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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)

 

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25 Rumi Quotes That Encourage Us to Trust Ourselves

25 Rumi Quotes That Encourage Us to Trust Ourselves | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Of all realized masters I find that Rumi had a way of speaking from the heart that not many could parallel. His words radiate compassion, unconditional love for others and most importantly oneself.His teachings were many, but always voiced the importance of following ones intuition, trusting you
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Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime

Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Research on naps, meditation, nature walks and the habits of exceptional artists and athletes reveals how mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories and encourage creativity
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Research on the default mode network (DMN), Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of the USC found that when we are resting the brain is anything but idle and that, far from being purposeless or unproductive, downtime is in fact essential to mental processes that affirm our identities, develop our understanding of human behavior and instill an internal code of ethics—processes that depend on the DMN. Downtime is an opportunity for the brain to make sense of what it has recently learned, to surface fundamental unresolved tensions in our lives and to swivel its powers of reflection away from the external world toward itself. Related research suggests that the default mode network is more active than is typical in especially creative people, and some studies have demonstrated that the mind obliquely solves tough problems while daydreaming. And.. yikes (!) memory depends on sleep.
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Remembering A Thinker Who Thought About Thinking

Remembering A Thinker Who Thought About Thinking | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Seymour Papert was a pioneer in artificial intelligence and learning with technology. He died this week at 88.
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Seymour Papert leaves a lasting legacy...
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How To Ignore Emails Without Alienating Everyone - Sarah Von Bargen

How To Ignore Emails Without Alienating Everyone - Sarah Von Bargen | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
You don't have to reply to every email ever. You can ignore a few! Polite, witty auto responders are your new BFF.
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Innovative ideas to counter all the time I spend in my Inbox
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Are you Ready? Emerging Tech is Transforming the Workplace

Are you Ready? Emerging Tech is Transforming the Workplace | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
While smart mobile devices, SaaS, and social software ushered in a wave of major change in the workplace, that's nothing compared to what's coming.

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janlgordon's comment, June 13, 2014 6:33 AM
Stephen Dale I've been following Dion Hinchcliffe for many years as well. You're fortunate to have met him in London. You bring up a very good point about monitoring our every move. As you say, there is a price we will pay one way or another for privacy and time will tell how this will all shake out in the end. I'd love to connect with you again, it's been a while. As you can see I launched Curatti and we've been very well received. Hope things are going well with you, let's catch up soon.
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Sound good Jan. I have been following Curatti since you launched - it's one of my top sources for news/content. Think we should arrange a Skype call sometime - unless you plan to visit London, in which case lunch is on me!
Mark Palmer's curator insight, June 17, 2014 10:05 PM

I am looking forward to when technology solutions become a ubiquitous part of our lives in a positive way. A way that makes us all more productive and hopefully working less and living better lives :-)

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The One Tonic I Recommend For Amazing Sleep: An M.D. Explains

The One Tonic I Recommend For Amazing Sleep: An M.D. Explains | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Try this blended chamomile latte for a cozy, effective nightcap.
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For a good night's sleep after the Fourth of July Fireworks
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Simon Ramo dies at 103; TRW co-founder shaped California aerospace

Simon Ramo dies at 103; TRW co-founder shaped California aerospace | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Simon Ramo, an engineering impresario who was chief technical director of the U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile program, joined Hughes Aircraft Co. in its early years and co-founded TRW.
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RIP Simon Ramo...the "R" in TRW
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How To Teach Children That Failure Is The Secret To Success - NPR

How To Teach Children That Failure Is The Secret To Success - NPR | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Is failure a positive opportunity to learn and grow, or is it a negative experience that hinders success? How parents answer that question has a big influence on how much children think they can improve their intelligence through hard work, a study says.

"Parents are a really critical force in child development when you think about how motivation and mindsets develop," says Kyla Haimovitz, a professor of psychology at Stanford University. She coauthored the study, published in Psychological Science with colleague Carol Dweck, who pioneered research on mindsets. "Parents have this powerful effect really early on and throughout childhood to send messages about what is failure, how to respond to it."

Although there's been a lot of research on how these forces play out, relatively little looks at what parents can do to motivate their kids in school, Haimovitz says. This study begins filling that gap.

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"Parents are a really critical force in child development when you think about how motivation and mindsets develop," says Kyla Haimovitz, a professor of psychology at Stanford University.
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Technical Support 1-800-439-2178 Hp, Dell and other brands's curator insight, May 18, 5:58 AM
Dell technical support phone number 1-800-931-5079 to repair Dell Computer and Laptop. To Install Dell computer, laptop driver talk dell technical support customers. http://dell.technicalsupportservicesinc.com/
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Twitter to Stop Counting Photos and Links in 140-Character Limit

Twitter to Stop Counting Photos and Links in 140-Character Limit | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Twitter Inc. is making a major shift in how it counts characters in Tweets, giving users more freedom to compose longer messages.
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Shift in the counting mechanism... >140
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Rest: The Antidote for Discouragement

Rest: The Antidote for Discouragement | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
slumped down on the park bench outside my classroom, hung my head in my hands, and cried. As a new teacher, at the end of the week, I felt utter defeat. The magnitude of change was overwhelming, the children weren't learning fast enough, the test scores were a disappointment, and I feared that I wouldn't capture some of my little ones at all. My diverse suburban Orange County school might be my last. I didn't know if I could continue.

Just then Susie Cornett, master teacher and fireball of positivity, noticed me on my classroom bench. She sat down and put her arm around my shoulders. While I don't remember any gold nuggets of wisdom, I did vow that I'd learn from teachers who made a career out of this work. I remember thinking, "I want to be just like Susie Cornett!" I studied her life and teachers like her to learn about thriving in this work I love -- because when I thrive, my students benefit from my model!

That vow was about 20 years ago. Since then, I've continued to inquire, "What practices help teachers sustain their sacred work?" I don't consider models who come across as crusty, negative, or cynical. I know the system can beat goodness out of us. I'm more curious about what nurtures goodness, vision, and a few dewdrops of idealism in our profession. How do teachers cultivate affection and dedication for their students? How do we sustain the energy to paint each day, week, and year with a fresh brush?

I know for sure that educators who sustain this work learn how to care for themselves. They practice healthy lifestyles, have boundaries, and aren't apologetic about taking time for themselves.

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We Figured Out Why All of Your Tech Speaks in a Female Voice

We Figured Out Why All of Your Tech Speaks in a Female Voice | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
A scientific explanation for a curious digital-age phenomenon.
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The main AI assistants have female voices
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4 Stories Great Leaders Tell To Engage Their People

4 Stories Great Leaders Tell To Engage Their People | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
German novelist and playwright Gustav Freytag wanted to understand how storytelling impacted the human psyche. He wondered, “What makes a story so engaging that it changes a person’s behavior?” After studying William Shakespeare’s work, Freytag designed a map of storytelling—a key that explained why the man considered ‘the greatest writer [...]

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, January 26, 2015 12:47 PM

The best leaders are definitely story-tellers?

Matthew Farmer's curator insight, January 27, 2015 1:53 AM

Powerful stories are told with conviction and the most powerful are often told on the basis of personal experience. 


Learning to articulate your powerful personal learning experiences as stories will not only help you to reflect on your learning and therefore make it more powerful, but also help you share your learning with others and influence them to take action.  Leadership indeed!

James Hutchison's curator insight, January 28, 2015 11:01 AM

Of course you reach people by telling stories - it's how we make sense out of life - you can give the theory but you have to provide real world examples and that's why we have stories. Stories help us understand life. But if you tell a story to teach a moral I would suggest that unless you live by that story's moral lesson it doesn't matter how many stories you tell - nobody will believe you. Telling a good story is one thing but having integrity is another.

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7 Surprising Reasons Why You Need to Spend 2 Hours Daily in Complete Silence

7 Surprising Reasons Why You Need to Spend 2 Hours Daily in Complete Silence | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

In our busy, hectic lives; days and years go by without us paying attention to how polluted our brains are because of everything constantly happening around us. There is also the pollution of sound that overstimulates our brains causing stress, moodiness, depression, anxiety among other things.

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The health benefit of silence... btw: it is a pet grrr of mine when I visit folks who keep the TV on when they are not watching it. :)
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12 Signs You’re Disrespecting Yourself (and How to Stop) - The Minds Journal

12 Signs You’re Disrespecting Yourself (and How to Stop) - The Minds Journal | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
“How people treat other people is a direct reflection how they feel about themselves” – Paulo Coehlo
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Superfoods debunked - and their cheaper and more effective alternatives revealed

Superfoods debunked - and their cheaper and more effective alternatives revealed | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Building immunity, extending life and preventing cancer are among the purported superpowers of so-called superfoods.
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Superfood or Superhype (?)
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The Power of Perception and Critical Imagination: Alfred Kazin on Embracing Contradiction and How the Sacredness of Human Attention Shapes Our Reality

The Power of Perception and Critical Imagination: Alfred Kazin on Embracing Contradiction and How the Sacredness of Human Attention Shapes Our Reality | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
"The day, the living day, the actual moment, the pang of real life, — to be faithful to this, one must always pay attention, one must never dismiss anything a
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"But meanwhile, the day, the living day, the actual moment, the pang of real life, — to be faithful to this, one must always pay attention, one must never dismiss anything a priori as too trivial. Nothing is too trivial, for what the writer may make of it." ~ Alfred Kazin in a post by Maria Popova
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Can't Afford A Therapist? Declutter Your Home Instead

Can't Afford A Therapist? Declutter Your Home Instead | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
It's clearly a good idea to be vigilant about what you choose to keep in your space. If you can find the strength to live with less, you may just experience the most transformative "therapy" of your life.
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"Every item that you own plays a role in crafting your life," says Carol Olmstead. This post also refers to Marie Kondo's book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
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Neuroscientists say multitasking literally drains the energy reserves of your brain

Neuroscientists say multitasking literally drains the energy reserves of your brain | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Does your morning routine consist of checking emails, browsing Facebook, downing coffee, heading to the train while Googling one last idea, checking notifications, more coffee, and going through your work email? The very myriad of activities crammed into your morning, and the constant switching between them, is likely making you very tired.

When we attempt to multitask, we don’t actually do more than one activity at once, but quickly switch between them. And this switching is exhausting. It uses up oxygenated glucose in the brain, running down the same fuel that’s needed to focus on a task.

“That switching comes with a biological cost that ends up making us feel tired much more quickly than if we sustain attention on one thing,” says Daniel Levitin, professor of behavioral neuroscience at McGill University. “People eat more, they take more caffeine. Often what you really need in that moment isn’t caffeine, but just a break. If you aren’t taking regular breaks every couple of hours, your brain won’t benefit from that extra cup of coffee.”

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"Often what you really need in that moment isn’t caffeine, but just a break." Note: I began to read this post and immediately noticed that I was trying to attend to three other things simultaneously... good points here. Perhaps time to pause and reflect on Switch Overload
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Juan Carlos Avendaño Cuéllar's curator insight, July 6, 3:57 AM
Good and short review of consequences when multitasking. Highly relevant influences in our nowadays way of living.
Steve Anderson's curator insight, July 7, 10:45 PM
multi tasking and me don't mix
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The Most Influential Books of the Past 12 Years

The Most Influential Books of the Past 12 Years | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Read the most influential books of the past decade, as decided by author Adam Grant.
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Summer Reading List... how many have you read? 
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Leonardo Da Vinci’s Top Six Tips for Getting Things Done

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Top Six Tips for Getting Things Done | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
“A well-spent day brings happy sleep.” If you want tips on how to become more productive, one awesome source would be Leonardo da Vinci. He painted a w
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Favorite quote: "“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”
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NSF 2016 STEM For All Video Showcase

NSF 2016 STEM For All Video Showcase | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
2016 NSF Video Showcase Advancing STEM Learning For All: Sharing Cutting Edge Work and Community Discourse
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156 videos representing NSF-funded research, 21336 Unique visitors from 138 countries, #stemvideohall
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Advancing STEM Learning for All: Sharing cutting edge work and community discourse

Join us at http://stemforall2016.videohall.com! On May 17th – 23rd, 2016, more than 150 projects will showcase three-minute videos of their innovative work…
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Helen Teague's curator insight, May 13, 11:46 PM
2016 Video Showcase – Advancing STEM for All May 17-23, 2016 (online) Join us next week for the 2nd annual video showcase! This interactive, online event features more than 400 presenters and co-presenters who have submitted 156 videos on STEM education research & development. Visit the showcase to view, comment, and cast your vote for your favorite videos and projects. All projects featured in the 3-minute videos were funded by NSF and represent cutting-edge research and development in STEM and computer science education.
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The Best Airlines in North America

The Best Airlines in North America | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
An annual study measured passenger satisfaction based on seven criteria.
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Props to Jet Blue!
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National Readathon Day Will Support Early Literacy Development | Digital Book World

National Readathon Day Will Support Early Literacy Development | Digital Book World | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
National Readathon Day is a joint initiative by Penguin Random House and the American Library Association to support early literacy development.
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National Read-a-Thon Day is May 21, 2016: what will you read?
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12 Critical Competencies For Leadership in the Future

12 Critical Competencies For Leadership in the Future | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
The rate of change in the business world today is greater than our ability to respond. In a world that is often describe…

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Mechanical Walking Space Man's curator insight, April 29, 4:28 AM
The mission: creativity in the boardroom
elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, May 2, 3:43 AM
Nice infographics ;-)
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Le leader du futur...le