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Breaking the lock: Peter Ford

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A former TV anchorman, Australian Peter Ford, has devised a way to help those with acute brain disorders communicate more readily.

 

'Peter Ford has always relished a new frontier. In the early 1980s, the Queenslander was one of the first Australian news anchors hired for Ted Turner’s 24-hour US news network, CNN.


Another new frontier at the time was computer technology, taking hold in offices everywhere, and he quickly engaged with that, too. Amid the daily mayhem of breaking news ("We virtually lived in the studio – sent home for a bath only when we began to smell!"), Ford one day mentioned to the head of IT that he was sick of walking past the new office computer and not knowing how to use it. The IT chief sold Ford, for $10, the Apple programmers’ guide.


That transaction began a profound learning experience for Ford, who became a self-taught code writer. His creativity has, over the past 30 years, led him to invent a new technology that is transforming the lives of those who suffer from motor neurone disease (MND), stroke and cerebral palsy. Called NeuroSwitch, it’s a device that allows those who literally can’t lift a finger to communicate with family and friends, to write poetry and even books, edit videos and engage in otherday-to-day activities – to feel that bit more connected.'

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"No more raw bananas!" Study finds chimps actually prefer flambé

"No more raw bananas!" Study finds chimps actually prefer flambé | this curious life | Scoop.it
Chimpanzees possess some of the mental skills needed for cooking.
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11 new species of chameleon found in Madagascar

11 new species of chameleon found in Madagascar | this curious life | Scoop.it
The panther chameleon is known for its remarkable ability to shift its skin colour through a rainbow of vibrant reds, greens, blues and yellows. Now, scientists think they have figured out how it does this.
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Bees are dying off — but there’s a surprisingly simple, completely uncontroversial way to save them

Bees are dying off — but there’s a surprisingly simple, completely uncontroversial way to save them | this curious life | Scoop.it
The only thing stopping us from protecting pollinators is greed, Dave Goulson tells Salon
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'Sleeping beauty' studies ahead of their time

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No-one noticed your research? Don't worry, it could be big in 50 years.
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Alma Deutscher and the five greatest child prodigies

She dreamt up a set of piano variations in E-flat while asleep: Alma Deutscher is not your average 10-year-old. Clemency Burton-Hill meets the child prodigy.
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Aboriginal legends reveal ancient secrets to science - BBC News

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Scientists are increasingly turning to the ancient stories of Australia's Aboriginal peoples to learn something new about a very old country.
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Why We Pity The Woman-Child But Love Infantile Men

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In "Preggoland," Ruth spends most of her time working at an off-brand Walmart and drinking out of a cellphone-shaped flask. She's in her 30s and it seems like everyone around her
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“American Sniper’s” biggest lie: Clint Eastwood has a delusional Fox News problem

“American Sniper’s” biggest lie: Clint Eastwood has a delusional Fox News problem | this curious life | Scoop.it
The insanities and fantasies at the heart of "American Sniper" explain everything about the state of the 2015 GOP
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Immune system genes may change with the season

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Our mood, metabolism and sex lives are dependent on the seasons, and now it seems, so is our immune system.
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The Amazing Decline of America’s Special Relationships

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Why the new (old) governments in Israel and Britain bode ill for what once were Washington’s most important alliances.
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Women's Restroom Sign Breaks Stereotypes

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The It Was Never a Dress campaign is not only taking social media by storm, it is also changing the way we view the traditional women's bathroom sign. We see that the men's figure wears pants and the women's symbol wears a dress, but what if it was never meant to be a dress in the first place?  Tania Katan launched the popular #ItWasNeverADress campaign at last week's 'Girls in Tech' conference with the idea that the female figure is instead wearing a cape, asserting that women can be superheroes or anything else they choose to be."


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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 21, 10:30 AM

I love this! Unit 3: Cultural landscape and norms.

Katie's curator insight, May 22, 12:19 PM

In this article it suggest that the stereotypical dress for the the women bathroom sign is not a dress, but a cape. This hows that women can be superheroes or whatever they want to be. Still today there is a lack of women in he workforce compared to men. For every 4 men working working for Google there is 1 women and half of them quit because of the poor work environment. I think this helps represent that women are capable of anything. This is an example of women in the workforce and gender equity.  

Seth Forman's curator insight, May 26, 9:08 PM

Summary: This article basically explains the story of the recently emerged #ItWasNeverADress campaign. This is a pretty cool article because I never really payed attention to how even a restroom sign could be considered gender inequality. 

 

Insight: This article is relevant to unit 6 because gender inequality is an important measure of development.

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Scientists find two new marsupial species that mate themselves to death

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Scientists from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia have discovered two new species of antechinus - a genus of tiny carnivorous marsupials whose males are wiped out each spring after mating themselves to death. The...
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Sleeping Cancer Can ‘Wake Up’ Years Later

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Years, even decades, after remission some cancers return without warning. The “sleeping” cancer cells reactivate, “waking up” decades later, according to a British team of scientists, who say they may have found the molecular key to the change.
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Handshakes better than your blood pressure at assessing your health

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The firmness of your hand grip is better than your blood pressure at assessing your health, Hamilton researchers have found, and reduced muscular strength, measured by your grip, is consistently linked with early death, disability and illness.
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Zombie bacteria may help heal wounds

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Bacteria killed with silver can destroy living bacterial strains through a novel mechanism dubbed 'the zombie effect', a new study has found.
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15 Things You Should Know About 'Dogs Playing Poker'

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While C.M. Coolidge has been called "the most famous American artist you’ve never heard of," the history of his greatest works is rich.
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IN GOOD COMPANY: Why Heston Blumenthal moved his restaurant to the other side of the world

IN GOOD COMPANY: Why Heston Blumenthal moved his restaurant to the other side of the world | this curious life | Scoop.it
Training, work and the right kind of snail.
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How the Mad Men Pilot Predicted the Final Episodes of the Series

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Watching “Smoke” again, it’s become increasingly clear that the pilot has the ring of prophecy.
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Trigger identified that likely unleashes autoimmune disease

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Researchers believe they have discovered a group of cells that trigger autoimmune disease, as well as the molecular 'trigger guard' that normally holds them in check. These previously undetected cells are renegade versions of the cells that make the 'high affinity' antibodies required for long-term immunity.
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The best sports docos of all time | The New Daily

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Sports documentaries have attained high-art status in recent years. We present the best from the genre.
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Using 'Geography Education'

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"This story map was created with ArcGIS Online to guide users on how to get the most out of the Geography Education websites on Wordpress and Scoop.it."


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Victor Nganguem's curator insight, April 24, 5:54 AM

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Highly appreciated :)