Living | Scoop.it

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Traveling the world, meeting startups: What We learned

Traveling the world, meeting startups: What We learned | Living | Scoop.it
The Next Web's Startup World - the global competition to promote entrepreneurship and startup culture globally- traveled to Mexico City, Peru, Chile, Buenos Aires, Brazil, South Africa, ...
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Dear Lunch Ladies, Thank You. Sincerely, The Parents.

Dear Lunch Ladies, Thank You. Sincerely, The Parents. | Living | Scoop.it
This Food Revolution is about saving America's health by changing the way people eat. It's not just a TV show; it's a movement for you, your family and your community.
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Calgary mom tired of cleaning after messy kids goes on strike | Canada | News | National Post

Calgary mom tired of cleaning after messy kids goes on strike | Canada | News | National Post | Living | Scoop.it
Jessica Stilwell is getting international attention for her cheeky experiment, lauded as a hero for doing what many parents dream of and also reviled for not making her children do their chores much earlier...
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New, Bizarre Species of Small Dinosaur Identified

New, Bizarre Species of Small Dinosaur Identified | Living | Scoop.it
The species was found in a slab of rock collected in the early 1960s and was spotted in the early ’80s by Paul C. Sereno, a paleontologist, but unrevealed until now.
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Changing the Education System— It’s Complicate | Organizational Survival Playbook

Changing the Education System— It’s Complicate | Organizational Survival Playbook | Living | Scoop.it
--- it struck me (once again) that education systems are simply a reflection of business and societal norms.

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Let's Expand Our Definition of Education After High School - Next - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Let's Expand Our Definition of Education After High School - Next - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Living | Scoop.it

Paradigm change needed in what ppl consider #highered & what is seen as a college credit.


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Arctic melting at 'amazing' speed

Arctic melting at 'amazing' speed | Living | Scoop.it
BBC science editor David Shukman reports from Svalbard in Norway, where scientists say they are amazed by the speed at which Arctic sea ice is melting.
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Why VMware Paid $1.26B for 70 Software Engineers

Why VMware Paid $1.26B for 70 Software Engineers | Living | Scoop.it

One of the reasons Google and VMware have been so successful over the past decade, says Eric Brewer, is that both companies managed to snatch some of the world’s brightest engineers from the big-name research labs that petered out in the late 1990s.

 

Over the previous 30 years, labs run by tech giants such as AT&T, Xerox, and DEC had led the computing revolution, but at the turn of the millennium, much of their lifeblood was pumped into a pair of companies that were only just getting off the ground.

 

“At the time of the bubble burst in 2001, when everyone was downsizing, including DEC, the main two high-tech companies that were hiring were Google and VMware,” says Brewer, the University of California at Berkeley computer science professor who’s now part of an effort to redesign the technology that underpins the Google empire. “Because of the crazy lopsidedness of that supply and demand, both companies hired many truly great people and both have done well in part because of that.”

 

Google and VMWare may seem like very different companies. One does web search. The other does virtual servers. But they’re more alike than you might think. Google’s search engine was successful in large part because the company built data-center technologies that could support such a massive application, and VMware is a company that reinvented the data center for the rest of the business world. In each case, they couldn’t have done so without the top engineers on the planet.


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5 Ways To Land Customers Who Don't Know They Need You (Yet) - Forbes

5 Ways To Land Customers Who Don't Know They Need You (Yet) - Forbes | Living | Scoop.it
Raul Pla offers a five-step plan for attracting new web customers, using Dropbox as a case study in success.
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In CA, Standardized Teacher Evaluations Trip Over Wealth Gap - New America Media

In CA, Standardized Teacher Evaluations Trip Over Wealth Gap - New America Media | Living | Scoop.it
New America Media is a nationwide association of over 3000 ethnic media organizations representing the development of a more inclusive journalism.
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PKTMNY launches out of beta to offer kids pre-paid debit cards and ways to manage their cash

PKTMNY launches out of beta to offer kids pre-paid debit cards and ways to manage their cash | Living | Scoop.it
The online space wants your kids pocket-money, and it's getting more competitive about it. Today sees the release of PKTMNY, where, as you might expect, kids can manage their finances ...
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A new route to large-scale quantum computing

A new route to large-scale quantum computing | Living | Scoop.it

Princeton researchers have developed a new method that may allow the quick and reliable transfer of quantum information throughout a computing device.
The method, formulated by a team led by Princeton physicist Jason Petta, could eventually allow engineers to design quantum computers consisting of millions of quantum bits, or qubits. So far, quantum researchers have only been able to manipulate small numbers of qubits, which are unfortunately insufficient for use with a practical machine.


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‘Brooklyn Castle,’ Directed by Katie Dellamaggiore

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The documentary “Brooklyn Castle,” directed by Katie Dellamaggiore, follows the chess-playing students of Intermediate School 318.
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Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips

Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips | Living | Scoop.it

The advent of the Internet, with sophisticated algorithmic search engines, has made accessing information as easy as lifting a finger. No longer do we have to make costly efforts to find the things we want. We can “Google” the old classmate, find articles online, or look up the actor who was on the tip of our tongue. The results of four studies suggest that when faced with difficult questions, people are primed to think about computers and that when people expect to have future access to information, they have lower rates of recall of the information itself and enhanced recall instead for where to access it. The Internet has become a primary form of external or transactive memory, where information is stored collectively outside ourselves.


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Geoff Mulgan "Openness and collective intelligence, its prospects and its challenges"

In his speech, Geoff Mulgan talks about collective intelligence and how we think about the idea of openness. Through several examples, he introduces a reflec...

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Why Education Startups Do Not Succeed

Why Education Startups Do Not Succeed | Living | Scoop.it
 I co-founded PrepMe in 2001. We were one of the first education companies online and the first purely online, personalized platform. We were acquired in 2011 by Providence Equity-backed Ascend Lea...
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Autism on the Rise and a Young Mother's Struggle - New America Media

Autism on the Rise and a Young Mother's Struggle - New America Media | Living | Scoop.it
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Why We Keep Getting the Same Old Ideas

Why We Keep Getting the Same Old Ideas | Living | Scoop.it

"Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabridge Uinvervtisy, it deosnt mttaer in waht oredr the litteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a ttoal mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is besauae ocne we laren how to raed we bgien to aargnre the lteerts in our mnid to see waht we epxcet tp see. The huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. We do tihs ucnsolniuscoy. (....)


"When information enters the mind, it self-organizes into patterns and ruts much like the hot water on butter. New information automatically flows into the preformed grooves. After a while, the channels become so deep it takes only a bit of information to activate an entire channel. This is the pattern recognition and pattern completion process of the brain. Even if much of the information is out of the channel, the pattern will be activated. The mind automatically corrects and completes the information to select and activate a pattern.This is why you can read the jumbled letters above as words.

 

This is also why when we sit down and try to will new ideas or solutions; we tend to keep coming up with the same-old, same-old ideas. Information is flowing down the same ruts and grooves making the same-old connections producing the same old ideas over and over again. Even tiny bits of information are enough to activate the same patterns over and over again. (...)

 

How then can we change our thinking patterns? Think again about the dish of butter with all the preformed channels. Creativity occurs when we tilt the dish in a different direction and force the water (information) to create new channels and make new connections with other channels. These new connections give you different ways to focus your attention and different ways to interpret whatever you are focusing on. Nature gets variation with genetic mutations. Creative thinkers get variation by conceptually combining dissimilar subjects which changes our thinking patterns and provides us with a variety of alternatives and conjectures. (...)"


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dephunked's comment, September 26, 2012 9:47 AM
Wlidcat,

...I´ve thought about how creative thinkers have been discriminated throughout modern civilization...

...as novelty naturally falls outside the norm, and modern civilization has been inherently, systematically norm-biased, I have this feeling that non-successful creatives have been subjected to significant social and systematic discrimination...

...top down bureaucratic organization shaped the social norm to disclude creativity, novelty thinking, and social evolution, the majority of those innately prone to innovation could count on little help and reward from the norm-biased surroundings... their life was a life of struggle...

...It´s unnatural for a creative neurotype to conform to the norm, the evolutionary origin and purpose of creativity is cultural evolution. Creativity evolves the norm, it cannot fit into it, and within the creative thinkers, the creative drive is stronger then the drive to conform...

...during my brief medical practice amongst those at the bottom of civilization, the homeless, I saw so much misunderstood potential, so much creativity and ingenuity and empathy, and so little recognition from their "society". Systematically discouraged and misunderstood, forced into poverty and stigma-generated alienation...

...in every one of them, I saw myself...


These social patterns are typical for many shortcomings of top-down bureaucracy, but I have a feeling that creative thinkers in particular have suffered from the hegemonic-ish norm. I haven´t found much literature about it, and I believe it´s important for society to acknowledge this, just as important as the pride movement to end and avow the discrimination of homosexuality. Important at least, as a reminder of the darker angels of our past.

...what do you think?
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Our Place in the World

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Tags: scale, K12, location. 


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Jacqueline Landry's curator insight, December 15, 2013 10:21 AM

As I am almost finished with my teacher degree I always look for great ideas that will help the students I will teach some day. This will be great for kids to get the concept of location and scale.  Scale is critical to know where something is, This is a great frame of reference.  

Luke Walker's curator insight, October 3, 2014 3:48 AM

An easy way to understand scale and location.

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Amol Rajan: We need books to stoke the fires of imagination

Amol Rajan: We need books to stoke the fires of imagination | Living | Scoop.it
A gloriously uplifting tale has crossed my desk, and there's so much guff and depressing nonsense in the news just now that I thought it only decent and proper to report it.
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