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U B THE What Climate Change? “The same [scientific] community was telling us in the mid-1970s the world was heading into a new ice age. I mean, it is absolutely bizarre that the people who can’t tell us what the weather is next Tuesday can predict with absolute precision what the global temperatures will be in 100 years’ time.” —Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair, on global warming in an interview with The Independent DO YOU LIKE WEBSITES? BUGGING OUT They’re creepy and they’re crawly. And they can be downright disgusting. No, we’re not talking about the Jersey Shore cast. We’re talking bed bugs, the new cause-celebrity insect of the moment. And at—a free, public database of user-submitted bed bug reports from across the U.S. and Canada—you can read about 20,000 cases covering 12,000 locations or submit your own report. SPEAK UP Accents can reflect a person’s linguist background. And when people listen to someone speak with a different accent from their own, they notice the difference, and they may make certain biased social judgments about the speaker. The Speech Accent Archive (http://accent.gmu. edu) is a teaching and research tool meant to be used by linguists as well as people who wish to listen to and compare the accents of different English speakers. This website allows users to compare the demographic and linguistic backgrounds of the speakers in order to determine which variables are key predictors of each accent. FUND A STUDENT In most countries, student loans don’t exist. changes that. Users choose from among registered students in developing nations and donate as little as US$25 toward their educations. Vittana partners with microfinance organizations around the world to build student loan programs. Using your money, students graduate from college (or vocational school), find jobs and repay their loans. It almost seems too easy. 26 Reading Matters “I worry that, before long, we’ll become so used to the mindless clarity of e-ink—to these screens that keep on getting better—that the technology will feedback onto the content, making us less willing to endure harder texts. We’ll forget what it’s like to flex those dorsal muscles, to consciously decipher a literate clause. And that would be a shame, because not every sentence should be easy to read.” —Jonah Lehrer, a contributing editor at Wired and the author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist, on the possible effects of e-readers on reading comprehension, from his blog, The Frontal Cortex Wish You Were Here “Because it lives in a round bowl of water, a goldfish sees a distorted picture of the outside world. It would have a different picture of reality than we do. But how do we know that we have the right picture? We might also be in some giant goldfish bowl. There is no unique picture of reality. The goldfish’s view is as valid as our own.” —Stephen Hawking, director of research at Cambridge University’s Centre for Theoretical Cosmology, in an interview with Parade magazine Dive In “Internship recruiting will largely replace entry-level recruiting in the next few years.” —Monica Wilson, acting co-director of career services at Dartmouth College, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal Tear Down that Wall “Any time you can bring your viewers into a broadcast—like making a shout-out to someone who left a comment—the audience really gets excited about that, on YouTube in particular. It breaks down any kind of wall between the people on camera and the people who are watching.” —Leah D’Emilio, producer of Rocketboom, on YouTube’s launch into live streaming in an interview with The Globe and Mail one+ 10.10

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of One + October 2010

One + October 2010
Energy of Many
Design Thinking
Signs of the Times
Top Spots
Kill Your Résumé
Exceed Expectations
Live in Person
Snack Attack
Skin Deep
Playing God?
Untangling the Value of Social Media
Local Favor
Personality Order
Datascape Architect
Thriving Exhibits
Your Community
Making a Difference
Until We Meet Again

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