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Links for 2010-04-30

  • Think Progress; Arizona Expands Its Discrimination: Teachers With Heavy Accents Can?t Teach English, Ethnic Studies Are Banned
    'Today, the Wall Street Journal reports that the Arizona Department of Education ?recently began telling school districts that teachers whose spoken English it deems to be heavily accented or ungrammatical must be removed from classes for students still learning English?:' What the fuck is going on out there?
    (tags:pol )
  • Technology Review: Blogs: TR Editors’ blog: Augmented-Reality Floor Tiling
    "Researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada have developed floor tiles that can simulate the look, sound and feel of snow, grass or pebbles underfoot. Such a tool could perhaps be used for augmented reality applications, tele-presence, training, rehabilitation or even as virtual foot controllers. The modular "haptic" floor tiling system is made up of a deformable plate suspended on a platform. Between the plate and platform are sensors that detect forces from the user's foot. And the plate can give off vibrations that mimic the feeling of stepping on different materials. A top-down projection and speakers add visual and audio feedback."
    (tags:tech ar )

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