26 March 2011

#Legal rules & implications of #socialmedia should be in hands of younger #lawyers

Read this article written from a legal and social standpoint. Very insightful about the changing times and people's intentions in heavily populated virtual worlds with no governmental laws.

"There's something inherently different about the legal implications surrounding social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter.  Although difficult to articulate with precision, we think that the primary difference is that these social media outlets are used by regular people to immediately communicate personal information or experiences to broad groups of people — often with little thought for the potential implications of the communication."

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#Color - new location based #socialnetworking #app - soaring to top since release 24 hrs ago

Color has captivated the technology world. The mobile app has only been publicly available for 24 hours, but it already has hundreds of articles dedicated to it and currently sits at number 26 (and rising) on the iTunes Top Free apps list.

Why is Color getting so much attention? Perhaps it’s because of its unique location-based social networking features, or maybe it can be attributed to the company’s all-star lineup of founders, including former Lala CEO Bill Nguyen and former BillShrink CEO Peter Pham.

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24 March 2011

Sense of #smell could be 'quantum #physics effect'

A long-standing conjecture that our sense of smell may be due the the effects of quantum physics is gaining ground, thanks to new measurements.

Go to BBC to read the original article.


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17 March 2011

Cover for new book - Quick Start Guide to Making Choices - makes it real

Seeing the cover for our book makes it real. We have just completed the first big edit. We can now see see the publishing date coming closer by. 

Many thanks to everyone who has participated in the first feedback group. We have worked all your constructive feedback and suggestions into this big edit. 

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Digital Gaming Goes Academic

Experts say technology and research have evolved to the point where educators can actually have a sense of the impact of games on individual learners

Rice University created CSI: Web Adventures to introduce middle schoolers to forensic science through cases based on the popular TV-show franchise about crime-scene investigations. [ Courtesy of Rice University ]
Read more about schools applying gaming to learning merhodologies:

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14 March 2011

How the Japan Earthquake Shortened the Earth Day | Japan Earthquake & Tsunami | Natural Disasters, Earth Tilt & Earth's Axis | Space.com

How the Japan Earthquake Shortened Days on Earth

Date: 13 March 2011 Time: 12:22 AM ETu
Gross refined his estimates of the Japan quake's impact – which previously suggested a 1.6-microsecond shortening of the day – based on new data on how much the fault that triggered the earthquake slipped to redistribute the planet's mass. A microsecond is a millionth of a second. [Photos: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in Pictures]  

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13 March 2011

The #Happynomics of Life #culture #meaning

The British case for measuring the happiness of a society, rather than G.D.P. alone, has become compelling.

Just what goes into well-being is confounding.

Many of the variables — like love and friendship and family relations — are hard to pin down. But British research has suggested that money itself does not confer happiness, although wealthier people tend to be happier; that employment is critical to self-esteem; that women tend to be happier than men; and that people need something beyond the material for fulfillment.


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3 March 2011

Who Is The World's Most Typical Person? Fascinating interactive graphic From National Geographic magazine #human #profiling

In December, National Geographic released a fantastic teaser for 7 Billion, their ambitious series on overpopulation, delivering some jaw-dropping statistics in brilliantly animated kinetic typography. 

Today, they’re back with the second installment, which examines the same issue through a highly unusual lens: In a world of 7 billion people, who is the most “typical” person? The answer might surprise you.

The world’s most typical person is right-handed, makes less than $12,000 a year, has a cell phone but not a bank account. [...] Based on these traits, the world’s most typical person is a 28-year-old Chinese man. [...] But he won’t be typical for long. By 2030, that person will come from India, and typical is always relative.”

Make sure to play further with this Interactive Graphic
From National Geographic magazine :

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2 March 2011

Nobel Laureate & Microfinance Guru Yunus Fired from Bank He Founded

Bangladeshi Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus has been fired from the Grameen microfinance bank he founded, bank officials have told the BBC.

Bangladesh Bank said that Prof Yunus has violated the country's retirement laws by staying on as Grameen's head long past the mandatory retirement age of 60. Prof Yunus is 70.

Correspondents say that the removal of Prof Yunus is the culmination of a long-running feud with the government.

The government owns a 25% stake in Grameen, which pioneered the microfinance concept of lending small amounts of money to the poor which has been replicated worldwide.

Read rest of article here: http://bbc.in/gtfoIf

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