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Your Brain on Google
Whenever a new technology is introduced, there’s always a bit of anxiety about how it will effect us.
Back in 2007, Dr. Gary Small, a professor of psychiatry at UCLA, wanted to know what the brain looks like when it searches for something online for the first time.

So he and Dr. Susan Brookheimer did a study: using an fMRI machine, they looked at the brain and how it functions when a person is using a search engine vs. reading a book.
They gathered 24 people —12 who had little experience with search engines and 12 who were quite web savvy. (It’s amazing that even in 2007, the researchers were able to find people who weren’t frequently using Google.) 

Here’s what they found:
Internet searching engaged a greater amount of neural circuitry that is not activated during reading — but only in those with prior Internet experience.

The brain isn’t necessarily more conscious or “better” when it’s searching online — but it is activating areas in the front of the brain that are associated with decision-making. This makes sense because when you’re searching online, you have to seek out and choose the relevant information. 

The minimal brain activation found in the “net naive” group may be because the Internet task was unfamiliar to them. They didn’t quite know the strategies needed to successfully engage in a Google search.
“With more time on the Internet, they may demonstrate the same brain activation patterns as the more experienced group,” Small said.

Small noted that pursuing activities that keep the mind engaged may help preserve brain health and cognitive ability. Traditionally, these include games such as crossword puzzles, but with the advent of technology, scientists are beginning to assess the influence of computer use — including the Internet.

Paper:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/files/attachments/5230/136.pdf

h/t - UCLA research

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Search for Collections!

OK. This is not my imagination. We now have the ability to do searches on Collections. Very useful. This is going to do a lot for discoverability of collections on Google+ - and go a long way to helping connect people with shared interests. 

Below is a search I ran for "artificial intelligence." You can run it from within your Collections tab or just type a search query in the search box and hit the "Collections" tab (third from the left). It's not a dumb search either. A search for artificial intelligence, also brings up collections about "AI", "deep learning", "machine learning" and "cognition." 

Good, incremental progress here. 

P.S. - looks like this came out around August 18th. Thanks for the clarification +CircleCount

#search   #collections   #googleplus  
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Today in History: Android Market (later Google Play) announced, 2008
On August 28, 2008 — 7 years ago today — Google announced Android Market, an online center where people would be able to find, buy, download, and rate apps and other content for mobile phones based on the Android open-source operating system. Google described this new digital distribution platform — a clear competitor to the Apple Store (and AmazonApps store) — as “similar to YouTube” as “content can debut in the marketplace after only 3 simple steps: [1] register as a merchant, [2] upload and describe...content and [3] publish it.” Google said that it chose the term “market,” rather than “store,” because Google felt that “developers should have an open and unobstructed environment to make their content available.” 

Android Market was initially released to the public on October 22, 2008 (about 2 months after the announcement this day 7 years ago); it was merged into Google Play on March 6, 2012 along with Google Music and Google eBookstore. Statista.com reported in 2015 that the apps on Google Play had grown to a larger number than the apps available on iTunes.

YouTube videos:
•iPhone App Store vs. Android Market by Austin Evans (length 05:57). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jJcBrJ4970

Web sources:
http://www.cnet.com/news/google-announces-android-market-for-phone-apps/
http://www.dayoftheweek.org/#axzz3k3IKWosd
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Play

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•Android Market ad from Google.
•Google Play announcing in image that Android App has moved to Google Play.
•Competitive comparison of online app stores. http://www.statista.com/statistics/276623/number-of-apps-available-in-leading-app-stores/

#Android #AdroidMarket #GooglePlay #iTunes
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That's incredible!
The Dog teaches to baby crawling  :)))
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Every Day Is A Good Day
Which Brings You Happiness.
In Case It Does Not,
Don’t Worry It Still Gives You
Good Experience
And I Will Be There To Cope
The Bad Days With You Good Morning!
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Today in History: Cooking Pioneer Fannie Farmer Opened Her School
first school to focus on healthy eating and serious measurements of ingredients
On August 23, 1902 — 113 years ago today — pioneering cookbook author Fannie Farmer opened the “Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery” in Boston, MA (in Huntington Chambers, 30 Huntington Avenue, Boston, adjacent to the Boston Public Library — now the site of Westin Copley Hotel). Fannie was a graduate of Boston’s first cooking school, “The Boston Cooking School,” which was founded in 1879 by the “Woman’s Educational Association of Boston” in order “to offer instruction in cooking to those who wished to earn their livelihoods as cooks, or who would make practical use of such information in their families.” At the Boston Cooking School, Fannie studied under Mary J. Lincoln, who researched and wrote Mrs. Lincoln’s Boston Cook Book: What to Do and What Not to Do in Cooking, a textbook used primarily for her students (so they would not have to copy recipes). 

Fannie graduated in 1889 from The Boston Cooking School. Because Fannie was one of the school’s top students, Fannie became assistant director of the school, and then director of the school in 1894. Fannie revised and expanded Mrs. Lincoln’s cookbook, and Fannie built on Mrs. Lincoln’s detailed and methodical approach to recipe writing, including careful measurements for each ingredient. During her time at The Boston Cooking School, Fannie began to understand the association between eating certain foods and good health. Fannie took a nutrition course at Harvard Medical School to learn as much as she could about healthy eating. Fannie’s version of the Boston Cooking-School Cook Book in 1896 became the best-selling cookbook of the era. After 8 years as director, Fannie resigned from the school in 1902 to open her own cooking school on this day in 1902. Fannie’s School lasted until 1944.

YouTube videos:
•Fannie’s Last Supper (length 04:16). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz7Y1x5p8AE

Web sources:
http://www.britannica.com/biography/Fannie-Merritt-Farmer
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fannie_Farmer
http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/cookbooks/html/books/book_48.cfm
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Cooking_School
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Cooking_schools_in_the_United_States
http://www.masshist.org/collection-guides/view/fa0393
http://historiccookingschool.com/category/cooking-class/
http://womenshistory.about.com/od/cookbooks/p/fannie_farmer.htm
http://www.notablebiographies.com/Du-Fi/Farmer-Fannie.html
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/41940/41940-h/41940-h.htm

Book sources:
The Original Fannie Farmer 1896 Cookbook: The Boston Cooking School by Fannie Farmer. http://amzn.to/1NDmQa3
Fannie in the Kitchen: The Whole Story from Soup to Nuts of How Fannie Farmer Invented Recipes with Precise Measurements (fiction based on certain facts) by Deborah Hopkinson. http://amzn.to/1h5TC6O

Image credits:
•Fanny Farmer and young student. http://www.britannica.com/biography/Fannie-Merritt-Farmer
•The Original Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, 1896, by Fannie Merritt Farmer. http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/cookbooks/images/books/400w/book48_title.jpg
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Brain surgery by song
Whistle while you work; sing while you have a craniotomy.
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Question for you about Bill Gates
Did you know that a younger Bill Gates could jump over a chair?


Seeing is believing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvE9-GytDv0
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Today in History: U.S.S.R. Explodes its First Atomic Bomb, 1949
On August 29, 1949 — 66 years ago today — the U.S.S.R. successfully detonated its first atomic bomb (code named: “First Lightning”; also known as “RDS-1” or “Device 501”; and as “Joe-1” by the West). The bomb had a yield of 22 kilotons and bore a close resemblance to the plutonium-based “Fat Man” bomb that the U.S. had dropped on Japan in 1945 to effectuate a rapid end to World War II. The resemblance between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. atomic bombs was close, because it was later determined that Soviet espionage had secured details for its bomb from the U.S. atomic bomb development “Manhattan Project” and the “Trinity” test on July 16, 1945 (for more on the “Trinity” test, please see https://plus.google.com/+BradAcker/posts/NhUGZtRVD7C).

Klaus Fuchs, a brilliant German scientist who fled to Britain as the Nazis rose to power in the early 1930s, was sent by the British government to the U.S. to collaborate on the the U.S. Manhattan Project to develop an atomic bomb. On March 1, 1950, Fuchs was convicted of passing atomic bomb secrets from the U.S. Manhattan Project to Soviet intelligence. As Fuchs matured, he had embraced the communist ideology as defined by Karl Marx, and thus was motivated to assist the Soviet Union, which he began to regard as his “true fatherland,” especially after Hitler’s Germany had attacked the Soviet Union. Fuchs received a 14-year prison sentence for treason. On June 13,1959 (after serving 9 years of his sentence), Fuchs was released and allowed to emigrate to Dresdon, East Germany, where he resumed his scientific career. Fuchs died in East Berlin on January 28, 1988 — before the Berlin Wall came down (in late 1989). [The KGB also stated in 1991 that it received additional intelligence from a scientist inside the Los Alamos, New Mexico, atomic research facility.]

On this day in 1949, with the detailed information that Fuchs had provided, the U.S.S.R. tested its copy of the U.S. “Trinity” plutonium-based atomic bomb in a remote site at Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan. To measure the effects of the blast, Soviet scientists constructed buildings, bridges, and other civilian structures around where the blast was to occur. Hundreds of animals were also placed in cages in the vicinity, in order to test the effects of nuclear radiation on human-like animals. Needless to say now, the atomic explosion on this day destroyed the structures and incinerated the animals.

One direct observer from a northern perspective about 9 miles from the blast site recorded his observations:
On top of the tower an unbearably bright light blazed up. For a moment or so it dimmed and then with new force began to grow quickly. The white fireball engulfed the tower and the workshop and expanding rapidly, changing color it rushed upwards. The blast wave at the base, sweeping in its path structures, stone houses, machines, rolled like a billow from the center, mixing up stones, logs of wood, pieces of metal and dust into one chaotic mass. The fireball, rising and revolving, turned orange, red. Then dark streaks appeared. Streams of dust, fragments of brick and board were drawn in after it, as into a funnel.

Shortly after the Soviet test, U.S. scientists recorded seismic activity from inside the Soviet Union that could have only come from a nuclear test. Further scientific checking indicated that this conclusion was correct. Armed with conclusive data, U.S. president Harry S. Truman informed the American people on 

YouTube videos:
•PBS Documentary: “Race for the Superbomb” (length 01:56:36). 
•History File: “The Soviets — Stalin and the Bomb” (length 23:46). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leVzgLd7wKo
•August 29, 1949: Soviet Union’s first nuclear bomb test (length 01:35). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu36SD7CBz0

Web sources:
http://www.coldwar.org/articles/40s/soviet_atomic_bomb_test.asp
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/soviets-explode-atomic-bomb
https://www.ctbto.org/specials/testing-times/29-august-1949-first-soviet-nuclear-test/
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/bomb/peopleevents/pandeAMEX53.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_atomic_bomb_project
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/bomb/peopleevents/pandeAMEX53.html
http://www.nytimes.com/1993/01/14/world/soviet-a-bomb-built-from-us-data-russian-says.html
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/truman-announces-soviets-have-exploded-a-nuclear-device
http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/nukevault/ebb286/

Book sources:
The Cold War: A New History by John Lewis Gaddis. http://amzn.to/1N1dhmb

Image credits:
•Photo of first atomic blast by the U.S.S.R.
•New York World-Telegram front page reporting on Truman’s announcement that the U.S.S.R. exploded an atomic bomb. Getty Images.
•Google Map/Earth View showing the site of the first U.S.S.R. atomic bomb test explosion.

#history #history -tech #a -bomb #Joe -1
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Today in History: First U.S. Oil Well Drilled, 1859
On August 27, 1859 — 156 years ago today — an epic event in the history of the oil industry occurred in Titusville, Pennsylvania: After a year and a half of effort, innovator Edwin L. Drake and his business partner, George Bissell, struck a pool of oil and the oil industry was born [in the U.S., at least; 11 years earlier, a Russian engineer, F.N. Semyenov, is credited with drilling the world’s first oil well in 1848 in the Aspheron Peninsula in what is now Azerbaijan]. Drake harnessed the power of a 6 HP Long John engine and a stationary boiler to activate the drill’s boring capability.

Before Semyenov and Drake had implemented mechanisms for boring into the ground to extract oil, oil was collected by gathering it from “oil seeps” or shallow holes dug where it was collecting in pools. Most practical oil up to Drake’s first successful well was obtained from the blubber of whales, and one reason Drake was drilling for oil in the ground was that whale oil had become expensive and its supply was dwindling, as aggressive whaling had pushed many whale species to the brink of extinction.

Unfortunately for Drake who is known as the “father of the petroleum industry,” Drake did not patent his innovative conductor mechanism, a “drive pipe,” that helped to prevent a well’s walls from collapsing, and so he never became wealthy. Oil wells copying Drake's method proliferated, and the proliferation of successful oil wells led to the decline of oil prices. Drake subsequently lost all of his savings on speculative oil drilling. Moreover, in the years after his initial success, Drake may have developed ALS before it had been known as a disease [my speculation], because he lost much of his motor ability in later life. Because Drake could not work, friends collected money for his family, and the Pennsylvania legislature voted to pay him and his family a stipend of $1,500 per month until he died.  

YouTube videos:
•Oil: “Evolution of the Oil Industry” — Petroleum History by the Department of the Interior-Bureau of Mines (length 29:30). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1rpSCueTbI
•A Visit to Drake’s Oil Well, Titusville, PA (length 5:05). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJzjoNkMSVY
•Drake’s Well (length 04:18). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfxsjwaM5_c

Web Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_Drake
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsylvania_oil_rush
http://www.priweb.org/ed/pgws/history/pennsylvania/pennsylvania.html
http://history1800s.about.com/od/oil/a/first-oil-well.htm
http://www.britannica.com/blogs/2009/08/the-first-oil-well/
http://www.w3gk.com/2014/06/where-were-first-oil-well-located.html
http://www.whodiscoveredit.com/who-discovered-oil.html
http://www.ehow.com/about_5047572_history-oil-exploration.html
http://www.life123.com/career-money/commodities-2/crude-oil/who-discovered-oil.shtml
http://pabook.libraries.psu.edu/palitmap/DrakeOilWell.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_Well_Museum
http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post/whither-the-oil-age-150-years-of-bl-2009-08-27/?id=whither-the-oil-age-150-years-of-bl-2009-08-27
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whale_oil
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/theymadeamerica/whomade/drake_hi.html
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Edwin_Laurentine_Drake.aspx

Book sources:
•Drake Well Museum and Park: Pennsylvania Trail of History Guide by Jon Sherman. http://amzn.to/1EmmXVO

Image credits:
•Location of Titusville, PA by Google Maps-Earth View.
•Photo of Edwin L. Drake, who lives between the years 1819 and 1880. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AEdwindrake.jpg
•The first Drake Oil Well in Titusville, PA. http://kids.britannica.com/comptons/art-164602/The-first-commercial-oil-well-in-the-United-States-was

Left: Replica of first oil well
Right: Edwin L. Drake

PLEASE NOTE: I am not omniscient (albeit i pretend to be thanks to my Lord Google). I use as many sources as my time permits for all the statements i make. Sometimes, i find that valid sources seem to contradict each other or do not confirm each other’s statements. If you know from your reading or experience that there are errors in this post, please let me know in comments below and please try to provide links to substantiate your points of concern. Thanks for your help.

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Question for you about tech experts
Of these 5 technology gurus, which one is your favorite?
• Mike Elgan
• Leo Laporte
• Kevin Kelly
• Marques Brownlee
• Robert Scoble

Please feel free to name your favorite that is not on this list in a comment below. Thanks.
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+Roger Kerr, you make a very good point! Maybe i should have left off Scoble and made the 5th option (limit is 5) “all of the above”?
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Seeker of Creative Bliss; Techno-Utopian, Techno-Optimist, Anarcho-Singularitarian who sees a rapidly approaching future where "political representatives" and national governments are unnecessary. Crowdsourcing (not government) identifies and solves problems in the new networked, creative, collaborative civilization ahead. Ready to collaborate with artists and entrepreneurs to build life-long communities, based on shared passions and well-earned, always-growing trust. Try to be 100% vegan, not always successful.

My experience includes heavy-use of multiple social media platforms; sales and marketing (have sold millions of dollars of computer hardware and software products and services); teaching and instructional technology; and mentoring young artists and entrepreneurs.

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- computer sales (at Wang when fastest growing billion dollar sales co. in late 1970s, early 1980s);
- temporary office help management and sales (1970s);
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- internships at IBM and RCA.
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