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Society & Education: April 2013


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This Child is SOLE-d!

Ashley Yeo. April 1, 2013

2013 TED Prize winner, Sugata Mitra, introduced the SOLE project to rural India with outstanding results. SOLE "rooms" are set up for children within existing schools, where the students gather in groups to work and play together on a single computer. The children are free to learn on their own ...
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New iOS App to Help Hearing Disability

April 2, 2013
Source: University of Essex

Unlike most hearing aids that only amplify sounds to enable hearing, the new innovation created by researchers at the University of Essex is biologically inspired, where users can adjust settings to suit their impairment. The BioAid app is created to help people with hearing loss find the sound frequencies that ...
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A 3-D Printed Face

April 2, 2013
Source: The Sidney Morning Herald

Doctors in the UK successfully used 3-D printing to create a facial prosthetic. Using CT and facial scans, doctors created a model for half of Eric Moger's face, a half that was completely removed during surgery to eradicate a tennis ball-sized tumor years ago. Made out of nylon plastic, the ...
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Shared Economy: from ZipCars to “ZipDog”?

Dennis Anderson, Katja Schroeder. April 3, 2013

Sharing is not new.  Entrepreneurs always thought of ways to save or make money with things they owned but not used all the time, such as renting out unused office space or large machinery. Some businesses are built on the premise of temporary sharing, such as the fence rentals for ...
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Smartphone Power In A Matter Of Seconds

April 19, 2013
Source: BGR

  Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are in the midst of innovating a new wave of lithium-ion batteries. The new and improved battery type is supposed to lengthen the live of portable smartphone devices, enabling a full battery charge in just seconds. These batteries are said to be ...
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PhDs in the Digital Entertainment Industry

Xiaomao Wu . April 24, 2013

This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employer. I still think I made the right choice to join the digital entertainment industry four years ago after I finished my postdoctoral research at INRIA. Although so, I was always curious to ...
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The $180,000 Apple Coffee for charity

April 26, 2013
Source: CNN

Mirroring charitable contributions by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Apple's CEO Tim Cook has decided to spare two hours of his time having in a coffee meeting with two lucky fans. After 52 bids that started at $5,000, the current winning bid stands at $180,000, and is from ...
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All-new FireFox OS smartphones

April 26, 2013
Source: TechCrunch

Priced between $119 and $194 for the Keon and Peak respectively, both smartphones feature the FireFox OS system coupled with normal functions of a smartphone, such as a camera, 3G and EDGE cellular connections. The Peak features a better 8 megapixel back camera and a 4.3-inch HD IPS display. OEM ...
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Telibrahma: Pointing at infinite possibilities

Ashley Yeo. April 29, 2013

Many times we question exactly how powerful our minds are? Albert Einstein’s breaking discoveries, such as his theory of relativity (E=mc2), eventually paved the way for us to better understand the world . When he died, autopsy reports revealed Einstein’s brain was of exceptional size with “relatively expanded prefrontal cortices, ...
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