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Artwork of the Day – 12/02/16 (Telephone, Morton Shamberg)

Daily Artwork — “Telephone, Morton Shamberg, 1916”

Use the images posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of an artwork critique.

1916 — Telephone.  Oil on Canvas.  Precisionism style. Morton Shamberg (1881-1918). Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH, USA.
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Posted by on December 2, 2016 in Daily Art

 

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7 Times Tech Almost Ended the World — Infographic

7 Times Technology Almost Ended the World

“The importance of thoroughly testing new technology is highlighted in this infographic. We take a light-hearted, yet terrifying look at how close the human race has come to destroying all life on planet earth.”

This infographic from Hudman Solutions is a very interesting look at just how close we’ve come to being wiped out here on planet Earth.  While these aren’t necessarily the whole place goes boom events, it is scary to think that we were mere minutes away from the total destruction of civilization as we know it — especially when it comes to nuclear tech! [VIA]

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Posted by on December 1, 2016 in Infographics

 

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Traffic Simulator

Traffic Simulator

 

Sticking with today’s theme of traffic and car related materials, Traffic Simulator gives you and your students a chance to see how slight changes in road systems, driving patterns, and other factors can lead to major back-ups on our roadways.

The initial pattern on the website is a steady circle of traffic (ring road), and you can manipulate different factors such as the total number of cars on the road, the number of those that are trucks, and the acceleration of those vehicles to show how each affects the traffic in a closed system.  Once you’ve played with that and messed up rush hour, you can try the other traffic patterns, such as adding an on-ramp (above), off-ramp, construction, hill, or detour to see how each can also change the traffic.  Different elements can again be manipulated to test the roads and demonstrate how different factors can lead to traffic nightmares.

Explanations of some of the physics and psychology of traffic are provided through the links on the sidebar, as well as different ways to use the simulation.  Traffic Simulator is a wonderful tool for seeing how traffic patterns can shift and change and what affects them, as well as providing students with some problem solving as they work through how to alleviate the traffic and find the ideal conditions for each roadway.

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2016 in Websites

 

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The Selfie Syndrome – Infographic

Is Social Media Making us Narcissistic?

Narcissism is the preoccupation with one’s self, self image, and an obsession with how they are perceived by others.  One of the downfalls of increased use of social media is an increase in the number of people putting themselves “out there” to the world.  Feeding off the reactions and praise of others can be good for self-image and self-worth, but it can also have a negative impact on one’s emotional health and well-being.

Today’s infographic points out some of the signs and signals of narcissism and the negative impact that social media (focusing on Facebook and Twitter) is having on many. [VIA]

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Posted by on December 5, 2013 in Infographics

 

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World’s Fastest Supercomputers – Infographic

The World’s Fastest Supercomputers

Everyday as consumers, we’re inundated with new technologies.  Better, faster, sleeker computers are always hitting the market, making it almost impossible to keep up.  The same applies to massive computers built on an industrial scale to perform some of the most complex problems and calculations in the world.  Today’s infographic showcases the ten most powerful and fastest supercomputers in the world and where they are located. [VIA]

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Posted by on December 3, 2013 in Infographics

 

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All About the Microscope – Infographic

All About the Microscope

It is one of the oldest and most common scientific instruments out there.  Most of the time, it was the first one you were really able to play with too — the microscope.  I remember getting a small one as a kid and taking everything from paper to pond water and sticking it under there just to see what amazing things I could see at a high magnification.  Makes me want to do that right now, actually!!

Today’s infographic walks you through the basic anatomy of the microscope, some interesting facts and the history of this simple, yet amazing device. [VIA]

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Posted by on November 14, 2013 in Infographics

 

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How a Car Engine Works – Infographic

How A Car Engine Works

Most of us use one everyday, whether we’re driving ourselves or catching a ride.  One of the most innovative and complex pieces of machinery out there is the internal combustion engine.  How many of us know how it works, though?  Today’s animated infographic walks you through the operation of a car engine, with bonus graphics on how new hybrid engines work to combine fuels. [VIA]

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Posted by on November 12, 2013 in Infographics

 

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