A List Of 9 Awesome Mindmap Tools

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Some awesome tools to take notes and expand ideas.

Original article

Tuesday, April 15, 2014: Does the traditional way of note taking bore you? Well, how about trying some mind mapping! This innovative and thought-provoking way of taking notes and elaborating over any concept and idea is excellent if you’re looking to grasp a series of relationships through a simple visual representation. We have compiled here a list of 9 awesome Mind map tools!

1.Text2mindmap

Mind maps are a great way of organising your thoughts. To encourage the use of mind mapping, Text 2 Mind Map has provided a free and simple mind mapping tool online since 2008. Write some text in the text area, use the TAB key to indent text lines, and click the “Draw Mind Map”-button to see what happens. Each text line in the text area will become a separate node in the mind map. Indenting the text (using the TAB key) starts a new branch of nodes in the mind map.

2.Wridea

Wridea is a web service first to avoid ideas being forgotten, then to organise and improve those ideas by giving you the opportunity to share your ideas with friends and necessary tools to improve your ideas by yourself and individually.

3.Scribblar

Use Scribblar for: online training and tutoring, revising artwork and images, creative brainstorming, sales and product demos, interviews and tests. Features include: real-time multi-user whiteboard, image and document upload, text chat with userlist, crystal-clear live audio etc.

4.Mind 42

Mind42 allows you to manage all your ideas, whether alone, twosome or working together with the whole world. Mind42 runs in your browser, so no installation necessary for the ultimate hassle-free mind mapping experience. Just open your browser and launch the application whenever and wherever needed.

5.MindMeister

Part of what makes MindMeister such a powerful tool is that it’s built and designed with a big focus on collaboration. This means that you not only have the ability to quickly develop your own ideas, you can also quickly share your maps to brainstorm and collaborate with as many others as needed, and all in real time.

6.Mindomo

With their browser and desktop tools, you can easily extend the usage of Mind Mapping in the online version of Mindomo.

7.Gliffy

Create professional-quality flowcharts, Org charts, UML diagrams, network diagrams, wireframes, technical drawings and more. Gliffy works directly in your browser.

8.Comapping

Comapping is online mind mapping software to manage and share information. Use it to take notes, plan and organise. It’s a way to have one set of notes. One set of files. For everyone.

9.Cacoo

Cacoo is a user friendly online drawing tool that allows you to create a variety of diagrams such as site map, flowchart, mind map, wire frame, UML diagram and network diagram. Cacoo can be used free of charge.

Source: FromDev

Saurabh Singh, EFYTIMES News Network

Study Rules Out Global Warming …

Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

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from the let’s-blame-the-dinosaurs dept.
An anonymous reader writes

A study out of McGill University sought to examine historical temperature data going back 500 years in order to determine the likelihood that global warming was caused by natural fluctuations in the earth’s climate. The study concluded there was less than a 1% chance the warming could be attributed to simple fluctuations. ‘The climate reconstructions take into account a variety of gauges found in nature, such as tree rings, ice cores, and lake sediments. And the fluctuation-analysis techniques make it possible to understand the temperature variations over wide ranges of time scales. For the industrial era, Lovejoy’s analysis uses carbon-dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels as a proxy for all man-made climate influences – a simplification justified by the tight relationship between global economic activity and the emission of greenhouse gases and particulate pollution, he says. … His study [also] predicts, with 95% confidence, that a doubling of carbon-dioxide levels in the atmosphere would cause the climate to warm by between 2.5 and 4.2 degrees Celsius. That range is more precise than – but in line with — the IPCC’s prediction that temperatures would rise by 1.5 to 4.5 degrees Celsius if CO2 concentrations double.’

COURT ORDERS UNC–WILMINGTON TO PAY, PROMOTE PROFESSOR AFTER RETALIATING AGAINST HIM

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GREENVILLE, N.C. — A federal court Tuesday ordered the University of North Carolina–Wilmington to promote a professor to the rank of full professor, a position it originally denied him, and to pay him $50,000 in back pay. In March, a jury found that university officials had retaliated against criminology professor Dr. Mike Adams for expressing conservative views in his opinion columns, books, and speeches when those officials denied him a promotion in 2006.

“As the marketplace of ideas, universities must respect the freedom of professors to express their points of view,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Litigation Staff Counsel Travis Barham. “The jury last month found that disagreeing with an accomplished professor’s religious and political views is no grounds for denying him a promotion. The court’s order rights the wrong done to Dr. Adams by granting him the full professorship he has long deserved.”

“This is a great day not only for Dr. Adams but for all who value academic freedom,” said Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot. “The court’s order reminds universities that they cannot retaliate against those who simply express opinions that some officials do not like.”

Since 2007, Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys have represented Adams together with lead counsel David French, who began the case with ADF and now litigates for the American Center for Law and Justice.

The order in Adams v. The Trustees of the University of North Carolina–Wilmington from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Southern Division, states, “The court hereby orders the defendants confer upon plaintiff full professorship as of the date of this order, with pay and benefits in the future to relate back to August 2007, when plaintiff’s 2006 promotion application would have gone into effect had it been successful.”

In 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit determined that the First Amendment protects the opinion columns that Adams published, saying that “no individual loses his ability to speak as a private citizen by virtue of public employment…. Adams’ columns addressed topics such as academic freedom, civil rights, campus culture, sex, feminism, abortion, homosexuality, religion, and morality. Such topics plainly touched on issues of public, rather than private, concern.”

A former atheist, Adams frequently received accolades from his colleagues after the university hired him as an assistant professor in 1993 and promoted him to associate professor in 1998. His conversion to Christianity in 2000 impacted his views on political and social issues. Subsequently, the university subjected Adams to a campaign of academic persecution that culminated in his denial of promotion to full professor, despite an award-winning record of teaching, research, and service.

To Fight Progressivism

Glenn Beck: To Fight Progressivism, ‘Know What You Believe In — And Then Hold Fast to It’
Apr. 5, 2014 5:06pm Dave Urbanski

Radio and TV personality Glenn Beck said Saturday that Americans — in order to turn back the tide of progressive politics and a government that props it up — must “know what you believe in — and then hold fast to it.”

“Socialists and progressives are nothing more than communists with patience, that’s it,” Beck told the cheering crowd of thousands during his keynote address at the FreePAC Kentucky event in Louisville.

“The progressive disease is in both parties, period. It’s antithetical to the American system, period.”

Beck also reaffirmed his support of Republican U.S. Senate candidate ­ Matt Bevin (“I believe that man was called of God”) and vehement opposition to the man running against Bevin in the upcoming primary: “Mitch McConnell is as big a danger to this country as Barack Obama,” Beck said.

Beck also brought along a table full of historically significant artifacts that add tactile and visual exclamation points to his impassioned pleas for Americans to never forget history — and if they have, to get reacquainted with it.

Among the artifacts he shared with the audience was a microphone used by Tokyo Rose in World War II (to underscore the truth that she in fact used her time she was kept in Japan to help the allied cause) and the last script signed by Josef Mengele — a physician in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II, which was for sleeping pills to give to children who were “undesirables.”

“We have seen these times before,” Beck said. “History must be preserved” and not erased.

Beck reiterated a phrase he noted at the start of his speech, that “these are the beginnings of miracles” but added a crucial qualifier: “It requires us to stand…and it requires us to get hit.”

To that end, Beck told the crowd to dig in and get ready.

“I challenge you to know what you believe in — and then hold fast to it,” Beck said.

Near the end of his talk, Beck held up George Washington’s compass.

“He’s my hero because he didn’t do what he wanted to do,” Beck said, his voice choking up. “He did what God wanted him to do.”

Beck shared that one day toward the end of his time at Fox News, he kept the compass in his pocket — and his hand on the compass, feeling the indentation left by the fingers of Washington — to remind himself to “stay true.”

To conclude Beck noted a phrase from the original prospectus of the Disneyland theme park — that it would be about “the ideals, dreams, and hard facts that have made America” to “send them forth as a source of courage and inspiration to the world.”

Beck told the crowd that was his challenge as well — that all of us would “stay true” and hold fast to the ideas of American and “internalize them, live them, preach them…and send them forth.”

Other who spoke at FreePAC Kentucky included TheBlaze Radio’s Andrew Wilkow, constitutionalist attorney Rick Brueggemann, author Deneen Borelli, U.S. Congressional candidate Dan Bongino, FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe, and U.S. Senate candidate ­ Matt Bevin.

Glenn Beck’s full speech