Philadelphia’s new high-tech school of the future opens!

A step towards educating our children with the newest technology available to us today is what the new Philadelphia school is all about.
After spending $63 million to build this state-of-the-art facility (with the help of Microsoft), this school has finally opened the doors to 170 lucky individuals to test out the waters.
Who wouldn’t want to take part in this school? I’m definitely looking forward to great things in the hopefully not to far future.

Philadelphia on Thursday opened a public high school where students work on wireless laptops, teachers eschew traditional subjects for real-world topics and parents can track their child’s work on the Internet.

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Dolphins are amazing problem solvers

I was reading an article today about how dolphins problem solve situations.
This was just amazing:

At the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Mississippi, Kelly the dolphin has built up quite a reputation. All the dolphins at the institute are trained to hold onto any litter that falls into their pools until they see a trainer, when they can trade the litter for fish. In this way, the dolphins help to keep their pools clean.

Kelly has taken this task one step further. When people drop paper into the water she hides it under a rock at the bottom of the pool. The next time a trainer passes, she goes down to the rock and tears off a piece of paper to give to the trainer. After a fish reward, she goes back down, tears off another piece of paper, gets another fish, and so on. This behaviour is interesting because it shows that Kelly has a sense of the future and delays gratification. She has realised that a big piece of paper gets the same reward as a small piece and so delivers only small pieces to keep the extra food coming. She has, in effect, trained the humans.

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