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September 30, 2014

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3:39 PM | My Summer As an Intern in the VisLab
The following was written by Martha Vorder Bruegge about her time as an intern in the Visual World Investigate Lab. Martha is a sophomore at Agnes Scott College in Georgia majoring in neuroscience. She spent the past summer assisting visitors in the lab, helping with lab projects, and creating a multimedia exhibit focusing on the human […]
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1:56 PM | The Philippines Breaks World Record By Planting More Than 3 Million Trees In An Hour
Officials from the Philippines announced on Saturday that the country had broken a world record by planting approximately 3.2 million trees in just one hour. The seedlings were planted on the southern island of Mindanao as part of a national reforestation program. 160,000 Filipinos, including government employees, students and volunteers, took part in the record. Though Guinness still has to confirm the numbers before it gives its official certification, regional environment director Marc […]
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12:22 PM | 8 Ways to Prioritize Learning When Using Technology in the Classroom
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7:09 AM | The green snot taking over the world’s rivers
A strange green organism has spread around the globe, clogging up the world's riversMary Williams's insight:Fascinating story about Didymosphenia geminata (Didymo) diatoms, aka "rock snot"! They behave in a strange way as they proliferate when soluble phosphate levels are very LOW (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0269249X.2014.889041#.VCpWeBaCjX0). See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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2:57 AM | The Physics of Time Travel
Is it real or not? We’ve seen in many movies and novels that characters travel back or forth in time. But can it ever be achieved? Most of you would think that time travel is impossible and only fictional. After all, Newton stated that time travels like an arrow, which never comes back again. However, […]

September 29, 2014

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11:15 PM | Why Tens of Thousands of People Are Shutting Down the Streets of Hong Kong in Protest
Though it may seem a bit strange, Hong Kong has only been part of China for the past 17 years. Before that, it spent 156 years as a British colony, from 1839 all the way up until 1997 (other than a 4-year Japanese occupation during WWII). Because of this western connection, Hong Kong has long been the primary source of foreign investment in China, and its financial sector is one of the largest and most lucrative in the world. So it’s
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10:54 PM | Hello, MindShift Readers!
Dear MindShift fans, It’s an honor and a privilege to be the new editor of MindShift. I’ve been a fan since the site’s inception and I’m humbled to be entrusted with this community by Tina Barseghian. I’ve spent most of my life serving public radio’s mission in broadcast and digital. I was a digital news […]
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8:12 PM | Vote For Who You Think Deserves National Geographic’s $50,000 “Expedition-Granted” Prize! (Video)
The wonderful people at National Geographic are hosting another awesome youth-inspiring contest that will award a $50,000 grant to help fund a winning team’s nature expedition. The contest opened its doors to entries from all over, with the only parameters being that the expedition idea pushes boundaries and forges new territory. Unfortunately the doors have been closed for new entries, but the lucky projects that have been recognized as finalists for this year’s grant include all […]
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5:35 PM | Science is all around you: Dimorphism in birds
José: "Greetchen, did you know that there are species of birds that change their physical appearance during their reproductive stage?" Greetchen: "Sure! It is similar to what we do when we are seeking someone else’s attention...  We just put on our best clothes!   José: "Well, this month we have some great photos that show both, male and female Pin-tailed Whydah. This is an introduced bird, […]
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5:00 PM | Drag-and-drop Code: Engaging Students with Computer Programming
UC Berkeley Professor Dan Garcia talks about the kind of "drag-and-drop," block-based, snap-together programming environments that are becoming increasingly popular as a way to introduce students of all ages to code.
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4:30 PM | What REALLY Happens When Researchers Work with the Press?
Over the past week the Internet was a-buzz following publication of a study in Journalism &...
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3:21 PM | This 5-Year-Old Autistic Girl Paints Incredible Masterpieces Reminiscent of Monet
Autism is a neurological disorder characterized by an impaired ability to communicate and engage in social interaction. But on numerous occasions, it has been shown that people with autism are often gifted with incredible talents. These people are often called autistic savants. Iris Grace, a 5-year-old from the UK, is a perfect example. Along with her speech therapy, her parents decided to introduce her to painting. It proved to be a great decision. Her mother, Arabella Carter-Johnson, […]
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2:04 PM | Could Bilingual Education Mold Kids’ Brains to Better Resist Distraction?
Studies show learning another language helps people develop cognitive advantages that improve attention. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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12:25 PM | Kids Science on Fox and Friends
I got to show off my new book on Fox News’ weekend show “Fox and Friends” yesterday morning in New York. We made paper bag volcanoes and shot off a film canister rocket! Click here to watch!    
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12:15 PM | Plain Language Techniques
Plain language writing is about creating communications materials that are easy to use. But more importantly, it’s about managing information quality and providing context-specific solutions. Here are 9 steps that will help you to align the two: Identify your audience … Continue reading → The post Plain Language Techniques appeared first on Plain Language Science.
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9:51 AM | The value of idealized models
Every physicist has to know the joke about the dairy farmer. Seriously, if you don’t know it, you can’t call yourself a physicist. It really should be added to the IOP’s requirements for the accreditation of physics degrees. If you have such a degree, and none of your lecturers ever told you the joke, please […] The post The value of idealized models appeared first on physicsfocus.org.
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9:02 AM | Whole Genome Sequencing for Outbreak Detection of Salmonella enterica
Whole genome sequencing is not enough to diagnose and control Salmonella outbreaks. Continue reading →
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5:44 AM | Commercial space-flight?
During the last decade a lot has happened in the aerospace industry, from bigger passenger jets to stealth fighter jets, but in my opinion the biggest leap is in private space-flight. Just 10 years ago space-flight was only available to a select few astronauts working for government space agencies. Today you can buy a ticket […]
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5:16 AM | Curry Powder to Rewire Your Brain
Turmeric, besides proving my attempt two weeks ago at aseptic procedure messy and unsuccessful, has another potential property — treating Alzheimer’s. Passionate about neuroplasticity, I am surprised that a herbal remedy was shown in a recent research to increase the growth of neurons (brain cells). This is similar to my last year’s science fair project, “A Pill to Rewire Your Brain”. Turmeric is […]
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5:02 AM | The Ideal Work Environment
Now that school is finally starting (yipee!), the homework is starting to pile in (aw…). With so many assignments to do and such a limited amount of time, time management and focus become the essence of life. Everybody knows the secrets to time management: follow a set schedule, use your mental strength, and don’t go wandering online. But with […]

September 28, 2014

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11:57 PM | Sept. 25: 3D Printing!
The last session of FSL was a blast! We had two wonderful speakers show us the world of 3D Printing and Design. They taught us how to use a 3D design software (Autodesk123) and how to use the 3D Printer. We all learned a lot. After we learned how everything worked, they proposed a challenge […]
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10:26 PM | Social Isolation
“Isolation” By Ricky Leong licensed under CC 2.0 The other day I was watching a crashcourse psychology called monkeys and morality, discussing the morality of psychological experiments. One of the examples used was an experiment that isolated newborn monkeys, and allowing them to grow up in isolation. Unsurprisingly, these monkeys grew up to have a […]
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10:09 PM | Writer’s Block: Causes and Cures
Have you ever sat down to write a paper, a blog post or even an email and had absolutely nothing to say? Well my friends, you are not alone! I too have this problem on occasion. Take the past few days for instance; I have been wracking my brain trying to come up with something […]
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9:15 PM | An Amateur Metal Detector Just Discovered 22,000 Ancient Roman Coins In Britain
Laurence Egerton is a 51-year-old semi-retired builder from East Devon in Great Britain who enjoys doing some metal detecting in his free time. But after his most recent find, it’s likely that Egerton will be going into full retirement. Back in November, he stumbled upon two ancient Roman coins while out metal detecting. After digging a bit deeper, he hit pay-dirt: a stash of 22,000 coins, dating back more than 1,700 years. “They just spilled out all over the field. It was
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8:38 PM | What's Going On in Science, September 2014
Why student evaluations of teaching are worthless"The paper compared the student evaluations of a particular professor to another measure of teacher quality: how those students performed in a subsequent course. In other words, if I have Dr. Muccio in Microeconomics I, what's my grade next year in Macroeconomics II?Here's what he found. The better the professors were, as measured by their students' grades in later classes, the lower their ratings from students.""This class should start an hour […]
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6:23 PM | Science of the Season: What Makes Leaves Change Colour?
We’re officially one week into autumn here in the Northern Hemisphere, and Vancouver’s unusually long, warm summer has started to give way to the incessant rains, blinding fog, and one of the most iconic signs of fall- leaves abandoning their more conservative green tones to beautiful reds, oranges, and yellows, which will eventually become the […]
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5:26 PM | This Guy Uses Other People’s Trash to Make Amazing Mini-Houses for the Homeless
If you’re ever in Oakland, you might see a man named Gregory Kloehn dumpster-diving or digging through illegally dumped piles of trash. The only thing is, Gregory isn’t homeless. In fact, he uses the materials he collects from the dumpsters to build small creative houses for the homeless. Gregory is an artist who started making mini-houses with the intention of selling them. But one day, a homeless man came to his studio asking for a tarp. At the time, all Gregory had […]
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2:19 PM | Science Film Festivals Across the Pond Abundant in October
If you are in Paris, Bristol or Vienna over the next month, you might consider adding a science film festival to your agenda! First, Pariscience International Film Festival will be held from 2nd  to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:05 PM | Eyes on the Rise: Sea Level Rise Rally
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Dr. Robert Gutsche, Jr., Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University and a part of the team at Eyes on the Rise, a crowd-hydrology citizen science project. University and high school students at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus are […] Find more posts like Eyes on the Rise: Sea Level Rise Rally by Arvind Suresh on the SciStarter Blog. Your source for […]
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7:44 AM | Nitrogen signalling in plant interactions with associative and endophytic diazotrophic bacteria
Some beneficial plant-interacting bacteria can biologically fix N2 to plant-available ammonium.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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