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Finding Ada — Bringing women in technology to the fore

Finding Ada — Bringing women in technology to the fore

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Dame Enid Lyons: Maiden Speech audio Clip description Dame Enid Lyons reads her maiden speech, originally presented in the House of Representatives in Canberra on 29 September 1943. Curator’s notes Earth - Why we do not sleep around all that much any more On first glance, sticking with one partner for life seems like quite a bad idea, at least from an evolutionary point of view. Sperm is plentiful and does not take long to make, so it would not benefit a male to invest in only one female, who will take a long time to reproduce. If monogamy is not that useful, why did it become a favoured way of life in so many cultures? A female can also benefit from having a variety of partners. If her children have different fathers, some might be better protected if a disease comes along. For these reasons, monogamy is extremely rare among mammals and many other animal groups, as BBC Earth recently explained.

The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You Most of us are working at full capacity, and keeping up with technology can feel like one more chore on the to-do list. Still, learning your way around a few of the best Web tools is worth your time. Innovative teachers are frequently using intuitive programs and websites that are easy to learn. Enid Lyons Maiden Speech Transcript Enid Lyons (9.7.1897 - 2.9.1981) United Australia Party, Darwin, Tasmania served in the Parliament from 21 August 1943 until 19 March 1951 29 September 1943 Dame ENID LYONS (Darwin) [8.0]. Are lab mice too cold? Why it matters for science A typical mouse laboratory is kept between 20 and 26 degrees C, but if the mice had it their way, it would be a warm 30 degrees C. While the mice are still considered healthy at cooler temperatures, they expend more energy to maintain their core temperature, and evidence is mounting that even mild chronic cold stress is skewing results in studies of cancer, inflammation, and more. Researchers review the evidence April 19 in Trends in Cancer. "Most people only look at results from experiments at standard lab temperatures," says Bonnie Hylander, an immunologist at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. "They're not necessarily aware that if you repeat the experiments with mice at a different temperature, you might get a different outcome." There are multiple reasons to keep a mouse lab cool.

3rd Millennium Learning Award- the school Award videos The Third Millennium Learning Award: the school Award videos The following links take you to the videos which are the Award submissions from schools that have gained the Award. With over 90 schools having now gained the Award we suggest you look first at the Feature School submissions. Dame Enid Muriel Lyons Dame Enid Muriel Lyons (1897-1981), politician, was, according to her birth certificate, born on 9 July 1897 at Duck River (Smithton), Tasmania, second of four children of William Burnell, sawyer, and his wife Eliza, née Taggett. Anne Henderson has raised the possibility that her real father may have been Aloysius Joyce, son of a wealthy landowner in the Burnie district. During her childhood William transferred from Lee’s Mill to Glance Creek Mill and the family moved to Stowport. Enid and her two sisters walked two miles (3.2 km) each day to the local school, where Enid revealed an early dramatic talent in the school concert. Her parents were a strangely assorted pair: her mother, of Cornish Wesleyan stock, was sober, industrious and teetotal, her father 'a scoffer and a blasphemer' with a strong taste for alcohol. He was something of a 'swashbuckler', Enid recalled, on whom 'the yoke of matrimony rode uneasily'.

What Is it Like to Be a Bat? "What is it like to be a bat?" is a paper by American philosopher Thomas Nagel, first published in The Philosophical Review in October 1974, and later in Nagel's Mortal Questions (1979). In it, Nagel argues that materialist theories of mind omit the essential component of consciousness, namely that there is something that it is (or feels) like to be a particular, conscious thing.[1] He argued that an organism had conscious mental states, "if and only if there is something that it is like to be that organism—something it is like for the organism."[2] Daniel Dennett called Nagel's example "The most widely cited and influential thought experiment about consciousness.

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Julia Margaret Cameron: Complete Photographs According to one of Julia Margaret Cameron’s great-nieces, “we never knew what Aunt Julia was going to do next, nor did anyone else.” This is an accurate summation of the life of the British photographer (1815–1879), who took up the camera at age forty-eight and made more than twelve hundred images during a fourteen-year career. Living at the height of the Victorian era, Cameron was anything but conventional, experimenting with the relatively new medium of photography, promoting her own art though exhibition and sale, and pursuing the eminent personalities of her age—Alfred Tennyson, Charles Darwin, Thomas Carlyle, and others—as subjects for her lens.

Why do consious beings exist? Thomas Nagel The philosopher Thomas Nagel thinks the materialist scientific worldview cannot explain consciousness. Is he right? Image: perpetualplum Word 2010 - Long Document Essentials Next workshops When: Wednesday 7 May 11am - 1pmWhere: Attenborough Seminar Block 219 Course Overview This short 2 hour course for students will show you how to use essential time saving features when creating a long document such as a dissertation, report or essay.

ASAP Articles - A passion for physics - Joan Freeman Tim Sherratt Published in Australasian Science, Winter, 1993, p. 64. Funnily, much of what we call 'big science' is concerned with observing very small entities. Large, expensive machines are built to harness the unimaginable forces necessary to open the sub-atomic world to scrutiny. In this fascinating, perhaps frightening, area of research, one Australian woman found an outlet for her curiosity, and made an important contribution to nuclear physics. Joan Freeman was born in Perth in 1918.

Is Time Linear, or Can the Future Influence the Past? You’re thinking about time all wrong, according to our best physical theories. In Einstein’s general theory of relativity, there’s no conceptual distinction between the past and the future, let alone an objective line of “now.” There’s also no sense in which time “flows”; instead, all of space and time is just there in some four-dimensional structure. What’s more, all the fundamental laws of physics work essentially the same both forward and backward. None of these facts are easy to accept, because they’re in direct conflict with our subjective experience of time. But don’t feel too bad: They’re hard even for physicists to accept, an ongoing tension that places physics in conflict not just with common sense but also with itself.