Knowledge Handler

Information Sources & Information Sifting Techniques

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Librarian at Indiana Wesleyan University's Cleveland Education Center.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Evaluating Information

Mashable offered a video about lifelike images created by video technology. These images may be a component of this University of Washington course developed by Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West which teaches students to recognize false information.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

E-mail and Distraction

Cal Newport muses on the harm e-mail does to creative work .

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Customer Service Initiatives in Higher Education

Academic Impressions developed a list of ten points to be covered in a customer service initiative .

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The following related video was created by Converge Consulting

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Superconducting Wire Patented

Salvator Cezar Pais has filed a patent (assigned to the U.S. Navy) for wire which is superconducting at room temperature.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Temporal Brain

Jordana Cepelewicz reports on the work of Howard and Shankar to find neurons measuring time in the human brain.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Language Translation

Greg Sterling reports on how home displays from Google and Amazon may become able to serve as language interpreters .

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Weekend Vacation

Cassie Holmes suggests that greater happiness is obtained if people treat a weekend like a vacation .

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Number Pi

Khan Academy provides a description of the irrational number pi . March 14 is the day this number is celebrated.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Reading and Self-Understanding

Mairead Staid muses on Sven Birkerts' The Gutenberg Elegies. Staid notes that deep reading helps us explore our beliefs .

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Education Loans

Dan Bauman reports that firms making educational loans to students are not being held responsible for significant errors in bookkeeping.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Speed of Light

Dave Mosher comments on the annimations of NASA scientist James O'Donoghue, which illustrated the time it takes at the speed of light to traverse the distance between "nearby" objects in the solar system.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

New York's Grand Central Terminal

Michele Debczak shares why there is a dark spot on the ceiling of New York City's Grand Central Station. The video was developed by New York Public Radio.

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Source: The Gothamist/New York Public Radio https://youtu.be/dMf0sMT2IMk


Source: New York Times https://www.youtube.com/embed/99buqSVBuOo

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Saturday, March 09, 2019

Obtaining Phosphorus for Farming

BBC reporters Sibylle Grunze and Kerstin Hoppenhaus discuss the value of composting in a world where phosphorus supplies are limited.

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Friday, March 08, 2019

Google PageRank and SEO

Andreea Sauciuc of CognitiveSEO investigated how Google reacts to websites with a "link scheme ," that is, a site that tries to manipulate Google's PageRank algorithm.

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Thursday, March 07, 2019

Watersheds

Robert Szucs distributes maps of watersheds from this site.

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Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Flow Batteries and Electric Vehicles

Cynthia Sequin reports on IFBattery, a firm developing a flow battery which could provide electric cars with a 300 mile range .

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Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Successful Offices in Academia

Jeffrey Young muses on how professors should use their office. Some humanities faculty cherish having an office with a small library for their ongoing research, while others are comfortable "hoteling."

Some faculty complain that students do not make use of office hours, even though the times are in each course syllabus. make their office hours more popular with students. Young cites scholar Robert Talbert, who offers two problems with traditional office hours: first, that visiting the personal space of an authority figure is intimidating, and second, that an informal office can convey a lack of professionalism. His solution is to meet with students by appointment in a local bagel shop.

T. Kelly offered a practical way to increase student visits to a professor's office. Kelly now uses a scheduling app, and found this quadrupled the number of students attending office hours, as they know that their visit to a faculty office will not involve a long wait.

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Monday, March 04, 2019

Voice Interaction and the Future of Computing

Adam Dorfman suggests that voice interaction is a wave of the future, and encourages Microsoft to continue promoting Cortana.

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Sunday, March 03, 2019

Astronaut Qualifications

Rose Eveleth muses that certain "disabilities " might qualify one to be an exceptional astronaut.

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Saturday, March 02, 2019

Linux Command Line Options

Sandra Henry-Stocker shares a summary of Linux command line options.

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Friday, March 01, 2019

Booking Courses in Google Search Results

Sergey Alakov notes that Google now allows search results to include a course booking , using the Google Reserve technology initially rolled-out to personal care businesses.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Stifling Scams

Kristie Canegallo writes about her efforts as a Google executive to takedown scams and illegal content which might be indexed by Google products.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Sans Forgetica

Amelia Harris writes about the development of a new typeface, "Sans Forgetica " which is designed to foster memorization.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Liability for Data Breaches

Joanna Grama reports that Ohio has given corporations (including universities) a statutory defense against liability in the event of a data breach . The corporation must have a "cybersecurity program in place that conforms with industry standards."

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Android Features That Have Yet to Be Implemented

J.R. Raphael muses about Android features which have been announced a while ago, but which have yet to appear in implementations.

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Employee Retention

Ashley Whillens suggests that appreciation is more important than high wages in retaining employees.

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Social Media and Information Overload

Zachary Crockett suggests that social media, which was seen as a liberal social force during the Arab Spring, has been used effectively by authoritarian candidates from around the globe.

Crockett cites an essay from scholar Ronald J. Deibert (2019), who muses that "social media must bear some of the blame for the descent into neo-fascism" (p. 35).

Crockett summarizes the issue by saying: " The deluge of information on social media overwhelms current platforms’ potential to spread important information."

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Routines Bring Order

Jory MacKay says that establishing routines is vital to productivity.

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Lunar Exploration

Mike Wall reports that NASA is seeking contractors to ferry goods to the moon .

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Dentures for the Young

According to one source, in Victorian times it was common to get dentures at a young age to eliminate the cost of later dental bills.

I have to believe this was true, as my mother grew up in poverty, and her teeth were removed before she reached 20 years of age.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Bing Custom Search

Microsoft has developed Bing Custom Search which can index a corporate website. Fees are waived until a site reaches 1,000 searches each month.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Cursive Handwriting and Learning

Kevin Dickinson notes that Ohio and Louisiana have mandated cursive writing in public school curricula. He reviews the educational arguements for and against cursive handwriting. Dickinson cites a number of research pieces, as well as a brief history of handwriting.

Dickinson's concluding paragraph states:

In this light, Ohio and Louisiana's legislation is far too sweeping. It may be worth introducing students to cursive, and students who find it appealing can certainly master it, but requiring legible cursive by fifth grade—let alone mandating it until twelfth—says more about the legislative's desire to polish the patina off a cultural artifact than an understanding of child development.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Google Search Tips

Kim Komando shares Google tips .

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Bing Search Operators

Jerri Collins provides a list of Bing search operators . There is a slightly different list on the Microsoft website that has less explanation of their functions.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

European Link Tax

Greg Sterling reports on the European Union's new copyright directive which is slated to include a link tax or licensing fee when third-party text is used.

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Speed Up Windows 10

Preston Gralla provides methods to streamline your Windows 10 experience by stopping processes which are often unneeded.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

The Demise of Windows Mobile

Rob Enderle writes about the botched efforts to promote the use of Windows Mobile . Microsoft has announced that it is dropping support for the Windows Mobile operating system, and Enderle says that the lack of support (especially for the developer community) doomed the platform.

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Disclosure: I have a special interest in Windows phones, as years ago I bought every member of my family Windows 6 phones, on the assumption that this mobile platform would rule as Microsoft rules the desktop environment. We discovered a lot of "glitches" with the phone, and the lack of developer support mentioned both in the Enderle article and in the videos. I was very disappointed with Microsoft when the firm shut down the "store" for Windows 6 mobile, as if a phone was reset only the old default applications were available to the user.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Android Phones and "Dark Mode"

J. R. Raphael shares some notable options for Google's "dark mode " display setting. Dark mode is available on Google-branded phones, and will be implemented on the phones from other firms over time. It allows better battery life, wasting less energy in a dark room.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Google Chromebook Operating System

J.R. Raphael supplies a list of links of interest to those using a "Google Chromebook ."

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

P2PU in Libraries

Grif Peterson discusses the obstacles for public libraries attempting to offer peer to peer university courses , and proposes open education resources that will meet the needs of adult learners.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Smart Hearing Aids and Smart Glasses

Rob Enderle suggests how smart glasses and smart hearing aids could improve productivity in the near future.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Spear Phishing

Dan Swinhoe provides examples of targeted "spear " phishing.

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Saturday, February 09, 2019

Coping With Winter

Matt Berical interviews Sharon Schilling about coping with winter weather using household products such as kitty litter, alcohol, and hand sanitizer.

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Google Fi

Ken Mingis talks about Google Fi , a mobile network plan that is now available to iphone users .

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Friday, February 08, 2019

Green Tea and Liver Damage

According to the EFSA Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS), the primary active ingredient of green tea (EGCG) is not toxic in normal amounts, which typically do not exceed 300mg/day. However, supplements which provide over 800mg/day may affect the liver. It is possible to have a fatal overdose with very high doses of green tea supplements, as high doses can be toxic to the human liver.

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Thursday, February 07, 2019

DNA Testing Is a Mix of Art and Science

Charlsie Agro and Luke Denne write about a pair of twins who submitted DNA samples to a number of genetic testing firms . The results varied from firm to firm, and the same firms gave differing interpretations of the history or region of origin for each individual.

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

A Knowledgeable Electorate

Jared McDonald reports that a significant number of voters are misinformed about biographical leaders such as the U.S. President. Writing for Politico McDonald writes:

Our research shows that the basic information plugged-in elites take for granted is not known by many Americans, and can be consequential in political evaluations. After all, a 2016 poll showed that more Americans under age 30 could identify Pikachu than Joe Biden, suggesting that even well-vetted politicians must be reintroduced to an ever-changing electorate.

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Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Open Access Textbooks

Beth McMurtrie reports on the quality concerns professors have about open access textbooks.

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Philosophical Arguements for Online Education

Joshua Kim provides an opinion piece with philosopnical arguements for online education.

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Women's Groups on Campus

Sarah Brown mourns the disappearance of female clubs from the Harvard campus.

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Monday, February 04, 2019

Affective Presence

Julie Beck writes about the personality trait of affective presence , the ability to put people at ease.

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Sunday, February 03, 2019

Entrepreneurial Advice

Thirty piece of entrepreneurial advice.

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Saturday, February 02, 2019

The Nature of Light

Quora has an interesting set of posts about the nature of light .

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Friday, February 01, 2019

Sharing a Windows Computer

Preston Gralla provides instructions for sharing a computer among several people.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Getting People to Read Your Email

Matt Alderton suggests how to write better email subject lines .

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Marketing/Advertising

Quora offered some examples and stories about advertising.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Make School's Guarantee

Dennis Pierce writes about the Make School , a college which focuses on developing coding skills, and which offers to absorb the cost of tuition if graduates are not gainfully employed.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Questions Make Webpages Pop

Ann Smarty encourages web page developers to incorporate questions into page content. This will help web searchers match to your highly relevant content, and it helps structure the page.

Smarty provides some great takeaways:

  • Questions are useful on many levels, from audience research to conversion optimization and product development
  • As far as SEO is concerned, optimizing for questions helps you develop better-targeted copy and gain more organic search visibility (especially through appearing in featured and "People Also Ask" boxes)
  • Researching questions is an ongoing process: You need to be constantly discovering new ones and monitoring social media for real-time ideas
  • There are lots of tools to help you discover and organize niche questions (when it comes to organizing them, using your favorite tools or even simply spreadsheets is always a good idea)
  • Question research is not just for SEO or content ideation. It can help improve social media engagement, help you develop a better product, train your internal teams to better explain product advantages to clients, etc.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

State of Surveillance

Ruth Reader comments on the growth in surveillance technologies.

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Labor Organizing Using Corporate Email

Emily of Bloomberg News interviews Josh Eidelson, who reports that Google is lobbying to deny employees the right to organize a union using corporate email.

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