NASA, YouTube and Lenovo announced a project named YouTube Space Lab. International jury will select scientific projects of pupils and students less than 18 years old to carry out experiments at the International Space Station.
The international commission for selection of attractive projects shall consist of William H. Gerstenmaier, the Associate Administrator for Space Operations and Research for NASA, Leland Melvin, ex-astronaut and Associate Administrator for Education for NASA, Frank de Winne, astronaut, and Akihiko Hoshide, the representative of Japan aerospace agency. “We are going to select 30 student projects, and the authors of two best projects will gain opportunity to execute their projects at ISS”, Zahaan Bharmal, Google Marketing director (owner of YouTube) and Space Lab project curator, said to “Izvestia”. Lenovo undertook technical and software support of the project. Equipment and materials for experiments of 6 kg is planed to send to ISS. Cargo delivery cost shall make approximately 2.5 mln RUR.
October 7, Friday, Valery Fedorenko, member of Russian parliamentary delegation, member of the Federation Council and appointed speaker about nanotechnologies on the part of the Assembly, presented his draft report to the European colleagues at the meeting of PACE committee for environment, agriculture, local and regional issues. He supposed that anticipatory recommendations about respectively possible risks in NANO sphere should be issued and all-European approach in respect of nanotechnologies shall be elaborated, possibility of nanophobia shall be anticipated, European educational programs shall be introduced and contribution of nanotehnologies into public health shall be induced.
“Nanoera has begun and it is already inevitable. Russia is an important player on the nanotechnologies field, and EU as many other countries stimulates research and scientific application of miniparticles”, told Mr. Sudarenkov. Estimating common approaches it bears mentioning that speed of implementation of such technologies outpaces safety research, highlighted Russian legislator. According to him the current picture is quite unclear though preliminary conclusions show that nanoparticles weaken human and animal immune system. As Mr. Sudarenkov marked discussions about nanotubes, nanosilver in clothes and other technologies became well-known.
Mr. Sudarenkov proposed to initiate the idea to convoke European forum of nanotechnologies safety. He drew attention to the fact that Russian company “ROSNANO” is interested in coordinated international approaches to creation of harmonized regulation system in nano-industry. The member of the Federation Council expressed confidence that unique Russian experience of risk management organization in the sphere of research, creation of regulatory framework and organization of self-regulation system could become the basis for harmonization of international, European in particular, methodological and legislative framework.
It will be recalled that last September the group of members of parliament – the members of Parliament Assembly of Council of Europe – made a proposal to prepare a resolution for “Nanotechnologies – new danger for environment”. According to experts, implementation of nanotechnologies can help to resolve ecological issues on the one hand, and they can be developed only in case if risks for human health and environment are not taken into account, on the other.
By the 2011 over a third of educational institutions will install open source software on a half of their computers.
Toward the 2011 over a third of educational institutions will be using open source software on over a half of their computers - minister of science and education Andrey Fursenko reported during the VII social-economic forum “Information-oriented society”. According to him, The Ministry of science and education keeps financial support on the federal level in 2010 and 2011. Besides, ministry supports the maintenance, development and upgrade of software.
“Due to Federal Budget access and technical support are provided. We have trained almost 80 thousands of pedagogical and administrative teaching staff” – reported the minister. According to his words, more than 7, 5 thousands of people, who tutor teachers on-site were trained. Practically every educational institution now has a man who received special training and is able to teach the use of Open source software. “In 92% of schools special zones for using Open source software were created, this means, that it is installed at least on one computer”- he also said.
A. Fursenko also reminded us that in 2006-2007 Internet access exclusion system was developed. Now federal segment of system handles about 250 millions requests per day., of which 1,5 millions are filtered as not consistent with tasks of education and upbringing. At the same time new educational resources are created, as for now there are over 100 thousands of such resources in ministry of education and science database, 17 thousands of which are interactive. Also ministry of education and science is developing a set of measures to implement library management systems in education and science spheres, aimed at greater access to learning materials.
More than a half (52%)of Runet (Russian-language Internet) users are registered in social networks. The percentage is higher among people living in the Urals (65%), Siberia (67%) and Far East (64%), in big cities (60%), among 18-24-year-olds (67%) and well-off respondents (65%). The smallest percentage of social network users is in the North-Western Region of Russia (38%), medium-sized cities (44%), among elderly (15%) and low-income people (42%).
7% of Internet users have blogs. This activity is, on the contrary, popular especially among the residents of the North-Western Region of Russia (25%). Besides, 18-24-year-olds are the most active bloggers (11%).Information that users are ready to provide in blogs and social networks in the first place is age (87%) and sex (84%). Russian citizens are also ready to make accessible information about their education (71%), marital status (64%), hobby (62%), favorite music/ films (51%). Most respondents have no difficulties with providing their photo either (65%).Users are less willing to provide the details such as the place where they study (38%), favorite places (35%), place of residence (32%), as well as information about friends and relatives (33%), profession, birthplace, nationality (31% each), travels (29%), workplace (25%), position (27%), religion (20%).Finally, few consider it necessary to provide information about their political views (14%), services they can provide to other users (13%), and income level (10%).Half of the users of blogs and social networks gave misleading information about themselves at least once (51%). 18-24-year old respondents are most liable to do this (59%).Most often users of social networks give misleading information about their name and age (29% each). They also tend to lie about their marital status (23%), appearance and hobby (22% each). Users less often provide false information about their sex, musical and artistic preferences (18% each), education level, educational organization, travels (17% each), place of residence, workplace, position, purchases and services (15% each), profession, sexual relations (14% each), level of income and nationality (13% each). Situations when bloggers and users of social networks give misleading information about their political views and religious beliefs are the most rare (11% and 10% respectively).Men (33%) and respondents under 35 years of age (32-34%) are more likely to log in under false names. Men are also more apt to lie about their
April 6 – 7, 2011. Information Technologies in Education 2011 specialized exhibition will take place in Rostov-on-Don within the framework of Don Educational Festival arranged by Rostov Expo exhibition center. The event will take place in VertolExpo exhibition center.
1. PC producers and provide
2. multimedia systems, tele and video equipment
3. developers of multimedia educational programs
4. innovative experimental projects in the sphere of informatization and distance education technologies
5. software technologies in education
6. modern Internet technolgies
7. distance education systems
8. equipment for school computer labs
9. presentation equipment
10. connection and communication tools