Arquivo da categoria: IN ENGLISH

Combate a drones ilegais com águias …

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Ossendrecht, Países Baixos (Fonte: stern.de)

“It’s a low-tech solution to a high-tech problem.”
(Dennis Janus, o porta-voz da polícia de Ossenbrecht)

De qualquer forma, os testes já estão concluídos:

Eagles Away …

Language Bump

When two languages bump into each other, they borrow stuff.

So it goes.

We call it borrowing, except words don’t need to be returned.
Sharing is what makes the word go ‘round.

via wordsmith

Genug Geld haben

Haben Sie schon einmal einen Drogensüchtigen gesehen, dem der Stoff ausgegangen ist? Er bewegt Himmel und Hölle, er würde 20 Meilen zu Fuß gehen oder einer Großmutter ihr Gespartes abnehmen, um schnellst möglich an den nächsten Schuss zu kommen. Die Wall Street funktioniert genauso. Die Monate vor der Auszahlung der Boni haben viel gemein mit der Nachbarschaft im Film ‘The Wire’, als den Leuten das Heroin ausgegangen ist und sie einen neuen Schuss brauchen.

Wer das sagt, ist kein verwirrter Soziologe und schon gar kein böser Kommunist, sondern jemand, der es als Hedge-Fonds-Trader zu einem ansehnlichen Vermögen “brachte”. Was natürlich seinen Preis hatte: Zunächst hielt er sich mit Alkohol unter Strom, dann stieg er auf andere “leistungsfördernde Substanzen” um. Als auch das nicht mehr zu Genüge knallte, half nur noch der ultimative Fix:

Die Kohle an sich.

Bis er die Schnauze voll hatte und nüchtern wurde:

The first year was really hard. I went through what I can only describe as withdrawal — waking up at nights panicked about running out of money, scouring the headlines to see which of my old co-workers had gotten promoted.

“Der hat gut reden”, höre ich jetzt einige von Euch murmeln. “Geld hat er wohl trotzdem noch genug”. Keine Frage, aber wenn es nur darum ginge, hätte ich mir dieses Post auch sparen können.

Genug Geld zu haben ist halt etwas anderes als immer mehr davon haben zu wollen, vor allem dann, wenn man schon genug davon hat.

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Fading away …

fading away
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Caros pais, estimados alunos e estudantes!

Pesquisadores americanos fizeram um estudo (publicado na revista científica Trends in Neurosciense and Education) com crianças de 4 e 5 anos que estavam começando a ter contato com as letras.

A conclusão do estudo confirmou a hipótese de que a escrita tradicional com papel e lápis ajuda no desenvolvimento mental, mais especificamente, na capacidade de abstração. Por meio de ressonância magnética, verificou-se que certas áreas do cérebro são ativadas quando uma criança desenha e reconhece uma letra.

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Fonte: sunjournal.com

Um outro estudo com universitários relatado no jornal The New York Times, provou que alunos que anotam o conteúdo da aula à mão retêm mais e melhor o que foi apresentado, em comparação com aqueles que usaram notebooks ou tablets:

For adults, typing may be a fast and efficient alternative to longhand, but that very efficiency may diminish our ability to process new information. Not only do we learn letters better when we commit them to memory through writing, memory and learning ability in general may benefit.

Two psychologists, Pam A. Mueller of Princeton and Daniel M. Oppenheimer of the University of California, Los Angeles, have reported that in both laboratory settings and real-world classrooms, students learn better when they take notes by hand than when they type on a keyboard. Contrary to earlier studies attributing the difference to the distracting effects of computers, the new research suggests that writing by hand allows the student to process a lecture’s contents and reframe it — a process of reflection and manipulation that can lead to better understanding and memory encoding.

Laptop-Vorlesung

Fonte: archiv.ethlife.ethz.ch

Bom, (embora não importe tanto), me parece que os pesquisadores norte americanos não foram pioneiros nesta matéria. Estudos com resultados semelhantes já foram divulgados anteriormente, como os de Anne Mangen, uma professora adjunta do Centro de Leitura da Universidade de Stavanger, na Noruega, que já havia publicado um artigo no periódico Advances in Haptics (Digitizing Literacy: Reflections on the Haptics of Writing), juntamente com o neurofisiologista Jean-Luc Velay, da Universidade de Marselha na França.

De qualquer forma, há fortes indicações de que escrever a mão fortalece o processo de aprendizagem, tanto de crianças quanto de adultos. Escrever a mão requer mais tempo, porém, o feedback parece ser bem maior, criando um “link” direto entre a atividade física e o reconhecimento visual.

Adhesive notes and ballpoint pen

Two kinds of slaves

In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves:
the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.

Ivan Illich, philosopher and priest (1926-2002)

Eye Contact

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fake signs in london underground

It’s just that simple:

Photo Credit: Hugh MacLeod (gapingvoid.com)

Image Credit: Hugh MacLeod (gapingvoid.com)

Just wondering …

What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.

Carl Sagan

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Someday …

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