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July 14, 2014

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2:53 PM | Chemistry and Art Exhibition is open!
After what feels like a long time in the making, at 10 o’clock this morning, our Chemistry and Art Exhibition (that I mentioned in a previous blog) opened its doors to the public and within 5 minutes of doing so we had our first visitors! Over the weekend we set up and steadily watched two of our rooms in Burlington House transform into gallery spaces.      We have a selection of different artworks from a range of different people and […]
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2:00 PM | This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like
The Independent Project is a result of a high school student's mission to create a school where students would feel fully engaged, have an opportunity to develop expertise in something, and learn how... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:00 PM | Antares Spacecraft Delivers and Gets Trashed
Private companies are once again helping NASA achieve its missions. SpaceX has grabbed most of the news, but Orbital Sciences is another company on the move. Orbital's Antares rocket launched this past weekend with the its Cygnus spacecraft on board, filled with 3,300 lbs of valuable supplies for our astronauts in the ISS.  Supplies on the Cygnus spacecraft include:Nanosatellites designed to take images of Earth. The more pics, the better!TechEdSat-4, which will help small […]
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10:00 AM | iLabs: “Meet Pyrocystis from flask #21” — Bioluminescence in the Micro Investigate Lab
Our lab staff member, Nancy Locquet, offers us insight into some of the amazing “beings” in our lab… (and that’s in addition to our staff and visitors! :) )   This is flask # 21. It’s hard to believe that some incredibly interesting organisms are growing inside this flask. Can you see the brown specs? […]
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1:34 AM | You Should Know: Stephani Page and #BLACKandSTEM
Welcome to the ninth installment of You Should Know, where I give my own #ScholarSunday salute to Science Bloggers and Blogs you may not yet know about. Introducing … Stephani Page and #BLACKandSTEM.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:11 AM | The Virtual Simulation: A Tool for Leadership Education in Global Corporations
Global Business and Organizational ExcellenceVolume 33, Issue 5, July/August 2014, Pages 17-28The Virtual Simulation: A Tool for Leadership Education in Global Corporations  (Article)Conine, T.E.ab a TRI Corporation, Beaverton, OR, United Statesb Fairfield University, United StatesView references (5)AbstractForward-thinking business leaders have realized the wisdom of staging virtual simulations-team-based education that can be conducted in a cost- and time-effective […]

July 13, 2014

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11:51 PM | These Guys Built the World’s Fastest Hot Tub In a ’69 Cadillac (Video and Photos)
In 1996, Phillip Weicker and Duncan Forster were engineering undergraduates at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. The pair lived at a student house with a number of other guys. One of the subletters at the house skipped out on his rent and abandoned his 1982 Chevy Malibu at the house. The rest of the guys at the […]
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1:07 AM | A Group of Quakers Has Established a “New Underground Railroad” For LGBT Ugandans
In February, Uganda enacted arguably the harshest anti-gay legislation in the world. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill not only makes same-sex intercourse punishable by life in prison, it also puts people in prison for not reporting homosexual activity within 24 hours. Though a number of other countries in Africa are known for having predominantly homophobic views, Uganda is probably the […]

July 12, 2014

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9:10 PM | Did You Know… Your Skin Can Smell. And the Scent of Candlewood Makes It Heal Itself
Olfactory receptors are the cells which give us our sense of smell. The average human has five to six million of these olfactory receptors in their nose. Though there are other creatures with more powerful noses (dogs have up to 220 million olfactory receptors), the human sense of smell is actually one of the more acute […]
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4:55 PM | Phytoremediation: The power of plants to clean up the environment
The tsunami that struck Japan in 2011 not only caused extensive damage to the country’s infrastructure, but also poisoned the environment when it caused the Fukushima nuclear power plant to leak radiation into the surrounding area.  The cleanup of Japan’s radioactive water and land is expected to take decades and …
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4:08 PM | Why Were These Cars Abandoned In the Forests of Belgium for 70 Years? (Photo Gallery)
In the forests near Chatillon, a small village in southern Belgium, lie between 100-150 dilapidated and decaying cars. During World War II, a number of American troops were stationed in Chatillon. Urban legends claim that when the war ended, the troops being sent home didn’t have the money to ship their vehicles back with them, so […]
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12:57 AM | 80% of All Your Phone Calls Are Being Recorded and Stored
The NSA’s image took a major hit when Edward Snowden revealed to the world the vast scope of their surveillance programs. The scandal centered around the NSA’s collection of “metadata”, which includes things like when and where calls or texts are coming from, as well as other passive information like where in a computer network certain data […]
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12:21 AM | Washington Post: Scientists turn to public to help pay for research
In over three decades of studying ferns, Duke University professor Kathleen Pryer has received her share of grant money. But for her newest project, she’s getting help from a retired nurse in Canada and a 17-year-old in Arkansas.Mary Williams's insight:Remember that Azolla genome crowd-funding idea we shared a while ago? It got funded! Read more here.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)

July 11, 2014

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11:21 PM | How These All-Female Lizards Are Able to Reproduce and Thrive Without the Help of Any Males
As far back as the 1960s, scientists were aware that a number of whiptail lizards in Mexico and the southwestern United States were made up entirely of females. The most notable of these species, the New Mexico whiptail lizard, is able to reproduce healthy, well-bred offspring without the aid of male fertilization. Whiptails aren’t the only species that […]
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6:32 PM | Israel’s Government Is Paying College Students to Spread Pro-Israel Propaganda on Social Media
A lot of the discussion and debate about the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been taking place on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sources. In light of that, I think it’s important for people to know that social media is by no means immune to government propaganda. Far from it in fact. Back in August […]
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5:32 PM | iLabs: Question of the Day
So for a Friday, we’ll leave you with a picture, and the question posed in it! Come check us out to find out more, or stay tuned for the answer next week. :)  Happy Weekend!
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3:23 PM | Let’s Move! How Body Movements Drive Learning Through Technology
Work in the field shows promising signs that incorporating bodily movements—even subtle ones—can improve the learning that’s done on computers. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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3:00 PM | Seeing Is (Not Always) Believing!
Visual illusions and other optical puzzles are fun for families to share and explore. With hands-on science projects and activities, families can create and test their own visual illusions. For more advanced exploration, a new electronics science project guides students in creating a mesmerizing infinity mirror that invites viewers to gaze into a seemingly infinite tunnel lit by a series of lights.
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2:25 PM | The Week's Top Science Communication Stories (7.12.14)
This week I found some great stories that explored academic storytelling, accessing science comm....
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12:01 PM | Are you prepared for practical chemistry in the new A-level 2015 specifications? - Learn ...
The new draft A-level chemistry specifications have recently been published and there have been substantial changes to the contribution and assessment of practical work.   In the case of AQA, a separate endorsement of practical work will be awarded to candidates and written papers will assess the knowledge, understanding and skills exemplified by 12 key practical areas. (See http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/specifications/AQA-7405-SP-2015.PDF)   The OCR specification […]
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8:21 AM | Mosquitoes infected Wolbachia more likely to transmit West Nile virus
Mosquitoes infected with the bacteria Wolbachia are more likely to become infected with West Nile virus and to transmit the virus to humans. The post Mosquitoes infected Wolbachia more likely to transmit West Nile virus appeared first on MicrobiologyBytes.
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8:21 AM | Mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia more likely to transmit West Nile virus
Mosquitoes infected with the bacteria Wolbachia are more likely to become infected with West Nile virus and to transmit the virus to humans. Continue reading →
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4:20 AM | Milestones in Plant Science - add your suggestions to the developing timeline hosted by ASPB
What are the big events that shaped our understanding of plants? This site is starting to collect major milestones in the discipline, but needs your help. Send in your suggestion!See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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1:46 AM | Buzz Aldrin’s New Campaign Aims to Build Awareness About The Apollo 11 Mission (Video and Photo Gallery)
The second man to ever step on the Moon, Buzz Aldrin, is endorsing a new project that’s being called “Apollo 45″. The campaign aims to increase awareness about all Apollo missions and Apollo 11′s historic lunar landing. The 45th anniversary of that monumental landing is this month (July 26). Aldrin feels that, “We need to remind the world […]

July 10, 2014

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11:45 PM | The Quickest Possible Explanation of the Current Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
For all of the coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, it’s come to my attention that very few people actually understand what’s going on there. This is by no means a complete history- it’s “the quickest possible explanation”. So if you think I’m missing an important piece of information, please don’t attack me, just add it to […]
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7:50 PM | India Continues to Lead the Solar Industry By Building A Huge Floating Solar Power Plant
India has been at the forefront of the solar industry for the past few years now. They are currently in the process of building by far the world’s largest solar power plant, and newly elected Prime Minister Norendra Modi has announced a plan to bring electricity to every home by 2017, using solar power. Now, India […]
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7:14 PM | Treasures from the Deep
By Stephanie Schuttler Stephanie is a postdoctoral research associate at North Carolina State University and NC Museum of Natural Sciences in the Biodiversity Lab of the Nature Research Center. She is working with middle school teachers in the Students Discover program to incorporate eMammal, a citizen science camera trap study, into their classrooms.  Learn more about her at http://stephanieschuttler.weebly.com/. I […]
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4:00 PM | Now Available in Trichromatic Color!
“What is color?” What a good question! The answer is a bit tricky, but it starts with light. Color is the visual perception of different wavelengths of light reflecting off objects, which is the subjective experience of something much more omnipresent: the electromagnetic spectrum. Dun, dun, dun! “RAZ! This is supposed to be about neuroscience! … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Marinade Science: Weekly Science Activity
School and family science weekly spotlight: the science of marinades
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2:54 PM | From Mars to Minecraft: Teachers Bring the Arcade to the Classroom
Teachers have found many different ways of using digital games in the classroom. But what kind of games are these students playing? And how are teachers incorporating them in the classroom? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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