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December 06, 2014

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11:52 AM | Dankook University Center Library - Author search: Nader Ale Ebrahim
  전체선택1Contribution of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Country’S H-IndexAcademic Journal FARHADI, MARYAM / SALEHI, HADI / EMBI, MOHAMED AMIN / FOOLADI, MASOOD / FARHADI, HADI / AGHAEI CHADEGANI, AREZOO / ALE EBRAHIM, NADER주제어 : JOURNALS / Human Computer Interaction / Peer Review / Social PsychologyDatabase : CogPrints […]
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11:14 AM | Unraveling the Mysteries of Your Twitter Network
How much do you know about your Twitter network? How do you identify key influencers, find out...
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6:53 AM | December 2
On the December 2 session of FSL, we had our second session on chemistry. We went to UBC where we got the opportunity to work in a real lab in the chemistry building. Like the last time we were at UBC, we met at the bus loop before slowly making our way to the building. […]

December 05, 2014

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11:12 PM | Will Catalonia Win Its Fight for Independence from Spain?
Early last month, nearly two million Catalans voted in favor of separation from Spain in an informal referendum on the issue. Catalonia is a wealthy region in the northeast corner of Spain, with a distinct history stretching back more than 1,000 years. The prosperous region is home to over 7 million people and contributes more to the Spanish economy than it receives from central government funds. And with austerity measures in Europe increasing in recent years, Catalonia […]
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4:01 PM | What’s Life Like for Snakes With No Scales?? (Video)
Scales are one of the most recognizable features of the reptile body. For many years, it was thought that snake scales played a multitude of roles: besides providing durable and flexible armor, many scientists believed scales also aided in movement and helped snakes regulate their temperature and retain water. But are scales really that important? What happens when a snake is born without them? Well, as it turns out, scaleless snakes actually seem to fare just as well as their […]
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1:51 PM | How much does a millstone weigh?
Not far from the college where I teach is an old millstone laying decoratively on the ground.I've been doing some research on millstones lately so I was wondering how much a typical millstone like this would weigh.  Measuring it gives the following dimensions:   Diameter = 53 in   Thickness = 8 in   Hole = 13 in squareThis millstone happens to be made of Shawangunk conglomerate which is composed almost entirely of quartz.  All geologists know the density […]
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12:49 PM | Which displaces more water, a boat with the anchor onboard or in the water?
Not that this is a big effect in the ocean, but still, it’s a nice demo. A body submerges into the water until it displaces an amount of water that is equal to its own weight. So if you have a … Continue reading →
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7:55 AM | Who Made That Flavor? Maybe A Genetically Altered Microbe
Biotech companies are inserting new genes into microorganisms, turning them into tiny factories to produce valuable nutrients and flavors. But many of them don't want to talk about it.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)

December 04, 2014

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7:00 PM | Singing Science: Weekly Science Activity
School and family science weekly spotlight: explore variables related to individual vocal range.
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4:14 PM | Hunrdreds of Thousands of Black Mussels Are Washing Up On A South African Beach (Video)
According to GrindTV… “A stretch of Rodderg Beach in South Africa turned into “mussel beach” recently when hundreds of thousands of black mussels washed ashore in a mystery that has local officials searching for the reason why.” The Plettenberg Bay phenomenon had residents and visitors curious as to why a 300-meter stretch of their beach was covered with so many dead/dying black mussels. Locals were warned not to consume any of the mussels, due […]
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2:21 PM | Being Conscientious About the Buzz Around STEM Education
STEM, though sometimes misunderstood, has become a popular acronym to rally around, and that kind of publicity has been helpful to educators. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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9:01 AM | Oncolytic viruses as anticancer vaccines
Oncolytic viruses are natural or genetically modified viral species that selectively infect and kill cancer cells. Continue reading →
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12:48 AM | The Effects of Cheap Oil: Russia’s Economy Has Shrunk to the Size of Korea’s or Spain’s
Monday was a very bad day for the already-struggling Russian economy. The rouble (Russia’s currency) suffered its largest single-day decline since 1998, losing 9% of its value in a matter of hours. The drop was a response to yet another fall in the price of oil, which now sits at a five-year low of $67.50/barrel. It’s been a long series of bad news for the Russian economy lately. Since Russia annexed Crimea during the Ukrainian uprising in March, the United States and

December 03, 2014

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10:00 PM | 100 Brains Mysteriously Missing From University of Texas May Have Been Destroyed
According to the Austin American-Statesman (12/3/14)… “Twenty-eight years ago, the Austin State Hospital transferred about 200 brains stored in jars of formaldehyde to the University of Texas for educational and research purposes. Now about half are missing, apparently including the brain of Charles Whitman, who went on a murderous shooting spree from the UT Tower in 1966.” As part of their original agreement with the university, Austin State Hospital required […]
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8:57 PM | Wordless Wednesday: This Stops Today
fergusonaction.com #ThisStopsToday: Some of the last words of Eric Garner, the man who died on camera in police custody while being taken down in an illegal choke hold on July 17, 2014. Today the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:29 PM | The Great Smog of ’52: Environmental Disasters in History
Fog as thick as pea soup is nothing new to Londoners. But on December 5, 1952, a dense, grimy cloud of fog descended on London, immobilizing the city and causing more than 4,000 deaths over a...
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4:38 PM | Purchasing Power Parity: A Map of the REAL Value of Minimum Wage Around the World
The economic statistic most commonly used to compare the economies of different countries is Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the total monetary value of all the goods produced within a country in one year. But looking at the GDP alone gives us a slightly skewed picture because it doesn’t account for the different costs of goods in different countries. To account for this, economists created a statistic called Purchasing Power Parity. But what is purchasing power exactly? You can think […]
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2:34 PM | Beereaucracy
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2:17 PM | What Meaningful Reflection On Student Work Can Do for Learning
Reflecting on one's work can be instrumental to growth and improvement, but it's an activity that's often under utilized. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:09 PM | ‘Tis the season… for Earth science hashtags
If you have a cause or a mission you want to call attention to, odds are there's a hashtag for that! See how many of these geoscience-themed ones you are familiar with.
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12:48 PM | What’s your perspective on good teaching?
Taking a test as a basis for reflection in teaching beliefs, intentions and actions. I am always looking for ways to make teachers think – and talk – about best practice in teaching. And one important aspect is, of course, what the … Continue reading →
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8:43 AM | Virtual teams
Volume 31, Issue 6, 1 November 2014, Article number 6949534, Pages 41-46Virtual teams [Guest editors' introduction]  (Review)Šmite, D.a , Kuhrmann, M.b , Keil, P.c   a Blekinge Institute of Technology, Swedenb University of Southern Denmark, Denmarkc Keil KTM GmbH, GermanyView references (10)AbstractOver the past decades, today, and in the future, business contexts in software organizations and the common ways of developing […]
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8:07 AM | Wed 3 Dec debate - (live stream) Genetically Modified Food
New York time  6:45 - 8:40 PM (that's 23:45 GMT)See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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8:02 AM | Kirk Broders | Center for International Education
Nice story about Kirk Broders' (Univ New Hampshire) travels to Mexico to examine the microbiome of beans at their center of origin and domesticationSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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8:00 AM | Carnivorous plant fossil trapped in amber
Rare fossils of a carnivorous plant have been found preserved in a piece of Baltic amber.Mary Williams's insight:That's cool. Here's a link the the article in PNAS http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/11/25/1414777111See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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7:59 AM | Support World Soil Day and the International Year of Soils 2015 - YouTube
"Animated video produced by the Global Soil Partnership promoting the creation of a UN World Soil Day and the adoption of 2015 as the International Year of Soils"Mary Williams's insight:You can find lots of resources about soil here http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/en/, in multiple languages too. 2015 is the International Year of Soils, and Dec 5 is World Soil Day.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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7:27 AM | Onboarding in open source projects
IEEE SoftwareVolume 31, Issue 6, 1 November 2014, Article number 6879055, Pages 54-61Onboarding in open source projects  (Article)Fagerholm, F.a , Sanchez Guinea, A.a , Borenstein, J.b , Munch, J.a   a University of Helsinki, Finlandb Stanford University and Facebook, United StatesView references (7)AbstractIn today's world, many companies turn to open source projects as a method to increase productivity and innovation. A major […]
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12:53 AM | Citizen Scientists Keep Watch for New Epidemics
In 1999, crows began dropping dead in the United States. A crow here, a crow there – nobody thought much of it at the time, says Joshua Dein, a veterinary scientist working with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But this was the precursor to outbreaks of the West Nile Virus in North America. Since scientists knew […]Find more posts like Citizen Scientists Keep Watch for New Epidemics by Editorial Team on the SciStarter Blog. Your source for citizen science and other science you […]

December 02, 2014

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11:36 PM | Nicaraguan Farmers Turn to Tarantulas As A Cash Crop Amid Historic Drought
Nicaragua is Central America’s poorest country. Many Nicaraguans farm for a living, relying upon crops like coffee, corn, beans and sugarcane to make money. But this past summer, the northern part of Nicaragua was hit by one of the worst droughts in recent memory. The drought ravaged the country’s crops, which in turn led to rapid increases in the prices of staple foods. The situation got so bad at one point that the Nicaraguan government began to encourage its […]
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7:03 PM | Thinking about grading
Thinking about specifications grading involves rethinking some basic assumptions about assessment and grading, even teaching in general. Here are four things that came clear to me as I read Linda Nilson's recent book on specs grading.
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