The energy that comes out of solar panels is renewable, but what about the panels themselves? Today’s leading solar panels owe their high sunlight-to-electricity conversion rates to the use of rare elements, such as indium, gallium and selenium. But if current production trends continue unchecked, supplies of indium in particular will be depleted in less than a decade. The pressure is on to find a way of making solar power even more sustainable.
A group that calls itself the ZCompanyHackingCrew (ZHC) has successfully managed to hack multiple accounts belonging to Israeli Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom. Not only have they defaced his Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, as well as his blog on Blogger, but they also claim to have access to his Gmail account and are threatening to leak his emails tomorrow. (via Hackers deface Israeli Vice PM’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blog, and claim to have Gmail access - The Next Web)
The return home of Bosnian pilgrims went to Saudi Arabia on foot.
Returned Bosnian Haji Senad Hadzic to his homeland after the pilgrimage, which he walked 5 thousands Km to Makkah.
Returned home on a plane, where he was received by his relatives at the airport “Sarajevo” International
“Hajich” from the city “Banovic” in Bosnia on the tenth of December / December 2011, started his journey nearly 300 days until he reached the Holy Land.
Hiking in the dark, and the risk of wars. Passed during his trip to Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria and Jordan before reaching the territory of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
He walked through Syria, despite knowing there is a war, because he wanted to not stop him about his goal, pointing out that a soldiers who tried to seize his passport
And consumed “Hajich” during his 13 pairs of shoes, and a thousand pairs of socks.
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With the news that George Lucas is selling Lucasfilm to Disney for a reported $4.05 billion, there’s been plenty of speculation over who will write and direct Star Wars: Episode VII and what Lucas, who owns 100 percent of Lucasfilm, will do with all that cash. Will Jar Jar Binks return? No plans for the film have been shared, but a spokesperson for Lucasfilm told The Hollywood Reporterthat most of the money will go toward an education foundation.
Lucas’ commitment to education is nothing new. Over 20 years ago Lucas established the George Lucas Educational Foundation, which is “dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating for innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives.” In part, the foundation runs the nonprofit website Edutopia, which produces the excellent profiles of innovative, effective schools in their “Schools That Work” series.
And in 2010 Lucas also signed on to Warren Buffet and Bill Gates Giving Pledge, which asks extraordinarily wealthy individuals to give the bulk of their money to philanthropic causes. At the time Lucas released a statement saying he was “dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education,” because “it is the key to the survival of the human race.” Lucas continued, “we have to plan for our collective future—and the first step begins with the social, emotional, and intellectual tools we provide to our children.”
Whether Lucas will pour more resources into GLEF and Edutopia, or fund other initiatives around the country—similar to how the Gates Foundation has become a major player in the education space—is anyone’s guess. But with Lucas’ interest in whole child-based, innovative education practices and the integration of the arts in schools, it’s pretty exciting to imagine what kind of shifts in our education system could result.
Twitter has announced a charting and mapping tool that allows users to sort tweets from the two main presidential candidates, tracking engagement across the United States. (via Twitter launches new visualiztion tool to track engagement with election topics across the United States - The Next Web)
Fish Off Japan’s Coast Said to Contain Elevated Levels of Cesium
Elevated levels of cesium still detected in fish off the Fukushima coast of Japan suggest that radioactive particles from last year’s nuclear disaster have accumulated on the seafloor and could contaminate sea life for decades, according to new research.
Full Story: New York Times
McDonald’s, ‘Angry Birds’ Partner to Create Location-Based Mobile Game
Rovio has partnered with McDonald’s in China to offer location-based Angry Birds games inside the fast food restaurants. Inside the fast food joints, there are special hidden game modes and free power-ups that aren’t available anywhere else.
Customers can also vote on the location that will feature a real slingshot on its golden arches, like those used in the Angry Birds games, to protect McDonald’s food from the naughty pigs.
Full Story: Mashable
We’re hearing a lot of talk about education in these back-to-school days, but a few conversations rise above the din. One such is the chatter about “flipped classrooms,”1 in which students listen to lectures at home and do homework at school. We also hear names like TED, …
Inituition is what turns dreams into a logical sequence. Dreams don’t make sense. Dreams are not logical: they consist of a series of disconnected images in the unconscious mind. But the rational mind craves meaning. Optimized for pattern recognition, the rational mind wants to superimpose a linear narrative structure on the random images in dreams. The logical mind craves meaning, and intuition supplies it.
Intuition generates meaning by creating connections that turn random impulses into a meaningful structure. And the most amazing thing is that your intuition generates these associations effortlessly…. automatically. This generative capacity is one of the profound sources of creativity… but most people fail to develop their intuition. Worse, we ignore it, we deny it. We pretend it doesn’t exist.
Intuition is a skill that can be learned. But it works best when you are not in control: when the conscious mind is still, the unconscious mind can work uninhibited. It even works when we are asleep! Ask yourself a question before you go to bed. The mind loves a question. It will continue working on the answer to the question even when you are asleep.
When you wake up, pay attention to your first impulse and your feelings. You will have fresh insight and new ideas. Those are the signals from your intuition. Intuition is the way the unconscious mind speaks to us. Without words.
|—||Robert Tercek, TEDx Transmedia 2012, Rome. (via tedxtransmedia)|
Harvard University’s first two courses on the new edX digital education platform launched this week, as more than 100,000 learners worldwide began taking dynamic online versions of CS50, the College’s popular introductory computer science class, and PH207, a Harvard School of Public Health course in epidemiology and biostatistics.