Adam S. Brooks

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SGD125 Week 15 Update

SGD125 students, week 15 is available. Login to your online course and see the "Assignments" area. Of the most importance is to reach chapter 9 completely and study well for your final exam. There is a short chapter 9 reflection assignment that must also be completed. Also, if you have not submitted any assignments, do so ASAP so that you do not have missing grades (counted as zeros)! If you have any questions, email me directly or post to the support forum online. Adam

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Creating water from nothing: The Watermill eco machine condenses and filters water from the air to a usable (drinkable) resource

Water, Water, everywhere; nor any drop to drink. The plight of the Ancient Mariner is about to be alleviated thanks to a firm of eco-inventors from Canada who claim to have found the solution to the world’s worsening water shortages by drawing the liquid of life from an unlimited and untapped source – the air. The company, Element Four, has developed a machine that it hopes will become the first mainstream household appliance to have been invented since the microwave. Their creation, the WaterMill, uses the electricity of about three light bulbs to condense moisture from the air and purify it into clean drinking water. Read more

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GIS geospatial technology scholarship opportunity

The National Geospatial Technology Center – East at CPCC is pleased to offer two (2) scholarships to students pursuing in a career in geospatial technology. Scholarships will be awarded based on the number of hours the student is enrolled in degree-approved course work, with a maximum amount of $500 for PT students, and $1,000 for FT students.  In order to be considered for this scholarship, students must be officially enrolled in the A.A.S. in Geospatial Technology (A40220) or corresponding certificate programs, and be taking a minimum of six credit hours of GIS coursework in the semester for which they are applying.  The GeoTech Center is funded, in part, by a grant from the Advanced Technological Education program of the Division of Undergraduate Education of the National Science Foundation [DUE #0801893].  Applicants must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the CPCC Scholarship Application.

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Soldiers and vets turn to online degrees

Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and recovering from a grenade attack, Iraq war veteran Ian Newland wanted to pursue a business degree after his discharge from the Army last year. What he didn’t want to have to do was set foot in a classroom. And thanks to the Internet, he doesn’t have to. The world of online higher education has given thousands of vets like Newland — and active-duty soldiers — the opportunity to work at their own pace. READ MORE

Online courses are ideal for reaching the non-traditional student and educators have known this for some time. Now, however, with increasing demands for accessibility, we also need to be increasingly mindful of how we develop electronic content and implement universal design practices. Adam

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Teen, D’Zhana Simmons, lives for 118 days without a heart. Survived with artificial heart pumps.

D’Zhana Simmons says she felt like a "fake person" for 118 days when she had no heart beating in her chest. "But I know that I really was here," the 14-year-old said, "and I did live without a heart." As she was being released Wednesday from a Miami hospital, the shy teen seemed in awe of what she’s endured. Since July, she’s had two heart transplants and survived with artificial heart pumps — but no heart — for four months between the transplants. READ MORE

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NRDC Report: Popular Video Game Systems are Energy Drainers

Video game consoles nationwide use about as much electricity in a year as every home in San Diego combined, and can significantly add to consumers’ electric bills, according to a new report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) today. Much of this energy use is consumed by machines that are left on, but not in use. “If you leave your Xbox 360 or Sony Play Station 3 on all the time, you can cut your electric bill by as much as $100 a year simply by turning it off when you are finished playing,” said NRDC Senior Scientist Noah Horowitz. READ MORE

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Community colleges, the neglected stepchild of American higher education, comes into the spotlight. As the economy struggles, CC enrollments soar.

Long the neglected stepchildren of American higher education, community colleges have come front-and-center in the eyes of students, policymakers and philanthropists. For students, that’s because of the economy, which is boosting interest in two-year schools as a cheaper starting point for a bachelor’s degree. They’re also the place for job retraining, with unemployment at a 14-year high of 6.5 percent. A community colleges group estimates enrollment is up about 8 percent this fall. READ MORE

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China Abandons Environmental Clean-Up Efforts

With the global economy at the edge of recession, China appears to be turning away from previous pledges to improve its record on environmental protection. In this, China is hardly alone: A climate-change proposal in Europe that a few months ago seemed like a sure thing has now divided the continent because of its anticipated expense, and worldwide, money for the development of renewable energy sources has been drying up. But the impact of China’s pullback from environmental protection efforts could be the most far-reaching. Home to some of the planet’s most polluted cities, China last year hit a dubious milestone: It surpassed the United States to become the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Its factories release so much toxic waste that they have created black clouds thousands of miles away. Its waterways are no better off — poisoned with industrial runoff ranging from arsenic to acid. READ MORE

Clean industry costs and these costs will be passed to the consumers. With markets spending less, we can’t have everything that we want without giving up on something. Will America, and other countries of course, change to a perspective that respects paying for quality, not quantity? AB

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Q&A: Ray Kurzweil, inventor and futurist on the Turing Test, human vs machine intelligence, why being funny is clever, and the dangers of advanced technologies… “Technology is a double-edged sword”

Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil was ranked 14th in this year’s silicon.com Agenda Setters list. He has invented and commercialised a raft of innovative technologies – including a text-to-speech synthesiser, voice recognition software and a print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, garnering a clutch of awards in the process. He has also written extensively on artificial intelligence and robotics. silicon.com reporter Natasha Lomas recently caught up with Kurzweil to discuss his vision of a man-plus-machine future, what intelligent computers will mean for human society and jobs, and what dangers we might encounter in a world awash with advanced technology. READ MORE

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Scientists Complete Map of Extinct Woolly Mammoth’s DNA

Scientists for the first time have unraveled much of the genetic code of an extinct animal, the ice age’s woolly mammoth, and with it they are thawing Jurassic Park dreams. Their groundbreaking achievement has them contemplating a once unimaginable future when certain prehistoric species might one day be resurrected. Read more!

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