August 31

College Student Inventors Find Innovation To Be Win-win

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A student of industrial design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was the first undergraduate to share the grand prize for the Collegiate Inventors Competition in its 19-year history.

Stephen Diebold, 21, accepted a total of $27,000 in prize money in late 2009 for inventing an improved pointing stick for those who have quadriplegia or who otherwise cannot use their arms. Called the Drop Point, this innovative design is a pointer mounted on a cup that is hung around the user’s neck. A simple movement of the chin enables the person to “shrug” the pointer into a position so it can be used for typing or using a phone.

Typically, those with quadriplegia used a pointer mounted on their head, or they gripped one in their teeth – methods that would require assistance from others to use – and in the case of the pointer held in the mouth, precluding conversation while using the pointer. Stephen Diebold, who hopes his invention will provide a better solution, has since been awarded a patent pending for the Drop Point.

This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the Collegiate Inventors Competition, co-sponsored by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Abbott Fund. Begun in 1990, the program now has more than 60 colleges and universities that participate. Individual students or teams of up to four student inventors work closely with faculty advisors to develop and refine their inventions before the mid-year entry deadline.

The rigors of the Collegiate Inventors Competition encourages participants to develop skills and acquire expertise in all facets of the invention business: in addition to refining their inventions and creating prototypes or working models, student inventors are also expected to search the USPTO database for existing patents of inventions that might be similar to their own, termed “prior art.” They must then write a report for the judges on what distinguishes their invention from any inventions uncovered by their rudimentary searches.

The Collegiate Inventors Competition is one of many programs developed by the USPTO to nurture and inspire innovation in children and young adults. The agency oversees and partially funds the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation, which operates children’s camps and after-school clubs in cooperation with a network of corporate sponsors.

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August 31

How To Choose Desk And Study Lamps

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Buying desk or study lamps can be almost as personal as choosing a pair of glasses. This is because of all of the lamps that you could possibly purchase these lamps must be easy on your eyes. Your ideal type of desk lamp would be dependent on the condition of your eyes as well as your study or reading habits.

As you might notice, many study lamps and desk lamps on the market have halogen bulbs fitted in them. But halogen bulbs, which are one of the brightest bulbs around, are not the most suitable type of light for everyone. For one thing halogen bulbs are so bright that they can cause contrast and glare to be a problem when you are studying print. You might even see spots of green and red if the glare on the page highlights too much contrast. This is not good for your retinas over the long term and subjecting yourself to this type of eye strain could cut your study time in half. Also some people find that the halogen lamp has a subtle, barely discernible flicker that also strains the eyes.

Yet another problem with study lamps that have the halogen bulbs is that the light is very concentrated and is only really good for shining on one page of a book and not necessarily the contents of your entire desk. But the supporters of halogen lamp cite the advantage that these lamps provides in facilitating focus on reading area while visually blacking out other areas that might distract.

If you find that the glare of halogen bulbs is hard on your eyes then there are thousands of study and desk lamps on the market that take ordinary incandescent bulbs, or energy saving bulbs. If you like a really bright light when you study but don’t like halogen bulbs, you can also try using a full spectrum of light bulb in your desk or study lamp. That way you get the brightness of daylight without the headaches that can be caused by halogen light.

Desk and study lamps with regular bulbs are also available in numerous styles. The design element that seems to mostly define a study lamp or desk lamp is the bendable neck or adjustable arm that is usually made out of plastic or metal. This helps you focus the light where you need it most, however unlike halogen lamps, these more old fashioned lamps also have a bit of a soft glow that helps light up the rest of the room.

Not all desk lamps or study lamps have adjustable arms. A commonly found traditional style that is available in almost every lighting or hardware store has a squat, curved neck. Usually an oblong shade, made of brass or green glass, sheds light on the surface of the desk. This type of study or desk lamp is reminiscent of something that belongs in crime writer Raymond Chandler’s office and definitely has a classic air about it.

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August 31

Study Shows Marijuana Prevents Seizures in Epileptics

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Seizure”, a journal produced by the British Epilepsy Association ,indicates that one of the active ingredients in marijuana, cannabidiol, significantly reduces seizure risk in epileptics.

There is increasing evidence that among the many diseases helped by medicinal marijuana is epilepsy. Historically, epilepsy has been very difficult to treat. Part of the problem is that sixty percent of suffers don’t know the cause. Unless there was some obvious head trauma, the cause of epilepsy goes undiagnosed. Currently treatment options are limited. There are a handful of drugs that help prevent the seizures associated with epilepsy. These include: Tegretol, Dilantin, Klonopin, Mysoline and Zarontin. Unfortunately, all of these drugs come with horrible side effects. Potential for conditions such as anemia, headaches, hair loss, depression, psychosis, and impotence cause many suffers to reject pharmaceutical treatment for their illness. Many users of these drugs report a negative lifestyle change compared to untreated epilepsy. Some of them even had to use drug detoxes to save themselves from drug poisoning The most common non-pharmaceutical treatment is known as the Ketogenic Diet. The Ketogenic Diet is a treatment that was popular throughout the early twentieth century, and is making a come back. The diet is similar to Atkins in that it is high fat, low carbohydrates. This causes the body to go into starvation mode which seems to reduce the amount of seizures. For obvious reasons starving epileptic children is not ideal but is experiencing resurgence due to the side effects of epileptic drugs. That is why new evidence that marijuana can be as effective as pharmaceuticals, without the side effects is so exciting. The two main compounds that researchers have identified are Cannabidiol and GWP42006. These two compounds that are found in marijuana have been proven to help epilepsy in animals. Unfortunately, human testing of this treatment could take as much as three years to receive government approval. A recent study has shown that 21% of epilepsy suffers have taken it upon themselves to treat their symptoms with marijuana. Almost all will attest to its beneficial properties. The government and the drug war turn sick people looking for treatment into criminals. It is unconscionable and inhuman. Dr. Ben Whelley lead the research team studying marijuana’s effects on epileptic animals. He believes that the reason for government denial of medical marijuana is caused by -a stigma associated with cannabis that comes our from the 60s and 70s associated with recreational use, so people have tended not to look at its medical benefits.-

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August 31

Studying The Alternatives Of Basic Homeschooling

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Many parents begin contemplating the alternative of home schooling proper around the time their children are in elementary college. A lot of experts feel that this will be the ideal time to have young children explore the options of this alternative schooling. Students that start to property university at this age also tend to obtain higher academic achievements that little ones in regular schools. These college students are usually three to four grade ranges above their peers.

One of the questions parents contemplating homeschooling generally ask is how do they get get started with the suitable system to insure that their kids are being challenged correctly? The answer will be the same as with classic education, testing. Testing will show what areas are your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Happily this testing can be conducted appropriate on the internet and the results will aid you opt for the finest residence education curriculum for your requirements.

Within the elementary university ranges you’ll find a wide range of curriculum to work with. When taking into consideration your customized system now could be a great time to consider your state’s training regulations. Once you know this it will probably be easier to focus on your child’s desires while still fitting in with the state’s requirements.

The next thing to think about is what you would prefer your child to understand. This might incorporate studying a particular language or perhaps bringing religion into your curriculum would be critical. Whatever it is, take the time to pick the right household college bundle to include all of one’s criteria. Study every household education package deal and make certain you comprehend not just what is included but what kind of teaching strategies will be needed to teach that package.

I hope this article helps to take you via the process of starting your elementary aged children in a property faculty plan. Not only will your kids reap the benefits of a good schooling designed specifically for their wants but they’ll also be able to understand at their own pace from the comforts of the property.

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August 31

Modern Family Review Education & Growth

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I always think one of the most appealing things of The United States is that US parents are far more open in education. Instead of just talking to their children unilaterally, they pay more attention to the conversation between they and their children.

It isn’t just for fun to watch US TV shows. Sometimes it is like a kind of experience. Placing myself into the episodes, and feeling some of their education and inspiration that I have never had. Maybe it could make up some of the deficiency in my childhood. But just maybe…

Like other situation comedies, Modern Family can not escape from common family routine such as trivial home matters, couples conflicts, children growing problems and discords between daughter and stepmother. And although there are fights and conflicts, but every one in the big family loves each other, that the final ending of every episode is always happy.

Even if the editors keep creating topics, making up scenarios, we can always see through these pieces of facts the American educational culture and daily life. And I am always touched by the episodes and can’t help thinking how it could be if my parents had treated me like these…

Little Manny ridiculed by his classmates at school. His old stepfather knew that himself was not good at persuasion, so he called his son Mitchell to see meteor showers with him and Manny and try to persuade Manny by the way. Although teased by Manny, Mitchell sat down and told Manny that he had also been ridiculed by others as a child. Sometimes it is very strange that we hated to be isolated at childhood, but almost over one night, suddenly every one wanted to be different. Mitchell did not pretend to be profound, but said the homely words. This really deserves further thought.

I remember in one episode of Friends, Phoebe said that he doesn’t believe Darwin’s evolution theory. As a paleontologist, Ross felt that he had to persuade Phoebe. But Phoebe said, however, I know the theory of evolution makes sense, but why do I have to believe? Even if there is so much evidence and so many people who believe in it, but is it certainly right? Then Ross scratched his head, didn’t speak any longer, and packed up and left. I think this conveys determination of anti-authority and not blindly following the majority. Althouth this power is quite small and no body support it, but I still stick to my opinion.

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August 30

How A University Dropout Makes Money Online – Us$10,011 In 7 Days Flat

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I am NOT the university dropout. In fact, I graduated from a renowned university in Australia, and hold a high ranking position in an investment bank. I am earning a six-figure income, but have to put in more than 70 hours a week and deal with lots of pressure.

Thinking that there must be an easier way of making money, I started looking for alternative ways of making money. I came across tons of internet websites promising easy ways of making money online. I signed up for a couple of them, and attended some seminars and needless to say, spent a considerable amount of money along the way. But the methods thought were complicated, and I was not making any money!

I had resigned to the fact that making money online is a scam. There is no such thing as fast and easy money.until I came to know about this 25-year old university dropout who made more money than me working only 4 hours a day from home! And he does not get hassled by top management or clients!

I therefore decided to learn from him. Hey, if a university dropout can make that much money, Im sure I would be able to do it too. True enough, the methods taught are simple and easy to understand. And you do not need to be a computer genius or have any experience in internet marketing. Heck, he is a university dropout! You only need to take seven simple steps, and you can get started immediately. The toughest bit is to get the ball rolling.

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August 30

Have No Trouble in Finding Student Accommodation Sheffield

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With more and more universities and colleges getting established throughout the world, the number of students travelling abroad is also on the rise. A lot of counsellors and consultants advise studying abroad as it not only beneficial for growth; it also provides students with a chance of exploring an unknown place on their own. Taking admission outside the native place requires a lot of planning with regards to a lot of things, such as travelling, accommodation, food and finances to name a few.

Student accommodation Sheffield is, perhaps, the one of the most crucial aspects that require a lot of attention and focus from everyone. It becomes even more relevant and essential for anyone looking for student houses Sheffield. For a lot of students, expenses influence their decisions in a major way as the resources are limited sometimes. In such scenarios, it becomes highly beneficial to have access to organisations that make Sheffield student properties available. Fortunately, there are a lot of agencies that deal in the renting of properties to students who come to study at a university, thereby being extremely helpful.

student accommodation sheffield is something that needs careful assessment before taking a final decision. The agencies that facilitate student accommodation are sometimes run by families, which is an added advantage as they can understand the other person’s problem better. A wide variety of Sheffield student properties is made available, which are different from each other in terms of space, number of rooms, furnishing, location and most importantly, price. A lot of these agencies, to the advantage of students, are registered with universities, which makes them easily accessible through phone or email. Prior to arriving at the campus, students can make a full fledged enquiry about all essential things and then plan accordingly. The best of these agencies comply fully with the latest laws, follow regulations, and provide houses with complete safety, equipment and furnishings. They also conduct regular checks and ensure that the student houses Sheffield are in top conditions for students. Although, the houses are maintained with the highest standards, the landlords get it taken care of straight away if any problem occurs. These agencies are generally run by people who have a deep knowledge of the existing conditions and the requirements of students.

So, for any student looking to find accommodation in proximity to the institution they have taken admission in, these agencies are the best bet. They not only provide exceptional quality homes, but also take care of the slightest of details, be it the facilities, regulations or problems.

I ( Andy Smith ) is a Student in the Sheffield and sharing my experince.I love Sheffieldaccommodation because of their well furnished student accommodation sheffield and student houses sheffield .

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August 30

Touch the Realms of Success with Online Adult Learning Courses

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The internet and the new era technologies have opened vistas of opportunities for all including students. Whether you desire to buy a cosmetic product or sell your car, are looking for any information or want to acquire a professional degree, everything is at your fingers with the internet. Now even adult learning courses which include those in stock broking, food hygiene and safety, IT courses, driving and environment safety are all available through the online vehicle. Whatever the area of your interest, you can get enrolled in an adult learning course and look forward to professional as well as personal development.

When you register on adult learning courses and in particular computer courses with an online institute or website, you can study at your own pace. There is no need to rush or go at a pace you are not comfortable with. If you get bored after a few hours you can take a break and then continue your studies. Some students have a higher learning capacity than the other students. Whereas, some students lack confidence and refrain from asking questions in the fear that they will be ridiculed by their colleagues. Here, online adult learning courses can prove to be a blessing in disguise for these students. There are no hassles or tensions involved of facing fellow students. The introvert students can easily ask the questions thorough the internet and the experts will provide the complete solutions to their questions.

The fuss about handwriting quality can be greatly minimized as you can now mail the exercises and questions to the instructor. Online adult leaning is highly interactive. This entails that you will receive feedbacks from your colleagues and instructors. You can get the benefits of individualized feedback too. Also, the horizons are widened with distance adult leaning and you get the opportunity to connect with students all across the globe. This will have a positive impact on your learning experience and your mind will become attuned to accept different viewpoints. Apart from becoming an expert in the course you have enrolled in, you will also learn how to effectively and efficiently manage your time and plan your schedules. As there are no fixed schedules, you will be the boss and responsible to manage the resources as well as the time. At the end of the course, you will be quite surprised that you have actually learned and mastered much more than you have actually paid for!

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August 29

School Education For Child In India

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be compared to a blunt axe. As an axe without sharpness does no good, so a human being without education cant do any good either to himself or to the society. Education shows us the way to acquire knowledge which is a combination of creativity, righteousness, courage and indomitable spirit. Education is also needed for forming a strong character and to fight with the negative impulses. Education illuminates our lives and also spreads its beam in and around us.

In a country like India, where a good percentage of population dwells below poverty line, the enforcement of Right to Education Act proved to be a blessing. As this Act provides for free and compulsory education up to the age of 14 years to each and every child of the country, the number of school goers have increased, especially in the government schools of rural India. The Indian Government has taken some other measures as well to offer a secured future to its children. But even after all these efforts; many people have raised questions regarding the authenticity of such implementations.

Defeating all the negativities, the Indian education system has proved its worth internationally. The present President of the Unites States of America, Barak Obama, addressing a town hall meeting at Costa Mesa in California stated that the USA needs to raise their standards to compete with the students of India and China. The two most populated countries of the world, India and China, have a very well structured education system.

Apart from Government initiatives, the private schools also have contributed a lot to put India in such a position. In India, a number of schools are run by private trusts, or sponsored by an international Board, or is run by the Christian Mission. Many of these schools have set examples by providing education of high standard.To sustain a constant development, the schools are also implementing new measures in the education system.

OnlineSchoolAdmissions.Com has also forwarded its helping hand towards the parents of the country. It enables the parents to search for best schools in India and also empowers them to apply online for those schools. This portal is developed after a long research to suit the needs of the Indian parents. Because of OSA the parents can now give their value time to their kids who need it the most for development.

The writer of this article is a school advisor in OnlineSchoolAdmissions and provides free of cost consultancy to parents on school admissions. Parents can look for schools directory list on the site from where they can search for schools in Ahmedabad or schools in Hyderabad where they can admit their child. They can also search for list of schools in Hyderabad as per their choice and can fill up schools application forms online.

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August 28

Too Many Universities All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go

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The Coalition Government which has placed so much emphasis on reversing the trend towards dumbing down in education must be extremely dismayed by one side-effect of tuition fees in higher education rising to as much as 9,000 a year. It appears that the drop in university course applications which has followed the fee rise has prompted many institutions to lower their entry requirements in order to keep their numbers up. This is especially true of newer universities and former polytechnics.

According to the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS), the number of English applicants to all universities has fallen by 10 % compared with last year. The biggest casualty was the University for the Creative Arts which suffered a massive 29.2% drop from 2011. At the top end of the spectrum, Oxbridge applications were virtually unchanged.

In what looks like a desperate last minute attempt to keep student numbers and revenues up, many institutions have lowered A level grade requirements which basically means that young people are being let in even though they may not have what it takes to ultimately gain a degree. Either that or the quality of degrees would have to fall. This is almost certainly not what the government intended when it moved the goalposts on fees.

Take, for example, the situation at Leeds Metropolitan University where the Telegraph reports entry levels on 97 degree courses, including architecture, law, English literature and history, have been cut to 80 points on the UCAS tariff – the equivalent of only two grade Es, the lowest possible pass. The inevitable result is that the average quality of undergraduates at such universities is destined to decline.

Of course, in the past, such establishments would have responded to such developments by focusing more of their education marketing spend on attracting students from overseas but, here again they have been stymied by the governments tightening up on visa requirements for students from outside of the EU.

That just leaves the EU as a potential source of students to compensate for the shortfall in domestic numbers. This may also prove a problem bearing in mind the economic malaise in the Eurozone and the fact that fees in many EU countries like Belgium are actually lower than in the UK.

Nobody it seems has asked the most relevant question which is what is the optimal number of university places in the UK in the first place. It would appear that the quality of graduates, especially in the disciplines which are in such high demand such as technology and engineering, is now taking centre stage in the debate rather than the total quantity of new undergraduates studying at our universities.

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