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Dolphins' Killer Strategy

Smithsonian Channel
Dolphins have a major advantage over other ocean predators - they're smart. They communicate with each other in order to coordinate, cooperate, and kill. From: SPEED KILLS

Election Strategy

National Portrait Gallery

Sangert-Harris, Strategy...

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Strategy:Gearing to Win/Sangert-Harris/ in the first Place on top; below, red, green, yellow, and blue footprints on white background. Side panels repeat Sangert-Harris, etc.

Ecosystems– Notebooking Strategies

Smithsonian Science Education Center
"Quick Tips: Resources for Teachers” is a series of short videos providing down-to-earth advice and instructional tips to teachers of STC™, our signature science curriculum. Each “Quick Tip” offers practical suggestions by experienced teachers for handling materials or managing classrooms in science investigations.

Dita Von Teese's Shopping Strategy

Smithsonian Channel
When a picky customer like Dita Von Teese comes into the store, she’s looking for something special. A gold dress worn by legendary burlesque performer, Gypsy Rose Lee might just be it. From: L.A. FROCK STARS: Vintage Rebranded

Teaching Strategies for Museums: Graphic Organizers

Smithsonian Education
Graphic Organizers, such as charts, tables, and concept maps, are tools that help students find key ideas and relationships among ideas. They are particularly effective in a museum setting. As an alternative to the often-used field trip scavenger hunt, developing a graphic organizer for a museum exhibition focuses students on answering historical questions posed by an exhibition rather than simply locating objects and reading labels. Moreover, a museum graphic organizer encourages students to identify themes, note connections, and link specific observations to larger concepts. Graphic organizers can be used for any age group and learning level. Based on your goals for the lesson, simplify the graphic organizer or increase its complexity to allow for sub-themes and supporting details. For students learning English, add visual aids and translation exercises. From Smithsonian Source, Teaching with Primary Sources website. 2005.

Science Matters: Priorities and Strategies, 2005-2010

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Strategic Plan for the Science museums and research centers throughout the Smithsonian Institution.

The Ultimate Rock, Paper, Scissor Strategy

Smithsonian Magazine

In China, a team of researchers tapped 360 students to try to crack the ever-important nut: how do people play Rock, Paper, Scissors? And what's the best strategy?

Based on their study, says the Washington Post, at the population level, Rock, Paper, Scissors strategies follow a relatively simple pattern:

People start by picking each variable (rock, paper or scissors) about one-third of the time. You can’t really game this stage. BUT after the first round:

  • If a player wins, he will usually stick with the same play.

  • If a player loses, he will usually switch actions in “a clockwise direction”: rock changes to paper, paper to scissors, scissors to rock.

So that's it. If you know what someone will play next, it's easy to counter and achieve a grand victory.

But wait, what if they know the strategy, too? And they try to predict and out-smart your next move? But then you, knowing that they know, try to preempt their prediction? Then they, knowing you know they know...

Actually, though, if this all sounds too simple, that's because it probably is. People won't just keep riding Paper victory string into the sunset. Instead, says Graham Walker, from the World Rock Paper Scissor society (via this old Mental Floss post), people playing Rock, Paper, Scissors like to think they're being random. They aren't. “People hate being predictable and the perceived hallmark of predictability is to come out with the same throw three times in row,” he says.
When playing with someone who is not experienced at the RPS, look out for double runs or in other words, the same throw twice. When this happens you can safely eliminate that throw and guarantee yourself at worst a stalemate in the next game. So, when you see a two-Scissor run, you know their next move will be Rock or Paper, so Paper is your best move.

The researchers in China weren't just trying to work out the strategy to a schoolyard game, though. They were using Rock, Paper, Scissor as a way to study people's behavior when making decisions in “non-cooperative strategic interactions.” They were testing which of two different broad strategies people use: either trying to play truly randomly, or playing in an evolutionary way with strategies shifting depending on the outcome. (It was the latter.)

Still, though, as good as your strategy may be, you're never going to beat this Rock, Paper, Scissor-playing robot. Sorry.

New strategies for conserving tropical forests

Smithsonian Libraries
In an interval of just 1-2 decades, the nature of tropical forest destruction has changed. Rather than being dominated by rural farmers, tropical deforestation now is substantially driven by major industries and economic globalization, with timber operations, oil and gas development, large-scale farming and exotic-tree plantations being the most frequent causes of forest loss. Although instigating serious challenges, such changes are also creating important new opportunities for forest conservation. Here we argue that, by increasingly targeting strategic corporations and trade groups with publicpressure campaigns, conservation interests could have a much stronger influence on the fate of tropical forests.

Teacher Lesson: "Jumping In" Strategy for Examining Art & Portraiture

National Portrait Gallery
Briana Zavadil White, School and Teacher Program Coordinator at the National Portrait Gallery, models the "Jumping In" strategy for teachers, in this professional development workshop. Integrating portraiture into the classroom can provide exciting opportunities to connect students with history, biography, visual art, and many other subjects. Presented at the "Learning to Look with the National Portrait Gallery" Summer Teacher Institute, July 30, 2014.

This Interview Strategy Led a Serial Killer to Confess

Smithsonian Channel
When the Green River Killer is convicted of murder, the FBI brings in Dr. Mary Ellen O'Toole, leading expert in psychopathy, to get the killer to confess to 44 unsolved homicides. From: CATCHING KILLERS: Criminal Profiling
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