During sleep some areas of the brain can be more active than during the waking state - laying down memory and the processing of information. So the information coming in throughout the day is processed off-line while you sleep. Sleep supports cognitive ability, memory enhancement, and our ability to come up with innovative solutions to complex problems.
Are you willing to reconsider your beliefs on the basis of new evidence? Are you able to use reason to solve problems? Peter talks about the attitudes and skills that are essential for becoming a critical thinker.
The Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards have been announced.
Infographics expert Manuel Lima talks here about the thousand-year history of mapping data — from languages to dynasties — using trees of information. He tells the fascinating history of visualizations, and the urge to map what we know. He talks about networks and the way we use them to explain decentralization, interconnectedness, interdependence. He sees this new way of thinking as critical for us in solving many of the problems we are facing nowadays. The diagrams and pictures are worth a look, just for themselves.
This book is impossible to put down. It tells of the main characters Guy, Rafi, Luke and Penny – and the reader is simply compelled to find out what will happen next.
The book uses a real life event as the basis of the plot.
In 1985 The National Gallery of Victoria had purchased the work “The Weeping Woman”, by Picasso, for A$1.6 million. The theft was claimed to be made by a group calling itself "Australian Cultural Terrorists". After an anonymous tip-off to police, the painting was found undamaged in a locker at Spencer Street Station on 19 August 1986. The inclusion of letters to the editor from that time add values to the story.
So how do these four people feature here? Guy is a world class expert in Hacky Sack and is failing at school. A Girl (Rafi) is overly responsible, smart and lives with, and cares for, her mother. Her mother is tormented by the death of her son and believes in the curse of La Llorona. An artist (Luke) has a rebellious nature and is the one to watch, the one to buy - he just didn’t care. The girl (Penny) used to live with Luke and has a young son, Joshie. She keeps hoping they will get back together.
The lives of Rafi, Penny, Luke and Guy intersect on one night in Melbourne – and their lives are changed forever.
This is a book about love, madness, art, grief and making mistakes. The story, heart-warming and heart breaking, is so beautifully written that the reader really cares about the characters and what will happen for them. This book also urges the reader search the internet to find out more about the heist and of La Llorona.
Today, at lunch time in the library, the Robogals from The University of Adelaide worked conducted a workshop on programming Lego Mindstorm robots. In these fun and educational workshops, students learn the basics of engineering, robotics and programming using LEGO Mindstorms NXT kits. The robot disco at the end of the session was spectacular, and lots of fun.
We are learning how to ask questions and use research processes to meet and understand the challenges and opportunities ahead of us.
Not sure where to start your research? Looking for research tips and strategies to point you in the right direction?
What's Linda reading?
Linda is currently reading:
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood