Japanese Professor claims he can read your thoughts

Participants of the study were asked to recite words such as ‘goo’, ‘scissors’ and ‘par’, which were all found to exhibit very similar waveforms whether uttered or left unspoken. Then, a team of researchers led by the University’s Professor Yamazaki, used an electroencephalogram (EEG) to detect abnormalities related to electrical activity in the participants’ brains.

Neurons in the brain. Via Shutterstock.

Scientists found that if they were to analyse the waveform of the sound made by each letter of the Japanese alphabet and applied this to the way humans speak from the initial thought right up to actual utterance, they would soon be able to decode entire words and sentences without the need for a single word to physically be spoken.

The study used sample groups of a dozen men, women and children, comparing the brainwaves of each in the Broca’s area of the brain, which is located in the frontal lobe and is responsible for the production of language.

The groups were asked to recite the three words as cognitive activity was measured – including the activity produced immediately before the word was spoken. Scientists predicted the brains of each participant would emit a signal of ‘readiness

How children feel when journalists exploit their social media profiles

Today’s children will feature in almost 1,000 online photographs by the time they reach the age of five. That’s according to recent research commissioned by the charity Nominet for its online safety campaign, Knowthenet.

Recent national and international media coverage illustrates how journalists have used imagery and comments accessed from children’s social media accounts. But who should have access to these images – and what are these children’s rights to them?

A revised editors’ code of practice for journalists which came into effect on January 1, unfortunately fails to provide crucial advice on the use of social media images of children.

This is a grey area under the law. Significant questions remain over whether the media should access and publish images and comments from the social media accounts of children and young people and how appropriate it is for journalists to initiate direct contact with minors.

Our society is learning to live with unprecedented levels of media saturation. Young people are among the first to consider whether the publication of photographs and comments on public platforms may have an impact on their future.

Many of those

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Teacher shortage forces village primary to bus pupils to sister school daily

Primary school pupils at an isolated rural village school in Yorkshire’s East Riding are having to take two long bus rides each day for lessons because of the school’s inability to attract even supply teachers.

Pupils in years five and six at Easington Church of England academy are making daily return journeys to a sister school in a village six miles away after their own school could not recruit qualified staff to teach key stage 2 maths and literacy, the Yorkshire Post reported.

The academy trust that runs the school, which is outside of local authority control, said it had no other option after it was unable to replace a teacher who left last summer.

“Our long-term supply teacher is finishing this Christmas instead of July, as was expected, and the supply agencies have been unable to supply a suitable replacement teacher,” the trust said in a statement.
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“A great deal of thought has gone into how the academy can best meet the needs of the pupils, especially for year-six pupils who will be taking Sats in May. With this

Reyes, Operation Underground Railroad founder to headline UVU symposium

OREM — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and Timothy Ballard, founder of Operation Underground Railroad, will headline Utah Valley University’s seventh annual Mental Health Symposium on Jan. 15.

The theme of this year’s symposium, presented by the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, is “Focus on Trauma.”

The conference will begin at 9 a.m. with the addresses by Reyes and Ballard at the Sorensen Student Center. Concurrent presentations will follow at 10:15 a.m.

Reyes, Utah’s first statewide-elected minority official, has taken part in historic court wins against drug dealers, human traffickers, child predators and white-collar criminals.

As the founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad, Ballard has helped rescue countless children from sex slavery.

Along with the keynote address, the symposium will feature a plenary session by Kris Doty, chairwoman of UVU’s Department of Behavioral Science. Doty, who provided mental health services to the residents of Moore, Oklahoma, following a devastating tornado in 2013, will discuss her experiences there and the survivors’ stories of hope and courage.

The conference is designed to meet the needs of university students, mental health professionals and community participants, as well as creating an open dialogue for diagnosis, treatment and resources within the community.

To register, visit uvu.edu/chss/mentalhealth. Registration is

Top education leader Brad Smith to take 90-day medical leave

SALT LAKE CITY — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Brad Smith will take a 90-day leave of absence to address health concerns, the Utah State Board of Education announced Friday.

Board spokeswoman Emilie Wheeler did not elaborate on Smith’s condition but said he has dealt with chronic health challenges in recent weeks that are not considered life-threatening.

“There’s every expectation that he will be back after those 90 days,” Wheeler said.

In his absence, Sydnee Dickson, who has served as deputy superintendent at the state education office since late 2014, has been named acting superintendent. Dickson previously was state director of teaching and learning and an educator in several Utah school districts.

Rich Nye, associate superintendent of data, assessment and accountability, has been named acting deputy superintendent. Nye was hired by the State School Board last year after serving as a district administrator in the Ogden School District.

Wheeler said board leaders don’t anticipate Smith’s absence will pose significant challenges during Utah’s 45-day legislative session, which convenes Jan. 25.

“The board is very supportive and has every confidence in Syd Dickson to do the job that Brad would have done,” she said. “She has a lot of context; she has a lot of expertise. They’re confident

Cuomo Proposes Higher-Education Initiative in New York Prisons

ALBANY — It was nearly two years ago that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo floated a plan for the state to pay for college courses for inmates. But it sank in the face of withering opposition from critics who mocked Mr. Cuomo’s initiative as “Attica University” and Republican members of the state’s congressional delegation who argued that New York should put “kids before cons.”

On Sunday, however, Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, reintroduced the plan through a new and seemingly less vulnerable financing mechanism, using about $7.5 million in criminal forfeiture funds from the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., whose coffers are filled with hundreds of millions of dollars in bank settlements.

An additional $7.5 million will come from private matching funds, according to the governor’s office, which hopes to offer what it calls an “integrated curriculum” to about 1,000 inmates statewide over the next five years.
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How to Apply through UCAS

There’s no two ways about it — during the long and sometimes arduous process of preparing to study abroad, actually getting down to applying is probably the most nerve-racking part. Between hours of research and endless prospectus downloads, you’ve finally decided which course you’d like to study, now it’s time to knuckle down and make it happen. But as far as the actual application process goes, if you take it step by step there’s no reason to feel intimidated. In fact, it’s actually quite straightforward. This is where UCAS comes in.

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UCAS is a centralised application system that allows you to find and apply for up to five university courses that you’d potentially like to study. Once you’ve successfully lodged your application with UCAS, they will forward a copy to all of your chosen universities. Whether you’re successful or not, you will be able to take the next steps through UCAS, too.

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PM Modi’s push for prestige among India’s HE sector

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has instructed union secretaries to ensure sufficient measures are employed to boost India’s best universities into the world’s top 100 rankings.

At a meeting held on New Year’s Eve, Modi expressed his desire to utilise new, technological platforms to keep tabs on student/teacher attendance within Indian schools, and discussed various plans to improve the region’s educational infrastructure and equipment.

The Modi government plans to work on various ideas throughout 2016, all the while maintaining performance and cooperation among members of the party. The government already has specific plans in place, including some that address the country’s education sector.

Government investments have resulted in a high capital expenditure for the financial year 2015-16, leading to several new road, rail, power, shipping and defence projects that will take form in the coming year. But in order for these projects to have any impact on India’s economy, communities must be informed about such projects so the country can capitalise on the benefits.

If the government employs such measures, the country’s global influence would significantly boost, along with the reputation of its HE sector.

In recent months, the Modi government’s main focus has

College students develop a way to turn kitchen waste into energy

Two college students have collaborated on a project to find a cheap and environment-friendly alternative to burning fossil fuels, creating an innovative invention that converts kitchen waste into energy.

Ubaid Yousaf Khan from Wisdom Science College in Karak, and his partner, Mujga of Kypher Medical College in Peshawar, presented their creation at Peshawar Press Club yesterday.

“We wanted to find an environment-friendly and cheap alternative to fossil fuel as it is a known contributor to global warming, which is dangerous for the existence of human life,” said Ubaid. “Kitchen waste is rich in organic compounds. Therefore, we can produce large amounts of biogas from it.”

Plug valve for biogas. Via Shutterstock.

The entity being modified, or substrate, in this process is the kitchen waste; the organism being used to kick-start the reaction, or inoculum, is the waste from the sugar industry. The student scientists treated both substances in an anaerobic digester (without oxygen) for 15 days under varying temperatures and inoculum to substrate ratio.

Due to a lack of resources in the inventors’ local community, the pair had no option but to work on the project from inside their homes. After many days

37% want to stop studying Medicine due to change in working contract

A series of strikes are now set to take place throughout the country, the first planned for Tuesday 12th January. Ninety eight percent of BMA members who participated in the ballot claimed to support strike action.

Many joined the discussion on The Student Room’s forum, some stating they are not surprised medical students are now reluctant to pick up the baton. “It would definitely put me off,” one contributor wrote under the name ‘Professor Oak’. “Sounds so tough to be a junior doctor. There are easier options to get paid more if you’re getting great grades unfortunately.”

Massimo, a third year med student at Oxford University states: “Jeremy Hunt is trying to push for a seven day NHS, but he’s forgetting the fact that doctors work seven days a week, 24 hours a day.”

A recent Freedom of Information request from the BBC found that in 2014-15, at least 100 UK surgeries applied to NHS England to stop taking on new patients, since the inability to fill staff vacancies has pushed them to “breaking point”.

Jack Wallington, community director of The Student Room, says: “With so many students put off studying medicine, it signals

University scientists uncover new way of determining whether planets can harbour life

The discovery, outlined in a study published in the journal Science Advances, allows scientists to measure surface gravity with an accuracy of approximately four percent, enabling them to examine stars too distant or too faint to apply to current techniques.

Due to the fact that surface gravity is dependent on both a star’s mass and its radius, this new and innovative method means scientists can more accurately determine the masses of distant stars.

The research was led by Thomas Kallinger of the University of Vienna, with cooperation from UBC’s Professor Jaymie Matthews, along with astronomers from France, Germany and Australia.

Deciphering a planet’s surface gravity is crucial to understanding how much a person would weigh in that environment. If each star had its own solid surface, a person’s weight would fluctuate depending which star they are on. Daily Galaxy notes that a person stood on the sun would weigh 20 times more than they would on Earth, but a giant red star has a much weaker pull, which would make you 50 times lighter.

“If you don’t know the star, you don’t know the planet,” said co-author, Jaymie Matthews. “The size of an exoplanet

5 of the greatest robotics breakthroughs of the millennium so far

From autonomous drones, incredible AI genomes and even zero-emission cars fuelled by hydrogen, technology is changing and fast. Advances in robotics technology are making human–machine collaboration an everyday reality. Improved and cheaper sensory technology make a robot more able to “understand” and respond to its environment. Robot bodies are becoming more adaptive and flexible, dealing with a wide variety of temperature changes and hostile environments. This is not to mention robots are also becoming more connected, thanks to the cloud-computing revolution providing remote access options.

Robots are now increasingly involved in tasks and operations in a wide variety of sectors. In Japan, for example, robots are being trialed in nursing roles. Helping patients out of bed and supporting stroke victims in regaining control of their limbs are just some of the roles to which robots are suited. Smaller robots, such as Dexter Bot, Baxter and LBR iiwa, are designed to be easy to program and can handle manufacturing tasks that are often too laborious or uncomfortable for the human workforce.

It is thanks to robotics that many of the past decade’s greatest achievements have come about. Robots are no longer purely the stars of sci-fi movies.

UK Women are 35% more likely to go to University than Men

The acting chief of UCAS, the UK’s premier University Admissions service, has pressed universities to target white men in their upcoming admissions process.

Mary Curnock Cook made the call after new figures emphasised that the gap between men and women enrolling at UK universities is steadily increasing.

According to data from 2015’s autumn intake, the UK’s entry rate for women in higher education has increased twice as fast as for men.

Figures demonstrate that Britain’s female population is 35 percent more likely to go to university than their male counterparts, and if universities were to try and balance the number of each sex enrolled at university this year, they would need to recruit another 36,000 men.

Generally, data shows that UK universities were recruiting record numbers this autumn, with approximately 532,300 acceptances, an increase of 3.1 percent on figures from 2014. However, the data also demonstrates that women are ahead in the recruitment stakes in every university category.

The figures show that people of white descent were the least likely to enrol on a university course, with only 28 percent gaining entry, compared with 58 percent for Chinese, 41 percent for Asians, 37

University scientists discover how Leopard Sharks navigate

The experiment, administered under controlled conditions, found that sharks with an unimpaired sense of smell were able to return to their habitats far more efficiently than those with a defective sense of smell.  Dr Andrew Nosal- postdoctoral researcher at the Scripps Institution- and colleagues published their findings in the journal PLOS ONE on Wednesday.

“We were not necessarily surprised to find that this remarkable navigation ability is mediated by smell, at least in part,” said Nosal. “Sharks were already known for their keen sense of smell, and we know other animals use smell for navigation, such as salmon, birds and insects. It had simply not been experimentally demonstrated for sharks in the open ocean until now.”

Leopard Sharks prefer to make their habitats in coastal waters or closed bays, but can swim colossal distances with impressive efficiency, often following perfectly straight routes. Up until now it has not been clear how the animals travelled so effectively.

In order to test the hypothesis, scientists captured 25 Leopard Sharks near the shore line before setting them loose again five miles offshore. Approximately 50 percent of the Sharks had their sense of smell temporarily impaired. The scientists then

In Hartford Schools, Granting Artistic License to Learn

Students from Patricia Wakefield’s fifth-grade class at Rawson Elementary School in Hartford positioned their bodies collectively, to form a turtle. One boy sat on the floor to be the turtle’s head, another sat behind him to be the tail, and three children stood on each side and bent at the waist, arms outstretched, to form a bridge-like shell.“So, turtle, we’re going to give you some tasks to do,” said Julia Pistell, an instructor with Sea Tea Improv, an improvisational comedy company. “Remember, you guys are one organism, so you’re going to move together. I don’t want to see the tail drifting away.”After a few more instructions, Ms. Pistell said, “I want to see that turtle, really slowly, check out your teacher like she’s an interesting rock.”In unison, eight bodies inched their way toward Ms. Wakefield until she raised her arms like an animal preparing to attack.“Oh, no, she’s a predator,” Ms. Pistell said. “Retreat! Retreat!”Ms. Pistell was leading a lesson on organisms, and the students, who at the beginning of class had answered “stomach” and “heart” when asked what an organism was, now knew, with hints from her, that an organism is any living thing.Ms. Pistell is among

Do We Have to Send Our Kid to a Bad Public School?

My wife and I are an interracial couple living in Oakland, Calif. We are both first-generation college graduates for whom solid public-school educations made all the difference. We are struggling with choosing a public school for our son, who will enter kindergarten this year. State test scores came out recently, and our neighborhood public school, which is filled with some of the city’s poorest kids, scored very low. I have to believe there is something seriously wrong with how the school is educating kids. (Otherwise, the school, which we know fairly well through volunteering, seems perfectly fine.) My wife and I both work full-time and also care for her mother and disabled sibling, so we know that we can’t put in the kind of time that would be required to turn the school around. We also fear that we cannot teach our son enough outside school hours to make up for a significant deficit in his education.
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Council considers cutting summer break to let families have autumn holidays

A council is considering shortening the long school summer break and creating an extra week off later in the year to enable families to take affordable holidays.

Brighton and Hove city council is concerned that low-income families cannot currently afford to take their children away during the school holidays because prices are too high.

It is considering reducing the six-week summer break by a week to create an extra holiday in the long autumn term when travel costs go down.

The move comes amid growing resentment from parents nationwide who are incurring heavy fines for taking children out of school during term-time following a crackdown by the government in 2013.

Previously, headteachers were allowed to grant pupils 10 days’ leave in exceptional circumstances. Now, they are required to take a much tougher line on requests for authorised leave from parents, who are fined £60 if they take their child out of school without the headteacher’s permission.
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That increases to £120 if not paid within 21 days, and those that fail to pay face possible prosecution with

Principals’ Union Says Mayor de Blasio Has Lost Focus on Students

When Mayor Bill de Blasio took office, it seemed like the start of a bright new day in the relationship between City Hall and the people who run New York City’s schools.Rather than close struggling schools, as his predecessor Michael R. Bloomberg had done, Mr. de Blasio promised to support them. In November 2014, he and his schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña, announced a program to funnel resources, training and social services into 94 of the lowest-performing schools.At the time, Ernest A. Logan, the president of the union that represents the city’s principals and assistant principals, lauded Mr. de Blasio, saying that the initiative demonstrated a “philosophy of collaboration over competition” and reflected “the deeply held values of most of our school leaders.”
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Schwarzman Scholars Announces Inaugural Class to Study in China

There is a Stephen A. Schwarzman public library building in New York City, a Stephen A. Schwarzman cultural center on the drawing boards at Yale, and now a Stephen A. Schwarzman College, a brick building with a pagoda-inspired roof on the Tsinghua University campus in Beijing that, starting in August, will house the first class of Schwarzman scholars.On Monday, the program will announce the first 111 scholarship winners. Mr. Schwarzman, chairman and co-founder of the Blackstone Group, the private equity and investment giant, started the program with a goal of identifying, as he put it, “your best guess as future leaders of the world.”Some of the recipients, selected from a pool of 3,000 applicants, already seem well on their way.