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									                                                                                                                             Curriculum for Excellence: The deadline for       Unesco Year of Planet Earth: The Interna-

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                                                                                                                             commenting on the draft experiences and out-      tional Year of Planet Earth aims to ensure
                                                                                                                             comes has been extended to 30th June 2008.        greater and more effective use by society of

EARTH                                                                                                                EARTH
                                                                                                                             All you have to do is log on to                   the knowledge accumulated by the world’s
        TO                                                                                                              TO
                                                                                                                          400,000 Earth scientists. The Year’s ulti-
                                                                                                                             onlinesurveys/index.asp                           mate goal of helping to build safer, healthier

                                                                                                                             and complete the online questionnaire. The        and wealthier societies around the globe
                                                                                                                             draft experiences and outcomes are to be          is expressed in the Year’s subtitle ‘Earth
                                                                                                                             found at                                          science for Society’. Their site will be worth
                                                                                                                                                                               keeping an eye on over the coming months.
                                                                                                                                                                               Something a bit different now. Adobe has
                                                                location of all the refineries in the UK. There is                                                             launched a beta version of Photoshop
             Wallpapers are a good source of free images        also a presentation available for download at                                                                  Express in the USA. It allows the sharing of
             for teaching purposes. This image is called                                                                                     images using social networking sites such
IMAGES       “the last tree on earth” (1022x766 jpeg) and is
             available from the Department for International
                                                                                                                                                                               as Photobucket, Facebook and Picasa and
                                                                                                                                                                               offers an extensive toolkit for basic image
  and        Development at                                                                                                                                                    manipulation. It is a free and easy to use
GRAPHICS                                                                                                                               online image editor and is most certainly
             Check out their pdfs, publications and free                                                                                                                       a step in the right direction. Adobe warns
             magazine as well.                                                                                                                                                 of occasional performance problems when
                                                                                                                                                                               using the service from the UK but it is worth
                                                                                                                                                                               the risk to take the “test drive”. Cool, oh yes,
                                                                                                                                                                               very cool!
                                                                                                                             GeoJuice CD3 accompanies this SGN. It con-         
                                                                                                                             tains several graphics on Japan but this one on   There is seemingly a movement from ego-
                                                                                                                             the keiretsu - the organisations which metamor-   centric networks such as MySpace and
                                                                                                                             phosed from the zaibatsu after WW2 - wasn’t       Facebook towards object-centric networks
                                                                Dr Jess Trofimovs (University of Bristol) and                ready in time. It will appear on www.geojuice.    such as You Tube, and Flickr.
                                                                his/her colleagues have produced a series of                 org in due course but a larger version is to be   This is certainly at least partly responsible
                                                                resources, aimed at introducing earth science                found on flickr in the meantime.                  for the appearance of Photoshop Express.
                                                                topics to 14-15 year olds. These resources are                    According to Fred Stutzman, “Our ability to
             Yann Arthus Bertrand is still a big favourite.     available for download at                                    Gordon Lobban (Trinity Academy) has do-           handle social interactions has limits, as per
             Over a thousand of his images (1024x686                                             nated some of his images to the GeoJuice col-     our attention. But our ability to accumulate
             jpegs) are available for download at               The URL “earth4567” quotes the current best                  lection and I’m looking forward to seeing the     digital objects, with their negligible size, is
                            estimate of the age of the Earth, in millions                fruits of his school’s and Beeslack Academy’s     infinite.” Hmmm. I thought it was around
             for private use (this includes education, I’ve     of years. The powerpoints provided are fully                 recent student excursion to Japan. Awesome!       two gigabytes myself - for friends and digital
             checked!). Yann’s old education section was        editable. Bril!                                              Its China CD4 next, but only for subscribers.     objects!
             even better but its gone. French schools have                                                                   The SAGT committee has not renewed the            We are now in the fifth of Kondratiev’s eco-

                                                                        Jargon Busters
             been treated to posters by Yann and they are                                                                    contract. Domage. Mustn’t be worth £1.20 eh?      nomic growth cycles - the ‘information and
             available for download as well.                                                                                                                                   communication Kondratiev’ and boy, don’t
                                                                                                                                                                               we know it. Information overload is a bur-
                                                                JPEGs, TIFFs, PSDs, PDFs, GIFs and EPS                                                                         den to us all and seemingly it is a problem
                                                                are all current image file formats. You can get                                                                which we have to learn to manage before it
                                                                away with working just with JPEGs but there                                                                    becomes terminal. Rather than clicking from
                                                                is a problem. The JPEG format is popular                                                                       site to site it is now possible to have the
                                                                because it provides dramatic compression of                                                                    latest news and features delivered directly
                                                                image files (and is therefore very popular on                                                                  to you via an RSS feed. Not all websites
                                                                the web) but the heavier the compression, the                                                                  currently provide RSS but as more do it will
                                                                more degraded the image becomes. It is a                                                                       become a more and more useful education-
                                                                “lossy” compression method. Once an image                                                                      al tool. The BBC and the Guardian are my
                                                                has been compressed using the JPEG format,                                                                     two main sources at present. There are two
                                                                it is not a bright idea to repeatedly resave it                                                                main methods to get started. You can either
                                                                as a JPEG. The image will quickly degrade                                                                      use a news reader or an RSS enabled web
             Grangemouth refinery was silenced by the           beyond repair. It is a good idea to set up an                                                                  browser such as Firefox, Opera or Safari.
             strike which took place on April 27th and 28th

WEB                                                                                                                  WEB
                                                                archive (DVDs, CDs or hard drive and copy                                                                      Popular news readers include Newz Crawl-
             2008. Images of the gradual shut down of the       from the original as required. Even better save                                                                er, FeedDemon and Awasu (for Windows);
             refinery, the media frenzy, the picket lines and   your best images as either TIFFs or PSDs as                                                                    Newsfire or NetNewsWire (for MacOSX);
WATCH        the garage forecourts lottery are available for
             download at
                                                                there is no degradation in these formats. You
                                                                can send images for SGN in any format - just
                                                                                                                     WATCH                                                     and Bloglines, My Yahoo! and NewsGator
                                                                                                                                                                               to use on the web. Do a bit of research on
                        give us as many pixels as possible to play with                                                                Google and away you go. Enjoy!
             along with graphics on the price of oil and the    please!
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