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April 24, 2014

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12:17 AM | U.S. Border Patrol Has Become A Part-Time Record Label to Discourage Illegal Immigration
It all started back in 2006 when the U.S. Border Patrol Agency was searching for new ways to combat illegal immigration from Mexico. An increasing number of Mexicans were trying to cross the border illegally, and Border Patrol was finding it more and more difficult to combat the issue. So the agency paid an undisclosed sum to […]

April 23, 2014

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10:41 PM | Why Are American Eggs Illegal In Britain and British Eggs Illegal In America?
It all comes down to the debate over whether or not it’s a good idea to wash eggs before putting them on the shelves. In the United States, USDA standards require that all eggs must be washed before being sold to consumers. The standards specify that American eggs must be washed with an odorless detergent and water that […]
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5:54 PM | SEM Link will be at The USA Science Festival in Washington DC
This weekend is the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC. Are you going?  I wish I were.  I met the founder of this amazing event, Larry Bock in 2010, before the inaugural festival... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:00 PM | How To Do The Moonwalk
Walking around in the real world, as opposed to the uncluttered hallways of your school, requires flexible and adaptive fine-tuning of the basic alternating stepping pattern of our two legs. For animals to walk, central pattern generators (CPGs) must be modulated to allow different stride lengths in each leg or different swing heights to step … Continue reading →

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3:29 PM | Mark DNA Day with a Field Trip, a Genome Refresher, or a Spool-Your-Own DNA Activity
Whether you explore strawberries, onions, the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex, or the ways in which certain family traits are evident in your family, make time to talk about and experiment with DNA-related science. Students of all ages should know their A's, T's, G's, and C's. With a fun science kit from Bio-Rad Laboratories, they might even wear their own DNA around their neck!
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3:01 PM | What It Looks Like to Base Jump From the Burj Khalifa, the World’s Tallest Building (Video)
“We don’t like to scare ourselves- that’s not the goal. People think you base jump because you are crazy or you like to get scared…but, I mean, we like to fly, you know? We like to have fun.” From the video description on YouTube: “Skydive Dubai sponsored Soul Flyers World Champions Vince Reffet and Fred […]
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2:25 PM | Illustrating the Epic Battle Between Cells and Viruses Using a Sweet Cartoon (Video)
If you’re not familiar with the TED organization, you really ought to be. TED, which stands for technology, education and design, is a series of conferences where great minds give presentations (known as TED talks) on the topics I just mentioned. While browsing videos of these presentations on their website, TED.com, I stumbled upon this awesome […]
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2:16 PM | PLAIN LANGUAGE TESTING
If you don’t have empirical data on how users interact with your communications, you simply don’t know — even though you may think you do — if what your audience understands is what you are in fact trying to communicate. Plain language … Continue reading → The post PLAIN LANGUAGE TESTING appeared first on Plain Language Science.
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11:49 AM | Why Do Some Americans Seem So Scientifically Illiterate?
America: land of the free, home of the scientifically illiterate. That’s the message being sent...
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2:33 AM | April 22, 2014 Solar Panel Lantern and Individual Project Update
During today’s session, I attempted to prototype my solar panel lantern circuit.  I started from scratch, with only a breadboard and a couple wires. I took the advice from Simon to say the circuit out loud and split the circuit into different parts. Without much success, I started to see flaws in my circuit. One […]
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2:31 AM | April 22nd Summary Post: LCD displays the time!
Today, I had the goal of making my LCD display a real time clock. In the previous two weeks, I had worked with Simon to write an arduino code for a real time clock as well as work with the Hello World example to figure out the display of the LCD. Therefore, I worked on […]

April 22, 2014

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11:11 PM | The NYPD’s Twitter Photo Contest Just Totally Backfired: People Posted Pics of Police Brutality
The New York City Police Department decided it would be a good PR move to utilize social media to generate support for the department. So, they encouraged people who had pictures with NYPD officers to tweet them using the hashtag #myNYPD. Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & […]
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11:08 PM | #Cosmos E7: So Fresh & So Clean Clean
(I live tweet Cosmos every Sunday @ 8pm CST. For all of my Cosmos recaps, please click here)Episode 7 of Fox's Cosmos, entitled "The Clean Room", covered the search behind the age of the Universe. Meteorites found on the Earth surface contain a certain amount of lead, which is actually a decayed form of Uranium.  Thus, by measuring the amount of lead, one can determine the age of the rock, and this can be extended to the age of the Earth. Clair Patterson had to build a "Clean Room", a lab […]
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6:30 PM | Happy Earth Day: Here’s A Few Graphics Illustrating the Current State of Affairs On Our Planet
Today, April 22, is Earth Day. The first Earth Day, celebrated in 1970, was organized by environmental activists in a number of major cities who were fed up with the high levels of pollution that existed in many cities during that time (there were more factories in the cities in 1970 than there are now). Earth Day […]
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5:41 PM | Long time coming: African-American Civil Rights Organizations embrace Environmentalism
When I started blogging 8 years ago, the blogosphere like a lonely place. I hadn’t yet met another Black Science blogger (and I wouldn’t come across another one for 2.5 years), so when I... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:10 PM | Happy Earth Day(?)
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12:24 PM | Earth Day 2014: Following the carbon footprint to the sea
Where are we now, 43 years after the first nationwide Earth Day was celebrated in the US? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) paints a grim picture in its latest assessment report, AR5, announcing that global emissions of greenhouse gases are endangering worldwide security of food, water resources, human …
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5:26 AM | Feeding 9 Billion - National Geographic
When we think about threats to the environment, we tend to picture cars and smokestacks, not dinner. But the truth is, our need for food poses one of the biggest dangers to the planet.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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1:37 AM | Living on the Edge – Extremophiles
Extremophiles, in essence, are organisms that can survive, thrive, and reproduce in unforgiving geochemical conditions. These incredible life forms can be found inside rocks up to 1900 feet below the sea floor and on the surface of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The most famous of extremophiles are thermophiles, which live in hydrothermal vents and […]
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12:20 AM | Now You Have No Excuse To Miss the Lyrid Meteor Shower Tonight
Once a year, Earth experiences the Lyrid meteor shower as it passes through a region of cosmic debris left behind by a comet known as Comet Thatcher, which orbits the sun once every 415 years leaving behind fresh debris each time. This year, that’ll be happening tonight. The shower is expected to be at its peak […]

April 21, 2014

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11:52 PM | Blowing the Top Off a Mountain to Build a Telescope So Big It Can See Signs of Life On Other Planets
In a few short weeks, engineers in the Chilean Coastal Ranges of the Andes Mountains in South America will be blowing off the top of Cerro Armazones.  Standing at 10,000 feet, it’s one of the tallest peaks in the region. Here’s Gird Hudepohl, the head engineer for the project: “We will take about 80ft off the top of […]
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6:43 PM | Citizen Science in the Classroom: Monitoring Dragonflies
Citizen Science in the Classroom:  Using the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership Pond Watch Project to Meet Common Core and Next Generation Teaching Standards Grades: K-12th Description: While most people are aware of the migration of monarchs and birds, most are unaware that there is also a large seasonal migration of dragonflies. The Migratory Dragonfly Partnership (MDP) is […]Find more posts like Citizen Science in the Classroom: Monitoring Dragonflies by Karen McDonald on the […]
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4:45 PM | 3D Printers Are Drastically Improving the Lives of Amputee Victims in Sudan (Video)
Daniel is a young man from the war-torn country of Sudan. He lost both arms to a bomb at the age of 14. His story is not uncommon, however. Sudan’s civil war has been raging for over 3 decades now, and besides the dangers of explosives, the brutal practice of hacking off limbs is not […]
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4:35 PM | SciAm & Read Science! Chat with Neil Shubin
I am very pleased to announce that Neil Shubin, author of “Your Inner Fish” and host of a PBS program by the same name, currently airing over the past several weeks, will be joining... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:28 PM | Balancing Science, Family and Social Media: One Researcher's Story
We’ve heard many scientists say that they simply don’t have the time for social media...
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3:38 PM | How Horseshoe Crabs Are Saving Human Lives
I spent spring break down at Slaughter Beach, Delaware. Away from the board-walk, outlet mall, bar-heavy Rehoboth, Slaughter is a little bit in-the-middle-of-nowhere for some people’s taste. While it was a pain to drive for 20 minutes to stop by the grocery store, a chance to commune with nature was just what I needed. The […]
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3:00 PM | The Perfect 46: The Future is Near
Visit theperfect46.com, and it looks like any business web page. The Perfect 46 purports to be a company that uses the power of genomics, the information stored in the entirety of your DNA–your... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:00 PM | Spring Science: Calling All Animal Lovers
Bunnies and chicks remind us that spring is here! No matter what sort of animals you have in your household, Science Buddies has a menagerie of Project Ideas for you to try. By Kim Mullin Learning from Your Pet Your...
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2:22 PM | How to Win the War on Bugs? Listen to Plants. They’ve Been Fighting Longer Than We Have.
We are losing the war on bugs. Every year, we dump 1 billion tons of insecticides on them; every year, they eat up to a fifth of the crops we grow. It’s a lose-lose scenario. Insecticides are expensive to make and use: Apple trees, for example, must be sprayed 20...See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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2:06 PM | Earth Day Science, #SpaceMicrobes and a Laser Pointer Experiment
Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22nd. How will you celebrate the amazing planet that sustains us?  Here’s a link to ten fun Earth Day science experiments. Or, step outside, take a picture of yourself and post it on social media with the hashtag #GlobalSelfie for a new mosaic image of Earth being created by NASA: a new “Blue Marble” built […]
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