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Hawking's Brain to be 'Hacked'

HawkingA team of neuroscientists is working on a device they say has the ability to “hack” a person’s brain. They are so confident in their work that they will be testing the so-called iBrain on none other than the smartest man alive, Stephen Hawking.

Hawking, who suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease, is agreeing to test the iBrain in a effort to improve his communicative abilities. His body continues to deteriorate from his affliction and he no longer is able to effectively use a clicker to operate his voice simulator. If effective, the iBrain will allow Hawking, and others with similar debilitating conditions, to operate computers and other machines using only their thoughts.

The iBrain, which is worn around the head and can measure brain activity, is only in its infancy, and it remains unclear if it will have any practical applications. Scientists are hopeful that, with further testing like that that Hawking is participating in, those applications will be realized.

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Do You Play Games?

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Amazon Slashes Children's Titles...

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Count Up!

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After the smoke cleared and the children settled down~ I simply said:

"What you have just experienced is an act of terrorism."

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Pulitzer Winner Publishes Via Twitter

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Final Days

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Making a Cohesive School Environment

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Webquest on our National Landmarks

With the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge~ I thought I would share a webquest on our National Landmarks. http://gailhennessey.com/index.shtml?nationallandmarks1.html

Hope you find it of value.

Best~

Gail

Gail Hennessey

End of the School Year letters

Do you give parting comments to your students at the end of the school year? On the last day of the school year~ I would give a letter to each of the students in my 6th grade classes. Here is the last one I wrote the year of my retirement.

Perhaps~ you have letters you'd like to share?

Gail Hennessey

http://www.gailhennessey.com


END OF THE YEAR LETTER TO MY STUDENTS:
Dear...

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