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April 14, 2015

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8:19 AM | How to know that 'you are smart' ?
The most common measure we use to quantify a person's intelligence - the IQ test - has been subject to a whole lot of scrutiny over the past few years, with research suggesting that a person's IQ score doesn't actually mean anything. "There is no such thing as a single measure of IQ or a measure of general intelligence," a team from the University of Ontario in the US concluded in 2012. "When we looked at the data, the bottom line is [that] the whole concept of IQ - or of you having […]
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7:37 AM | Secondary metabolites in plant innate immunity
Plant secondary metabolites carry out numerous functions in interactions between plants and a broad range of other organisms. Experimental evidence strongly supports the indispensable contribution of many constitutive and pathogen-inducible phytochemicals to plant innate immunity. Extensive studies on model plant species, particularly Arabidopsis thaliana, have brought significant advances in our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underpinning pathogen-triggered biosynthesis and […]
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6:46 AM | Botanicalls Kit - KIT-10334 - SparkFun Electronics
"KIT-10334: Botanicalls Kits let plants reach out for human help! They offer a connection to your leafy pal via online Twitter status updates to your mobile phone."Mary Williams's insight:I just discovered SparkFun and I love it! It's a super program focused on enabling kids to make things with electronics. They have a wide variety of projects including some sparkly, blingy fun ones to broaden appeal beyond your stereotypical maker types. See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources
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6:33 AM | Meet the Spring interns!
My name is Hined Rafeh, and I’m a first year graduate student at Drexel University studying Science, Technology, and Society. I am interested in studying citizen science and mixing it up with project owners, participants and everyone in between. I hope to meet you and other members of the SciStarter community at some of the […]Find more posts like Meet the Spring interns! by Darlene Cavalier on the SciStarter Blog. Your source for citizen science and other science you can do.
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5:50 AM | HIRSCHSPRUNGS Disease
Definition Congenital develoental disorder characterised by the absence of ganglion cells in myenteric(Auerbach’s)plexus and aubmucosal Meissner’s plexus. Epidemiology Occurs in 1 in 5000 childbirths, more common in males and m:f ratio is 4:1. Etiology Family history of HIrschsprungs, 3-5 percent …Read more »Read more »
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4:30 AM | GoPro Partners Up With 3D Robotics To Make The Ultimate Video-Capturing Drone (Video)
The “3D Robotics Solo” — arguably the best drone ever created with GoPro capabilities — has just hit the markets. According to CNET… “Solo, its controller and optional Solo Gimbal — a motorized three-axis camera stabilizer — is the culmination of a couple years of work and a partnership with GoPro. A partnership that has resulted in a drone with full in-flight camera control and live, low-latency HD streaming straight to mobile […]
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3:57 AM | Meet Science Cheerleader Hilary and founder Darlene at #GirlPOP2015
Come down to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on May 16 to meet Science Cheerleader Hilary and Science Cheerleader/SciStarter founder Darlene! #GirlPOP2015 will bring in over 3,000 girls and adults for this all-women event focusing on real-life topics affecting women and girls worldwide. Hilary and Darlene will lead a Science Cheerleader session for girls in grades K-12 for an interactive science-fueled experience!
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3:55 AM | Join the Science Cheerleaders at the World Science Festival in NYC
Join the Science Cheerleaders at the World Science Festival  on May 31 in Washington Square Park! This year’s World Science Festival is expected to attract over 200,000 people eager to learn about and participate in fun science activities! Join us for Citizen Science projects that all ages can take part in, as well as photographs and cheers from our Science Cheerleaders!

April 13, 2015

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10:28 PM | Butterfly Gardening With Children: The Basics
The butterfly is a flying flower, The flower a tethered butterfly. ~Ponce Denis Écouchard Lebrun Butterflies are colorful, interesting insects. Many children find them fascinating. In fact, butterflies have become so popular that over the last few decades, butterfly houses … Continue reading →
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10:24 PM | NASA’s Curiosity Rover Has Discovered Liquid Water Below the Surface of Mars
For years, scientists thought that the freezing temperatures and extremely dry climate on Mars made it impossible for liquid water to exist there. Now, all that has changed. New measurements taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover indicate that there is actually liquid water just below the Martian surface. “The evidence so far is that any water would be in the form of permafrost. It’s the first time we’ve had evidence of liquid water there now,” says Andrew […]
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7:13 PM | Skeleton Uncovered In Italy Yields Oldest Neanderthal DNA Ever Found
An ancient skeleton, found deeply embedded in a cave in Italy, has provided researchers with the oldest Neanderthal DNA ever found. According to Live Science… “In 1993, scientists found an extraordinarily intact skeleton of an ancient human amidst the stalactites and stalagmites of the limestone cave of Lamalunga, near Altamura in southern Italy — a discovery they said had the potential to reveal new clues about Neanderthals.” Recent research now shows that DNA […]
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3:00 PM | The Complete Guide to Sugar
As a dentist, I get asked a lot about sugar. But as it turns out, sugar isn’t actually the worst thing for your teeth. Sugar also isn’t the cause of tooth decay; acid is. The most cavity-causing food is actually crackers, not candy. As someone with a major sweet tooth myself, I’ve wondered many of... Read More » The post The Complete Guide to Sugar appeared first on Ask the Dentist.
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2:12 PM | Dinosaur Dreams Come True
image: By J. Spencer, Tadek Kurpaski, Daderot, EvaK, Domser, Captmondo. Collage by Matthew Martyniuk [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons(This post contains affiliate links.)      Dinosaurs are an engaging topic for many children and adults alike. I was definitely a dinosaur kid, and that is common for those of us who enjoy nature. Multiple Intelligences Theory would place us in the Naturalist Intelligence category. After all […]
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2:00 PM | Balloon-powered Vehicle Success
Hands-on engineering got a boost of balloon power with the fun 2015 Fluor® Engineering Challenge. Congratulations to everyone who joined the challenge and shared their creation! Take a look at some of the great entries!
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1:38 PM | The Benefits of Helping Preschoolers Understand and Discuss Their Emotions
Emotional literacy at an early age can make a big difference in a person's life. Here are some steps for helping adults and young children understand a child's big emotions.
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1:06 PM | ‘Snapshots in Time’: Spotting a Spotted Salamander
by Aditi Joshi Are you a resident of the northern US or Canada? You can help scientists to spot amphibians! Welcome Spring! As the temperature rises, the beauty of spring unfolds: snow melts, flowers bloom, and birds begin to chirp. In the amphibian world, spring marks the beginning of breeding activities. Among amphibians, wood frogs […]Find more posts like ‘Snapshots in Time’: Spotting a Spotted Salamander by Abigail Collins on the SciStarter Blog. Your source for citizen […]
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12:25 PM | Next Generation Science Standards gain attention and near approval
Some interesting things have happened in the month since I last wrote about Iowa educators considering the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). If you’ve been reading along (and you have, haven’t you?), you’ll know that an Iowa Department of Education (IDE) team is studying revisions to the Iowa Core science education standards. After considering several […]
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12:14 PM | How Do You Define Impact? (#whatisimpact)
Let's put our heads together and define 'impact'. How do you define it? What is impact? Is it a result? Is it influence? What do you think it is? I've yet to meet a person who doesn't want to have an impact. There are some who are clear about the impact they want to achieve, and they have methods in place to measure it. There are many others, however, who confuse impact with activity. And often there is a clear... Read more
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11:46 AM | Currents caused by thrusters
Or: fast inflow into nearly stagnant water body Did you ever notice how when certain ferries dock, they stop, already parallel to the dock, a couple of meters away from the dock and then just move sideways towards the dock? Usually … Continue reading →
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9:11 AM | New research shows the mental benefits of yoga and meditation
Yoga professionals knows well the mental and physical benefits the activity produces, as meditation is often implanted in yoga sessions. Now, yogis have got science to back their claims of well-being and focus, as new research shows more clearly how yoga-induced mindfulness has an impact on pain perception.PhD student Tim Gard from Maastricht University in the Netherlands started with recent research showing that mindfulness can attenuate pain, and set out to discover more about the […]
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8:25 AM | Amazon to begin testing new delivery drones in United States
Amazon has finally got approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to start testing same day delivery drone prototype for its Prime Air service, that aims to transport packages to Amazon customers in under 30 minutes. in the United States.This is the second time in as many months that the online retail giant, Amazon has received a drone testing certificate from the FAA. But the agency's response was hardly swift, finally granting an "experimental airworthiness certificate" to Amazon in […]
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7:53 AM | Australia cuts benefits for parents who don't vaccinate kids
Recently, Australian government Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that from January 2016, parents who refuse to vaccinate their children can lose up to $11,000 of welfare benefits a year under a new government policy. No jab, no pay."The overwhelming advice of those in the health profession is it's the smart thing and the right thing to do to immunise your children," Social Services Minister Scott Morrison told the press, adding that the decision had bipartisan support and was backed […]
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7:28 AM | This pill can change the shape of brain, new study suggests
The synthetic steroids delivered by the female contraceptive pill is able to shrink certain specific regions of the female brain and could also be changing their function, new research suggests.Neuroscientists from the University of California, Los Angeles in the United States capture brain scans of 90 women who were either currently using the pill or not and they observed that two key brain regions were thinner in pill users - the lateral orbitofrontal cortex and the posterior cingulate […]
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5:23 AM | Here’s a Stupid Question
“You are in a boat directly over the Mariana Trench. If you drop a 7kg bowling ball over the side, how long would it take to hit the bottom?” How would you answer this silly question? Well, if you’re Randall Munroe, you give it some serious thought, do some research and calculations, and then answer the […]
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5:01 AM | Caffeine the Savior
School is in full swing, and needless to say, I find myself staying up for those late-night study sessions. To survive these, I turn to my savior, tea. But what about tea help me get through? Caffeine. What exactly is caffeine? It’s a natural occurring chemical stimulant also know as trimethylxanthine; its chemical formula being C8H10N4O2. […]

April 12, 2015

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11:51 PM | Don’t Throw Your Hand Grenades In the Trash, Serbia Tells Its Citizens
The Serbian government estimates that hundreds of thousands of unregistered guns, grenades and other weapons are scattered across Serbia. The weapons are remnants of the Yugoslav Wars, which devastated the region during the early 1990s. Now, the Serbian government is trying to collect some of those arms to prevent them from ending up in the wrong hands. In February, the Serbian government passed strict laws regulating gun ownership after a spike in gun-related violence. The […]
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10:02 PM | On Tap This Week: Butterfly Gardening With Children
Butterfly gardening has become an incredibly popular activity. It is so easy, because all it requires is a little space and a few carefully chosen plants. It can be an extremely rewarding activity to carry out with children, who can … Continue reading →
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9:36 PM | Strange Myths About the Brain: True or False?
We’ve all heard the claims: either you’re “right-brained” or “left-brained”, and you can only use 10% of your brain. But is there any scientific truth to these myths, or can they be easily debunked? Let’s take a closer look… The claim: “Left-brained” people are more logical, while “right-brained” people are more creative As an art […]
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9:26 PM | You Should Know: Irene Mathieu and Maladi Kache Pa Gen Remed
Welcome to the twenty-seventh installment of You Should Know, where I give my own #ScholarSunday salute to Science Bloggers and Blogs you may not yet know about. I love how this series not only... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:18 PM | Undescended testis
Definition Incomplete descent of testis occurs when testis is arrested in some part of its normal path to scrotum. Development and descent of testis Testis develops from genital ridge in 7th week of intrauterine life, in the retroperitoneum below the …Read more »
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