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September 02, 2014

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10:00 AM | iLabs: Hostess Twinkie Chemistry is Coming to the Micro World This Thursday Night!
Yes, the Twinkies are coming!  Beware or be there, depending on how you feel about Twinkies. We are going to explore their history, why we love them, what’s in them, how long they really last, and just how frenzied everyone got when they almost disappeared. Along the way we’ll have some analytical food chemistry, some […]
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12:03 AM | Forget Everything You Thought You Knew About “Horsepower”
Every time the newest model of truck or car comes out, the car manufacturers loves to tell you how much “horsepower” the vehicle has, conjuring up visions of muscular stallions galloping through the countryside. But I put the term “horsepower” in quotes because these visions are misleading. See, in our modern world, horsepower is simply a scientific unit that we accept as a standard. But to understand what it actually means, you have to understand where it actually […]

September 01, 2014

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8:53 PM | Salamander Snapchats
With the school year starting up again, it means that the undergraduate crew that I work with in the laboratory at Ohio State are back on campus. They are great to work with. Really great. One of my favorite things about them, aside from their work ethic and trustworthiness, is that they have a fantastic collective sense of humor. Because levity is a big part of my own personal work environment, I encourage joking around extensively while doing scientific work. One of our salamander […]
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7:59 PM | The Controversial Origins of Labor Day
On the first Monday of every September, we take a day off to honor the social and economic achievements of American workers and pay tribute to the contributions they make towards the prosperity of our great country. There are conflicting reports, however, as to who actually proposed the original idea for Labor Day. For many years, it was believed that the holiday was proposed in 1882 by Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners (one of the
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4:46 PM | Secret Google X Project Bringing Us A Step Closer To Drone Deliveries (Video)
Google X, Google’s research and development lab, has been known for projects like Project Loon, Google Glass, driverless cars and more. Now, it seems the company is taking on drones as well, after it was recently revealed that Google X has been secretly developing a drone program over the last two years. Last week, after the secret program (known as “Project Wing”) was revealed to the public, it was obvious that Google’s new drones would be in direct […]
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11:00 AM | Safety in the Chemistry Lab
After a series of tragic accidents related to the “rainbow experiment” in high school chemistry labs, the United States Chemical Safety Board (CSB) took the unprecedented step of releasing a video safety message to warn educators...
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7:18 AM | Breakthrough in the understanding of plant growth and development
Plants grow through cell division, cell elongation and differentiation of cells within tissues. These processes provide the structure of the plant. At the same time, plants can react very quickly to stimuli: the shoot bends towards light, and roots respond to gravity. “For the first time, we begin to understand how those quick responses can combine with the processes that preserve the structure of the plant, in an interplay between the hormone auxin and regulatory proteins”, says […]
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7:12 AM | Sprinter and sprummer: scrap the four seasons (in Australia at least)
Spring starts on the first day of September, right? Not if Dr Tim Entwisle, director of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne and the author of 'Sprinter and Sprummer', has anything to do with it. Here he argues we should scrap the European approach and adopt a five season model.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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3:51 AM | This Recovered ISIS Laptop Includes Plans for A Bubonic Plague Bomb, Among Other Things
Back in January, a group of moderate Syrian rebels raided an ISIS hideout in the Syrian province of Idlib, not far from the Turkish border. Though they didn’t find massive heaps of guns or cash, they did find something that may prove to be much more valuable: a laptop left behind one of the Islamic State fighters. Earlier this week, Abu Ali, the commander of the group that led the raid, handed over the laptop to reporters from Foreign Policy. The contents

August 31, 2014

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7:10 PM | “Ukrainian Spider-Man” Uses Stalinist Tower In Daring Anti-Putin Protest
An urban free-climber who calls himself “Mustang Wanted” has admitted to a very creative form of protest vandalism. A little over a week ago, Mustang Wanted (who is based out of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev) visited Moscow to make a political statement. In the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 20th, he scaled the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment, one of Moscow’s most iconic Stalin-era skyscrapers. At the top of the building is a massive Soviet star emblazoned with […]
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3:20 PM | Read the Chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory That Never Got Published
50 years after Roald Dahl published arguably his most famous book, the Guardian has released a lost chapter of the book that Dahl decided not to include in the final story. The chapter, which comes from a 1961 draft of the book, takes place in the VANILLA FUDGE ROOM of Willy Wonka’s magical chocolate factory. The main feature of the room: a, “colossal jagged mountain,” made up entirely of, “pale-brown, creamy, vanilla fudge.” The chapter […]

August 30, 2014

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11:40 PM | U.S. Announces Plans to Send Tanks and Troops to Eastern Europe
Following reports earlier this week of over 1,000 Russian troops and more than 100 Russian tanks crossing over into Ukraine, the U.S. has announced plans to send American tanks and troops to participate in military drills alongside the United States’ NATO allies. About 600 troops from the 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division (also known as the “Iron Horse brigade”) will deploy from their base in Fort Hood, Texas in October. But unlike the 173rd Airborne Brigade troops […]
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7:11 PM | This GoPro Survived a Failed Rocket Test. Here’s the Epic Footage (Video)
Ever wondered what it looks like at the bottom of a rocket during an engine malfunction? Well, thanks to GoPro, now you know: Copenhagen Suborbitals (who owns the rocket in the gif above) is a Danish, ameteur based non-profit aerospace organization. Their main goal (right now at least) is to launch a human into space and return them home safely. Recently, the company was carrying out a test of its HEAT-2X rocket, and decided to use a GoPro HERO3 camera to capture the action
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10:00 AM | iLabs: Catch of the Day — The First Settlers….
In this latest “Catch Of The Day!” post, Micro World Staff member, Nancy Locquet, discusses our Lab’s “First Settlers,”  the Pioneer Protists of the ilab’s micro-ecosystem. Pioneer Protists When scientists talk about ecosystems, they define it as a community of living organisms (biotic factors) such as plants, animals and microorganisms in a specific area where […]

August 29, 2014

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10:41 PM | This Amazing Ant Behavior Is Leaving Even Ant Experts Dumbfounded (Video)
Recently, a video surfaced of ants doing something quite amazing: forming multiple daisy chains to pull a massive centipede (presumably back towards their colony). Check out the amazing video below: According to Terry McGlynn, an Entomologist at Cal State University at Dominguez Hills, the video shows a species of Leptogenys ant somewhere in southeast Asia. What really shocked McGlynn about the video was that even ant experts had never witnessed this particular behavior before. […]
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8:00 PM | Unplugging Computer Science to Spark Curiosity For Root Concepts
Students tackle tough computer science concepts by embodying the computational thinking behind them, all without ever touching a computer. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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7:45 PM | Russian Army Wives Demand Answers About Their Incognito Husbands
Yesterday, the U.S. State Department confirmed that over 1,000 Russian troops and armored vehicles had crossed the border into Ukraine and engaged in the fighting there. Despite satellite imagery released by NATO showing the Russian forces, Russian President Vladimir Putin is still denying that the troops and weaponry are of Russian origin. Now, even people within Russia want some answers. Yesterday, several dozen mothers and wives gathered outside of a Russian military base […]
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4:57 PM | India’s RICE Bucket Challenge Just Totally Nailed It
The ALS ice bucket challenge has become a global phenomenon this summer, with people dumping buckets full of water and ice on their heads to raise awareness and funding for ALS. Now, India has adopted the challenge, adding their own spin: instead of filling the buckets with ice and water, they fill them with rice. And instead of dumping the bucket over their heads, they give the bucket of rice to a person in need. The new challenge was started by
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2:00 PM | Need Help Picking the Right Learning Game? Some Things to Consider
Understanding gaming genres can help teachers pick the right one for specific learning goals. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:37 PM | Outreach Fund - Half-baked ideas welcome
Do you run an after-school science club? Have you got an idea that will engage people with the chemical sciences? If so, we want to support you. Objectives of the fund We launched our Outreach Fund earlier this year to support advocates of chemistry to run events that provide people with an entry point into the chemical sciences. Through the projects that we fund, we want to raise awareness of the place of chemistry in people's everyday lives and develop the science communication […]
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1:33 PM | Satirists As a Source of Science News
How many times have you read a science-themed article from The Onion or watched a science-themed segment on The Daily Show (TDS) or The Colbert Report (CR) and remarked at how “spot on”... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:16 AM | Rabies Rapid Transit System
Rabies virus hijacks the transport systems of neurons, manipulating axonal transport machinery to get to the central nervous system at maximum speed. Continue reading →
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7:56 AM | A comprehensive analysis of root morphological changes and nitrogen allocation in maize in response to low-nitrogen stress
The plasticity of root architecture is crucial for plants to acclimate unfavorable environments including low nitrogen (LN) stress. How maize roots coordinate the growth of axile roots and lateral roots (LRs), as well as longitudinal and radial cell behaviours in response to LN stress remains unclear. Maize plants were cultivated hydroponically under control (4 mM nitrate) and LN (40 μM) conditions. Temporal and spatial samples were taken to analyse changes in the morphology, anatomical […]
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7:39 AM | Can Plants Grow on Mars and the Moon: A Growth Experiment on Mars and Moon Soil Simulants
Science fair project anyone? My first thought was, "How to you make Martian soil?" and the answer is, you can BUY growth substrates that simulate Martian / moon soils. How about that.http://www.orbitec.com/store/simulant.htmlThe only concern I have is about the first sentence of the abstract - "WHEN humans will settle on the moon or Mars they will have to eat there". Personally, I'd rather we put our energy into keeping earth habitable, thank you! See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching […]

August 28, 2014

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11:43 PM | 1,000 Russian Troops Have Crossed Into Ukraine, Along With Tanks and Heavy Armor
For the past week or so, there have been a number of reports coming out about Russian troop movements across the Ukrainian border. Finally, earlier today, officials from the U.S. State Department confirmed that around 1,000 Russian troops (as well as other heavy weaponry) had crossed over the border to join pro-Russian rebels in southeastern Ukraine. U.S. officials said that Russian tanks and armored personnel carriers fought alongside these pro-Russian rebels in two […]
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9:04 PM | From Apathy to Apogee
Hardly anyone believed George Rédei’s research mattered — until it changed everything.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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5:39 PM | Summers End
The air around Keele has been distinctly Autumnal of late, and in between heavy rain, it’s quite clear that summer is done. Hopefully we’ll get an Indian summer for those last few rays of hope before the season properly turns. … Continue reading →
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3:00 PM | Tie-Dye Using Permanent Markers: Weekly Science Activity
School and family science weekly spotlight: learn more about the chemistry of solubility while making your own tie dye using permanent markers.
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2:51 PM | Watch These Two Elephants Casually Dancing To Some Live Violin (Video)
Eleanor Bartsch is a talented musician, to say the least. Besides being a member of both the Madison (WI) Symphony and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Eleanor is also an active chamber musician, performing regularly with other small groups and ensembles in the state. But recently, Eleanor decided to try out her musical skills on a very different audience. While performing with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra at the Circus World Museum, she noticed two elephants outside of a tent that […]
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2:00 PM | What Do Schools Risk By Going ‘Full Google’?
Google launches new tools for teachers and expands its brand among students. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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