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April 02, 2014

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8:50 PM | [WEBINAR] CitSci.Org “Feature Friday” webinar on 4/4: Plots, Subplots, Transects, and Protocols!
Greetings from CitSci.org! Please join us for our next “Feature Friday” webinar. These webinars invite you to offer your ideas and thoughts about improvements to CitSci.org. The first Friday of each month these webinars will focus on a specific topic / feature of CitSci.org. We will demonstrate how to use the website feature and take feedback. The April […]Find more posts like [WEBINAR] CitSci.Org “Feature Friday” webinar on 4/4: Plots, Subplots, […]
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8:48 PM | Citizen Science in the Classroom: School of Ants
Using School of Ants Citizen Science to Meet Common Core and Next Generation Teaching Standards in the Classroom Discovering Ants Grades: K-12th Description: School of Ants (SOA) is one of many urban wildlife citizen science projects hosted through the Your Wildlife project. Your Wildlife and School of Ants focuses on biodiversity and citizen-scientist driven inquiry […]Find more posts like Citizen Science in the Classroom: School of Ants by Karen McDonald on the SciStarter Blog. Your […]
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5:23 PM | Better Mascots
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4:32 PM | April 1st Individual Project Update
At the beginning of the session, Catherine handed me another 3-D printing project to print, making that my 4th printing project. Just a reminder, I am planning to print out gear cages for earphones, gear wraps for cables, desktop organizer and the newest project, the cube puzzle. Since the cube puzzle seems like the easiest […]
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4:00 PM | The Tenets of Tauists
For the labs working tirelessly to understand the underpinnings of Alzheimer’s disease, there are often two camps: BAPtists and tau-ists.  The former subscribe to the beta amyloid cascade hypothesis that […]

Frost B., Hemberg M., Lewis J. & Feany M.B. (2014). Tau promotes neurodegeneration through global chromatin relaxation, Nature Neuroscience, 17 (3) 357-366. DOI:

Maruyama M., Shimada H., Suhara T., Shinotoh H., Ji B., Maeda J., Zhang M.R., Trojanowski J., Lee V.Y. & Ono M. & (2013). Imaging of Tau Pathology in a Tauopathy Mouse Model and in Alzheimer Patients Compared to Normal Controls, Neuron, 79 (6) 1094-1108. DOI:

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11:30 AM | Do lemurs like to move it-move it? (video)
Lemurs had their 15 minutes of fame, back when DreamWork’s Madagascar came out in 2005. This year it’s time for IMAX Island of Lemurs: Madagascar to shine a spotlight on this primates. We discussed before how nature documentaries influence the …The post Do lemurs like to move it-move it? (video) appeared first on Sci-Ed.
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10:52 AM | All the dirt on digital PCR
Digital PCR (dPCR) is an amazingly sensitive technique used to measure tiny quantities in nucleic acid in clinical samples. The post All the dirt on digital PCR appeared first on MicrobiologyBytes.
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7:59 AM | Killer Amoebas
We are all aware that human brains are the preferred food for zombies, but perhaps we should be more worried about a brain-eating amoeba apocalypse than a zombie one. These miniature zombies might exist in your favourite swimming hole or lake that is the perfect temperature to enjoy a dip in when summer arrives. They […]
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7:26 AM | Win £15,000 to develop your original project raising attainment in science!
Have you got a brilliant idea for teaching science? If so, you could win  up to £15,000 to show that it works.   Let Teachers SHINE is a national competition run by SHINE and TES to find some of the country’s most innovative teachers. They’re looking for truly original ways to raise attainment in literacy, numeracy and science. The submission deadline is 27th April. The competition is free to enter and open to any teacher working in England. Up to 10 winning […]
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5:05 AM | Candy Catapults & Parabolas
Catapults are used to launch Skittles into the air in  math class. When you release your catapult, you are already setting up a math problem. By using a stopwatch, you will time how long the projectile is in the air. That time will then be used to find an equation to model the flight of the […]
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4:34 AM | The Connection Between Conspiracy Theories and Ambivalence
It’s a good time to be in the conspiracy theory business, and not just because the birthplace of the U.S. President has been verified only 72 times. Thanks to the internet, it’s easier than ever to track down potentially suspicious information and discuss it with like-minded gumshoes. While certain people may be predisposed to believing in certain kinds […]

van Harreveld, F., Rutjens, B., Schneider, I., Nohlen, H. & Keskinis, K. (2014). In Doubt and Disorderly: Ambivalence Promotes Compensatory Perceptions of Order., Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, DOI:

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3:38 AM | Thinking like librarians
So the other day I saw someone say that thing, you know that thing – where people say “we don’t want to teach them all to be LIBRARIANS.” And now I can’t remember where I saw it or who said it. But it doesn’t really matter, right? Because we’ve all seen that before. Just like […]
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3:16 AM | Individual and professional development in the digital age: Towards a conceptual model of virtual worlds for organizations
Management Research ReviewVolume 37, Issue 3, March 2014, Pages 288-307Individual and professional development in the digital age: Towards a conceptual model of virtual worlds for organizationsKoles, B. , Nagy, P.  Business School, Central European University, Budapest, HungaryView references (134)AbstractPurpose: The current paper aims to embrace an interdisciplinary approach to illustrate some of the ways in which virtual worlds expanded upon the individual, social and […]
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12:33 AM | A night of science and stars at the Chabot Space & Science Museum with OZY and me
There has been much talk about new media organizations as of late. Whom and which are innovative enough, new enough, dynamic enough? Diverse enough? Well, it’s still too early to call it but I... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:08 AM | Visibility and Citation Impact | Ebrahim | International Education Studies
Visibility and Citation ImpactNader Ale Ebrahim, Hadi Salehi, Mohamed Amin Embi, Farid Habibi Tanha, Hossein Gholizadeh, Seyed Mohammad Motahar AbstractThe number of publications is the first criteria for assessing a researcher output. However, the main measurement for author productivity is the number of citations, and citations are typically related to the paper's visibility. In this paper, the relationship between article visibility and the number of citations is investigated. A case study […]

April 01, 2014

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6:34 PM | Toward a common definition of “flipped learning”
A recent document from the Flipped Learning Network attempts to lay down a common definition of "flipped learning", as distinguished from the "flipped classroom." How well does it work?
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4:01 PM | NASA news: Satellite Shows High Productivity from U.S. Corn Belt
During the U.S. Midwest's growing season, the region boasts more photosynthetic activity than any other spot on Earth.Mary Williams's insight:This is a summary of a new paper in PNAS that shows "that chlorophyll fluorescence data can be used as a unique benchmark to improve our global models, thus providing more reliable projections of agricultural productivity and climate impact on crop yields."www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/03/24/1320008111.abstractSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology
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3:56 PM | PNAS: Specific and heritable gene editing in Arabidopsis
A summary of the article "Multigeneration analysis reveals the inheritance, specificity, and patterns of CRISPR/Cas-induced gene modifications in Arabidopsis." The take-home message: "They studied seven genes at 12 distinct target sites to elucidate the pattern, specificity, and heritability of mutations induced by CRISPR/Cas. They clearly demonstrated that CRISPR/Cas could be used to generate transgene-free Arabidopsis plants with specific and heritable mutations within two generations"The […]
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2:51 PM | 25% Of Americans Don’t Know We Orbit The Sun
The National Science Foundation recently released the results of their yearly scientific literacy poll, and while it’s heartening to hear about the 30 percent of Americans who believe science should get more government funding, or the 90 percent who say that the benefits of sciences generally outweigh potential dangers, one of the NSF’s findings shocked […]
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2:00 PM | Science enthusiasts can join forces with top researchers through a partnership between DISCOVER Magazine and SciStarter
PRESS RELEASE (PDF) April 1, 2014 For more information: info@scistarter.com PHILADELPHIA, PA. (April 1, 2014) – A “citizen science” movement is sweeping the country, with more than 700 active research projects to prove it. The fields that citizen science advances are diverse: ecology, astronomy, medicine, psychology, linguistics, genetics, engineering, and many more. DISCOVER is teaming up […]Find more posts like Science enthusiasts can join forces with top […]
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1:30 PM | Science is all around you: 1st Anniversary
     Celebrate with us our 1st anniversary!       Greetchen: "José, can you believe that we started this adventure one year ago? José: "Wow! How quickly time passes by, when you told me I was surprised. We have learned a lot from this experience and from our guests! José: "Thank you for having me in this adventure, where we enjoyed and learned the science around us. Since you […]
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1:30 AM | #Cosmos E4: There Is a Light That Shines
(I live tweet Cosmos every Sunday. For all of my Cosmos recaps, please click here)Episode 4 of Fox's Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson focuses on the Herschel family of scientists, Einstein's theory of Relativity, and the speed of light as nature's fundamental constant.Patrick Stewart voiced astronomer William Herschel, who was one of the main scientists in this episode. William, and his son John, contributed to our understanding of stars and the light that they give off. Light from distant […]

March 31, 2014

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7:35 PM | Lifelong Hikes – History is Natural
It is easy to become comfortable with our surroundings in a particular region, and we often forget how geological forces have shaped our landscape throughout history. A walk in nature can lead to pauses that remind us of our connection to the world around us. In March, the lifelong hikers* explored the Endor Iron Furnace** […]
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2:12 PM | Sci-Ed joins Lemur Week (video)
Their ghostly eyes are lovely windows to their souls. Lemurs are primates – they have long tails, tree-climbing hands, and incredible curiosity. At least that’s what I encountered on my visit to the Duke Lemur Center (sponsored by Owen Software…The post Sci-Ed joins Lemur Week (video) appeared first on Sci-Ed.
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11:12 AM | How big are viruses and how many of them are there? (via xkcd)
See more: Pile_of_Viruses via xkcd   The post How big are viruses and how many of them are there? (via xkcd) appeared first on MicrobiologyBytes.
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6:57 AM | A Neutrino Walks Through A Bar, And More Science Jokes From Twitter
Our Twitter followers share their favorite science jokes.Mary Williams's insight:Happy Monday! Don't you think this list is lacking in good biology jokes?See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)

March 30, 2014

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10:06 AM | Plant Biotechnology Journal. Translational research: from pot to plot
Interesting overview - good for students!See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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9:31 AM | Microbial Fuel Cells
With greenhouse gases becoming an ever increasing source of concern, many new technologies have been researched to combat this issue. Microbial fuel cells are a new breed of promising technologies, hoping to mitigate the effects of greenhouse gas emissions in the future. Simply put, microbial fuel cells are devices that convert chemical energy into electric […]

March 29, 2014

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3:47 PM | The Psychedelic ROOMBA Experience
There is something about a ROOMBA, the robotic floor cleaning device, that inspires us to put things atop of them for a ride for our entertainment, including babies, cats in shark costumes, and my... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 28, 2014

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7:58 PM | Homeschool Chemistry 101 – Day 4
Introduction to Chemistry By Daniel H. Vestal, AmeriCorps Museum Investigate Lab Educator March 26 2014 marked the grand finale to our Introduction to Chemistry series, with a rousing request for an encore. Before I go any further in this final posting of the series… I want to thank the homeschool students and parents who attended. […]
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