Playing action video games can boost learning, study finds — ScienceDaily

Excerpt from Playing action video games can boost learning, study finds — ScienceDaily.   A new study shows for the first time that playing action video games improves not just the skills taught in the game, but learning capabilities more generally. via Playing action video games can boost learning, study finds — ScienceDaily.

New technique for generating electricity — ScienceDaily

Read the full article at: New technique for generating electricity — ScienceDaily. Research scientists have demonstrated a new technique for generating electrical energy. The new method can be used in harvesting energy from mechanical vibrations of the environment and converting it into electricity. Energy harvesters are needed, for example, in wireless self-powered sensors and medical … More New technique for generating electricity — ScienceDaily

Sabbatical Report

Sabbatical Report, Alexandra Bal It has been a while since I have written anything in this blog. This is in big part due to the fact that I have been on sabbatical, withdrawing from daily activities to focus on my research. Ahead of the sabbatical, I conducted the first round of interviews for the SHHRC … More Sabbatical Report

You are so predictable | MyScienceAcademy

You are so predictable | MyScienceAcademy. You have been predicted — by companies, governments, law enforcement, hospitals, and universities. Their computers say, “I knew you were going to do that!” These institutions are seizing upon the power to predict whether you’re going to click, buy, lie, or die. So writes Eric Siegel in his book … More You are so predictable | MyScienceAcademy

Scott Summit: Beautiful artificial limbs | Video on TED.com

Only 3 years between Aimee’s Mulleins call to creative thinking about prosthetics as helping build super humans. and this design of prosthetic…. The designer has become a curator of human experiences…… What a wonderful example of how quickly a new media transform itself into an emerging media…..And of the switch from pathologic thinking of difference … More Scott Summit: Beautiful artificial limbs | Video on TED.com

Big Brother is watching Facebook and Twitter – tech – 21 June 2012 – New Scientist

The US government wants to monitor activity on social networks to get hints of political unrest SATIRICAL newspaper The Onion recently described Facebook as a project of the Central Intelligence Agency. “After years of secretly monitoring the public, we were astounded,” a fictional agency deputy director told Congress. He was happy that Facebook users voluntarily … More Big Brother is watching Facebook and Twitter – tech – 21 June 2012 – New Scientist

Fingertip tingle enhances a surgeon’s sense of touch – tech – 10 August 2012 – New Scientist

OUR fingers are precision instruments, but there are plenty of things they are not sensitive enough to detect. Now we can augment their talents – using wearable electronic fingertips that provide tingling feedback about whatever we touch. John Rogers of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and colleagues have designed a flexible circuit that can … More Fingertip tingle enhances a surgeon’s sense of touch – tech – 10 August 2012 – New Scientist

Silk holds the key to devices that dissolve after use – health – 27 September 2012 – New Scientist

Wrapping something up in silk needn’t be just for the sake of achieving a luxurious look. Silk coatings may herald a new breed of electronics that melts away when no longer needed. This could lead to environmentally friendly devices, implants which break down naturally in the body, even self-destructing spy cameras. A collaboration between electronic … More Silk holds the key to devices that dissolve after use – health – 27 September 2012 – New Scientist

Redesigning Professional Learning Communities at a Network Level: A Few Moments with Christian Greer

Reblogged: Redesigning Professional Learning Communities at a Network Level: A Few Moments with Christian Greer. Redesigning Professional Learning Communities at a Network Level: A Few Moments with Christian Greer Posted on October 1, 2012 by ldecoursy This is re-posted from The Digital Media & Learning Research Hub. Christian Greer serves as program director for the Hive … More Redesigning Professional Learning Communities at a Network Level: A Few Moments with Christian Greer

Andrew McAfee: Are droids taking our jobs? | Video on TED.com

Robots and algorithms are getting good at jobs like building cars, writing articles, translating — jobs that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee walks through recent labor data to say: We ain’t seen nothing yet. But then he steps back to look at big history, and comes … More Andrew McAfee: Are droids taking our jobs? | Video on TED.com