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Future steps: exoskeleton lets paralyzed snowmobiler walk again

Future steps: exoskeleton lets paralyzed snowmobiler walk again | TOK TALK | Scoop.it

Robotic exoskeletons are a staple of sci-fi, pointing to a future where technology can overcome serious injury and bestow superhuman powers on people. But that future is here today for Paul Thacker, who uses an exoskeleton about once a month to stand up and walk around — no small feat, considering he's paralyzed from the chest down.


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So does art mimic society or vice versa? From Star Trek's 'communicator' to Elysium's exo-sleleton, sci-fi seems to predict the way actual technology develops....

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This is the 4th exoskeleton, two withall with different

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Interesting view on where rehabilitation science is taking us.

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Is this really a post-truth world? | Julian Baggini

Is this really a post-truth world? | Julian Baggini | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
The truth used to be plain and simple. Just because it’s now complex doesn’t mean it’s false, argues Julian Baggini
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John Coltrane Draws a Picture Illustrating the Mathematics of Music

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Physicist and saxophonist Stephon Alexander has argued in his many public lectures and his book The Jazz of Physics that Albert Einstein and John Coltrane had quite a lot in common.
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How Van Gogh Found His Purpose: Heartfelt Letters to His Brother on How Relationships Refine Us

How Van Gogh Found His Purpose: Heartfelt Letters to His Brother on How Relationships Refine Us | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
"Does what goes on inside show on the outside? Someone has a great fire in his soul and nobody ever comes to warm themselves at it, and passers-by see nothing
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Download 140 Free Philosophy Courses: Develop Critical Thinking Skills & Live the Examined Life

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What is “Philosophy”? Yes, we know, the word comes from the Greek philosophia, which means “the love of wisdom.” This rote etymological definition does little, I think, to enhance our understanding of the subject, though it may describe the motivation of many a student.
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Paintings reveal early signs of cognitive decline, claims study

Paintings reveal early signs of cognitive decline, claims study | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Psychologists believe they can identify progressive changes in the work of artists who went on to develop Alzheimer’s
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We might live in a computer program, but it may not matter

We might live in a computer program, but it may not matter | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Several physicists have suggested that our Universe is not real and is instead a giant simulation. Should we care?
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China's bold push into genetically customized animals

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New kinds of dogs, goats, monkeys and pigs are being made quickly, though scientists voice worries about ethics.
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Great article relating to ethics for RLS in both essays and presentations...#IBTOK

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Cleaner throws artwork into bin in Italy - would you have made the same mistake? - Techly

Cleaner throws artwork into bin in Italy - would you have made the same mistake? - Techly | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
An art exhibit in Italy has been restored after it was binned by a cleaner, who mistook it for a mess from the previous night. The artwork, by famous Milan
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Parents Sue Hospital for Failed Abortion, Costs to Raise Child

Parents Sue Hospital for Failed Abortion, Costs to Raise Child | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Parents from Italy are seeking compensation for psychological trauma and living expenses for the daughter they tried to abort in 2000.
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Excellent Real Life Situation for TOK Presentations on Ethics

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Unravelling the mysteries of sleep: How the brain 'sees' dreams

Unravelling the mysteries of sleep: How the brain 'sees' dreams | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
We’ve known for some time that our eyes move around during the dreaming phase of sleep, much like when we’re awake and looking at a visual scene. The phase ...
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40 brilliant idioms that simply can’t be translated literally

40 brilliant idioms that simply can’t be translated literally | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
By Helene Batt and Kate Torgovnick May It’s a piece of cake. You can't put lipstick on a pig. Why add fuel to the fire? Idioms are those phrases that mean more than the sum of their words. As our O...
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Love using these in TOK. One of my favourite, in Greek, translates as 'raining chair legs', when in English you'd say 'raining cats and dogs'. The Greek version kind of makes more sense!

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The case for engineering our food

Pamela Ronald studies the genes that make plants more resistant to disease and stress. In an eye-opening talk, she describes her decade-long quest to help create a variety of rice that can survive prolonged flooding. She shows how the genetic improvement of seeds saved the Hawaiian papaya crop in the 1950s — and makes the case that it may simply be the most effective way to enhance food security for our planet’s growing population.

 

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Pamela Ronald studies the genes that make plants more resistant to disease and stress. In an eye-opening talk, she describes her decade-long quest to help create a variety of rice that can survive prolonged flooding. She shows how the genetic improvement of seeds saved the Hawaiian papaya crop in the 1950s — and makes the case that it may simply be the most effective way to enhance food security for our planet’s growing population.

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Scientists mobilise against 'fear of facts' in age of Trump - BBC News

Scientists mobilise against 'fear of facts' in age of Trump - BBC News | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Scientists are learning even if you ignore politics, politics won't ignore you.
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TOK and “fake news”: 3 tips, 2 downloads, and 3 resources

TOK and “fake news”: 3 tips, 2 downloads, and 3 resources | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Well, we’ve done it at last. We’ve hit the Big Time. Suddenly the topics that we chat about every day in class – such as concepts of truth and reliability, the nature of “facts”, methods of validat…
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China has gamified obedience to the State

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With a concept straight out of a cyberpunk dystopia, China has gamified obedience to the State. China has created a social tool named Sesame Credit which gives people a score for how good a citizen they are. The system measures how obediently citizens follow the party line, pulling data from social networks and online purchase histories.
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Free will? Individualism? Communism?
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Poland buys da Vinci and famous collection for bargain price - BBC News

Poland buys da Vinci and famous collection for bargain price - BBC News | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Poland buys the Czartoryski collection of about 86,000 pieces for about 5% of its market value.
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Indigenous people hold the key to caribou survival

Indigenous people hold the key to caribou survival | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Policy-makers have ignored the wealth of knowledge that Indigenous peoples hold about caribou and ecosystems for too long. It's time for Indigenous peoples to share their stories of the land at decision-making tables and to play a leadership role in planning and implementing caribou habitat restoration efforts and other land- and water-management issues, with adequate resources to support them. That would be a big
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Scientific paradigms rest on change not truth – David P Barash – Aeon

Scientific paradigms rest on change not truth – David P Barash – Aeon | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Science is not a ‘body of knowledge’ – it’s a dynamic, ongoing reconfiguration of knowledge and must be free to change
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Man plans to sell kidney for iPhone 6s- China.org.cn

Man plans to sell kidney for iPhone 6s- China.org.cn | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Many have joked about selling their kidneys for Apple products, but for two young men in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province, it was more than a joke. They actually contacted an illegal agent to sell their kidneys, reported Modern Express on Tuesday.
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The mistake we all make... and the simple experiment that reveals it

The mistake we all make... and the simple experiment that reveals it | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Your answer reveals how you see the world – and the common error that hampers our decision making. In an extract from his new book, psychologist Richard Nisbett reveals the ‘mindware’ to help us think smarter
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Why We See Faces Where There Aren't Any

Why We See Faces Where There Aren't Any | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
In order to make sense of everything the world throws at us, the human brain likes to find familiar patterns even when they don't exist, a phenomenon called pareidolia — aka, why your power outlet looks like a screaming man.
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Another good intro piece for perception in #IBTOK

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Have 1,200 World Cup workers really died in Qatar? - BBC News

Have 1,200 World Cup workers really died in Qatar? - BBC News | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
The scandal surrounding Fifa has focused attention on the workers who have died building stadiums in Qatar - how reliable is the much-cited figure of 1,200 deaths?
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Very interesting read on the reliability of oft-quoted statistics

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The Dramatic New Evidence About The Best Way To Treat HIV

The Dramatic New Evidence About The Best Way To Treat HIV | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
A new study has global implications for the way HIV-positive people receive treatment.
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Ethics and evidence in medicine

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