October 13, 2014

4:49 AM | Deliverance for Diabetics
There has recently been a new breakthrough regarding stem cells and diabetes. Scientists at Harvard University have successfully given a mouse cells that produce insulin made from stem cells; cells that are able to transform into many different types of cells. This mouse had diabetes, and after it received the new cells, it no longer had diabetes.    […]
2:07 AM | I am a Psychic
Reader, would I surprise you if I knew who you are? I could describe your personality right here, right now. And I’m not using any fancy hidden cameras or anything. I can really read your personality without even knowing you! This is my description of you (The description is from this link but slightly combined with this): You have a […]
12:35 AM | Defining Pain
We’ve all experienced it; a hand misplaced on a hot stove, a pulled muscle from soccer, or a headache from dehydration. But when asked, “what IS pain?” many people find themselves at a loss for words. As it turns out, what is a part of daily life and one of the most important sensations that […]

October 12, 2014

11:09 PM | The Food Waste Fiasco: Dumpster Diving for Change
Rob Greenfield is on a mission. A mission to create and inspire a healthier, happier world. His most recent method? Biking across the country eating nothing but food he finds in dumpsters, to raise awareness about food waste. Food waste is an issue across the entirety of the developed world. While all too many places around the globe face crises of famine and starvation, others face the opposite problem: Food uneaten. Food unsold. Food unwanted. Food wasted. The figures are
9:42 PM | LAMP Projects – October 9, 2014
This past session was focused on developing our ideas for the LAMP projects we are doing. LAMP (Lighting Architecture Movement Project) is run by two ladies, Nicole Fox and Anneka Hagen. We were lucky enough to have them visit FSL along with another guest, Mathew McCormick who is a well-respected lighting designer, and help out. […]
4:27 PM | Meet Omron Global’s Ping Pong Playing Robot (Video)
Omron Global, a Japanese electronics and engineering company, has outdone themselves by building a ping pong playing robot. The innovative machine that doesn’t just serve out balls, it can actually return them and rally with you. The machine is designed with complex robotics and engineering technology that allows it to sense the opponents movements and calculate the speed and trajectory of the ball. Check it out… The machine is designed for low difficulty […]
10:48 AM | Biodiversity Heritage Library: Exploring the Rich History of Plant Science
The wonderful Biodiversity Heritage Library interviewed me about how I use their oustanding collection of digitized natural history books .See it on, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)

October 11, 2014

8:22 PM | Sierra Leone Admits Ebola Defeat As Liberia Bans Media from Treatment Centers
Yesterday (Friday Oct. 10), international health officials in Sierra Leone approved plans to start helping families care for Ebola patients at home, acknowledging that they have been overwhelmed by the outbreak and lack the resources and beds to handle the soaring amount of cases. “It’s basically admitting defeat,” said Dr. Peter H. Kilmarx, who leads the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention team in Sierra Leone. Kilmarx added, “For the clinicians […]
4:21 PM | The Re-Segregation of American Public Schools (Infographic)
In the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case in 1954, the Supreme Court ruled that separate schools for different races were inherently unequal, legally ending the practice of public school segregation. It was a major step. Schools slowly began to integrate, leading to better academic achievement amongst minorities. Unfortunately, this integration peaked in 1988, and since the government released all schools from federal oversight in 1992, America’s public schools are […]
8:41 AM | Repost: Stinker or Smeller?
First published 04/2009 over at EP v2.0. The topic came up in conversation in the last couple of weeks so I thought I’d dig the post out! The images have disappeared but it makes sense without. — One of the … Continue reading →
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4:31 AM | Sugar or Artificial Sweeteners?
“Diet Coke Rack” by Niall Kennedy licensed by CC 2.0 I love soda. Not necessarily for the taste of it (because really, unfizzy coke tastes really weird) but for the carbonation. However, the vending machines at my school only sell diet soda, and I hate the taste of it. It’s like eating cookies that don’t […]
4:00 AM | Event Horizon and Spaghettification
Albert Einstein never believed that black holes could exist. Something with a gravitational pull so strong that not even light can escape it…that must be impossible! Unfortunately, Einstein was wrong. Although it is true that many stars (like our sun)  will not have dramatic deaths, it is completely possible for large stars to become black […]

October 10, 2014

9:10 PM | Watch Nearly 200 Years of Changing U.S. Maps In Just 20 Seconds (Gif)
In 1776, the United States was comprised of just 13 colonies, all of which were along the east coast. Since then, the United States has expanded to include 50 different states, stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic. This change didn’t happen overnight though- it was the result of nearly 200 years of land acquisitions (which were not always amicable) and border reconfigurations. Check it out below: I know the map moves pretty fast, so if you’d rather check
3:38 PM | This Happened: Science Online is no more
I got the email that many other #sciox-ers got. ScienceOnline the non-profit entity that introduced me to some AWESOME people and spring-boarded my extra-curricular career is no more. The 2015... -- Read more on
12:52 PM | How Students Lead the Learning Experience at Democratic Schools
The Fairhaven School, which opened its doors in 1998, has no tests or grades, and no assigned homework. Its goal is to help students develop two core traits: agency and autonomy. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
11:00 AM | It’s not easy being blue (for plants)
Scientists have found tropical plants that perform “delayed greening,” a process of postponing the development of chlorophyll to protect young leaves from predators and potential UV damage. Interestingly, researchers have also found a few trees with blue...
7:22 AM | ASPB's hiring an Executive Coordinator to.....
to develop and implement a communications strategy and heighten recognition and awareness of the National Plant Science Council (NPSC), and to increase support for the goals articulated in the Plant Science Decadal Vision ( it on, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)

October 09, 2014

11:00 PM | New Walter Isaacson Book: The Innovators
This week, the new Walter Isaacson book, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution has been released. I am a fan of his writing, having enjoyed many... -- Read more on
7:59 PM | Wonderful World of Worms
This blog post comes from Julia Olszewski, a fall intern in the Naturalist Center.  Julia is a Biology graduate student in the lab of William Kier at UNC Chapel Hill. The Kier lab in the Biology Department at UNC Chapel Hill is interested in a type of muscle found in sandworms, earthworms, leeches, and many […]
4:09 PM | Illegal Sterilizations in California Prisons
By Saxony Busta In an audit released in June 2014, it was confirmed that at least 39 women were illegally sterilized in California prisons from 2006 to 2013. Nearly 150 women prisoners underwent surgical procedures for sterilization by bilateral tubal litigation, commonly known as having one’s “tubes tied”. An investigation revealed that proper consent for [...]The post Illegal Sterilizations in California Prisons appeared first on Genetics Generation.
3:09 PM | This Guy Made Himself A Self-Folding Paper Plane Machine Gun (Video)
The 3-D printing revolution is in full stride, with the printers being widely used in engineering, design, medicine and more. But some people are also using the printers for more enjoyable endeavors. YouTube user Papierfliegerei is one of those people. His real name is Dieter Michael Krone, and he is a German paper airplane enthusiast. Krone just recently released a video showing off his prototype “A6 V1.0 Paper Airplane Gun”. He built his own automatic paper airplane […]
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 →
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, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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 […]
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 […]
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

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 […]
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
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. […]
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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