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Discussions Discussion Sustainable city
srini n, Feb. 22, 2012

A recent poll from Ipsos/Reuters shows the extent of workplace evolution as well as the fallout of globalization. Nearly 1 in 5 (17%) of the over 11,000 users from 24 countries polled online indicated that they work exclusively and/or consistently from home. Telecommuting is most popular in regions with emerging markets, such as Asia-Pacific (24%), the Middle East and Africa (27%), and Latin America (25%), while North America and Europe (both at 9%) lag significantly behind.

But the winner is India with 82% telecommuting at least once a week and 57% working remotely on a routine basis. Compare this to the U.S. where 26% are working remotely at least once a week with only 10% respondents doing so consistently.”

http://singularityhub.com/2012/02/21/u-s-being-left-in-the-dust-of-the-global-telecommuting-revolution/?utm_source=Singularity Hub Daily Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=5cbc49a775-RSS_EMAIL_C
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Discussions Discussion Physics I: Classical Mechanics
Bruce Connolly, Feb. 22, 2012

Perpetual motion ‘time crystals’ may really exist, physicist says:

Remarkable research is out on structures that repeat periodically in the fourth dimension.

The characteristic trait of a time crystal, Wilczek says, is that it moves without consuming or shedding any energy. Instead, it is in a stable, minimum-energy state, just as diamonds and other conventional crystals are. Even so, it is also in a state of perpetual motion.

http://http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46472940/ns/technology_and_science-science/#.T0Sx68zgLog
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Discussions Discussion Digital Africa
Ricky Burkhardt, Feb. 22, 2012

Spoek Mathambo is a post-Apartheid glam-rap prince from Soweto. Breaking the notion and stereotype expectations of African musicians, his tunes don’t sound South African – no longer looking back on cultural ties, while fusing beats and sounds from synth mixers & samplers to kwaito beats…chill

http://youtube.com/watch?v=UKfwSFI8LhQ
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Discussions Discussion Science - Neurology
Jill Davies, Feb. 22, 2012

Older adults with too much salt in diet and too little exercise at greater risk of cognitive decline:

he finding, which appeared online Aug. 22 in the journal Neurobiology of Aging, ahead of print publication, may have significant public health implications, emphasizing the importance of addressing multiple lifestyle factors that can impact brain health.

http://snip.it/s/1msf
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Discussions Discussion unselected
Marco Masoni, Feb. 21, 2012

CK-12 is disrupting the textbook market with its “flexbooks,” textbooks that are web based, composed of open source materials and adaptable by users (http://www.ck12.org/about/about-us). Got a Kindle or Kindle app (FREE!)? You can download a number of CK-12 flexbooks on Amazon — FREE.

http://youtu.be/qggjh_0u5kY
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Discussions Discussion World Cinema
Andrew P, Feb. 21, 2012

Just found this great little series on Akira Kurosawa. If you want to start watching his movies, check out The Seven Samurai which basically was adapted into The Magnificent Seven.

http://youtu.be/7E2ctP9gBgw
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Discussions Discussion CAPE NO. 7
Catherine Merlo, Feb. 21, 2012

I’m only about 45 minutes into the film right now, but I thought I’d go ahead and post this thing real quick. Right now, anything related to the love letters, to Aga, really works for me, but I’m struggling with the comedic elements of the film. We’ll see if this changes, but I think the love-story element of the letters (especially the visuals that accompanied the first one being read out loud), is altogether really powerful. I do agree that the cultural divide is what makes this difficult to get into comically. (We’ll see if my thoughts change!)

Catherine Merlo
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  • Elyssa Garrett Elyssa Garrett Feb. 22, 2012
    I had a really hard time getting into this film and even understanding what was going on. Perhaps that was just because it was in another language? I definitely found myself wanting there to be more flashbacks with the letters. I also wanted there to be clearer arcs for Aga and Tomoko from the beginning. The whole film seemed to move rather slowly (but maybe that's just because it kept buffering…) and I felt really unsatisfied with the way things ended, especially in regards to Tomoko's character. It seemed like nothing much changed.
  • Maria Tedeschi Maria Tedeschi Feb. 23, 2012
    I also had some difficulty understanding things in the beginning. I was confused by the amount of characters and the importance of each character. I thought some of them were not serving purpose for much of the movie. For example, the maid. Until the end I was confused as to why she was always around. Towards the middle of the film I started to be more invested. I found myself wanting to know the importance of the letters. I absolutely loved the fact that Aga worked for the postal service. It took me a bit to figure out why he did, but I was satisfied that he was supposed to be delivering mail but instead was hoarding letters in his room, looking for one specific address.
  • Weiko Lin Weiko Lin Feb. 25, 2012
    yeahh, agree with all. in the adaptation, I've eliminated the maid character all together! Wonderful discussions
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Discussions Discussion RAN
Alexander Fones, Feb. 21, 2012

I really enjoyed the bleakness of Kurosawa’s adaptation here, overshadowing even one of the darkest of Shakespearean tragedies. As much as King Lear influenced the plot line, the biographical elements of Akira Kurosawa’s struggles late in his career and the anxiety of mutually ensured destruction from the Cold War added layers to the character of Hidetora. Kurosawa’s graphic depiction of massacre and suicide reaches levels of apocalypse out of Revelation, but Tango (the Earl of Kent of this version) confirms that the gods are powerless and cannot save humanity “from ourselves.” Only the blind man Tsurumaru survives, as Hidetora predicted but saw as himself, “at the edge of a precipice, bereft of his god (after dropping his scroll of the Buddha), in a darkening world.” Although it was a classical story in a medieval setting, I found the allegories highly relevant. Obviously an epic story needs a lot of time and a sprawling narrative, but the color schemes helped me follow the characters and the shifting armies and loyalties.

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Discussions Discussion ISCFC Denia
Ada P-Spain, Feb. 21, 2012

What do you think that will be our mark in “Sciences for the contemporany world” if we participate here????

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Discussions Discussion Welcome to Einztein
Paula P-Spain, Feb. 21, 2012

Hello! I just calculate my footprint and my total footprint is 5371 kg of CO2 per year. What do you think?

Paula P-Spain
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  • Simona K-Lithuania Simona K-Lithuania Feb. 27, 2012
    I think your result is not high, but we always have to improve it :)
  • Titas Who Titas Who Feb. 28, 2012
    start going somewhere by bike, it's better than use bus or car, if distance is not very big ;) also it's good for your health
  • Mahmoud Ghidan Mahmoud Ghidan May 5, 2012
    I think that being the average of your country doesn't mean that it is good….NO! Try to get your co2 use per year down to 5,000.
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