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October 09, 2014

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9:09 AM | Viroids: Survivors from the RNA World?
A new review in Annual Review of Microbiology gives an excellent introduction to viroids. Continue reading →
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7:07 AM | PLOS One: Imitation, Genetic Lineages, and Time Influenced the Morphological Evolution of the Violin
The parallels between the factors responsible for the changes in violin shape over the centuries and the evolution of complex biological shapes are striking.Mary Williams's insight:Terrific - how to get your students thinking about shape and evolution, form and function, using a very different systemSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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3:33 AM | How the Recession’s Lasting Effects Are Interfering With People’s Love Lives
Young people today are marrying later than ever before. It seems that Millennials (people born between 1981 and 2000) are choosing to focus more on their growing economic concerns rather than finding love. And since the economic fallout in 2008, marriage has increasingly been based on financial responsibility, rather than simply on mutual attraction. It has certainly been a rough few years for one of life’s milestones, but that is not to say that people have just stopped […]
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2:07 AM | Tips For Making Science Experiments More Fun For Everyone
Tonight, I’m doing a radio interview about my new book, Kitchen Science Lab for Kids to talk about “making science fun.” Since I already think that science is pretty fun, but know that the very thought of doing an experiment can be daunting for many parents, I decided to make a short list of tips […]
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12:10 AM | Google’s 62 Mile Virtual Tour Through The Liwa Desert (Video & Virtual Tour)
Google has launched many projects that have pushed the limits of innovation over the years: the Google X Drone Project, Google Glass, Google Earth and more. With all the cool things Google has dropped you probably wouldn’t be surprized to find out that they just released a 62 mile virtual tour of the Liwa Desert. This stretch of desert is part of the Rub Al-Khali, the largest sand desert in the world, located in the United Arab Emirates. According to National […]

October 08, 2014

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11:43 PM | Water Wars: How ISIS Is Using Water As A Weapon of Control
Editor’s note: The Higher Learning is excited to announce that we have acquired another talented new author! Max Wingert is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona, where he received a degree in Communications (with a minor in Japanese). He wrote the following article. The group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has proven to be a more sophisticated enemy than terrorist groups of the past, fighting to seize infrastructure and resources for […]
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9:54 PM | NASA’s Orion is Taking a Journey to Mars
NASA is making plans to send humans to Mars. To do that, they need a very special spacecraft that can handle the harsh conditions of the trip and protect everything on board. This craft is Orion. A... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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8:55 PM | Clorox Makes A Push To “Clean Up” The Cleaning Industry
The Clorox Company, who ranks No. 71 on CoreBrand’s 2014 Top 100 Most Powerful Brands, is leading the pack with their recent voluntary move to “clean up” the cleaning industry by publicly disclosing ingredients in all of their cleaning products. Though it would seem like it should be required by law, many products in Canada are allowed to list fragrances as ingredients without telling consumers what the fragrances are actually made up of. […]
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6:02 PM | Did China Really Just Surpass the U.S. as the World’s Wealthiest Economy?
A new report released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) states that China has surpassed the United States as the world’s largest economy. The report admits that in terms of overall GDP and raw currency value, the U.S. is still outpacing China. But the IMF also claims that China is now the world’s largest economy based on data that has been adjusted for purchasing power. But what is purchasing power exactly? You can think of it like […]
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5:01 PM | Presenting the Hip Hop Science Quiz Show
Mark your calendars. Set your clocks.is coming to Me and team of other zany public loving scientists will spend 2 whole days delivering fun hands-on science activities to families attending the ever... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:00 PM | Get Ready for #SfN14 with #KnowingNeurons
This is an exciting time for neuroscience!  The Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine was just awarded to three neuroscientists “for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain.”  John O’Keefe is best known for his work on place cells in the hippocampus, and May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser study grid cells in … Continue reading →
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3:46 PM | Halloween Science: Frankenworms
A chemical reaction happens when you mix two or more things together to make something new. Mixing sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and acetic acid (vinegar) together produces carbon dioxide gas bubbles, which can make gummy worms which have been cut into very thin strips squirm and float! To make Frankenworms: 1. Cut gummy worms into […]
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2:52 PM | The World’s First Flying Car Is Set to Debut This Month- Check It Out! (Video)
The dream of being able to fly over traffic may be coming true very soon. They call it the AeroMobil. It’s set to be debuted at the Pioneers Festival in Austria on October 29th, but you can check out the prototype handling the highways and then taking to the air in this promotional video released by the company a few months ago: Designed by a firm in Slovakia, this futuristic flying car is capable of flying up to 430 miles on a
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2:52 PM | Conversations with Dogs
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1:02 PM | Q&A: Plumbing The Mysteries Of The Teenage Brain
In Age of Opportunity, psychologist Larry Steinberg applies neuroscience to risk-taking, peer influence, the boredom of high school and other adolescent conundrums. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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12:20 PM | Meet the Professor Who Thinks STEM Education is a Laughing Matter
Pete Ludovice has always been pretty explosive. He admits he even ‘blew up’ his lab as a grad...
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12:00 PM | EarthCaching – and where geoscientists can help
You may be familiar with the outdoor sport called “geocaching,” defined by Geocaching.com as “a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.”  There are several different types of caches available, and it is not uncommon for geoscientists to specifically search for the ones classified as EarthCaches.  […]
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7:49 AM | Plant Physiology, Focus Issue on Roots, October 2014
"The nature of roots is to bury themselves into the soil and to enter into most intimate contact with their substrate, such that it is very hard to observe their growth and development, much less to extract them from the soil intact. Moreover, the soil is a substrate of mind-boggling heterogeneity and complexity, its complicated chemical and physical structure being potentiated by the biological diversity in the form of microbial communities. "See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching […]
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7:41 AM | Spread the word during European Biotech Week - science, not fiction. Growing Voices - Mybiotech
Plant science often appears on social media for the wrong reasons, with fictitious scare stories about ‘frankenfoods’. We want to show people that plants scientists are dedicated people trying to find solutions to the big problems facing the world – hunger, malnutrition and environmental protection. The best way we can do this is by showing them the faces of ordinary people like us who are proud to work in plant sciences and what we get up to on a day-to-day basis.This is […]
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3:44 AM | The Sound of Science! 5 Citizen Science Projects That Need Your Ears
In our latest newsletter we’ve picked citizen science projects where you can collaborate with scientists and use sounds and radio waves to track environmental health, understand our solar system, and even search for extraterrestrial intelligence. And don’t forget to tune into NPR/WHYY’s Citizen Science radio series, produced in partnership with SciStarter. And without further ado, here’s science you […]Find more posts like The Sound of Science! 5 […]
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1:04 AM | Programming in Short
Programming, a connection between computers and us, has helped us significantly in a fairly short period. Sometimes it can be challenging (figuring out a more efficient algorithm), or it can also be tedious (copying codes over and over again), but in the end, a finished program awards programmers with great satisfaction and pride. Generally, modern […]
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12:33 AM | The next generation science standards meet nanopore sequencing
Scale, proportion, and quantity belong to one of the cross cutting concepts in the next generation science standards (NGSS).  According to Volume 2 of the NGSS, “in engineering, no structure could be conceived much less constructed without the engineer’s precise sense of scale.”  The authors go on to note that scale and proportion are best understood using…

October 07, 2014

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11:01 PM | Urban Science Adventure: Get to Know National Public Lands
Last week and half  was the 21st annual celebration of National Public Lands Day. Public lands are all of those lands that belong to the public such as parks, forests, grasslands, scenic by-ways and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:49 PM | The “BioSuit” – MIT Scientists Making A Skintight Spacesuit For Better Motion
A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) want to replace the bulky spacesuits astronauts currently wear with a pressurized but skintight suit that would give them a better range of motion. According to MIT professor Dava Newman… “With conventional spacesuits, you’re essentially in a balloon of gas that’s providing you with the necessary one-third of an atmosphere [of pressure] to keep you alive in the vacuum of […]
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7:10 PM | This Awesome Video Lets You Experience Chemistry’s Most Mesmerizing Reactions Up Close!
Since so much of chemistry happens faster, slower, or on a much smaller scale than we’re used to, the science is often taken for granted by the average person. But what if we were able to shrink ourselves down to the microscopic level and had the ability to control just how fast or slow a reaction happened? This is what Tsinghua University Press and the University of Science and Technology of China had in mind when they came together to create the
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5:20 PM | The Practical Blue LED
As you may have heard, the Nobel prize in Physics for 2014 is awarded to a trio of Japanese scientists. Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:45 PM | Marathon Runner Attempts To “Run On Water” From Florida To Bermuda! (Video)
Notable marathon runner Reza Baluchi was rescued earlier this week by the US Coast Guard while attempting to travel over 1,000 miles from Miami to Bermuda traveling in what is being called a “hydropod” (infaltable bubble). Baluchi, a 42-year-old Iranian exile, claimed he had run so much on land that he was becoming bored with it, and wanted to see what it would be like to run on water. Though Baluchi only made it 70 miles, his initial plan was
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12:34 PM | Pediatricians Say School Should Start Later For Teens’ Health
The science is clear that teenagers need more than eight hours of sleep a night. The nation's pediatricians say school districts need to buck up and change schedules to let kids sleep later. [[... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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12:10 PM | Old Man of the Forest
Our department's graduate students took our fall camping trip over the weekend to southern Ohio, and we were treated to a really special animal:That's a big timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) hiding out under some fall leaves. This endangered species is both secretive and well camouflaged, so you could easily walk right past one of these bad boys even if you were lucky enough to be near one.This particular snake is part of a long-term study to understand the movements […]
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12:08 PM | Total Lunar Eclipse Visible Across North America Wednesday Morning
Here in North America, we are in the midst of a tetrad of lunar eclipses, the second one visible Wednesday morning. A tetrad of lunar eclipses means that there are four total lunar eclipses in a row.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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