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The Seventh Sun, News from the Virtual World

The Seventh Sun, News from the Virtual World
3D Mind Mapping of Virtual Worlds The Virtual Information Technology Project by Butch Dae Exploring the 3D mind map at the VT World Group headquarters in Second Life.

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50 Great Examples of Data Visualization Wrapping your brain around data online can be challenging, especially when dealing with huge volumes of information. And trying to find related content can also be difficult, depending on what data you’re looking for. But data visualizations can make all of that much easier, allowing you to see the concepts that you’re learning about in a more interesting, and often more useful manner. Below are 50 of the best data visualizations and tools for creating your own visualizations out there, covering everything from Digg activity to network connectivity to what’s currently happening on Twitter. Music, Movies and Other Media Narratives 2.0 visualizes music.

Math algorithm tracks crime, rumours, epidemics to source (Phys.org) -- A team of EPFL scientists has developed an algorithm that can identify the source of an epidemic or information circulating within a network, a method that could also be used to help with criminal investigations. Investigators are well aware of how difficult it is to trace an unlawful act to its source. The job was arguably easier with old, Mafia-style criminal organizations, as their hierarchical structures more or less resembled predictable family trees. In the Internet age, however, the networks used by organized criminals have changed. Innumerable nodes and connections escalate the complexity of these networks, making it ever more difficult to root out the guilty party.

Game Physics Simulation We have been making a lot of progress in higher quality physics simulation for robotics, games and visual effects. To make our physics simulation easier to use, especially for roboticist and machine learning experts, we created Python bindings, see examples/pybullet. In addition, we added Virtual Reality support for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift using the openvr sdk.

Small world experiment The "six degrees of separation" model The small-world experiment comprised several experiments conducted by Stanley Milgram and other researchers examining the average path length for social networks of people in the United States. The research was groundbreaking in that it suggested that human society is a small-world-type network characterized by short path-lengths. The experiments are often associated with the phrase "six degrees of separation", although Milgram did not use this term himself. California woman swears off mirrors for a year Kjerstin Gruys likes her legs now — and the feel of her cheeks as she applies makeup. Even perfumes smell better, she says, since she stopped looking in mirrors six months ago. Last March, the 28-year-old PhD student embarked on a year-long project, banning herself from gazing at her own reflection — no mirrors, no reflective surface at all. Denied access to her own reflection Gruys says she has become happier with her own appearance.

100 Reasons to Mind Map 100 examples of how you can use mindmapping whether completely new to mind maps or a seasoned pro. I hope the list helps generate ideas for you. 100 Reasons to Mind Map 1. Explore a subject 2. Study & learn a new topic, culture or country 3. Draw A Creative Mind Map for Self Analysis Many personal development experts share about the benefits of using mind maps. My post today takes it one step further with how I have used the concept of mind mapping for self analysis. I also share illustrations from my personal art journal that I created some time ago. I drew them as part of my pre-vision board exercises. The (above) mind map picture that I did for self-analysis was my first. It may look simplistic but it has helped launched a myriad of creative ideas.

Scientists construct first map of how the brain organizes everything we see Our eyes may be our window to the world, but how do we make sense of the thousands of images that flood our retinas each day? Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that the brain is wired to put in order all the categories of objects and actions that we see. They have created the first interactive map of how the brain organizes these groupings. Alex Huth explains the science of how the brain organizes visual categories. (Alex Huth video)

Hemi-Sync Hemi-Sync is a trademarked brand name for a patented process[1][2][3] used to create audio patterns containing binaural beats, which are commercialized in the form of audio CDs. Interstate Industries Inc., created by Hemi-Sync founder Robert Monroe, is the owner of the Hemi-Sync technology. Hemi-Sync is short for Hemispheric Synchronization, also known as brainwave synchronization.

Kinect in Education Project: When Fish Fly This past summer, I had the opportunity to collaborate with a select group of amazing individuals – Doug Bergman, Lou Zulli, Margaret Noble, and Donna Thomas – in Microsoft’s Innovative Educator Forum (IEF) in Redmond, Washington on a learning excursion. One of the objectives of participation was to collaboratively develop a project that could be integrated in our classrooms. The project we decided upon was to have students develop a game that simulated the “fish tossing” witnessed in Pike’s Place Fish Market. While the project was well-received and well-praised by all members, the scope of the project seemed daunting. What happens when you “turn a classroom of Computer Science students loose?” Simply stated, they will create phenomenal and unprecedented work.

Lectora: Tool review It has been a while since we started using it, but we have finally finally written up our review of the Lectora e-learning authoring tool.The delay gave us a chance to look at the 2008 version and we were impressed. Lectora from Trivantis offers a powerful desktop based e-learning authoring tool. Overview We have been using Lectora with a number of our clients recently and decided it was about time we got around to giving it the Kineo road test. Lectora is a desktop based e-learning authoring tool, which enables you to publish content to dynamic HTML for the web, CD, and to SCORM, AICC and LRN learning management systems. Lectora is not a PowerPoint plugin like Articulate or a Word plugin like RapideL.

Concept maps or mind maps? the choice What are the differences between mind maps and concept maps? (click to see larger) Sometimes you will have no choice. In an educational setting, some educators require their students to make concept maps, others mandate mind maps. But most of the time we are free to choose. Then, the key determinants of when you would use each type of map will usually be these:

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