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April 21, 2015

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8:23 PM | Establishment of Anthoceros agrestis as a model species for studying the biology of hornworts
Establishment of Anthoceros agrestis as a model species for studying the biology of hornwortsMary Williams's insight:"Methods and resources have been developed to enable A. agrestis to be used as a model species for developmental, molecular, genomic, and genetic studies. This advance provides an unprecedented opportunity to investigate the biology of hornworts"See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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7:49 PM | Newly Discovered Glassfrog In Costa Rica Is Being Called Kermit’s Look-Alike
On April 17, the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center announced the discovery of a new species of glassfrog: Hyalinobatrachium dianae. According to the center’s website, Costa Rica has 14 types of glassfrogs in their country. Prior to this discovery, a new species hadn’t been described since 1973. “Brian Kubicki, Stanley Salazar and Robert Puschendorf discovered the frog living between 400m and 800m up in the mountains. Kubicki, the senior scientists, named it after […]
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7:43 PM | Mystery Seed of the Week 246
Our seeds today are not quite mature. I had to pick the pods early because the seeds shoot out when the pods are mature. Although they look like lima beans in size and shape, these seeds are from a tree. … Continue reading →
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4:19 PM | Five Great Nectar Plants for Butterfly Gardens
For our mystery seed post last week we had 5 seeds from flowers that are great nectar plants for butterfly gardens. And the mystery seeds were (drum roll)…. 1. Echinacea – coneflowers (perennial) (Public domain photograph by Bobbi Jones at … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | The World’s Fastest Train Just Set Another New Speed Record (Video)
It’s been a good month for Central Japan Railways. Last week, the company’s cutting-edge “maglev” (magnetic levitation) train hit a record speed of 590km/h (367 mph), breaking its own record of 581km/h (361 mph) set back in 2003. Less than a week later, the maglev has bested itself once again, reaching a speed 603km/h (374 mph) during a test-run near Mount Fuji on Tuesday. Check it out in the video below: According to the company, the maglev train, which was […]
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3:00 PM | Can Cavities Be Detected By a Laser?
Here's what to know about how a laser tool should be used to diagnose cavities and when they can be inaccurate. The post Can Cavities Be Detected By a Laser? appeared first on Ask the Dentist.
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1:34 PM | New shoes expand five sizes so kids don't grow out of them
An engineering entrepreneur develops a sandal, named as "The Shoe That Grows". The specialty of this shoes is that it expands with a child in order to prevent them from growing out of them so quickly. It's brilliant focused thinking for helping poor families in countries such as Kenya, where many families can't afford to replace shoes every couple of months.As we know children's feet grow very fast in age ranges of two and six, they can go up a size every couple of months, and by the age […]
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1:33 PM | Can Foreign Language Immersion Be Taught Effectively Online?
Imagine learning how to speak a language by observing body language and trying to guess what's being said. An innovative online language course is rethinking how we learn.
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10:24 AM | Qualcomm may tap Samsung foundries for Snapdragon 820
Samsung has an advantage in chip making and it's starting to snowball – now even Qualcomm may switch to Samsung's foundries to manufacture the upcoming Snapdragon 820 chipset. The current 810 is built by TSMC (which also produced previous Snapdragons), but it has been underperforming. Qualcomm rushed to add 64-bit capability to its chipsets, which led it to use the standard ARM Cortex cores instead of the next generation custom chips – those just weren’t ready. Still, […]
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9:54 AM | Protein converts pancreatic cancer cells back into healthy cells
Researchers working on pancreatic cancer research have introduced a technique that can turns cancerous cells back into normal healthy cells. The method basically depends upon the introduction of a protein called E47, which bonds with particular DNA sequences and reverts the cells back to their original state.The whole study is performed by the researchers from Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, University of California San Diego and Purdue University. The scientists are hopeful […]
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9:33 AM | This alarm clock showers you with targeted beams of light and sound
In the 21st century, people shouldn’t wake up in the dark, lose sleep to their partner’s alarm, or be jolted awake by a buzzer. It’s time to rethink how we wake up. A team of mechanical and electrical engineers has really worked hard for developing this gadget. Lucera Labs brings highly targeted sounds mix with artificial sunrise to save your significant other some valuable shut-eye, and perhaps even your relationship. It is just launched on Kickstarter, Wakē […]

April 20, 2015

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10:40 PM | We are not the same (& that is fine): Different Approaches to Animal Behavior
I’m full throttle Research mode and as I am oft to do – I think very deeply about the meaning and purpose of my tests. My ever-evolving research philosophy definitely a very whole... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:56 PM | Reports: ISIS and the Taliban Have Declared Jihad Against Each Other
There is little love lost between ISIS and the Taliban. Besides competing for recruits, the two groups have also engaged in a number of skirmishes in recent months as ISIS (also known as ISIL, the Islamic State and Daesh) looks to expand its influence to Afghanistan. Now, it seems that feud has been escalated. Radio Mashaal, a Pakistan-based wing of Radio Free Europe, has published a report stating that both the Taliban and Daesh have officially decreed Jihad (ie. holy […]
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9:53 PM | The genome of cultivated sweet potato contains Agrobacterium T-DNAs with expressed genes: An example of a naturally transgenic food crop
"We communicate the rather remarkable observation that among 291 tested accessions of cultivated sweet potato, all contain one or more transfer DNA (T-DNA) sequences. These sequences, which are shown to be expressed in a cultivated sweet potato clone (“Huachano”) that was analyzed in detail, suggest that an Agrobacterium infection occurred in evolutionary times. One of the T-DNAs is apparently present in all cultivated sweet potato clones, but not in the crop’s closely related […]
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6:46 PM | New painless and self-administred blood test could replace needles
A new device the size of a ping-pong ball promises to reduce pain and overall healthcare costs. This device is developed by Tasso Inc., a US-based company run by graduates of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.You just need to hold this device against your skin for two minutes, and blood is sucked out via a "slight vacuum" into an attached tube. The sample is then able to be mailed off or hand-delivered to the lab or GP. "The technology relies on the forces that govern the flow of tiny […]
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6:12 PM | Japanese Maglev bullet train breaks 12-year speed record
The "Maglev" bullet train owned by Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Central) has set a new world record on Thursday by hitting a top speed of 590 kilometers per hour on a test run through the Yamanashi prefecture in central Japan. It also break previous speed record of 580 k/h (361 mph), which has been standing since December 2003, and a spokesperson for JR Central says they expect to beat the record again tomorrow, when a second test run could hit speeds of 600 k/h.The train can achieve such […]
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6:01 PM | Can Games and Badges Motivate College Students to Learn?
K-12 educators are well versed in the use of games for learning, so why don't colleges embrace the same kind of fun?
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5:33 PM | Don't forget, deadline for Teaching Tools pre-proposal submissions is 30 April
Read more herehttp://blog.aspb.org/2015/03/02/share-your-enthusiasm-teaching-tools-submission-competition/See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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5:28 PM | Camlet Mount connects your smartphone or tablet to DSLR
The cameras integration with smartphones and tablets has seen many become normal to the oversized viewfinder provided by such mobile devices. But such devices can't compete with dedicated DSLRs cameras when it comes to image quality and features. For solving this issue Vancouver-based Camlet Products and New York-based IC Art NY have created the Camlet Mount to connect a mobile device to your camera.The Camlet Mount mounts onto a camera through the flash/accessory hot shoe. The Camlet […]
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3:43 PM | Hyundai Helps A Girl Write A Note That Her Astronaut Father Can See From Space (Video)
Being the child of an astronaut can be tough. Just ask 13-year-old Stephanie, whose father, Terry W. Virts, has been aboard the International Space Station since November. When Hyundai heard about Stephanie, they came up with a creative idea to help her connect with her father in space while also getting some promo for their new Genesis sedans. Using a fleet of 11 cars, Hyundai wrote a giant message of love from Stephanie to her father in the sands of Nevada’s
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3:00 PM | Healthy Mouth, Healthy Baby: Must-Know Oral Health Tips For Your Pregnancy
Everything you need to know about how oral health impacts your pregnancy and the health of your new baby. The post Healthy Mouth, Healthy Baby: Must-Know Oral Health Tips For Your Pregnancy appeared first on Ask the Dentist.
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1:02 PM | How Salmonella Survives the Macrophage’s Acid Attack
Salmonella has adapted what was once an antibacterial response into a signal for the correct time and place to secret its virulence proteins. Continue reading →
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12:42 PM | NGSS moves forward in Iowa; skeptical review team member discusses why he voted no
How to Read the Next Generation Science Standards from Achieve on Vimeo. After months of work, an Iowa Department of Education (IDE) review team last week signed off on a recommendation that the state’s schools teach the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as an update to the current Iowa Core standards. It’s a victory for […]
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12:15 PM | Siemens develops world record electric motor for aircrafts
Researchers at Siemens have created a new prototype electric motor specifically designed for aircraft that weighs in at just 50 kg (110 lb) and is claimed to produce about 260 kW (348 hp) at just 2,500 RPM. The motor has been specially designed for use in aircraft. With a quoted power five times greater than any comparable powerplant, the new motor is fair enough to get aircraft with take-off weights of up to 1,800 kg (2 ton) off the ground.According to Researchers they manufactured […]
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11:36 AM | Waves on a current
When you throw a stick in the water and the waves don’t form circles. Throwing something in the water usually results in waves traveling out in circles from the point of impact. But if you throw your stick into a … Continue reading →
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8:17 AM | Plant defense phenotypes determine the consequences of volatile emission for individuals and neighbors
Both the frequency of sesquiterpene-emitting individuals and the defense capacity of individual plants determine the consequences of sesquiterpene volatile emission for individuals and their neighbors in populations of the wild tobacco Nicotiana attenuata.Mary Williams's insight:Nice press release here too http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150415114028.htmSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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7:26 AM | SciStarter and Citizen Science at Philly Tech Week and the Philadelphia Science Festival!
Wednesday, April 22 9:00am – 12:00pm  Excite Center 3401 Market St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 In partnership with Drexel University’s Center for Science, Technology & Society and the ExCITe Center, this event will workshop digital projects and their platforms to improve accessibility and empower citizen scientists.SciStarter.com is a Philly start-up with international reach featuring 1,000 citizen […]Find more posts like SciStarter and Citizen Science at […]
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7:17 AM | Most awaited Sony Xperia Z4 flagship announced in Japan
Looks like the ‘Xperia Z3 Neo’ rumours were wrong as Sony Japan has quietly unveiled the Xperia Z4. The handset is no different to the one that has been heavily rumoured over recent weeks and months. The design is very similar to the Xperia Z3, although it adopts the stereo speaker positioning of the Xperia Z2 towards the edge of the top and bottom. The handset will launch in four colours (black, white, copper and aqua green) later this summer. No word of an international […]
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4:07 AM | April 16, 2015: Editing Chaos!!!
The last session was… chaotic. Yoyo qualified for the National Science Fair (yay!) so we had to help edit her 16-page paper down to 5 pages (boo).Jenny, Lauren and I frantically tried to help her as much as we could. We ended up practicing how to edit papers, which is useful because our own scientific papers […]
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12:17 AM | How Much Sleep is Just Right for Cognitive Function?
We all know about the importance of sleep. But what's the difference between four, six and eight hours of sleep?
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