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Barbara Burch Allen
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Intellectually curious, always growing and changing.
Intellectually curious, always growing and changing.

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Study finds potential key to learning a new language

The researchers found that half the bilinguals and monolinguals could learn the sounds and half the bilinguals and monolinguals could not. When the researchers looked at the "good perceivers" (those people who could learn the sound the first time they heard it), they discovered that they used speech areas of the brain to process sounds. And, those who were "bad receivers" did not. This suggested that "good perceivers" are better at perceiving speech, even speech they've never heard before.

"In our study, we found people that seem to be intuitive about the sounds, independently of how many languages they speak," Hernandez said. "That could serve as a predictor of whether someone could learn another language more easily or not. That was an eye opener for me because I feel like now we are starting to find different factors that predict the ability to learn different things. Now, the question is how we put this together."

#languagelearning  

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"It helps to remember that almost every time you use the verb “need,” the word “prefer” is more accurate." 

From the most current entry in the blog, Raptitude, one of my very favorites.

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Clever new game is spreading called Phone Stacking.
Friends stack their phones on the table and the first one to answer their phone picks up the tab.

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I often bemoan the lack of space in my home, which has 4-5 times the space of this Hong Kong apartment with just under 350 sf. The innovation demonstrated is inspiring.
What a visionary use of space.
"I'm always here, and I don't move. The house moves for me."

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Robots can build cars, they can teach your children, and they can be live in maids to the elderly. Cars no longer need drivers. Will you be replaced by a robot???
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Bipedal Cycling Robot

Robot which can balance, steer and correct itself while riding a fixed-gear bike.This robot system consists of a commercially available two-legged robot and a bicycle made by Yamaguchi. To detect how much the robot is tilting, the TAG201 gyro from Tamagawa Seiki is used. Based on the tilt data, a method called PID control is used to control the robot's balancing motion.The system has two speeds. Because there aren't any brakes, the robot stops by taking its feet off the pedals and placing them on the ground.Robot creator Masahiko Yamaguchi.

http://www.diginfo.tv/2011/11/11/11-0247-r-en.php
Bipedal Cycling Robot Can Balance, Steer and Correct Itself #DigInfo

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Interesting concept that appeals to me, as a locavore. I make a point of shopping within the city in which I live, or the county in which I live, or the state in which I live. Basically, I try to spend my money as close to home as possible. It's not easy and for some things (organic food) I have to travel a lot farther than I would like.

I'm also a bit political with my money, I don't shop at businesses once I find out they treat their employees poorly. A couple of places on my no shop list are Wal-Mart and Family Dollar. What about you???

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Instead of frustratedly searching for entertainment from the television, I prefer to be educated by listening to TED talks. If you have about 20 free minutes to relax, this is certainly worth your time.

Just learned a neat trick from +Jaana Nyström on how to "save" interesting posts for later. Create a circle called Later and make yourself the only occupant. BRILLIANT! And you're welcome. Pass it on :-).
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