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January 19, 2015

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4:06 AM | Why I’m Not a Time Traveller…
(Image from here, licensed under  “Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Germany“) Well, there’s of course the obvious fact that it isn’t remotely possible with today’s technology. But even if some of my more crazy, mad scientist-isque colleagues (cough.. cough… Jesse, Parker) were to one day build a time machine, I would be the first to nope out of climbing into […]

January 18, 2015

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11:32 PM | Mars Probe Is Found After Crash Landing Over 10 Years Ago
A lost probe that was sent to Mars by the United Kingdom back in 2003 has just been found by a NASA spacecraft monitoring the Red Planet’s surface. According to Space.com… “The spacecraft, which hitched a ride to Mars on the European Space Agency’s Mars Express mission, had not been heard from since it detached from that spacecraft on Dec. 19, 2003. Beagle 2 was supposed to land on Mars six days later, on Dec. 25. But when the lander never
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1:06 PM | Current NFL cheerleaders pursuing science careers: Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots
Look for these Science Cheerleaders during the big game today! ANN: I am a financial advisor. Learning about the US and global economy is fascinating to me. More importantly, I love helping people with something that can really make a difference in their lives. Being a financial advisor combines both of my passions for a very fulfilling career. I help families with their personal finances throughout every stage of their lives. Figuring out how to help them make their money...[ Read Full Story ]
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9:21 AM | The Skateboard Reimagined!
I remember the first time I read Diary of a Wimpy Kid, I was in grade 3, had Harry-Potter-glasses, and my hair cut did me no justice. As I read, I remember laughing really hard at this one sketch of an old man shooing children off his lawn who were riding hoverboards. This image was […]
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3:10 AM | Research Summary Jan 15/15
The FSL students who strolled into the FSL room last Thursday were met with a surprise; sitting on the table was an interesting contraption that looked like this:   This futuristic space-ship like object is a hovercraft designed by our friends at Tinkerine. For the next 4 weeks, the FSL scholars will design and build their […]
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12:35 AM | New Study: Human Activity Has Propelled the Earth Past 4 of 9 “Planetary Boundaries”
In 2009, a group of scientists from Stockholm University published a paper outlining nine different “planetary boundaries”. The boundaries set theoretical limits on just how much we could alter the Earth’s environment before destabilizing it, including things like ozone depletion, forest cover and freshwater consumption. For the last few years, a team of 18 researchers from all over the world has been conducting a follow-up study to determine how close […]

January 17, 2015

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4:33 PM | Watch the Explosive Crash Landing of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket Test Last Week (Video)
Last week, SpaceX attempted to do something that few people had ever even thought of doing before: launching a rocket to deploy a supply ship to the International Space Station, and then landing said rocket on a football field-sized barge in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Everything went according to plan until the very end of the test flight. Shortly after the Falcon was scheduled to land, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk made the following tweet: Rocket made it to drone spaceport […]
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11:59 AM | J. Chem. Edu.- Simple, Small-Scale Lego Colorimeter with a Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Used as Detector
I like the idea of this - have students make their own LED & Lego-based colorimeter, & then explore the world! The article says that an LED can emit current proportional to the light that hits it, and recommends using a red LED as sensor and yellow, green or orange LEDs as emitters.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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10:06 AM | Did 2014 feel like a hot year?
As we officially entered the year of 2015, it’s also the time to complete all kinds of summaries regarding the past year, and one of them is the year-end climate-change report. In a recently released report, scientists have concluded that the global temperature in 2014 has been the hottest in record since 1880, which is the year […]
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9:13 AM | Solving Biology's Mysteries with Plants (Science Out Loud S2 Ep2) - YouTube
Some of the most powerful and useful things in our world come from plants. Who knew they could help us unlock some of the biology's mysteries - all using an ...See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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8:53 AM | Gaming For A Cause #BlackLivesMatter #Spawn4Good
Editor's note: Our site is partnering with The Spawn Point Blog to have a gaming marathon this weekend, Jan 17 - 18.  Donate to the family of Eric Garner: tinyurl.com/Spawn4GoodMy Game Streams: Twitch.tv/ReefJacksonSaturday Jan 17th Schedule (all times in CST)12pm - 4pm CST: 8 bit gamesNintendo: Blades of Steel, Super Dodge Mall, Mario Bros, , Double Dragon 2, River City Ransom, etc4pm - 8pm CST:: 16 bit gamesSuper […]
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8:30 AM | Fact or Fiction: Emotion-influenced Water Molecules
I have always been fascinated by the complex yet stunning configurations of snowflakes, and how such mesmerizing patterns are formed by nothing more than water. When I first looked into Dr. Masaru Emoto’s work on the configuration of water molecules, I was quite amazed at his findings, which was about how the structure of frozen […]
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8:00 AM | Mr. Heart
When you place your hand across your chest, you (hopefully) will feel the steady beating of the heart. 100,000 times a day and 2.5 billions times in an average lifetime, our entire body relies on this organ to supply blood. However, this also means that a complication with our heart can often mean life-threatening situations […]
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6:50 AM | Musical Tesla Coil (DRSSTC) Build Part 1
In the last few months I have been working on building a Musical Tesla coil, and I thought it is probably time I write a blog post about it. I started this project immediately after finishing my Laser Cutter and Electric Bike projects. Having already taken on several “advance” projects I felt I had enough […]
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4:16 AM | A Stupidity Virus?
“Scientists discover a stupidity virus!” Who could resist a headline like that? Not me and with a sentence that started with “having a dumb and dumber kind of day?” I just had to keep reading. What I learned was interesting, although the name of the original scientific article was, sadly, far less sensational: “Chlorovirus ATCV-1 […]
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12:35 AM | African Media Outlets and Activist Groups Create Website to Expose Abuses of Power
In October of 2006, Australian internet activist Julian Assange founded the website wikileaks.org. The purpose of the site was to expose governmental corruption and abuses of power by publishing secret information, news leaks, and classified media from anonymous sources. “We are of assistance to peoples of all countries who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their governments and institutions. We aim for maximum political impact,”   the organization says on its […]

January 16, 2015

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10:27 PM | This Strange-Looking Robot Was Developed By NASA to Explore Volcanoes
Aaron Parness, a robotics researcher for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL), has teamed up with NASA researcher Carolyn Parcheta to explore new territory in the depths of volcanoes. Earlier this month, NASA announced… “Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are developing robots to explore volcanoes.” In her own statement, researcher Carolyn Parcheta said… “We don’t know exactly how volcanoes […]
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10:22 PM | Former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader is now a pediatric urologic surgeon!
We’d like to introduce you to Nicol, a pediatric urologic surgeon and former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader! What turned you on to science and when? I decided in high school that I wanted to help people by becoming a doctor. I didn’t know what kind of doctor, or really very many details about what was involved in becoming a doctor, so I volunteered at my local hospital during high school to learn more, and I found a pre-med guidance counselor in...[ Read Full Story ]
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4:20 PM | Climbers Make History, Becoming First to Scale World’s Hardest Big-Wall Free Climb (Video)
At around 6 p.m. EST on Wednesday (January 14), free climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson reached the peak of Yosemite’s Dawn Wall: a smooth, nearly vertical 3,000-foot rock face on the El Capitan Mountain. The Dawn Wall is among the toughest free climbs in the world. National Geographic calls it, “The hardest big-wall free climb in history.” Before Caldwell and Jorgeson’s success on Wednesday, most free climbers had said that the Wall […]
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2:51 PM | Using a rainbow to show how proteins fold
Pull a spaghetti noodle out of a box of pasta and take a look.  It’s long and stiff.  Try to bend it and it breaks.  But fresh pasta is pliable.  It can fold just like cooked noodles. When students first look at an amino acid sequence, a long string of confusing letters, they often think those letters are…
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2:27 PM | Gone Home: A Video Game as a Tool for Teaching Critical Thinking Skills
A video game that is classified as a storytelling experience is taking the place of traditional text in some classrooms to teach students critical thinking skills. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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12:01 PM | Steam boat
A pop pop boat in action! Following up on the steam-powered spinning top we talked about earlier, today we have a steam-powered pop pop boat. The mechanism is exactly the same as for the spinning top, except the boat is … Continue reading →
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7:38 AM | Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet
Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planetMary Williams's insight:Important paper updating the areas of concern for keeping the planet in the "safe operating zone" - note the danger coming from the P and N biogeochemical flows, which are entirely a consequence of the use of agricultural fertilizers.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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1:02 AM | U.S. Government’s 10,000 Documented “Project Blue Book” UFO Cases Released For Public View
All documents related to “Project Blue Book” – a formerly classified project run by the United States government – have just been released for public view online. Project Blue Book ran from 1947 to 1969, during which time the U.S. government documented over 10,000 cases that involved Unidentified Flying Objects (“U.F.O.”s). According to the U.S. Government’s National Archives… “The United States Air Force retired to the […]

January 15, 2015

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7:47 PM | Reaching Students: What Research Says About Effective Instruction in Undergraduate Science and Engineering
Reaching Students:What Research Says About Effective Instruction in Undergraduate Science and Engineering (2014)Mary Williams's insight:Free ebook, from National Academies PressSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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6:20 PM | Whatever, flu. Shut up.
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2:31 PM | An experiment in post-proposal peer review
I’m a huge fan of post-publication peer review (PPPR). It’s the future of scientific publishing and it’ll be de rigeur – rather than a novelty – for the next generation of scientists. Because if that doesn’t happen, science and society are going to continue to suffer from gaping holes in the quality-control mechanism that is […] The post An experiment in post-proposal peer review appeared first on physicsfocus.org.
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2:05 PM | The internal plumbing of algal chloroplasts
High-resolution images of chloroplast structure in the alga Chlamydomonas offer new insights into photosynthesish-resolution images of chloroplast structure in the alga Chlamydomonas offer new insights into photosynthesis. - See more at: http://elifesciences.org/content/4/e05983#.dpufh-resolution images of chloroplast structure in the alga Chlamydomonas offer new insights into photosynthesis. - See more at: http://elifesciences.org/content/4/e05983#.dpufMary Williams's insight:If you think this […]
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9:22 AM | Standing on the Shoulders of Giantesses
From the blog of the Biochemical Society:"We in the biochemistry community are truly standing on the shoulders of giantesses.In recognition of this fact, the Biochemical Society commissioned a research project into the lives and work of prominent female biochemists from 1945-1975 as part of our recent Women in Biochemistry year.Today, we release the result of this project: Women in Biochemistry: 1945 –1975 – a collection of interviews and profiles that paints an insightful picture […]
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6:00 AM | Pitfalls of Metaphors: Does Warm Air Hold More Water?
Using "warm air holds more water" as his inspiration, guest blogger Glenn Dolphin explores how the way that the human brain processes metaphors can foster durable misconceptions that obscure more than ...
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