Joyce Poon Named one of Technology Review’s ‘Top 35 Under 35’
“TR35 recognizes young researchers who are tackling important problems in transformative ways and opening up new possibilities in technology.
Professor Poon (along with PhD student Wesley Sacher) conceived and demonstrated the first optical-electronic device that bypasses the trade-off between speed and power efficiency”
U of T engineers win third place in Gates Foundation toilet challenge | U of T News
“Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, which seeks to develop a waterless, hygienic toilet that is safe and affordable for people in the developing world that doesn’t have to be connected to a sewer.
U of T was one of eight universities from around the world to receive the initial phase one funding of almost $400,000 each. That investment allowed the teams to test their conceptual design. Those designs are being showcased this week at the Gates Foundation’s Seattle headquarters, where the Reinvent the Toilet Fair is being held.”
The Burgess Shale | Les schistes de Burgess
“Burgess Shale in Yoho National Park,
which preserves one of the world’s first complex marine ecosystems and is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. “
* Making Life Multicellular * The Cambrian Tulip Patch * Telltale Telomeres * When Savvy Snakes Squeeze * A Universe from Nothing * | Quirks & Quarks with Bob McDonald | CBC Radio
“A Cambrian Tulip Patch
The last thing you expect to find in a 500-million-year-old fossil deposit like the Burgess Shale is a patch of tulips. After all, flowering plants didn’t evolve until hundreds of millions of years later, and besides, the Burgess Shale preserves a marine ecosystem. So it wasn’t that surprising when Lorna O’Brien, a PhD candidate at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto, got a closer look at these fossils and confirmed that they weren’t in fact tulips. What they were, however, was surprising. They were filter feeding animals with a unique feeding apparatus that seems to be like nothing on Earth today.”
BBC News – DNA of girl from Denisova cave gives up genetic secrets
“The DNA of a cave girl who lived about 80,000 years ago has been analysed in remarkable detail.
The picture of her genome is as accurate as that of modern day human genomes, and shows she had brown eyes, hair and skin.”
Best Practices for Deploying iPads in Schools | MindShift
“as schools get ready to deploy iPads this year, each one is scrambling to figure out how to develop an efficient and effective system that works. With no standardized system or uniform roadmap to follow, at the moment, it’s up to individual schools to reach out through their networks to find information about best practices and smooth, streamlined service.
Without professional development and a set plan in place, educators in individual classes might be stumped by how to set up iPads for different uses. But once a system is in place, educators will intuitively be able to move on with the business of guiding student learning.
To that end, here are some ideas about how to put a system in place for iPad use in classrooms:”
Daily Ancient World News | National Geographic News
“Ancient World News”
“links are arranged in alphabetical order.”
“Here is a list of hundreds of archaeological terms”
Archaeology Education Outreach – Bringing Archaeology into the Classroom
Florida Public Archaeology Network – Educational Resources
“Lesson Plan Resources”
Florida Public Archaeology Network – Home
“The Florida Public Archaeology Network’s mission is to promote and facilitate the conservation, study and public understanding of Florida’s archaeological heritage”
Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.