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Boy, 10, saves family in speeding car, credits hours of Mario Kart experience

Boy, 10, saves family in speeding car, credits hours of Mario Kart experience | World News | Scoop.it
A 10-year-old Colorado boy who likes to play Mario Kart and drive go-Karts grabbed the wheel of his great-grandmother's speeding car when she passed out and guided it safely off the highway.

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This article is talking about a boy saving his great-grandmother by grabbing the wheel of her car and steering it to safety when she passed out. the surprising thing is that from playing Mario Kart, he was able to do this . I have to say doing that was really showing grrat character, and would be a good example to othe kids. Not just for saying that it is important to save someone everyday, but to be able to have the courage to take the wheel and the audacity to steer it to saftey. He also kept a cool head and helped his little brother through it. 

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Nolan foote's curator insight, November 12, 2013 12:51 PM

Wow how can a 10 year old boy do this. All the games he had played growing up Mario Kart it really helped save his brother and his grandma great  that's what they called her. The 10-year old colorado boy drove the car into the muddy ditch where soon the car came to a stop. He told his younger brother to keep playing his game and told him your doing great keep it up. Even though there was a car far ahead of them on a highway he new what do to and he did it right. Grandma great had passed out and the boy tried to get her up but he new he had to take the wheel.

Sarah Hibbeln's curator insight, November 12, 2013 1:01 PM

This article surprised me a lot! I always have thought that some video games were a waste of time but to me Mario Kart came very handy in this situation. The ten year old boy knew exactly what to do and from what I know is that Mario Kart doesn't include a lot of things in a real-life car! For example, the gas pedal, brake pedal, the consequencnes of hitting someone, and moving in and out of a lane, which lane you should be in, which lane you shouldn't not be in. And he didn't have the control of the brake so how could he have possibly got off the highway when there was probably a high chance of a stoplight after you got off the highway? I think that he might have have jumped into his grandma's lap but still how could he have reaches the pedals. It might have been that he pulled over into the grass off the road. Now that I know about this current event, I'm going to play more Mario Kart just in case!! 

robyns tut's curator insight, November 25, 2013 8:56 AM

we are usually inclinde to beleve that the lessons learnt from games are thosed of violence, but this proves that i depends on the game and the player  and not all games are "bad"- Justine Pearce

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Shooting at Colorado High School Injures 2

Shooting at Colorado High School Injures 2 | World News | Scoop.it

A shooting incident at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado has injured two and forced the lockdown of nearby schools in the area, according to local reports.


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This article is talking about the shooting that happened at Arapahoe high school earlier today.  Is very sad that someone would going to school and she children. I don't believe it is a problem that many civilians have guns. It is the disturbance that I mean that one our own  have the audacity to do that. Hopefully in the future we are able to prevent these kinds of shootings. It is important that we offer help to the mentally impaired people. 

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5 Online Scams To Be Aware Of This Christmas

5 Online Scams To Be Aware Of This Christmas | World News | Scoop.it
The holidays are a dangerous time. It'd be nice if the season of cheer was all happiness and joy but, unfortunately, there are malicious people out there who will capitalize on your good spirits to scam you out of a lot of money.

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This article is talking about all the online scams of this Christmas. In a way, it is sad that people do this. They know it is not right, but they still do this. I wish there was a way that made it possible for these people to get blocked off how they can reach you.  Because of this people will be more cautious and reluctant to doing things which has it positives and negatives. 

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Information Age Technology LLC's curator insight, December 11, 2013 4:11 PM

A short list of some of the scams that people have learned to use, exploiting the holidays and the 'madness' that holidays bring.

abbey's curator insight, December 14, 2013 8:20 PM

I think that this is really helpfill because you want to get the most out of your money this year. Since times are tough, you need to save as much money as you can. But also the scammers are trying to get as much money as they can get out of you. So you just have to be careful on where you buy your gifts. 

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Nelson Mandela | 1918-2013

Nelson Mandela | 1918-2013 | World News | Scoop.it
The International Community suffered a tremendous loss today with the death of Nelson Mandela.

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This areticle is talking about the very influential man, Nelson Mandela. It also gives a brief summary of his legacy and his life story. I think this is important because many young people need to learn about the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. He was a basically a later version of Martin Luther King Jr. His morals and mission Are important Thing to embrace. As a society, if we were all able to embrace each other as equals, it would make a difference. 

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Say goodbye to the world's longest flight - CNBC.com

Say goodbye to the world's longest flight - CNBC.com | World News | Scoop.it
Say goodbye to the world's longest flight CNBC.com This weekend, Singapore Airlines will terminate its iconic, non-stop all-business-class service to New York - also the world's longest flight - as the aviation sector grapples with high fuel prices...
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This article is talking about how the world's logest fight will be terminated and the reactions of travelers and the airline. i think this was a wrong move because many Singapore based business people need this flight to get into New York. It would take additional travel hours to transfer flights. I believe that these people are going to be willing to pay top dollar for this flight. Even though the prices of gas is going up, it would have been a successful strategic move in my mind. 

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3ders.org - Vitamin boost for 3D printing of medical implants | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News

3ders.org - Vitamin boost for 3D printing of medical implants | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News | World News | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered that a naturally-occurring compound can be incorporated into 3D printing processes to create medical implants out of non-toxic polymers. The compound is riboflavin, which is better known as vitamin B2.

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this article is talking about 3d printers can be used in the medical implants advancement world. I see this as a promising opportunity, but really as a high risk high reward situation.  Becuase 3d printers are new to this time and we as a human race have never come up with something so technologically advanced, it seems shifty at first. But, I could see this as a breakthrough for people who need implants at a lower price, but the quality could be compromised by using a lower grade mineral, Vitamin B3. All we can do is wait for test results from being able to print a 3d object.

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Ground Breaking Day in the Park East - urbanmilwaukee

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Ground Breaking Day in the Park East
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Ground Breaking Day in the Park East. A flock of public officials turned out to celebrate the Avenir, a $20.7 million, 104-unit mixed-use building that begins construction.
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This article is talking about how walmart workers are going on strike becuase it was too hard to live off of the wage that was given. I have to wonder, will Walmart fix this? And if things aren't fixed, will walmart just shut down because people refuse to work there? I think walmart should have more opportunities to get a job advancement and give a higher wage to all of their employees.

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Wii: A Game Changer for Maine Hospitals

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A number of hospitals around Maine are using Nintendo Wii in their physical and occupational therapy programs.


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This article is talking about how the nintendo wii is able to help childred with physical therapy. Certain games can help with certai issues, just like the fishing game that was mentioned in the article. My question is that did nintendo wii do this on purpose knowing that this would be beneficial, or was it discovered. Now that wiki has been informed about this, will they specialize in games that will aid in physical therapy? Now will other gaming devices try to invent games to help with this issue? 

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Josué Cardona's curator insight, August 1, 2013 11:04 PM

This articles has a few stories of different hospitals in the area using Wiis and the patients who benefited from them.

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WHo knew? In my own backyard!
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Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans in History, English, Science for High School, Middle School, Elementary, Home School

Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans in History, English, Science for High School, Middle School, Elementary, Home School | World News | Scoop.it
Movie Lesson Plans Based on Films that will Inspire and Motivate Students; 350+ Movie Lesson Plans for High School, Middle School, Elementary and Home School

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It will be interesting to see how will this will work, it seems promising, but I could see a few setbacks. 

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Margarita Santana's curator insight, November 10, 2013 5:40 PM

Movies, great resources!

Pati Olton's curator insight, November 11, 2013 10:00 AM

waiting for additions like The Book Thief...and Ender's Game

Gwen Little's curator insight, August 16, 9:02 PM

Excellent site to help you find relevant movies to enhance your curriculum. We try to end our Friday's with a movie that relates to something we have been studying or reading. This site is great!

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Easter Island Heads Have Bodies! - The Wall Breakers

Easter Island Heads Have Bodies! - The Wall Breakers | World News | Scoop.it
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Was the buring of the bodies on purpose or did it happen over time?

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China bans shark fin, bird's nest soup from state banquets

China bans shark fin, bird's nest soup from state banquets | World News | Scoop.it
China has banned shark fin and bird's nest soup from being served at official state banquets, reports Chinese state media..

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this article is talking about how china banned exotic animal products. I think this is important because it is crucial that we create an environment that is safe for animals to live in. this is a demonstration of the constant battle between man and nature, China took a big step in the right direction by doing this. if many more countries were able to do this, the problem between selling these exotic and animal products would be closer to being resolved. 

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Meet Reliant, the Navy's record breaking robot mine hunter - Fox News

Meet Reliant, the Navy's record breaking robot mine hunter - Fox News | World News | Scoop.it
Meet Reliant, the Navy's record breaking robot mine hunter Fox News As part of the Office of Naval Research Future Naval Capabilities program, the team will be further developing Knifefish and other AUV technologies to increase mine countermeasure...

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This article is talking about Reliant, the robotic mine hunter. I think this will be beneficial to society because this device can help save many liwill with detecting mines and other dangers without risking a human life. This could be a breakthrough in technology, and could really benefit everyone, especially the crew. If the navy is able to Make this reliable and able to find many different types of underwater threats, this could be a very promising invention. 

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Robot helps autistic children develop social skills

Robot helps autistic children develop social skills | World News | Scoop.it
Meet Russell. His lack of human emotions makes him an ideal conversation partner for non-communicative kids

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This article is talking about how a robot can be able to help develop social skills in autistic children. I think this could be a breakthrough and it could help many autistic children Around the world. If the robots were able to become more well known and cheaper to create,this could be a very helpful tool in dealing with autism For all kids despite financial differences. 

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Another use case worth checking out

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U.S. to consider allowing cellphone use on planes

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The FCC will propose allowing passengers to use their cellphones on airplanes, setting up a debate that will pit the technically possible against the socially tolerable. (Breaking: U.S.
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This article is talking about the prosand cons of having cell phone use in planes and the response from some airlines. I think it is not ok to have cell phones useable on flight because of cofort and peace. People have different opinions, but it would be easier to just say all cell phones off isnstead of having to write up a policy. 

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COSTA RICA: Longline fisheries in Costa Rica hook tens of thousands of sea turtles every year

COSTA RICA: Longline fisheries in Costa Rica hook tens of thousands of sea turtles every year | World News | Scoop.it

Hundreds of kilometers of commercial fishing lines slither along coastal waters in Costa Rica, hooking thousands of mahi-mahi and many other marketable fish. But when scientists scrutinized fishermen’s catch, they were shocked by the staggering number of sea turtles accidentally snagged on the lines.

A study published Aug. 20 in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology suggests that longline fisheries in Costa Rica unintentionally caught about 700,000 Olive Ridley turtles as bycatch between 1999 and 2010—the second highest catch after mahi-mahi. Other bycatch included silky sharks, pelagic stingrays and Indo-Pacific sailfish.

“We’re seeing fewer turtles, smaller sharks and catastrophic effects on mahi-mahi—our main fishery product,” said Randall Arauz, co-author of the study and president of a Costa Rican conservation research non-profit called PRETOMA, in an interview with mongabay.com. “We’re already seeing big troubles in the longline industry.”

 

In a collaboration between Drexel University, PRETOMA and a U.S. non-profit called The Leatherback Trust, observers shadowed Papagayo Seafood S.A. longline fishing expeditions off Playa del Coco for 10 years. They recorded details of all species reeled in on the lines, noting the types of hooks and how long they were in the water.

“It’s a highly informative and unusually thorough study,” said Carl Safina, founding president of Blue Ocean Institute in New York in an interview with mongabay.com. “Most bycatch studies span a smaller area over a shorter time.”

When Olive Ridleys from nearby beaches chomp on the bait, they can become hooked. Because they surface to breathe, about 98 percent of the turtles are hauled in alive, authors say. But if a line catches fifty turtles, each weighing 60 kilograms or more, then hauling them in, removing the hooks and throwing them back overboard is challenging.

“It’s a real pain,” said Arauz. “So fishermen tend to just rip the hooks out.” The study did not monitor how the released turtles fare, but authors say that careless de-hooking may kill even more turtles.

 

The authors estimate that 2 to 3 percent of the turtles swallow the hooks, which usually kills the animals—a toll of about 14,000 turtles during the 10-year study, said Arauz.

The findings indicate that turtle bycatch rates have decreased each year. However, the authors believe this reflects a dwindling population, rather than better fishing practices.

Co-author James Spotila, a biologist at Drexel University in Pennsylvania, told ticotimes.net that the fishery in Costa Rica is not sustainable. This type of collapse has happened before, he said.

Authors argue that a lack of rules about when and where fishermen may work, and the equipment they may use, is hurting the marine ecosystem in Costa Rica. Closing key fisheries along the Guanacaste coast, especially during key nesting seasons between October and February, will help decrease turtle bycatch, they maintain.

But the policymakers who have the authority to change such rules also have an economic stake in the Costa Rican fishing industry, Arauz said, posing a legislative challenge.

In an interview with mongabay.com, Bryan Wallace, chief scientist at the Oceanic Society in California, said the Costa Rican governmental fisheries management agency, called INCOPESCA, does not have the same incentives to reduce bycatch. Effecting change will require a national commitment to uphold better standards, Wallace said.

Arauz warns of grave consequences if Costa Rica doesn’t follow such a course: “If they keep fishing the way they’ve been fishing for the last 30 to 40 years, there isn’t going to be anything left.”

 

CITATION: Dapp, D, Arauz, R, Spotila, JR, and O’Connor, MP. (2013) Impact of Costa Rican longline fishery on its bycatch of sharks, stingrays, bony fish and olive ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 20 August 2013.

Julia Calderone is a graduate student in the Science Communication Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.


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This article is talking about how many sea turtles get caught in fishing nets. I think that this is an important issue that needs to be addressed. I think that fishing companies should know how to release a sea turtle if one gets caught in a fishing net. They also should set up a place where sea turtles are able to go where they are not in danger of a net scooping them up. 

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Leaked: Fitbit's next fitness tracker, the Fitbit Force

Leaked: Fitbit's next fitness tracker, the Fitbit Force | World News | Scoop.it

Fitbit’s fitness trackers could soon take a big step forward. The Fitbit Flex seems to improve on the Fitbit wristband formula in every major way.


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This article is talking about the tech specks of the Fitbit Flex.  It is also comparing it to other fitness bands. Since their recent show, these bands might be able to reduce the number of overweight and obese peopel in the us. It might also encourage children to be more active. They seem promising, but the real test will be in the future.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, October 3, 2013 10:40 AM

Sigh - more wearables.  ;-)

Marleigh's curator insight, October 3, 2013 4:47 PM

I *want* one :) ... ha ha

Ji-Wei's curator insight, October 3, 2013 9:03 PM

The fitbit tracker is a watch that has many uses for people. Not only can it tell time, but the Fitbit watch can also tell the elevation of where you are. This will be ery helpful to hikers and mountain climbers in the future when they go hiking or mountain climbing. The one question I have is how well they will sell when they're released.

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Boy, 10, saves family in speeding car, credits hours of Mario Kart experience

Boy, 10, saves family in speeding car, credits hours of Mario Kart experience | World News | Scoop.it
A 10-year-old Colorado boy who likes to play Mario Kart and drive go-Karts grabbed the wheel of his great-grandmother's speeding car when she passed out and guided it safely off the highway.

Via Josué Cardona
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This article is talking about a boy saving his great-grandmother by grabbing the wheel of her car and steering it to safety when she passed out. the surprising thing is that from playing Mario Kart, he was able to do this . I have to say doing that was really showing grrat character, and would be a good example to othe kids. Not just for saying that it is important to save someone everyday, but to be able to have the courage to take the wheel and the audacity to steer it to saftey. He also kept a cool head and helped his little brother through it. 

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Nolan foote's curator insight, November 12, 2013 12:51 PM

Wow how can a 10 year old boy do this. All the games he had played growing up Mario Kart it really helped save his brother and his grandma great  that's what they called her. The 10-year old colorado boy drove the car into the muddy ditch where soon the car came to a stop. He told his younger brother to keep playing his game and told him your doing great keep it up. Even though there was a car far ahead of them on a highway he new what do to and he did it right. Grandma great had passed out and the boy tried to get her up but he new he had to take the wheel.

Sarah Hibbeln's curator insight, November 12, 2013 1:01 PM

This article surprised me a lot! I always have thought that some video games were a waste of time but to me Mario Kart came very handy in this situation. The ten year old boy knew exactly what to do and from what I know is that Mario Kart doesn't include a lot of things in a real-life car! For example, the gas pedal, brake pedal, the consequencnes of hitting someone, and moving in and out of a lane, which lane you should be in, which lane you shouldn't not be in. And he didn't have the control of the brake so how could he have possibly got off the highway when there was probably a high chance of a stoplight after you got off the highway? I think that he might have have jumped into his grandma's lap but still how could he have reaches the pedals. It might have been that he pulled over into the grass off the road. Now that I know about this current event, I'm going to play more Mario Kart just in case!! 

robyns tut's curator insight, November 25, 2013 8:56 AM

we are usually inclinde to beleve that the lessons learnt from games are thosed of violence, but this proves that i depends on the game and the player  and not all games are "bad"- Justine Pearce

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3ders.org - 3D printing with graphene is coming, and it will change the world | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News

3ders.org - 3D printing with graphene is coming, and it will change the world | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News | World News | Scoop.it

Graphene is going to revolutionize the 21st Century. As a emerging material Graphene could change the way electronic components are made. Graphene is a two dimensional material consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb or chicken wire structure. It is the thinnest material known and according to mechanical engineering professor James Hone, of Columbia University, graphene is strongest material ever measured, some 200 times stronger than structural steel. Graphene conducts electricity as efficiently as copper and outperforms all other materials as a conductor of heat. Graphene is almost completely transparent, yet so dense that even the smallest atom helium cannot pass through it.

 


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 It is hard to think about what this will bring to the world, it could help and hurt In the exact same way. 

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