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April 10, 2014

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12:30 PM | Standing on the shoulders of SBG greatness
I've done a lot of reading on the implementation of standards-based grading (SBG) in physics classes. I often tell people I meet that most of the SBG classrooms I know of are in the high schools. I can point to Frank Noschese, Kelly O'Shea, Geoff Schmit, and Shawn Cornally as SBG experts who have successfully used SBG in their classes and share resources online.Looking online for resources for doing this at the college level has often seemed to turn up fewer resources, at least in my opinion. […]
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2:05 AM | Astronaut “Selfie”: The First Instagram From Space (Video)
The first Instagram from Space was unsurprisingly a selfie. American astronaut Steven Swanson snapped the picture while enjoying the zero-gravity conditions on the ISS. While astronauts have tweeted, checked in on foursquare and even uploaded music videos from space, Swanson was the first to post on Instagram.

April 09, 2014

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11:22 PM | Revolutionary Step? Bolivia Gives the Earth Comprehensive Legal Rights
The Law of Mother Earth is a bold move by the Bolivian government. At its source is the ancient “Pachamama” traditions of the native Andean people. This worldview is based on the belief that the earth is actually a living being (“Pachamama” translates to Mother Earth). The Bolivian government says the law is a culmination of efforts […]
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8:23 PM | Natural soil microbes alter flowering phenology and the intensity of selection on flowering time in a wild Arabidopsis relative
Plant phenology is known to depend on many different environmental variables, but soil microbial communities have rarely been acknowledged as possible drivers of flowering time. Here, we tested separately the effects of four naturally occurring soil microbiomes and their constituent soil chemistries on flowering phenology and reproductive fitness of Boechera stricta, a wild relative of Arabidopsis. Flowering time was sensitive to both microbes and the abiotic properties of different soils; […]
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7:14 PM | 11 African Countries Are Building a “Great Green Wall of Africa” to Stop the Spread of the Sahara Desert
Sub-Saharan Africa has some of the best farmland and in the world. So naturally, the vast majority of food production in Africa takes place there. However, the Sahara desert has been slowly spreading south, covering previously fertile lands with sand and absorbing them into the desert in a process known as desertification.  A UN report […]
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7:08 PM | Sloth Squeak!
Lucy Cooke, the mastermind behind Slothville, a recognized National Geographic Explorer and award winning videographer and TV producer, has a new book, The Power of Sloth, coming out in the UK today.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:25 PM | Wordless Wednesday: Research Snapshots 6
I was trying very hard to share some new photos from but I can’t seen to upload any pictures today. I’m missing my rats, actually, so revisiting the photographs of them makes me recall... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:08 PM | Superhero Suggestions
After last week's post about more diverse mascots, I started thinking about comic book characters. Sure, there's SpiderMan (have you seen Scientifically Accurate SpiderMan?!) and Poison Ivy, but I want more characters inspired by real living things, so I have some suggestions for some new characters. 
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4:00 PM | Bet on your Brain: The Psychology of Winning
~ Infographic courtesy of the team at A Winning Personality.
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3:07 PM | The Navy SEAL’s Parachute Jump Into the San Diego Padres’ Stadium From Their Perspective (Video)
When the San Diego Padres hosted the L.A. Dodgers for their home opener last Tuesday, they held a special ceremony to honor baseball legend Jerry Coleman. As part of that ceremony, three members of the Navy SEAL’s Parachute Team the “Leap Frogs”, parachuted into the stadium with special flags bearing Coleman’s initials and trademark star. Here’s what […]
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3:04 PM | Briefing: banana disease
More The post Briefing: banana disease appeared first on MicrobiologyBytes.
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3:00 PM | Life Sciences and Big Data: What's the Big Deal?
There was no singular moment of Big Data Bang, but we are living in and heading towards a time of seemingly endless and exponential data explosion—and the race to create solutions and strategies to help tame, store, organize, and make...
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7:00 AM | PNAS: Sugar demand, not auxin, is the initial regulator of apical dominance
"We have revealed that apical dominance is predominantly controlled by the shoot tip’s intense demand for sugars, which limits sugar availability to the axillary buds. These findings overturn a long-standing hypothesis on apical dominance and encourage us to reevaluate the relationship between hormones and sugars in this and other aspects of plant development." By Michael G. Mason, John J. Ross, Benjamin A. Babst, Brittany N. Wienclaw, and Christine A. BeveridgeSee it on Scoop.it, via […]
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6:49 AM | Google’s Robot Army
When we think of Google, we think of the lifesaver that helped us in our last minute essays or, in my case, the only way I passed my social studies class.  However, it seems that recently Google has begun investing in the emerging Robotics industry. First a quick history of robotics, while robotics seems pretty […]
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6:41 AM | Bacterial tricks for turning plants into zombies
Microbe deploys proteins that manipulate both the plant it infects and the insects that spread it.Mary Williams's insight:Here's the article in PLOS Biology http://www.plosbiology.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pbio.1001835And an article about the research in the local Norwich newspaperhttp://www.edp24.co.uk/news/graphic_scientists_solve_mystery_of_the_zombie_plants_1_3533805See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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3:30 AM | April 8th – Circuit Accomplished!
Earlier this week, I got my Peltier tiles (thermoelectric modules) from Lee’s Electronics in Vancouver. It’s a really neat store for anyone interested in electronics – from amateur to advanced tinkerers! The walls are lined with parts and the staff is ready to help with any question. At this week’s session I figured out my […]
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2:42 AM | The Illusion of Choice in The Media (Infographic)
In 1983, 90% of media in America was split between 50 different companies. By 2011, that same 90% was controlled by only 6 companies. Check out this awesome infographic on the consolidation of American media. Click the image to see the full size version. Note from Business Insider: “This infographic is from last year and is missing […]
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1:52 AM | Brain programming
There is nothing more fascinating to me than hearing my husband and his colleagues  when they talk about programming problems. The programming language allows any device capable of responding to such code, to do so fabulous things that make us buying them, looking at them or playing for hours and hours with them, virtually we become addicted to them.A simple task, as accepting a click on a button or the touch on a tab, involves long chains of operations that allow  to the device to […]
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12:43 AM | Zombie Zone
I have recently developed an unhealthy addiction to Plague Inc., a simulation game where you play as a bacteria, virus, prion (yes… Prion) or other deadly pathogen. Your objective? Destroy humanity. My favourite pathogen to play as is the fictional (I hope) Necroa virus. This virus can turn the dead into zombies. Let me tell […]

April 08, 2014

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10:38 PM | Galaxy Skirt Day 3
Today I finished taping the transparency sheets together! It was hard to line everything up but after some frustration I finally got it. Next, I got the silk screen I prepared a few weeks ago out of the cupboard and set up the station to set the silk screen. A few weeks ago I coated […]
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9:04 PM | If You Don’t Believe In the Transformative Power of Music, Watch This Video
Meet Henry. In his younger days he was a vibrant, fun-loving man who was always full of energy. As Henry grew older and his health began to deteriorate, however, he became more and more depressed and withdrawn. It got to the point where Henry was almost completely unresponsive. Enter Dan Cohen. Dan is a social worker […]
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8:13 PM | [GUEST POST] UK Flooding – And What You Can Do About It
Thames Valley Sewer System overwhelmed and instrumentation destroyed, how you can contribute to water monitoring with citizen science. Flooding is not just a problem for residents and local businesses; it is also a major issue for the UK’s water companies. Throughout the closing months of 2013 and the start of the current year, England was […]Find more posts like [GUEST POST] UK Flooding – And What You Can Do About It by Lily Bui - Executive Editor on the SciStarter Blog. […]
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6:58 PM | The problem is not the students.
Education is about students. It is about caring for them, pushing them, helping them, working with them rather than against them. Take a good long look at your reasons for being in higher ed. If students are not at the center, you are doing it wrong.
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4:00 PM | Wanted: Diverse, Innovative Problem-solvers, Next Generation Scientists
When I departed for college my grandmother told me to join the debate team, because I was always arguing trying to prove a point. She was correct. I was a chatty Cathy and was always defending... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:07 PM | SciComm Copywriting: Proofreading
  By Jian Shi “You think you are reading proof, whereas you are merely reading your own mind; your statement of the thing is full of holes and vacancies but you don’t know it, because you are filling them from … Continue reading → The post SciComm Copywriting: Proofreading appeared first on Plain Language Science.
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2:44 PM | 3 April 2014 - Great British bioscience pioneers – Professor Ottoline Leyser - BBSRC
In the fourth in a series of articles on Great British bioscience pioneers, Professor Ottoline Leyser at the University of Cambridge highlights advances in the understanding of plant developmental biology.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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6:26 AM | Maximize Visibility: A Way to Increase Citation Frequency
Maximize Visibility: A Way to Increase Citation FrequencyNader Ale Ebrahim University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering; University of Malaya (UM) - Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP)Hadi Salehi Islamic Azad University, Najafabad BranchMay 27, 2013UM HIR SPECIAL FEATURE (27 May 2013), pp. 1-5, 27 May, 2013. Abstract:     The new version of this […]
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4:49 AM | OA journal for outreach activities? #hivemind request
I am lucky enough to work with some amazing people in an enrichment program for teens who love science. The leaders create activities to help students explore science in different ways. These exercises are usually more than the usual outreach or classroom activity – but they could be adapted to work within classrooms or for […]

April 07, 2014

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8:38 PM | Science Festivals and Hack Days!
April is the month for science festivals. Join the SciStarter team at a festival near you later on this month — bring yourselves, and we’ll bring the citizen science! Cambridge Science Festival Friday, April 18 – Sunday, April 27 Come check out the diverse spectrum of citizen science projects out there! On April 19th during […]Find more posts like Science Festivals and Hack Days! by Lily Bui - Executive Editor on the SciStarter Blog. Your source for citizen science and […]
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6:29 PM | #Cosmos E5: Spectrum shaker
(I live tweet Cosmos every Sunday @ 8pm CST. For all of my Cosmos recaps, please click here)The fifth episode of Cosmos aired on Fox, and it is was all about the light spectrum, and how scientists from different countries (Joseph von Fraunhofer from Germany, Mozi from China,  Ibn al-Haytham from Iraq, Isaac Newton from England)  and time periods help us arrive at our current understanding of light. Most of the light that we see is white, and appears to have no […]
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