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January 28, 2015

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12:27 AM | Ecuador Has Lifted 1.5 Million Out of Poverty In 8 Years Under President Rafael Correa
This past Friday (1/22), the Ecuadorean National Secretariat for Planning and Development announced that approximately 1.5 million Ecuadoreans have been lifted out of poverty since 2007. The accomplishment is a testament to the impressive job President Rafael Correa has done since taking office in January of 2007. Correa, who was born into a working class family in Guayaquil (Ecuador’s largest city), campaigned on a platform of drastic social reforms. But unlike many politicians […]

January 27, 2015

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9:25 PM | The FBI Is Claiming That They’ve Caught A Russian Spy In New York City
This week the FBI announced that it had busted a “spy ring” that they say was trying to obtain economic information about US markets and sanctions on Russian banks. The FBI also claims that the spy ring was attempting to recruit New Yorkers into service for Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR). According to The Guardian… “Federal officers arrested 39-year-old Evgeny Buryakov – “aka Zhenya” – in the Bronx on Monday and […]
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6:46 PM | Giveaway: Dr. Tung’s Toothbrush Sanitizer and Gift Certificate ($50 Value)
Dr. Tung's has asked me to give away a FREE 6-pack of their toothbrush sanitizers plus $25 gift certificate to their online store to THREE winners -- a $50 value gift for each winner. The post Giveaway: Dr. Tung’s Toothbrush Sanitizer and Gift Certificate ($50 Value) appeared first on Ask the Dentist.
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5:00 PM | Bristlebots at the Museum
Participants at a natural history museum sleepover event in Utah experiment with bristlebots and brushbots.
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3:35 PM | Drone Crashes At White House Sparking New Security Concern (Video)
Around 3 A.M. yesterday morning (1/26) a small drone crash-landed on White House grounds.The crash led to a brief security frenzy, as White House authorities scrambled to assure security and investigate the situation. According to Yahoo News… “A man later came forward to say he was responsible for the mishap in the middle of the night and hadn’t meant to fly the drone over the complex, officials said. “Initial indications are that this incident occurred as a result […]
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3:00 PM | Creative Science
If I give you glue, water and Borax, can you come up with a recipe for perfect polymer slime based solely on what you know about the science?   Last week, I did hands-on science with 150 third graders at Success Beyond the Classroom’s Creativity Festival at the University of Minnesota. As they came into the room, I […]
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8:16 AM | Regulation of Specialized Metabolism by WRKY Transcription Factors
WRKY transcription factors (TFs) are well known for regulating plant abiotic and biotic stress tolerance. However, much less is known about how WRKY TFs affect plant-specialized metabolism. Analysis of WRKY TFs regulating the production of specialized metabolites emphasizes the values of the family outside of traditionally accepted roles in stress tolerance. WRKYs with conserved roles across plant species seem to be essential in regulating specialized metabolism. Overall, the WRKY family plays […]
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1:15 AM | WikiLeaks Fights Back After Discovering Google Gave FBI Full Access to Staff Gmail Accounts
Back in 2012, the FBI issued a warrant to Google demanding access to the Gmail accounts of three key WikiLeaks staffers. According to The Guardian, “The wide-ranging scope of the order meant that all email content, including deleted emails, drafts, place and time of login, plus contact lists and all emails sent and received by the three targets – for the entire history of their email account up to the date of the order – had to be handed over to the

January 26, 2015

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10:24 PM | Migrating West African Fruit Bats May Play A Key Role In Finding A Cure for Ebola
The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the deadliest yet, killing more than 8,000 people and stretching the health infrastructures of a number of African countries to their limits (and sometimes beyond). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 20,000 people from Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia – the three hardest hit countries – have contracted the Ebola virus. Since the outbreak began, scientists have been searching for clues to help […]
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7:25 PM | Women in oceanography
I just found out that “Women in Oceanography: A Decade Later.” is out! The special issue on women in oceanography was published by The Oceanography Society, as a supplement to the December 2014 issue of Oceanography. It includes biographical sketches of over … Continue reading →
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4:41 PM | Winter Citizen Science Projects To Warm Your Heart and Mind
Winter weather is upon us! Many folks bundle up and venture outside to participate in citizen science, while others look for projects they can do indoors.   Here’s a mitten-full of indoor and outdoor cold-weather projects for you to explore. Cheers! The SciStarter Team Photo: NPS   Weather-IT This project is run by a graduate […]Find more posts like Winter Citizen Science Projects To Warm Your Heart and Mind by Eva Lewandowski on the SciStarter Blog. Your source for […]
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2:41 PM | More Colleges Offer Competency-Based Degree Programs
A new report says 52 colleges offer, or plan to offer, some credits based on learning, not just seat time. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:10 PM | Marker to recognize location of H.A. Wallace’s first corn-breeding experiment
It’s hard to think of it now, but at the turn of the 20th century the area of Des Moines just southwest of Drake University was a largely open field. And on 10 acres at 38th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue, where Grace United Methodist Church now stands, the roots of an agricultural and scientific […]
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11:12 AM | Playing with time lapse
One of my not-so-bright ideas as you’ll see… Last week we talked about the thought experiment on how all objects have to fall at the same rate. Which is clearly only true in a vacuum, otherwise all those smart innovations like … Continue reading →
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7:47 AM | The Leatherman Tread: A Multi-Tool That Can Be Worn On The Wrist
Leatherman Tool Group, most famous for their multiple function tools, just announced that they’ll be releasing a new tool this summer called the Leatherman Tread. The makers consider their new creation to be “an industry first”: a multi-tool that can be worn on the wrist, offering convenience and variety to the user in the form of a bracelet. The design, which has been tested for comfort, offers the consumer at least two tools per link. Leatherman also gives […]
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1:40 AM | Study: There’s Millions of Dollars Worth of Gold, Silver and Other Metals in Our Sewage
Lots of things flow into our sewers – food, drinks and whatever else we throw down the sink, runoff from storms, chemicals from industrial processes, and of course, human waste. But our sewage also contains something you might not expect: millions of dollars worth of copper, silver, gold, platinum and other valuable metals. After sewage is processed in a treatment facility, it leaves behind a think goo known as sludge. By running this sludge through a spectrometer (an […]

January 25, 2015

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8:30 PM | Meth-Laden Drug Smuggling Drone Crashes In Mexican Border Town
This past Wednesday (January 21), Mexican authorities in a border town near the United States recovered a six-propeller drone carrying six one-pound bags of methamphetamine. According to CBS News… “Tijuana police spokesman Jorge Morrua said Wednesday that police were alerted after the drone fell Tuesday night near the San Ysidro crossing at Mexico’s border with California.” Authorities believe the drone crashed because it was carrying too much weight. However, an […]
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4:19 PM | The Self-Powered Liquid-Proof Keyboard That Recognizes You By Your Unique Typing Style
In the past few months, a number of high-profile cases have shown that even large corporations with complex security systems aren’t always safe from cyber criminals. Hackers are constantly phishing for sensitive information like usernames, credit card info and, of course, passwords. And since many people (and companies) use the same passwords for multiple different accounts, it often takes just one stolen password to break into a computer or network. But what […]
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2:50 PM | Secrets Of Nature - Peas And Cues (1930-1939) - YouTube
Pro Patria films presentation. Produced by British Instructional Films Ltd. Seed of a pea plant shown growing through time lapse photography. Wow, amazing for its time, and still pretty fascinating. Watch out for heartbreak at 8:30!(Thanks to International Society for Seed Science  http://seedscisoc.org/  for sharing)See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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2:06 PM | You Should Know: Nadia Myrthil and A Lady in Neurophilosophy
It’s the 20th installment of this series, and the first one of the new year. Happy 2015! You Should Know introduces you to scientists (and engineers), science blogs and now science... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:53 AM | Creating a Basic Webpage
Ever wanted to learn to code? Well, I did, but never took the time to until now. Today, I, along with other Future Science Leaders students, attended HTML 500, a coding event where 500 people sat together and learned the very basics of how to code. This experience was very hands-on and satisfying, thanks to […]
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12:37 AM | Egypt Releases 100 Students Arrested For Protesting Military Takeover In 2013
Egypt has experienced a roller coaster of political upheavals since early 2011, when nationwide protests succeeded in forcing long-time President and dictator Hosni Mubarak to resign. In the summer of 2012, Egypt held its first free elections since the ousting of Mubarak. The winner was Mohamed Morsi – a representative of the Muslim Brotherhood and the first Islamist candidate to be elected head of an Arab state. On November 22, 2012, Morsi made a declaration in which […]

January 24, 2015

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10:25 PM | Russia, China To Connect With $242 Billion Beijing-Moscow Rail Link
On January 21, Beijing’s city government officially announced plans to build a high-speed rail link from Beijing to Moscow. According to Bloomberg, “China will build a 7,000-kilometer (4,350-mile) high-speed rail link from Beijing to Moscow, at a cost of 1.5 trillion yuan ($242 billion), Beijing’s city government said on the social networking site Weibo.”   The route would pass through Kazakhstan and take roughly 30 hours, encouraging travel between Russia […]
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8:10 PM | Genevieve: Arizona Cardinals Cheerleader working in Industrial Technology
Genevieve is a rookie for the 2014 Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders. She started her engineering career as a systems engineer at Cisco Systems, Inc. What turned you on to science? My mother and father are both engineers and from as young as I can remember they have influenced me toward engineering. To me, I see it as a way of life: they are very thoughtful as they go through life so researching, investigating and discovering how things work and have taught...[ Read Full Story ]
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5:06 PM | King Tut’s Beard “Snaps Off” In A Cleaning Accident; Workers Use Epoxy Glue to Fix It
According to NBC News… “The blue and gold braided beard on the burial mask of famed pharaoh Tutankhamun was hastily glued back on with epoxy, damaging the relic after it was knocked during cleaning, conservators at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo have said.”   The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is home to some of Egypt’s most prized ancient artifacts. The King Tut collection, which includes the pharaoh’s mask and a number of other relics from his […]
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4:41 PM | SEB Prague 2015, 29 June - 3 July
In addition to the exciting science sessions, I'd like to highlight three events I've helped to organize at this upcoming meeting: Careers Day Monday 29th June (I'm running the publishing workshop; http://www.sebiology.org/meetings/Prague/careersday.html) Innovations in Undergraduate Education Tues 30th June 11:00 - 17:00 (http://www.sebiology.org/meetings/Prague/education.html)Women in Science dinner Wed 1 July, featuring Susan Singer, plant biologist and Director of Undergraduate Education at […]
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9:03 AM | Structure, variation, and assembly of the root-associated microbiomes of rice
Using rice as a model, we show that there exist three different root niches hosting different microbial communities of eubacteria and methanogenic archaea. These microbial communities are affected by geographical location, soil source, host genotype, and cultivation practice.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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8:33 AM | Climate variation explains a third of global crop yield variability
"While some areas show no significant influence of climate variability, in substantial areas of the global breadbaskets, >60% of the yield variability can be explained by climate variability. Globally, climate variability accounts for roughly a third (~32–39%) of the observed yield variability." Nice paper to remind students of the need for genetic diversity even within major crops like rice, wheat, maize and soybean, as they are grown in regions with tremendously varying conditions […]
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7:59 AM | Man’s Best Friend
Introduction: Have you ever wondered why out of all the animals in this world, dogs are considered “man’s best friend”? Besides the fact that they are cute and cuddly, dogs have an incredible ability to interpret human communicative signals. Juliane Kaminski, a cognitive psychologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany even […]
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7:50 AM | The Science of Concussions
According to NFL concussion data, NFL players have nearly a one in three chance of acquiring some form of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.  With all the head-on-head, and head-on-other-hard-object collisions that wrestles and footballers and other contact sport players, encounter on a weekly basis, its very easy to picture how so many players can end up with […]
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