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How Technology Is Warping Your Memory | Huffington Post

How Technology Is Warping Your Memory | Huffington Post | World news | Scoop.it
Take a moment to think about the last time you memorized someone's phone number. Was it way back when, perhaps circa 2001? And when was the last time you were at a dinner party or having a conversation with friends, when you whipped out your smartphone to Google the answer to someone's question? Probably last week.Technology changes the way we live our daily lives, the way we learn, and the way we use our faculties of attention -- and a growing body of research has suggested that it may have profound effects on our memories (particularly the short-term, or working, memory), altering and in some cases impairing its function.The implications of a poor working memory on our brain functioning and overall intelligence levels are difficult to over-estimate."The depth of our intelligence hinges on our ability to transfer information from working memory, the scratch pad of consciousness, to long-term memory, the mind’s filing system," Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains, wrote in Wired in 2010. "When facts and experiences enter our long-term memory, we are able to weave them into the complex ideas that give richness to our thought."While our long-term memory has a nearly unlimited capacity, the short-term memory has more limited storage, and that storage is very fragile. "A break in our attention can sweep its contents from our mind," Carr explains.Meanwhile, new research has found that taking photos -- an increasingly ubiquitous practice in our smartphone-obsessed culture -- actually hinders our ability to remember that which we're capturing on camera.Concerned about premature memory loss? You probably should be. Here are five things you should know about the way technology is affecting your memory. Click headline to read more--
Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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This really amazes me that technology can have such an immense effect on us. Reading about how the mind is less likely to remember things with distractions caused from technology makes me realize that I have seen this happening all around me, and sometimes even with me. Our minds can't put all these little details we come across into one big picture which causes us to lose it in the long run. If we focus on more than one thing at once, the things that you are learning probably won't stay in your memory because all of those things are overflowing your memory, so some will have to "fall out". If someone gets distracted by everything they are doing, the knowledge may just fly right out of their brain. This article makes me notice that I must focus on one thing at a time and try to keep stress out of my mind.
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Innovation of the Week: PodPonics—Thinking Globally, Growing Locally

Innovation of the Week: PodPonics—Thinking Globally, Growing Locally | World news | Scoop.it
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Via Anita Woodruff
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As our world moves forward, I can see innovations like this becoming the more successful ones. I say this because our world does need doe remodeling if the environment is to get better. If creative inventors can come up with little inventions such as this one, our world can become a better place to live in one step at a time. Other countries said they wanted to buy this product which shows that people all around the world want to make an effort to save the environment. The concept of "thinking globally, growing locally" is brilliant because it needs to be a global effort, but this system allows the plants to flourish in every city.
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What's the Difference Between "Using Technology" and "Technology Integration"?

What's the Difference Between "Using Technology" and "Technology Integration"? | World news | Scoop.it
“ Recently, I've been noticing that a lot of instructors are under the impression that they are successfully integrating technology, when in fact they are simply using technology. Although this might...”
Via Gust MEES
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This was very interesting to look at this chart to show the difference between technology integration and using technology because I could relate it to my own classes. I found that a lot of the descriptions on the use of technology side were actually similar to ones of my own school. This shows that technology should be used more often for deeply understanding topics rather than every once in a while for fun. The problem with this, though, for teachers is that kids are sometimes messing around, so not as much can be accomplished. But, we are still going through the transition learning by using technology or other ways which makes it hard for a classroom to be solely technology-based. As our generation keeps moving forward, though, it will be easier for teachers to have technology integration rather than just using technology.
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To tackle pollution, China to drop pursuit of growth at all costs - Vision Insights and New Horizons

“To tackle pollution, China to drop pursuit of growth at all costs Vision Insights and New Horizons Officials, including vice-environment minister Pan Yue, have complained that the current regime lacks teeth, partly because many crucial...”
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After reading this article about trying to clean China, I think back to the article that I read a couple weeks ago about China's extremely high levels of smog. When reading that article, I wondered why they even let it get that way in the first place, and I still feel that way throughout this article. The government is now trying to sound like they are getting on top of things, but they haven't shown much responsibility during the last couple of years. I think that a lot of it was because they wanted the money from new population and uprising businesses. But now, they need to get a grip on things and consider all the people around the world that could suffer from their mistake to let the pollution get so out of control. Hopefully China will follow through with what they say they will do to make our planet a better place in the long run.
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Molasses spill takes toll on sea life: 26000 dead fish and other marine life ... - Ke Alakai

Molasses spill takes toll on sea life: 26000 dead fish and other marine life ... - Ke Alakai | World news | Scoop.it
“ Molasses spill takes toll on sea life: 26000 dead fish and other marine life ... Ke Alakai “Ecology is all about balance,” stated Spencer B. Davis, a junior in marine biology from Nevada.”
Via Gaye Rosier
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This article is about molasses that spilled into the ocean causing thousands of fish to die. The molasses sucked the oxygen out of the water which was the cause of the fishes' deaths. I believe that people should be more careful and considerate of their surroundings. Some people forget that we share the Earth with all of the other animals. Also, to keep our world cleaner and healthier, we all need to work together and take action.
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China to close schools, stop outdoor activities during heavy smog - Vision Insights and New Horizons

“China to close schools, stop outdoor activities during heavy smog Vision Insights and New Horizons Despite frequent calls for cutting pollution over recent years, and growing public anger, the problem has only got worse.”
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This article is mostly about how China's smog levels are at an outrageous high . This causes them to close schools and stop outdoor activities because severe sicknesses can be brought on by it. I believe that China shouldn't have let the pollution level rise to this extreme in the first place by cutting down on businesses and transportation that put out that much pollution. It is very sad that many beautiful places will be ruined by the unhealthy smog. Also, the people living there are used to this thick, smoggy air which would make us sick right away. I think a leader needs to stand up for this subject and take action so the smog level doesn't get any higher.
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prototypes of absurd inventions

prototypes of absurd inventions | World news | Scoop.it

Via Deloste
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These are ridiculous but ingenious at the same time.
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Neon type installations in nature

Neon type installations in nature | World news | Scoop.it
Korean artist Jung Lee installs neon letters in nature - snow, forests etc - forming sentences that evoke powerful emotion.She is showing her first exhibition in Dubai at Green Art Gallery. Lee has two series—Day and Night and Aporia, which means “coming to a dead end” in Greek.Find more details and images at the link.
Via Luca Baptista, Lauren Moss
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More than 70 leaders expected for Mandela memorial, funeral - Vision Insights and New Horizons

“Chabad.org More than 70 leaders expected for Mandela memorial, funeral Vision Insights and New Horizons JOHANNESBURG, Dec 9 (Reuters) - More than 70 world leaders from U.S.”
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It is amazing that so many leaders from around the world represent themselves and their country in the memory of this great leader. This shows what a great man Mandela was and how much people respect him. This loss is very different from other leaders because he really found a way into the people's hearts and stood up for his own rights. Not very many leaders are wiling to break the law for their country's rights and still become the leader of that country. Each leader coming to the memorial has probably looked up to him and has tried to be an amazing leader like him. Mandela is the prime example of never giving up because, even when he was in jail, he became successful. Although his death is a travesty, Mandela has left such a great legacy on the whole world.
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Facebook extends its anti-bullying “compassion research” effort | SiliconBeat

Facebook extends its anti-bullying “compassion research” effort | SiliconBeat | World news | Scoop.it
Facebook is expanding its efforts to help teens (and adults) deal with annoying or bullying behavior on the world’s biggest social network, by extending its online reporting tools and promoting its new “Bullying Resource Hub” for kids, parents and educators. And in coming months, Facebook’s Arturo Bejar says he hopes to adapt those tools for Instagram, the online photo-sharing service owned by Facebook that’s become increasingly popular among teens. As we’ve reported before, Bejar is a Facebook engineering director who also oversees what the company calls its “compassion research” program, in which Facebook has enlisted psychologists and child development experts to help improve procedures for flagging items that make them uncomfortable. The effort started with photos and has been extended to status updates and other comments posted on the site. Brandon Bailey
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I think that Facebook is doing something great by trying to prevent the bullying from going on. Although it is not their full responsibility to stop this since they are already so successful, they are still trying to reach out and help. Hopefully their efforts will succeed, but so many people are misusing their accounts and not taking consideration of other's feelings that it will be hard to completely solve the problem. I think it is useful to have something online that people can access to report wrong behavior because sometimes it scares kids to tell others face-to-face because they are afraid the bully will come after them. Since these online attacks are becoming more and more common, every effort counts in trying to keep everyone safe online.
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Running and Heart Attacks - Can Running Kill You?

Running and Heart Attacks - Can Running Kill You? | World news | Scoop.it
“Does running lower the risk of suffering cardiac arrest, or is it the other way around? Research shows how running can prolong life.”
Via Troy Mccomas (troy48)
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The research in this article shows that some running may kill some percent of people, and I can't deny the facts but I won't let it stop me from running. I think that pushing yourself past your limits can result in injuries, some fatal, so those types of runners must be the ones that might've unfortunately died. This should not stop people from getting out and running, though, but people need to be more mindful in listening to your body. Pushing yourself beyond your limits can cause success in many aspects of life, but if you do during exercise, obviously, it can be fatal. Exercise has been proven to lengthen your life, so I will keep exercising but now with a careful mind.
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Italy declares state of emergency in Sardinia after deadly cyclone - Vision Insights and New Horizons

“Italy declares state of emergency in Sardinia after deadly cyclone Vision Insights and New Horizons "We're facing an exceptional event here which has put our system of territorial planning and management into crisis," said Antonello Frau, deputy...”
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This article is about a large cyclone that hit Sardinia flooding many places. This is very sad but interesting at the same time. Although they said that flooding is common around there, I think it is interesting that so many natural disasters have been happening recently. As they mention in the article, climate change could be a factor of the cause of this storm. The climate has been changing more and more with the more pollution going into the air so I wonder if that could be a cause of these deadly natural disasters. I couldn't imagine what it would be like to be in such a tremendous storm without a plan of what to do! I hope that the people that were harmed by the storm find help soon.
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Monster typhoon exposes an ill-prepared Philippines - Vision Insights and New Horizons

“Washington Post Monster typhoon exposes an ill-prepared Philippines Vision Insights and New Horizons Survivors complained of shortages of food and water, piling pressure on Aquino whose once soaring popularity has been eroded in recent weeks by a...”
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This article is about the disastrous typhoon that hit the Philippines. Many unfortunately died and many places were destroyed. This article talks about how they were not prepared for this at all, so some could not evacuate. Not only that, but some people were even warned that there was a large storm coming, but they decided to ignore it. Their reasons for this were that it had been totally normal the days before, and the men stayed at their houses because they were afraid of people robbing their houses. I think that these people could've been more trusting, since it was a life or death situation. Also on this subject, many countries were ready to provide aid for the Philippines, but the lack of communication because of government officials being dead or in grief caused the help to come later than it should've.
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iPhone/iPad Table

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Via Deloste
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This is an amazing, well thought out invention! How did they do it?
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Neon type installations in nature

Neon type installations in nature | World news | Scoop.it
Korean artist Jung Lee installs neon letters in nature - snow, forests etc - forming sentences that evoke powerful emotion.She is showing her first exhibition in Dubai at Green Art Gallery. Lee has two series—Day and Night and Aporia, which means “coming to a dead end” in Greek.Find more details and images at the link.
Via Luca Baptista, Lauren Moss, Ryley Caron
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This is a great new display of modern art and a great way for people to express their selves.
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10 Things to do in Milan, Italy

10 Things to do in Milan, Italy | World news | Scoop.it
“ 1. Duomo Cathedral is the center of Milan – with literally all roads leading from it. One of the largest churches in Europe, it is an architectural wonder.”
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There are so many beautiful and ancient buildings and statues there! I have always wanted to go to Italy because, in the U.S., we don't have such historic landmarks like they do.
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