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Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss
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On YouTube, Amateur Is the New Pro

On YouTube, Amateur Is the New Pro | this curious life | Scoop.it
Exploring the art and commerce of homemade videos.

 

The exponential growth of influence of youtube and the new breed of film-makers.

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We Evolved To Eat Meat, But How Much Is Too Much? : NPR

We Evolved To Eat Meat,  But How Much Is Too Much? : NPR | this curious life | Scoop.it
Scientists agree we evolved to eat meat, but some of us may be pushing the limits of consumption. Paleo diet enthusiasts believe meals should be more like early man's, but modern doctors disagree.
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And you think you have it tough…

And you think you have it tough… | this curious life | Scoop.it
I can’t vouch for the veracity of this information, but here are some interesting theories on the origins of some of the common sayings and traditions. Makes you glad you are alive in this da...
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On the origin of music by means of natural selection

On the origin of music by means of natural selection | this curious life | Scoop.it
Do away with the DJ and scrap the composer. A computer program powered by Darwinian natural selection and the musical tastes of 7,000 website users may be on the way to creating a perfect pop tune, according to new research.

 

'The scientists set out to test a theory that cultural changes in language, art and music evolve through Darwinian natural selection, in a similar way to how living things evolve......................'

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Harlem Elvis

A little film about making it count. Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FA4Ce1qOSXw WINNER: 2012 AICP Awards. Best spec spot. Director/Editor: John X. Carey Work | www.johnxcarey.com Follow | twitter.com/#!
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Craig Venter’s Bugs Might Save the World

Craig Venter’s Bugs Might Save the World | this curious life | Scoop.it
The controversial scientist is convinced that the planet’s biggest problems can be solved by its tiniest organisms. It’s just a matter of creating the right ones.

 

'"In the menagerie of Craig Venter’s imagination, tiny bugs will save the world. They will be custom bugs, designer bugs — bugs that only Venter can create. He will mix them up in his private laboratory from bits and pieces of DNA, and then he will release them into the air and the water, into smokestacks and oil spills, hospitals and factories and your house.'

 

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Social Media Use Among Disadvantaged Australians

The ability to access information and communication technologies (ICTs), particularly via the Internet and mobile phones, is increasingly vital to full participation in economic, social, and political life.

 

'If services require consumers to participate in a digitally-mediated communication exchange, then we suggest they might support skills and technology acquisition, or provide non-ICT alternatives, in order to avoid exacerbating health inequities.'

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Breasts: a natural and unnatural history - Life Matters - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Breasts: a natural and unnatural history - Life Matters - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | this curious life | Scoop.it
Environmental journalist Florence Williams says that "Breasts are bellwethers for the changing health of people.”...
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A glimpse from one side of the dog fence - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A glimpse from one side of the dog fence - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | this curious life | Scoop.it
Meet Glen Coddington, the man charged with maintaining a big chunk of Australia's 5,600-kilometre-long dog fence.

 

'At 5,600 kilometres long, the dog fence is the longest barrier in the world. It begins on the Nullabor Plain near the Western Australian border, meanders through South Australia’s arid north, delineates the border between New South Wales and Western Queensland and finishes on the Darling Downs.'

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The Butler did it...........

The Butler did it........... | this curious life | Scoop.it

One of the Pope's butlers has been detained by the Vatican, accused of leaking secrets about the Holy See.

 

Forgiveness has it's limits...

 

 

 

'The so called 'Vatileak' scandal is said to have enraged the Vatican.

 

The leaks have described alleged corruption, mismanagement andinternalconflicts among top officials in the Holy See.

 

Last month, the Pope set up a special commission of cardinals to investigate, and the inquiry reportedly led them to the butler.

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All in the game: shining a light into the weird world of Craig Thomson

All in the game: shining a light into the weird world of Craig Thomson | this curious life | Scoop.it
The ALP and the union movement have never liked scabs.

 

'[Craig Thomson] claimed to have wanted nothing more than give his side aftersome four years of waiting for the Fair Work Australia case to be investigated.But he has ducked and weaved between the different institutional requirementsand rules of Fair Work Australia and the Australian Electoral Commission in hispursuit of both political and legal objectives. And the media has been part of it.'

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Doctors stunned by conjoined twins who share same brain and thoughts

Doctors stunned by conjoined twins who share same brain and thoughts | this curious life | Scoop.it
The pretty four-year-old conjoined twins have two separate bodies but share the same brain which means they feel the same physical sensations and motor functions.
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The Mysterious Case of the Vanishing Genius | Psychology Today

The Mysterious Case of the Vanishing Genius | Psychology Today | this curious life | Scoop.it
Margie Profet generated solutions to seemingly intractable puzzles of biology. Then she disappeared.

 

...................the loss of a remarkable woman, apparently to mental illness.

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Five ways to cope with a disappointing defeat

Five ways to cope with a disappointing defeat | this curious life | Scoop.it
England have yet again slumped out of a tournament at the quarter final stage on penalties.

 

But what's the best way to deal with such disappointments?  Following England's latest defeat in a major tournament on penalties..............

 

'England fans can get annoyed by a coaching structure and culture of footballthat has apparently left the national team without players who competentlypass the ball.'

 

Strong stuff!!

  

Philosophy provides clues as to how sportsmen and women and fans alike can cope rationally with such losses:

 

'............gaining a sense of perspective after a loss is something sportprofessionals have to do.'

 

Gaining perspective therefore requires a philosophical attitude:

 

'..........The Oxford English Dictionary gives one of the meanings of"philosophical" as "characterised by uncomplaining acceptance of adversecircumstances; wise, calm, stoical".'

 

Unfortunately, these are not characteristics usually associated with fan(atic)s of anything.  Certainly not England football fans and perhaps, most tellingly, not many England football players.

 

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Khan Academy

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With a library of over 3,000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.

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Nursery Rhymes

Nursery Rhymes | this curious life | Scoop.it
Nursery rhymes are a lovely way to teach children to speak, to sing, to rhyme and have rhythm, and to develop memory skills. You have probably heard that ring-a-ring-a-rosy is a reference to the Bl...
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Celebrating Alan Turing's genius

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Alan Turing's achievements should make him a household name says "father of the internet" Vint Cerf.

 

'Turing was born into a world that was very different, culturally and technologically, yet his contribution has never been more important.

His is a story of astounding highs and devastating lows. A story of a genius whose mathematical insights helped save thousands of lives, yet who was unable to save himself from social condemnation, with tragic results. Ultimately though, it's a story of a legacy that laid the foundations for the modern computer age.'

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Radhika | Dumb, Drunk & Racist | Starts Wed, 20 June at 9.30pm, ABC2

http://www.facebook.com/ABC2.au Australians get a bad rap overseas, and our stocks seem especially low in India. In fact, a sizeable chunk of India's 1.2 bil...
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Smart technologies for older people

Smart technologies for older people:
a systematic literature review of smart technologies that promote health and wellbeing of older people living at home

 

"Smart technologies are available to enhance safety, security and surveillance. Despite major investments by governments and industry partners to devise these technologies, their translation to use by older Australians has arguably been fragmented and uptake is still currently low. The roll out of the National Broadband Network offers a unique opportunity to link Australians with state-of-the-art technologies with the potential to improve health, well being and quality of life."

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First map of Australia's twittersphere | Australian Policy Online

First map of Australia's twittersphere | Australian Policy Online | this curious life | Scoop.it

'The map reveals clusters of interest in the ‘Twittersphere’ – the part of the estimated two million Aussies using Twitter – around major themes such as politics, the arts, sport, food, agriculture, rock bands, religion, real estate, business, celebrities, education and social media. It shows how strongly or weakly these interest networks interlink with one another and with the ‘Australian mainland’ in the map.'

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Meet the tireless entrepreneur who squatted at AOL

Meet the tireless entrepreneur who squatted at AOL | this curious life | Scoop.it
For two months last fall, Eric Simons secretly took up residence inside the Internet giant's Palo Alto, Calif., campus, eating free food, enjoying gym access, and building a startup in the process. Read this blog post by Daniel Terdiman on Bootstrap.

 

'The story of how Simons, just two years removed from a Chicago highschool, came to be living in AOL's Palo Alto campus could well become partof Silicon Valley lore, especially because it highlights the lengths someentrepreneurs will go to make their dreams a reality. And though storiesabound these days of startup founders barely old enough to drink swimmingin venture capital, far more have to get by on packaged noodles and the goodwill of friends with extra couches.

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900 dolphins 'died of natural causes' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

900 dolphins 'died of natural causes' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | this curious life | Scoop.it
Nearly 900 dolphins that washed up along Peru's coast this year died of natural causes, according to a report that has failed to convince environmental activists.

 

'....environment groups remain unconvinced, and said they were certain that the dolphin deaths were related to offshore oil exploration.'

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Is Facebook Ruining Your Marriage?

Is Facebook Ruining Your Marriage? | this curious life | Scoop.it
It turns out the kiss of death for marriages might be more like a poke.

 

'Gershon found that many college students deactivated their Facebook accountsto save their relationships. Since Facebook posts are mostly tiny nuggets ofinformation provided without context, partners said they became suspicious andstarted to stalk each others' profiles. It became something to quit.'

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Media managing all the way to political oblivion - On Line Opinion - 21/5/2012

Media managing all the way to political oblivion - On Line Opinion - 21/5/2012 | this curious life | Scoop.it
Even as the contrast between left and right fades in mainstream politics, politicians continue to conduct ideological warfare.

 

'The less you stand and fight, the more ground you lose. And the mindset inwhich one makes progressively riskier and more desperate assertions of one’sown economic bona fides by promising a surplus come what may, is one in whichthe deficits funding the fiscal stimulus become something shameful, rather thanthe Government’s crowning achievement.'

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Lessons From Europe's Racist Right | newmatilda.com

Lessons From Europe's Racist Right | newmatilda.com | this curious life | Scoop.it
There are striking similarities between Anders Breivik’s manifesto and the rhetoric of Europe’s newly popular far right politicians.

 

So Anders Breivik admired John Howard's stance on immigration, multiculturalism and'border control' - who would have thunk it??

 

While drawing some long bows at times, this article highlights how fear and ignorance and misinformation makes for strange bedfellows.

 

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