background preloader

Smithsonian Research

Related:  General Referencefact check expert

Higher Education Reimagined With Online Courseware - Education L “Everyone is in one way or another doing O.E.R. today,” says Roger C. Schonfeld, research manager at Ithaka S+R, a nonprofit service that helps academic institutions use technology for research and teaching. If the mission of the university is the creation of knowledge (via research) and the dissemination of knowledge (via teaching and publishing), then it stands to reason that giving that knowledge away fits neatly with that mission. And the branding benefits are clear. The Open University, the distance-learning behemoth based in England, has vastly increased its visibility with open courses, which frequently show up in the Top 5 downloads on Apple’s iTunes U, a portal to institutions’ free courseware as well as marketing material. In December, iTunes U itself surpassed the 100 million download mark. Undoubtedly, open educational resources have given higher education unprecedented reach. So, a decade in, what has it taught us? This is not an idle question. Mr. Mr. The Educated Consumer Mr.

The World Factbook People from nearly every country share information with CIA, and new individuals contact us daily. If you have information you think might interest CIA due to our foreign intelligence collection mission, there are many ways to reach us. If you know of an imminent threat to a location inside the U.S., immediately contact your local law enforcement or FBI Field Office. For threats outside the U.S., contact CIA or go to a U.S. In addition to the options below, individuals contact CIA in a variety of creative ways. If you feel it is safe, consider providing these details with your submission: Your full name Biographic details, such as a photograph of yourself, and a copy of the biographic page of your passport How you got the information you want to share with CIA How to contact you, including your home address and phone number We cannot guarantee a response to every message. Internet: Send a message here. Mail: Inside the U.S., send mail to the following address:

How to Detect Lies - body language, reactions, speech patterns Interesting Info -> Lying Index -> How to Detect Lies Become a Human Lie Detector (Part 1) Warning: sometimes ignorance is bliss. After gaining this knowledge, you may be hurt when it is obvious that someone is lying to you. The following deception detection techniques are used by police, forensic psychologists, security experts and other investigators. Introduction to Detecting Lies: This knowledge is also useful for managers, employers, and for anyone to use in everyday situations where telling the truth from a lie can help prevent you from being a victim of fraud/scams and other deceptions. This is just a basic run down of physical (body language) gestures and verbal cues that may indicate someone is being untruthful. If you got here from somewhere else, be sure to check out our Lie Detection index page for more info including new research in the field of forensic psychology. Signs of Deception: Body Language of Lies: • A person who is lying to you will avoid making eye contact. Bored?

Top 40 Useful Sites To Learn New Skills The web is a powerful resource that can easily help you learn new skills. You just have to know where to look. Sure, you can use Google, Yahoo, or Bing to search for sites where you can learn new skills , but I figured I’d save you some time. Here are the top 40 sites I have personally used over the last few years when I want to learn something new. Hack a Day - Hack a Day serves up fresh hacks (short tutorials) every day from around the web and one in-depth ‘How-To hack’ guide each week.eHow - eHow is an online community dedicated to providing visitors the ability to research, share, and discuss solutions and tips for completing day-to-day tasks and projects.Wired How-To Wiki - Collaborate with Wired editors and help them build their extensive library of projects, hacks, tricks and tips.

VADLO Eye Movement and Lying - How to detect lies Interesting Info -> Lying Index -> Eye Direction & Visual Accessing Cues Eye Movement and Direction & How it Can Reveal Truth or Lies This is a continuation of our previous article Detecting Lies. Can the direction a person's eyes reveal whether or not they are making a truthful statement? In these shows a detective will deduce if a person is being untruthful simply because they looked to the left or right while making a statement. In reality, it would be foolish to make such a snap judgment without further investigation... but the technique does have some merit. So, here it is... read, ponder and test it on your friends and family to see how reliable it is for yourself. Visual Accessing Cues - "Lying Eyes" The first time "Visual Accessing Cues" were discussed (at least to my knowledge), was by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in their book "Frogs into Princes: Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) " From their experiments this is what they found. The Gist of it... Final Notes: Continue Reading:

Khan Academy "The Tesla Collection" - the most comprehensive compilation of newspaper and periodical material ever assembled by or about Nikola Tesla 40 Astounding Facts You Should Know About Your Amazing Human Body Human fingers are so sensitive, that if your fingers were the size of Earth, you could feel the difference between a house and a car. With the 60,000 miles of blood vessels inside the average human body, you could circumnavigate Earth two and a half times. The human eye is so sensitive that if the Earth were flat, you could spot a candle flickering at night from up to 30 miles away. Nerve impulses travel to and from the brain at speeds of up to 250 miles per hour, faster than a Formula 1 racecar. When you blush, the lining of your stomach blushes too. The human brain can read up to 1,000 words per minute. Inside your belly button are thousands of bacteria that form an ecosystem the size of an entire rainforest. When in love, the human brain releases the same cocktail of neurotransmitters and hormones that are released by amphetamines. You can see ultraviolet light, the ability is just filtered out by the eye's lens. Our muscles are actually incredibly more powerful than they appear to be.

Maillardet's Automaton at The Franklin Institute In November of 1928, a truck pulled up to The Franklin Institute science museum in Philadelphia and unloaded the pieces of an interesting, complex, but totally ruined brass machine. Donated by the estate of John Penn Brock, a wealthy Philadelphian, the machine was studied and the museum began to realize the treasure it had been given. This Automaton, known as the "Draughtsman-Writer" was built by Henri Maillardet, a Swiss mechanician of the 18th century who worked in London producing clocks and other mechanisms. It is believed that Maillardet built this extraordinary Automaton around 1800 and it has the largest "memory" of any such machine ever constructed—four drawings and three poems (two in French and one in English). Automata, such as Maillardet's Automaton, demonstrated mankind's efforts to imitate life by mechanical means—and are fascinating examples of the intersection of art and science. Mechanics of Memory During the 18th century, people were in a state of wonder over mechanism.

Great historical recordings, free to enjoy Online science Games Check out our free online games including the ever-popular Launchball and brand new Ouch. Codebreaker Challenge Set by GCHQ. Science Museum blog Be the first to hear about new galleries and exhibitions, events, arts projects and some of the juicy stuff that goes on behind the scenes. Collections blog See what the curators have been up to on the Stories from the Stores blog. Science Museum Art Collection The Museum's collection contains some 8,000 works of art including 280 oil paintings. Science Museum Arts Projects Science Museum arts projects explore artists' perspectives on the past, present and future of science and technology. Science history from The Sun See how the Science Museum and The Sun got together to make headlines from the most important breakthroughs in scientific history. Robotville video Meet the latest robots to come out of European reasearch labs. Museum Objects Browse the best of our 200,000 objects, arranged by the gallery. Who am I?

Religion’s smart-people problem: The shaky intellectual foundations of absolute faith Should you believe in a God? Not according to most academic philosophers. A comprehensive survey revealed that only about 14 percent of English speaking professional philosophers are theists. As for what little religious belief remains among their colleagues, most professional philosophers regard it as a strange aberration among otherwise intelligent people. Now nothing definitely follows about the truth of a belief from what the majority of philosophers or scientists think. Genes and environment explain human beliefs and behaviors—people do things because they are genomes in environments. Today there are two basic explanations offered. In addition to the biological basis for religious belief, there are environmental explanations. Despite all this most people still accept some religious claims. Why, then, do some highly educated people believe religious claims? Second, the proclamations of educated believers are not always to be taken at face value. But we shouldn’t be deceived.

Related: