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Elephants in Captivity: A Perspective from Former AZA Director/William Conway Chair of Conservation & Science

Elephants in Captivity: A Perspective from Former AZA Director/William Conway Chair of Conservation & Science | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
Any discussion of elephants in captivity is met with controversy and criticism. Last week, I asked my colleague Jim Naelitz to provide his expert view on elephant management in zoos.
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For those who looked at the Elephant area at the Zürich Zoo in their UI How we share the planet. http://www.zoo.ch/xml_1/internet/en/application/d693/d2176/f2174.cfm

 

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How 'Crisis Mapping' Is Shaping Disaster Relief in Nepal

How 'Crisis Mapping' Is Shaping Disaster Relief in Nepal | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
Volunteers use a growing digital toolkit to chart passable roads and structurally sound buildings after the quake.
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Fossil Ink Sacs Yield Jurassic Pigment—A First

Fossil Ink Sacs Yield Jurassic Pigment—A First | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
Still soft ink sacs from 160-million-year-old squidlike animals have yielded pigment matching that of modern cuttlefish.
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Tips for Using the Site Operator in Google Search

Tips for Using the Site Operator in Google Search | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
When teaching search strategies to students I teach them how to limit search results to a specific top-level domain. From there we move on to using the site operator to search within a site.
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NASA’s SOHO Sees Huge Filament Erupt on Sun

NASA’s SOHO Sees Huge Filament Erupt on Sun | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
On April 28-29, 2015 a massive filament of solar material that had been hovering in the Sun’s atmosphere erupted into space in a large burst of bright plasma.
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What if a whole room was a game controller?

What if a whole room was a game controller? | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
Adventures and Explorations with Makey Makey This post was written for the Global Codeathon 2015. It invites you to connect irrelevant ideas together and invent something new! Eric Rosenbaum, co cr...
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What would you see in a black hole?

What would you see in a black hole? | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
What would it be like to fly a spacecraft into a black hole? Marcus Woo investigates.
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The Implications of Wonder Quest and Minecraft in Education

The Implications of Wonder Quest and Minecraft in Education | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
I’ll preface this post by saying I think the Wonder Quest Youtube channel is a fascinating and innovative shift in educational media and it should stir up a few minds in thinking about how we are using media that children already watch and navigate...
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Now You Can Embed HSTRY Multimedia Timelines Into Your Blog

Now You Can Embed HSTRY Multimedia Timelines Into Your Blog | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
HSTRY is a great multimedia timeline creation tool that I have been raving about since it launched to the public last fall. There are two features of HSTRY that make it stand-out from the crowd.
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Adding Widgets | Information Literacy

The Edublogs Teacher Blogging Challenge has an excellent post on adding widgets written by Sue Waters.

It aims to:

“Explain how widgets are used on class blog.Introduce you to the commonly used class blog widgets.Show you how to change widgets and add widgets to your sidebar.”
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Measure Distances Between Places on NatGeo's Mapmaker Interactive

Measure Distances Between Places on NatGeo's Mapmaker Interactive | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
Late last week I received an email from a reader who was looking for some help with Google's My Maps tool. She wanted her students to be able to measure distances between two or more places without having to sign into the map as editors.
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A Short Summary of Best Practices for Using Images in Blog Posts

A Short Summary of Best Practices for Using Images in Blog Posts | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
Freeport, Maine - July 2014In Wednesday's post, What Is Hotlinking? I gave an overview of the potential problems associated with linking to images on the web.
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How Do You Teach Empathy? Harvard Pilots Game Simulation

How Do You Teach Empathy? Harvard Pilots Game Simulation | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
Disruptive students can be a big challenge for teachers in charge of a room full of 30 students. There isn’t always time to get to the bottom of student
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Is Your Blog Mobile-Friendly? Here's How to Check - And Why It Matters

Is Your Blog Mobile-Friendly? Here's How to Check - And Why It Matters | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
Last month Google announced that they were going to start favoring mobile-friendly blogs and sites in search rankings. This makes sense when you consider how much web traffic flows through mobile devices today.
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Energy-Poor Nepal Looks to Solar for Post-Quake Power

Energy-Poor Nepal Looks to Solar for Post-Quake Power | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
Nonprofit groups are raising money to provide emergency food aid, build latrines, and install free solar panels atop health clinics.
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A new video on SITE: from Google's Media team

A new video on SITE: from Google's Media team | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
The good people at the +Google for Media just posted a new video about how to use the site: operator.  Regular Readers of SRS know this, and I have to admit that site: is the operator I use the most.
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Extinction of World’s Largest Herbivores May Lead to Empty Landscapes, Say Researchers

Extinction of World’s Largest Herbivores May Lead to Empty Landscapes, Say Researchers | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
According to a new study led by Prof William Ripple of Oregon State University, many populations of large plant-eaters such as elephants, bison, rhinoceroses, zebras, camels and tapirs are diminishing or threatened with extinction in grasslands,...
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Perceiving sound contrasts : before 1 year of age, or never - VivaLing | The language of their future

Perceiving sound contrasts : before 1 year of age, or never - VivaLing | The language of their future | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
Babies are born universal listeners. In the first months of their lives, they can discriminate all the sounds produced by human beings. It is no small feat: you and I cannot. A typical Japanese adult is unable to hear the difference between an English /l/ and /r/. A typical English adult cannot detect the nuance …

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VivaLing's curator insight, July 21, 2014 11:43 PM

There is a critical period for sounds.

Zihan Wang's curator insight, July 22, 2014 3:48 AM
VivaLing's insight:

There is a critical period for sounds.

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You’re underestimating your plants: The strange and surprising world of intelligent flora

You’re underestimating your plants: The strange and surprising world of intelligent flora | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
Plants are intelligent, argues scientist Stefano Mancuso. And it's time we start treating them accordingly
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How to Eliminate Choices as They're Used on Google Forms

How to Eliminate Choices as They're Used on Google Forms | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
This afternoon on Twitter I was asked if there is a way to have choices eliminated from a Google Form as they get used up. For example, if you want to offer meeting times without the possibility of people double-booking you.
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Has chess got anything to do with war?

Has chess got anything to do with war? | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
From ancient India to the computer age, the military has used chess as both a metaphor and even as training for warfare.


There is nothing more dangerous - or deafening - than warfare. And there are few pursuits that are as safe and as quiet as chess.

Yet chess began in 6th Century India as a 64-square board game, called Chaturanga, precisely modelled on the military forces of the day. There were "elephants", "chariots" and "'infantrymen".


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Kaye De Petro's curator insight, May 4, 7:32 PM

To add interest to  my class room I would start my students' study of Medieval history with the history of chess - they found it fascinating!

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Ride across the campus without a driver

Ride across the campus without a driver | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it

Since April 17, driverless vehicles roam the EPFL campus. Climb aboard for a taste of the future and meet the bellboy.

We could have sworn that the profession of elevator operator was gone. At worst, we pictured a bellboy in an elevator in a luxury hotel in Mumbai. Yet, the profession comes back to life in what could become a means of transport as popular as the one inaugurated in New York on 23 March 1857. Since 17 April the EPFL campus is a life-size laboratory for testing autonomous shuttles as part of the European CityMobil2 project. There is no driver but there is a bellboy. Welcome aboard!...

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What Happens to Astronaut’s Brain on Way to Mars

What Happens to Astronaut’s Brain on Way to Mars | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
According to new research from the University of California, Irvine, and the University of Nevada, exposure to galactic cosmic rays may have long-term adverse consequences to cognition throughout life; and performance decrements, memory deficits,...
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NASA’s MESSENGER Beams Back Its Final Image of Mercury

NASA’s MESSENGER Beams Back Its Final Image of Mercury | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
This image is the last one captured and beamed back to Earth by NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft.
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Pros & Cons of Using Blog Posts for School Announcements

Pros & Cons of Using Blog Posts for School Announcements | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
On Tuesday I assessed the pros and cons of using social media for school announcements. The next day I did the same for text messaging. Yesterday, I broke-down the pros and cons of emailing school announcements.
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