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Czech Republic's Ambassador

Czech Republic's Ambassador | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

"As many I was deeply shocked by the tragedy that occurred in Boston earlier this month...As more information on the origin of the alleged perpetrators is coming to light, I am concerned to note in the social media a most unfortunate misunderstanding in this respect.  The Czech Republic and Chechnya are two very different entities - the Czech Republic is a Central European country; Chechnya is a part of the Russian Federation."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 19, 2013 9:59 PM

The fact that this official statement was even made by the Ambassador of the Czech Republic is an indictment on the state of geo-literacy in the United States.   The Chechen President also made a statement, saying to "look for the root of evil in America."

Tony Hall's curator insight, April 21, 2013 8:17 AM

This is the reason that geography is important.

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Bienvenue sur Facebook. Connectez-vous, inscrivez-vous ou découvrez !

Bienvenue sur Facebook. Connectez-vous, inscrivez-vous ou découvrez ! | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it
Facebook est un réseau social qui vous relie à des amis, des collègues de travail, des camarades de classe ou d’autres personnes qui ont quelque chose à partager avec vous.
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100 billion step walk on the digits of pi

100 billion step walk on the digits of pi | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it
This is a walk made out of the first 100 billion digits of pi in base 4 with the following rules for the steps: - 0 right - 1 up - 2 left - 3 down The color indicates the path followed by the walk: it starts at red and moves up the spectrum...

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Beautify relationship with these five strategies

Beautify relationship with these five strategies | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

Researchers have reported five strategies that can help to improve the value of a cherished relationship.

This research has been published online in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

“Relationships are like cars in that you have to do certain things to keep them running, especially when your goal is to strengthen and preserve your bond with your partner,” Brian Ogolsky, a U of I professor of human and community development, said in a statement.

Researchers in this study worked on 35 research studies including 12,273 individual reports to check for the factors that are important in enhancing good relationships. They reported that the openness, positivity, assurances, shared tasks and a shared social network are the strategies that can be used to increase the beauty of a relationship.



Read more: http://saypeople.com/2013/01/10/beautify-relationship-with-these-five-strategies/#ixzz2HtJODtk6


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NASA - Dynamic Earth

A giant explosion of magnetic energy from the Sun, called a coronal mass ejection, slams into and is deflected completely by the Earth's powerful magnetic field. The Sun also continually sends out streams of light and radiation energy. Earth's atmosphere acts like a radiation shield, blocking quite a bit of this energy.

Much of the radiation energy that makes it through is reflected back into space by clouds, ice and snow and the energy that remains helps to drive the Earth system, powering a remarkable planetary engine – the climate. It becomes the energy that feeds swirling wind and ocean currents as cold air and surface waters move toward the equator and warm air and water moves toward the poles – all in an attempt to equalize temperatures around the world.


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Unexpected data from the Large Hadron Collider suggest the collisions may be producing a new type of matter

Unexpected data from the Large Hadron Collider suggest the collisions may be producing a new type of matter | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it
Collisions between protons and lead ions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have produced surprising behavior in some of the particles created by the collisions. The new observation suggests the collisions may have produced a new type of matter known as color-glass condensate.

 

When beams of particles crash into each other at high speeds, the collisions yield hundreds of new particles, most of which fly away from the collision point at close to the speed of light. However, the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) team at the LHC found that in a sample of 2 million lead-proton collisions, some pairs of particles flew away from each other with their respective directions correlated.

 

"Somehow they fly at the same direction even though it's not clear how they can communicate their direction with one another. That has surprised many people, including us," says MIT physics professor Gunther Roland, whose group led the analysis of the collision data along with Wei Li, a former MIT postdoc who is now an assistant professor at Rice University.

 

The MIT heavy-ion group, which includes Roland and MIT physics professors Bolek Wyslouch and Wit Busza, saw the same distinctive pattern in proton-proton collisions about two years ago. The same flight pattern is also seen when ions of lead or other heavy metals, such as gold and copper, collide with each other.

 

Those heavy-ion collisions produce a wave of quark gluon plasma, the hot soup of particles that existed for the first few millionths of a second after the Big Bang. In the collider, this wave sweeps some of the resulting particles in the same direction, accounting for the correlation in their flight paths.

 

It has been theorized that proton-proton collisions may produce a liquid-like wave of gluons, known as color-glass condensate. This dense swarm of gluons may also produce the unusual collision pattern seen in proton-lead collisions, says Raju Venugopalan, a senior scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Venugopalan and his former student Kevin Dusling theorized the existence of color-glass condensate shortly before the particle direction correlation was seen in proton-proton collisions. While protons at normal energy levels consist of three quarks, they tend to gain an accompanying cluster of gluons at higher energy levels. These gluons exist as both particles and waves, and their wave functions can be correlated with each other. This "quantum entanglement" explains how the particles that fly away from the collision can share information such as direction of flight path, Venugopalan says. The correlation is "a very tiny effect, but it's pointing to something very fundamental about how quarks and gluons are arranged spatially within a proton," he says.


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Engineers pave the way towards 3D printing of personal electronics

Engineers pave the way towards 3D printing of personal electronics | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

Scientists are developing new materials which could one day allow people to print out custom-designed personal electronics such as games controllers which perfectly fit their hand shape.

 

The University of Warwick researchers have created a simple and inexpensive conductive plastic composite that can be used to produce electronic devices using the latest generation of low-cost 3D printers designed for use by hobbyists and even in the home. The material, nicknamed ‘carbomorph’, enables users to lay down electronic tracks and sensors as part of a 3D printed structure – allowing the printer to create touch-sensitive areas for example, which can then be connected to a simple electronic circuit board.

 

So far the team has used the material to print objects with embedded flex sensors or with touch-sensitive buttons such as computer game controllers or a mug which can tell how full it is. The next step is to work on printing much more complex structures and electronic components including the wires and cables required to connect the devices to computers.

 

The research was led by Dr. Simon Leigh in the School of Engineering at the University of Warwick. Dr. Leigh said: “It’s always great seeing the complex and intricate models of devices such as mobile phones or television remote controls that can be produced with 3D printing, but that’s it, they are invariably models that don’t really function. “We set about trying to find a way in which we could actually print out a functioning electronic device from a 3D printer.

“In the long term, this technology could revolutionalise the way we produce the world around us, making products such as personal electronics a lot more individualised and unique and in the process reducing electronic waste.

 

“Designers could also use it to understand better how people tactilely interact with products by monitoring sensors embedded into objects. “However, in the short term I can see this technology having a major impact in the educational sector for example, allowing the next generation of young engineers to get hands-on experience of using advanced manufacturing technology to design fairly high-tech devices and products right there in the classroom.”

 

The printed sensors can be monitored using existing open-source electronics and freely available programming libraries. A major advantage of using 3D printing is that sockets for connection to equipment such as interface electronics can be printed out instead of connected using conductive glues or paints.


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20,000+ FREE Online Science and Technology Lectures from Top Universities | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

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Siegfried Holle's curator insight, July 4, 2014 8:45 AM

Your knowledge is your strength and power 

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Acceso gratuito a documentos de las mejores universidades del mundo

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WoW  .. Expand  your mind!! It has room to grow!!! 

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Your brain on video games [TEDTalks]

How do fast-paced video games affect the brain? Step into the lab with cognitive researcher Daphne Bavelier to hear surprising news about how video games, even action-packed shooter games, can help us learn, focus and, fascinatingly, multitask.


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cheyann keith's curator insight, February 21, 2014 1:02 PM

video  game make it easy for you 

Matija Sprogar's curator insight, March 7, 2014 7:39 PM

Yeah, but just leap into the first multiplayer Mario platformer set in a 3D world! Play as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad—each with their own special skills—in the all-new Sprixie Kingdom. At http://s.shr.lc/19obdCc

Sara SJagini's curator insight, May 5, 2014 7:22 AM

Action game players show better visual and attention skills than those who do not play video games

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Mood Music: Music May Physically Block Out Pain

Mood Music: Music May Physically Block Out Pain | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it
Not to be outdone by "runner's high", music has been found to increase endorphins and increase a body's threshold for pain.

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Infinite Jukebox plays your favorite songs forever

Infinite Jukebox plays your favorite songs forever | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

 

You know those songs that you love so much that you cry because they're over? Well, cry no more with the Inifinite Jukebox by Paul Lamere. Inspired by Infinite Gangnam Style, the Infinite Jukebox lets you upload a song, and it'll figure out how to cut the beats and piece them back together for a version of that song that goes forever.


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Need a Self-Control Boost? Gargle with Sugar Water!

Need a Self-Control Boost? Gargle with Sugar Water! | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

If you’re struggling to keep your self-control on track, keep a bottle of lemonade made with real sugar handy. You won’t have to drink it, just swish and gargle when you’re feeling like giving up. That’s the finding of new research published in the journal Psychological Science.


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The Geography of Chechnya

The Geography of Chechnya | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it
The Caucasus region, dominated by the imposing Great Caucasus mountain range and stretching between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, has long been known as one of the world’s ethnically and linguistically most diverse areas.

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Marissa Roy's curator insight, November 19, 2013 10:16 AM

Most Americans had never heard Chechnya before the Boston bombing in April 2013. Now, most think that it is full of America-hating terriosts. However, Chechnya is so very complex and diverse a place, that it is ludacris to think that. Over 100 languages are spoken in the country. The southern half speaks languages such as Georgian, Svan and Mingrelian. Turkish, Iranian and Chechens are the languages you will probably hear in the North. Another misconception is that there are many Christians in Chechnya as well as Muslims. This country is made up of so many different groups, it is incredible. 

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, March 3, 2014 9:27 AM

It is amazing to consider such a small area (the size of New England) could hold such a vast area of languages.  The mountainous region certainly helps in creating such diversity as it isolated villages from each other in the ages before modern communication and travel.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 15, 2014 6:46 PM

This map does a fantastic job of highlighting the cultural diversity within Russia and the former Soviet states. Understanding how these cultural regions overlap one another is paramount in understanding the region's tensions and the repercussions that result including Chechen terrorism in Russia and even in America (Boston bombings).

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Herding Cats: Quote of the Day

Herding Cats: Quote of the Day | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

One accurate measurement is worth more than a thousand expert opinions - Admiral Grace Hopper . I once carried Admiral Hopper's bags, or tried to carry her bags. She came to speak at our...


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Democracy, Terrorism and the Secret State | Global Research

Democracy, Terrorism and the Secret State | Global Research | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

The nature, necessity and scope of the miscellany of powers exercised by the state over the nation is in one sense arguably as contentious in the contemporary circumstances of the Western world as it was in the distant pre-democratic medieval past.

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Scientists use Twitter as a medium to be 'open and honest'

Scientists use Twitter as a medium to be 'open and honest' | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it
A scientist has started a Twitter feed using the hashtag "#overlyhonestmethods" to allow researchers, openly or anonymously, to profess some of the background to their research.

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Warp Speed: What Hyperspace Would Really Look Like

Warp Speed: What Hyperspace Would Really Look Like | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it
Sci-fi films often get it wrong, physicists say.

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New tunable material hides from infrared cameras

New tunable material hides from infrared cameras | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

Now you see it, now you don’t.


A new device invented at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) can absorb 99.75 percent of infrared light that shines on it. When activated, it appears black to infrared cameras.


Composed of just a 180-nanometer-thick layer of vanadium dioxide (VO2) on top of a sheet of sapphire, the device reacts to temperature changes by reflecting dramatically more or less infrared light. This perfect absorber is ultrathin, tunable, and exceptionally well suited for use in a range of infrared optical devices.

 

Perfect absorbers have been created many times before, but not with such versatile properties. In a Fabry-Pérot cavity, for instance, two mirrors sandwich an absorbing material, and light simply reflects light back and forth until it’s mostly all gone. Other devices incorporate surfaces with nanoscale metallic patterns that trap and eventually absorb the light.


“Our structure uses a highly unusual approach, with better results,” says principal investigator Federico Capasso, Robert L. Wallace Professor of Applied Physics and Vinton Hayes Senior Research Fellow in Electrical Engineering at SEAS. “We exploit a kind of naturally disordered metamaterial, along with thin-film interference effects, to achieve one of the highest absorption rates we’ve ever seen. Yet our perfect absorber is structurally simpler than anything tried before, which is important for many device applications.”
With collaborators at Harvard and at the University of California, San Diego, Capasso’s research group took advantage of surprising properties in both of the materials they used.

 

Vanadium dioxide is normally an insulating material, meaning that it does not conduct electricity well. Take it from room temperature up to about 68 degrees Celsius, however, and it undergoes a dramatic transition. The crystal quickly rearranges itself as the temperature approaches a critical value. Metallic islands appear as specks, scattered throughout the material, with more and more appearing until it has become uniformly metallic.


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SABRE engine passes milestone tests

SABRE engine passes milestone tests | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

The team from UK firm Reaction Engines announced this morning that the SABRE engine technology, which could power a reusable spaceplane known as Skylon capable of entering orbit without additional rockets, had been proven in tests evaluated by the European Space Agency (ESA).

 

Reaction Engines has been testing the SABRE heat exchanger and anti-frost system using a standard jet turbine engine. The company called the technology, which could also lead to supersonic flights from Europe to Australia in four hours, ‘the biggest breakthrough in aerospace propulsion since the invention of the jet engine’.


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Fully 3D Printable Gun ('Wiki Weapon') Waiting on Firearms License

Fully 3D Printable Gun ('Wiki Weapon') Waiting on Firearms License | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it
Prototypes of what would be the world's first fully 3D-printable plastic weapon could go into testing before the end of the year, the organization behind the controversial project has claimed.

"We're ready," said Cody Wilson, a spokesman for Defense Distributed, the company that hopes to manufacture the "Wiki Weapon". "We're sitting on the logistics, time, resources and money. We're just waiting on a little piece of paper."

That little piece of paper is a federal firearms license , the permit that is needed to legally make and manufacture firearms in the United States. Barring an unexpected issue, Wilson expects the license will be granted within the next two or three weeks. Initially, the group planned to create prototypes without a license, but after the media discovered the Wiki Weapon, the group has been under increased scrutiny and several problems have threatened to derail the project.


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Bug inspires self-filling bottle

Bug inspires self-filling bottle | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it
A US start-up aims to mimic a desert beetle to create a self-filling water bottle capable of drawing moisture from the air.

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Basil Skewers, Holy Cheeses and Sorbets of Summer

Basil Skewers, Holy Cheeses and Sorbets of Summer | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

easy vegetarian snacks and/or finger foods, no cooking required...

 

“There are no facts, only interpretations.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche


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The Power of your Amazing Brain

The Power of your Amazing Brain | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

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Susan Gingras Fitzell's curator insight, January 13, 2013 10:30 AM

How we use our brains, how we keep our brains healthy, how we learn and critically think, all have significant impact on our career success.

Susan Gingras Fitzell's curator insight, January 13, 2013 10:32 AM

How we use our brains, how we keep our brains healthy, how we learn and critically think, all have significant impact on our school success.