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  1. gjmueller:

    Coaching parents on toddler talk to address low-income word gap

    By age four, toddlers in low-income families hear 30 million fewer words than those in high-income families, according to researchers. As a result, these children tend to have smaller vocabularies and fall behind in reading. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports on one program in Providence, Rhode Island, that gets low-income parents talking more to their toddlers.

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  3. fastcompany:

The Spark sounds like a maraca but is actually an energy-generating gadget.

Sudha Kheterpal has been a professional percussionist for 20 years, so she knows how much energy goes into making a beat. Now, she wants to harness that energy to generate power.
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    The Spark sounds like a maraca but is actually an energy-generating gadget.

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    Sudha Kheterpal has been a professional percussionist for 20 years, so she knows how much energy goes into making a beat. Now, she wants to harness that energy to generate power.

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  4. generalelectric:

Introducing “Build Your Own Jet Engine,” an assembly kit perfect for that aviation geek in your life. This 3D printed model fits comfortably on desks, mantelpieces, and most birthday cakes. Today, July 11, 2014, you can enter to win one at artsandaircraft.com. The fine print says that you must be 18 or over and a resident of the U.S. for us to send you one. Additionally, Tumblr didn’t endorse, administer, sponsor or additively manufacture these engines, and only the GE social media team will receive participant information.

    generalelectric:

    Introducing “Build Your Own Jet Engine,” an assembly kit perfect for that aviation geek in your life. This 3D printed model fits comfortably on desks, mantelpieces, and most birthday cakes. Today, July 11, 2014, you can enter to win one at artsandaircraft.comThe fine print says that you must be 18 or over and a resident of the U.S. for us to send you one. Additionally, Tumblr didn’t endorse, administer, sponsor or additively manufacture these engines, and only the GE social media team will receive participant information.

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  5. gjmueller:

What Impact Teacher Salaries?

For those who choose teaching as a career, it isn’t typically for the high paycheck. But, there are some things that can have a positive or negative influence on a teacher’s pay. And some of them may surprise you!

    gjmueller:

    What Impact Teacher Salaries?

    For those who choose teaching as a career, it isn’t typically for the high paycheck. But, there are some things that can have a positive or negative influence on a teacher’s pay. And some of them may surprise you!

    (Source: elearninginfographics.com)

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  6. gjmueller:

Made From History is a Must-bookmark for History Teachers and Students

Made From History is produced by the BBC. The site features picture essays, timelines, videos, and interactive guides to significant events in European and World history. Made From History is divided into four sections; WWI, WWII, Civil Rights, and Referenced Blog.

    gjmueller:

    Made From History is a Must-bookmark for History Teachers and Students

    Made From History is produced by the BBC. The site features picture essays, timelines, videos, and interactive guides to significant events in European and World history. Made From History is divided into four sections; WWI, WWII, Civil Rights, and Referenced Blog.

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  7. 
Welcoming Home: Honda Opens Green Smart-House Plans To All Dale Buss, forbes.com
Shades of Linux and Tesla: Honda is open­ing the plans, schemat­ics and specs for its new Honda Smart Home pro­to­type to all mem­bers of the curi­ous com­mer­cial com­mu­ni­ty and pub­lic who want to see how the place is put togeth­er and fig­ure…

    Welcoming Home: Honda Opens Green Smart-House Plans To All
    Dale Buss, forbes.com

    Shades of Linux and Tesla: Honda is open­ing the plans, schemat­ics and specs for its new Honda Smart Home pro­to­type to all mem­bers of the curi­ous com­mer­cial com­mu­ni­ty and pub­lic who want to see how the place is put togeth­er and fig­ure…

    (Source: smarterplanet, via emergentfutures)

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  8. futurescope:

    PaperFold: Foldable Smartphone Shows Shape-Shifting Future for Google Maps

    PaperFold is a shape-changing smartphone allows users to fold open up to three flexible electrophoretic displays to provide extra screen real estate when needed. Displays are detachable such that users can fold the device into various shapes that can range from an ultra notebook shape to a foldout map.

    "In PaperFold, each display tile can act independently or as part of a single system," says Dr. Vertegaal, a professor in the School of Computing and Director of the Human Media Lab at Queen’s. "It allows multiple device form factors, providing support for mobile tasks that require large screen real estate or keyboards on demand, while retaining an ultra-compact, ultra-thin and lightweight form factor."

    Note that this is a first prototype: e.g., cables would not be present in future versions.

    For more info, see http://www.hml.queensu.ca/paperfold

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  12. How GoPro Is Transforming Advertising As We Know It

    (Source: emergentfutures)

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  13. rhamphotheca:

The World’s Most Beautiful Wastewater Treatment Plant
by Chris Tackett
Let this wastewater treatment plant show you how to live.
This may sound crazy, but it is exactly why the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York constructed their Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), also known as the Eco Machine. We can learn some valuable lessons from this building.
The Omega Center for Sustainable Living may be the most beautiful wastewater treatment plant in the world. It is powered by solar and geothermal power, so it requires no additional power to operate. Unlike other wastewater treatment plants, the OCSL does not use chemicals to treat the water, but rather mimics the processes of the nature world, such as using a combination of microorganisms, algae, plants and gravel and sand filtration to clean sewage water and return clean drinkable water back to the aquifer.
In addition to doing all of this, the OCSL also functions as a classroom, to help educate and inspire people about the power of nature to provide solutions…
(read more: TreeHugger)
photograph by Omega Center for Sustainable Living

    rhamphotheca:

    The World’s Most Beautiful Wastewater Treatment Plant

    by Chris Tackett

    Let this wastewater treatment plant show you how to live.

    This may sound crazy, but it is exactly why the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York constructed their Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), also known as the Eco Machine. We can learn some valuable lessons from this building.

    The Omega Center for Sustainable Living may be the most beautiful wastewater treatment plant in the world. It is powered by solar and geothermal power, so it requires no additional power to operate. Unlike other wastewater treatment plants, the OCSL does not use chemicals to treat the water, but rather mimics the processes of the nature world, such as using a combination of microorganisms, algae, plants and gravel and sand filtration to clean sewage water and return clean drinkable water back to the aquifer.

    In addition to doing all of this, the OCSL also functions as a classroom, to help educate and inspire people about the power of nature to provide solutions…

    (read more: TreeHugger)

    photograph by Omega Center for Sustainable Living

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  15. fastcompany:

Can Jim Mason solve the developing world’s power problems with a temperamental machine that runs on garbage?
It is a challenge just to find the door to All Power Labs, an upstart alternative-energy concern in the industrial wastelands of far west Berkeley, California, and it’s not unusual for visitors to circle the block several times before realizing that the only way in is through a rolling gate with a small sign. Beyond that is what appears to be a scrap yard filled with old shipping containers and rusty hunks of metal. Welding torches spark and flare; walnut fragments litter the ground. And all around are iterations of APL’s main product, the Power Pallet, a contraption consisting of a large silver barrel on top of various other metal parts, all connected with pipes and hoses. It looks like something you’d use to cook meth. In reality, the Power Pallet is a small refinery, which converts biomass (nutshells, wood chips, corncobs) to hydrogen-rich gas, attached to a four-cylinder engine, which burns the gas to generate electricity. The weirdest part: It is, potentially, the most important and transformative energy product that no one has heard of.
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    Can Jim Mason solve the developing world’s power problems with a temperamental machine that runs on garbage?

    It is a challenge just to find the door to All Power Labs, an upstart alternative-energy concern in the industrial wastelands of far west Berkeley, California, and it’s not unusual for visitors to circle the block several times before realizing that the only way in is through a rolling gate with a small sign. Beyond that is what appears to be a scrap yard filled with old shipping containers and rusty hunks of metal. Welding torches spark and flare; walnut fragments litter the ground. And all around are iterations of APL’s main product, the Power Pallet, a contraption consisting of a large silver barrel on top of various other metal parts, all connected with pipes and hoses. It looks like something you’d use to cook meth. In reality, the Power Pallet is a small refinery, which converts biomass (nutshells, wood chips, corncobs) to hydrogen-rich gas, attached to a four-cylinder engine, which burns the gas to generate electricity. The weirdest part: It is, potentially, the most important and transformative energy product that no one has heard of.

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