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The best science and technology pictures of the week

The best science and technology pictures of the week | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
The most impressive pictures from the last seven days, including award-winning wildlife shots, bionic men and Saturn in amazing detail.
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For those interested in Photojournalism, these photos are amazing. They are really beautiful and i thought they would be interesting to people interested in photogrphy

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The 10 Most Polluted Cities in the World | TIME.com

The 10 Most Polluted Cities in the World | TIME.com | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
Four of them are in Iran (RT @ashoswai: The 10 Most Polluted Cities in the World http://t.co/mYCtezPlJP)
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I found this interesting because i expected more African cities to be listed but only one was listed. It also made me think of how pollution is affecting everyone on earth and we take likely when we throw away our unwanted iPads or clothes.

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National Bullying Prevention Month: How Technology Makes It Worse

National Bullying Prevention Month: How Technology Makes It Worse | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
When we were growing up there were bullies. Nobody liked to be bullied, but it was a fact of life that you had to deal with kids that weren’t very nice. Now, schools are so anti-bullying that anyth...
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This article on bullying would be pretty useful to a person doing a story on technology and bullying.

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After-school clubs try to close science, math gap - The Detroit News

After-school clubs try to close science, math gap - The Detroit News | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
Northdallasgazette After-school clubs try to close science, math gap The Detroit News It may sound like an art project, but the sixth-grader is actually learning about science, technology, engineering and math as part of an after-school club at...
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This article made me think of what a club like this could achieve in African countries, closer to home for the youth of Grahamstown. Clubs like this could improve the education of South Africa.

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All Facebook Users Will Now Appear in Search

All Facebook Users Will Now Appear in Search | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
Yesterday, Facebook announced that it is officially ending the privacy setting that allowed users to hide themselves from showing up in Facebook search.

Via Bonnie Burns
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I am not sure of how I feel about Facebook's new privacy policy or lack thereof. Already people's privacy is not very secure on Facebook and this implementation will make users more vulnerable and susceptable to unnecessary exposure.http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/10/facebook-search-privacy/

 

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Keith Meyer's curator insight, October 12, 2013 6:47 PM

FYI for all those facebook users who are concerned about their privact settings........This information is of extreme IMPORTANCE.

 

robyns tut's curator insight, October 14, 2013 10:00 AM

Why are they getting rid of it. Did people even know this setting existed?

-Tanah

poojarajput's curator insight, October 15, 2013 5:08 AM

http://www.jagran.com/lifestyle/technology-news-hindi.html

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ICTs for Education Initiatives

ICTs for Education Initiatives | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it

All too often it is simply taken for granted that such programmes must be successful, and that they will unquestionably lead to an improvement in education.  I find this deeply worrying, because one of the few things that we really know is that the majority of ICT for education initiatives in developing countries have actually been disappointing failures – at least as far as delivering effective educational change is concerned.

 


Via Nik Peachey
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This article is particularly pertinent to the online piece that I am working on. I also agree with Mr Unwin that if technological integration in school's is to be made effective, then tteachers need to be taught how to facilitate technology in a meaningful why, through the provision of workshops.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 14, 2013 8:12 AM

A well written and thought out article with some really good tips for any school.

David Smart's curator insight, October 16, 2013 8:21 AM

I see this first hand  where I teach in Colombia

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Apple Eyes 13-Inch iPad Hybrid? 8 Signs

Apple Eyes 13-Inch iPad Hybrid? 8 Signs | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it

As Mac sales fall, clues mount that Apple is prepping a 13-inch iPad-laptop hybrid. Microsoft, HP and Dell can't be happy about that.


Via François-Xavier Schaeffer
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Seems like Apple has decided to look into answering Microsoft's surface tablets. Might be a bit redundant, considering the Macbook Air and original iPads already exist, but exploring the differences between this idea and the Microsoft counterpart might be quite insightful.

Nandi

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François-Xavier Schaeffer's curator insight, October 13, 2013 4:19 AM

When Apple announced the iPhone 5s, it called the processor ‘desktop-class. Apple's been thinking about laptop-tablet convergence for a long time. With it's 64-bit A7 processor, is a very clear signal that it will converge the iPad and the MacBook Air in an iPad-laptop hybrid.

Romeo Quijano's curator insight, October 13, 2013 10:14 AM

Undoubthly this could means a big success for the company!

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Top 10 Tech This Week

Top 10 Tech This Week | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
A look at the newest and most innovative tech and gadgets that was announced or released this week.

Via Tiaan Jonker
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I think its amazing how the new technology that's being invented is being invented with the purpose of safety and security in mind as well as being able to assist in ones health. Especially in a time when health is such a huge factor in society with children from a very young age becoming obese and suffering from eating disorders.
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robyns tut's curator insight, October 14, 2013 9:59 AM

The tikker one reminds me too much of the movie "in time". It would be good to find out how they plan on counting life expectancy and if they can predict if a bus is going to hit you tomorrow, or is this more of a scare factor. Who would actually buy this product? Also with the Push workout device, why would people need it when they can get a trainer, does it work out cheaper?  The children app isn't of much importance to university students.

-Tanah

Constance Jones Collier's curator insight, October 14, 2013 8:43 PM

all I can say is WOW!!

oussama kebbous's curator insight, October 20, 2013 7:03 AM

cooooool

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Social Media & The Law – 11 Things You Need to Know Now

Social Media & The Law – 11 Things You Need to Know Now | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
At TopRank Online Marketing, our Monday mornings are usually filled with lots and lots of coffee, the clicking and clacking of keyboards being furiously typed

Via Bonnie Burns
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It is important to know the laws when it comes to social media and the internet as it is still relatively new and so we need to be informed about what we can and can't do. It is also important to know these things as most people have not realised the implications of online plagarism and insults towards others. All users of social media and the internet should read this article. - Sara

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Al Gregorios's curator insight, October 6, 2013 12:26 AM

Great tips from top rank blog they really outline some great points about social media. Now most people are going social and it's one of the most effective marketing strategy that most companies do to increase brand awarenes and sales.

 

So now are you doing the right social media marketing efforts? Does it drives sales to your business? If not, you probably doing something wrong. I suggest you read this blog and see which of the things you're wrong. 

 

I really encourage companies to push more effort on social since Google just sent out another update that focuses on long tail keywords and lower the valueof generic keywords. Social media marketing will help you target those longtails since the majority of traffic today are viraly increasing on social media platforms.

 

Just a little tip from me your SEO Specialist Al Gregorios.

Hanin Abu Al Rub's curator insight, October 6, 2013 1:32 AM
Here its Sundays... ;)
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How to unfreeze a frozen phone | TechHive

How to unfreeze a frozen phone | TechHive | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
Where are the Ctrl-Alt-Del keys when you need them?

Via Tiaan Jonker
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This is a useful article, as phones are always unreliable and freeze. Most of the time you don't know what to do when your phone freezes, so here are some helpful hints. - Sara

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Pamela Hall's curator insight, October 10, 2013 8:32 AM

Luckily, I haven't needed to do this often.

poojarajput's curator insight, October 15, 2013 5:08 AM

http://www.jagran.com/lifestyle/technology-news-hindi.html

robyns tut's comment, October 16, 2013 2:14 AM
while technonlgy is great when it works when it doesnt we dont know what to do and this is helpful as it teaches us how to solve the problem ourselves without having to take it to someone to fix a minor problem - shannon wilson
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How to Learn a Language Quickly

How to Learn a Language Quickly | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
Simulations show that you can learn the meaning of words rapidly if you assume that every object has only one word associated with it.

Via Sakis Koukouvis
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This helps greatly with language students here at rhodes. Find out what is the difference between this learning style and the ordinary ones and what ordinary language learning styles are.

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Ro Atkinson's curator insight, November 21, 2013 4:06 PM

I saw this a while ago and forgot about it.  It is not a method towards perfect language learning but it is a route to sufficient language learning.

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How to opt out of Google's new policy allowing it to use your personal information

How to opt out of Google's new policy allowing it to use your personal information | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it

On Friday Google altered its Terms of Service to give itself permission to take users' Google+ profile names and pictures and use them in advertisements for Google products, reviews and other commercial offerings. Here is how to opt-out.


Via François-Xavier Schaeffer
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This was really sneaky of them considering people who don't read about google wouldn't know it was done. They should send emails to all their clients. What were the reasons behind this.

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harish magan's comment, October 24, 2013 6:57 AM
Google can allow to do any thing to safe guard yourself.
robyns tut's curator insight, November 25, 2013 7:15 AM

The fact that Google can do something like this is worrying for those people who do not wish to be found by somebody, I hope that this news as to how to opt-out makes its way across the globe quickly- Justine Pearce

François-Xavier Schaeffer's curator insight, February 28, 8:58 AM

Your personal information is valuable. There are ways to control what information Google records, or opting out altogether.

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Top 10 Tech This Week

Top 10 Tech This Week | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
A look at the newest and most innovative tech and gadgets that was announced or released this week.

Via Tiaan Jonker
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The tikker one reminds me too much of the movie "in time". It would be good to find out how they plan on counting life expectancy and if they can predict if a bus is going to hit you tomorrow, or is this more of a scare factor. Who would actually buy this product? Also with the Push workout device, why would people need it when they can get a trainer, does it work out cheaper?  The children app isn't of much importance to university students.

-Tanah

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Constance Jones Collier's curator insight, October 14, 2013 8:43 PM

all I can say is WOW!!

robyns tut's curator insight, October 15, 2013 12:05 AM
I think its amazing how the new technology that's being invented is being invented with the purpose of safety and security in mind as well as being able to assist in ones health. Especially in a time when health is such a huge factor in society with children from a very young age becoming obese and suffering from eating disorders.
oussama kebbous's curator insight, October 20, 2013 7:03 AM

cooooool

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Underwater Wi-Fi may soon be a reality because why not?

Underwater Wi-Fi may soon be a reality because why not? | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
Underwater Wi-Fi may soon become a reality thanks to researchers from the University of Buffalo. (RT @Scanyours: #science Underwater Wi-Fi may soon be a reality because why not?
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This was interesting because it was somewhat related to the topic i chose for my online article, Project Loon. It is interesting how much there so much focus on getting internet across the globe whilst some countries are at war or starving. 

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20 best iPhone and iPad apps this week

20 best iPhone and iPad apps this week | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
Bob Dylan Bootlegs, Device 6, Microsoft Remote Desktop, Oyster, Room on the Broom Games, Hop, 50 years of the National Theatre and more.
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This is a breakdown of the 20 best iPhone and iPad, it could be useful to someone who is doing an article on iPads and iPhones. And it is an interesting article.

 Melissa T Zisengwe

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How To Science Blog - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com

How To Science Blog - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
Long-term readers will know that I've offered various writing tips over the years: how I write, how to keep it brief, why blogs fail and how to avoid that (Same advice/challenges apply to any kind of academic blogging --> "How To Science Blog" ...
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This article could be useful to people who want to blog about science. Since we were doing blogging i thought that someone could use it if they are interested in science blogging.

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Wearable technology like Google Glass will cause destructive cybercrime in 2020

Wearable technology like Google Glass will cause destructive cybercrime in 2020 | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
Project 2020 movie warns of impending cyber security risks (Wearable technology like Google Glass will cause destructive cybercrime in 2020- The Inquirer http://t.co/RHXHRxRYa3 via @INQ)...
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I liked this article because it is related to the serminar we had during this courser about the internet and personal information. I also liked it because it puts emphasis on Cybercrime even though it's in a movie, it shows what the results of technology could be in the near future. 

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How Twitter’s New DM Will Impact Brand Marketing

How Twitter’s New DM Will Impact Brand Marketing | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
Early analyses tend to conclude that Twitter's new DM is good for brands, good for spammers and bad for consumers. Learn why.

Via Bonnie Burns
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I think this development on Twitter (DM), is actually a good idea because personally I find it irritating when I need to DM someone and I cannot because they do not follow me back. And as a result I have to mention them on public, which defeats the whole purpose of a private conversation. https://support.twitter.com/articles/14606-posting-or-deleting-direct-messages

 

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Bonnie Burns's curator insight, October 16, 2013 8:22 AM

A Twitter user reported that Twitter plans to let users opt in to receive DMs from anyone, regardless whether that person follows back or not. Traditionally, two users had to mutually follow each other for DM to work. Now that no longer has to be the case.

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Social Media Project Monitors Keywords to Prevent Suicide

Social Media Project Monitors Keywords to Prevent Suicide | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it

A Boston-based project is using predictive analysis technology to comb through social media posts in hopes of preventing suicide.

 

The opt-in Durkheim Project combines search technology with predictive analysis to estimate the suicide risk of an individual based on what he or she is posting on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Already in collaboration with Facebook, the Durkheim Project is currently gathering social media data from participating active duty military members and veterans.


Via Josué Cardona
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This could be really helpful in preventing future incidents of suicide due to cyberbullying or other causes. If the project has success among the US army veterans, we could see it being implimented worldwide.

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Jess Gronholm's curator insight, August 28, 2013 11:26 AM

This is pretty cool - probably the best use for analyzing social media keywords to date!

Maxx Johnson's curator insight, September 17, 2013 9:03 PM

Still good...

Deandra Covington's curator insight, June 28, 6:09 PM

This is probably the neatest way to utilize social media to benefit our troops. The Durkhein Project is testing for mental illnesses by analyzing social media communication. Many people with mental illness want to be heard, but that doesn't mean they will just come out and say it or try to get the help they need. By finding key words or phrases, we may be able to eventually find who has PTSD or who is contemplating suicide.


While they have built a complete science around this, my only concern is that they might pinpoint the wrong people every once in a while. If they do, and their command is notified, could it affect their career? I suppose this is dependent on how they decide to deal with alerts if this is implemented. I think it is important to maintain that clinical intervention would be necessary first and only allow the member's command in if it is verified that the person is suicidal. 


With that said, I give tremendous kudos to this project. People that have a mental illness usually try to let people know they need help in some way or another. The Durkhein Project can help us better able to pinpoint these signs. 

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Samsung Galaxy Round officially announced: curved 5.7-inch OLED 1080p display, 3GB of RAM

Samsung Galaxy Round officially announced: curved 5.7-inch OLED 1080p display, 3GB of RAM | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it

Announced earlier this week, the Samsung Galaxy Round isn't your typical Samsung device. While it clearly resembles the other Galaxy-branded handsets, this Android smartphone is the first to sport a horizontally curved display. According to Samsung, the Round uses a flexible full-HD Super AMOLED display which doesn't actually bend, but is instead locked into a gentle curve that is likely to fit more comfortably in your palm.


Via François-Xavier Schaeffer
robyns tut's insight:

Personally, I don't see the appeal in a curved phone, but the modifications to both internal and external harware could be rather interesting compared to the streamlined structure of a conventional cell phone. 

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François-Xavier Schaeffer's curator insight, October 13, 2013 4:38 AM

Samsung unveils what is widely considered as the world's first curved display smartphone.

poojarajput's curator insight, October 17, 2013 3:20 AM

http://www.jagran.com/lifestyle/technology-news-hindi.html

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LG's Flexible Smartphone Display To Go Into Mass Production | Geeky Gadgets

LG's Flexible Smartphone Display To Go Into Mass Production | Geeky Gadgets | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
Earlier today we heard that Samsung are expected to announce their new flexible display smartphone shortly, LG also has a flexible smartphone in the works.

Via Tiaan Jonker
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This is so interesting. Where we once had bulky brick cellphones, now they are as thin as paper. - Sara

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robyns tut's curator insight, October 8, 2013 7:19 AM

Interesting concept. Could be useful to people like me who are constantly breaking expensive electronic devices. 

Nandi

poojarajput's curator insight, October 15, 2013 5:09 AM

http://www.jagran.com/lifestyle/technology-news-hindi.html

Richard Platt's curator insight, October 19, 2013 9:45 AM

More flexible screens - expect to see more of this in the wearable domain

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Apple iPhone 5s camera shines for National Geographic photographer

Apple iPhone 5s camera shines for National Geographic photographer | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it

Longtime National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson left his DSLR behind on a hiking trip through Scotland in favor of an iPhone 5s, and concluded that Apple's latest flagship handset includes "a very capable camera."


Via François-Xavier Schaeffer
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It is great to see how technology is moving forward, in that we don't need to carry around bulky DSLR cameras. It is amazing how fast the camera phone has grown over time, first they didn't even have flashes  and now they are just as good as DSLR cameras. - Sara

 

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Romeo Quijano's curator insight, October 9, 2013 10:25 AM

Apple... a brand as it only is!

robyns tut's comment, October 16, 2013 2:15 AM
lugging around a large expensive camera can be both a pain and a burden it is good to know that phone cameras are improving all the time to release these heavy loads and burdens - shannon wilson
harish magan's comment, October 16, 2013 5:54 AM
Now every body is using mobile which has in built best camera options for the use of general public. . only Professional People require these days new inventions and breakthrough in technology.
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Plants perform molecular maths

Plants perform molecular maths | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
Arithmetic division guides plants' use of energy at night.

Via Sakis Koukouvis
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This is an interesting science piece. You can research how this happens and whether research is going into learning how to replicate this in other objets.

-Tanah

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Sakis Koukouvis's curator insight, June 30, 2013 3:58 AM

As if making food from light were not impressive enough, it may be time to add another advanced skill to the botanical repertoire: the ability to perform — at least at the molecular level — arithmetic division.

Cat Perrin's comment, July 12, 2013 3:12 AM
Plants are so incredible!!!
Yamuna Flaherty's curator insight, September 25, 2013 11:19 AM

Whoa!

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Applause is Contagious Like a Disease - D-brief

Applause is Contagious Like a Disease - D-brief | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
Applause spreads linearly, like a disease. The amount of time an individual feels like clapping is a factor, but not nearly as much as peer pressure.

Via Sakis Koukouvis
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This is interesting, how peer pressure can factor into little things. Would be good to see what makes the brain do these things and what chemical reactions occure.

-Tanah

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Cat Perrin's curator insight, July 12, 2013 3:11 AM

La foule.. et son effet de masse...

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All Facebook Users Will Now Appear in Search

All Facebook Users Will Now Appear in Search | science, technology, south africa, rhodes university, grahamstown, rhodes university journalism, gadgets, environment, | Scoop.it
Yesterday, Facebook announced that it is officially ending the privacy setting that allowed users to hide themselves from showing up in Facebook search.

Via Bonnie Burns
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Why are they getting rid of it. Did people even know this setting existed?

-Tanah

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Keith Meyer's curator insight, October 12, 2013 6:47 PM

FYI for all those facebook users who are concerned about their privact settings........This information is of extreme IMPORTANCE.

 

poojarajput's curator insight, October 15, 2013 5:08 AM

http://www.jagran.com/lifestyle/technology-news-hindi.html

robyns tut's curator insight, October 16, 2013 1:49 PM

I am not sure of how I feel about Facebook's new privacy policy or lack thereof. Already people's privacy is not very secure on Facebook and this implementation will make users more vulnerable and susceptable to unnecessary exposure.http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/10/facebook-search-privacy/

 

Sisipho Skweyiya