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Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects'

Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | Makes Me Think! | Scoop.it
For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.
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WeAreTeachers: 20 Things New Teachers Really, Really Need to Know (According to The Vets)

WeAreTeachers: 20 Things New Teachers Really, Really Need to Know (According to The Vets) | Makes Me Think! | Scoop.it
Are your knees knocking at the thought of walking into a classroom for the very first time this fall? Have no fear!
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What 3-D Printing Could Mean for Small Businesses

What 3-D Printing Could Mean for Small Businesses | Makes Me Think! | Scoop.it
How the additive manufacturing trend could help you grow your business.
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Will Human Teleportation Ever Be Possible? | DiscoverMagazine.com

Will Human Teleportation Ever Be Possible? | DiscoverMagazine.com | Makes Me Think! | Scoop.it
As experiments in relocating particles advance, will we be able to say, "Beam me up, Scotty" one day soon?
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How 3-D printing will radically change the world

How 3-D printing will radically change the world | Makes Me Think! | Scoop.it
The rise of 3-D printing will make life as we know it today barely recognizable in 50 to 75 years. But it's not the Jetsons. Not yet.
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Mark Twain Wrote the First Book Ever Written With a Typewriter

Mark Twain Wrote the First Book Ever Written With a Typewriter | Makes Me Think! | Scoop.it
My Penguin Classics copy of Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi sits alone atop an overfull shelf. There is a bookmark on page 204, exactly halfway through, torn from an in-flight duty-free catalog---whiskey and fancy pens.
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» Even Children’s First Impressions Are Based on Appearance - Psych Central News

» Even Children’s First Impressions Are Based on Appearance  - Psych Central News | Makes Me Think! | Scoop.it

New research suggests children are similar to adults in judging an individual’s character traits simply by looking at the person’s face. 

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Want A More Satisfying Career? Become A Mentor

Want A More Satisfying Career? Become A Mentor | Makes Me Think! | Scoop.it
If you’re not currently mentoring someone, it’s time to ask yourself:  “Why not?” You may feel you don’t have anything to share as you’re not experienced enough or considered a tenured professional.
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100% Recycled Plastic Bridge Holds Strong In Ohio | EarthTechling

100% Recycled Plastic Bridge Holds Strong In Ohio | EarthTechling | Makes Me Think! | Scoop.it
Made from milk jugs and car bumpers, the bridge is now America's longest recycled plastic bridge on a public roadway.
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Hope the rest of the world is watching and learning.

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The Power of Authenticity (in six minutes) » Enliven Education

The Power of Authenticity (in six minutes) » Enliven Education | Makes Me Think! | Scoop.it

In the 1930’s Henry Ford revolutionised the manufacture of cars with his innovative and efficient assembly lines. Until then cars had been individually crafted, and pretty much the reserve of the very wealthy. The new assembly lines meant that cars would now become affordable for many.


Over the last 25 years or so education has undergone a similar process of ‘modernisation’.  In an attempt to make schooling more effective for everyone, we have seen the building of a National Curriculum packed with important skills and knowledge for our teachers to deliver.  Weekly Timetables have been divided up to accommodate disconnected chunks of learning and students have been processed through it all in the hope that they will all emerge as highly accomplished individuals ready to make their way in the adult world

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Vancouver Will Pave Its Streets With Recycled Plastic

Vancouver Will Pave Its Streets With Recycled Plastic | Makes Me Think! | Scoop.it

Normally, trash in the street is a negative characteristic for a major city, but it’s put the city of Vancouver, Canada in the headlines in a positive way. City officials recently announced that Vancouver will be the first-ever city to include recycled plastics in asphalt used to pave and repair roads.

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Ten Indisputable Signs That You’re a Writer

Ten Indisputable Signs That You’re a Writer | Makes Me Think! | Scoop.it

Think you might be a writer but aren’t 150% sure? Here are ten signs that you may very well have a budding writer inside you.

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» Avoiding Common Errors in Language Processing

» Avoiding Common Errors in Language Processing | Makes Me Think! | Scoop.it

A new study finds that we are often sloppy in processing or interpreting language, as investigators determined our brains often do not notice key words that can change the whole meaning of a sentence.

 

For example: After a plane crash, where should the survivors be buried?

 

If you are considering where the most appropriate burial place should be, you are not alone. Scientists have found that around half the people asked this question, answer it as if they were being asked about the victims not the survivors.

 

Similarly, when asked “Can a man marry his widow’s sister?” most people answer “yes” — effectively answering that it would indeed be possible for a dead man to marry his bereaved wife’s sister.

 

Researchers call the failure to notice words that actually don’t make sense a semantic illusion. These challenge traditional models of language processing which assume that we build understanding of a sentence by deeply analysing the meaning of each word in turn. Rather, semantic illusions suggest the way we process language is often shallow and incomplete.

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Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects'

Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | Makes Me Think! | Scoop.it
For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.
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World’s First 3D Printed Car Took Years to Design, But Only 44 Hours to Print

World’s First 3D Printed Car Took Years to Design, But Only 44 Hours to Print | Makes Me Think! | Scoop.it
The Strati can drive 120 miles on a single charge.
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The Exact Amount Of Time You Should Work Every Day

The Exact Amount Of Time You Should Work Every Day | Makes Me Think! | Scoop.it
New research reveals exactly how much downtime you should be taking.
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Tim Minchin UWA Address (2013) - YouTube

Comedian-musician Tim Minchin addresses graduates at the University of Western Australia where he was presented with an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree. Mi...
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Seen this, its good, real good, makes me think

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What Songbirds Tell Us About How We Learn

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When you throw a wild pitch or sing a flat note, it could be that your basal ganglia made you do it. This area in the middle of the brain is involved in motor control and learning. And one reason for that errant toss or off-key note may be that your brain prompted you to vary your behavior to help you learn, from trial-and-error, to perform better.

But how does the brain do this, how does it cause you to vary your behavior?
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Amazing way to take incredible pictures - Mind Blowing Things

Amazing way to take incredible pictures - Mind Blowing Things | Makes Me Think! | Scoop.it

For a close-up shot, when you directly attach your phone's camera to a surface, all you see is a black screen -  unable to take pictures, right ? But you can solve this problem. Just read the following steps - 

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story | Video on TED.com

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories.
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Wonderful story sharing! Full with wisdom and vision.

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Another tragic loss — 37 million honeybees found dead in Canada

Another tragic loss — 37 million honeybees found dead in Canada | Makes Me Think! | Scoop.it

Barely two weeks after 25,000 bees were found dead in a parking lot in Oregon, another round of bee devastation has been reported. This time, the mass die-off was far worse. More than 37 million honeybees were found dead in Elmwood, Ontario, according to beekeeper Dave Schuit, who lost the bees from 600 hives in June. He and many others are pointing to insecticides called neonicotinoids, used in planting corn and some other crops. "Once the corn started to get planted [in Elmwood] our bees died by the millions," Schuit said. After a record-breaking loss of honeybees in the U.K., the European Union banned several pesticides in May, including neonicotinoid pesticides.

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Without bees we die!

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Put a Stop to Negative Thoughts and Self-Talk | Lessons in Joyful Living

Put a Stop to Negative Thoughts and Self-Talk | Lessons in Joyful Living | Makes Me Think! | Scoop.it
Is #Refusal enough to change your belief system? -- http://t.co/yhOhLdYmvl #Stop #Negative #Thoughts

Via toni childs
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These pointers are very useful. 

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toni childs's curator insight, May 9, 2013 4:16 AM

love this!!

Peggy Cameron's comment, May 9, 2013 6:18 AM
I agree Toni, excellent piece of writing. Welcome to Scoop.it my friend! xxxxxx
Gernot Schultes's comment, May 26, 2013 11:22 AM
that`s really important,I have to be aware of negative thoughts!
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The Century Of The Self (FULL: Episodes 1-4)

he Century of the Self is an award-winning British television documentary series by Adam Curtis. It focuses on how the work of Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, and Edward Bernays influenced the way corporations and governments have analyzed,‭ dealt with, and controlled ‬people.

"This series is about how those in power have used Freud's theories to try and control the dangerous crowd in an age of mass democracy." —Adam Curtis' introduction to the first episode.

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4 Book Cover Design Tips for Self-Published Authors

4 Book Cover Design Tips for Self-Published Authors | Makes Me Think! | Scoop.it
Designing a book cover isn't an easy job. It takes hard-work and creativity. Here are the top 4 book cover design tips for self-publishers.
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How Humans Lost Our Chance at a Third Eye

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Lizards have a little dot at the top of their heads that is called a "parietal eye." This eye is not as complex or as useful as the two in the front of their heads, but it does react to light. Are they eventually going to have a third eye? No. It's just a vestigial trait.

 

In fact, it looks like most animals — including humans — had a chance at a third eye, and we blew it.

 

The tuatara is an endangered species, and lives on only a few islands in New Zealand, each of which is carefully maintained as a native animal preserve. It looks like a lizard, but isn't one. It's leftover from a time 200 million years ago, when tetrapods were turning into turtles, lizards, crocodiles, and dinosaurs. It hasn't changed since then, and so represents a look at what animals of that particular time period were like.

And it has a spot on the top of its head, which the closest thing anybody has to a third eye.

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