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A subatomic particle is most likely to be in a particular place, such as near the nucleus of an atom, but there is also a small probability of it being found very far from its point of origin. Thus, a body could travel from place to place without passing through the intervening space if you had sufficient control of probability.
One of the biggest challenges in teaching science, technology, engineering, and math is capturing the students' imaginations long enough for them to see all of the possibilities that lie ahead. Using interactive tools like the Portal series to draw them in makes physics, math, logic, spatial reasoning, probability, and problem-solving interesting, cool, and fun which gets us one step closer to our goal--engaged, thoughtful kids!
[The kids] sat down with Hammer [the level design tool for Portal] and they created rooms and they compiled the maps and when those maps opened up, suddenly [the kids] were in the game featuring the room that they had built...They were so excited... so excited!
We've been working on a spatial reasoning project, so the kids were building these models and they were rotating the figures in space and they were taking pictures of them and doing drawings. Then we're able to come to Valve, and using the Hammer tool, [the kids] are working with models and rotating figures in space in order to create a level in Portal. It was just a fantastic real-world application of what we did in class.
Researchers exposed test subjects to the smell of cheddar cheese. Some saw labels that read "cheddar cheese." Others were shown labels that read "body odor." Those who were told they were smelling cheese rated the scent more pleasant.
Which is dumber--buying "The Knot," a beautiful Bottega Veneta handbag made of woven satin and trimmed in python, or buying a tractor in the online game "FarmVille"? The first is real and costs $1,380. The second is virtual, priced under $20. I know which I'd choose. But then, I like python.
"The United States now ranks 27th among developed nations in the proportion of college students receiving undergraduate degrees in science or engineering."
Even universities not known for computer science or engineering, like Yale, are seizing the moment... The new curriculums emphasize the breadth of careers that use computer science, as diverse as finance and linguistics, and the practical results of engineering, like iPhone apps, Pixar films and robots, a world away from the more theory-oriented curriculums of the past.
...I believe that doctors of the future are going to be [replacing friendly bacteria]. When babies are born they're going to figure out what's missing, and just as a child gets their immunizations, they'll get a dose of the missing bacteria so that they can get the early life benefits just as all their forebears have.Studies have shown that probiotics (friendly bacteria) may have a wide range of positive effects, affecting conditions such as diarrhea, lactose intolerance, colon cancer, high cholesterol, hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome, and even stress. Unfortunately for us, Blaser believes that the current overuse of antibiotics is driving many of these health-promoting probiotics to potential extinction. According to Dr. Blaser:
There is epidemiological evidence on Helicobacter pylori, which has been the dominant ancient organism of the human stomach since time immemorial, that it is disappearing. Helicobacter is becoming extinct. This is what has got me thinking in this area, because if Helicobacter can become extinct, so can other organisms.