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Submitted by Julia Martin on Wed, 2012-02-22 16:45

Turns out Einstein was a pretty smart guy. As it turns out, the theory of relativity destroying and highly controversial discovery of particles moving faster than the speed of light was the result of a loose cable.
This also is a nice moment for all researchers that even the guys at CERN can sometimes succumb to tech failures.

Submitted by Julia Martin on Fri, 2012-02-17 13:35

In this article from the Chronicle, author and Cultural Studies professor Timothy Messer-Kruse writes about his experience attempting to correct a factual error on Wikipedia and the difficulty that the democratic editing policies pose towards "truth".

Submitted by Julia Martin on Thu, 2012-02-16 10:51

This article is a report from the Inaugural Interaction Design awards. I thought that in light of Gary's presentation on the expansive and experimental goals of the lab that this article might be of particular interest.

As we begin to brainstorm ideas for reaching people and moving outside of the predictable education system, I think it's going to be more and more important to be building what I think of as "bridge" tools, which live between formerly siloed worlds (Education and Criminal Justice System) are an example. It's easy enough to say that, and hard enough to do.

The Four Principles in this article are

  • Building Platforms:"[The] combination of a solid foundation built with inherent flexibility that allows users to seize something and make it their own is a key characteristic of many of the digital platforms that will flourish in the years to come."
Submitted by Julia Martin on Fri, 2012-02-10 12:45

Just click through . . . there aren't ways to explain this other than awesome.

With easy navigation and identifiable (from an American perspective for sure), landmasses and planets for comparison, this is a cool and simple exploration of size and scope within our universe.

Submitted by Julia Martin on Mon, 2012-02-06 11:25


Above find an interview with the author Rebecca MacKinnon on her new book about information/data privacy online and the complexities of this new issue. I for one, can't wait to read this book.

More here.

Submitted by Julia Martin on Fri, 2012-02-03 17:41

Check out this library's creative approach to highlighting their collections and offerings:

Submitted by Julia Martin on Wed, 2012-02-01 14:33

Here's a Tumblr focused on library data which I thought some of you might find interesting.

Submitted by Julia Martin on Wed, 2012-02-01 12:59

I receive a digest from the Chronicle every once in a while and today had a link to this feature which is filled with opportunities to download and look at research (including white papers) and experiments into online learning environments.

I thought this might be a good thing to be aware of for the mSchool!

Submitted by Julia Martin on Fri, 2012-01-20 17:31

Meet Lifebook, the concept All In One laptop . . . wow. Full review here at Geekologie.

Submitted by Julia Martin on Fri, 2012-01-20 11:59

Get out of that public domain, foreign works!

Reported here is a brief summary of the US Supreme Court's recent ruling in favor of Congress' right to restore copyright protection in foreign works where the work was never registered in the US and the full copyright term has expired.

Here's the full ruling if you'd like some light reading.