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October 22, 2014

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7:55 PM | How Goats Are Replacing Bulldozers and Pesticides In Invasive Plant Control
Since the mid-1970s, land owners in the U.S. and Canada have been fighting a losing battle against Phragmites australis, an invasive reed that grows in tall thick bundles in wetlands areas along the east coast. Not only do the reeds quickly take over by choking out native vegetation, but they also litter wetlands areas with thick mats of decaying biomass. Land managers have tried everything to get rid of the phragmites reeds: controlled burns, toxic pesticides and even […]
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4:00 PM | From Stevens to Synapses: A Conversation with Kelsey Martin
Take your wildest guess.  How many neurons make up the human brain?  You’re not guessing wild enough if you said anything less than a trillion.  The circuitry of the human brain consists of a quadrillion (1015) synapses.  These neural circuits aren’t necessarily hard-wired and have the capacity to be re-wired in response to experience. In … Continue reading →
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3:22 PM | An exploratory study University Teknologi Malaysia’s innovation toward commercialization - Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Institutional Repository
An exploratory study University Teknologi Malaysia’s innovation toward commercialization Abdulahad, Bawer Marwan(2013)An exploratory study University Teknologi Malaysia’s innovation toward commercialization. Masters thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Management.PDF ( Abstract)48KbPDF ( Table of Contents)44KbPDF ( 1st Chapter)73KbPDF (References)127KbAbstractCommercialization in university has increasingly been considered as a complementary and attractive solution […]
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2:50 PM | Hendo Hover – The World’s First Hoverboard Finally Arrives (Video)
Earlier this year Funny Or Die and Tony Hawk released a video that showed off what seemed to be an awesome new hoverboard. The video turned out to be a spoof, but now a company called Arx Pax has actually created a real hoverboard – they call it the “Hendo Hover”. This week Arx Pax launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the project. Ten boards were put up for presale at $10,000 and all ten have already been sold. Although there are no […]
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1:47 PM | Kutschera & Briggs (2013) on Sachs' studies of light and development
"Numerous botanists of the early 19th century investigated the effect of sunlight on plant development, but no clear picture developed. One hundred and fifty years ago, Julius Sachs (1863) systematically analysed the light–plant relationships, using developing garden nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) and seedlings of buckwheat (Fagopyron esculentum) as experimental material. From these studies, Sachs elucidated the phenomenon of photomorphogenesis (plant development under the influence of […]
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1:10 PM | How Teachers Can Motivate Students of Any Age
How can teachers promote the intrinsic benefits of learning in school systems that depend on grades as a way to measure progress? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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12:17 PM | Understanding Science vs Philosophy Debate
If the recent spate of public debates about the relationship between science and philosophy is a prime example of “science by press conference“, it’s also a chance to re-evaluate what we think the issue is about. Some of us — Stephen Hawking, for … Continue reading → The post Understanding Science vs Philosophy Debate appeared first on Plain Language Science.
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8:35 AM | Special Issue on Plant Cell Walls – Free Online. Annals of Botany
Although plants and many algae (e.g. the Phaeophyceae, brown, and Rhodophyceae, red) are only very distantly related they are united in their possession of carbohydrate-rich cell walls, which are of integral importance being involved in many physiological processes."Mary Williams's insight:Free online access until 14 Dec 2014, so get it while its hotSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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8:33 AM | Japan’s Vanishing Terraced Rice Fields | Spoon & Tamago
Beautiful photos of terraced rice paddies. Whether in Japan, the Philippines or elsewhere, rice terraces are amongst the most visually stunning ways that food is produced!See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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8:31 AM | A Microbial Avenue to Cell Cycle Control in the Plant Superkingdom
Cell cycle control in Chlamydomonas (and plants) - comparing function of regulatory genes from yeast and ChlamySee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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8:25 AM | Why Are Adults Left Out of Hands-On Science Learning?
A struggle I have with trying to learn science as an adult is that it's often a solitary activity. Working in a children's museum, I'm constantly trying to promote interactive science experiences for kids, but outside museums I haven't found consiste...See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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12:08 AM | Hong Kong’s Leader: We Have Too Many Poor People to Allow Direct Elections
Since the end of last month, hundreds of thousands of protestors have taken to the streets of Hong Kong to protest the Chinese government’s attempts to maintain its stranglehold on political authority there. In 2017, Hong Kong is set to choose a new chief executive in the first ever democratic election for that position (all the chief executives up to now have been directly appointed by the Chinese government). The only problem: Beijing wants the power to “vet” […]

October 21, 2014

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6:00 PM | Building a Halloween Brushbot: Family Robotics
An orange scrub brush gives a family science activity a boost of jack-o-lantern-inspired fun and leads to a great robotics exploration.
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3:28 PM | This Printer Prints Self-Destructing Documents That Burst Into Flames?! (Video)
Artist and robotics enthusiast Diego Trujillo Pisanty has created a printing device capable of printing documents that self-destruct by bursting into flames. As cool as the idea of a printer that creates self-destructing documents may sound, this device wasn’t really designed to be all that functional, so don’t plan on seeing it available for purchase anytime soon. Instead, Pisanty created the printer as an art piece meant to provoke a discussion about […]
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1:10 PM | Questions and answers from Cal Poly
On a recent visit to California Polytechnic State University, I met a lot of great folks and was asked several good questions about teaching and learning. Here are some of my answers.
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1:06 PM | How Standing Desks Can Help Students Focus in the Classroom
Some educators are finding that standing desks are a simple way help fidgety kids settle down and get to work. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

October 20, 2014

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9:41 PM | This Beetle Is A Living Mood Ring, Using Switchable Reflectors to Change Color
Meet the Panamanian golden tortoise beetle. Native to South America, the beetles are often found dining on morning glory plants in the mountain town of Cerro Galera, a few miles west of Panama City. Usually, the beetles have a shiny golden appearance. But disturb one, and within two minutes the beetle will completely change color, going from metallic gold to a shade of red.   The method the beetles use to accomplish this drastic color change is very rare in […]
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7:44 PM | Draw Your Own 3-D Masterpiece With The “3Doodler” (Video)
The art community is never lacking in creativity or innovation. One new device is getting a lot of attention after turning heads with an impressive Kickstarter campaign last year. Wobble Work’s “3Doodler” is a 3-D pen that actually allows you to create three dimensional artwork using a two dimensional drawing technique. According to 3Doodler’s website… “As 3Doodler draws, it extrudes heated plastic, which quickly cools and solidifies into a strong […]
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3:26 PM | Pacific Islanders In Canoes Blockade A Coal Export Terminal in Australia
Last Monday (10/13), at the opening of a new mine in Queensland, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said, “Let’s have no demonization of coal. Coal is good for humanity, coal is good for prosperity, coal is an essential part of our economic future, here in Australia, and right around the world… Coal is essential for the prosperity of the world.” The comments immediately sparked outrage from the environmental community, who were already […]
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12:19 PM | Halloween Soda Geysers
For an explosive fountain of Halloween fun, try this carbonated chemical reaction! You’ll need: -a two liter bottle of Diet Coke -a roll of  Mentos mints -a piece of paper. -a disposable plastic table cloth or some construction paper 1. Make a Halloween costume for your Diet Coke bottle. We made pumpkins by cutting up […]
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5:03 AM | Putting the Pep Back in Your Step: The Electricity Generating Shoe
Have you ever jogged a few laps or climbed a steep hill to find yourself out of breath? “Wow, what was a waste of energy,” you might say—but what if I then told you that, instead of being wasted, the energy from your footsteps could be collected and even put to good use? That’s what […]
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4:19 AM | INFO (part 2)
In my last post on information, it was brought to your attention that this word that we throw around as part of our everyday speech is not only vastly complex, but vastly important. And as, in the case of the particular string of letters I wrote: XYUE FELKJ MM RU, I challenged you to think […]

October 19, 2014

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5:28 PM | The Science of Sugar
With Halloween just around the corner, candy is on the brain. So it’s fitting that the American Chemical Society has chosen “The Sweet Side of Chemistry–Candy” as the theme for this year’s celebration of National Chemistry...
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5:08 PM | Using Space Suit Technology In Men’s Dress Clothes to Reduce Sweating
The Ministry of Supply (MoS) is an innovative clothing company that strives to incorporate modern technology into their designs to produce clothes that are both extremely comfortable and extremely functional. Here’s the “Our Purpose” section of their website: “We believe clothing should be an extension of your body, equipping you to realize your limitless potential. Using research-based design, we create purposeful products engineered to work for you in any […]
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3:19 PM | Analyzing Government Communications
Any piece of government writing can be analyzed using the binary dimensions of purpose and audience. PURPOSE In government writing, having a clear purpose means being able to write high-quality content (content that works) without losing sight of the overall strategic … Continue reading → The post Analyzing Government Communications appeared first on Plain Language Science.

October 18, 2014

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11:42 PM | Did You Know… Reheating Your Pasta Makes It Significantly Less Fattening
This might sound crazy, but letting your pasta cool down and then reheating can actually make it significantly less fattening. The findings were uncovered by Michael Mosley on the latest episode of BBC 2’s health program Trust Me, I’m A Doctor. The reason that high-carb foods like pasta are so fattening in the first place is because carbohydrates are broken down and absorbed as simple sugars. So when you eat them, your glucose levels spike, prompting […]
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6:55 PM | Scientists Just Built A Robot That Performs Brain Surgery Through Your Cheek
3-D printing, robotics and other technological advances have been revolutionizing the field of medicine in the past few years. From 3-D printed prosthetics for amputee victims to the bionic pancreas, there is no denying that modern medicine owes many of its recent advances to technology. Now, researchers from Vanderbilt University have designed a robot that can perform brain surgery on people suffering from conditions that affect the hippocampus, a region of the […]
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4:31 PM | This Video of Night Skiers Wearing LED-Covered Suits Is Incredible!
The video, which was filmed in a remote part of Canada, is the product of a collaboration between Swedish ad agency Ahlstrand & Wållgren and Philips TV. Nick Waggoner, one of the directors of the film, spoke with Huffington Post about making the spectacular video: HP: So, how’d you come up with the idea for the light suit segment? Nick Waggoner: The LED suit was a product of our collaboration with Swedish agency Ahlstrand and Wållgren and Philips TV. It […]
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7:00 AM | How to make Gunpowder, and learning about explosives ! (Real Explosions)
Disclaimer: I’m not responsible for what you do with this information. This article is for educational purposes only. Several key pieces of information have been left out to deter attempts to replicate this project. Multiple safety measures were in place when these demonstrations were performed such as blast shields, electronic initiation, and Personal Protection Equipment. […]
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6:43 AM | Computer Programming is the Future!
While learning Java at school, I have been opened up to the potential of computer programming. Everywhere, from the smartphones in people’s hands to the computers in their homes, people are exposed to the products of computer programming every day. Computer programming has to power to change lifestyles. In a way it is like art […]
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