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October 15, 2014

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4:40 PM | Wordless Wednesday: #madwriting all the live long day
This is pretty much ALL I’ve been doing day in and day out for several weeks now. Writing, Editing, Revising, Reading references, Re-reading references, Writing some more, etc. I’m... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:00 PM | Getting Technical: Methods in Neuroscience
It is an exciting time for neuroscience. The BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) is in the spotlight as a part of the new Presidential focus and recently received $46 million in funding grants towards its early efforts. Aimed at revolutionizing neuroscience, the BRAIN Initiative sets out to explore the fascinating underpinnings of … Continue reading →
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3:08 PM | A little Citizen Science at the Phillies Game (thanks to Drexel Cheerleaders!)
Thank you, Drexel University cheerleaders for participating in “Informing NASA’s Asteroid Initiative: A Citizen Forum” while at the Philadelphia Phillies game! We want YOU to participate! Sign up here: http://www.ECASTonline.org/ (Special thanks to wonder twins Beverly and Angela who are Science Cheerleaders and Drexel Cheerleaders!)
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1:52 PM | B.B. Singh's quest to make cowpea the food legume of the 21st century | American Society of Agronomy
See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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1:39 PM | Verbs in Science Writing
      Life on earth is more like a verb. It repairs, maintains, re-creates and outdoes itself.” – Lynn Margulis Verbs are words that indicate — and indeed express — an action or a state of being. When used with care, verbs … Continue reading → The post Verbs in Science Writing appeared first on Plain Language Science.
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12:57 PM | Five Science Videos That Make You Think About Ethics, Habitat and Climate Change
Awesome science videos to spark students' interests in everything from wildlife protection to ocean acidification. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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12:07 PM | Make every week Earth Science Week!
Why restrict the celebrations to one week? Let's make every effort to engage students in Earth Science content every week!
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11:54 AM | The brassinosteroid chemical toolbox
Highlights • Brassinosteroid research benefited from several chemical biology approaches. • Small molecules target biosynthesis as well as signaling. • Analogs of brassinolide allowed binding studies and visualization. • Small molecules present large opportunities for future brassinosteroid research. Chemical biology approaches have been instrumental in understanding the mode of action of brassinosteroids, a group of plant steroid hormones essential for plant development […]
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11:41 AM | Emily: Biomedical engineer, former Arizona Cardinals cheerleader
Former Arizona Cardinals  Cheerleader and Science Cheerleader Emily appeared at the STEM in Sports Expo in Phoenix on September 27 where she talked about her career, citizen science and more! Hi, Emily! Why did you pursue a degree in biomedical engineering from Arizona State University? In high school I shattered my foot in track (I was a sprinter) and during that time I did a lot of thinking about how I could have prevented it. I was in a boot...[ Read Full Story ]
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7:09 AM | Virtual worlds as digital workplaces
Virtual worlds as digital workplacesConceptualizing the affordances of virtual worlds to expand the social and professional spheres in organizations Bernadett Koles⇑Peter NagyCentral European University, HungaryBernadett Koles, Business School, Central European University, Frankel Leo ut. 30–34; Office 318, Budapest, H-1023, Hungary. Email: kolesb@ceubusiness.org AbstractThe primary aim of the current paper is to explore ways […]
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7:04 AM | Hic…Hic…Hiccup!
Late one afternoon, I was eating a large pepperoni pizza after missing lunch, when I realized I was supposed to be at an interview in fifteen minutes. Still hungry, I quickly crammed a big slice into my mouth, and bit in as I desperately pulled on a pair of shoes and mismatching socks. I ran […]
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5:40 AM | Our Lives Depend On Bees!
Bees, you think you hate them, but what if I that we wouldn’t be able to live more than 4 years without these critters? Tears streamed down my face about six years ago as my hand swelled up, the stinger of a honey bee sticking up from the middle of my palm.  Although I was […]
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1:45 AM | Revisiting the determinants of citation counts in scientific publication
Revisiting the determinants of citation counts in scientific publication Author(s)Seyed Reza Mirnezami, Catherine Beaudry AbstractUsing a rich data set integrating information about researchers' funding and publication in the province of Quebec, this paper intends to identify the main determinants of their citation count. Using two-stage least squares to control for endogeneity, the results confirm the significant relationship between the number of articles and citation counts. Our […]

October 14, 2014

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6:32 PM | How $500 Million Spent on New Planes Turned Into $32,000 of Scrap Metal
A government watchdog agency has launched an investigation to determine why the U.S. Air Force spent $486 million on 20 planes, only to have 16 of them decommissioned and scrapped not long afterward. The planes were old C-27A military transport aircrafts that the U.S. Defense Department purchased them from the Italian aerospace company Alenia. The plan was to repair and refurbish the aircrafts before giving them to the Afghan military to help bolster […]
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4:30 PM | Major League Baseball = Major League Science
Think baseball is all about runs, outs, balls, and strikes? What about physics, biomechanics, and statistics? Explore the science of baseball!
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3:05 PM | Some of Earth’s Most Loving Animal Families (Photo Album)
Here at The Higher Learning, we try our best to make sure you almost always leave our site with a new piece of knowledge or a fresh perspective on an issue. But there are some things in this world that words are simply unable to capture- things like love, family, friendship… Sometimes trying too hard to describe and comprehend these things can detract from their natural wonder and awe, so today I just want you to enjoy these pictures for their own sake.   […]
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12:47 PM | Learning the Alphabet Through Short Stories
“If words make up stories,” his hand-lettered text reads, “and letters make up words, then stories are made of letters. In this menagerie we have stories, made of words, made FOR all the letters.” [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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12:06 PM | Cytomegalovirus
New state of the art therapies for cytomegalovirus. Continue reading →
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11:03 AM | Intracellular catalytic domain of Symbiosis Receptor Kinase (SYMRK) hyperactivates spontaneous nodulation in absence of rhizobia
Symbiosis Receptor Kinase (SYMRK), a member of Nod-factor signalling pathway is indispensible for both nodule organogenesis and intracellular colonisation of symbionts in rhizobia-legume symbiosis. Here we show that the intracellular kinase-domain of a SYMRK (SYMRK-kd), but not its inactive or full length version, leads to hyperactivation of the nodule organogenic program in Medicago truncatula TR25 (symrk knockout mutant) in absence of rhizobia. Spontaneous nodulation in TR25/SYMRK-kd was 6 […]
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12:36 AM | Oh I remember that…but not that?
As a avid reader of anything related to neuroscience, I have always wondered about the capacity of the brain and more specifically, the capacity of memory. I often remember events from my past, but not only some events. Personally, I have always questioned why I could not recall a piece of information yet I remember another piece […]

October 13, 2014

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8:43 PM | A Broadly Implementable Research Course in Phage Discovery and Genomics for First-Year Undergraduate Students
This is from Feb 2014, but if you are interested hin how learning by doing can help your students get excited about biology it's good readingSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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8:21 PM | Searchable image collections from the National Museum of Natural History
I discovered this great image database today, enjoy browsing their collection of plant photos, paintings and drawings!See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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5:15 PM | North Korea Says Remains of Thousands of U.S. Soldiers Being Moved “En Masse”
In a state media dispatch Monday, an unidentified North Korean military spokesman said that the remains of American soldiers are being, “…left here and there uncared and carried away en masse.”   The spokesman said that this was the result of building projects, land reorganization and damage from recent floods. 8,000 U.S. service members are listed as missing from the Korean War, which lasted from 1950-1953. About 5,300 of these 8,000 are believed to […]
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2:41 PM | NASA Confirms That Huge Methane Cloud In U.S. Southwest Is the Real Deal
Years ago, a cloud of methane gas about the size of Delaware was detected over the Four Corners region (where the borders of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico meet). At the time, the methane readings were so high that scientists at NASA dismissed the cloud as a data collection issue. “We didn’t focus on it because we weren’t sure if it was a true signal or an instrument error,”   said Christian Frankenberg, a scientist who does research at […]
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2:20 PM | How Students Can Transform The Odyssey into an Alternate Reality Epic
Teachers are discovering that through alternate reality games, students who were not typically motivated kicked into high gear, some laboring into the wee hours at home to untangle a conundrum. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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2:20 PM | How to Transform The Odyssey into an Epic Game in Alternate Reality
Teachers are discovering that through alternate reality games, students who were not typically motivated kicked into high gear, some laboring into the wee hours at home to untangle a conundrum.
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1:59 PM | Halloween Science: Cornstarch Goblin Goo
Mix a cup of cornstarch and around half a cup of water together for instant Halloween fun! Cornstarch and water mix together to form a strange concoction, called a shear-thickening fluid, that behaves like a solid when you agitate it, but behaves like a liquid when you let it sit still. To make your Goblin Goo more […]
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11:44 AM | Public attitudes to chemistry: ​take part in our research!
As you will have seen in the latest issue of RSC News we are working on a piece of research to inform how we should communicate with the public. We are developing this project with a leading market research company, TNS BMRB and their researchers are eager to listen to your ideas and learn from your experiences in communicating chemistry to non-chemists. We hope you can spare few minutes to take part in this online survey and help us in this important research. Thank you.Posted by […]
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7:05 AM | 3D printed buildings?
You have probably heard of 3d printing, or even 3d printed something yourself, what’s the largest thing you have ever printed? 10cm? 20cm? What if you could 3d print something the size of a building… Thats just what a Chinese company by the name of Yingchuang New Materials was able to do. The company was able […]
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6:02 AM | Fuel for the Soul
During the last few days, I spent my time at a music camp. I rehearsed for eight hours a day, slept late, and woke at sunrise, yet I did not feel tired. In fact, I felt surprisingly awake, more awake than I have felt ever since September. This seemed strange to me, and so I decided […]
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