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Samsung's Galaxy GamePad brings precision Android controls to ... | William History Class | Scoop.it
Well, that took awhile. Remember the first-party gamepad Samsung trotted out at the Galaxy S4 unveiling? It's finally ready for release -- in Europe. The.
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This is cool. I think that it's beginning a new era, that in where Samsung enters the popular world of gaming, and Sony and Nintendo step into the world of cell phones. Sony has already entered the world of cell phones once, with the Sony Xperia Play, which was personally my first phone. It failed, however, because with the slide-out PlayStation controller, it didn't completely abandon the video game vibe. However, if they were to release popular PS3 and PS4 titles such as Battlefield and inFAMOUS as apps, the phone would be extremely successful. With Nintendo, I feel as though making Mario, Donkey Kong and Kirby apps wuld bring attention to any phone they would release. And Samsung would find a great niche in the gaming world by inventing a console. Overall, I think that this tiny handheld GamePad will be a miserable failure, it will revolutionize two industries.

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Scientists drop 2000 mice by parachute in Guam to kill snakes


Via Kathy Bosiak, Joy Kinley
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This is amazing. It shows the raw creativity of our scientists. Although it costs 8 million to run, it costs about 4 million dollar a year in Guma AT THE AIRPORT ALONE. Considering all of the public buildings and private homes in all of Guam the whole project will most likely pay for itself in the next year.The only thing that suprises me though is that the mission to send mice to their death to cause some snakes to die, was funded by environmentalists. Apparanly the species of bird is more special than snakes and mice. Why don' t they just teach the birds how to fly. I mean really, YOU ARE A BIRD, do your job! In all seriousness i think that this was a brilliant idea to help protect the wildlife of Guam, or at least the ones the environmentalists like.

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Wesley M Leonhardt's comment, December 16, 2013 6:47 PM
Scientists recently dropped 2000 mice on the US territory of Guam. In Guam, brown tree snakes have taken over. Many exotic animals have died because of this. So the US dropped 2000 mice to help take care of the "snake problem".
Wesley M Leonhardt's comment, December 16, 2013 6:49 PM
I have very mixed feelings about this. Yes, the US did need to do something to eradicate the snake problem, but was this the right solution? I hope it was because the US did spend 8 million on this project.
Wesley M Leonhardt's comment, December 16, 2013 6:50 PM
"Scientists Drop 2000 Mice by Parachute in Guam to Kill Snakes." Yahoo News India. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Dec. 2013.
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Bathroom Sign At Jacksonville International Airport Makes Us Incredibly Happy - Huffington Post

Bathroom Sign At Jacksonville International Airport Makes Us Incredibly Happy - Huffington Post | William History Class | Scoop.it
Bathroom Sign At Jacksonville International Airport Makes Us Incredibly Happy
Huffington Post
Who would have thought that a simple restroom sign could make us so happy?
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I think that this is very cool and it sends a good message. The article says that it shows "Not all women are a triangle with a head on top" and i believe that nothing less is true. Media so changes our perception of beauty to the point that 4% of women think that they are beautiful. 4%!!! Magazines and television have gotten us to believe that celebrities, cheerleaders and models are all "perfect" and regular day to day women aren't. this couldn't be less true. There is a video on YouTube called "The making of a model" that shows that so-called beautiful people are nothing more than day to day citizens.

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London Cycling Deaths: Five Die In Nine Days - Sky News

London Cycling Deaths: Five Die In Nine Days - Sky News | William History Class | Scoop.it
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London Cycling Deaths: Five Die In Nine Days
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London Mayor Boris Johnson talking to Sky News about cycling deaths.
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When I first saw the statistic, five cyclist deaths in nine days, I immedialtely thought that there was some serial killer on the loose targeting bikers. But as i read further i realized that the real killer was ignorance to the rules oft he road, by both cyclists and drivers alike.  Failure to pay attention to stop signs, red lights, and oncoming traffic has killed all five cyclists.  And even though all of this sounds like it lands sorely on inexperienced drivers, the victims are often times at fault. In the case of this most recent death, the driver who hit the cyclist was driving a bus, making him one of the best drivers on the road (typically). I believe that the cyclist's death was caused by failure to note the walking signs, allowing you to cross or demanding you to stay put.

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Yankees fans thank Mariano Rivera

Yankees fans thank Mariano Rivera | William History Class | Scoop.it
A few years ago, my family and I attended a Yankee game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and there was no doubt what the best part of the trip was.
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I think that this is very cool. Mariano Rivra is an amazing olayer and I cannot wait to see him go down as the second reliever in history to make the Hall of Fame. No matter where your MLB alligience lies, we can all respect Rivera and what he has done for the game. Ven as a Red Sox fan, I can say, congratulations, Mariano Rivera.

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12 Tiny Sports Uniform Details That Drive Fans Crazy - Business Insider

12 Tiny Sports Uniform Details That Drive Fans Crazy - Business Insider | William History Class | Scoop.it
12 Tiny Sports Uniform Details That Drive Fans Crazy
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... or uniform has "small details that bother you." Many of the answers point out strange details that most sports fans have probably never noticed.
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This article is absolutley hilarious. It think that it shows common human error. The pacers stripes not matching is absolutely hilarious to me. Someone didn't take enough pride in their work, and mismatched the stripes. Also, the anatomical failure of louisville's redbird is downright hysterical. Please read this article for good laughs, a good read, and to see the aftermath of a bird argument.

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La Liga: Gareth Bale trains with Real Madrid for the first time after leaving Tottenham

La Liga: Gareth Bale trains with Real Madrid for the first time after leaving Tottenham | William History Class | Scoop.it
Gareth Bale is edging closer to his Real Madrid debut after training with his new team-mates for the first time.
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Gareth Bale is a stunning football player with many years ahead of him. That being said, not just any good, young player has a team throwing 100,000,000 € around. What makes Bale special is the fact that he can pull his team together while  ripping the other apart. Last season he had the most goals from outside of the penalty box out of any player in the barclays premier league, including veteran players from Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea.

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JK Rowling among 10 literacy heroes

JK Rowling among 10 literacy heroes | William History Class | Scoop.it
Harry Potter author JK Rowling is among 10 people - both famous and non-famous - to be honoured for helping to boost literacy and a love of reading.

Via Karen Bonanno, Deborah Welsh
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I love this award! It really goes out to the everyday heroes teaching children how to read. Whether it is J.K. Rowling, whose amazing stories have enticed children to read, myself included, or your everyday library assistant, reaching out and helping you to read. Without these wondorful teachers, writers and librarians, this comment wud be rully hurd tu reeed. Thank you, Language Arts teachers, writers, and librarians, for making the world a better, more literate place. Without you all languages would be dead, like latin. You are inspiring people who help the community. Now, Mrs. K., about that essay...

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I like this one: "An unnamed prisoner from The Mount jail who is involved with a project called Storybook Dads, where parents in prison can record themselves reading a book to their children"

Library Staff's curator insight, December 4, 2013 5:19 PM

I concur! 

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#Infographic: The History of Hashtags

#Infographic: The History of Hashtags | William History Class | Scoop.it
It’s that time of year. Less innovation and more selling. That’s not a bad thing.
With that in mind, here’s a quick infographic to take you through the all important history of the hashtag. How did we survive without these little fellas?

Via Thomas Faltin
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Right now you are probably thinking, "This is going to be dumb." Well don't #JudgeTooQuickly because hashtags are becoming a source of business efficiency and a way of connecting strangers. #DealWithIt. Not only did half of this years super bowl commercials have a hashtag, but 100% of the movies AMC theatres has purchased in the last monty's teaser trailer contains a hashtag. This small little number signs are making a large impact on the world. #FeelTheSplash. However, with all that they are achieving, they are just an internet fad and another one will surley replace it. And then its #ByeBye for hastags. #TooBadSoSad

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Monash International Leadership Scholarship, Monash University, Australia | Scholarships Bank

Monash International Leadership Scholarship, Monash University, Australia | Scholarships Bank | William History Class | Scoop.it
RT @StudyAussie: http://t.co/7MMA2MLO8L beasiswa 100% di Monash University AUSTRALIA, mau? :) ~1120
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Nerd Out on This Sprawling Oral History of Apple Design - Gizmodo

Nerd Out on This Sprawling Oral History of Apple Design - Gizmodo | William History Class | Scoop.it
If you, like me, pored over the Steve Jobs biography (or perhaps over Jobs) looking for juicy tidbits about Apple's design culture, you likely were sorely disappointed. We know plenty about Jobs' mercurial management and ...
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This is just a mediocre article but the video in the comments about mac's and PC's is very interesting. scroll to the bottom and watch the video. It taught me alot about the history of PC's.

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Settlement Leaves Fans at a Moral Crossroads

Settlement Leaves Fans at a Moral Crossroads | William History Class | Scoop.it
The recent settlement of a concussion lawsuit against the N.F.L. has put fans on a moral hot seat. Will they continue to watch a game that they know is damaging its players?
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I believe that watching and enjoying football is perfectly acceptable. Although football players put the,selves at risk of injury or death, modern day gladiators, if you will, that is a decision they make for themselves. Our country is blessed in that no one has to become anything. However, with all of the parents of potential football players on edge about health and concussions, I do worry for the future of the game. With all said, this is an important topic, and go Broncoes

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iPhone 5C: Why it will sell better in Europe than in China - Christian Science Monitor

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iPhone 5C: Why it will sell better in Europe than in China
Christian Science Monitor
The iPhone 5C was rumored to be Apple's entrance into the emerging (and quickly growing) smartphone market abroad.
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I believe that the 5s and 5c are a great business plan because now, for all of those families in Europe who would never spend 750€ can get all of the iPhone 5 experience for only about 85€. Although Apple recieves less money per phone the obscenely low production costs still brings apple to a ridiculous profit.

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