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Submission + - Young Gandalf meets his first giant eagle (guardian.co.uk)

grrlscientist writes: "It seems that the public and the media are wildly grasping for crazy stories to focus attention on this holiday season, but one particular "story" is a video "gone viral". This amateur video claims to show a golden eagle snatching a toddler in a Montreal park. It is really scary and spectacular – until your morning coffee kicks in and awakens the thinking part of your brain.

The fact is this video is a fraud. A clever fraud, yes, but it's still a fraud. In fact, I am sure the video's creators are having a Santa-sized belly laugh over it right now. [read more]"

Education

Submission + - Reinforcements Ordered in the War on Brains [video (scientopia.org)

grrlscientist writes: Rachel Maddow talks about her former show, The War on Brains — she mentions that even though the program no longer exists, America’s war on brains continues. Perhaps the most ridiculous example is the woman who claims that “the separation of church and state” is not mentioned in the US Constitution — a fact that can be easily confirmed by anyone who can read by checking the original document.
Education

Submission + - Parrots, People and Pedagogies: A Look at Teaching (scienceblogs.com)

grrlscientist writes: My thoughts on a research paper that describes an interesting technique for increasing active student participation in the classroom, improving reading comprehension and familiarizing students with quickly reading and evaluation scientific manuscripts whilst decreasing boredom and that passive classroom atmosphere that gets in the way of actual learning.
Education

Submission + - The Truth Behind the 'Cala Boca Galvao' Campaign [ (scienceblogs.com)

grrlscientist writes: Anatomy of an elaborate hoax: If you know anything about birds, then you know immediately that none of the parrots portrayed in these 'Cala Boca Galvão' Campaign videos are known as the "Galvão", nor are (most of them) endangered, nor are their feathers used in any sort of Brazilian celebration. In short, this amusing campaign is possibly the first example of a "flash mob hoax" that took on a life of its own on twitter.

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