knowledge and Learning In The News - 8/20/2006

Ross Lovegrove on Form (video) - TED
Ross Lovegrove is an industrial designer, best known for his work on the Sony Walkman and Apple iMac. In this highly visual presentation, he presents his recent work-from furniture to water bottles-which is organic in form and inspired by nature. (Recorded February 2005 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 20:14)

The Great Unread - Nicholas Carr
What we tell ourselves about the blogosphere - that it's open and democratic and egalitarian, that it stands in contrast and in opposition to the controlled and controlling mass media - is an innocent fraud.

Human Connectivity - Blog Bytes
I once read a short story called "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut that presents a striking window into the human-cyborg connection today's technology seems to be bringing us. In this story, the law required smart people to wear a noise-making device and a pain generator as handicaps to keep them from thinking or performing better than their contemporaries.

Some co-workers don't have to work hard to drive you up the (cubicle) wall - Seattle PI
Like family, we don't get to pick our co-workers. But we are forced to spend eight hours or more a day in close proximity with them, protected only by a flimsy cubicle wall, if at all.

Breakthrough Discovery in Alzheimer's Research - SCI-Tech Today
Scientists have discovered molecular janitors that clear away a sticky gunk blamed for Alzheimer's disease -- until they get old and quit sweeping up.

The Expert Mind - Scientific American
Studies of the mental processes of chess grandmasters have revealed clues to how people become experts in other fields as well

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