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Welcome to LaserFest @ http://www.laserfest.org/ !

Watching your favorite movie on DVD. Surfing the web. Scanning barcodes at the grocery store. For the past 50 years, lasers have revolutionized the way we live. This milestone marks one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century! Through a series of events and programs, LaserFest will help to showcase the prominence of the laser in today's world.

The National Ignition Facility @ 

https://lasers.llnl.gov/newsroom/ is Ushering in a New Age for Science

Scientists have been working to achieve self-sustaining nuclear fusion and energy gain in the laboratory for more than half a century. Ignition experiments at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) are now bringing that long-sought goal much closer to realization.

NIF's 192 giant lasers, housed in a ten-story building the size of three football fields, will deliver at least 60 times more energy than any previous laser system. NIF will focus more than one million joules of ultraviolet laser energy on a tiny target in the center of its target chamber—creating conditions similar to those that exist only in the cores of stars and giant planets and inside a nuclear weapon. The resulting fusion reaction will release many times more energy than the laser energy required to initiate the reaction.

Experiments conducted on NIF will make significant contributions to national and global security, could lead to practical fusion energy, and will help the nation maintain its leadership in basic science and technology. The project is a national collaboration among government, academia, and many industrial partners throughout the nation.


MIT OCW Celebrating a Decade of Open Sharing:
2001-2011

On April 4, 2001, MIT announced it would publish educational materials from all of its courses freely and openly on the Internet. Ten years later, OCW has shared materials from more than 2000 courses with an estimated 100 million individuals worldwide. Join us in celebrating the 10th anniversary of this groundbreaking effort.

» Read the 2001 announcement in the New York Times.
» Read news and reflections on 10 years of OpenCourseWare


OCW's Next Decade: Reaching One Billion Minds

MIT's goal for the next decade is to increase our reach ten-fold: to reach a billion minds. We aspire by 2021 to make open educational resources like MIT OpenCourseWare the tools to bridge the global gap between human potential and opportunity, so that motivated people everywhere can improve their lives and change the world.

» Here's how

Human potential is universal; opportunity is not. MIT OpenCourseWare began with the vision that the teaching tools of the world's top learning institutions should be freely available to all humanity: to study, to share, to build upon.

In our first 10 years, MIT has been delivering on that vision. We've reached 100 million individuals to date, people with the ideas, talents and motivation to have enormous impact on their communities, given the opportunity to do so.

MIT's goal for the next decade is to increase our reach ten-fold: to reach a billion minds. We aspire by 2021 to make open educational resources like MIT OpenCourseWare the tools to bridge the global gap between human potential and opportunity, so that motivated people everywhere can improve their lives and change the world.

The Plan

How will we do this? First and foremost, we’ll continue to improve the depth and quality of our core publication, and to improve our site. In addition, we’ve identified four focus areas with the potential to help us reach our goal:

Placing OCW everywhere - We'll make OCW content easy to find, adapt OCW materials to distribution methods such as mobile phones, and develop new approaches to reaching under served populations.

Reaching key audiences - For more people to get the most out of OCW, we have to put more in. We'll customize OCW to meet the needs of people across a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.

Creating communities of open learning - We'll create an ecosystem for open learning that goes beyond content. Over the next decade, we'll take advantage of new technologies to ensure people can interact around OCW, increasing their understanding of the material.

Empowering educators worldwide - Educators are a key multiplier for us. By bringing OCW materials into their classrooms, they share our content with millions. We will strive to provide edu or cators everywhere with the tools they need to serve these students.

The Initiatives

OCW Scholar
Free foundational course materials structured for independent study.

OpenStudy
Study groups to connect OCW learners worldwide.

Highlights for High School
Materials selected to support AP study of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)subjects.


Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything @ http://ervinlaszlo.com/notebook/ or Amazon.com

 
Presents the unifying world-concept long sought by scientists, mystics, and sages: an Integral Theory of Everything

• Explains how modern science has rediscovered the Akashic Field of perennial philosophy

• New edition updates ongoing scientific studies, presents new research inspired by the first edition, and includes new case studies and a section on animal telepathy

Mystics and sages have long maintained that there exists an interconnecting cosmic field at the roots of reality that conserves and conveys information, a field known as the Akashic record. Recent discoveries in vacuum physics show that this Akashic Field is real and has its equivalent in science’s zero-point field that underlies space itself. This field consists of a subtle sea of fluctuating energies from which all things arise: atoms and galaxies, stars and planets, living beings, and even consciousness. This zero-point Akashic Field is the constant and enduring memory of the universe. It holds the record of all that has happened on Earth and in the cosmos and relates it to all that is yet to happen.

In Science and the Akashic Field, philosopher and scientist Ervin Laszlo conveys the essential element of this information field in language that is accessible and clear. From the world of science he confirms our deepest intuitions of the oneness of creation in the Integral Theory of Everything. We discover that, as philosopher William James stated, “We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.”   

Cultural Creatives 1.0 - The (R)evolution. Watch the Movie @

 http://culturalcreatives.cc/Featuring many key figures from Europe and the U.S., this is the first documentary film to look with scientific thoroughness at the world of Cultural Creatives. It shows that a great mass of people think differently from the way propagated by the media and promoted by the establishment. By the end of the film it becomes evident that this huge mass, were it to become aware of its power, could change the world. Because Cultural Creatives are unstoppable and their number is continuously rising, the values they champion could soon become core values for human civilization generally.

Cultural Creatives are emerging without anybody organizing their presence, without anyone seeking to create political power from their existence, and without any group having any interest in them. They are emerging simply because in real historical development the growth of human consciousness can not be stopped, no matter how much today's establishments and intellectual elites try to ignore and even hide their appearance.

So they are all here, among and around us: 80 million Cultural Creatives in the United States and 120 million in Europe, all with a similar mindset -- the citizens of a new world. They are the ones who are really preparing the future and its new social structures for us, and are doing so right now. They are the ones who anticipate the future as an astonishing opportunity never before available to mankind throughout the whole course of its history here on earth. Their message: The time is ripe to take the shaping of social life into our own hands.

Frigyes Fogel
http://www.CulturalCreatives.CC






Nebulae - New google sites template

posted Oct 6, 2010, 10:41 PM by Carlos Concepcion

Nebulae - free google sites template


Hi all, Yup, still alive and hopefully, things'll be more active around here. 

We'll releasing a heap of new templates in the near future. But in the meantime enjoy the latest template out of the stables. I'll be doing a writeup in the next couple of days and writing up some articles showing you how to recreate and personalise this template. So you can put your own twist on it.

So stay tuned!

Sparkle - free google template by gethemes.com

posted Mar 10, 2010, 7:06 PM by Carlos Concepcion

Sparkle - free google template by gethemes.com
 
Introducing the latest template to exit the stables, Sparkle...
 
There will be a write-up over the next few days on how you can customize this template to suit your branding and how to integrate the flash banner using gadgets. So stay tuned.
 
Update:

-Customizing the Sparkle template-

This template is using, for lack of a better term, a "fake" flash header. 

This "fake" header is created using a flash embed gadget wrapping a custom flash swf file. The logo/header has been disabled and the flash gadget is sitting in the uppermost panel in the three column layout.

I found the XML for the gadget 
here and made some slight edits to make it fit the site a bit better. I then made a simple flash swf which I uploaded as an attachment for the gadget to draw from.

If you'd like to do this for your site and need help drop us a line at the 
getheme discussion group and we'll try to help out. If there's enough interest I'll write up a walkthrough.

One bug that the template suffers from is the fact that the site content drops while the background image stays static.

This only happens when you're in edit mode, or when you've submitted the site as a template. This causes a banner to appear at the top and the content will drop down relative to the banner size. Otherwise it'll look normal. 

Let us know if you love/like/hate/despise it.

Blue - free google template by gethemes.com

posted Mar 10, 2010, 7:05 PM by Carlos Concepcion

Blue - free google template by gethemes.com
 
Here's another new template for you. This one's called "Blue" (for obvious reasons).
 


Since all the templates that've created are a little different from each other, I thought with each release we'll give a break down on what's been changed and where. So when you want to personalise them you can find the elements easily.
 
 

 
1)  I'll start off with the blue bar running across the header, this is situated in;
 
More actions > Manage site > Colors and Fonts > Entire page > Page background image
 
2)  Logo located in;
 
More actions > Manage site > Site layout > Header
 
3)  Border surrounding the Menu and Content area;
 
More actions > Manage site > Colors and Fonts > Entire page > Page wrapper background image
 
4)  Spiel and image in the header;
 
More actions > Manage site > Colors and Fonts > Site header > Site header background image
 
Well there you have it, if you have any questions or need help getting this template up and running on your site let us know on the discussion group and we'll do our best to lend a hand.
 
Stay tuned for the next release, same bat time... same bat channel. peace.

Blogified free google template by gethemes.com

posted Mar 10, 2010, 7:04 PM by Carlos Concepcion

Blogified free google template by gethemes.com
 
Blogified is another dark themed template making gratuitous use of transparent PNGs to add a bit of a different flavour to the google sites back-end.

I'm a big fan of the white text on a dark background but I'm thinking the next template will be a bit more traditional (whatever that means).

This template was more of an exercise of experimentation and testing the limits of the google sites. So get out there... go on and push those boundaries.

As usual we'll have the have a zip containing all the elements used to create the site along with the values used.
 

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