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Astronomy Picture of the Day

A different astronomy and space science
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Amazing time-video of Namibia's night sky. Must see!

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Your Brain on Books: 10 Things That Happen to Our Minds When We Read - OEDB.org

Your Brain on Books: 10 Things That Happen to Our Minds When We Read - OEDB.org | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Click above to view full image! Any book lover can tell you: diving into a great novel is an immersive experience that can make your brain come alive with imagery and emotions and even turn on your senses.

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sarah's curator insight, October 27, 2013 7:08 AM

intéressant

Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, October 27, 2013 4:07 PM

Educators have long told us that reading expands our minds. Here are some of the specific ways in which they do so.

Carol Rine's curator insight, October 29, 2013 7:54 AM

This is a GREAT article that has lots of embedded cross-linked articles within it.  :O)

 

Carol

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Position Available Immediately: Apprentice Sith Lord, Dark Side Consulting Group

Position Available Immediately: Apprentice Sith Lord, Dark Side Consulting Group | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Dr. Dan:  The connection to Knowledge Management?  All is revealed when you read the entire job posting!


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Job opportunity or occupational sentence?

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This popped up in my KM daily feed, and so I simply had to pass it along!


Position Available Immediately: Apprentice Sith Lord, Dark Side Consulting Group

An unprecedented opening has occurred in the Dark Side Consulting Group for an Apprentice Sith Lord. The ideal candidate for this position would like galactic travel, and possess a complete understanding of and competence with the force, or demonstrate a willingness to learn.


Duties include: Performing competitive intelligence, hands-on
intervention in support of the Sith Master's planning initiatives,
ability to travel the galaxy widely, and operating a variety of
laser-powered hand weapons and high-powered space/air vehicles. Some slaying of enemies of the Dark Side is also required, though may be performed using the force, or hand weapons.

Qualified applicants would possess good communications skills
(especially when speaking in menacing whispers), and would be
action-oriented individuals and risk takers. A background in study of the force (light side or dark) is desirable, as would typically be acquired by those with advanced degrees or significant coursework in Jedi Arts from the University of Coruscant. Applicants should also be familiar with holographic projection equipment, possess a valid galactic pilot's license (for all classes of ships), and must show a willingness to give in to their hate.

A proven track record of using fear and/or jedi mind tricks to control others is also desirable, as is the ability to speak several galactic languages.

Ideal candidates for this position would also have no children, or
other living relatives who are strong in the ways of the force. (A new hire would be given several weeks to meet this requirement.) Compensation for this position is commensurate with experience, and is extremely competitive for this field. Benefits include a generous severance package, a company starship, and a dark-colored clothing allowance.

The Apprentice Sith Lord reports to and works closely with the Sith Master, and experience in such small, team-based organizations is vital to the success of the master's plans. Discretion is also highly valued, as is the ability to see the future before it happens.

Applications will be accepted until the end of June. Transmit them holographically to: jobs@darkside.com

*******************************************************************
Dark Side CG (tm) is a small and highly-focused organization, founded a long time ago. Our core values reflect the short-term advantages of harnessing hate for institutional power, and the long-term desirability of controlling the galaxy. We provide direction to our partner organizations through knowledge management, incident control and our rapid on-site intervention expertise. Our partnered organizations include the Imperial Senate, the Hutt Gambling Collective of Tattooine, and many large software companies.


(Source: http://rcaslis.xkill.net)

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27 Exquisite Places To See Brilliant Fall Colors This Year

27 Exquisite Places To See Brilliant Fall Colors This Year | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Fall is right around the corner and so are the colors!
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#exhale... :)

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Three Ways to Become More Mindful at Work - MediaJobsDaily

Three Ways to Become More Mindful at Work - MediaJobsDaily | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Three Ways to Become More Mindful at Work
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3 Proven Ways to Stop Worrying So Much

3 Proven Ways to Stop Worrying So Much | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Don't worry: These tips will help you stop needlessly agonizing once and for all.

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Thank you Barb Jemmott!

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29 Untouched Corners Of The Earth Where You Can Completely Abandon Civilization

29 Untouched Corners Of The Earth Where You Can Completely Abandon Civilization | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Because sometimes you get tired of smartphones, drive-thru's, and indoor plumbing.
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there is even a place in the contiguous U.S.

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How Deeper Learning Contributes to Digital Learning

How Deeper Learning Contributes to Digital Learning | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Digital Learning, Deeper Learning
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The Impact of Great Teachers

The Impact of Great Teachers | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Great teachers will impact on a child's future and memories forever. Once children reach their school age, they spend more time with their teachers than their parents. This infographic from Teacher Certification Degrees provides interesting facts on how great teachers affect students' lives.
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Scroll through the version on the blog post link to see the stats and sources

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15 Best Online Bookstores for Cheap New and Used Books

15 Best Online Bookstores for Cheap New and Used Books | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Looking for new books, used books, or textbooks? Sites that offer cheap books abound on the web. We've paged through them to bring you 15 of the very best.
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Old Faves (Powells) and New Finds (Better World Books, BookMooch) plus more...

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7 Things To Do When You Feel Like Giving Up

7 Things To Do When You Feel Like Giving Up | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
No matter how successful you are in life and business, success doesn’t give you immunity from humanity. Here's what to do when you feel like giving up.
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Post by Clint Salter. I really like this Winston Churchill quote, “If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.”

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How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn

How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Psychologists are finding that when students are motivated by a desire to have a positive impact on the world they are more able to plug away at challenging or tedious tasks.
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High school students in this study characteristically indicated that  making money, attaining fame or pursuing a career that they enjoyed were important to them. But many of them also spoke of additionally wanting to make a positive impact on their community or society. Research psychologist David Yeager (UT Austin) and his colleagues devised a new social psychology intervention to foster a “purposeful learning” mindset as another way to motivate pupils to persevere in their studies.

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Five Minute Offline Task to Build Online Community

Five Minute Offline Task to Build Online Community | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Learn how Tailwind built their online community to over 22,000 top brands, five minutes at a time.
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the high-impact benefit of the low-tech thank you note

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I so wish I could say: Daddy, thank you so much for the stories.

I so wish I could say: Daddy, thank you so much for the stories. | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

"My father added a whole dimension to my childhood, one that I took for granted.

 

When my sister and I were little, we had an almost daily ritual with my father: drawing stories.

 

He would sit us on his lap and get out his clipboard, a piece of paper and his black click pen. He’d divide the paper into four parts, and draw as he told a story. Sometimes he drew old favorites and we knew what would be in each of the four drawings. Sometimes he let us decide what he should say and draw. But most of the time, we had no idea what would come next.

 

And that was really fun."


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I am going out to buy marshmallows right now.

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Study shows how epigenetic memory is passed across generations

Study shows how epigenetic memory is passed across generations | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

A growing body of evidence suggests that environmental stresses can cause changes in gene expression that are transmitted from parents to their offspring, making "epigenetics" a hot topic. Epigenetic modifications do not affect the DNA sequence of genes, but change how the DNA is packaged and how genes are expressed. Now, a study by scientists at UC Santa Cruz shows how epigenetic memory can be passed across generations and from cell to cell during development.

The study, published September 19, 2014 in Science, focused on one well studied epigenetic modification--the methylation of a DNA packaging protein called histone H3. Methylation of a particular amino acid (lysine 27) in histone H3 is known to turn off or "repress" genes, and this epigenetic mark is found in all multicellular animals, from humans to the tiny roundworm C. elegans that was used in this study.

 

"There has been ongoing debate about whether the methylation mark can be passed on through cell divisions and across generations, and we've now shown that it is," said corresponding author Susan Strome, a professor of molecular, cell and developmental biology at UC Santa Cruz.

 

Strome's lab created worms with a mutation that knocks out the enzyme responsible for making the methylation mark, then bred them with normal worms. Using fluorescent labels, they were able to track the fates of marked and unmarked chromosomes under the microscope, from egg cells and sperm to the dividing cells of embryos after fertilization. Embryos from mutant egg cells fertilized by normal sperm had six methylated chromosomes (from the sperm) and six unmarked or "naked" chromosomes (from the egg).

 

As embryos develop, the cells replicate their chromosomes and divide. The researchers found that when a marked chromosome replicates, the two daughter chromosomes are both marked. But without the enzyme needed for histone methylation, the marks become progressively diluted with each cell division.

 

"The mark stays on the chromosomes derived from the initial chromosome that had the mark, but there's not enough mark for both daughter chromosomes to be fully loaded," Strome said. "So the mark is bright in a one-cell embryo, less bright after the cell divides, dimmer still in a four-cell embryo, and by about 24 to 48 cells we can't see it anymore."

 

The researchers then did the converse experiment, fertilizing normal egg cells with mutant sperm. The methylation enzyme (called PRC2) is normally present in egg cells but not in sperm, which don't contribute much more than their chromosomes to the embryo. So the embryos in the new experiment still had six naked chromosomes (this time from the sperm) and six marked chromosomes, but now they also had the enzyme.

 

"Remarkably, when we watch the chromosomes through cell divisions, the marked chromosomes remain marked and stay bright, because the enzyme keeps restoring the mark, but the naked chromosomes stay naked, division after division," Strome said. "That shows that the pattern of marks that was inherited is being transmitted through multiple cell divisions."


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A growing body of evidence suggests that environmental stresses can cause changes in gene expression that are transmitted from parents to their offspring, making "epigenetics" a hot topic. Epigenetic modifications do not affect the DNA sequence of genes, but change how the DNA is packaged and how genes are expressed. Now, a study by scientists at UC Santa Cruz shows how epigenetic memory can be passed across generations and from cell to cell during development.

The study, published September 19, 2014 in Science, focused on one well studied epigenetic modification--the methylation of a DNA packaging protein called histone H3. Methylation of a particular amino acid (lysine 27) in histone H3 is known to turn off or "repress" genes, and this epigenetic mark is found in all multicellular animals, from humans to the tiny roundworm C. elegans that was used in this study.

 

"There has been ongoing debate about whether the methylation mark can be passed on through cell divisions and across generations, and we've now shown that it is," said corresponding author Susan Strome, a professor of molecular, cell and developmental biology at UC Santa Cruz.

 

Strome's lab created worms with a mutation that knocks out the enzyme responsible for making the methylation mark, then bred them with normal worms. Using fluorescent labels, they were able to track the fates of marked and unmarked chromosomes under the microscope, from egg cells and sperm to the dividing cells of embryos after fertilization. Embryos from mutant egg cells fertilized by normal sperm had six methylated chromosomes (from the sperm) and six unmarked or "naked" chromosomes (from the egg).

 

As embryos develop, the cells replicate their chromosomes and divide. The researchers found that when a marked chromosome replicates, the two daughter chromosomes are both marked. But without the enzyme needed for histone methylation, the marks become progressively diluted with each cell division.

 

"The mark stays on the chromosomes derived from the initial chromosome that had the mark, but there's not enough mark for both daughter chromosomes to be fully loaded," Strome said. "So the mark is bright in a one-cell embryo, less bright after the cell divides, dimmer still in a four-cell embryo, and by about 24 to 48 cells we can't see it anymore."

 

The researchers then did the converse experiment, fertilizing normal egg cells with mutant sperm. The methylation enzyme (called PRC2) is normally present in egg cells but not in sperm, which don't contribute much more than their chromosomes to the embryo. So the embryos in the new experiment still had six naked chromosomes (this time from the sperm) and six marked chromosomes, but now they also had the enzyme.

 

"Remarkably, when we watch the chromosomes through cell divisions, the marked chromosomes remain marked and stay bright, because the enzyme keeps restoring the mark, but the naked chromosomes stay naked, division after division," Strome said. "That shows that the pattern of marks that was inherited is being transmitted through multiple cell divisions."

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Gray2K : Boomer Retirement = Company Knowledge Void

Gray2K : Boomer Retirement = Company Knowledge Void | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Dr. Dan: This is what we need "Gray2K" - a clever tagline, something catchy (like Y2K, and with that level of interest).


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The Silver Tsunami is real! When Boomers retire, a collective 3.3 billion years of experience will exit too. Companies are already finding it difficult to regain this expertise void.

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Dr. Dan Kirsch's curator insight, September 17, 8:05 AM

From Klever (and if you haven't already discovered Klever, take a look):


"Boomer Retirement = Company Knowledge Void
In the next five years, the so-called Silver Tsunami, or Gray2K, will sweep through every company as baby boomers start retiring en masse, taking with them a collective 3.3 billion years of experience that companies are already finding difficult to regain.  That knowledge is gone forever and the clock is ticking as the workplace collectively scrambles to capture the information before it retires with the employee."

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3 People You Need to Ignore Online

This is a guest post by Jon Acuff, the author of four books including Start.

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"The truth is, you should never waste time trying to turn someone who hates you into someone who likes you. Instead focus on turning people who like your dream into people who love your dream." Applies to folks both online and off.

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Pause: 10 Quotes on Why You Should Take Breaks, Relax, and Play

Small business owners and entrepreneurs are almost always working, whether they're in the office or not. But is it possible that taking time off and resting is…

Via Barb Jemmott
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My favorite quote: You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.~Plato

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NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman Is Ridiculously Good At Taking Photos From Space

NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman Is Ridiculously Good At Taking Photos From Space | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman has been offering an amazing glimpse of Earth from aboard the International Space Station.
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spectacular photos (need I say...out of this world!)

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How standing might be the best anti-ageing technique - Telegraph

How standing might be the best anti-ageing technique  - Telegraph | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Spending less time on the sofa lengthens 'telomeres' - the caps on chromosomes which protect the genetic code inside
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Impressive Ed, Actual Recess ---and no Homework in Finland

Impressive Ed, Actual Recess ---and no Homework in Finland | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
The world could learn a lot from you, Finland
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~Teacher-student ratios differ by 50% from the U.S.

~U.S. students take 100 million standardized tests per year--lots of time spent prepping for test vs. deep learning of content

~Interestingly, recess is utilized and is of a longer duration in Finland.

Link to website: http://themetapicture.com/why-theres-no-homework-in-finland/

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Enrico De Angelis's curator insight, September 1, 2:06 AM

a beautiful (clear, on the point, ...) image of what we should do! In Europe and in our Country! 

Who will tell this to Mr. Renzi and his Education&Research Minister?

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10 Successful Professionals Share What They Wish They Knew in College

10 Successful Professionals Share What They Wish They Knew in College | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Successful professionals share what they wish they knew in college.
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especially poignant is David Essel's list

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12 Weekend Habits of Highly Successful People

12 Weekend Habits of Highly Successful People | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Richard Branson says, “it is amazing how focusing your mind on issues like health, poverty, conservation and climate change can help to re-energize your thinking in other areas.” Successful people agree with Anne Frank: “No one has ever become poor from giving.” Tom Corley studied the rich for five years before writing his book “Wealthy Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals.” He found that 73% of wealthy people volunteer for five or more hours per month. Read more of  the top 12 weekend habits of highly successful people.

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10 Sentences You Should Tell Yourself When Facing Huge Challenges

10 Sentences You Should Tell Yourself When Facing Huge Challenges | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.

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Love thy neighbour, it's good for the heart: study

Love thy neighbour, it's good for the heart: study | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
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"Having good neighbors and feeling connected to others in the local community may help to curb an individual's heart attack risk," said a statement that accompanied a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

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The gasp of combined

The gasp of combined | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
"Prescription Painkillers Kill More Than Heroin and Cocaine ... Combined" [Liberty Voice] "The U.S. spent more on defense in 2012 than the countries with the next 10 highest budgets ... combined." ...
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By David Weinberger--The gasp of combined -- "We love the 'more than ___ … combined' trope" --my favorite blog right now-- http://www.hyperorg.com/blogger/2014/08/08/the-gasp-of-combined/ via @dweinberger

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J. R. R. Tolkien’s 10 Tips For Writers: INFOGRAPHIC - GalleyCat

J. R. R. Tolkien’s 10 Tips For Writers: INFOGRAPHIC - GalleyCat | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
J. R. R. Tolkien’s 10 Tips For Writers: INFOGRAPHIC
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By Dianna Dilworth Thanks to The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Humphrey Carpenter, we can literally speak with the author of the world fantasy classic

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