Man Replaces Eye with Camera

I like the name “Eyeborg”.

Rob Spence is a documentary film maker who lost his eye due to a childhood accident. He has worked with scientists and engineers to make a new eye that sends a wireless signal that can then be recorded.

There are many other scientists, doctors and futurists working on robotic prosthetics and the future of cyborg reality is not far away. See the video after the break for an interview. Continue reading

Social Statistics Overstate Findings

This latest ESP study from Cornell brings into focus an issue that we statisticians and behavioral analysts have been aware of for years; considering a finding “statistically significant” if there is less than 5% probability that the finding could have been found by chance does not take into account ALL the findings that could have happened by chance. Therefore, we get lots of results that are found later to be, at best, inaccurate, but more often, totally false (I’m looking at you, Wakefield!).

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Free Online Teaching Resources

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Knowledge Community (www.intel.com/pressroom)
Price: Free
Knowledge Community creates a secure school online community for students, parents, teachers and administrators.

Spanish I A (http://www.amered.com)
This new courseware is designed to help students understand Spanish through study guides, practice activities, and interactive games.

iKnow! (http://www.iknow.co.jp)
iKnow! makes it possible to create learning modules in 188 languages for study within the community-powered suite of learning applications.

Typing Adventure (www.typingadventure.com)
Price: Free
Typing Adventure uses exciting interactive games and mind-challenging puzzles to help kids and adults improve their typing skills.

The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education recently launched a new Web site that contains a variety of free, high-quality science tools and resources for 4th-6th grade students. Siemens Science Day provides standards-based videos, tools, and hands-on activities for earth, life, and physical science that educators need to turn into aspiring scientists. Each activity on the Web site includes complete how-to information, step-by-step directions for in-class use, materials lists, at-home extensions that promote learning beyond the classroom, and related video clips.

Educators visiting Siemens Science Day also are encouraged to enter the Ultimate Cool School Science Day Sweepstakes. The winning teacher will win a spellbinding assembly for his/her school that is not only fun and interactive, but also underscores the importance of science literacy and the need for science resources in schools. Discovery Networks will present the assembly, which will consist of videos, mind benders and interactive demonstrations. Entries will be accepted through March 2, 2009. The mentors of the first 100 teams to register and ultimately complete a project for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge will receive an award-winning Planet Earth series DVD set. Submissions from middle school students will be accepted through March 15, 2009. The initiative will expand to elementary schools in 2009 and to high schools in 2010. Visit the Siemens Science Day Web site at www.siemensscienceday.com and the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge at www.wecanchange.com.

Spinning Head

so this weekend was fun. spending time with my nephews at the Exploratorium where I also saw one of my old students who now works there! We also went out to see a movie, as well as teaching them the finer points of Guitar Hero.

They left to brave the elements in what was hyped to be a huge storm; but really was just rain with a little extra wind.

Yesterday and today have been work-filled and I have my plate extremely full with several presentations and server administrative tasks heaped upon me. I’m actually really excited about most of it and want to do my best to stay current with all that they want.

The only thing I would complain about is that I have now been working on a contract for 2 months and have yet to get paid. I am not saying that I WON’T get paid… but it is somewhat difficult to float this long when just getting started…know what I mean?

Any suggestions about this? I have an iron-clad signed contract, so that is not the issue, but it is a matter of their accounts payable division actually getting to my invoice and mailing it out…