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August 06, 2014

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3:25 PM | What Are the Most Powerful Uses of Tech for Learning?
The digital divide is not just about access to devices -- a disparity in powerful uses of technology could be even more difficult to overcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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3:00 PM | Pet Heaven
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12:45 PM | Aerospace Engineer and former cheerleader, Carey, leads Science Week event at Mint Hill Library in Charlotte, NC
Guest post from Carey! I had the awesome pleasure of representing Science Cheerleader for the afternoon during Science Week at the Mint Hill Library in Charlotte, NC. The program was aimed at 5-11 year olds, both males and females. It was a great experience discussing rockets and my career at Lockheed Martin. To engage the students, we made rockets with straws and then had a competition by turning their rockets into balloon rockets. The kids were very excited to try...[ Read Full Story ]
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12:36 PM | Graphic syllabus and outcomes map – new additions to your fall syllabus?
Graphic syllabus = a one-page diagram, flowchart, or concept map of the topical organization of a course. Outcomes map = a one-page flowchart of the sequence of student learning objectives and outcomes from the foundational through the mediating to the ultimate. –  Nilson (2007) Each semester, and for every course we teach, we are required to create a course syllabus.  Each of our institutions have some variations as to what …
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11:18 AM | Exploring a Culture of Health: Navigating the Path Towards Responsible Personal Health Data Research
This post is part of Exploring a Culture of Health, a citizen science series brought to you by Discover Magazine, SciStarter and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, serving as an ally to help Americans work together to build a national Culture of Health that enables everyone to lead healthier lives now and for generations to come. With the advent […]Find more posts like Exploring a Culture of Health: Navigating the Path Towards Responsible Personal Health Data […]
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11:08 AM | Quais as melhores condições para produzir cristais?
This year, to make our Global Experiment truly global, we’ve produced translations of the instructions. They’re available on Learn Chemistry in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, Portuguese (Brazil) and Russian, to help students around the world answer the question: What are the best conditions for growing the biggest crystals? Quais as melhores condições para produzir os maiores cristais? Quelles sont les conditions idéales […]
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10:23 AM | Ebola virus outbreaks
Source: BBC News – Summit to discuss Ebola emergency starts Tagged: Biology, Ebola, Emerging disease, Medicine, Microbiology, Science, Virology, virus
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8:51 AM | Virtual R & D teams in small and medium enterprises: A literature review
Scientific Research and EssaysVolume 4, Issue 13, December 2009, Pages 1575-1590Virtual R & D teams in small and medium enterprises: A literature review  (Review)Ebrahim, N.A. , Ahmed, S., Taha, Z.  Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, MalaysiaView references (194)AbstractSmall and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the driving engine behind economic growth. While SMEs play a critical role in generating […]
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2:16 AM | Journalists Record Footage of Hamas Assembling and Firing Rockets Right Next to Their Hotel
As the conflict rages on between Israel and Hamas, one of the biggest criticisms of the militant group is their strategy of embedding themselves within the civilian population in Gaza so as to force Israel to incur civilian casualties when they retaliate. There have been reports that Hamas has launched rockets from crowded apartment buildings, […]

August 05, 2014

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10:06 PM | The Revolutionary New Propulsion Engine That Even Scientists Didn’t Believe Was Possible
Roger Shawyer is one of the most persistent and driven individuals in the world. For years, he has been working on a new type of propulsion engine that could theoretically run forever without needing any fuel. He calls his device the EmDrive. The engine works by bouncing around microwave radiation in a small space to produce […]
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5:48 PM | The Story of Henry “Box” Brown: The Slave Magician Who Mailed Himself to Freedom In A Crate
Henry “Box” Brown was born into slavery in 1816. He and his family worked on a plantation in Louisa County, Virginia. Henry’s experience as a slave was one of the better ones. In his autobiographry, he describes his slave master as, “…uncommonly kind, (for even a slaveholder may be kind),” and added that he was revered […]
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3:26 PM | Water Quality Concerns in the Great Lakes. Again.
Since the 1970s, when limnologist David Schindler and his colleagues began actively publishing the results of their work in the Experimental Lakes Area, there has been conclusive evidence that a steady flow of excess phosphorus in water systems spells disaster. Schindler and his team showed through extensive experiments that phosphorus …
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3:18 PM | A Portal to Chaos and Adventure — In a Playground?
What makes a great adventure playground? Among other things, lots of freedom, stuff to build ... and a zip line. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:23 PM | My New Book
It’s been a busy summer, but we’re working on some sweet new experiments to share with you soon! Last week, the kids and I got an advance copy of my new book “Kitchen Science Lab for Kids,” which will be available September 15th and we love how it turned out! If you pre-order a copy […]
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1:00 PM | Orion and the Seven Sisters (#Extant E4)
I livetweet CBS' sci-fi show Extant every Wed night on Twitter at 8pm - check out the storify at the end of the article or click here!On the last episode of CBS's new sci fi show Extant, Molly lies in bed with her son Ethan and discusses a very popular set of stars known as the Pleiades Star Cluster. This cluster of stars has been very prominent in the sky over human history, and many cultures have created stories around them. A […]
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12:52 PM | Status update for Project MERCCURI
From @Jennomics (a co-PI on Project MERCCURI): Status update for Project MERCCURI: Our [surface] samples are being stored in a -80C freezer on the ISS. But, there is a problem with the equipment (plate reader) that will be used to run our “growth competition” experiment. The company that we are working with, NanoRacks is working hard to troubleshoot the problem. It isn’t clear now whether there is a problem with the inner workings of the equipment or the touchscreen […]
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11:15 AM | Rae: Science Cheerleader, Chemist, and (awesome!) STEM communicator! (She’s also the managing editor of SciStarter!)
Here’s Raecca (Rae): Science Cheerleader, blogger, and SciStarter managing editor (among other things!) Hi, Rae! What got you into science? As a high school student, I enjoyed my math and science classes. If you gave me the option to solve an equation or read a novel, I would choose the equation every time. My senior-level science teachers were able to explain concepts in a clear manner, but they also infused humor whenever they could. My senior level math teachers were all...[ Read […]
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10:00 AM | iLabs: Catch of the Day — Water Bear
Here is another entry in our “Catch of the Day” series, by Nancy Locquet-Absillis iLabs: “Catch Of The Day!” —Water bear, water bear, how DO you survive? Look how cuddly!! A rather clumsy, barrel shaped microorganism moves like a bear on the slide we’ve placed under the microscope. Since its segmented body is transparent, you […]

August 04, 2014

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11:11 PM | The Strongest and Most Misunderstood Creature in the World (Video)
When you think of strength in the animal kingdom, it’s natural to think of some of the massive majestic creatures we’re all so familiar with: lions, elephant, grizzlies, rhinos, hippos… These animals are definitely powerful, but when you examine pound-for-pound strength, you quickly realize that it’s the smallest creatures who are really the most impressive lifters. […]
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3:25 PM | High Winds in Peru Expose Previously Undiscovered Nazca Geoglyphs Etched in the Earth
The picture above is of a new set of geoglyphs discovered in the Valley of El Ingenio in the Nazca plains of Peru. The glyphs include a bird, a camel, and a 60-meter (197-foot) long snake. The new images were discovered after violent winds of up to 60 miles per hour blew through the region last week, creating a […]
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3:15 PM | Welcome to Epic, A School Where Students Are Heroes On a Quest
At Epic charter middle school in Oakland, students are immersed in a game as soon as they step into the school on the first day. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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9:08 AM | Science Cheerleader Memorie: pursuing a Ph.D. while cheering for the WNBA.
I want to be an example of an intelligent and extremely hard-working cheerleader. I would also like to be a role model for young girls and other women, showing them that it is possible to have a successful career in science while at the same time following their other passions, such as cheerleading and dancing.
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6:35 AM | Lifestyle-driven virtual teams: A new paradigm for professional services firms - Ivey Business Journal
Lifestyle-driven virtual teams: A new paradigm for professional services firms byAndrea Lekushoff The Workplace | September / October 2012 Share on emailEmail Share on twitterShare on Twitter Share on facebookPost to Facebook Share on linkedinShare on LinkedIn Share on deliciousSave to DeliciousShare on instapaperSave to Instapaper Social changes in the workforce are leading more and more employees to demand more and more control over how, when, and where […]
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3:43 AM | SSRN Top Downloads For ORG: Ethics & Culture (Topic)
Ethical and Unethical Methods of Plagiarism Prevention in Academic Writing Kaveh Bakhtiyari, Hadi Salehi, Mohamed Amin Embi, Masoud Shakiba, Azam Zavvari, Masoomeh Shahbazi-Moghadam, Nader Ale Ebrahim and Marjan Mohammadjafari University of Duisburg-Essen, Islamic Azad University, Najafabad Branch, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia - Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia, National University of Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), University of Malaya
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12:24 AM | On antiserum and Ebola virus
In 1925, dogsledders raced through the frozen Alaskan bush to bring antiserum to the isolated village of Nome.  The antiserum arrived in time, saved the lives of many villagers from the horrors of diphtheria, and inspired the Iditarod, a famous race in celebration of the dog sledders’ heroic feat. East Africa could use a similar effort today.…

August 03, 2014

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9:17 PM | Stephanie: Military aerospace engineer and former college cheerleader, working on dual MSE + MBA degrees!
There seems to be this perception that engineers hole themselves up in their labs or cubicles, working on equations all day long without any interaction with other people. While this might be true for some engineers, the majority of us are constantly working with others in some way or another. You may have to collaborate on a design together, give a presentation about your work, or share your assessment of test results or reports.
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5:55 PM | Science Cheerleader Britney: Software engineer and WNBA cheerleader.
"The general stereotype around people in IT is that we are not personable or friendly, and that we sit in front of our computers all day. Wrong!"
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4:16 PM | Watching Cocoa Bean Farmers Taste Chocolate for Their First Time Really Puts Life In Perspective (Video)
The Ivory Coast is the largest producer of cocoa beans in the world, exporting around 1.6 tons of the beans annually. After being shipped off to other countries, the dried beans are crushed into cocoa powder and mixed with sugar and other ingredients to produce what we know as chocolate. However, almost none of the farmers who actually grow and […]
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10:00 AM | iLabs: Pandemic!! Part III
Here is the final installment on the creating of the Pandemic Class, by our intern, Megan Polzin:   iLabs: Teaching Middle School Students About Pandemics SUCCESS!! Before I go over how the class went, I did make two more last minute changes to the class. The first was the addition of an 8.5’’ x 11’’ […]

August 02, 2014

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11:50 PM | Loggers and Drug Traffickers Forced This Previously Uncontacted Tribe to Contact the Outside World
Back in early July, the group Survival International confirmed that a previously uncontacted tribe indigenous to the Amazon rainforest in Brazil had been spotted near the border with Peru. This was surprising behavior: the few remain uncontacted tribes in the world tend live on the same lands that their ancestors have inhabited for generations, having established a […]
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