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Starship Schematics Database

Starship Schematics Database

Star Trek Intelligence -- Star Trek starships , ships , and technology database The New Stuttgart City Library - Germany Korean architect Eun Young Yi’s proposal was selected in 1999 from 235 competition entries as the plan for the new central library of the City of Stuttgart. The building of the 80-million Euro (about $108 mil. US) Stadtbibliothek am Mailänder Platz began three years ago and the opening ceremonies took place last month. Yi has created a monolithic cube with two floors underground and nine above. As a cool nod to the fact that the building is a storehouse of words, the word “library” is installed in four languages on the outside walls. Yi’s company, Yi Architects is based in Cologne and Seoul.

Star Trek House How IBM Brings Ideas Forward From Its Teams - Preoccupations By PHIL GILBERT When you walk into a meeting, there’s always someone who thinks he or she is the smartest person in the room. A meeting room is often the “Breakfast Club” of the working world. But getting the best work out of a team isn’t about silencing the loudest person. Two years ago, I was asked to lead the transformation of product design at IBM. Designing around the user experience, part of what’s known as “design thinking,” has become crucial to the success of business software. Photo I’ve seen that team members are pretty good at organizing themselves when they have established relationships. But when your organization is in the midst of transformation — whether it is a three-person start-up hiring a fourth employee or a big global company leading major shifts in technology — you are faced with teams of people who don’t necessarily have the shared experiences that enable them to behave well together. That doesn’t come naturally. And then? Preoccupations

What You'll Wish You'd Known January 2005 (I wrote this talk for a high school. I never actually gave it, because the school authorities vetoed the plan to invite me.) When I said I was speaking at a high school, my friends were curious. I'll start by telling you something you don't have to know in high school: what you want to do with your life. If I were back in high school and someone asked about my plans, I'd say that my first priority was to learn what the options were. It might seem that nothing would be easier than deciding what you like, but it turns out to be hard, partly because it's hard to get an accurate picture of most jobs. But there are other jobs you can't learn about, because no one is doing them yet. And yet every May, speakers all over the country fire up the Standard Graduation Speech, the theme of which is: don't give up on your dreams. What they really mean is, don't get demoralized. Which is an uncomfortable thought. I'm not saying there's no such thing as genius. Upwind Ambition Corruption Now

Integrating the 16 Habits of Mind In outcomes-based learning environments, we generally see three elements in play: 1) learning objectives or targets are created from given standards; 2) instruction of some kind is given; and then 3) learning results are assessed. These assessments offer data to inform the revision of further planned instruction. Rinse and repeat. But lost in this clinical sequence are the Habits of Mind that (often predictably) lead to success or failure in the mastery of given standards. Below are all 16 Habits of Mind, each with a tip, strategy or resource to understand and begin implementation in your classroom. The habits themselves aren't new at all, and significant work has already been done in the areas of these "thinking habits." And a renewed urgency for their integration. The Habits of Mind by Art Costa and Bena Kallick don't simply represent fragments of practice to "add on" to what you already do, but rather new ways to think about how people learn. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.

Heaven On Earth (8 Pics) Synapse There are two fundamentally different types of synapses: In a chemical synapse, electrical activity in the presynaptic neuron is converted (via the activation of voltage-gated calcium channels) into the release of a chemical called a neurotransmitter that binds to receptors located in the plasma membrane of the postsynaptic cell. The neurotransmitter may initiate an electrical response or a secondary messenger pathway that may either excite or inhibit the postsynaptic neuron. Synaptic communication is distinct from ephaptic coupling, in which communication between neurons occurs via indirect electric fields. Specialized synapses[edit] For technical reasons, synaptic structure and function has mainly been studied at unusually large 'model' synapses, for example: Role in memory[edit] It is widely accepted that the synapse plays a role in the formation of memory. By altering the release of neurotransmitters, plasticity of synapses can be controlled in the presynaptic cell. See also[edit]

Meaning of Halflife I'd like to illustrate what this really means. If living creatures had halflives the way radioactive atoms do, the world would be a very different place. What do you mean? Suppose there's an alien species with a halflife of, say, 70 years. You randomly pick out 16 baby aliens and track them to see how long they live. That doesn't sound so weird. True...but remember that the halflife is always the same, regardless of how old the aliens are. That is kind of strange. It gets stranger. Methuselah isn't going to make it, though. Methuselah has just as much chance of surviving the next 70 years as any one of the 15 babies.

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