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November 26, 2014

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5:29 PM | A Fabulous Menu of Citizen Science for Thanksgiving
We’ve updated and reposted this Thanksgiving Day treat,  from Lily Bui! Dig into this serving of Thanksgiving projects with your friends and family! Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count Help researchers take census of winter Monarch butterflies. Count Monarchs in colonies, during the mornings around Thanksgiving. Get started! Thanksgiving Day Western Bird Count Help monitor winter bird populations […]Find more posts like A Fabulous Menu of Citizen Science for Thanksgiving […]
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3:28 PM | Russian Cosmonaut Encourages International Peace After His Stay Aboard The ISS (Video)
Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev returned from a nearly six month stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS) this past September, after numerous experiments, Instagram photos, and unique life-in-space experiences. This past Sunday (11/23), the Russian news agency RT met and spoke with the cosmonaut (Russian term form astronaut) about his experience aboard the ISS. In the interview, Artemyev referred to the ISS as “a diamond of international […]
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3:13 PM | Homemade Holiday Window Stickies (A Density, Diffusion, Evaporation Experiment)
I’m creating a fun new holiday experiment for 2014, but thought I’d re-post this experiment that my kids and I made up last year, since we love it so much. Try it! What happens when food coloring molecules move, or DIFFUSE through gelatin, the substance that makes jello jiggle? This creative science experiment that my […]
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2:39 PM | How a Moveable Space Can Ignite Creativity in the Classroom
Break-out spaces and furniture on wheels can do wonders to enhance a person's learning experience. Here are six low-cost ideas for creating those environments in the classroom. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:56 PM | SoundCloud as an audio creation & dissemination tool
We focus so much on the reading and writing skills of our students, but what about their listening skills? The online platform SoundCloud allows for audio content creation, dissemination, and the listening of audio files from science organizations.
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1:25 PM | 15 Tips For Facilitating Online Discussion | Edudemic
Facilitating discussions between students is one of those things that is infinitely easier when you’re teaching in a physical classroom rather than online. When the students are all in one room, discussions happen more naturally. Facilitating the same type of productive, useful discussion when teaching online is more of a challenge.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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12:48 PM | Taxonomy of multiple choice questions
Examples of different kinds of multiple choice questions that you could use. Multiple choice questions are a tool that is used a lot with clickers or even on exams, but they are especially on my mind these days because I’ve been … Continue reading →
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12:09 PM | U.S. Universities Step Up to Fight Hunger
Since 1978, the U.S. Government has supported research programs led by some of the United States’ most prestigious academic institutions in order to help achieve sustained growth in agriculture and reduction in poverty. These programs have also provided long-term degree training in food security-related fields to more than 4,200 students from 130 countries.Mary Williams's insight:You can read more about the research projects supported by the Feed the Future program here […]
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10:58 AM | Why Twitter is a friend to early-career researchers
Most readers here will already know about Twitter, the site where we condense the everyday minutiae of our lives into 140 characters interspersed with pictures of cats, food, and cats eating food. If you don’t, where have you been? The spread of twitter throughout academia is quite pervasive. Seemingly every conference and meeting has terrifically […] The post Why Twitter is a friend to early-career researchers appeared first on physicsfocus.org.
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6:03 AM | Why Vultures Don’t Get Sick Eating… Dead Stuff
We’ve all been taught NOT to eat rotten food. Some of us learn the hard way with the whole package: stomach pain, vomit, and diarrhea. Eating decaying flesh will cause food poisoning. So, if this is true, what about vultures? Their specialty is eating this dead stuff that’s filled with harmful bacteria. How come vultures […]
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2:57 AM | My Four Thoughts on Michael Brown and the Recent Indictment Decision (Opinion Piece)
Last night, reports came out that the grand jury in the Michael Brown case decided not indict officer Darren Wilson for any wrongdoing in the incident. This announcement sparked a wide variety of reactions, most of them inextricably tied to emotions: anger, satisfaction, disbelief, defensiveness… I understand that this issue is still a fresh wound on the American psyche, so I will tread carefully. But there are a number of things I feel compelled to say in the wake of the […]

November 25, 2014

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9:26 PM | 8 Days Left! Let’s Make More Citizen Science Journalism Possible!
We’re working with Beacon, an independent platform for journalism, to crowdfund an expansion of SciStarter’s citizen science coverage. We have 8 days left to reach our goal of $6,000 to make this happen. Today, we’re 13 percent of the way there. Let’s get to 25 percent together by the end of the day today! You can back our project […]Find more posts like 8 Days Left! Let’s Make More Citizen Science Journalism Possible! by Arvind Suresh […]
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9:22 PM | Black Girls serving as their own Role Models in STEM
This world sends many different messages. Today a rather poignant message was sent to America, it was directed at Americans who care about justice in particular. In a world that tells black children... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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8:38 PM | Is Milk Really All That Good For You?
Would it surprise you to find out that most people are lactose-intolerant? Most mammals (including humans) drink milk at a young age, but as we start to grow older, our bodies begin to stop digesting lactose properly. According to the National Library of Medicine, approximately 65% of people on the planet have trouble digesting milk. For these people, drinking milk can cause constipation, acid-reflex, migraines, increased eczema, and even joint pain! But we’ve all seen those ads on TV […]
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4:45 PM | These 22 Maps Show You EXACTLY How Americans Feel About People from Other States
The United States is a vast country made up 50 unique states, each with their own unique traditions, mannerisms and culture. The U.S. often prides itself on the fact that these independent states are able to come together to form one unified nation, despite the many differences in their cultures. But how do Americans really feel about people from outside of their own state? That’s precisely the question that Business Insider set out to answer when they teamed up […]
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2:59 PM | What Students Can Learn from Giving TEDx Talks
Creating a TED talk can be as educational as watching one. Students and teachers are taking up this activity to grow new skills and learn more about themselves. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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2:10 PM | 4+1 Interview: Linda Nilson
What is "specifications grading", and could it precipitate a revolutionary change in how faculty assess student work in higher education? In this 4+1 interview, we chat with Linda Nilson, director of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation at Clemson University, about her latest book _Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time_ and the idea of specs grading.
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2:00 PM | A Deep Sense of Loss #Ferguson #BlackLivesMatter
I previously wrote about the excessive use of tear gas against protesters in Ferguson, MO, where Darren Wilson will not face charges for killing unarmed citizen Michael Brown.  Unfortunately, tear gas was used recklessly again tonight, hitting peaceful protesters as well as journalists.Brown is another name to add to the increasingly long list of unarmed men and women killed by police. There is no justification for killing someone that does not present an armed and […]
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1:14 PM | Nikolai Vavilov, botanist/ plant breeder (25 November 1887 - 1943)
25 November is the anniversary of the birth of botanist / plant breeder Nikolai Vavilov (1887 - 1943). "His vision was of a plant science that united the work of physiologists, cytologists, geneticists, systematists and biochemists; that was international and co-operative in character." If you have a subscription to Nature you can read this incredibly moving obituary that describes his scientific accomplishments and tragic, premature death. […]
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4:19 AM | DBLP - Searching for phrase "Nader Ale Ebrahim"
2Nader Ale Ebrahim, Hadi Farhadi, Hadi Salehi, Melor Md. Yunus, Arezoo Aghaei Chadegani, Maryam Farhadi, Masood FooladiDoes it Matter Which Citation Tool is Used to Compare the h-index of a Group of Highly Cited Researchers? CoRR 2013DBLP  BibTeX  RDF2Masood Fooladi, Hadi Salehi, Melor Md. Yunus, Maryam Farhadi, Arezoo Aghaei Chadegani, Hadi Farhadi, Nader Ale EbrahimDoes Criticisms Overcome the Praises of Journal Impact Factor? CoRR 2013DBLP  BibTeX  RDF2Arezoo […]

November 24, 2014

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11:00 PM | Former NFL Star Gave Up Millions Ending His Football Career To Farm for the Hungry (Video)
Jason Brown began his NFL career after graduating from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill in 2005. In 2009, he was signed by the St. Louis Rams to a five-year, 37 million dollar contract, making him the highest paid player at his position in the NFL (center-offensive linemen). At age 29, after making tens of millions of dollars and with plenty of career still ahead of him, Brown decided he wasn’t happy playing football anymore and wanted to do something
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8:29 PM | Geeks, Robots and Drooling STEM Educators
The other day my wife suggested we take the kids to a movie. I had no idea what we were going to...
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8:05 PM | Researchers at Monterrey Bay Capture First Ever Footage of Black Seadevil Anglerfish (Video)
Anglerfish are very strange creatures indeed. They are known for their grisly appearance and trademark “lure”, which they use to attract prey, but they also live in the deep ocean, making it hard to study or even observe them in their natural habitats. The black seadevil anglerfish is a species of angler that is rarely ever seen because of its preference for deep water. But earlier this week, scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in […]
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4:23 PM | Powerlace – “The Very First Auto-Lacing Shoe” (Video)
A new shoe that claims to be the world’s first “auto-lacing” shoe has gotten some buzz lately. According to Geek.com… “…the auto-lacing relies solely on a lever, cables, and the weight of your own foot — no batteries, motors, gears, or springs. Furthermore, the lever and cables virtually don’t add extra weight to the shoe.”   Check out the video below to see how the technology works… According to the Powerlace […]
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2:01 PM | Some Struggles Teachers Face Using Games in the Classroom
Lack of time and administrative support are just some of the obstacles to using games in the classroom. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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12:25 PM | Activating the backchannel
Using technology to enable active engagement with content in a large lecture. I have recently presented the paper “Enabling backchannel communication between a lecturer and a large group” at the SEFI 2014 conference in Birmingham. That paper is based on work … Continue reading →
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12:03 PM | Garlic for the common cold
Can garlic cure the common cold? Continue reading →
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10:35 AM | What is a proof, really?
What is a mathematical proof? Way back when I was a college freshman, I could give you a precise answer: A proof of a statement S is a finite sequence of assertions S(1), S(2), … S(n) such that S(n) = S and each S(i) is either an axiom or else follows from one or more […]
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7:32 AM | VTOL aircraft, what are they and how do they work?
What does VTOL stand for? VTOL stands for Vertical TakeOff and Landing. Many different types of aircraft fall into the broad VTOL category, helicopters, tiltrotors, gyrocopters and some fixed-wing aircraft are classified as VTOL aircraft, while only fixed wing aircraft fall under the V/STOL category (vertical/short takeoffs and landings), as this requires the aircraft to be […]
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7:28 AM | A poem about the mole
For those who don’t know, a mole is a counting tool for atoms or molecules. Since you can’t manually count every atom, you use the mole, a counting tool instead. Similar to how a dozen contains 12, one mole contains 6.02 x 10^23 molecules or atoms. For example, a mole of water is 18.02 grams, meaning that […]
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