Jenny Schwartz

Australian author of Coastal Romance
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Depression-Era Teachers Predicted Online Schools Would Look Like This:

In 1934 the president of Northwestern University, Walter Dill Scott, predicted that technology would radically change the college experience.

Distance learning would be more common thanks to TV, radio, and fax. And commuting students would change the physical landscape of the surrounding school. President Scott wasn’t altogether wrong, but the future didn’t arrive quite like he imagined.

…the September 1934 issue of Everyday Science and Mechanics magazine… even ran a cartoon (above) illustrating this vision of a future student’s TV-filled education, while also poking fun at the fact that students can be super lazy. [more]

broadcastarchive-umd:

Depression-Era Teachers Predicted Online Schools Would Look Like This:

In 1934 the president of Northwestern University, Walter Dill Scott, predicted that technology would radically change the college experience.
Distance learning would be more common thanks to TV, radio, and fax. And commuting students would change the physical landscape of the surrounding school. President Scott wasn’t altogether wrong, but the future didn’t arrive quite like he imagined.
…the September 1934 issue of Everyday Science and Mechanics magazine… even ran a cartoon (above) illustrating this vision of a future student’s TV-filled education, while also poking fun at the fact that students can be super lazy. [more]

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fastcompany:

Meet The Amazing, Hopping Bionic Kangaroo

As it bounces through the Australian outback, the typical kangaroo can cover around 25 to 30 feet per hop. It’s a model of efficiency: Every time the kangaroo hits the ground, its tendons stretch to store energy like the spring in a pogo stick, so it can easily speed up without getting tired. It’s so good at hopping, in fact, that for the last two years, a German company called Festo has been secretly developing a robot that tries to copy everything a natural kangaroo can do.

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Social sniffing?

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We’re all familiar with the (often embarrassing) contagiousness of a yawn, but did you know that a good sniff might be just as catchy? Researchers in Israel have used the psycho-thriller movie Perfume to observe how human participants mimic sniffing actions off of characters on-screen as a form of “social chemosignaling.”

Find out how in this article from Chemical Senses!

Image: Alex sniffing out a macro lens by Andrew Morrell. CC BY-ND 2.0 via Flickr.

historical-nonfiction:

Lectors, today meaning anyone who reads, used to a be a profitable job. Manual laborers would pool their money and hire a lector to read while they worked, keeping them entertained

historical-nonfiction:

Lectors, today meaning anyone who reads, used to a be a profitable job. Manual laborers would pool their money and hire a lector to read while they worked, keeping them entertained

(Source: dailynewsdig.com)