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Readers — How I love this piece from DGIwire by Louis M. Profeta, an emergency physician practicing in Indianapolis and author of The Patient in Room Nine Says He’s God. Once we accept the good doctor’s words, we can let kids spend at least some time playing on their own again, because Jerry Maguire (most likely) isn’t calling. – L by Dr. Louis Profet I don’t care if your eight year old can throw a baseball through six inches of plywood.

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Scientists Used Virtual Reality to Teleport People into Different Bodies This article originally appeared on Motherboard While surgery bots like Da Vinci XI are already letting doctors perform surgery through machines, we could see humans teleoperating robots from greater distances in the future. Say, for example, a doctor in London operating on someone in Mumbai, or a human operating a robot on Mars. But what goes on in your brain when you’re under the illusion of embodying a robot?

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How The TSA Legally Circumvents The Fourth Amendment A constant complaint from those opposed to the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) new ‘enhanced’ pat down searches is that these pat downs violate a traveler’s Fourth Amendment rights. For those unfamiliar with the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution it reads “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” While the new TSA enhanced pat downs may violate the Fourth Amendment on the surface, what most people are not aware of is that the 9th Circuit Court of the United States ruled on the search of passengers in airports back in 1973, which effectively suspends limited aspects of the Fourth Amendment while undergoing airport security screening. Happy Flying!

Online College Search – Your Accredited Online Degree Directory There's a common misconception that homeschoolers have difficulty when it comes to getting into college. This may have been true 20 years ago, but these days, colleges are making the process of admissions for homeschoolers simple and fair. In fact, many colleges are now seeking out homeschoolers themselves, as homeschooled students tend to be excellent college students. Here, we've gathered several facts, tips, and helpful resources that you can put to work to ensure that your college admissions process as a homeschooler is smooth and successful.

Typeset In The Future The opening credits for Alien are nothing short of a typographic masterpiece. You can watch them in their entirety on the Art Of The Title web site, but here's the general gist: a slow, progressive disclosure of a disjointed, customized Futura reveals the movie's central theme over 90 seconds of beautifully-spaced angular lettering. UPDATE: Susan Bradley (and others) have pointed out that this is much more like Helvetica Black than Futura. I'd based my original claim on Art Of The Title's interview with the creators, despite a mismatch when I checked it against Futura myself.

Earlychildhood NEWS - Article Reading Center Using photography in your classroom is a great way to record children’s field trips and special activities, document their block constructions, or identify their cubbies. Photos are also great motivators for involving children in making their own books and personalizing projects. Whether you own a film or digital camera, this article presents techniques to help improve the usefulness and effectiveness of the photographs that you take and to make photography a part of your curriculum every day. Why Photography is Important While children are in your care, their parents often miss important childhood events – first steps, first bite of solid food, discovery of oneself in a mirror, tying shoelaces, and the enjoyment a child feels when he is with his friends.

The Death Delusion “Afraid of dying? Don’t be. It’s never going to happen to you, and I can prove it.” Unschooling and Homeschooling FAQ — John Holt GWS By John Holt with later additions by Patrick Farenga (This is reprinted from Chapter 3 of Teach Your Own) NOTE: To learn about the laws and regulations about homeschooling in your state, check with your local or state homeschooling groups as they will likely have the most up-to-date information. You can locate general legal information from this list, and find support with this list; both lists are maintained by Anne Zeiss.—PF People, especially educators, who hear me [John Holt, 1981] talk about homeschooling, raise certain objections so often that it is worth answering them here. Since our countries are so large and our people are from so many different kinds of backgrounds (this was said most recently to me by a Canadian) don't we need some kind of social glue to make us stick together, to give us a sense of unity in spite of all our differences, and aren't compulsory public schools the easiest and best places to make this glue?

Do It Yourself Microwave Popcorn Recipe Did you know you can Make your Own Microwave Popcorn in under 4 minutes? Store bought Microwave popcorn is convenient, but it happens to be loaded with fats/oils/sodium, etc. You can make your own healthier, dirt cheap microwave popcorn, complete with various flavors of seasoning in under 4 minutes. You'll Need: paper bag (lunch size) 1/4 cup popcorn kernels 2 to 3 tablespoons melted butter (optional) Popcorn salt or table salt, to taste (optional) 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese or other cheese sprinkle (optional) Pour the (unpopped kernels) of popcorn in the paper bag. planning a new water wall for water play With our recent hot weather and popularity of water play at preschool I have been thinking of ways to resurrect our water wall. The water wall was a structure created using a variety of plastic containers drilled onto wooden board in such a way that water is directed in various streams, drips, and flows when poured over-top, and collected in containers below. This is the (dearly departed) water wall one of my clever colleagues created with the kids some years ago: Where better to look for inspiration for our new water wall than my blogging friends from around the globe?

4thamendmentwear 4th Amendment Wear 4TH AMENDMENT UNDERCLOTHES Now there's a way to protest those intrusive TSA X-ray scanners without saying a word. 4th Amendment Metallic ink-printed undershirts and underwear. Assert your rights without saying a word. Unschooling "Read a little, try a little, wait a while, watch." People learn by playing, thinking and amazing themselves. They learn while they're laughing at something surprising, and they learn while they're wondering "What the heck is this!?" My favorite and oldest discussion group is called AlwaysLearning, where the principles underlying unschooling are the topic. On facebook, my less favorite but busier discussion: Radical Unschooling InfoThere is a live chat each Wednesday: How US students get a university degree for free in Germany - BBC News While the cost of college education in the US has reached record highs, Germany has abandoned tuition fees altogether for German and international students alike. An increasing number of Americans are taking advantage and saving tens of thousands of dollars to get their degrees. In a kitchen in rural South Carolina one night, Hunter Bliss told his mother he wanted to apply to university in Germany.