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This entry does not explain about improving English: this is just nothing more than random thought about the determinant factors beyond each individual skill.
Factors that affects English proficiency
1. Economic incentive
a) markets (demand)
b) development (supply)
2. Size of population who speak a language
3. Linguistic similarity
4. Cultural similarity
5. Education system
7. Geographic location
The society are getting more complex day by day and its future even 10 years from now seems like millions light years away. Here is a simple question I like to know. In this uncertain time, how do high school teachers in any field keep themselves motivated to teach students who seem to have no interest in a subject? Motivating students with practical real life experience? As teachers deepen their knowledge of a subject, they may feel contempt toward students who, in teacher’s mind, do not understand even basics of a subject. A teacher cannot build a castle without its foundation. Any case, it seems I cannot be a high school teacher. But there is no easy solution to high schools whose students want to be anywhere but in school. The education system in Holland may give us some insight.
Here are this week’s journal picks.
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MizBee: A Multiscale Synteny Browser (http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1109/TVCG.2009.167)
Miriah Meyer, Tamara Munzner, Hanspeter Pfister et al. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Vol. 15, No. 6. (23 October 2009), pp. 897-904.
Whole exome capture in solution with 3Gbp of data (http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1186/gb-2010-11-6-r62)
Matthew Bainbridge, Min Wang, Daniel Burgess et al. Genome Biology, Vol. 11, No. 6. (2010), R62.
Abstract: Observational data imply the presence of superluminal electric currents in pulsar magnetospheres. Such sources are not inconsistent with special relativity; they have already been created in the laboratory.
Here we describe the distinctive features of the radiation beam that is generated by a rotating superluminal source and show that (i) it consists of subbeams that are narrower the farther the observer is from the source: subbeams whose intensities decay as 1/R instead of 1/R^2 with distance (R),
(ii) the fields of its subbeams are characterized by three concurrent polarization modes: two modes that are ‘orthogonal’ and a third mode whose position angle swings across the subbeam bridging those of the other two,
(iii) its overall beam consists of an incoherent superposition of such coherent subbeams and has an intensity profile that reflects the azimuthal distribution of the contributing part of the source (the part of the source that approaches the observer with the speed of light and zero acceleration),
(iv) its spectrum (the superluminal counterpart of synchrotron spectrum) is broader than that of any other known emission and entails oscillations whose spacings and amplitudes respectively increase and decrease algebraically with increasing frequency,
(v) the degree of its mean polarization and the fraction of its linear polarization both increase with frequency beyond the frequency for which the observer falls within the Fresnel zone. We also compare these features with those of the radiation received from the Crab pulsar.
I am not familiar with Belgian history and its current problems and it seems it is too touchy issues to bring this up with people. So I am just investigating what is going on. Sure I can understand the problems better if I can understand Dutch but my Dutch is limited to familiar science topics. But it seems that the eventual split is possible even though it will not strengthen neither part; but it will satisfy the nationalism of some Flanders. How deeply is the passion rooted? The problem seems to be extremely deep. I just realized that it is almost impossible for Americans, Canadians and in some sense Japanese to understand the complexity of European histories. Japanese history is mostly internal up to 150 years ago except several very ancient critical events. US and Canada both experienced civil wars but not as bad as other countries. Continue Reading