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2011-03-22 12:43:18

The way in which teachers and textbooks use language and different metaphors in mathematics education determines how pupils develop their number sense. This is shown in a thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. When school pupils encounter numbers that cannot be conceptualised as quantities in an obvious way, clarity is required in terms of the language used by both teachers and textbooks. One significant risk is that the explanatory models and metaphors used by teachers are...

2011-02-24 17:42:21

A study by the University of Salamanca (USAL) has looked into how salaries would differ if immigrants were paid in the same way as Spanish workers according to education and experience. The results show that, in higher salary ranges, Latin American immigrants earn around 20% less than their Spanish counterparts. "In this paper we analysed the salary differences between Spanish workers and Latin American or Caribbean immigrants in 2006", Jos© Ignacio Ant³n, a researcher at the USAL...

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2011-02-17 08:15:00

A Sacramento, California-based computer security company has withdrawn from an industry conference after receiving threats of real-world violence from a group of hackers that had previously launched cyberattacks against them. A subsidiary of the HBGary Inc. had been scheduled to give a presentation regarding the group of hackers collectively known as Anonymous at the RSA Conference in San Francisco this week. However, in a statement released on the company's website, officials from the firm...

2011-02-16 12:49:59

Research: Trends in mortality from 1965 to 2008 across the English north-south divide: Comparative observational study Since 1965, the chances of dying early (under 75) are a fifth higher in the north of England than the south, finds a study published on bmj.com today. An accompanying editorial says the north-south health divide is now at its widest for 40 years and warns that "the north is being decimated at the rate of a major city every decade." The north-south health divide in England is...

2011-02-15 15:17:47

A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research sheds some light into why someone would pay $48,875 for a tape measure that had belonged to Jackie Kennedy or $3,300 for Bernie Madoff's footstool. "Why do people pay money for celebrity possessions?" write authors George E. Newman (Yale University), Gil Diesendruck (Bar-Ilan University), and Paul Bloom (Yale University). "Celebrity items often have little functional value. And because the objects themselves tend to be relatively common...

2011-02-15 12:46:11

A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research sheds some light into why someone would pay $48,875 for a tape measure that had belonged to Jackie Kennedy or $3,300 for Bernie Madoff's footstool. "Why do people pay money for celebrity possessions?" write authors George E. Newman (Yale University), Gil Diesendruck (Bar-Ilan University), and Paul Bloom (Yale University). "Celebrity items often have little functional value. And because the objects themselves tend to be relatively common...

2011-02-15 12:44:51

When your friend is a service provider, things can get complicated. According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, a problem can lead to feelings of betrayal or empathy, depending on the circumstances. "Imagine that you are planning to celebrate your birthday at your favorite restaurant. You ask the owner to hold a sea-view table for you and he indicates that he will try to do so. When you arrive at the restaurant, however, he tells you that all of the sea-view tables have been...

2011-02-08 23:11:36

University of British Columbia researchers have uncovered the unique survival mechanisms of a marine organism that may be tiny, but in some ways has surpassed sharks in its predatory efficiency. Published today in the journal Nature Communications, the research team's portrait of the microscopic dinoflagellate Oxyrrhis marina reveals a predator so efficient that it has even acquired a gene from its prey. NB: A microscopic photo of Oxyrrhis marina is available at...

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2011-02-08 10:20:00

Research shows "homesigners" unable to comprehend the value of large numbers New research conducted with deaf people in Nicaragua shows that language may play an important role in learning the meanings of numbers. Field studies by University of Chicago psychologist Susan Goldin-Meadow and a team of researchers found deaf people in Nicaragua, who had not learned formal sign language, do not have a complete understanding of numbers greater than three. Researchers surmised the lack of large...

2011-01-04 00:00:36

Nickelodeon has picked up a sitcom pilot starring young Sony Music recording artist Cymphonique. The 14 year old Cymphonique Miller is set to star in "How to Rock Braces and Glasses," based on a new book series from Alloy Entertainment. David Israel and Jim O'Doherty ("Grounded for Life") are the writers. West Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) January 3, 2011 Nickelodeon has picked up a sitcom pilot starring young Sony Music recording artist Cymphonique. The 14 year old Cymphonique Miller is set to...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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