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And now a step backwards…

Posted by Ryan on November 16, 2014 in Technology, Transworld |

It is often customary when an item breaks to replace it with an item of similar functionality (a lateral transition) or an item of enhanced functionality (an advance). Not so in Taiwan, however, and not at TransWorld. Case in point: our old water machine. I do not have a picture of the old water machine, […]

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How to read a scholarly paper + literature review matrix

Posted by Ryan on November 15, 2014 in Learning |

Last night, I came across a great paper by S. Keshav entitled “How to read a paper.” It’s freely available on his website (http://blizzard.cs.uwaterloo.ca/keshav/wiki/index.php/Main_Page) in (http://blizzard.cs.uwaterloo.ca/keshav/home/Papers/data/07/paper-reading.pdf). I highly recommend you read it – it’s only two pages, but offers a great methodology to approaching the art of reading scholarly articles. At some point, another person, […]

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How learning a new language changes your brain – at any age

Posted by Ryan on November 15, 2014 in Learning |

This new research from Penn State University shows us that learning a second language strengthens your brain by increasing the integration of your brain network, increasing the density of gray matter, and strengthening white matter. http://news.psu.edu/story/334349/2014/11/12/research/learning-languages-workout-brains-both-young-and-old

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