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July 09, 2014

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2:41 PM | Getting Dissolved Can Be Traumatizing
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2:00 PM | A School Day That’s All About Play
Imagine a school where the students’ day revolves around playing games, all day long. Video games, live action role-playing games, board games, building games. At the PlayMaker School in Los... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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12:49 PM | Mammalian X inactivation
In humans, males are 46XY and females are 46XX. The Y chromosome has been in the news recently but we’re more concerned about the X chromosome today. You’ll notice that there are two copies of the X in human females – do we have double the X gene products? No, X inactivation silences most but […]
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12:24 AM | White House Staff Salaries Range from $0 up to $400,000
Under a law established in1995, the White House is required to inform Congress how much it pays their staff. The Obama administration has made this information available to the public in a searchable database form. According to Yahoo News… “In total, the 457 employees make $37,776,925, for an average yearly salary of about $82,663.” Salaries […]

July 08, 2014

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11:15 PM | Fatal Drug Overdoses Have Tripled In Russia Since 2012, Reaching 100,000 Per Year
Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service announced some chilling statistics on Russian drug use this past Monday. The most frightening data was on the number of fatal drug overdoses per year in the country. Last year, that number climbed over 100,000, making it nearly three times higher than it was in 2012. The Service also announced that […]
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9:00 PM | The Backlash Against the ‘Pinkification’ of Tech
Important story about the backlash against the "Pinkification" of STEM in the San Francisco Chronicle. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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7:22 PM | Urban Science Adventure: Appreciating Bees
Now is the time to get outdoors and experience what the world has to offer. One thing that you can keep in mind is that there are insects everywhere, including our back yards! A simple past time that... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:24 PM | This Guy’s Art Looks Like A Bunch of Trash… Until You See It From the Right Angle (GIFs and Gallery)
Bernard Pras is a French painter, photographer and sculptor with an amazing eye for perspective. His art style in called anamorposis. It involves creating a distorted projection that can only be correctly viewed from one specific angle. Pras is a master, using all kinds of random odds and ends to create images with stunning detail. […]
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4:46 PM | What Makes an ‘Extreme Learner’?
It’s the hunger for learning rather than raw intellect that distinguishes Extreme Learners from the gifted. Intensely motivated and harboring a breadth of interests, they also consider ignorance a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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2:01 PM | The uninhabitable planet: debunking the ESI
It was the news for which everyone had been waiting. At the end of last month, the popular press went wild. A planet had been discovered that was so much like Earth it was heralded as our best bet for supporting life. Positioned 16 light years away, Gliese (or GJ) 832c was a mere hop […] The post The uninhabitable planet: debunking the ESI appeared first on physicsfocus.org.
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9:24 AM | Shen: Foundations of probability theory and Kolmogorov complexity
Alexander Shen, Основания теории вероятностей и колмогоровская сложность. (Foundations of probability theory and Kolmogorov complexity).
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7:09 AM | Calling a spade a spade
Calling a spade a spade: Mathematics in the new pattern of division of labour Abstract The growing disconnection of the majority of population from mathematics is becoming a phenomenon that is increasingly difficult to ignore. This paper attempts to point to deeper roots of this cultural and social phenomenon. It concentrates on mathematics education, as […]
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7:05 AM | Fujitsu Lettuce? In Japan, idled electronics factories find new life in farming
Struggling to compete with rivals in South Korea or China in businesses like televisions and smartphones, a range of Japanese electronics giants are converting idled factories to agriculture.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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6:25 AM | The Scientist Magazine® profile of Bruce Ames: Mutagens and Multivitamins
Not one to shy away from controversy, Bruce Ames has pitted himself against industry groups, environmentalists, and his peers through his work identifying DNA mutagens. And he’s not done yet.Mary Williams's insight:This is a wonderful profile of an inspiring scientists. When I was an undergraduate at Berkeley, second year life science students were invited to a meeting in which members of each subdiscipline explained their field of study to us. Bruce Ames talked to us about Biochemistry […]
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1:10 AM | The Streets of Chicago Are 4 Times More Deadly Than the Battlefields of the Middle East
This Fourth of July weekend saw joy, laughter, fellowship and fun. It also saw another rash of murders in the streets of Chicago. The 3-day weekend starting on the 4th saw eight murders in Chicago. Two more have already been reported for today. While this weekend was slightly more violent than others, it is definitely […]

July 07, 2014

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11:48 PM | Promoting Open Access research with the Internet and social media | Open Science
 Source: http://openscience.com/promoting-open-access-research-with-the-internet-and-social-media/July 7, 2014Promoting Open Access research with the Internet and social mediaThis post is the fifth part of my series ‘How to promote an Open Access book?‘ Although having realized that it may apply to both books and papers, I decided to change the title a little bit.It is impossible to imagine promotion without the Internet and especially without social media. Obviously, this also […]
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11:43 PM | Check Out This Rare Baby Albino “Cyclops” Shark (Photo Gallery)
I’ll address all skeptics immediately, this is a real dusky shark fetus that was caught inside its mother in 2011 along with nine other normal baby sharks. Unfortunately the mother died when it was caught so none of the babies survived. In 2011,Tracy Ehrenberg, general manager of Pisces Sportfishing in Cabo San Lucas, interviewed the fisherman who […]
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4:01 PM | How Scientists Predicted With 70% Accuracy Which 14-Year-Olds Would Be Binge Drinkers By 16
Five years ago, Robert Whelan, a former postdoctoral fellow in psychiatry at University of Vermont (UVM) and current lecturer at University College in Dublin, joined forces with Hugh Garavan, associate professor of psychiatry at UVM. The pair of psychiatric researchers wanted to see if they could determine the factors that predicted binge drinking in teens. In […]
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3:18 PM | The Struggles and Realities of Student-Driven Learning and BYOD
The promise of technology in the classroom has long been equal access to resources on the internet, but a digital divide still exists largely because of the other issues poverty raises in schools. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:00 PM | Cassini Liked It So He Put A Ring On It
Saturn in natural color, photographed by Cassini, 2004 If you've seen a recent photo of Saturn (such as the one above), it's likely from the Cassini spacecraft. The 10th anniversary of the Cassini spacecraft reaching the Saturn system (the planet and its moons) occurred on June 30th.  The spacecraft is named after Giovanni Cassini, an accomplished scientist who, among other things, noted a gap between the rings of Saturn […]
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10:00 AM | iLabs: A Face Mite, Two Researchers and NPR’s Frank Stasio Walk into a Lab…..
I promised information on just how “face mite, Micro World iLab, and Frank Stasio (from NPR’s The State of Things)” are all used in the same sentence.  The best thing I can do to give you the whole COOL story, is to let you see the interview taped at the Museum with the researchers and a teacher […]

July 06, 2014

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8:50 PM | You Should Know: Dr. Marie Daly
Welcome to the eighth installment of You Should Know, where I give my own #ScholarSunday salute to Science Bloggers and Blogs you may not yet know about. But this week is a little different. I’m... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:47 PM | The Story of the Man Who Only Made $10 for Figuring Out How to Make Diamonds
In 1772, French nobleman and chemist Antoine Lavoisier used a lens to concentrate the sun (magnifying-glass style) on a diamond in an atmosphere of oxygen. The diamond released only carbon dioxide (CO2), proving that diamonds were made up only of carbon. Then in 1779, English chemist Smithson Tennant further bolstered the findings by burning both graphite (which is also […]
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3:00 PM | Bike Science: The Physics Behind Cycling
As this year's Tour de France rolls into view, students can take an inside look at the science involved in successful road racing. What do gears and tires have to do with who wins the premiere race—or how long it...
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2:00 PM | What Does It Take To Get Into Harvard? Not What You Might Expect
With these words of advice to parents, Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust surprised the Aspen Ideas Festival: “Make your children interesting!” If that’s the trajectory to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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12:28 PM | Nurse Anesthetist and Former Washington Redskins Cheerleader Rachel Visits HoCo STEM Festival
Nurse Anesthetist and former Washington Redskins cheerleader Rachel recently attended the Howard County (Maryland) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Festival. Here’s her report: Hello fellow STEM folks! I had the pleasure of representing Science Cheerleader at the HoCo STEM Festival a few weeks ago. This was the second annual event so they were still looking for ideas in terms of how to make the event flow and make it overall even better! This year I was in the […]
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11:31 AM | iLabs: We LOVE When “The Julies” Come to Play in Our Lab!! :)
The Julies.  Who are these mysterious individuals who share the same name, share our passion for broadcasting science news to anyone who’ll listen, and get as excited over armpit bacteria of primates and bacterial symbionts of planthoppers, as another person might over a surprise new car or diamond necklace?   ( Though if you send […]
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7:39 AM | Robert Hooke's Micrographia (audio-annotated flipbook)
Here's a nice way to display a 500 year old book!See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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1:15 AM | The NSA’s House of Cards Is Crumbling: Their German Double Agent Just Got Arrested
A man identified by media as a German intelligence officer was arrested this past Wednesday (7/2/2014) on charges of leaking information to the U.S.’s National Security Agency (NSA). German Chancellor Angela Merkel has so far declined comment on the arrest, but her spokesman Steffen Seibert called the issue a serious matter, adding, “I will have to […]

July 05, 2014

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11:56 PM | Using Vacuum Tubes to Shoot Salmon Over Dams and Restore Their Traditional Habitats
Over the past hundred and fifty years or so, the waterways of the Pacific Northwest have seen more and more dams built across them. The dams provide hydroelectric power, as well as making irrigation possible in otherwise dry, arid areas. But they have also contributed to the rapid decline of the once thriving salmon populations […]
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