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March 18, 2015

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8:00 AM | The Next Big Drug Discovery Could Come From a Scoop of Soil in Your Backyard
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Dr Robert H. Cichewicz. Director of the University of Oklahoma, Institute for Natural Products Applications and Research Technologies (INPART). Dr Cichewicz leads the Citizen Science Soil Collection Program which is focused on translating natural products into therapeutic leads to combat cancer, infectious diseases, and other unmet medical needs. Visit the project page […]Find more posts like The Next Big Drug […]
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2:58 AM | Scientists Catch Pregnant Stingray That May Be World’s Largest Freshwater Fish
Earlier this month, scientists in Thailand caught and released a stingray that they believe could be the largest freshwater fish ever documented. According to National Geographic… “The ray (Himantura polylepis or H. chaophraya) was 7.9 feet (2.4 meters) across and 14 feet (4.3 meters) long and weighed an estimated 700 to 800 pounds (318 to 363 kilograms).”   The ray, which was caught in Thailand’s Mae Klong River, has actually had encounters with […]
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March 17, 2015

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11:16 PM | The White House Just Officially Exempted Itself from Freedom of Information Requests
When U.S. President Barack Obama was elected to his first term back in 2008, he promised the American people that his administration would be the most transparent administration ever. Since then, the Obama administration’s track record on transparency has been questionable, to say the least. “Obama is the sixth administration that’s been in office since I’ve been doing Freedom of Information Act work. … It’s kind of shocking to me to say this, but of the […]
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11:04 PM | New Experiment! Foaming Slime Monster in a Bottle
When I do science outreach with kids, I encourage them to get creative and try different ratios of ingredients in experiments like Mad Scientist’s Green Slime, to see how their results will vary. Will they get stretchy goo, or bouncy balls? This morning, I decided to explore the kid in me and see what fun […]
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7:36 PM | Breathtaking Drone Footage Takes You Inside the World’s Largest Cave (Video)
The Hang Son Doon cave in Vietnam is the largest cave in the world. The cave is more than 5.5 miles long, and is large enough to accommodate its own jungle and river. According to The Telegraph, Hang Son Doon is so big that you could fit an entire block of 40-story skyscrapers within its walls. Not long ago, Ryan Deboodt — a photographer and avid cave adventurer based in Beijing — set out to capture the immenseness and beauty of Hang Son Doon. […]
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6:02 PM | Mystery Seed of the Week 241
We’re in the mood for spring planting this week. Would these work in the garden? Do you recognize what plant these seeds are from? If you choose to, please leave a comment with your ideas. Mystery Seed answers and new … Continue reading →
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4:20 PM | Seed of the Week: Oleander
Our mystery seed last week was not such a mystery after all. Craig recognized it as the distinctive seed of an oleander, Nerium oleander. Originally from the Mediterranean, oleanders are popular plants in warm climates because they are hardy to … Continue reading →
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3:37 PM | New Terminator-Inspired Method Makes 3D Printing 25-100 Times Faster (Video)
In the climax of the movie “Terminator 2″, the Terminator’s arch-nemesis — the evil T-1000 — is melted down into a puddle of metallic goo. Unfortunately for Arnold and company, the robot re-emerges seconds later, rising fully-formed from the puddle of molten metal. It was this scene that inspired a group of scientists at a company called Carbon3D to completely rethink our current methods of 3D printing. The company, which had […]
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3:30 PM | Ivy League Brains: Brown University Science Cheerleaders
Science Cheerleader Hilary here! While working on my PhD at Brown University I have had the opportunity to work with the Brown University Cheerleaders–an amazing group of girls who balance athletics and academics flawlessly. Meet the Science Cheerleaders of Brown University below!   Sarah Skelton (Dover, Arkansas) “I am concentrating in Biology with a focus on Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Animals of all sorts have always captivated me, and my adoration for them expanded […]
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12:38 PM | Steps for Cultivating a Love of Reading in Young Children
Daniel Willingham's new book is full of advice for parents and teachers hoping to nurture a love of reading in kids. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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12:00 PM | BPA free plastic? Possibly the same health risks
          When compelling evidence arose showing that plastic with the ingredient bisphenol A, or BPA, mimicked estrogen and was linked to heart disease, asthma, cancer and more, "BPA free" alternatives began popping up all over. Many of these new plastics are using bisphenol S or BPS as a replacement for BPA. Research is now showing that this new type of plastic might have some of the same effects as the old plastic.      BPA is what […]
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10:38 AM | Follow the leader?
I very much hope that a meeting I attended last week at the University of Cambridge will prove to be a key moment, and a major catalyst, in accelerating change in academia. Delivering Equality: Women & Success was billed as a “summit of senior leaders progressing change in academia”, and, as Athene Donald discusses over […] The post Follow the leader? appeared first on physicsfocus.org.
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7:41 AM | Plant Nutrition-Opoly?
I worked too late last night and then dreamed I was playing Plant Nutrition-Opoly.....Designing and playing games is a terrific way for students to learn. What would the Railroads be - ion transporters? What events would be described on the Chance cards - Mycorrhizal symbiosis, win $10?For an introductory class, students could redesign the board using plant taxa... orchids for the high-rent squares?What other games can be modified for teaching? I've seen Top Trumps […]
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2:31 AM | Are Food Deserts also Food Monocultures? Proposing a Citizen Science Project in Urban Ecology
Editor’s Note: This is a two-part post, a version of which first appeared on the author’s blog. Drive through the United States, and one thing you will notice is a high degree of repetition in the scenery. Highways cross through large fields of near-identical corn and soy crops, punctuated by towns containing a similarly small set […]Find more posts like Are Food Deserts also Food Monocultures? Proposing a Citizen Science Project in Urban Ecology by Ariel Simons on the […]

March 16, 2015

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11:15 PM | Netanyahu On Eve of Election: There Will Be No Palestinian State If I Remain Leader
Tomorrow (3/17), the people of Israel will head to the polls to decide the future direction of their country. The race has been hotly contested, and current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spent the last few months trying to drum up support from political conservatives to secure his re-election. On Monday, with the latest polls showing him trailing by a slim margin, Netanyahu took his appeal to the next level: he announced that as long as he is leader, there would be […]
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5:00 PM | Google Maps Is Now Giving You Access To Some Of Mount Everest (Video)
On Thursday (3/12), Google Maps announced that users will now be able to take self-guided tours through the Everest region. Although the Khumbu region in Nepal is mainly famous for Mt. Everest, the community that surrounds the mountain is rich in culture. According to Business Insider… “Google has teamed up with Ava Sherpa, a Nepalese mountaineer who has reached the summit of the world’s most famous mountain a record 21 times as well as nonprofit Story […]
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2:00 PM | Video: Tuta absoluta on the rampage in Africa
"Watch a new video illustrating the devastating impacts that Tuta absoluta (tomato leafminer) is having on tomato yields, and what this means for farmers who rely on these crops for sustenance and income.This Invasive Alien Species is rapidly moving down the African continent, having already decimated crops in Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya and northern Tanzania. Growers are at their wits end as to how best they can control this pest and many have abandoned tomato growing altogether. The race is on to […]
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1:03 PM | An invitation to the Legacy of R. L. Moore/IBL conference
At this year's Legacy of R. L. Moore and Inquiry Based Learning Conference, there will be a significant emphasis on flipped learning and IBL and a chance to explore how the IBL and flipped classroom communities can help each other.
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1:00 PM | How Should Learning Be Assessed?
Amidst the outcry against standardized testing, professor Yong Zhao encourages taking a moment to re-examine other ways to assess student learning. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:00 PM | To the student who left the scathing review on RMP - thanks and I'm sorry
I'm not really in the habit of checking up on my "Rate My Professors" (RMP) page, but coincidence led me there on the same day that this post was made by a student in one of my algebra-based physics sections from what I assume is this semester.  I suppose that I am a bit heartened that the student was at least thinking about physics on Pi Day. I want to be very honest - I have two messages for this student: thank you and I apologize.Thank you for leaving your feedback before the end […]
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12:49 PM | An anti-prion system that cures infected cells
A system to cure prion infection of cells in yeast may have applications in human diseases. Continue reading →
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11:36 AM | Transit of Venus and upcoming solar eclipse on March 20th!
In 2012, I happened to be at an ESWN workshop in Madison, WI, when, during one of the breaks, one of the participants mentioned that it might be possible to get into the historic Washburn Observatory to watch Venus’ transit. Of … Continue reading →
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5:25 AM | 54-Year-Old Texan Sets Guinness World Record For Pull-Ups (Video)
Mark Jordan, a 54-year-old man from Corpus Christi, Texas, just broke the world record for the most pull-ups completed in a 24-hour period. Each pull-up was filmed and counted by Guinness World Records in Jordan’s hometown of Corpus before the new record was affirmed. The previous record was an impressive 4,210, but Jordan set the bar even higher by completing a whopping 4,321 pull-ups (that’s 180 pull-ups per hour, if you’re wondering). According to Huffington […]
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1:39 AM | SSRN Top Downloads For IRPN: Innovation Management (Topic)
1 2,127 Opening Up for Competitive Advantage – How Deutsche Telekom Creates an Open Innovation EcosystemRené Rohrbeck, Katharina Hölzle and Hans Georg Gemünden University of Aarhus - Business and Social Sciences, Department of Business Administration, Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) and Technical University of BerlinDate posted to database: 22 Feb 2010Last Revised: 5 Sep 2014 […]

March 15, 2015

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10:51 PM | The reverse Finkbeiner!
This spring break, us future science leaders have been tasked with writing an article about a male scientist that does not pass the finkbeiner test, a test devised to measure sexism in the scientific community (kind of like the bechdel test, but for describing the portrayal of women in science.) With that, my male scientist […]
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10:45 PM | Has Russian President Vladimir Putin Been Removed from Power?
Vladimir Putin is not one to shy away from the cameras. The Russian leader is a staple on the country’s state-owned television network, which usually carries daily reports on his comings and goings. Which makes it all the more strange that Putin hasn’t been seen in public since March 5. When reports about his absence began to circulate on March 11, the Kremlin released a series of photos that they said showed Putin going about his business as usual. However, local media
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4:09 PM | THIS Is What Truly Community-Oriented Policing Looks Like (Video)
“You’ve got to be called to do this kind of police work. You’ve got to WANT to do this kind of police work.” Those are the words of Sergeant Steve Wick, who heads up the Houston Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Program. The program, which started back in 2011, has teamed up with dozens of outreach programs around the city to help provide things like housing, healthcare, food, ID cards and jobs to Houston’s homeless population. […]
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1:54 PM | Parents Struggle to Balance Screen Time Rules With Digital Homework
Parents often feel caught between schools pushing for more digital skill building and their own desire to parent in the way they see fit. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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11:35 AM | Tansley Review: Adaptation in flower form: a comparative evodevo approach (good for teaching)
Adaptation in flower form: a comparative evodevo approachSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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