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March 10, 2015

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11:33 AM | Seed of the Week: Tobacco
Our mystery seeds from last week are from a plant that is widely-grown, but is rather a specialty crop:  tobacco, Nicotiana sp. Nicotiana tabacum, or cultivated tobacco, is the plant most people associate with tobacco. It is usually grown as … Continue reading →
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9:06 AM | Xperia Z2, Z3, and Z3 Compact to get Lollipop update in India
Just a few days announced new mid range smartphone Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, Sony revealed that the Android 5.0 Lollipop update will be released only for the Xperia Z series devices, it is being reported that the Xperia Z2, Z3, and Z3 Compact handsets in India will be getting it sometime this month.The news comes from the company's Indian R&D team, which also revealed that the update for the Xperia Z3 would be around 630 Megabytes in size, while that for the Xperia Z2 would be around 518 […]
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7:46 AM | Future bio-sensors will be drawn on with ballpoint pens
Ballpoint pens loaded with sensor-laden inks could eliminate finger pricks for diabetics, and help them test their blood glucose levels simply by drawing cartoons - or just a few dots - on their skin. The innovative new ink could also be used to test for pollutants in the environment by drawing on leaves or on buildings' surfaces, and could help soldiers search for explosives and chemical weapons, the developers say.  The team of engineers from the University of California, San […]
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2:18 AM | Seven more tools to choose from! | Connected Researchers
 Source: http://connectedresearchers.com/seven-more-tools-to-choose-from/Seven more tools to choose from! Posted on March 9, 2015 Quick update of the list of digital tools for researchers. Interesting to see that this update includes two startups are offer remotely experimentation using  automated robots. The future is here!TetraScience – Allows you to monitor & manage your experiments from anywhere.Emerald Cloud Lab – A web-based life sciences lab, […]
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1:02 AM | Boardroom Quotas For Women Set To Start Next Year In Germany
Earlier this week, Germany passed a new law aimed at improving the representation of women on corporate boards. The law, which is set to take effect at the beginning of next year, will require major companies to reserve at least 30% of their supervisory seats for women. According to The New York Times… “Fewer than 20 percent of the seats on corporate boards in Germany are held by women, while some of the biggest multinational companies in the world are based […]

March 09, 2015

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11:03 PM | You Should Know: Dr. Melanie Harrison Okoro
Welcome to the twenty-fifth installment of You Should Know. This week I am kicking off Women’s History Month and celebrating Dynamic Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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8:51 PM | Science Teaching Toolbox: Girl Power! Getting (and keeping) Girls Interested in Science
images: NASA, Yvonne in Willowick OhioA day after International Women's Day, let's take a look at girls in science. (This post contains affiliate links)      I have had the great fortune of teaching science from Preschool to 6th grade at a small school. I'm often told by students that I am currently teaching (and those that have moved on to Upper School science) that gym and science are their favorite classes. Science ranks next to gym! Not too shabby, right? I'm not trying […]
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4:19 PM | Do you know an outstanding undergraduate science teacher? (Maybe you?)
The Society for College Science Teachers soliticits nominations (including self-nominations) for the Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award. Application deadline is June 1. See website for more information http://www.scst.org/grants/oustaSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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1:58 PM | Activities to Celebrate Pi Day
What is Pi Day? Pi Day has been celebrated each year on March 14 (3/14) as a fun to salute to pi = 3.14…  This year, Pi Day will have special significance because 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 a.m. and p.m. will … Continue reading →
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1:09 PM | Standards: Why Realizing the Full Promise of Education Requires a Fresh Approach
Yong Zhao takes a critical eye to standards and the purposes they serve. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:00 PM | GTD for academics: The mindset and the precepts
If we academic types were able to get big things done, like our dissertations, then why are there so many simpler, smaller things that don't get done? And why does it seem we are out of control of the things we have to get done? In this first post in a series on the Getting Things Done (GTD) philosophy for academics, we examine two important mistakes many academics make in dealing with time and projects.
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12:00 PM | Putting Together a Project Display Board
The project display board is how you present your project at the science fair. What goes into a well-organized and effective project display board? Check our easy-to-follow guide.
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11:14 AM | How the shape of your bow can save you a lot of time and money
My dear ship builder and naval architect friends, if this post seems horribly oversimplified to you, you are very welcome to write a guest post and go into this topic in as much detail as you feel is needed So … Continue reading →
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10:39 AM | Nokia 1100 With Android 5.0 Lollipop, Quad-Core Processor Spotted
One of Nokia's most popular feature phones, the Nokia 1100, is once again in the news. A handset with that model number was spotted running Google's latest Android build and powered by a quad-core processor under the hood.Nokia's legendary phone has been spotted at a benchmark listing tipping details of the innards. First spotted by Nokia Power User, the Nokia 1100's Geekbench browser benchmark results show the handset running Android 5.0 Lollipop while including a quad-core MediaTek […]
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9:08 AM | Morbillivirus Infections: An Introduction
Research on morbillivirus infections has led to exciting developments in recent years. Continue reading →
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9:00 AM | Spring Forward and Track Migrations for Citizen Science
We think migration is one of the most astounding phenomena in the animal world. Creatures large and small travel hundreds, even thousands of miles along the same routes every year, to the amazement of us human observers. Here are five migration projects that study migratory wildlife and are in need of your observations. Cheers! The […]Find more posts like Spring Forward and Track Migrations for Citizen Science by Arvind Suresh (Editor) on the SciStarter Blog. Your source for citizen […]
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8:40 AM | The Science Behind Our Skin
Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Its purpose is to protect us from germs and bacteria that can be harmful if entered in our bodies. Skin is also a huge part of our appearance. It can be the first thing we notice about a a person. However, as teens, most of us […]
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8:10 AM | This solar plane aircraft will circumnavigate the globe: Solar Impulse 2
Swiss pilots are about to embark on a 35,000-kilometre, five-month journey around the world in their little, solar-powered plane. Absolutely no fuel required.This proof of concept voyage will begin and end in Abu Dhabi, being split into 12 legs, each one spanning 25 flight days. Why is it going to take so long? Well, the journey is by no means going to be very fun for the pilots.They will end up spending around 250 hours in the cockpit, the temperature of which will be anywhere from -40 […]
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8:08 AM | NASA Suggests “Orderly Evacuation” of Space Station If Russia Cuts Off Access to ISS
The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest spacecraft to have ever been put into orbit by mankind. The construction of the 140 billion dollar orbiting laboratory involved the collaboration of 15 different countries, with the United States and Russia leading the way. Since the first component of the space station was launched in 1998, the ISS has continued to rely upon international cooperation — specifically between Russia and the U.S. — to remain in operation. […]
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7:50 AM | Ever Wondered What A Sunset Would Look If We Had A Different Sun? (Images)
Slovakian graphic designer Martin Vargic wanted to know what a sunset from Earth would look like if instead of orbiting our Sun, Earth was orbiting a different star. Using his knowledge of astronomy and his graphic design skills, Vargic decided to do just that, creating a series of visuals replacing the Sun with known stars in our galaxy and surrounding galaxies. According to Vargic’s website… “This visualization shows how the sunset could look […]
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7:00 AM | Attention Span
If you’ve ever worked with kids, you surely know that they have very short attention spans. Getting a young child to sit still and play piano for half an hour is quite the challenge. You have to coax the child, give out stickers, and play some pretty tunes throughout the entire half an hour just to […]
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6:49 AM | Can a plane fly with only one wing?
Recently in the news there has been a story about an accident between a rookie F-16 pilot and his instructor. This isn’t really the big news as plane accidents happen every year, what really sets this one apart is that the student pilot landed his f-16 when it was missing half a wing... Surely this […]
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6:36 AM | Math’s Greatest Mysteries
The idea that mathematics is complete and solved disturbs me. Some people think that math is just a bunch of information and methods that we learn so that we can do stuff, but it’s not! Math is a collection of mysteries and problems that are waiting to be solved. Not boring old computations! Today, I’ll share […]
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5:39 AM | Summary: March 5th, 2015
Today was the second full session during which we could work on our original projects. We all began working on our projects, promptly at 4:30. During the past two weeks, we had all been working hard to complete our research and to collect all the materials we would require for the construction of our projects. There […]
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5:20 AM | Uranium emits radiation inside a cloud chamber
A small piece of uranium mineral sitting in a cloud chamber, which means you can see the process of decay and radiation emission.It’s a sealed glass container cooled to -40°C, topped with a layer of liquid alcohol. According to Cloudylabs on YouTube, who made the video above, vapour emitted from the alcohol fills the container below, and most of it condenses on the glass surface, but some of it will remain as a vapour above the cold condenser.  "This creates a layer of […]
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4:21 AM | Mmmmmm…. Chocolate
I really love Chocolate. Who doesn’t love chocolate? However, how chocolate is made is really beyond me. When I decided to look it up, I was quite surprised at all the effort and microorganisms going into my chocolate bar. To talk about Chocolate, we must start with the cocoa pods. Cocoa pods are the fruit […]
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2:48 AM | Virtual teams: A literature review
Australian Journal of Basic and Applied SciencesVolume 3, Issue 3, July 2009, Pages 2653-2669Virtual teams: A literature review  (Review)Ebrahim, N.A. , Ahmed, S., Taha, Z. Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603, Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaView references (130)AbstractIn the competitive market, virtual teams represent a growing response to the need for fasting time-to-market, low-cost and […]
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2:45 AM | Virtual team performance in crowdsourcing contests: A social network perspective
35th International Conference on Information Systems "Building a Better World Through Information Systems", ICIS 2014201435th International Conference on Information Systems: Building a Better World Through Information Systems, ICIS 2014; The University of Auckland Business SchoolAuckland; New Zealand; 14 December 2014 through 17 December 2014; Code 110383Virtual team performance in crowdsourcing contests: A social network perspective completed research […]
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2:39 AM | Research Tools Workshop
:ONE DAY WORKSHOP ONResearch Tools: Supporting Research and Publicationانجمن دانشجویی ایسام با هماهنگی اتحادیه کشورهای شرق آسیا و  همکاری […]

March 08, 2015

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10:53 PM | Canadian Man Arrested for Refusing to Give Up His Phone Password to Border Guards
38-year-old Alain Philippon is facing a fine and possible jail time after he refused to tell Canadian officials the password to his phone. The Quebec resident, who was returning home from a trip to the Dominican Republic, arrived at the Halifax International Airport in Canada on Wednesday, where he was selected for additional screening by Canada’s Border Services Agency. During the course of this search, Philippon was asked to give up the password to his cell phone – […]
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