Posts

October 31, 2014

+
11:11 PM | India Just Barred Government Officials from First-Class Flights and 5-Star Hotels
India’s Finance Ministry has announced bold new austerity measures that aims to cut the country’s “non-plan” expenditures by 10%. Under the new fiscal guidelines, India’s government bureaucrats are no longer allowed to book first-class flights for overseas travel, and must instead purchase the cheapest available ticket for any air travel. Indian are barred from using five-star hotels to hold meetings as well, and are being urged to use […]
+
8:13 PM | Malala Yousafzai Donates World Children’s Prize Money to Rebuild Gaza Schools
Malala Yousafzai is a 17-year old education activist from Pakistan who gained worldwide fame after surviving multiple gunshot wounds in an attack by the Taliban. On October 10th, she became the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in championing the right to equal education for all children. This past Wednesday (Oct. 29), Malala received another award for her work: the World Children’s Prize, which came with a $50,000 cash prize. In her acceptance […]
+
5:28 PM | Did You Know… The World’s Narrowest House Is Only 4 Feet Across (Video)
Five years ago, Polish architect Jakub Szczesny was walking through the old Jewish ghetto in Warsaw when he passed what he described as an “appealing cushion of air” coming from a space between two larger buildings. One of the buildings was an old apartment building from before World War II, the other an 11-story post-war co-op. “I fell in love with a space between two buildings from different periods. I decided to make a link,” said Szczesny. So the Polish […]
+
4:04 PM | Halloween Citizen Science in the Classroom: Answer the Bat Call!
Editor’s Note: This post is part of our Citizen Science in the Classroom Series where we explore the use of citizen science projects to teach science in the classroom by aligning them with Common Core and Next Generation STEM standards . For more such projects check out the resources page for educators on SciStarter!   Did […]Find more posts like Halloween Citizen Science in the Classroom: Answer the Bat Call! by Jill Nugent on the SciStarter Blog. Your source for […]
+
3:38 PM | Autumn leaves herald changes in carbon dioxide concentrations
Autumn leaves in Connecticut. (Credit: Ragesoss, Wikimedia Commons) Autumn is a season of tranformations. In the eastern United States, leaves tumble through a kaleidoscope of copper and crimson colors. In the west, rivers of golden Aspen...
+
1:54 PM | Re-thinking Science Communication in Plain English
We all know, or at least have a hunch: abstractions don’t explain — they themselves need to be explained. A word — whether a pompous scientific term like Micropachycephalosaurus (a dinosaur) or a more over-the-counter and down-to-earth Acetaminophen— is not the thing it … Continue reading → The post Re-thinking Science Communication in Plain English appeared first on Plain Language Science.
+
1:15 PM | The Value of Connecting the Dots to Create “Real Learning”
A Philadelphia center puts making connections between concepts and experiences central to the creative process for student-driven learning. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
+
11:53 AM | One Week left to apply for Society for Wetland Scientists Undergrad Mentoring Program
Undergraduate College Students interested in Environmental Science Careers should apply this mentoring program to attend the annual science conference of Society of Wetland Scientists. Attending... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
11:40 AM | Unbundle GMOs - Promote Rational Conversation about Biotechnology - YouTube
'Sticks in a Bundle Cannot Be Broken" Treating "GMOs" as a bundled concept makes it difficult to evaluate them on a case by case basis. What traits are being...See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
+
11:30 AM | Modern symbionts inside cells mimic organelle evolution
Some 2 billion years ago, primitive cells took in guests—and life was changed for good. A once free-living bacterium took up residence in a cell and gave rise to the organelles called mitochondria, which generate energy for their host cells by oxidizing sugars and also equipped some early life to survive Earth's increasing levels of oxygen. Another intracellular guest microbe became the ancestor of chloroplasts, the photosynthesizing organelles that made plants and algae possible. Those […]
+
8:27 AM | "Modified Stage-Gate: A Product Development Process" by Nader Ale Ebrahim
Modified Stage-Gate: A Product Development ProcessNader Ale Ebrahim, Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of MalayaAbstractIn today’s dynamic marketplace, manufacturing companies are under strong pressure to introduce new products for long-term survival with their competitors. Increased competition and reduced product life cycles put force upon companies to develop new products faster. In response to these pressing needs, there should be […]
+
8:14 AM | Salt is great for French fries but not for fields - Water, Land and Ecosystems
Around 5,000 acres of farmland in arid and semi-arid regions are lost every day to damage caused by salt, according to a recent UN report with contributions from scientists at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and WLE.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)

October 30, 2014

+
11:38 PM | Is the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union Ready For the World Stage?
On May 29th, 2014, the leaders of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia signed a treaty establishing the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), also known simply as the Eurasian Union. Earlier this month, on October 9th, 2014, a treaty to add Armenia to the EEU was signed. This Union will officially go into effect on January 1st, 2015. When it does, it will be the most advanced organization for regional cooperation the former Soviet bloc (ie. countries that were once part of the Soviet Union)
+
5:59 PM | A Reference List of Excuses for Rape and Death Threats
It must be exhausting to come up with yet another new excuse to treat women horribly, so here’s a list for easy reference. Just pick one and you’ll be instantly believed by a large percentage of the internet, with no other actions necessary on your part! Because ethics in gaming journalism. Because she talked about […]
+
5:30 PM | Sounds like Halloween: Weekly Science Activity
School and family science weekly spotlight: listen to how music and sound are incorporated in movies of certain types.
+
4:45 PM | How it feels to be #BlackandSTEM and a Woman
I was sitting on this post for a while now. I said I would publish it this week, but I already felt procrastination kicking in. It was going to get pushed into next week or later. Then I got a tweet... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
3:38 PM | Poorer Nations Are Growing Renewables Nearly Twice as Fast as Richer Ones
According to a new study from Climatescope, developing nations are far outpacing developed ones when it comes to the installation of new renewable energy infrastructure. The study monitored 55 developing countries, including emerging economies like China, Brazil, South Africa, India and Kenya, and found that between the years of 2008-2013, developing nations saw 143% growth in renewable energy, versus only 84% in developed countries. The Climatescope project was originally […]
+
12:45 PM | What MOOCs Are Teaching Universities About Active Learning
There's a lot of skepticism about whether or not MOOCs are "disrupting" higher education, but can they offer important learning opportunities for the institutions themselves? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
+
7:25 AM | Genetically modified crops: an open letter to Europe
More than twenty of Europe's most prominent plant scientists today signed a joint letter warning that Europe will never meet agricultural targets unless it starts allowing GM cropsSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
+
12:15 AM | Were Our Most Celebrated Leaders All Good, Moral People? (Opinion Piece)
Before I really get into this piece, I just want to warn you that after reading it, you may never look at some of history’s most honored figures the same way ever again. That being said, let’s start off in the present. Next Tuesday, November 4th, Americans will vote in the midterm elections to decide the political fate of the American Congress. As usual, underhanded, and just downright offensive mud-slinging tactics have been being used for political gains all over the

October 29, 2014

+
6:32 PM | Making A Rocket Thats Shoots 2300 Feet Up Out of Sugar and Kitty Litter (Video)
YouTube science experimenter Grant Thompson (aka: “The King of Random”) recently released an awesome new video that shows you how to make a rocket that is both powerful and cheap. How cheap? About $0.50, according to Grant. That’s because the rocket’s main ingredients, sugar and kitty litter, are both dirt cheap! Check it out in the video below: It’s definitely important to remember to check with your local authorities before setting off any […]
+
5:50 PM | The 3 Best and Worst Candies for Your Teeth
Not all sugar is created equally and some candies are less damaging to your teeth than others. Ever wondered what the worst and best candies are for your teeth? The post The 3 Best and Worst Candies for Your Teeth appeared first on Ask the Dentist.
+
5:14 PM | Antibiotic Costume
+
4:55 PM | Making screencasts: The pedagogical framework
I was recently asked to contribute some short videos to a MOOC on Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching on my use of lecture and screencasts as part of the flipped classroom. Here's that video.
+
4:25 PM | Citizen Science in the Rocky Mountains – Celebrate Halloween with the Colorado Spider Survey
Love Creepy Crawlies? Check out our Halloween Picks! Editors Note: This post was written by Aditi Joshi, a freelance science writer and a new contributor at SciStarter As a kid, I avoided houses that had spider decorations during Halloween. Even today, I find spiders scary. Spiders add an extra ounce of spookiness to Halloween.  Spiders […]Find more posts like Citizen Science in the Rocky Mountains – Celebrate Halloween with the Colorado Spider Survey by Arvind Suresh on the […]
+
4:06 PM | How An Abandoned Walmart Became America’s Biggest 1-Floor Library
It’s no secret that Walmart stores are big. Really big. The average Walmart takes up about as much space as two-and-a-half football fields. According to international supply chain consultant MWPVL, Walmart stores covered a whopping 721 million square feet of retail space in the United States in 2013. That’s an area almost 10% larger than the entire city of Manhattan (661 million sq. feet). And when a Walmart location closes, it often remains vacant for long […]
+
4:00 PM | Hubel and Wiesel & the Neural Basis of Visual Perception
Snap!  Crackle!  Pop! Those are the sounds that Professors David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel heard in the early 1950s when they recorded from neurons in the visual cortex of a cat, as they moved a bright line across its retina.  During their recordings, they noticed a few interesting things: (1) the neurons fired only when … Continue reading →
+
12:28 PM | Students Tell All: What It’s Like to Be Trusted Partners in Learning
High school students at Science Leadership Academy explain what they value in their education. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
+
9:21 AM | Two-thirds to go!
As my colleague Dr Rob Jackson has just reminded me by way of a blog post, the semester is 1/3 over! He has a great picture on his blog related to his Forensics Arson course. My current crop of courses … Continue reading →
+
9:15 AM | An Optical Clearing Technique for Plant Tissues Allowing Deep Imaging and Compatible with Fluorescence Microscopy
In this new article in Plant Physiology, an effective new tissue clearing method is used in plants with impressive results. I think this could be easily incorporated for use by undergraduate students. Previously developed as "Scale" method for use in animal tissues, the results were similarly effective (http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v14/n11/full/nn.2928.html). See a stunning image of a cleared mouse embryo here: http://www.riken.jp/en/pr/press/2011/20110830_3/.See it on Scoop.it, via […]
123456789
311 Results