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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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Did America’s policy on ransom contribute to James Foley’s killing?

Did America’s policy on ransom contribute to James Foley’s killing? | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
This killing is clear evidence of how vastly different responses to kidnappings by U.S. and European governments save European hostages but can doom the Americans.
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Should governments be negotiating with terrorists? Are they responsible for inaction resulting in death? #IBTOK

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Is There Evidence Jesus Really Rose From The Dead? - Patheos (blog)

Is There Evidence Jesus Really Rose From The Dead? - Patheos (blog) | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Is There Evidence Jesus Really Rose From The Dead?
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Are You Cultivating Knowledge, or Just Consuming Information? - Entrepreneur (blog)

Are You Cultivating Knowledge, or Just Consuming Information? - Entrepreneur (blog) | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Are You Cultivating Knowledge, or Just Consuming Information?
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As healthy food fuels the body, so does brain food fuel the mind. Garbage in, garbage out as they say.
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Finding the common ground with indigenous and western knowledge systems

by Imran Naveed
14 August 2014
2014 marked a milestone for Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education as it celebrated 40 years of delivering quality research, education and training in the Northern Territory and across Australia.
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Ethics: Resolving the Ebola dilemma

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The Limits of Logic: Should we embrace the irrational?

The Limits of Logic: Should we embrace the irrational? | TOK TALK | Scoop.it

Logicians don't rule the world or get the most done. Could it be that a consistent world view is neither desirable nor achievable? If we abandon the straightjacket of rationality might this lead to a more powerful and exciting future, or is it a heresy that leads to madness? 

Shahidha Bari asks Cambridge philosopher and author of Think Simon Blackburn, psychiatrist and author of The Master and His Emissary Iain McGilchrist, and radical journalist Beatrix Campbell whether we should embrace the irrational.


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Music Lessons Combat Poverty's Effect on the Brain

Music Lessons Combat Poverty's Effect on the Brain | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Music lessons may help close the socioeconomic gap in reading ability
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Brain plasticity and the Arts

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Ethics for your feet

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Can you feet be ethical?

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BBC News - The mystery of Ireland's worst driver

BBC News - The mystery of Ireland's worst driver | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
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An oldie but still a good one. How initial assumptions lead to mistaken conclusions.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how Republicans blew it on climate change

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how Republicans blew it on climate change | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
The host of Cosmos dishes on our warming planet, why science is "trending" in our culture, and the meaning of a groundbreaking science TV experiment.
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Science gaining 'popular culture' ground

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As forests are cleared and species vanish, there's one other loss: a world of languages

As forests are cleared and species vanish, there's one other loss: a world of languages | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
A new report shows a direct link between disappearing habitats and the loss of languages. One in four of the world's 7,000 spoken tongues is now at risk of falling silent for ever as the threat to cultural biodiversity grows
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Quiz of the week's news

Quiz of the week's news | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
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Keeping up-to-date with current events is essential in TOK. How do you fare on this quiz for the last seven days?

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'Bricksy' builds Banksy work in Lego

'Bricksy' builds Banksy work in Lego | TOK TALK | Scoop.it

When 

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When art mimicks art... is either of these art? If not, why not? 

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Men and Women Really Do See Things Differently

Men and Women Really Do See Things Differently | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
The grass is almost always greener to women, for starters, a new study says—and such differences could have roots deep in human evolution.
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How Emotional Intelligence can be good for business - Leaders in Heels | For Successful Women in Business

How Emotional Intelligence can be good for business - Leaders in Heels | For Successful Women in Business | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Ros Cardinal discusses the value of emotional intelligence to a business.

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Body Atlas Reveals Where We Feel Happiness and Shame - D-brief | DiscoverMagazine.com

Body Atlas Reveals Where We Feel Happiness and Shame - D-brief | DiscoverMagazine.com | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
New research shows emotional states are associated with distinct bodily sensations regardless of culture and so specific that they can be mapped. (Where we feel emotion. Seem accurate to you? Just observing, fear and pride look identical.
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Hit the Reset Button in Your Brain

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Vacation isn’t a luxury. Neither is daydreaming. Don’t skimp.
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'Hobbit' human fossils actually normal human with Down syndrome, say scientists - Raw Story

'Hobbit' human fossils actually normal human with Down syndrome, say scientists - Raw Story | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Raw Story 'Hobbit' human fossils actually normal human with Down syndrome, say scientists Raw Story The so-called “Hobbit” human skeleton found in 2004 and heralded as a previously unknown human species was actually that of a normal human with Down...
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Timeful, a mobile app, promises to stop distraction in its tracks

Timeful, a mobile app, promises to stop distraction in its tracks | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Timeful promises to combine behavioral science and machine learning to create a holistic calendar of your day—from meetings to flossing.

Ariely, whose first book Predictably Irrational highlighted how painfully incompetent we are at making optimal financial decisions (and poked holes in the theory of supply and demand), has been researching human fallibility for years. (No wonder the guy is a little despondent.) But there is reason for a small, newfound source of hope. Along with Stanford University computer science professor Yoav Shoham and Jacob Bank, a Stanford doctoral candidate, Ariely has co-founded a company that aims to help people make better use of their most precious resource—time.

The trio’s first product is an application called Timeful, a name that their Mountain View, Calif-based company shares. At first glance, the iOS app seems like a slightly souped-up calendar tool: it automatically synchronizes with existing calendars and has a familiar interface. But the app also instructs users to pick from a list of health- and happiness-minded tasks—running, flossing, calling Mom or Dad—in addition to the usual personal or work-related to-do list. It then incorporates all of that data, which can include sleep patterns and designated productive times of the day, to suggest time slots for everything. “Figuring out what to do with your time is a really complex computational problem,” Ariely says.


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Fact or Fiction?: Mammoths Can Be Brought Back from Extinction

Fact or Fiction?: Mammoths Can Be Brought Back from Extinction | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Is de-extinction a real possibility?
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Short answer: yes.

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Concern over phone 'sperm threat'

Concern over phone 'sperm threat' | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
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Where do you keep yours?

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Adorkable makes it into Collins English Dictionary

Adorkable makes it into Collins English Dictionary | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
The slang Twitter word Adorkable makes it into the Collins English Dictionary after a public vote.
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How language evolves.

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Lines of infinite beauty - news - TES

Lines of infinite beauty - news - TES | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
To mathematics devotees, the golden ratio – or even a game of noughts and crosses – is as sublime as Michelangelo or Mozart. But how can we share this allure with pupils, asks maths teacher Jonny Griffiths
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Computer simulating 13-year-old boy becomes first to pass Turing test

Computer simulating 13-year-old boy becomes first to pass Turing test | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
'Eugene Goostman' fools 33% of interrogators into thinking it is human, in what is seen as a milestone in artificial intelligence
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This is HUGE! The beginnings of real AI.

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Van Gogh 'live ear' on display

Van Gogh 'live ear' on display | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
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Art again - is this art? Or is it Natural Science? Do our subject classifications have relevance in today's world? Is this story historically or artistically relevant?

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