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January 10, 2015

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8:29 PM | Electronic Cigarettes: Really Safer Than Regular Cigarettes?
Ever since the popular rise of e-cigarettes, teens have been consuming them for a similar real cigarette experience. Although, these cigarettes do not contain some of the harmful substances found in real cigarettes such as tobacco, they still contain nicotine which is classified as addictive.  Some companies have  even marketed their e-cigarettes as “child friendly” […]
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5:25 PM | New York City Mayor Puts Ban On Styrofoam Starting July 1st
According to Time… “Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration announced Thursday that stores, food service establishments and manufacturers won’t be able to possess, sell or offer single-use styrofoam containers or cups — even “packing peanuts” — beginning July 1. The reason is purely environmental, as Expanded Polystyrene Foam cannot be recycled.”   New York’s Bill de Blasio says the new rule will eliminate up to 30,000 tons […]
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10:41 AM | Insatiable Insanity
Recently, I have been reading a novel about the manifestation of mutations and in the book, there were mentions of several mental illnesses. One that got me really interested was schizophrenia. I have always known what schizophrenia is and what is entitles, but I have never learned the specifics. Frankly, it is a very interesting […]
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7:45 AM | KSP, and how salty can your drink really be?
So many of you must’ve heard that eating salt is very unhealthy. Well, it is. But, have you also wondered what determines how much salt can be dissolved in your drink? Why does some salt fall to the bottom, while some disappears into the clear liquid? This is solubility. Solubility refers to the amount of […]
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6:57 AM | The Difficult History of the Sewing Machine
“Success intage sewing machine” by Uber Prutser licensed under CC 2.0 I love to sew. I have a sewing machine at home, and every free bit of time I get I spend planning projects, sewing projects, and taking pictures in my completed projects (call me vain, I know). However, the sewing machine has quite a […]
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12:24 AM | Two Charlie Hebdo Suspects Killed in Raid; Separate Operation Kills 3rd Gunman in “Paris Siege”
On Wednesday (January 7), three gunmen stormed the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The gunmen, who claimed to have links to Al-Qaeda networks in Yemen, were seeking revenge for the magazine’s depictions of the prophet Muhammad. In total, they killed 12 people, including two police officers, before escaping by car. The attack set off one of the largest police operations in France’s history. The country raised it terror alert system to its highest level […]

January 09, 2015

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9:27 PM | Ravens vs. Patriots Halftime Entertainment: Ravens Cheerleaders pursuing STEM careers!
Hey football fans, check out your Science Cheerleaders during the playoffs!  My name is Megan and I’m a former Washington Redskins Cheerleader (HAIL!) as well as a Computer Engineer.  I’m a regional coordinator here at Science Cheerleader for the DC/MD/VA Corridor and  I’m excited to present to you all of the amazing Ravens Cheerleaders pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, math and health fields. My fellow Science Cheerleader, Hilary, […]
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8:55 PM | Fierce Winter Storm Brings Syria Its First Day Without a Casualty in Three Years
A strong winter storm has moved across the Middle East on Wednesday, bringing blizzards, rain and powerful winds. The storm raised concerns for the millions of refugees spread out across the region. The refugees, most of whom are fleeing the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Iraq, are often forced to battle the extreme conditions in flimsy makeshift shelters. During Wednesday’s storm, a group of refugees in Lebanon reported having no firewood or diesel to […]
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8:08 PM | How Educators in Rural New York got Creative with Common Core
A small school district in Upstate New York tossed out state-developed Common Core teaching materials and let teachers create their own tools. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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5:34 PM | Meet the Real Brains of the NFL’s Ravens-Patriots Game!
Science Cheerleader Hilary here! I cheered at Colgate and I’m getting my PhD in Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology from Brown. I’m also a regional coordinator here at Science Cheerleader. While you watch the Patriots take on Ravens this weekend, keep this in mind: The New England Patriots have eleven cheerleaders pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math! I’ve showcased a few, below! The Baltimore Ravens have thirteen […]
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4:50 PM | President Obama Is Proposing A Plan to Make Community College Free for All Americans
In a video uploaded to the White House’s official Facebook page on Thursday (January 8), President Obama gave a sneak peak into his upcoming State of the Union speech from aboard Air Force One. The video focused on a bold new plan by the President to make two years of community college free to any American who is interested. “Put simply, what I’d like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for anybody who’s willing
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2:37 PM | Celebrating the Next Generation of Bird Watchers [Guest Post]
This guest post by Sharman Apt Russel describes a citizen science experience with the children in her daughter’s third-grade clsasroom. the project, Celebrate Urban Birds was one of our Top 14 Projects of 2014. Check out the rest of the projects on that list here. Celebrate Urban Birds is also one of more than 800 citizen […]Find more posts like Celebrating the Next Generation of Bird Watchers [Guest Post] by Arvind Suresh (Editor) on the SciStarter Blog. Your source for […]
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1:57 PM | What Students Can Learn From Taking Financial Risks in Class
Despite the uncertain financial standing of a cooking and gardening program, students are encouraged to take risks, even costly ones, all for the sake of learning. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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11:25 AM | Enigma
My friend F and I used to send each other coded messages. Without ever telling each other what cipher was used, though – figuring out how to decipher the message was the main source of entertainment, the actual content of the … Continue reading →
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9:46 AM | A Lego animation of the Hounsfield Facility at the University of Nottingham - YouTube
This stop frame animation uses a lego model to show the workings of the new Hounsfield Facility at the Sutton Bonnington campus of the University of Nottingh...Mary Williams's insight:Plant phenotyping facilities are cool too!See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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9:10 AM | Identification of the transporter responsible for sucrose accumulation in sugar beet taproots
Nature Plants, Published online: 8 January 2015; | doi:10.1038/nplants.2014.1See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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8:31 AM | Transposable Elements Contribute to Activation of Maize Genes in Response to Abiotic Stress
"Our analysis suggests that a small number of maize transposable element families may contribute to the response of nearby genes to abiotic stress by providing stress-responsive enhancer-like functions. The specific insertions of transposable elements are" often polymorphic within a species. Our data demonstrate that allelic variation for insertions of the transposable elements associated with stress-responsive expression can contribute to variation in the regulation of nearby genes. Thus novel […]
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8:08 AM | Current Opinion in Biotechnology: Engineering the plant rhizosphere
Plant natural products are low molecular weight compounds playing important roles in plant survival under biotic and abiotic stresses. In the rhizosphere, several groups of plant natural products function as semiochemicals that mediate the interactions of plants with other plants, animals and microorganisms. The knowledge on the biosynthesis and transport of these signaling molecules is increasing fast. This enables us to consider to optimize plant performance by changing the production of […]
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6:37 AM | Nicolaus Steno: An Unlikely Geology Genius
Portrait of Nicolaus Steno as a bishop. Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons Nicolaus Steno could not have guessed that he would one day be known as a father of modern geology on the fateful day in October...
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3:52 AM | Pushing The Limits of Our Brains
Imagine being able to predetermine someone’s talents and abilities, giving them artistic capabilities or an aptitude for math before they’re even born! In the past few months I’ve been trying to come up with ways to increase human potential, and really push the limits of our human brain. It all started after watching “Lucy”, a […]

January 08, 2015

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11:50 PM | Shell Agrees to $84 Million Deal for 2 Oil Spills That Devastated A Nigerian Community
According to BBC Nigeria correspondent Will Ross, the oil-rich west African nation experiences hundreds of oil spills every year. Some are caused by leaks, others are a result of sabotage from oil thieves. In the years of 2008 and 2009, the community of Bodo – located on the eastern edge of the Niger River delta in southern Nigeria – was devastated by two of the biggest oil spills in the country’s history. Both spills occurred on the Trans Niger Pipeline. […]
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9:06 PM | Canada Welcomes 13,000 More Iraqi and Syrian Refugees
Recent unrest in the Middle East has led to the massive displacement of citizens in countries like Syria and Iraq. With the number of casualties in the hundreds of thousands and the number of refugees in the millions, life for civilians in the region is continuing to become more dire each day. In recent years, Canada has offered a helping hand to give support to suffering refugees. According to The Telegraph… “Since 2009, Canada has welcomed 20,000 Iraqi refugees. […]
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4:31 PM | Toyota Releases All of Its Fuel Cell Patents to Help Encourage “New Age of Hydrogen”
It’s not often that a major international corporation decides to give away two decades worth of trade secrets for free. But that’s exactly what Toyota did on Monday, announcing the release of nearly 6,000 patents related to the company’s hyrdogen fuel cell technologies. The announcement was made at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Monday, shortly after a presentation by physicist Michio Kaku showing off Toyota’s new […]
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10:36 AM | Insights into the origin and evolution of plant hormone signaling machinery
"Our multi-species genome-wide analysis reveals: i) AUX, CK and SL signaling pathways originated in charophyte lineages; ii) ABA, JA, and SA signaling pathways arose in the last common ancestor of land plants; iii) the GA signaling evolved after the divergence of bryophytes from land plants; iv) the canonical BR signaling originated before the emergence of angiosperms but likely after the split of gymnosperms and angiosperms; v) the origin of the canonical ETH signaling pathway postdates […]
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10:31 AM | Frontiers | Danger signals – damaged-self recognition across the tree of life | Plant-Microbe Interaction
"Multicellular organisms suffer injury and serve as hosts for microorganisms. Therefore, they require mechanisms to detect injury and to distinguish the self from the non-self and the harmless non-self (microbial mutualists and commensals) from the detrimental non-self (pathogens). Danger signals are 'damage-associated molecular patterns' (DAMPs) that are released from the disrupted host tissue or exposed on stressed cells."Mary Williams's insight:This is a nice overview of how plants perceive […]
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9:03 AM | Cell-Size Control in Bacteria
Bacteria (and probably other cells) don't double in mass before dividing. Continue reading →

January 07, 2015

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9:53 PM | Developing Story: 12 Dead In Attack on French Satirical Magazine; 3 Gunmen At Large
The city of Paris was shocked by a brutal act of violence this morning. Around 10:30 GMT, three masked gunmen armed with automatic weapons stormed the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The gunmen, believed to be Islamic extremists, killed 12 people in the attack. Among the dead were four of the magazine’s founding cartoonists, including the magazine’s editor Stephane Charbonnier. NPR reports that the attackers first shot an officer […]
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4:35 PM | Watch Bill Gates Drink A Glass Of Water Made From Poop (Video)
Back in November, Bill Gates drank a glass of water that had been made from a pile of feces. And yes I mean poop! According to GatesNotes.com, the official “Blog of Bill Gates”… “The occasion was a tour of a facility that burns human waste and produces water and electricity (plus a little ash). I have visited lots of similar sites, like power plants and paper mills, so when I heard about this one—it’s part of the Gates Foundation’s effort
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2:08 PM | Can Schools Cultivate a Student’s Ability to Think Differently?
In order to develop creative individuals, children need environments that nurture their interests. Between standards and testing, how much of that are they getting at school? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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2:04 PM | Ideas for the first day of class
Are you ready for the first day of classes? What is your approach to the first day, and how will you get your students engaged in your course? Here are some resources to get you thinking of ways to kick off your semester...
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