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March 05, 2015

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12:43 AM | Numbers Don’t Lie: Federal Probe of Ferguson PD Exposes Widespread Discrimination Against Blacks
On August 9, 2014, Officer Darren Wilson, a white officer from the Ferguson Police Department, fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African-American, after a brief altercation. The shooting sparked weeks of unrest and protest in Ferguson, a city in which 95% of the police force is white while two-thirds of the population is black. The shooting also ignited a national debate about the strained relationship between law enforcement and people of color. Many people […]

March 04, 2015

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8:08 PM | Waarom bestuderen we planten?
Waarom bestuderen we planten? "Why study plants?" is now available in Dutch! http://www.plantcell.org/site/teachingtools/TTPB1.xhtml. Thanks to the Experimental Plant Science PhD student council for translating it! http://www.graduateschool-eps.info/…/phd-student-council-ma… You can also download this free resource in Catalan, Chinese, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish, thanks to many teams of volunteers. Good […]
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7:42 PM | Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for Kids in Grades 5-8
I don’t typically write sponsored posts, but I love this contest so much that I’m more than happy to spread the word about it! Last year, I was lucky enough to hear the ten Young Scientist Challenge finalists present their innovations and was blown away by their creativity, their knowledge, and their passion for helping […]
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7:00 PM | How Low Can You Go? Melting Road Ice
Dropping the freezing point of water can help keep roads free of ice, making them safer for driving. What are the best tools for the job?
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6:50 PM | IKEA’s Newest Furniture Line Integrates Wireless Charging for Your Mobile Devices (Photos)
At the Mobile World Congress this past Sunday (March 1), IKEA unveiled a bold new line that allows you to charge your mobile devices by simply placing them on the furniture. The “Home Smart” line integrates Qi wireless charging technology – “the most used wireless charging standard in the world,” according to Business Insider. Qi wireless chargers use a set of embedded magnetic coils to generate a small electromagnetic field. Mobile devices that […]
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5:00 PM | Ghost in the Machine: The Neuroscience of Consciousness
Some questions cannot be addressed by science.  Like parallel universes, the consciousness of others is not something that can be directly observed, measured, or experienced.  Rene Descartes famously said, “I think, therefore I am.“ a declaration that only knowledge of one’s own consciousness is absolute.  You assume that friends and neighbors have subjective, internal experiences … Continue reading →

Tononi G. & G. M. Edelman (1994). A measure for brain complexity: relating functional segregation and integration in the nervous system., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 91 (11) 5033-5037. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.91.11.5033

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2:42 PM | Just the Right Length: Eyelash Physics
images: spishram, Mike Baird, foxypar4, Jams_123, basykes     Those long, lush eyelashes mascara commercials are pushing for my actually be putting women at an evolutionary disadvantage. Eyelashes serve an important purpose, keeping small debris out of one of our most important mucous membranes. They also let us know when something is close to our eyes so that they are not poked! Researchers have found that there is an optimum length for eyelashes. This Goldilocks length of […]
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2:40 PM | How Tech Enables College-Level Learning ‘Everywhere’
In his new book, Kevin Carey envisions a future in which online education programs solve two of colleges' biggest problems: costs and admissions. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:22 PM | The Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN) [Women's History Month]
What can the Earth Science Women's Network possibly offer? It turns out, I underestimated the value of the "WN" in ESWN.
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12:19 PM | Confluence of Danube and Morava river
Confluence of Danube and Morava river. Watching the shear flow on Elbe river the other day, I was reminded of another shear flow which I had watched a long time ago. In 2009, J and I went to Bratislava in … Continue reading →
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11:56 AM | Bug of the Week: A Cuckoo Bee
We have been seeing this curious insect every year in February and March in our spring wildflowers. (February 18, 2015) It regularly visits the desert marigolds. (March 4, 2009) Although it looks like a wasp or maybe a flower fly, … Continue reading →
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7:21 AM | Helping the "Plant Blind" to See. Nice essay by Chris Martine
"Guest blogger and Bucknell University professor Chris Martine, Ph.D., talks about guiding students away from their electronic devices and into the plant world."See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)

March 03, 2015

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8:03 PM | Plant growth patterns changing on much of Earth’s surface
More than half of Earth’s land surface has seen major changes in factors such as leaf-on date and how much vegetation grows in a season.This is not surprising, but it is important evidence. Here's the summary, "Plant growth patterns changing on much of Earth’s surface"https://www.sciencenews.org/…/plant-growth-patterns-changin… and here's a link to the article in Nature Climate Change "Three decades of multi-dimensional change in global leaf […]
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7:28 PM | International Women's Day - CIMMYT honors "Superwomen of Wheat and Maize"
In anticipation of International Women's Day next Sunday, CIMMYT has curated a set of "Superwomen of wheat and maize" - check them out, an impressive group! Nice photos too.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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6:43 PM | 100 Citizen Science apps for your Android
Have at em! Click on the image to find an app or two for you. (Courtesy of Google Play.)    Find more posts like 100 Citizen Science apps for your Android by Darlene Cavalier on the SciStarter Blog. Your source for citizen science and other science you can do.
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5:34 PM | Pakistan Journal of Information Management and Libraries - Current Issue (Vol. No.15, 2014)
Current Issue (Vol. No.15, 2014)     Guest Editorial: What is the Value of Social Justice in Pakistan's Library and Information Science? by Bharat Mehra   Developing Standards for Library Services in Pakistan: A Critique of Professional Efforts by Mumtaz Ali Anwar The Relationship Between […]
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2:00 PM | Leonard Nimoy Influenced Us All
As Spock, Leonard Nimoy played a pivotal role on the original Star Trek series and movies. Star Trek painted a picture of diversity - different races, cultures, and species working together to make things right in the universe.  It served as a great example of the power of science fiction, especially as a young African American geek that struggled to see diversity in other forms of media that I love. Sci-fi author Cerece Rennie Murphy had a great point about the power of sci=fi […]
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1:55 PM | When School Leaders Empower Teachers, Better Ideas Emerge
Distributed leadership is not about delegating tasks, but giving individuals ownership over outcomes and creating a culture of innovation. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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11:09 AM | Mystery Seed of the Week 239
Our mystery seeds this week are from a plant that is full of contradictions. The seeds are some of the smallest we have featured, but the mature plant is fairly large. These are the pods. The plant is poisonous, containing … Continue reading →
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10:08 AM | Seed of the Week: Flat-Top Buckwheat
Our mystery seeds from last week were from a plant in the genus Eriogonum. In fact, they came from what is commonly called flat-top buckwheat, most likely a variety or subspecies of  Eriogonum fasciculatum. The taxonomy of this group of … Continue reading →
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9:22 AM | Alien cells could live without oxygen in Titan’s icy, methane seas
Scientists have modeled a methane-based life-form that could exist without oxygen and theoretically thrive in the hostile environment of Titan, one of Saturn’s icy moons. Titan has a highly pressurised nitrogen and methane atmosphere, and is the only other planetary body in our Solar System with naturally occurring liquid on its surface. It has three methane seas near its northern pole, a feature that was confirmed after the Cassini spacecraft made a flyby in 2006. […]
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8:53 AM | Food additives linked to obesity and gut inflammation
From the new study it reveals that two common emulsifiers - the "detergent-like" compounds that stop foods such as mayonnaise from separating - could increase the risk of obesity and irritable bowel syndrome in mice.The emulsifiers in question, carboxymethycellulose and polysorbate-80, are frequently added to processed western foods, and the research found that they could drastically disrupt the gut bacteria of mice - even in extremely low concentrations.Over the past year, numerous […]
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3:10 AM | Playing It Safe Online: NOVA Cybersecurity Lab Trains You to Carefully Navigate the Web
With our ever-increasing connectivity and reliance on the internet, cybersecurity is a growing concern. Despite all the cautionary warnings about cyber safety, individuals, companies and government agencies still fall victim to attack. So what does it take to stay safe? NOVA, in partnership with computer scientists and cybersecurity experts, created the Cybersecurity Lab, a digital […]Find more posts like Playing It Safe Online: NOVA Cybersecurity Lab Trains You to Carefully Navigate the […]
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1:16 AM | Editor’s Comment: Increasing the Impact of HRDR Through Principled Pluralism
Editor’s CommentIncreasing the Impact of HRDR Through Principled Pluralism Julia Storberg-Walker References Alvesson M., Sandberg J. (2011). Formulating research questions through problematization. Academy of Management Review, 36(2), 247-271.Abstract/FREE Full Text Baer D. L., Henrici J., Moughari L., Gault B. (2012). Using research on the […]
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1:03 AM | Analysing the terminology of integration in the water management field
Water PolicyVolume 17, Issue 1, 2015, Pages 46-60Analysing the terminology of integration in the water management field  (Article)Furlong, C.a , Guthrie, L.ab, De Silva, S.a, Considine, R.c a School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, RMIT University, Australiab Capital Planning and Investments, Western Water, Australiac Integrated Water Strategy, Melbourne Water Corporation, AustraliaView references (38)AbstractThe idea that water […]

March 02, 2015

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9:27 PM | What is a well-written conference report?
The best conference reports use narrative form descriptions to accurately capture content of conference proceedings. Because this approach uses speakers’ own words, presentations and background information, it avoids both the tediousness of verbatim transcriptions and the dullness of a point form summary. Written … Continue reading → The post What is a well-written conference report? appeared first on Plain Language Science.
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7:10 PM | There are now wind turbines on the Eiffel tower
The world's most iconic monument, Eiffiel Tower just got even better, with the addition of two vertical axis wind turbines.Installed by New York company Urban Green Energy (UGE), the turbines are capable of capturing wind from any direction and are located above the tower's second floor, 120 metres off the ground. They're already producing 10,000 kWh of electricity per year - enough to power the Eiffel tower's commercial first floor area. And as you can see below, they look pretty damn […]
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6:02 PM | Sony Launches €299 Xperia M4 Aqua (Waterproof) with Android 5.0 Lollipop
Sony is making its presence felt in the smartphone and tablet arena with two of its latest launches. While the Xperia Z4 Tablet takes the high-end approach, the Xperia M4 Aqua is more inclined towards the budget-conscious lot.The latest mid-ranger in Sony's smartphone portfolio is an interesting addition as it borrows the company's flagship design while maintaining the cost at reachable points. The specs are not the best, but can suffice the need for those who are looking to upgrade in […]
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5:31 PM | Science Teaching Toolbox: 10 Tried and True Videos for Teaching Science
     We have a seemingly infinite number of resources at our fingertips in this digital age. It can be difficult to wade through it all. I'd like to share some of my favorite teaching videos with you. They haven't all gone viral, and some of them have been around for quite some time. However, I turn to them time and time again and I think you will too.      As far as using videos as a teaching tool goes, I believe that they should be short and never the […]
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4:32 PM | Share your enthusiasm! Teaching Tools submission competition
For years we’ve been asking people how they define a great teacher. One trait that repeatedly comes up is “enthusiasm.” Nobody enthuses about plants better than plant scientists, so we’re offering you a chance to “share your enthusiasm”.Have you got a passion for plant science? Do you have a favorite paper, experiment, topic, or method that you like to share with undergraduates? Have you found a clever way to engage students and stimulate their curiosity?We […]
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