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October 07, 2014

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4:54 AM | How to Brush Your Teeth the Right Way
Most people are brushing their teeth wrong. Watch this video to see if this is how you brush your teeth and then watch how to brush with proper technique. The post How to Brush Your Teeth the Right Way appeared first on Ask the Dentist.
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1:37 AM | Ibero-America in mainstream science (Thomson Reuters/Scopus): A fragmented region
IntercienciaVolume 39, Issue 8, 1 August 2014, Pages 570-579Ibero-America in mainstream science (Thomson Reuters/Scopus): A fragmented region  (Article)[IberoAmérica en la ciencia de corriente principal (Thomson Reuters/Scopus): Una región fragmentada]Aguado-López, E.a , Becerril-García, A.b , Arriola, M.L.c , Martínez-Domínguez, N.D.d   a Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y […]

October 06, 2014

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11:33 PM | Can A Suicide Bomber Be a Hero? Or, In This Case, A Heroine?
As I write this, ISIS fighters are slowly taking the city of Kobane in northern Syria, just miles from the Turkish border. With fighting raging outside the city for the past three weeks, nearly 160,000 Syrians, mostly Kurds, have fled the city. Kobane is being valiantly defended by Syrian Kurdish fighters. Last night, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that one of these defenders, a young Kurdish woman named Arin Mirkin, blew herself up (along […]
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9:08 PM | The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech
The Innovators, Walter Isaacson's new book, tells the stories of the people who created modern computers. Women, who are now a minority in computer science, played an outsize role in that history. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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8:49 PM | Here's Why We Haven't Quite Figured Out How to Feed Billions More People
Solving the world's looming food crisis will require big investments in agricultural research, yet public support for that is lagging.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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7:46 PM | Citizen Science on the Radio
Listen. Let’s get one thing straight: I am an unabashed public radio nerd. So, when citizen science and public radio come together, I am nothing short of ecstatic. But it’s not just my public radio nerdiness for its own sake. Rather, this convergence speaks to a larger narrative (for me, at least) — that of […] Find more posts like Citizen Science on the Radio by Lily Bui - Executive Editor on the SciStarter Blog. Your source for citizen science and other science you […]
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7:43 PM | Do Certain Toothpastes Cause Canker Sores?
Ingredients in certain toothpastes can make you more susceptible to a canker sore.
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6:31 PM | Did You Know… That Dogs Poop In Alignment With Earth’s Magnetic Field??
As crazy as it sounds, I promise this study is for real. A few years ago, a group of scientists and researchers from universities in the Czech Republic and Germany came together to carry out one of the strangest experiments you’re likely to ever hear about. A number of organisms around the world are known to spontaneously align their bodies with Earth’s magnetic field when they relieve themselves, and the researchers had a hunch that dogs did the same. To test out
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4:00 PM | Boba Spherification: The Science of Juice-filled Caviar
We go DIY with molecular gastronomy and family science as we make our own popping boba using the Spherification Kit from the Science Buddies Store.
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3:32 PM | Police In Dubai Are Getting Google Glasses With Facial Recognition to ID Criminals
We may not have reached the time of “Minority Report” yet, but there’s no doubt that advances in technology are quickly changing the way we go about monitoring and enforcing our laws. Last summer, former NSA employee turned whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed to us that most of our phone and internet activity is constantly being tracked by someone, whether it’s the government or just Google’s ad software. And as long as we’re on the subject […]
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1:59 PM | New 'how to read a journal article' guide uploaded to Learn Chemistry
The first of a series of ‘how to’ guides for university students was published on Learn Chemistry recently, looking at ‘how to read a journal article’. The guide was written by Katharine Thompson, an Imperial College librarian and was commissioned in response to feedback from lecturers and students that it would be useful to have resources in this area. Why? It's important that students have adequate support when it comes to reading and understanding journals. […]
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1:40 PM | Why Daydreaming is Critical to Effective Learning
Daydreaming and playing are crucial to develop the kind of creativity many say should be a focal point of a modern education system. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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10:22 AM | Bottom Lines and Reproducibility
I have a thing about reproducibility. I’m not the only one as this post on In The Pipeline shows.  Nothing annoys me more than someone spending their time and someone else’s money to carry out an experiment then not taking … Continue reading →
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9:07 AM | The Flawed Prokaryote
There are two types of biologist - those who think that prokaryotes exist and those who don't. Continue reading →
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5:06 AM | “Genetically Modified Organisms”: Would You Eat Them?
According to the Centre for Food Safety, 85% of American-grown corn is genetically engineered, and more than 75% of processed foods—for example, cereal, canned soup and margarine—contain genetically-modified ingredients. Proponents of genetically modified foods argue that GMO’s benefits the environment and reduces world hunger, while being no more dangerous to human health than naturally grown […]
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4:25 AM | Good Night!
Summer is gone and it is now fall, which means–pumpkin spice everything, sweaters, and 7pm is as dark as midnight. We call this change in daylight “daylight savings”, and in over seventy countries worldwide, the term ‘daylight saving time’ is implemented to refer to this change. Daylight savings time is a change in the standard […]
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4:13 AM | October 2: Engineer Summary
  This week at Future Science Leaders, the nine fearless, prospective engineers of our group picked up hammers and saws to practice yet another maker skill: carpentry. We began the session by reviewing the protocols, or step-by-step instructions, which we had each prepared in advance for the day’s project. The desired outcome, a shadow box for displaying our […]
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2:41 AM | Sugar Vs. Artificial Sweeteners
Introduction: Ever since my family heard about the artificial sweetener company Splenda, granulated sugar and brown sugar disappeared entirely from our daily lives. Both my grandma and my dad have high blood pressure and high blood glucose levels. As a result, they were so relieved when they discovered this 0 calorie additive. Up until now, […]
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2:25 AM | Don’t Judge Me!
Image By Chris Potter (Flickr: 3D Judges Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons My friends (and imaginary subscribers- seriously, please subscribe) have been asking me to write a rant lately. I don’t know why. There is nothing entertaining about me writing a rant. I get antsy, easily irritable and overly focused on my computer. I also […]

October 05, 2014

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6:08 PM | The Science of Objectivity
The way we understand something will limit for us how much of it we will allow ourselves to see. If we understand science as the application of an objective scientific method — a method that is applicable across all situations — we … Continue reading → The post The Science of Objectivity appeared first on Plain Language Science.
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5:57 PM | Old Man of the Forest
Our department's graduate students took our fall camping trip over the weekend to southern Ohio, and we were treated to a really special animal: That's a big timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) hiding out under some fall leaves. This endangered species is both secretive and well camouflaged, so you could easily walk right past one of these bad boys even if you were lucky enough to be near one.This particular snake is part of a long-term study to understand the movements and […]
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4:58 PM | Unique Science Fair Experiment: What Prevents a Pasta Boil-Over?
There are so many science experiments that can be done in the kitchen! Here is one example: Macaroni Mayhem To design your own experiment, all you need is a testable observation, or idea, or solution to a problem. Background: This is how pasta is made in my house – boil water, add pasta, walk away … Continue reading »
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4:20 PM | On Final Year Projects
After a week of meeting with new project students, and answering many of the same questions several times, I’ve been scouting back through the archives looking for what I’ve said previously on the subject of surviving a final year project. … Continue reading →
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4:01 PM | The Scientist Who Discovered Ebola: “It Is Clear That the Virus Is Mutating”
Like many other topics in the news these days, the conversation about Ebola has lacked one critical element: balance. In this case, it’s not the usual political bias a la FoxNews vs. MSNBC. This time, it’s a polarization of the way in which people are presenting their coverage of the outbreak. Not surprisingly, many people have jumped on the ‘everybody freak out’ train. Fortunately, however, there have also been reasonable people letting other […]
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10:33 AM | Growing the Next Generation of Botanical Pioneers - who have to deal with a natural world "shredded by human demand"
By Mike Maunder, Interim Director, The Kampong, National Tropical Botanical Garden Two weeks ago I was in South Sudan working with East African and South Sudanese colleagues preparing a plant conse...See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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5:08 AM | Local or Organic – how to make the choice?
In the last week of summer, I participated in a youth leadership camp called MVST (Metro Vancouver Sustainability Toolbox). The summer camp mainly focused on identifying sustainability issues around Metro Vancouver by immersing us into the nature. As part of the program, we visited the water-to-energy facility in Burnaby and also the colony farm, which […]

October 04, 2014

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11:03 PM | The World’s Largest Coal Mining Company Just Invested $1.2 Billion In Solar Power
Editor’s Note: I am extremely excited to announce that The Higher Learning recently acquired three talented new authors to help us bring you more valuable news and knowledge. Over the next few days we will be introducing you to them and their writing. The following article was authored by Noah Harness.  In the early 1970s, the government of India nationalized the country’s coal reserves to help accommodate the country’s rising energy demands. By 1975, the Indian […]
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5:25 PM | Rare diseases and mental disorders: the malfunctioning of the body
I have recently become interested in knowing about different diseases and mental disorders and while doing research on the internet, I came across some very unusual conditions that I find fascinating. These horrible conditions really demonstrate how much a defect in the brain’s coordination and functioning can affect our sense of consciousness, our behavior and our lives. […]
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4:48 PM | China’s “Miao Room” Has Officially Been Crowned The World’s Largest Underground Space (Video)
The cave known as the “Miao Room” has been the most talked about supercave online this year. What classifies it as a “supercave” you may ask? Well, to put it into perspective, the cave chamber is nine times the size of Houston’s astrodome. According to National Geographic… China’s immense Miao Room cavern, hidden beneath rolling hills and reachable only by an underground stream, is the world’s biggest cave chamber   The Miao Room cave […]
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6:35 AM | Week 5: Carpentry
This week was carpentry week in FSL. To some, this means complete anarchy. Students, given meager wisps of instruction, attempt to tap into their inner craftsman, haplessly making up—largely through trial and error—something close to the project of their dreams, all the while running around wielding many sharp, pointy objects. If this is what comes to mind, you […]
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