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January 09, 2015

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9:46 AM | A Lego animation of the Hounsfield Facility at the University of Nottingham - YouTube
This stop frame animation uses a lego model to show the workings of the new Hounsfield Facility at the Sutton Bonnington campus of the University of Nottingh...Mary Williams's insight:Plant phenotyping facilities are cool too!See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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9:10 AM | Identification of the transporter responsible for sucrose accumulation in sugar beet taproots
Nature Plants, Published online: 8 January 2015; | doi:10.1038/nplants.2014.1See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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8:31 AM | Transposable Elements Contribute to Activation of Maize Genes in Response to Abiotic Stress
"Our analysis suggests that a small number of maize transposable element families may contribute to the response of nearby genes to abiotic stress by providing stress-responsive enhancer-like functions. The specific insertions of transposable elements are" often polymorphic within a species. Our data demonstrate that allelic variation for insertions of the transposable elements associated with stress-responsive expression can contribute to variation in the regulation of nearby genes. Thus novel […]
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8:08 AM | Current Opinion in Biotechnology: Engineering the plant rhizosphere
Plant natural products are low molecular weight compounds playing important roles in plant survival under biotic and abiotic stresses. In the rhizosphere, several groups of plant natural products function as semiochemicals that mediate the interactions of plants with other plants, animals and microorganisms. The knowledge on the biosynthesis and transport of these signaling molecules is increasing fast. This enables us to consider to optimize plant performance by changing the production of […]
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6:37 AM | Nicolaus Steno: An Unlikely Geology Genius
Portrait of Nicolaus Steno as a bishop. Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons Nicolaus Steno could not have guessed that he would one day be known as a father of modern geology on the fateful day in October...
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3:52 AM | Pushing The Limits of Our Brains
Imagine being able to predetermine someone’s talents and abilities, giving them artistic capabilities or an aptitude for math before they’re even born! In the past few months I’ve been trying to come up with ways to increase human potential, and really push the limits of our human brain. It all started after watching “Lucy”, a […]

January 08, 2015

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11:50 PM | Shell Agrees to $84 Million Deal for 2 Oil Spills That Devastated A Nigerian Community
According to BBC Nigeria correspondent Will Ross, the oil-rich west African nation experiences hundreds of oil spills every year. Some are caused by leaks, others are a result of sabotage from oil thieves. In the years of 2008 and 2009, the community of Bodo – located on the eastern edge of the Niger River delta in southern Nigeria – was devastated by two of the biggest oil spills in the country’s history. Both spills occurred on the Trans Niger Pipeline. […]
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9:06 PM | Canada Welcomes 13,000 More Iraqi and Syrian Refugees
Recent unrest in the Middle East has led to the massive displacement of citizens in countries like Syria and Iraq. With the number of casualties in the hundreds of thousands and the number of refugees in the millions, life for civilians in the region is continuing to become more dire each day. In recent years, Canada has offered a helping hand to give support to suffering refugees. According to The Telegraph… “Since 2009, Canada has welcomed 20,000 Iraqi refugees. […]
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4:31 PM | Toyota Releases All of Its Fuel Cell Patents to Help Encourage “New Age of Hydrogen”
It’s not often that a major international corporation decides to give away two decades worth of trade secrets for free. But that’s exactly what Toyota did on Monday, announcing the release of nearly 6,000 patents related to the company’s hyrdogen fuel cell technologies. The announcement was made at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Monday, shortly after a presentation by physicist Michio Kaku showing off Toyota’s new […]
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10:36 AM | Insights into the origin and evolution of plant hormone signaling machinery
"Our multi-species genome-wide analysis reveals: i) AUX, CK and SL signaling pathways originated in charophyte lineages; ii) ABA, JA, and SA signaling pathways arose in the last common ancestor of land plants; iii) the GA signaling evolved after the divergence of bryophytes from land plants; iv) the canonical BR signaling originated before the emergence of angiosperms but likely after the split of gymnosperms and angiosperms; v) the origin of the canonical ETH signaling pathway postdates […]
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10:31 AM | Frontiers | Danger signals – damaged-self recognition across the tree of life | Plant-Microbe Interaction
"Multicellular organisms suffer injury and serve as hosts for microorganisms. Therefore, they require mechanisms to detect injury and to distinguish the self from the non-self and the harmless non-self (microbial mutualists and commensals) from the detrimental non-self (pathogens). Danger signals are 'damage-associated molecular patterns' (DAMPs) that are released from the disrupted host tissue or exposed on stressed cells."Mary Williams's insight:This is a nice overview of how plants perceive […]
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9:03 AM | Cell-Size Control in Bacteria
Bacteria (and probably other cells) don't double in mass before dividing. Continue reading →

January 07, 2015

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9:53 PM | Developing Story: 12 Dead In Attack on French Satirical Magazine; 3 Gunmen At Large
The city of Paris was shocked by a brutal act of violence this morning. Around 10:30 GMT, three masked gunmen armed with automatic weapons stormed the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The gunmen, believed to be Islamic extremists, killed 12 people in the attack. Among the dead were four of the magazine’s founding cartoonists, including the magazine’s editor Stephane Charbonnier. NPR reports that the attackers first shot an officer […]
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4:35 PM | Watch Bill Gates Drink A Glass Of Water Made From Poop (Video)
Back in November, Bill Gates drank a glass of water that had been made from a pile of feces. And yes I mean poop! According to GatesNotes.com, the official “Blog of Bill Gates”… “The occasion was a tour of a facility that burns human waste and produces water and electricity (plus a little ash). I have visited lots of similar sites, like power plants and paper mills, so when I heard about this one—it’s part of the Gates Foundation’s effort
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2:08 PM | Can Schools Cultivate a Student’s Ability to Think Differently?
In order to develop creative individuals, children need environments that nurture their interests. Between standards and testing, how much of that are they getting at school? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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2:04 PM | Ideas for the first day of class
Are you ready for the first day of classes? What is your approach to the first day, and how will you get your students engaged in your course? Here are some resources to get you thinking of ways to kick off your semester...
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12:45 PM | What do I want from my students – sense-making or answer-making?
On different approaches to peer-instruction and why one might want to use them. Having sat in many different lectures by many different professors over the last year, and having given feedback on the methods used in most of those lectures, … Continue reading →
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6:47 AM | Summary of January 6th
  Day to day, we experience the world around us and as humans (and Future Science Leaders!) we question and try to understand the phenomena that we witness. Sometimes however, we get so caught up in the astonishing aspects that are “out there”, that we forget about those within ourselves. On January 6th, the Future […]
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1:58 AM | Reports: Saudi King Abdullah Close to Abdicating His Throne Amidst Health Concerns
On Monday (December 5), the Egyptian television network El-Nha’r reported that King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia would announce plans to pass on of the royal crown within the next few days. Abdullah is now 90 years old, and has suffered from a number of health complications in recent years. The King, a longtime heavy smoker, has been reported to have lung cancer, and has been hospitalized since New Year’s Eve with a case of pneumonia. Abdullah has been

January 06, 2015

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11:17 PM | Pope Selects 20 New Cardinals from Underdeveloped and Previously Unrepresented Countries Around the World
Pope Francis has been a busy man recently. In just the last few months, the leader of the global Catholic Church has… played an important role in the recent improvement in U.S.-Cuban relations, called out his own Vatican Curia for being plagued by a “Power-Hungry” bureaucracy, used a Christmas speech to bring attention to those suffering around the world and to chastise those enjoying the holidays while ignoring the plight of the less fortunate, […]
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7:32 PM | The Thyroid Danger Hiding In Your Floss (New Study)
A new study shows a link between thyroid problems and the ingredient added to floss to make it glide between teeth. Here's what to know and how to avoid it. The post The Thyroid Danger Hiding In Your Floss (New Study) appeared first on Ask the Dentist.
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5:59 PM | Cosmos’ Neil deGrasse Tyson’s 8 Books That “Every Single Intelligent Person On The Planet” Should Read
Neil deGrasse Tyson’s vast knowledge of our world and the universe definitely helped him get to where he is today. The popular scientist has degrees in physics and astrophysics from Harvard, Columbia, and Princeton. But it’s his ability to make things understandable while captivating the imagination with the wonders of science that really makes him such a well-liked figure in popular culture today. So when Tyson sat down for an Ask-Me-Anything session on […]
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5:00 PM | A Dolphin Tail and Prosthetics Engineering
In movies like Dolphin Tale, you don't have to look far to find the engineering design process in action. With the steps of the engineering process being acted out as the story unfolds, students see that success often involves a great deal of trial, error, testing, and redesigning.
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2:08 PM | Beyond Standardized Tests: Existing Tools For Measuring Student Progress
There are multiple ways to assess a student's progress besides standardized tests. Here are some alternatives to the existing system, including emotional skills surveys, sampling and government... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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6:36 AM | Know Before You Go: Teeth Cleanings
Everything you need to know to make the most of your visits: when to get a second opinion, what the hygienist actually does, and what to ask your dentist. The post Know Before You Go: Teeth Cleanings appeared first on Ask the Dentist.
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12:57 AM | Looking forward
So I came in today with a vague sense that I should blog more. I think, in part, it was seeing that “August 1″ by my last post. Which itself was only a conference session recap post. It’s odd – I used to get into periods where I wasn’t blogging and feel stressed and guilty […]
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12:30 AM | College Coaches Are the Highest Paid Public Employees in 39 of the 50 U.S. States
With the first ever college football playoff national championship game just a week away, Americans are gearing up for a showdown between the Buckeyes of Ohio State and the Ducks of Oregon. Both of these teams have experienced their fair share of success recently, and both schools reward their respective coaches accordingly. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has a base salary of about $4.5 million. According to USA Today’s Steve Berkowitz, he received a $50,000 bonus for his win over […]

January 05, 2015

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7:16 PM | It Took 7.5 Hours to Solve the World’s Largest Rubik’s Cube (Time-Lapse Video)
In 1974, Ernő Rubik – a professor of architecture at the Budapest College of Applied Arts in Hungary – completed the first prototype of the Rubik’s Cube. Since then, the Rubik’s Cube has become one of the best-selling toys of all time, selling over 350 million units. Dutch puzzle designer Oskar van Deventer has taken the Rubik’s Cube to the next level, creating hundreds of imaginative puzzles based off Ernő Rubik’s concept. […]
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2:58 PM | The search for our beginnings
“Volcanologists go to volcanoes for their field work, but meteoriticists never go to asteroids!” Shogo Tachibana is an associate professor at Hokkaido University and one of the key scientists on the team behind Japan’s new Hayabusa2 mission. As he talked, he plucked from a shelf in his office a small grey rock embedded in a […] The post The search for our beginnings appeared first on physicsfocus.org.
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12:25 PM | Roughly speaking: How corn fields affect wind power production versus soybean fields
It may not seem obvious, but what farmers plant can influence power production from wind turbines hundreds of feet above the ground.
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