October 2nd, 2014
themodernworld
While a little more than half of last year’s respondents thought MOOCs “offer a viable model for the effective delivery of online instruction,” just 38 percent of this year’s participants agreed with that statement. And only 19 percent of respondents in 2014 said MOOCs could generate new revenue for colleges, down from 29 percent last fall. “I’m not surprised to see some pessimism about the role of MOOCs in the future,” said Norman Bier, director of the Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University. “After a lot of excitement and a little bit of hype over the past year or two, what we’re seeing is, simply taking learning materials and making them available is not a guarantee of quality.”
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October 2nd, 2014
themodernworld

rollership:

shortformblog said: Fun guy chillin’ in South American rainforest finds plastic-eating fungi

Seriously, though this is kind of a big deal. Know that big problem we have? You know, the one involving a crapload of used plastic hanging around in landfills with nowhere to biodegrade for a couple million years? Well, Jonathan Russell might’ve solved that problem. See, Russell and his fellow Yale students went to Ecuador, where they found a new kind of fungus they’re calling Pestalotiopsis microspora. Big deal, you’re thinking. Anyone can find fungus anywhere! Well, something his fellow students found out after the fact is that this fungus can live on a diet of polyurethane alone — and even crazier, it doesn’t even need air to do so! In other words, we could potentially put it at the bottom of a landfill and cover it with plastic, and it would do the rest of the work. This might be game-changing if it works as advertised. (photo via Flickr user dbutt; EDIT: Updated with link to research abstract) source

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PLASTIC-EATING FUNGI!!

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October 1st, 2014
themodernworld

futurescope:

Sculpting and painting in Virtual Reality - Oculus Rift DK2 + Razer Hydra & Tiltbrush

Info for video above:

3D Sculpting system for virtual reality using Razer Hydra as input controllers and displayed on the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 VR headset.

Tiltbrush:

Tilt Brush is a Virtual Reality Tool that paints the Space all around you. Paint thick, three-dimensional brush strokes, smoke, stars. Even light.

Nominated for four Proto Awards including Best Interaction Design, Most Innovative, and Best Overall Virtual Reality Application. Winner of Best GUI.

Both videos are pretty amazing. Can’t wait for VR to take off.

October 1st, 2014
themodernworld

prostheticknowledge:

3D Doodler

Pre alpha demo by Ashok Mathew Kuruvilla is a 3D modelling app with Google Cardboard and a simple hack pointer interface (made with an AR marker and earphones).

It is certainly primitive and doesn’t compare to the far more sophisticated and slick Tiltbrush, yet is impressive to see what can be done with smartphone augmented reality - video embedded below:

Here is another video demonstrating a construction of a 3D scene using primitive shapes:

I have made a major update to the 3D Doodler app to create 3D content in augmented reality space. The new additions include the color picker, more basic shapes, selection tool and VR mode to view the created content in Virtual Reality.

You can follow Ashok’s progress here

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September 28th, 2014
themodernworld

climateadaptation:

ilovecharts:

Next up, let’s talk about college: Women now make up the majority of college and graduate students. Nice work!

Since the mid-1990s:

  1. A greater share of young women have obtained four-year college degrees than men.
  2. The share of young women enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate study has increased.
  3. Most 18 to 34 year-old students are enrolled in undergraduate programs, and the percent enrolled in graduate school has gone way up.

Today, the share of young women enrolled in graduate school is more than 25% higher than the share of men. Learn more about how President Obama’s fighting to make college more affordable for women (and men).

Vermont Law was majority women when I enrolled in 2008.

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September 26th, 2014
themodernworld

Hollywood Firms Allowed to Use Drones

kateoplis:

The Federal Aviation Administration will allow six Hollywood companies to use drones equipped with cameras on film and TV sets.”
"This is the first time that companies in the United States will be able to legally use drones to fly over people.”
Before Thursday, the only approved use of commercial drones was in the Arctic wilderness.”
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September 25th, 2014
themodernworld

remash:

house for trees ~ vo trong nghia architects

(Source: votrongnghia.com)

September 25th, 2014
themodernworld
Wealthier students tend to perform better on tests of reading comprehension than their poorer peers, a longstanding trend that has been documented amply. But with the Internet having become an indispensable part of daily life, a new study shows that a separate gap has emerged, with lower-income students again lagging more affluent students in their ability to find, evaluate, integrate and communicate the information they find online.
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September 25th, 2014
themodernworld
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September 23rd, 2014
themodernworld
The President will announce a suite of planned tools that will harness the unique scientific and technological capabilities of the United States to help vulnerable populations around the world strengthen their climate resilience
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, on the eve of the UN climate summit. (via think-progress)
Reblogged from Think Progress
September 23rd, 2014
themodernworld

bohemianhomes:

Moon to Moon Blog: Free Spirit Spheres and are  set among the tall trees of the west coast rainforest of Vancouver Island, Canada.

Evidence of change.

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