Author Archives: robinna

Great interview with inventor of Kevlar, Stephanie Kwolek (RIP)

I love this story. RIP, Stephanie Kwolek. “I love learning and I’m love learning new things, making discoveries… while her mother encourage creativity and even a future in fashion design,  her father was a naturalist and inspired stephanie’s curiosity about the outdoors.     I had a father who was very much interested and plants and trees. I spent a lot of time just roaming ...

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The difference between marketing and community

This is excellent article, because it gets to the purpose of social media. Marketing is to sell something and while higher ed (and especially libraries) have things to sell, we also are about making something – communities, literacy, empowering our communities, educating our students, energizing our faculty, helping … So, we are both. The fundamental difference between marketing and community http://tnw.to/q3Kx7 

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Mexico’s statement to support OA

Just last week, Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto announced via his official webpage the enactment of reforms to several federal law frameworks concerning science, technology and education that will allegedly “insert Mexico into the Information and Knowledge Society”. The legislation changes, he claimed, would:• Give access to Mexicans open access to the scientific and academic production that is financed trough public money. • Allow online ...

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Thoughts on way we look at old photographs

In terms of why people use social media to share historical photos, my experience has been thus: 1)Identity2)Connection –  with people locally/regionally or to a regional area (place they grew up) – old friends/family or to identify old friends/family3)Education (Learn about history)4)Nostalgia5)Research6)Organize the world/Understand humanity7)Art/Creative value (some of just like to look at photos) There is some research out there on viewing old photographs which ...

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1 stranded man in an airport + 1 camera + a roll of tape + found props + technology = well played

Having traveled a bit, I can totally see how this happened.People are creative and technology helps us to be even more so! All by myself from Richard Dunn on Vimeo. More details and story here. Man Trapped Overnight at Vegas Airport Shoots Ridiculous Music Video http://gawker.com/man-trapped-overnight-at-vegas-airport-shoots-ridiculou-1588889578/

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World Cup opening ceremony will be made by a paraplegic wearing an Iron Man-like robotic bodysuit controlled by signals from the brain

 A little world cup news, an interesting story in technology.  The first kick at the World Cup opening ceremony will be made by a paraplegic wearing an Iron Man-like robotic bodysuit controlled by signals from the brain. Brazilian doctor Miguel Nicolelis led a team of 156 scientists from around the world to create the futuristic exoskeleton, which was designed to enable paralysis victims to walk. ...

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