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March 16, 2015

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1:00 PM | How Should Learning Be Assessed?
Amidst the outcry against standardized testing, professor Yong Zhao encourages taking a moment to re-examine other ways to assess student learning. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:00 PM | To the student who left the scathing review on RMP - thanks and I'm sorry
I'm not really in the habit of checking up on my "Rate My Professors" (RMP) page, but coincidence led me there on the same day that this post was made by a student in one of my algebra-based physics sections from what I assume is this semester.  I suppose that I am a bit heartened that the student was at least thinking about physics on Pi Day. I want to be very honest - I have two messages for this student: thank you and I apologize.Thank you for leaving your feedback before the end […]
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12:49 PM | An anti-prion system that cures infected cells
A system to cure prion infection of cells in yeast may have applications in human diseases. Continue reading →
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11:36 AM | Transit of Venus and upcoming solar eclipse on March 20th!
In 2012, I happened to be at an ESWN workshop in Madison, WI, when, during one of the breaks, one of the participants mentioned that it might be possible to get into the historic Washburn Observatory to watch Venus’ transit. Of … Continue reading →
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5:25 AM | 54-Year-Old Texan Sets Guinness World Record For Pull-Ups (Video)
Mark Jordan, a 54-year-old man from Corpus Christi, Texas, just broke the world record for the most pull-ups completed in a 24-hour period. Each pull-up was filmed and counted by Guinness World Records in Jordan’s hometown of Corpus before the new record was affirmed. The previous record was an impressive 4,210, but Jordan set the bar even higher by completing a whopping 4,321 pull-ups (that’s 180 pull-ups per hour, if you’re wondering). According to Huffington […]
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1:39 AM | SSRN Top Downloads For IRPN: Innovation Management (Topic)
1 2,127 Opening Up for Competitive Advantage – How Deutsche Telekom Creates an Open Innovation EcosystemRené Rohrbeck, Katharina Hölzle and Hans Georg Gemünden University of Aarhus - Business and Social Sciences, Department of Business Administration, Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) and Technical University of BerlinDate posted to database: 22 Feb 2010Last Revised: 5 Sep 2014 […]

March 15, 2015

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10:51 PM | The reverse Finkbeiner!
This spring break, us future science leaders have been tasked with writing an article about a male scientist that does not pass the finkbeiner test, a test devised to measure sexism in the scientific community (kind of like the bechdel test, but for describing the portrayal of women in science.) With that, my male scientist […]
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10:45 PM | Has Russian President Vladimir Putin Been Removed from Power?
Vladimir Putin is not one to shy away from the cameras. The Russian leader is a staple on the country’s state-owned television network, which usually carries daily reports on his comings and goings. Which makes it all the more strange that Putin hasn’t been seen in public since March 5. When reports about his absence began to circulate on March 11, the Kremlin released a series of photos that they said showed Putin going about his business as usual. However, local media
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4:09 PM | THIS Is What Truly Community-Oriented Policing Looks Like (Video)
“You’ve got to be called to do this kind of police work. You’ve got to WANT to do this kind of police work.” Those are the words of Sergeant Steve Wick, who heads up the Houston Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Program. The program, which started back in 2011, has teamed up with dozens of outreach programs around the city to help provide things like housing, healthcare, food, ID cards and jobs to Houston’s homeless population. […]
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1:54 PM | Parents Struggle to Balance Screen Time Rules With Digital Homework
Parents often feel caught between schools pushing for more digital skill building and their own desire to parent in the way they see fit. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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11:35 AM | Tansley Review: Adaptation in flower form: a comparative evodevo approach (good for teaching)
Adaptation in flower form: a comparative evodevo approachSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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8:04 AM | An LED Light That Lasts Up To 40 Years
Introduction Recently, I was looking through the internet in search of the newest innovations for 2015 when I saw a post on The Guardian about Ariel, a light that can function for 40 years. Jack Dyson, the creator of this product discussed his invention saying that “You need three or four of our competitors’ fittings to […]

March 14, 2015

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11:21 PM | For the First Time In 40 Years, The Global Economy Grew But CO2 Emissions Didn’t
The battle against climate change is far from over. 2014 marked the 18th straight year that temperatures in the United States were above the 20th century average. Back in September, Jessica Blunden — a scientist at the NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center — told the Washington Post that the world had experienced a whopping 355 straight months (nearly 30 years) of temperatures above the 20th century average. But there was one bit of good […]
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6:55 PM | Architects Have Designed A “Shadowless” Skyscraper for the London Skyline
The concrete jungles of the world are growing faster and faster every day. The year 2014 saw 97 skyscrapers built worldwide – the most ever in a single year, beating out the previous record of 81 set back in 2011. For most metropolitan areas, more skyscrapers means less sun. The massive buildings cast proportionately massive shadows, leaving downtown streets in almost constant shade. So when the global architecture firm NBBJ got a contract to design a pair of buildings in […]
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4:31 PM | “Stunt Freaks” Attach A Parachute to A Snowmobile Then Drive It Off A Cliff (Video)
A few years back, a group of Scandinavian adrenaline junkies came together to form the Stunt Freaks Team. Over the years, SFT has gained notoriety for its extreme and creative stunts. Last fall, the team became one of the first nordic stunt teams to be offered a partnership with GoPro. For their latest escapade, SFT decided it would be a good idea to attach a parachute to a snowmobile and then drive it off of a 4,900-foot mountain peak in Riksgränsen, […]
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2:19 PM | Create your own custom displays and touchscreens
Computer scientists from Saarland University have developed a technique that could virtually enable anyone to print out customized displays and touchscreens on their own. Researcher Jurgen Steimle presented this approach by printing the display on a regular inkjet printer. The DIY display is electroluminescent; it emits light under the action of an electric current. The same effect is used to illuminate dashboards in vehicles at night. Steimle is head of the research group […]
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12:27 PM | How do plants remember - Professor Caroline Dean - YouTube
Professor Caroline Dean OBE FRS, winner of a BBSRC Excellence in Bioscience Award and the 2015 FEBS/EMBO Women in Science award, discusses the focus of her c...See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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8:33 AM | Airplanes will generate their own power while flying and look like this in 2030
This something we all like to wonder about, however, we doubt any of us give it as much thought as Oscar Viñals, a designer based in Barcelona. He came up with a concept of how the flight in 2030 would be and in doing so, he has created a concept plane.The plane sports three decks and is capable of generating power to meet its own requirements. When compared with the conventional aircraft, it is about 75 times quieter. The plane has been named as AWWA-QG Progress Eagle and […]
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8:09 AM | People in white coats: Movie science vs real life (13)
See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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8:04 AM | The Promises and Perils of Synthetic Biology
Synbio was going to save the world. Now it’s being used to make vanilla flavoring.Mary Williams's insight:Definitely worth reading - good for classroom discussions too. Is a flavor molecule different if it's extracted from a plant, an engineered yeast or algae, or made entirely synthetically? How does the drop in oil prices affect biofuels research? What's the role of government in funding alternative energy sources? Is "synbio" a scary term for consumers, and if so what would be a better […]
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6:21 AM | Amazing footage of the world's largest cave
This cave was first discovered in 1991, but only explored for the first time in 2009 by a team of scientists from the British Cave Research Association. What they found was that the limestone cave was far bigger than expected. So big, in fact, that it's the biggest known cave in the world, with its largest chamber measuring more than 5 km long, 200 metres high and 150 metres wide. The cave also contains some of the tallest known stalagmites in the world, which are up to 70 m tall. […]
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6:03 AM | China’s wind farms now produce more energy than all of America’s nuclear plants
China is currently building more nuclear reactors than any other planet on Earth and they came with plan to triple its nuclear power production by 2020. But at the same time, it’s getting 100 percent behind the potential of wind power, expanding its capacity to harvest it at an even speedier rate than nuclear.Just last year, the total amount of energy harvested from China’s wind farms went up an impressive 16 percent from the previous year, and was enough to power 110 million […]

March 13, 2015

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11:01 PM | Insect Senses Activity Answers
Did you find the parts associated with insect senses from the previous post? Here are the labelled photographs to check. Remember: The following are public domain photographs taken by the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab.  Name links will take … Continue reading →
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10:40 PM | Insects Book and Insect Senses Activity for Kids
For STEM Friday we are sharing a Smithsonian Little Explorer nonfiction title:  Insects (Little Scientist) by Martha E. H. Rustad. Young children are often fascinated by insects and this book will give them a good foundation in the basics of … Continue reading →
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9:43 PM | German Court Forces Anti-Vaxxer to Pay $106,000 After He Loses Measles Bet
Despite the tireless efforts of doctors, scientists and the more level-headed members of society, the anti-vaccination movement has been stubbornly resilient. The latest chapter of this frustratingly ridiculous argument took place in Germany, where a recent measles outbreak has put the anti-vax discussion at the forefront of public discourse. Stefan Lanka, a German biologist and vocal anti-vaxxer, refuses to believe that measles is a virus (which is why he opposes vaccination). […]
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7:22 PM | See it? Share it! Pileated Woodpecker Physics
     This week's science observation comes from my Dad. He recently caught a Pileated Woodpecker in action on a tree nearby my childhood home. Impressed at how hard it was hammering on the tree, we thought it would be interesting to learn more about woodpecker physics.      At 15-19 inches long, the Pileated Woodpecker is the largest extant woodpecker in North America. There are some birders who still hold out hope that the larger Ivory-billed Woodpecker […]
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7:13 PM | Want to Get More Girls Into STEM? Give Them Real-World Work
A high school program’s combination of strong, fun female role models and hands-on learning has helped boost girls’ confidence and excitement about tech. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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6:00 PM | World’s first Circular Smartphone: Runcible
Do you think smartphones have hit a plateau and they are just running around in circles? If you do, then you have not heard about the Runcible phone that has been introduced by Monohm – a startup based in San Francisco. It qualifies as one of the most amazingly creative gadgets and was on display at Mobile World Congress. It will be launched later this year and shall definitely be a success.The phone is about the size of a pocket watch and is circular in shape. Once launched, users […]
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5:52 PM | Talking Pi and Pie for Pi Day
Pi Day is a great excuse to make some math- and food-related Pi puns and bake up a tasty dessert. We suggest you throw a bit of science into the mix as well!
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5:19 PM | Scientists have achieved wireless energy transfer across 55m
Researchers from Japan successfully managed to transmit energy wirelessly with high accuracy. It’s a game-changing achievement for electricity generation that could one day allow us to place huge solar sheets in space and beam the energy back to Earth.The researchers from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced yesterday that they had used microwaves to deliver 1.8 kilowatts of power - just enough to power a kettle - through the air to a receiver 55 metres away, with […]
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