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April 04, 2014

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2:00 PM | Weekend reading (April 4)
Links and items from around the web, week of April 4.
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12:36 PM | Avoiding ‘Logo Change’ Controversy
As a proud alum of Florida State University, I’ve been paying very close attention to the current...
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7:23 AM | Isopentenyltransferase-1 (IPT1) knockout in Physcomitrella together with phylogenetic analyses of IPTs provide insights into evolution of plant cytokinin biosynthesis
See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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7:04 AM | Plant defensins in eLife
This article in elife got a lot of silly press coverage this week ("tobacco plants cure cancer"), but it provides an interesting look at the structural interaction of a plant defensin with membrane phosphoinisitides. These two review articles provide good background on these intersting peptides http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1749461312000346http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S019697810900045XSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher
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6:46 AM | Where Do Ph.D. Scientists Work? | Science Careers
Follow this link to the full report about where PhD scientists find work, broken down by gender and ethnic backgroundhttp://www.air.org/sites/default/files/downloads/report/STEM%20nonacademic%20careers%20April14.pdfSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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4:53 AM | Visibility and Citation Impact
Visibility and Citation ImpactNader Ale Ebrahim University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering; University of Malaya (UM) - Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP)Hadi Salehi Islamic Azad University, Najafabad BranchMohamed Amin Embi Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia - Faculty of EducationFarid Habibi University of Economic SciencesHossein Gholizadeh University of Malaya […]
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2:39 AM | So long, and thanks for all the...*
Well, this has been coming for some time, and I have been ignoring it.... It is...

April 03, 2014

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11:50 PM | Why It Matters That Hobby Lobby’s Investments Include Birth Control Companies
To understand the significance here you must first know the background. As part of the new Universal Healthcare law (Obamacare), the government requires employers to provide free birth control to their employees. A number of groups protested this requirement, prompting the government to create an exemption form that allows employers with conflicting religious convictions to opt-out […]
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6:05 PM | Chemical-free cleaners don’t exist, so why am I still reading about them?
by Susan Vickers Chemophobia is major problem, and it is time scientists to do more to stop the press intensifying it. I welcome all discussion on ways to inform journalists and petition news agencies to report in a conscientious and scientifically correct manner. As a chemist, misuse of the term chemical frustrates me. The use […]
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6:02 PM | Georgia Tech cheerleaders talking citizen science and Project MERCCURI on FOX News
Learn more about the Science Cheerleaders on the Georgia Tech cheerleading team. Learn more about Project MERCCURI.
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6:01 PM | Neil Shubin’s “Your Inner Fish” Comes to TV
Nothing makes me happier than reading a really good science book. After that, I am fairly pleased when some of my favorites are adapted for TV to reach those less likely to pick up one of those gems.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:00 PM | Yeasty Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight
School and family science weekly spotlight: What conditions cause yeasts to be most active during fermentation?
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3:46 PM | The arable ecosystem as battleground for emergence of new human pathogens
Disease incidences related to Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica infections by consumption of (fresh) vegetables, sprouts, and occasionally fruits made clear that these pathogens are not only transmitted to humans via the "classical" routes of meat, eggs, and dairy products, but also can be transmitted to humans via plants or products derived from plants. Nowadays, it is of major concern that these human pathogens, especially the ones belonging to the taxonomical […]
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2:59 PM | Scientists May Have Finally Unlocked the Secret Behind a Zebra’s Stripes
Over the years, there have been any number of theories as to why zebras are striped. Some have said it’s for camouflage, some that it affects mating preferences, and some even proposing that it’s an individual identification system that they use to tell each other apart. All of these theories were simply speculative, however, and never […]
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2:53 PM | SciComm Copywriting: Headline Writing
 By Jian Shi Two million blog posts, 294 billion emails and 864 thousand hours of video are created daily. Are your headlines ready for the competition? Of course they are! Just in case, however, here is some industrial-strength headline writing … Continue reading → The post SciComm Copywriting: Headline Writing appeared first on Plain Language Science.
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1:35 PM | Q&A with Alice Roberts, President of the Association for Science Education (UK)
We speak to the new president of the Association for Science EducationThis quote is particularly good, "Distilling ideas to make them accessible, and weaving narrative into science, is not the same thing as “dumbing down”."See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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9:39 AM | Physics Focus: Our first year
It’s our birthday: Physics Focus first began publishing a year ago today. Since then, we’ve run 78 articles from 27 different writers, and attracted more than 500 comments from readers. We’ve covered everything from supernovae to storytelling, and from nuclear to nonsense. Here are some of the highlights from our first 12 months. Top 10 most-viewed […]The post Physics Focus: Our first year appeared first on physicsfocus.org.
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8:06 AM | Planta: Plant systems biology: insights, advances and challenges (review)
"Systems biology offers a comprehensive view of plant systems, by employing a holistic approach integrating the molecular data at various hierarchical levels. In this  review, we discuss the basics of systems biology including the various ‘omics’ approaches and their integration, the modeling aspects and the tools needed for the plant systems research. A particular emphasis is given to the recent analytical advances, updated published examples of plant systems biology studies […]

April 02, 2014

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8:50 PM | [WEBINAR] CitSci.Org “Feature Friday” webinar on 4/4: Plots, Subplots, Transects, and Protocols!
Greetings from CitSci.org! Please join us for our next “Feature Friday” webinar. These webinars invite you to offer your ideas and thoughts about improvements to CitSci.org. The first Friday of each month these webinars will focus on a specific topic / feature of CitSci.org. We will demonstrate how to use the website feature and take feedback. The April […]Find more posts like [WEBINAR] CitSci.Org “Feature Friday” webinar on 4/4: Plots, Subplots, […]
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8:48 PM | Citizen Science in the Classroom: School of Ants
Using School of Ants Citizen Science to Meet Common Core and Next Generation Teaching Standards in the Classroom Discovering Ants Grades: K-12th Description: School of Ants (SOA) is one of many urban wildlife citizen science projects hosted through the Your Wildlife project. Your Wildlife and School of Ants focuses on biodiversity and citizen-scientist driven inquiry […]Find more posts like Citizen Science in the Classroom: School of Ants by Karen McDonald on the SciStarter Blog. Your […]
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5:23 PM | Better Mascots
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4:32 PM | April 1st Individual Project Update
At the beginning of the session, Catherine handed me another 3-D printing project to print, making that my 4th printing project. Just a reminder, I am planning to print out gear cages for earphones, gear wraps for cables, desktop organizer and the newest project, the cube puzzle. Since the cube puzzle seems like the easiest […]
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4:00 PM | The Tenets of Tauists
For the labs working tirelessly to understand the underpinnings of Alzheimer’s disease, there are often two camps: BAPtists and tau-ists.  The former subscribe to the beta amyloid cascade hypothesis that […]

Frost B., Hemberg M., Lewis J. & Feany M.B. (2014). Tau promotes neurodegeneration through global chromatin relaxation, Nature Neuroscience, 17 (3) 357-366. DOI:

Maruyama M., Shimada H., Suhara T., Shinotoh H., Ji B., Maeda J., Zhang M.R., Trojanowski J., Lee V.Y. & Ono M. & (2013). Imaging of Tau Pathology in a Tauopathy Mouse Model and in Alzheimer Patients Compared to Normal Controls, Neuron, 79 (6) 1094-1108. DOI:

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11:30 AM | Do lemurs like to move it-move it? (video)
Lemurs had their 15 minutes of fame, back when DreamWork’s Madagascar came out in 2005. This year it’s time for IMAX Island of Lemurs: Madagascar to shine a spotlight on this primates. We discussed before how nature documentaries influence the …The post Do lemurs like to move it-move it? (video) appeared first on Sci-Ed.
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10:52 AM | All the dirt on digital PCR
Digital PCR (dPCR) is an amazingly sensitive technique used to measure tiny quantities in nucleic acid in clinical samples. The post All the dirt on digital PCR appeared first on MicrobiologyBytes.
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7:59 AM | Killer Amoebas
We are all aware that human brains are the preferred food for zombies, but perhaps we should be more worried about a brain-eating amoeba apocalypse than a zombie one. These miniature zombies might exist in your favourite swimming hole or lake that is the perfect temperature to enjoy a dip in when summer arrives. They […]
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7:26 AM | Win £15,000 to develop your original project raising attainment in science!
Have you got a brilliant idea for teaching science? If so, you could win  up to £15,000 to show that it works.   Let Teachers SHINE is a national competition run by SHINE and TES to find some of the country’s most innovative teachers. They’re looking for truly original ways to raise attainment in literacy, numeracy and science. The submission deadline is 27th April. The competition is free to enter and open to any teacher working in England. Up to 10 winning […]
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5:05 AM | Candy Catapults & Parabolas
Catapults are used to launch Skittles into the air in  math class. When you release your catapult, you are already setting up a math problem. By using a stopwatch, you will time how long the projectile is in the air. That time will then be used to find an equation to model the flight of the […]
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4:34 AM | The Connection Between Conspiracy Theories and Ambivalence
It’s a good time to be in the conspiracy theory business, and not just because the birthplace of the U.S. President has been verified only 72 times. Thanks to the internet, it’s easier than ever to track down potentially suspicious information and discuss it with like-minded gumshoes. While certain people may be predisposed to believing in certain kinds […]

van Harreveld, F., Rutjens, B., Schneider, I., Nohlen, H. & Keskinis, K. (2014). In Doubt and Disorderly: Ambivalence Promotes Compensatory Perceptions of Order., Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, DOI:

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3:38 AM | Thinking like librarians
So the other day I saw someone say that thing, you know that thing – where people say “we don’t want to teach them all to be LIBRARIANS.” And now I can’t remember where I saw it or who said it. But it doesn’t really matter, right? Because we’ve all seen that before. Just like […]
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