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November 06, 2014

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3:21 AM | Turtle Rock in Warwick
A while ago, I saw a reference somewhere (I don't ever remember where now) to a stone turtle "effigy" in Warwick, Orange County, NY.  A little Googling led me to a Facebook page called Mysterious Hudson Valley Stone Sites with some more information.  The implication is that this was artificially carved or shaped.Having an interest in both geology and local Native American culture, I decided to check it out a couple of weeks ago.  It was relatively easy to find (see below) but not […]
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3:15 AM | Revitalizing Infrastructure for Rural Growth and Sustainable Development | Ogungbemi | Industrial Engineering Letters
Revitalizing Infrastructure for Rural Growth and Sustainable DevelopmentAkinleye Afolabi Ogungbemi, Gordon Monday Bubou, Johnson O. OkorhiAbstractThe development of extensive and effective programs and processes for rural growth and sustainable development has been viewed as a factor for economic development. This is said to be enhanced through the provision and availability of technical and critical infrastructures on which the Small and Medium Manufacturing Enterprises (SMMEs) thrived […]
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1:46 AM | Xinhua Reports That More than 40 percent of China’s Arable Land Is Degraded
On Tuesday (11/4), Xinhua (China’s state news agency) reported that more than 40% of China’s arable (farmable) land is suffering from degradation, seriously reducing the country’s ability to produce the massive amounts of food necessary to sustain the world’s biggest population.  Degraded land typically includes soil suffering from reduced fertility, erosion, and changes in acidity, as well as the effects of climate change and damage from […]

November 05, 2014

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9:14 PM | A Swiss Photographer Just Captured Matterhorn’s Hörnli Ridge Like Never Before (Video & Photo Gallery)
Robert Bösch is a photographer and mountain guide, with a master in geography from the University of Zürich. According to his website, Bösch… “..has worked for more then 30 years as a freelance photographer, specialized in outdoor, action and landscape photography. He shoots for Industry, advertising and the media, and has published numerous photographs in catalogues, books, magazines and newspapers, like Stern, Geo, Spiegel, National Geographic, among […]
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9:00 PM | Tracking Rogue Earthworms With Citizen Science
Can’t get enough creepy crawlies? Check out our Halloween themed citizen science projects handpicked from SciStarter’s project database! The humble earthworm. Familiar and easy to forget, except perhaps after a rainy day, these benign wriggly creatures are undeniable environmental do-gooders, gently tilling the soil beneath our feet. They are the crux to a health ecosystem. […]Find more posts like Tracking Rogue Earthworms With Citizen Science by Carolyn Graybeal on the […]
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7:11 PM | Science Cheerleaders, SciStarter and Citizen Science featured in current American Airlines magazine
We love this article in the current issue of American Airlines magazine, “American Way” (the one with Carson Daly on the cover). Highlights include: “Still, stereotypes that suggest female scientists are the dour antithesis of personable cheerleaders do have an impact on keeping women from pursuing science careers. Jenna Carpenter, associate dean in the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University, says when those stereotypes are combined with the ways that […]
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5:52 PM | Wordless Wednesday: We did it for Lindsey and The Fab Lab!
I am over-the-moon delighted to announce that Lindsey Murphy, a.k.a. Crazy Aunt Lindsey has successfully reached her crowdfunding goal to bring back her fan-favorite science edutainment show –... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:25 PM | Midterm 2014 Results: Republicans Take Control of Both Houses of Congress
Last night was a good night for Republicans. First off, they gained 13 seats in the House of Representatives to further strengthen their majority there (they now hold 243 seats vs. the Democrats’ 175). But more importantly, they also gained 7 seats in the Senate, flipping the balance of power there back to the GOP, which now holds 52 seats vs. the Democrat’s 45. This marks the first time that Republicans have held both houses of Congress since 2006. Republican […]
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5:00 PM | Inhibitory Neurons: Keeping the Brain’s Traffic in Check
Imagine that you’re driving down a road undeterred, no red lights or stop signs to slow you down. While that may seem like a very exciting idea, it is obviously very dangerous, since our roads are not all parallel, but interconnected in a number of different ways. For traffic to go smoothly in all directions, … Continue reading →
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2:33 PM | REPOST: All the pretty colours…
One of the most spectacular chemistry experiments is flame tests. I think it’s a particularly elegant experiment, and also one that can easily be done in high schools. I remember doing it when I was about 14 or 15, as … Continue reading →
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1:54 PM | Plain Language Layout
Strong layout have always been an integral part of design, but recent trends show a decisive shift towards cleaner, more efficient designs. Here are a few basic layout tips: Number of characters: Readers have difficulty reading at a normal speed if … Continue reading → The post Plain Language Layout appeared first on Plain Language Science.
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12:53 PM | Geoscience education, meet 3D printing
Ready or not, 3D printers have arrived on college and university campuses. 3D printing can generate fossils, maps and rocks, and excitement for younger students in STEM.
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9:58 AM | Videos from New Phytologist next generation scientists symposium
Super dooper videos from the recent New Phytologist "Next Generation Scientist" symposium - includes lectures and interviews with Charles Godfray, Kirsten Bomblies, Philip Benfey, Sarah O'Connor, Anne Osbourn, Jing-Ke Weng, Silke Robatzek, and Alistair HetheringtonSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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6:51 AM | Tidal elevations and currents in Fowey, Cornwall
Tides in Cornwall. The other day we talked about a very simplistic models of tides in a glass, and how the high tide and low tide travel as a wave around an ocean basin. This isn’t really a news flash … Continue reading →
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5:04 AM | October 28th Session Summary
Last week, the Future Science Leaders’ Discover Year group took on a new adventure: making LED objects. Several second year engineer students came to mentor us on how to make the objects. The two objects we could make were bracelets and badges. The main goal of the bracelets was to have three LED lights on […]
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1:40 AM | “Lichtgrenze”: An Amazing Art Display to Mark the Fall of the Berlin Wall (Video)
Following the fall of the Nazi regime and the end of World War II, Germany’s capital city of Berlin was split in half, creating separate states in East and West Germany. West Germany generally aligned itself with the United States and the other Western European nations (Britain, France, etc.), while East Germany attempted to build a socialist state under the heavy influence of communist leadership from the Soviet Union. Unfortunately for the Soviet […]

November 04, 2014

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9:45 PM | Austrian Pop Star Conchita Wurst Performs At United Nations Assembly
According to the U.N.’s website, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s priorities as leader of the U.N. are to, “Mobilize world leaders around a set of new global challenges, from climate change and economic upheaval to pandemics and increasing pressures involving food, energy and water. He has sought to be a bridge-builder, to give voice to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and to strengthen the Organization itself.” In […]
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8:53 PM | Backyard Mystery Afterschool Curriculum
I've already shared this great set of activities for ages 10 - 12, but they've added a new game to their collection so thought I'd share again. Both the original set of activities and the new game are free to download. http://ucbiotech.org/backyardmystery/ and the new game - bean bingo http://ucbiotech.org/backyardmystery/bingo/See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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8:47 PM | Two days left to apply to participate online! Informing NASA’s Asteroid Initiative: A Citizen Forum
In August, we shared information about NASA’s Asteroid Initiative and Cooperative Agreement with ECAST (Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology), to enable everyday citizens to have a say in the future of space exploration. How does the online citizens’ forum work? Two in-person deliberations will take place on 11/8 in Phoenix, AZ at Arizona […]Find more posts like Two days left to apply to participate online! Informing NASA’s Asteroid Initiative: […]
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7:00 PM | Get a Jump Start on the Project Display Board
You don't have to wait until the last minute to start the project display board for a science fair project. A great board takes planning, and you can do a good deal of preliminary legwork getting your board ready even...
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6:52 PM | I'm a little bit stuck - where did I go wrong?
I was asked by a colleague why the amplitude of tangential modes of a ring or cylinder scale as \(cos(m\theta)/m\). The answer was given by Rayleigh in his Theory of Sound, which you can read on The Internet Archive. Here's the relevant part: The relevant solution to the differential equation (1) in Rayleigh for the tangential component has the  \(cos(m\theta)/m\) behavior.  But, I wasn't able to start with Rayleigh's coordinates and end up with his equation (1).Here's my work;
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4:23 PM | Louie Schwartzberg’s Look Into The Essential Beauty Of Pollination (Video)
Louie Schwartzberg is an inspirational filmmaker who captures, “breathtaking images that celebrate life — revealing connections, universal rhythms, patterns and beauty”. According to his website, Louie… “…is an award-winning producer, director and cinematographer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercial…His recent theatrical releases include the […]
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2:26 PM | Notes to my sleep-deprived self
Practicing kindness and professionalism as a professor is hard, especially when you are going on 75 minutes of sleep. Writing random notes to yourself during a class could help.
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2:03 PM | Why Trust Is A Crucial Ingredient in Shaping Independent Learners
Without trust, students don't have the space to build the skills they'll need to learn on their own. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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9:57 AM | New Imaging Technique Leads to Better Understanding of Freezing in Plants
"David Livingston from the Agricultural Research Service stained frozen tissue samples of oat plants and took 186 sequential images as part of a study to see how they would react to freezing temperatures in the soil. He then aligned the images and used imaging software to clear away the background colors so he could focus on cavities formed by ice crystals in the crown tissues of the oats. He then compared images from frozen plants with those from plants kept at normal temperatures."There's a […]
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8:18 AM | CSHLGetting more out of Nature: genetic toolkit finds new maximum for crop yields | News & Features
"By screening for chemically induced mutations that suppress the bushy, determinate growth habit of field tomatoes, we isolated a new weak allele of the florigen gene SINGLE FLOWER TRUSS (SFT) and two mutations affecting a bZIP transcription factor component of the 'florigen activation complex'. By combining heterozygous mutations, we pinpointed an optimal balance of flowering signals, resulting in a new partially determinate architecture that translated to maximum yields. We propose that […]
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8:15 AM | Search Results - "Ale Ebrahim, Nader" - EconBiz
Sort 1 Effective Virtual Teams for New Product Development Published in Scientific Research and Essay ; 7 (2012-06-07) Author Ale Ebrahim, Nader ; Ahmed Shamsuddin ; Abdul Rashid, Salwa Hanim Availability PDF full text More access options Ale Ebrahim, Nader ... Bookmark […]
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8:11 AM | Technology Use in the Virtual R&D Teams - Munich Personal RePEc Archive
Technology Use in the Virtual R&D Teams Ale Ebrahim, Nader and Ahmed, Shamsuddin and Salwa Hanim, Salwa Hanim and Taha, Zahari (2011):Technology Use in the Virtual R&D Teams. Published in: American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences , Vol. 5, No. 1 (31. January 2012): pp. 9-14. PDFMPRA_paper_36487.pdfDownload (697kB) | Preview AbstractProblem statement: Although, literature proves the importance of the technology role in the effectiveness of […]
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8:10 AM | LP Virtual Groups - Communication Cache
Virtual Groups/TeamsA typology of virtual teamsBridging Space Over Time: Global Virtual Team Dynamics and EffectivenessBuilding organizational trust in virtual teamsBuilding Trust in Virtual TeamsCommunication and trust in global virtual teamsCreating teamwork in virtual teamsDeveloping trust in virtual teamsDynamic nature of trust in virtual teamsFive challenges to virtual team  success: Lessons from Sabre, Inc.Getting it together: Temporal coordination and […]
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8:01 AM | Coaching wielokulturowych zespołów wirtualnych - Strona Główna w nf.pl
Coaching wielokulturowych zespołów wirtualnych22 Maja 2013Mark Forman / stock.xchng Nie zdajemy sobie sprawy z tego, ile osób na całym świecie kontaktuje się ze sobą w jednej chwili. Skutkiem takich relacji są różnice kulturowe i poglądowe, co może być pomocne w zarządzaniu przedsiębiorstwem. PodsumowanieCoaching zespołów wirtualnych jest tematem bardzo ciekawym i ekscytującym, to […]
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