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Kids With Rare Disease May Hold Secret to Stopping Viruses - NBC News

Kids With Rare Disease May Hold Secret to Stopping Viruses - NBC News | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
A brother and sister with an extremely rare genetic condition have a stunning ability to fight off viruses — an ability that could lead to a new family of an...
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... the same mutation that’s caused their health troubles also manages to cripple viruses, preventing them from setting up an infection. The children are practically immune to many viral infections...


...The mutation prevents the children’s bodies from finishing a very basic biological function called glycosylation, which is the process of attaching sugars to proteins. “It affects almost every organ, every function of the body,” Rosenzweig said.

 

It also blocks viruses, because viruses are not complete organisms. They can’t do anything without first hijacking a cell...


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Meet Shunmyo Masuno, Zen priest and modern garden designer ...

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Masuno garden Zen Buddhist priest Shunmyo Masuno of the Kenkoh-ji Temple in Yokohama is the man behind some of the most breathtaking modern gardens in urban Japan. He is also the last active garden designer in his ...

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My favorite designer....

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This Amazing High-Rise Apartment Building Looks Like A Giant Tree

This Amazing High-Rise Apartment Building Looks Like A Giant Tree | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it

 

With balconies budding like leaves, no one could complain for lack of outdoor space in this building in France.
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Looking a little like a giant white pinecone, the design for this new high-rise apartment building in Montpellier, France, uses strategically placed balconies and shades to give residents the maximum outdoor space without blocking views or taking up too much room on the ground.

 

“We wanted to preserve the site as much as possible,” says Manal Rachdi, whose architecture firm worked on the project with Sou Fujimoto andNicolas Laisné Associates. “The idea is to have, in this urban landscape, a continuity from an existing park to our site.”

Inspired by the shape of a tree, the architects used a smaller footprint for the base and “leaves” expanding outward on higher floors. 

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BOSS Sports | Kobe’s Trayvon Martin Remarks Puts Unarmed Blacks Recently Killed In Media Spotlight

BOSS Sports | Kobe’s Trayvon Martin Remarks Puts Unarmed Blacks Recently Killed In Media Spotlight | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
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...A common theme throughout the 8 young mens’ profiles who are no longer with us is that they were upstanding members in their communities, never known to carry weapons, although in many of their cases they were accused of having weapons that were never found, and the officers involved in their murders were often found guilty of wrongdoing by independent investigators but more often than not faced little to no reprimand for their actions.  No justice, just unjust death...

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Arrogance as a paradoxical moment in philosophical life

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One common excess marks the character of most good philosophical friends and conversation partners. That excess is arrogance.The path of philosophical life is not desired by the ignoramus. And it c...
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...the path of philosophical life is desired by the arrogant man for he believes it to be the best form of life and he wants it for himself. And yet, such a path cannot be disclosed to him until he is humbled. Humbling occurs not least when he recognizes that he has been a fool. For many years, a fool. Many years spent in vain. Philosophy brings him to confront his foolishness and to feel shame for having lived this way.... This turning is the beginning...

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Blogging can be a release from all the structural pressures corroding the creative impulse in academic writing.

Blogging can be a release from all the structural pressures corroding the creative impulse in academic writing. | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
Mark Carrigan untangles the mixture of creativity and routine when academics sit down to convey complex thoughts. Waiting for the organic moment of inspiration when deadlines loom can be unreliable...
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Tim Freke - Part 2 - Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview - YouTube

Also see http://batgap.com/tim-freke/ Tim is a philosopher or 'lover of wisdom' who is pioneering a simple new way to experience a profound spiritual awakeni...
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Is The Bible Belt Losing Its Religion?

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Douthat recently addressed (NYT) an oft-invoked paradox of American life – that social scientists associate religious faith with a number of social goods, from personal well-being to participation ...
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Fangs For The Fantasy: Dystopians: The Leadership of Cis, Straight, White, Able-Bodied Men.

Fangs For The Fantasy: Dystopians: The Leadership of Cis, Straight, White, Able-Bodied Men. | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
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How #QuitLit Became a Genre in These 9 Headlines - digi-flânerie

How #QuitLit Became a Genre in These 9 Headlines - digi-flânerie | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
The academic job market sucks, and it sucks hardest for the humanities. Sad to say, that inelegant statement is the most irrefutable one I’ll ever make. And while the stifling climate of higher education shows some signs of improving, at least when the blogosphere turns virally optimistic, the conditions remain so ominous that many are …
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This Man Took 445 Photobooth Portraits of Himself Over 30 Years, and Nobody Knows Why

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A mystery in 20th-century selfies
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Steve Case: In the third wave of the Internet, startups will need to work with governments

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People have been wondering what "Web 3.0" would look like since, well, people started saying "Web 2.0." Will it be wearable Internet goggles? Connected everything? Ephemeral anonymous dating apps? ...
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In Web 3.0 "...the new breed of startups will expand this “third wave” beyond simple services of convenience like Uber and Seamless to less trivial fields like education and health-care.

 

“It requires a different skill set with more partnership, more understanding of government and policy,” Case says. “To have a significant impact, you need to understand that government’s going to play a role. More than you’d like.”

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The Dangers of Victimizing Ph.D.'s

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No one but you is forcing you to accept low-paid adjunct work.
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To summarize the piece: If you don't like it, you are free to do something else. Market yourself differently beyond the academy. Don't blame the graduate program for not spending any time advising you to think of other things to do outside the academy.  Take charge of your life.

My take on it: Actually, I think you can blame a professional MA/PhD program that does not spend at least 1/5 of its professional development seminars and workshops on options other than academia. Nobody in the Academy is ignorant of the current situation. NOBODY. Those who advise should be offering encouragement early on in the career of graduate students to be wide roaming in looking at where their opportunities may lie. . 

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Carbon Dioxide Levels Climb Into Uncharted Territory for Humans - Highest since 800,000 Years

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The amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere has exceeded 402 parts per million (ppm) during the past two days of observations, which is higher than at any time in at least the past 800,000 years, according to readings from monitoring equipment on a mountaintop in Hawaii. Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is the most important long-lived greenhouse gas responsible for manmade global warming, and it is building up in the atmosphere due to the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas.

 

Once emitted, a single molecule of carbon dioxide can remain aloft for hundreds of years, which means that the effects of today's industrial activities will be felt for the next several centuries, if not thousands of years. Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, such as methane, warm the planet by absorbing and redirecting outgoing solar radiation that would otherwise escape back into space.

 

In 2013, atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide briefly hit 400 ppm for the first time in mid-May, but this year that symbolic threshold has been crossed even earlier. This means it is more likely that the annual peak, which typically occurs in mid-to-late May, will climb further above 400 ppm for the first time.

 

Although crossing above 400 ppm is largely a symbolic milestone, scientific research indicates that the higher that carbon dioxide concentrations get, the more global temperatures will increase, resulting in a wide range of damaging effects. These impacts will range from global sea level rise to a heightened risk of heat waves, severe droughts and floods, according to a recently released comprehensive assessment of climate science produced by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

 

Modern carbon dioxide monitoring began in 1958 on the peak of Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano, which is more than two miles high. At that time, carbon dioxide concentrations were at just 313 ppm. They have risen rapidly and steadily since then, both at Mauna Loa and at other observatories around the world. The chart documenting this rise is perhaps the most iconic in all of climate science, known as the "Keeling Curve" for Charles David Keeling, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientist who began and maintained the monitoring program.


According to the Keeling Curve website, carbon dioxide concentrations spiked to 402.20 parts per million on April 7, whereas data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) showed a slightly lower level of 402.11 parts per million on the same day. Both data sets indicate that daily carbon dioxide measurements have been at or above 400 ppm since March 29, and the graph appears on course to stay above 400 ppm throughout the rest of the month and into the next.


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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, April 11, 2014 2:46 PM

For such an intelligent species, we are certainly slow learners. Thanks for this articulation of the issue.

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Insect Nervous System Copied To Boost Computing Power

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Brains are the most powerful computers known. Now microchips built to mimic insects' nervous systems have been shown to successfully tackle technical computing problems like object recognition and data mining, researchers say.
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BOSS Sports | Texas Is Paying $9.375M To Get Their New Black Head Coach

BOSS Sports | Texas Is Paying $9.375M To Get Their New Black Head Coach | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
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College football and basketball are professional sports. Players should be paid and the teams should be spun off from their schools as minor leagues. Universities could continue to have an ownership stake in the teams with dividends and bonuses going toward lowering tuition for all students and giving professors raises. 

 

...The astronomical pay for these coaches and their ability to leave a program at a moment’s notice opens the discussion for college athletes and compensation. At one time this was considered blasphemous, but with the proliferation of the dollars being earned, coaches salaries, and peripheral money being made by college sports – anything is possible. Just recently the Northwestern Football team has been approved to unionize. Just look at March Madness and the billion dollars it is reported to earn...

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Philosophy in the Popular Imagination | Issue 101 | Philosophy Now

Philosophy in the Popular Imagination | Issue 101 | Philosophy Now | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
Andrew Taggart is philosophical about a widespread misperception of philosophy.
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...To do philosophy in the public sphere today is to be immediately put on the defensive, and in most cases, to stand in the wrong. And yet, how we got to this point where philosophy has been put on all fours – either fetishized as being beyond the real world or vilified for playing no part in it – still needs to be explained. A first modest step would be to get straight in our minds how many lay people conceive of philosophy, and why this (mis)conception should matter to those of us who believe, somewhat antiquely, in the life of the mind...

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Community Post: 10 'The Little Prince' Quotes We Should All Live By

Community Post: 10 'The Little Prince' Quotes We Should All Live By | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
I have compiled my top 10 quotes from Antoine De Saint-Exupery's 'The Little Prince', and explained why I think they are essential to live an honorable and meaningful life. This book ch...
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You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed.
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Tim Freke - Part 1 - Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview - YouTube

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Prometheus Dismembered: Bataille on Van Gogh, or The Window in the Bataille Restaurant

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This essay will be presented at the APA Central Conference of the Karl Jaspers Society of North America in the Palmer House, Chicago. The Karl Jaspers Society Conference will focus upon the recepti...
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"...Bataille invites us to consider Van Gogh, wearing the mask of Prometheus, on two occasions, in 1930 and 1937, with his ‘Sacrificial Mutilation and the Severed Ear of Vincent Van Gogh’ and ‘Van Gogh as Prometheus’, respectively.  In each instance, the text is preceded by a rupture with Breton: the castigation of ‘M. Bataille’ in the Second Surrealist Manifesto, who, it is prophesied, would eventually submit to Hegel;; and the dissolution of Contre-Attaque amidst the occult conjuration of the secret society Acephalae..."

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Artificial intelligence 'will take the place of humans within five years' - Telegraph

Artificial intelligence 'will take the place of humans within five years' - Telegraph | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
Salespeople, call centre staff and customer service personnel could all be replaced by computers within the next few years, claims one technology entrepreneur.
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The Truth About Photography and Brown Skin

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Photography is the science and art of creating images using light. But if you've ever seen oddly-colored pictures of Gabourey Sidibe, Lupita Nyong'o or Beyoncé, you know that when it comes to dark skin, photography has issues.
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Binghamton University - The Implications of Hydraulic Fracturing for Creating Sustainable Communities

Binghamton University - The Implications of Hydraulic Fracturing for Creating Sustainable Communities | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
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My friends @adambriggle and @tothesungod will be presenting at this conference.

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To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society

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Why haven't education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Overhauling the educational paradigm means replacing the metaphor — the concept of the world and its inhabitants as machine-like entities — that has shaped the education system, as well as many other aspects of our culture.
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"...The emphasis has been on feeding children static information and rewarding them for doing only what they’re told, instead of helping them develop the transferable, higher-order skills they need to become life-long learners and thrive in an uncertain future...


"This approach — a product of the Industrial Age, which relied on compliant factory workers and mass consumption — promotes weakness rather than strength. It has become even more regimented (and thus more disempowering) in recent years due to a lack of trust. Adults who feel hard-pressed to predict or control their own destinies, and who feel confused about the “big issues of life,” Abbott notes, are less willing to give children the time and space they need to shape their own futures.

 

"Unfortunately, he adds, this approach to education goes against the grain of how young people learn. Research has confirmed what most parents of young children can already see for themselves — that children areborn to learn, rather than to be taught, as Abbott puts it..."


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