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April 08, 2014

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8:13 PM | [GUEST POST] UK Flooding – And What You Can Do About It
Thames Valley Sewer System overwhelmed and instrumentation destroyed, how you can contribute to water monitoring with citizen science. Flooding is not just a problem for residents and local businesses; it is also a major issue for the UK’s water companies. Throughout the closing months of 2013 and the start of the current year, England was […]Find more posts like [GUEST POST] UK Flooding – And What You Can Do About It by Lily Bui - Executive Editor on the SciStarter Blog. […]
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6:58 PM | The problem is not the students.
Education is about students. It is about caring for them, pushing them, helping them, working with them rather than against them. Take a good long look at your reasons for being in higher ed. If students are not at the center, you are doing it wrong.
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4:00 PM | Wanted: Diverse, Innovative Problem-solvers, Next Generation Scientists
When I departed for college my grandmother told me to join the debate team, because I was always arguing trying to prove a point. She was correct. I was a chatty Cathy and was always defending... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:07 PM | SciComm Copywriting: Proofreading
  By Jian Shi “You think you are reading proof, whereas you are merely reading your own mind; your statement of the thing is full of holes and vacancies but you don’t know it, because you are filling them from … Continue reading → The post SciComm Copywriting: Proofreading appeared first on Plain Language Science.
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2:44 PM | 3 April 2014 - Great British bioscience pioneers – Professor Ottoline Leyser - BBSRC
In the fourth in a series of articles on Great British bioscience pioneers, Professor Ottoline Leyser at the University of Cambridge highlights advances in the understanding of plant developmental biology.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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6:26 AM | Maximize Visibility: A Way to Increase Citation Frequency
Maximize Visibility: A Way to Increase Citation FrequencyNader Ale Ebrahim University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering; University of Malaya (UM) - Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP)Hadi Salehi Islamic Azad University, Najafabad BranchMay 27, 2013UM HIR SPECIAL FEATURE (27 May 2013), pp. 1-5, 27 May, 2013. Abstract:     The new version of this […]
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4:49 AM | OA journal for outreach activities? #hivemind request
I am lucky enough to work with some amazing people in an enrichment program for teens who love science. The leaders create activities to help students explore science in different ways. These exercises are usually more than the usual outreach or classroom activity – but they could be adapted to work within classrooms or for […]

April 07, 2014

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8:38 PM | Science Festivals and Hack Days!
April is the month for science festivals. Join the SciStarter team at a festival near you later on this month — bring yourselves, and we’ll bring the citizen science! Cambridge Science Festival Friday, April 18 – Sunday, April 27 Come check out the diverse spectrum of citizen science projects out there! On April 19th during […]Find more posts like Science Festivals and Hack Days! by Lily Bui - Executive Editor on the SciStarter Blog. Your source for citizen science and […]
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6:29 PM | #Cosmos E5: Spectrum shaker
(I live tweet Cosmos every Sunday @ 8pm CST. For all of my Cosmos recaps, please click here)The fifth episode of Cosmos aired on Fox, and it is was all about the light spectrum, and how scientists from different countries (Joseph von Fraunhofer from Germany, Mozi from China,  Ibn al-Haytham from Iraq, Isaac Newton from England)  and time periods help us arrive at our current understanding of light. Most of the light that we see is white, and appears to have no […]
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4:50 PM | Blue #2, Yellow #5, Red #40… What They Really Are and Why They’re Banned Outside of the US
So if you’ve ever been bored enough to read through the ingredients lists on some of your food, you should be more than familiar with ingredients like Blue #2, Yellow #5 and Red #40. You probably could have guessed that these ingredients are food dyes, giving your food the color desired by the manufacturer. What […]
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3:58 PM | Young Scientist Challenge
Can kids in middle school come up with world-changing inventions? Absolutely.  Most 5-8th graders don’t have free access to labs full of chemicals and equipment, which is probably a good thing, but they’re armed with more curiosity and creativity than most adults. When given the opportunity and encouragement to let their imaginations run wild, kids […]
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2:21 PM | So You’re Telling Me That the Tobacco Plant Holds the Key to Destroying Cancer??
As crazy as it sounds, it sure looks like it. Scientists led by Dr. Mark Hulett of the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science in Melbourne, Australia, have been examining the inner defense mechanisms of the tobacco plant. Recently, they identified a molecule known as NaD1 which the plant typically uses to fight off fungi and bacteria, […]
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1:00 PM | Join Science Buddies at USASEF for Toothbrush Robot Racing and Catapult Launching!
Take a sneak peak at an exciting pair of hands-on science and engineering activities that Science Buddies has planned for USASEF visitors and get inspired to make your own robots this week in celebration of National Robotics Week—or experiment with your own catapult project!
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12:30 PM | Drafting standards for algebra-based intro physics at a two-year college
Last weekend I was at the Illinois Section AAPT meeting, where I gave a presentation of my foray into Standards-Based Grading. My main points in the presentation were that I have observed:a.) Most of the people who try SBG the first time write too many standards initiallyb.) It's really hard to find a list of standards used in college physics classes onlineI've been drafting a set of standards that I would feel comfortable using for a first semester physics class. To address the first point […]
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11:00 AM | Why Don’t You Love What I Love?
There is an unexplainable phenomenon in the zoo world.  People will pass by an exhibit with an incredibly unique animal in it and  barely give it a glance. Put a human in there, even just cleaning the glass with a …The post Why Don’t You Love What I Love? appeared first on Sci-Ed.
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9:55 AM | The planet that ought not to be there
At the end of March, the international scientific journal Nature published a paper announcing the discovery of a new dwarf planet in the outer reaches of our Solar System. This made a lot of people very excited. It also made a lot of astronomers very confused. The discovery of an object on a highly non-circular […]The post The planet that ought not to be there appeared first on physicsfocus.org.
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9:08 AM | Getting Started in Pedagogic Research #ChemPedR
Last Wednesday I headed to London to attend the Getting Started in Pedagogic Research event at Burlington House (home of the Royal Society of Chemistry). I previously attended this event in 2012, missed last year for some reason and also … Continue reading →
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7:20 AM | JExpBot: Insights into evolution of plant cytokinin biosynthesis from Physcomitrella
It's always good to ask, "How does Physomitrella do this?""The moss Physcomitrella patens is part of an early divergent clade of land plants utilizing the plant hormone cytokinin for growth control. The rate-limiting step of cytokinin biosynthesis is mediated by isopentenyltransferases (IPTs), found in land plants either as adenylate-IPTs or as tRNA-IPTs. Although a dominant part of cytokinins in flowering plants are synthesized by adenylate-IPTs, the Physcomitrella genome only encodes […]
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7:15 AM | NY Times: Eight (No, Nine!) Problems With Big Data
It’s a valuable tool for analysis, but don’t believe all the hype.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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3:00 AM | Wood, Screws, Drills and Trebuchets
When we arrived to our second technology Future Science Leaders session, we were greeted by a weird looking weapon. No, it was not an AK47 rifle,a scythe, a kpinga, or a pair of scissors. What we were actually looking at, we later found out, was a trebuchet. A trebuchet is a catapult. Not just any […]
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1:58 AM | Supplier Assessment and Selection Using Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process in a Steel Manufacturing Company
Journal of Scientific Research and Reports, ISSN: 2320–0227,Vol.: 3, Issue.: 10 (October)Original Research ArticleSupplier Assessment and Selection Using Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process in a Steel Manufacturing CompanyFarzad Tahriri1*, Mohammad Dabbagh2 and Nader Ale Ebrahim31Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing, Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.2Department of Software Engineering, […]
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1:35 AM | Zombie Apocalypse Survival Chemistry: Death Cologne
I’m really loving the new ‘Reactions‘ series from the American Chemical Society. Those of us involved in the world of science communication are well aware that effective... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 06, 2014

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11:34 PM | Mystery Solved: Why Do Zebras Have Stripes?
The zebra’s striped coat is so extraordinary and beautiful, in fact, that many deem it to be the evidence of God’s artistic hand. Over the years, although rational explanations increase, an scientific theory has not been reached to a consensus yet. Charles Darwin, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory, found the zebra’s stripes […]
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11:22 PM | Simple Innovation Saves Lives on Battlefields
When a soldier is shot on the battlefield, the emergency treatment is often as brutal as the injury itself. A medic must pack gauze directly into the wound cavity, sometimes as deep as 5 inches into the body, to stop bleeding from an artery. It’s an agonizing process that doesn’t always work. Say, if bleeding […]
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11:09 PM | Sacrifice Calories for Longevity?
A long-anticipated study of aging in rhesus monkeys, started in 1987, set out to answer an important question: Could the reduction in calories consumption increase one’s life span? Known as caloric restriction, the diet of this study consists of all healthy ingredients but contains 30% fewer calories. Previous studies have shown that mice, kept on […]
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8:52 PM | Is the Internet Taking Away Religion in the US? This Study Seems to Say Yes
Allen Downey is a professor of computer science working at Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts. Downey examined data from the General Social Survey (GSS) which shows that the percentage of people with no religious affiliation has increased to 18% in 2010, up from 8% in 1990. This equates to a difference of around 25 million people. […]
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8:32 PM | The Science of Hair Care
Earlier last night, I was brushing one of my more stubborn wigs and decided enough was enough, and I am going mega-spray it down with hair detangler. Wait, would hair detangler for real hair worth with fake hair? How does hair detangler work anyway? Come to think of it, why do all of our hair care […]
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7:29 PM | A Look At Carnivorous Plants
I’m sure you’ve all heard of ‘carnivorous plants’ like Venus flytraps. However, far from the man-eating blood thirsty Audrey II of “Little Shop of Horrors”, real carnivorous plants come in many varieties, partake in many degrees of carnivory, and are some of the most highly evolved and interesting members of the plant community. In the […]
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4:41 PM | Look! A Morsel of Good Vaccination News
It’s been a bad few weeks for vaccination. Whooping cough continues to make a comeback; it was revealed that some New York City schools have third-world vaccination rates; and a study led by Brendan Nyhan found that four different interventions were unable to shift vaccination intentions. So it may come as a surprise that a […]

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11:18 AM | Steaming Cup of Communications Stories 4/6/2014
Each week I read (and share) many different articles and blog posts related to communication. This...
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