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March 13, 2015

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1:56 PM | SSRN Legal Writing eJournal
Does a Long Reference List Guarantee More Citations? Analysis of Malaysian Highly Cited and Review PapersThe International Journal of Management Science and Business, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 6-15, 2015Nader Ale Ebrahim ,H. Ebrahimian ,Maryam Mousavi andFarzad Tahriri University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of Malaya (UM) - Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring […]
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12:09 PM | Problems can be opportunities to teach and learn
I moved house just recently. It’s a lovely location with views over hills and moors. More specifically, in the distance, we have a panorama that is largely Dartmoor. Geologically, as you are most likely aware, we are talking a solid granite base, which occasionally erupts into the rugged and beautiful raised tors. So, somewhere under […] The post Problems can be opportunities to teach and learn appeared first on physicsfocus.org.
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11:42 AM | Drops and a pool
Sometimes I am so glad to have this blog, just because it gives me permission to do things like film drops falling from a wet life vest into a pool with a calm water surface. Of course, nobody actually needs … Continue reading →
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7:09 AM | Workshop on: Research Tools: Supporting Research and Publication
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6:47 AM | Space launch booster that will take humans to Mars in action
This is the most powerful rocket booster ever built, and you can see it in action in the video below, taken at the first test of the system earlier this week.The booster, which will propel NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft deep into space, including to Mars and an asteroid, fired for a total of two minutes - the same amount of time it would take to blast off the launch pad. In that time, it is capable of producing around 1.6 MILLION kilograms of thrust […]
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6:30 AM | New gel can stop wounds from bleeding
Injuries due to gunshot wounds or traffic accidents, can often be fatal if the injured person doesn’t receive prompt medical care. Now, an injectable polymer material that encourages faster, more durable blood clotting at wound sites, could stop bleeding following these life-threatening injuries.The material, known as PolySTAT, was developed by engineers at the University of Washington in the US, and mimics a natural protein in our body that helps strengthen blood […]
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6:13 AM | Hot water flows on Enceladus could trigger life
Scientists have discovered heating warm ocean and it looks like Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus has an active hydrothermal system.Researchers found that Enceladus has a vast, underground ocean at its south pole, just a year ago. It appears to be sitting under a 30- or 40-kilometre-thick layer of ice, and is itself almost 10 km deep. At the time, there didn’t seem to be much evidence of hydrothermal activity connected to the ocean, but researchers from the University of Colorado's […]
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12:48 AM | The SCICOMM 25 (3.13.15)
Welcome to the latest edition of the SCICOMM 25. This is where I pull together the week's 25 most talked about science communication stories, determined by the engagement rate of stories I've shared on Twitter. Many are written by the world's leading science communicators. Some offer tips and advice, while others tackle important issues we need to discuss and debate. All of them are worth checking out. I hope you enjoy this week's list.   This Week's Top 25 Science […]

March 12, 2015

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9:47 PM | Kidnapped Mayoral Candidate Found Decapitated In Mexico’s Guerrero State
Last September, 43 trainee teachers protesting rising tuition in the city of Iguala, Mexico were kidnapped and almost certainly massacred (the bodies have yet to be found). The kidnappings — combined with reports that corrupt government officials and police were involved with the gang that claimed responsibility — sparked outrage and protests in the state of Guerrero and across the country. Now, the historically violent southwestern state is facing yet another tragedy. On […]
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8:13 PM | What’s an Adolescent Brain’s Weakness? Other Tweens
Adolescents get a bad rep for being irrational. The bad news: It's kinda deserved. The good news: Teen brains come equipped with an internal Mr. Spock, trying to keep them safe. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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6:53 PM | Sarah Brightman Is Paying $52 Million To Be First Musician In Space (Video Interview)
Professional opera singer Sarah Brightman has officially begun her space training in Russia as she prepares to be the first musician to perform in space. According to her website… “Ever since she witnessed the 1969 moon landings on television as a small girl, it has been Sarah’s life long ambition to travel into space. Sarah will become the first professional musician to do so.”   After completing her training, Brightman will join the growing […]
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4:13 PM | Check Out the First Photos from the World’s Newest Island in the Pacific
On Tuesday, January 13, the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai underwater volcano — located about 40 miles north of the Pacific island of Tonga — experienced an explosive eruption. The eruption shot volcanic ash more than 14,000ft up into the air and forced the small island nation to cancel all international flights that day. But the explosion also did something quite remarkable: it created a new island. The newly formed island joins the two […]
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3:14 PM | Writing to Learn in the Science Classroom
Education in the United States, particularly in the K through 12 arena, has been a hotbed of public debate in the last decade, heating up more recently in controversies surrounding Common Core. While few would argue...
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12:53 PM | Car parking robots to arrange and park cars in Audi factory
Audi has introduced robots that will help the company keep the cars in order at its plants. These robots are known as Ray and can carry out their tasks without affecting anyone else.The two robots are basically part of the initiative that was taken at Audi’s Ingolstadt plant last month. According to the firm, these are robots allow for ‘testing systems for the intelligent factory of the future.’ They do this by taking cars from the production area to the […]
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11:13 AM | The chemical reaction between Coke and milk
Assume that if the colored parts of Coke could somehow be precipitated down, so what you’re left with is a bunch of dark particles at the bottom of the bottle, with a strange, clear liquid up the top. That’s pretty much what’s happening here, and the chemistry behind it is amazing. As Maricv 84 explains on their YouTube page, the reaction is between the phosphoric acid in the Coke, and the proetins in two tablespoons of milk, which produces a precipitate. […]
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9:00 AM | Oncogenes and RNA splicing of human tumor viruses
Oncogenic viruses, with the exception of HCV, require the host RNA splicing machinery in order to exercise their oncogenic activities. Continue reading →
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8:33 AM | The Altmetric System
In the budding field of article-level metrics, Altmetric has been leading the way in measuring the attention and impact of research papers beyond the archaic method of counting citations. Founder Euan Adie sheds light on the inadequacy of journal-level metrics, the future relationship between academia and Twitter, and the work that goes on behind the scenes at AltmetricSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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6:42 AM | Virtual team performance in crowdsourcing contestsls
Virtual team performance in crowdsourcing contests: A social network perspective completed research paper  (Conference Paper)Dissanayake, I.a , Zhang, J.a , Gu, B.b a University of Texas Arlington, Arlington, TX, United Statesb Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, United StatesView references (48)AbstractRecent advances in information technology have made it feasible for organizations to pool expertise around the globe. In particular, organizations […]
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5:01 AM | Hydrophobic paint to splash public urinators with pee in Germany
What do you do when you're sick of drunk people urinating on the walls of your city, stinking the place up? The city in germany has now sprayed its most-frequented walls in hydrophobic paint, which is so repellant to liquid that it rolls, or sometimes bounces, right off the surface. This means that now when someone pees on one of these walls, the wall pees back.As you can see in the video below, this paint is pretty powerful stuff, and it's capable of sending a jet-stream of pee right back […]
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4:19 AM | A new study says, Homeopathy no more effective than placebos
A new study performed in Australia has found that homeopathy is no more effective in treating ailments and disorders than placebos.Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) conducted and the report is an examination of 1,800 papers testing the effects of all kinds of alternative medicines over the past two decades. The team found that out of all these papers, only 225 could be included in their analysis due to a general lack of actual science.  Of the papers they […]
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2:20 AM | Rocketing into Spring
Tomorrow afternoon on Twin Cities Live, we’ll head outside to launch some water rockets (click here for directions) and see how high we can make a Diet Coke Mentos geyser rise! If we get a chance, we’ll also talk about tomorrow night’s NASA rocket launch. Tune in between 3 and 4 CST for some carbonated fun! […]
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12:08 AM | The Real Reason Utah Lawmakers Just Voted to Bring Back Firing Squad Executions
Earlier this week, the Utah Senate passed a bill that would reintroduce firing squads as an acceptable method of execution in the state. The bill, which was passed by the Utah House back in November, will now head to the desk of Gov. Gary Herbert, who will have to decide whether to approve or veto the measure. So far, Herbert has given no indications about whether or not he will sign the bill. Utah is the only state in the past 40

March 11, 2015

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7:50 PM | Chinese Developer Builds 57-Story Skyscraper In Just 19 Days (Time-Lapse Video)
When imagining the timeline for constructing a skyscraper, most people probably think in terms of months or even years. But for the Chinese construction firm Broad Sustainable Building, that’s simply too long. BSB’s newest building, a 57-story tower in Changsha, China, was erected in a mind-blowingly fast 19 days – a rate of three stories per day! BSB Architect Xian Min Zhang released a promotional time-lapse video showing the construction of the J57 tower […]
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6:17 PM | Researchers have made concrete using plastic waste
Researchers from James Cook University in Australia have created concrete that's reinforced by plastic waste, rather than steel. The technique, which is a first in Australia, will greatly reduce the environmental impact of concrete, and we can't help but wonder why we're not doing this already."Using recycled plastic, we were able to get more than a 90 percent saving on CO2 emissions and fossil fuel usage compared to using the traditional steel mesh reinforcing," said Rabin Tuladhar, the […]
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4:40 PM | Wordless Wednesday: #DNLeeLab experience with Crystal Violet Vaginal Cytology
I recently took a look*  at these slides where vaginal epithelial cells from my pouched rats were collected in Summer 2013. One of our goals is to decipher the reproductive mysteries of pouched rat:... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:29 PM | Einstein Would Jump for Joy: 1st Image of Light as a Particle and a Wave!
     Scientists at the EPFL School of Computer and Communications in Switzerland have managed to take a snapshot of light performing the way Einstein theorized- as a particle and a wave. Although quantum mechanics has shown us that Einstein's theory is true we have never been able to visualize it in practice. The new image was published at the beginning of the month in Nature Communications.  The team of scientists completed experiments in a unique way to capture the […]
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3:33 PM | This 95-Year-Old World Record Holder Might Run Faster Than You (Video)
95-year-old Charles Eugster, who you may know from YouTube as the 93-year-old bodybuilder, set a new 200 meter world record (for his age group) at the indoor British Masters in London earlier this week. Check out the video below to see Charles Eugster’s 200m World Record, courtesy of the Silver Grey Sports Club… The new record timed out at 55.48 seconds, beating the previous record — set by American Orville Rogers in March 2013 — by more than 2 […]
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1:19 PM | What Teens are Learning From ‘Serial’ and Other Podcasts
The wildly popular podcast "Serial" has found relevance in high school classrooms as a way to improve listening and critical thinking skills. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:13 PM | Bug of the Week: Spring Bees
Not much to say… Spring is here!
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1:12 PM | Wikipedia edit-a-thon for women in STEM [Women's History Month]
For the month of March, in honor of Women’s History Month, I am dedicating my weekly blog posts to the outstanding organizations, resources, and inspiring stories about women in STEM.  Be sure to check out my first post on the Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN). Whatever one might feel towards Wikipedia, the fact of the matter is that Wikipedia is out there, and people are using it.  Quick to come …
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