"The Research tool in Google Docs and Slides is a popular way for students to find, insert and cite information from the web into their work. But did you know that it can also be used to find famous quotes?
If your students are investigating a person or event, a famous quote can add an interesting touch to their work. They’re also excellent discussion prompts. Why not ask students to find and insert a quote into their Doc, then analyse the meaning behind the words.
Here's how to do it:..."
Read more @ Tech Smart@edu
Boston Dynamics have been working on incredible robotics technology. This one runs through the forest. To be fair, it runs like a toddler needing to use the restroom...for now. But as the technology progresses, it will lose the tether & will run around like a teenager. Yikes!
"...presentation featured some video that we’d never seen before as well as tantalizing hints of what Boston Dynamics has been working on.
Here’s the clip that’s been going around, with Raibert showing some footage of Spot (an agile autonomous quadruped) opening a door with a manipulator mounted on it’s um, face (not nearly as scary as this), followed by ATLAS doing some dynamic walking outside, which is definitely new..."
Read more @ IEEE Spectrum
DNA as a Hard Drive
"The capacity of our digital storage devices has skyrocketed in recent years. But there’s one storage medium that still kicks the crap out of our state-of-the-art solid state, and humans didn’t invent it. It’s called DNA.
A team of scientists is trying to figure out whether the double-helix molecules that encode every plant, animal and microbe on planet Earth can be used to..."
Read more @ Gizmodo
Our advances in technology have allowed us to dream about a fusion plant. Can this be another "power" industry that our students will help develop?
"It’s an old joke that many fusion scientists have grown tired of hearing: Practical nuclear fusion power plants are just 30 years away — and always will be.
But now, finally, the joke may no longer be true: Advances in magnet technology have enabled researchers at MIT to propose a new design for a practical compact tokamak fusion reactor — and it’s one that might be realized in as little as a decade, they say. The era of practical fusion power, which could offer a nearly inexhaustible energy resource, may be coming..."
Read more @ MIT News
"Gravity is a constant for all organisms on Earth. It acts on every aspect of our physiology, behavior and development – no matter what you are, you evolved in an environment where gravity roots us firmly to the ground.
But what happens if you’re removed from that familiar environment and placed into a situation outside your evolutionary experience? That’s exactly the question we ask every day of the plants we grow in our laboratory. They start out here in our earthbound lab, but they’re on their way to outer space. What could be a more novel environment for a plant than the zero-gravity conditions of spaceflight?..."
Read more @ The Conversation
Together, as learners in the education space, we would like to share a selection of what we read and reflect on internally.