20 To Watch
Today I'm being honored by the good folks at the National School Boards Association at their annual Technology + Learning conference. They've named me as one of their '20 To Watch' for 2007. The 20 To Watch list started last year and is intended to identify 'emerging voices that will shape the future of education technology.' Other recipients this year include Karl Fisch, Gary Stager, and Erin Reilly (who I met earlier this year at the Leaders in Learning awards).
Unfortunately I won't be able to attend the awards ceremony in Nashville, but I appreciate the recognition of the work I'm doing here at CASTLE. Thanks, NSBA!
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A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.
- When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".
- Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
- Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at all.
Carl Sagan liked to smoke weed. His essay on why is fascinating.
- Carl Sagan was a life long marijuana user and closeted advocate of legalization.
- He once wrote an anonymous essay on the effects it had on his life and why he felt it should be legalized.
- His insights will be vital as many societies begin to legalize marijuana.
A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
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