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July 07, 2014

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11:43 PM | Check Out This Rare Baby Albino “Cyclops” Shark (Photo Gallery)
I’ll address all skeptics immediately, this is a real dusky shark fetus that was caught inside its mother in 2011 along with nine other normal baby sharks. Unfortunately the mother died when it was caught so none of the babies survived. In 2011,Tracy Ehrenberg, general manager of Pisces Sportfishing in Cabo San Lucas, interviewed the fisherman who […]
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4:01 PM | How Scientists Predicted With 70% Accuracy Which 14-Year-Olds Would Be Binge Drinkers By 16
Five years ago, Robert Whelan, a former postdoctoral fellow in psychiatry at University of Vermont (UVM) and current lecturer at University College in Dublin, joined forces with Hugh Garavan, associate professor of psychiatry at UVM. The pair of psychiatric researchers wanted to see if they could determine the factors that predicted binge drinking in teens. In […]
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3:18 PM | The Struggles and Realities of Student-Driven Learning and BYOD
The promise of technology in the classroom has long been equal access to resources on the internet, but a digital divide still exists largely because of the other issues poverty raises in schools. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:00 PM | Cassini Liked It So He Put A Ring On It
Saturn in natural color, photographed by Cassini, 2004 If you've seen a recent photo of Saturn (such as the one above), it's likely from the Cassini spacecraft. The 10th anniversary of the Cassini spacecraft reaching the Saturn system (the planet and its moons) occurred on June 30th.  The spacecraft is named after Giovanni Cassini, an accomplished scientist who, among other things, noted a gap between the rings of Saturn […]
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10:00 AM | iLabs: A Face Mite, Two Researchers and NPR’s Frank Stasio Walk into a Lab…..
I promised information on just how “face mite, Micro World iLab, and Frank Stasio (from NPR’s The State of Things)” are all used in the same sentence.  The best thing I can do to give you the whole COOL story, is to let you see the interview taped at the Museum with the researchers and a teacher […]

July 06, 2014

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8:50 PM | You Should Know: Dr. Marie Daly
Welcome to the eighth installment of You Should Know, where I give my own #ScholarSunday salute to Science Bloggers and Blogs you may not yet know about. But this week is a little different. I’m... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:47 PM | The Story of the Man Who Only Made $10 for Figuring Out How to Make Diamonds
In 1772, French nobleman and chemist Antoine Lavoisier used a lens to concentrate the sun (magnifying-glass style) on a diamond in an atmosphere of oxygen. The diamond released only carbon dioxide (CO2), proving that diamonds were made up only of carbon. Then in 1779, English chemist Smithson Tennant further bolstered the findings by burning both graphite (which is also […]
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3:00 PM | Bike Science: The Physics Behind Cycling
As this year's Tour de France rolls into view, students can take an inside look at the science involved in successful road racing. What do gears and tires have to do with who wins the premiere race—or how long it...
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2:00 PM | What Does It Take To Get Into Harvard? Not What You Might Expect
With these words of advice to parents, Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust surprised the Aspen Ideas Festival: “Make your children interesting!” If that’s the trajectory to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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12:28 PM | Nurse Anesthetist and Former Washington Redskins Cheerleader Rachel Visits HoCo STEM Festival
Nurse Anesthetist and former Washington Redskins cheerleader Rachel recently attended the Howard County (Maryland) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Festival. Here’s her report: Hello fellow STEM folks! I had the pleasure of representing Science Cheerleader at the HoCo STEM Festival a few weeks ago. This was the second annual event so they were still looking for ideas in terms of how to make the event flow and make it overall even better! This year I was in the […]
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11:31 AM | iLabs: We LOVE When “The Julies” Come to Play in Our Lab!! :)
The Julies.  Who are these mysterious individuals who share the same name, share our passion for broadcasting science news to anyone who’ll listen, and get as excited over armpit bacteria of primates and bacterial symbionts of planthoppers, as another person might over a surprise new car or diamond necklace?   ( Though if you send […]
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7:39 AM | Robert Hooke's Micrographia (audio-annotated flipbook)
Here's a nice way to display a 500 year old book!See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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1:15 AM | The NSA’s House of Cards Is Crumbling: Their German Double Agent Just Got Arrested
A man identified by media as a German intelligence officer was arrested this past Wednesday (7/2/2014) on charges of leaking information to the U.S.’s National Security Agency (NSA). German Chancellor Angela Merkel has so far declined comment on the arrest, but her spokesman Steffen Seibert called the issue a serious matter, adding, “I will have to […]

July 05, 2014

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11:56 PM | Using Vacuum Tubes to Shoot Salmon Over Dams and Restore Their Traditional Habitats
Over the past hundred and fifty years or so, the waterways of the Pacific Northwest have seen more and more dams built across them. The dams provide hydroelectric power, as well as making irrigation possible in otherwise dry, arid areas. But they have also contributed to the rapid decline of the once thriving salmon populations […]
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9:11 PM | California drought: America’s golden state runs dry - and its farmers are struggling to survive
At Harris Farms in California’s Central Valley, it is not difficult to discern the effects of the state’s continuing drought. Fields that in previous years would have been lined with tomatoes or broccoli now contain nothing but brown earth. Around two thirds of the farm’s 14,000 acres are fallow, and for the first year since it started to grow salad leaves more than three decades ago, the farm has planted not a single head of lettuce.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology […]
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8:07 PM | “Chemical-free”
Here the authors describe all of the consumer products that are utterly and completely chemical-free. I hate to ruin the surprise, but their aren't any. Continue reading →
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7:09 PM | Can adding calcium help forests?
This study further supports a connection between acid deposition and forest decline. The authors state, "Continued vigilance in the control of acid rain precursors will be needed to correct these problems, and aggressive options to reduce pollution in rapidly industrializing regions of Latin America, Asia, and Africa are warranted." Continue reading →
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6:56 PM | This Guy Decided to Film Fireworks By Flying Through Them With a Drone (Video)
I’m sure last night was a reminder of just how dazzling a fireworks display can look from the ground. But what would it look like to up in the air, where the actual explosions are taking place? Well, YouTube user Jos Stiglingh decided he would answer that question. He attached a GoPro Hero 3 to a  DJI Phantom 2 […]
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2:00 PM | The Facebook Conundrum: Where Ethics and Science Collide
The exploding field of "learning analytics" raises ethical questions similar to those arising from the recent Facebook revelations. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

July 04, 2014

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5:36 PM | The Fourth of July: A Quick History
The 4th of July was first recognized as a federal holiday back in 1941, but people have been celebrating it since the 18th century. On June 2, 1776, the Continental Congress met to discuss seceding from England. The Congress was largely put together by Benjamin Franklin, who finally convinced the disunited colonies to form one representative body […]
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2:00 PM | Putting the World In Their Hands: Augmented Reality in the Classroom
These days, students can walk into a classroom and use their tablet or smartphone as the AR device to trigger to original content made on movie-making software and posted to YouTube, leading to an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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11:48 AM | Best of 'The Week's Top Science Communication Stories' (Part 2)
This is the second of a two-part ‘Best of’ series showcasing 130 of the finest science...
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10:43 AM | What Plants Talk About - Documentary - YouTube
When we think about plants, we don't often associate a term like "behavior" with them, but experimental plant ecologist JC Cahill wants to change that. The U...Mary Williams's insight:I think I've already posted this, but just heard a talk by Consuelo de Moraes who studied the interaction between parasitic dodder and its host http://www.sciencemag.org/content/313/5795/1964See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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10:00 AM | iLabs: Very Odd Little Arthropods
A while back, one of our weekend volunteers, Todd Folsom, kindly brought in a sample for our microscope that contained some very odd little arthropods, as he put it.  They are known as Springtails.  He wrote up a blog post about them and here it is! Visitors to the Micro World Investigate Lab have occasionally […]
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5:42 AM | Electric Defence (Plant) - YouTube
GLUTAMATE RECEPTOR-LIKE genes mediate leaf-to-leaf wound signalling Nature 500, 422--426 (22 August 2013) doi:10.1038/nature12478 http://www.nature.com/natur...Mary Williams's insight:Edward Farmer's lab has been studying the systemic signals that arise from insect herbivory, including electrical signals. See the link also to their paper showing the involvement of Glutamate Receptor Like Genes in transduction of thsi signal.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher
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5:38 AM | Simulated root section including all cell types using RootSlice - YouTube
 video created by Jouke Postma and Jie Wu property of Penn StateMary Williams's insight:Jonathan Lynch at Penn State's lab makes amazing videos (credit to Jouke Postma also on many of them). Check out more ontheir youtube page https://www.youtube.com/user/RootsLabPSU/videosSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)

July 03, 2014

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11:38 PM | Ethical and Unethical Methods of Plagiarism Prevention in Academic Writing - E-LIS repository
Ethical and Unethical Methods of Plagiarism Prevention in Academic Writing Bakhtiyari, Kaveh and Salehi, Hadi and Embi, Mohamed Amin and Shakiba, Masoud and Zavvari, Azam and Shahbazi-Moghadam, Masoomeh and Ale Ebrahim, Nader and Mohammadjafari, Marjan Ethical and Unethical Methods of Plagiarism Prevention in Academic Writing.International Education Studies, 2014, vol. 7, n. 7, pp. 52-62.[Journal article (Print/Paginated)] TextEthical and Unethical Methods of […]
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11:34 PM | Relationship among Economic Growth, Internet Usage and Publication Productivity: Comparison among ASEAN and World’s Best Countries - E-LIS repository
Relationship among Economic Growth, Internet Usage and Publication Productivity: Comparison among ASEAN and World’s Best Countries Gholizadeh, Hossein and Salehi, Hadi and Embi, Mohamed Amin and Danaee, Mahmoud and Motahar, Seyed Mohammad and Ale Ebrahim, Nader and Tanha, Farid Habibi and Osman, Noor Azuan Abu Relationship among Economic Growth, Internet Usage and Publication Productivity: Comparison among ASEAN and World’s Best Countries.Modern Applied […]
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10:55 PM | Message from Orbit Gum: Your Mouth Is Dirtier Than A TOILET SEAT
Orbit Gum recently put together a promotional piece to show consumers how much bacteria is in our mouths compared to other things we commonly associate with being “dirty”. According to Orbit Gum… “It has been estimated that there are approximately 100 million microbes of bacteria for every milliliter of saliva (100,000,000 per ml) and anywhere […]
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9:49 PM | Just a Few Hours Left to Contribute to the PhD Movie Sequel!
Jorge Cham of PhD comics fame has already run a tremendously successful kickstarter campaign to create his second film. It’s not surprising considering the huge success of Cham’s comics... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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