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October 04, 2014

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6:35 AM | Week 5: Carpentry
This week was carpentry week in FSL. To some, this means complete anarchy. Students, given meager wisps of instruction, attempt to tap into their inner craftsman, haplessly making up—largely through trial and error—something close to the project of their dreams, all the while running around wielding many sharp, pointy objects. If this is what comes to mind, you […]
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5:57 AM | Yum… Late Night Snacking
  So as I’m sitting here in front of my laptop after a long day, all set for another weekly science post with a bag of salted nuts to mindlessly munch on, I thought it would be fitting to address a question that may have crossed your mind at one point or another—Why exactly are […]
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5:49 AM | The Science of Cliques
Happy October 3rd or as some would call it Mean Girls Appreciation Day! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, there is an iconic scene in the 2004 cult classic (also one of my childhood favourites) Mean Girls  where the love interest (Aaron Samuels) asks the main character (Cady) what day it is. As a result, on […]
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2:37 AM | Do microwaves cause cancer?
BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! Everyone hates this annoying and unwanted noise. Whether you are watching your favorite T.V. show or attempting to silently heat up last nights dinner, the unwanted microwave sounds interfere unnecessarily with your life. I mean yesterday while I was watching a football game, the microwave decided to rudely interrupt me. This event got me […]
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12:00 AM | Internet over sleeping!?
Recently, I have stayed up later than usual to complete my essays and study for tests! I have realized that I spend a significant amount of my time on my computer, but more importantly, the internet. As I desperately try to finish writing my essay, I also have a few tabs open to some social media […]

October 03, 2014

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10:10 PM | The Coolest Places On Earth: China’s Chimelong Ocean Kingdom (Pictures and Video)
Earlier this year Guangdong Province, China officially opened Chimelong Ocean Kingdom (also referred to as Hengqin Ocean Kingdom), the largest ocean theme park in the world. The huge aquatic theme park does not stand alone, not only does it include rides, a roller coaster, and tons of amenities, it’s also affiliated with a world-class carnival as well as a luxury hotel, making the resort an international tourist destination. The Chimelong Hengqin Bay Hotel is the largest ocean ecological […]
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4:28 PM | Amidst Growing Tension, Violence Breaks Out In Hong Kong’s Protests
It is now day 6 of the Hong Kong Occupy Movement, a series of pro-Democracy protests that started this past Saturday. The movement began with university students, who continue to be the main actors in the protests. Yesterday, Hong Kong’s Chief Secretary Carrie Lam agreed to carry out talks between the students and the government, but the students have demanded that these talks be publicly televised, a stipulation that leadership in Beijing is not at all comfortable with. Now, […]
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2:38 PM | Pandora’s DNA: Unpacking Scientific Discovery in “Women’s” Medicine
Sometimes it is hard to remember that science is not infallible. That it is a practice conducted by human beings – human beings who have ideologies, who have biases, who are doing the best they can...
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1:36 PM | Report Finds ‘Deeper Learning’ Model Improves Outcomes for All Students
The conversation about what kids need to know and to be able to do by the end of high school has gradually shifted over the past several years to emphasize not just rigorous content goals, but also... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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8:41 AM | How to read a scientific paper / How to read a paper in Plant Physiology
We posted these last year and have had excellent feedback."How to Read a Scientific Paper"(https://journalaccess.aspb.org/ReadaSciPaper/How%20to%20Read%20a%20Scientific%20Paper%20M%20Williams%20Mar%202013.pdf)"How to read a paper in Plant Physiology"https://journalaccess.aspb.org/CaseStudy/CaseStudy%20for%20How%20to%20Read%20a%20Sci%20Paper%20M%20Williams%20Mar%202013.pdfSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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4:04 AM | Ouch! That Hurts: The Science of Pain
Stubbing your toe, a headache that just won’t go away, a pulled muscle or a broken bone; these are all things that cause pain that we’ve probably all experienced at one time or another. While a stubbed toe might cause a full-blown crying fit at age 3, mild pain like that is something that we […]
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3:30 AM | Jury members: who killed Lovdeep?
The student investigators have provided their reasoning and conclusions for the murder of Lovdeep Citrine. We need a jury to decide who has made the best argument! Please read through the explanations (linked below) and let me know who you believe and why!  Note: if you want to see the evidence for yourself, it is […]
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1:41 AM | What’s Wrong With Microbeads in Toothpaste? (Dr. B for CBS News)
Those little blue microbeads in toothpaste might be able to cause some damage to your gums. That’s because these beads are made of polyethylene — that’s the same plastic that grocery bags are made of — so the microbeads never break down and can get embedded underneath the gums. Here, I’m interviewed by CBS San […]
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12:20 AM | With An Official “Travel Associated” Ebola Virus Case In Texas, Should Americans Be Scared? (Poll)
As you may have heard, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first ever “travel associated case” of the Ebola virus in the United States late last month. According to Dallas City Newsroom… “The City is working closely with Dallas County Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control after the unnamed patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas was confirmed to have the virus at 3:32 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.” […]

October 02, 2014

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7:03 PM | The Power of Reading
I have always been a reader.  Since I was a baby, my parents read books to me constantly, and consequently I absolutely love reading and read a lot in my spare time. Recently, I came across an interesting article published in the Scientific American.  It talked about a study on empathy regarding people reading the Harry […]
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5:18 PM | Antarctica Is Melting So Fast That It’s Altering Earth’s Gravity (Animation)
The strength of Earth’s gravity varies depending on where you are, mostly because of differences in the composition (ie. densities) of different regions on Earth. In 2009, the European Space Agency launched a satellite called the Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE), with the purpose of mapping these variations and seeing how they changed over time. During its four year period, the satellite gathered a lot of interesting and useful data, including this […]
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12:30 PM | Halloween Science: Alien Monster Eggs
  These creepy eggs are a great science project and an awesome Halloween centerpiece! All you need are eggs, vinegar, green food coloring and corn syrup to dissolve the shells and shrivel the eggs via osmosis! Click here for written directions on how to make the eggs, and for a little more about the science […]
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9:00 AM | Welcome to new microbiology students
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5:06 AM | The Discovery of HIV
Hey everyone! Here’s a little infographic I made about the history of how HIV was discovered.
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4:42 AM | The Story of DNA
Here’s a quick infographic on the story of DNA. From Mendel’s hereditary breakthroughs to GMOs, find out how the most important building block of life was discovered.
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1:59 AM | Economic growth and internet usage impact on publication productivity
Modern Applied ScienceVolume 8, Issue 5, 2014, Pages 169-178Economic growth and internet usage impact on publication productivity among ASEAN's and world's best universities  (Article)Gholizadeh, H.a, Salehi, H.b , Embi, M.A.c, Danaee, M.d, Ordi, A.e, Tanha, F.H.f, Ebrahim, N.A.g, Osman, N.A.A.a  a Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of MalayaKuala Lumpur, Malaysiab Faculty of Literature and […]
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1:58 AM | Equality of Google scholar with web of science citations
Modern Applied ScienceVolume 8, Issue 5, 2014, Pages 63-69Equality of Google scholar with web of science citations: Case of Malaysian engineering highly cited papers  (Article)Ebrahim, N.A.a, Salehi, H.b , Embi, M.A.c, Danaee, M.d, Mohammadjafari, M.e, Zavvari, A.f, Shakiba, M.f, Shahbazi-Moghadam, M.g  a Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP), University of Malaya, […]

October 01, 2014

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10:52 PM | This 6-Minute Video Will Forever Change the Way You Think About Wealth Inequality
Since 1976, the share of national wealth owned by the top 1% of Americans has nearly tripled, rising from 9% to 24%. And with the recession in 2008 and the Occupy Movement in 2011, there has been a lot of talk about wealth inequality in the United States lately. But what is wealth inequality really? People who contribute more to society deserve a larger share of the pie, of course, but how big of a share is fair? And how does the average person’s
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8:00 PM | Ebola Outbreak Reaches Epidemic Proportions in West Africa
The current Ebola crisis in West Africa has already topped charts for all Ebola outbreaks in history. Medical biotechnology science projects let students gets hands-on with projects that parallel real-world research and development.
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7:28 PM | Scientists Just Created A New Material- A Spoonful Can Suck Up All the Oxygen In A Room
Scientists from the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University of Southern Denmark have created oxygen-absorbent crystals that can easily and conveniently store and release oxygen at high concentrations. Although humans require oxygen to survive, the air we breath is only 21% oxygen, the other 79% being comprised almost entirely of nitrogen. However, there are plenty of instances where it’s necessary to have oxygen available in considerably higher concentrations, such […]
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4:53 PM | Bacteria Breath
Learn more:Study: Humans emit about 37 million bacteria per hourHuman Occupancy as a Source of Indoor Airborne BacteriaSize-resolved emission rates of airborne bacteria and fungi in an occupied classroom
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4:27 PM | Chemistry: Chemical con artists foil drug discovery
Naivety about promiscuous, assay-duping molecules is polluting the literature and wasting resources, warn Jonathan Baell and Michael A. Walters.Mary Williams's insight:Don't you love Roz Chast cartoons? Good article.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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4:06 PM | Online CPD for Teachers
Today marks the end of the free period of access to our online course Quantitative chemistry. We have been pleased to see lots of you making use of the course already and we’ve received some great feedback. To coincide with the end of the free period we are launching a new online area, the ‘My record’ page, where you can see what courses you have subscribed to and track your progress. We have also introduced a certificate to be signed by your head of department, or performance […]
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4:00 PM | Walking the Line: The Complexity of Punishment Decisions
One night, Mark withdraws $200 cash from an ATM. He is on his way to meet his family, and intends to treat everyone to a special dinner at his favorite restaurant for his wife’s birthday. Just as he finishes his transaction, Dan rounds the street corner, pulls out a knife, and threatens Mark to hand … Continue reading →

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3:38 PM | Germany Just Scrapped ALL Their Tuition Fees- Can We Can Get A Break Here in the US??
While the average college graduate in the United States is graduating with about $30,000 in student loan debt, Germany has decided that even much lower levels of tuition are simply unacceptable. The state of Lower Saxony, in northwest Germany, was the last of the country’s 16 states to do away with tuition fees. Dorothee Stapelfeldt is a senator in Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city. She is also head of Hamburg’s Department of Science and Research. She spoke to The […]
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