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October 18, 2014

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5:27 AM | Mr. Buffer System
When we eat so much food and ingest copious amounts of nutrients, it’s hard to imagine how our body is able to keep everything in control. Whether it is our digestive or muscular system, there is no denying that our body needs to have a way to manage and control they way each human system […]
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4:25 AM | Unbiased Research
There are many kinds of bias that may be in the way of performing an accurate experiment. Therefore, in many researches, the titles include the words, randomized, double blind and placebo controlled. These techniques help to minimize the bias of experiments. Randomized experiments contain randomly allocated groups of randomly selected sample within a population. A […]
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4:22 AM | Summary Of October 14th, 2014
On October the 14, 2014, the Future Science Leaders students were introduced to the world of scientific journals. These papers interested the young scientists and made us agog. Later in to the session, we were handed papers to read and analyze themselves. The class of students was in for a terrific surprise on that day.  […]
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3:06 AM | The Gateway to the Deep Space
I first heard about the Orion spacecraft when I looked over my brother’s shoulder at his computer. He was on this website. Curiously, I asked him specifically what he was doing, and with a nonchalant shrug of his shoulders, “I’m gonna be on Mars.” Well, kind of. In celebration of the spacecraft Orion’s first flight, […]
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12:19 AM | Nigerian Government Announces Deal to Bring Back Kidnapped Schoolgirls
On Friday (10/17), the Nigerian government announced that it had made a deal with the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram to bring back the approximately 270 girls that are still being held hostage by the group. The announcement was made by Nigeria’s defense minister, who also said that the Nigerian military had reached a cease-fire agreement with the militants. Government sources are expressing confidence that Boko Haram will follow through with the deal. One […]

October 17, 2014

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8:05 PM | This Artist Makes Elaborate Tree Sculptures Using A Single Strand of Wire (Photos)
Clive Maddison is an author and artist based in Brixham, England. Clive wasn’t a big fan of school growing up, but he always enjoyed hands on activities like metalwork and woodwork. After graduating college, he spent 12 years working as an electrician for a large company before leaving to become an independent contractor. Becoming self-employed also gave Clive a chance to pursue his two biggest passions: writing and art. Clive creates amazingly intricate models of […]
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7:26 PM | This 3-D Printer Uses Mud to Print Homes for People In Impoverished Areas (Video)
Worldwide, about 100 million people are homeless. Another 863 million people are living in slums and other substandard conditions. That’s nearly a billion people living with unacceptably inadequate housing. The rapid development of 3-D printing technology is already starting to play a role in lowering these numbers. Earlier this year, the Chinese company WinSun showed off their new 3-D printer by printing 10 complete homes in just 24 hours: Unfortunately, 3-D […]
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7:09 PM | How Can Students Have More Say in School Decisions?
Administrators, educators and students are discovering ways to include students in the programs that affect them most. Some programs help students speak directly to the people in charge. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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6:33 PM | Five Halloween Treats for Citizen Scientists
 Zombees and spiders and bats, Oh MY! Drag your bones over, give these projects a TRY! Happy Halloween! From the SciStarter team. Here are  five projects to put a smile on your skull.  Want a free SciStarter Tshirt? Take our quick survey before Tuesday, 10/21!   Loss of the Night Bring Citizen Science with you to Trick […]Find more posts like Five Halloween Treats for Citizen Scientists by Angus R. Chen on the SciStarter Blog. Your source for citizen […]
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4:12 PM | How to stop the spread of Ebola [video]
Tagged: Biology, Ebola, Emerging disease, Filovirus, Health, Medicine, Microbiology, Science, Video, Virology, virus
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3:47 PM | This Futuristic Air Umbrella Forms An Invisible Shield to Keep You Dry (Video)
The umbrella is an ancient innovation. The first written record of a collapsible umbrella dates all the way back to 21 AD – it was included as part of a ceremonial carriage for a Chinese emperor. The umbrella’s design is simple and functional, which is why it has remained relatively unchanged for 2,000 years. But a research and development team from Nanjing, China may have just taken the next step in umbrella evolution: they created an umbrella that uses air to […]
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2:48 PM | Diverisity in Science Writing addressed at 2014 ScienceWriting Conference
The annual ScienceWriters meeting is a joint meeting of the National Association of Science Writers and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.  It is a meeting for science writers, by... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:00 PM | Ebola Isn't Just Fear Mongering
There have been many accusations that the current Ebola outbreak is another example of fear mongering, or deliberately focusing on the fear involved with an issue. This could not be further from the truth.  It's important to understand that Ebola is a very serious fever that is often fatal in humans. The World Heath Organizations (WHO) defines the current Ebola outbreak as "the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976." There has […]
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7:48 AM | Do Certain Toothpastes Cause Canker Sores?
SLS is a surfactant and a foaming agent found in most household soaps and detergents. It gives you that bubbly, foamy feeling when you’re brushing that manufacturers know make you feel like your mouth is cleaner. That foamy feeling from SLS might feel good, but SLS actually strips away the protective lining of the mouth. […] The post Do Certain Toothpastes Cause Canker Sores? appeared first on Ask the Dentist.
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7:48 AM | Ask Dr. B: Do Certain Toothpastes Cause Canker Sores?
Many toothpastes contain an ingredient called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). SLS is a strong detergent and has demonstrated in several studies to increase canker sore outbreaks and pain. The post Ask Dr. B: Do Certain Toothpastes Cause Canker Sores? appeared first on Ask the Dentist.

October 16, 2014

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11:00 PM | Moon Mining: NASA’s Plans to Harvest Water from the Moon
There’s a lot of water on the moon, and NASA wants to learn how to get to it. In July 2008, water was found conclusively for the first time inside ancient moon samples brought back by Apollo astronauts. In 2009, observations from three spacecraft showed signals of water across the moon’s surface, bolstering the idea that the moon might actually contain significant amount of water. Then, in October 2010, scientists reported that a frigid crater called Cabeus at the […]
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7:57 PM | Explore the Story of Your Life On Earth Like Never Before, Courtesy of the BBC
I was going through my daily ritual of internet surfing this morning when I stumbled upon something that I thought was really cool. The BBC has put together an interactive page that tells the story of your life in a creative new way that’s both intriguing and informative. You start out by entering your date of birth: Once you’ve done that, BBC gives you access to a wealth of awesome information. The first section shows how you have changed. In this section, you
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7:47 PM | #NABJ14 #HealthyNABJ Recap: Cultivating Diversity in Science Communication
I attended the 2014 National Association of Black Journalists meeting in Boston, Massachusetts July 30-August 2014 (NABJ Program book). This was the second NABJ conference I have attended, this time... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:39 PM | Citizen Science with Pop Warner in Chicago and pregame at the Chicago Bulls game!
Science Cheerleader Tracy has been busy! She helped lead the parents for the Plainfield, Illinois Pop Warner Saints (and Angels) cheer teams through the NASA Asteroid Initiative texting activity on September 7. The Angels are a special-needs cheerleading sister squad for the Saints. The Angels squad includes girls with cerebal palsy, autism, muscular dystrophy, and other conditions. Tracy had this to report: “It was amazing; the Angels even go out at halftime right after the Saints and do […]
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6:00 PM | Solar Power Towers and Migratory Flight Paths
Environmental conservation and energy science collide in a proposed solar power project that promises greener energy but threatens to disrupt a major migratory path for birds. Students explore with big data science.
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4:10 PM | Cancer Gene
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2:23 PM | This Student Designs Jewelry That Turns Your Veins Into A Power Source (Video)
We’ve all been there: running out of power on your cell-phone with no prospect of a charger in the near future. It’s one of the most frightening possible scenarios for a lot of people these days. Naomi Kizhner, an Israeli graduate student, may have solved that problem. Naomi designs jewelry that harnesses your body’s energy to generate electrical power. Some of her devices are a little bit creepy- they are embedded into the wearer’s veins, and then use the […]
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1:18 PM | Studying With Quizzes Helps Make Sure the Material Sticks
Neuroscientists have known for a long time that regular quizzing on information helps make it stick, but students and teachers don't always know how to apply that research to classroom practice or... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:06 PM | ASPB Position Statement on Plant Genetic Engineering
"The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) supports the continued, responsible use of genetic engineering as an effective tool for advancing food security and reducing the negative environmental impacts of agriculture. ASPB also supports the continued use and further development of appropriate, science-based procedures and regulations to assess the risks and benefits of all new agricultural technologies and products, including those developed using GE......"Read the full statement at the […]
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9:54 AM | What does swimming the Channel have to do with physics? Read on…
As the IOP’s own research has shown only too clearly, girls in schools are not progressing to A level physics in large numbers. How many do take the subject varies by school in quite significant ways and it looks as if the school ethos must be playing a substantial part. But for some girls, physics […] The post What does swimming the Channel have to do with physics? Read on… appeared first on physicsfocus.org.
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3:29 AM | How Toothpaste Packaging Messes With Your Mind
Anticavity! Tartar control! Here I’ll translate for you what all those claims on your toothpaste really mean and break down exactly what actually matters to choose a healthy and effective toothpaste. The post How Toothpaste Packaging Messes With Your Mind appeared first on Ask the Dentist.
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12:40 AM | Lockheed May Have Just Made A HUGE Breakthrough In Nuclear Fusion
Earlier today (10/15), Lockheed Martin announced that they had achieved a technological breakthrough that makes it possible to generate energy via nuclear fusion. They also said that their new fusion reactors could be ready in as little as 10 years. Tom McGuire, an aeronautical engineer, leads the project. According to McGuire, Lockheed has been working on the project for about four years in its Skunk Works department (an alias for their classified advanced development […]

October 15, 2014

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11:30 PM | Protestors Angered By Missing Students Set Fire to Capital Building In Mexico
On Monday, October 13, hundreds of residents of a southern-Mexican city smashed and set fire to the state capital building in Chilpancingo, the capital city of the Mexican state of Guerrero. The cause of such fury? The disappearance of 43 students from a rural teachers’ college in Guerrero state (believed to have been abducted by corrupt police), and the lack of information and action that has followed. The students were protesting discriminatory hiring practices that […]
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9:36 PM | SciStarter among 18 winners of Knight Prototype Fund!
The Knight Foundation today announced the latest winners of its Knight Prototype Fund. Eighteen projects will receive $35,000 to help them bring their concepts closer to fruition and one of the 18 projects is ours: SciStarter ‘s project will connect data journalists and researchers with citizen scientists who are interested in helping them collect data about […]Find more posts like SciStarter among 18 winners of Knight Prototype Fund! by Darlene Cavalier on the SciStarter […]
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5:04 PM | The Awkward Business of Carrying Your Nobel Prize Through Airport Security
This week, nine scientists were awarded Nobel Prizes for their groundbreaking work in various fields of science. The projects that earned them this coveted prize were both revolutionary and mind-blowing. Japanese scientists Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura were given the award for the invention of blue LED lighting. This invention led to the development of the longer lasting and more energy efficient LED lights that are all around us today. […]
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