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August 29, 2014

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10:41 PM | This Amazing Ant Behavior Is Leaving Even Ant Experts Dumbfounded (Video)
Recently, a video surfaced of ants doing something quite amazing: forming multiple daisy chains to pull a massive centipede (presumably back towards their colony). Check out the amazing video below: According to Terry McGlynn, an Entomologist at Cal State University at Dominguez Hills, the video shows a species of Leptogenys ant somewhere in southeast Asia. What really shocked McGlynn about the video was that even ant experts had never witnessed this particular behavior before. […]
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8:00 PM | Unplugging Computer Science to Spark Curiosity For Root Concepts
Students tackle tough computer science concepts by embodying the computational thinking behind them, all without ever touching a computer. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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7:45 PM | Russian Army Wives Demand Answers About Their Incognito Husbands
Yesterday, the U.S. State Department confirmed that over 1,000 Russian troops and armored vehicles had crossed the border into Ukraine and engaged in the fighting there. Despite satellite imagery released by NATO showing the Russian forces, Russian President Vladimir Putin is still denying that the troops and weaponry are of Russian origin. Now, even people within Russia want some answers. Yesterday, several dozen mothers and wives gathered outside of a Russian military base […]
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4:57 PM | India’s RICE Bucket Challenge Just Totally Nailed It
The ALS ice bucket challenge has become a global phenomenon this summer, with people dumping buckets full of water and ice on their heads to raise awareness and funding for ALS. Now, India has adopted the challenge, adding their own spin: instead of filling the buckets with ice and water, they fill them with rice. And instead of dumping the bucket over their heads, they give the bucket of rice to a person in need. The new challenge was started by
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2:00 PM | Need Help Picking the Right Learning Game? Some Things to Consider
Understanding gaming genres can help teachers pick the right one for specific learning goals. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:37 PM | Outreach Fund - Half-baked ideas welcome
Do you run an after-school science club? Have you got an idea that will engage people with the chemical sciences? If so, we want to support you. Objectives of the fund We launched our Outreach Fund earlier this year to support advocates of chemistry to run events that provide people with an entry point into the chemical sciences. Through the projects that we fund, we want to raise awareness of the place of chemistry in people's everyday lives and develop the science communication […]
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1:33 PM | Satirists As a Source of Science News
How many times have you read a science-themed article from The Onion or watched a science-themed segment on The Daily Show (TDS) or The Colbert Report (CR) and remarked at how “spot on”... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:16 AM | Rabies Rapid Transit System
Rabies virus hijacks the transport systems of neurons, manipulating axonal transport machinery to get to the central nervous system at maximum speed. Continue reading →
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7:56 AM | A comprehensive analysis of root morphological changes and nitrogen allocation in maize in response to low-nitrogen stress
The plasticity of root architecture is crucial for plants to acclimate unfavorable environments including low nitrogen (LN) stress. How maize roots coordinate the growth of axile roots and lateral roots (LRs), as well as longitudinal and radial cell behaviours in response to LN stress remains unclear. Maize plants were cultivated hydroponically under control (4 mM nitrate) and LN (40 μM) conditions. Temporal and spatial samples were taken to analyse changes in the morphology, anatomical […]
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7:39 AM | Can Plants Grow on Mars and the Moon: A Growth Experiment on Mars and Moon Soil Simulants
Science fair project anyone? My first thought was, "How to you make Martian soil?" and the answer is, you can BUY growth substrates that simulate Martian / moon soils. How about that.http://www.orbitec.com/store/simulant.htmlThe only concern I have is about the first sentence of the abstract - "WHEN humans will settle on the moon or Mars they will have to eat there". Personally, I'd rather we put our energy into keeping earth habitable, thank you! See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching […]

August 28, 2014

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11:43 PM | 1,000 Russian Troops Have Crossed Into Ukraine, Along With Tanks and Heavy Armor
For the past week or so, there have been a number of reports coming out about Russian troop movements across the Ukrainian border. Finally, earlier today, officials from the U.S. State Department confirmed that around 1,000 Russian troops (as well as other heavy weaponry) had crossed over the border to join pro-Russian rebels in southeastern Ukraine. U.S. officials said that Russian tanks and armored personnel carriers fought alongside these pro-Russian rebels in two […]
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9:04 PM | From Apathy to Apogee
Hardly anyone believed George Rédei’s research mattered — until it changed everything.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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5:39 PM | Summers End
The air around Keele has been distinctly Autumnal of late, and in between heavy rain, it’s quite clear that summer is done. Hopefully we’ll get an Indian summer for those last few rays of hope before the season properly turns. … Continue reading →
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3:00 PM | Tie-Dye Using Permanent Markers: Weekly Science Activity
School and family science weekly spotlight: learn more about the chemistry of solubility while making your own tie dye using permanent markers.
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2:51 PM | Watch These Two Elephants Casually Dancing To Some Live Violin (Video)
Eleanor Bartsch is a talented musician, to say the least. Besides being a member of both the Madison (WI) Symphony and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Eleanor is also an active chamber musician, performing regularly with other small groups and ensembles in the state. But recently, Eleanor decided to try out her musical skills on a very different audience. While performing with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra at the Circus World Museum, she noticed two elephants outside of a tent that […]
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2:00 PM | What Do Schools Risk By Going ‘Full Google’?
Google launches new tools for teachers and expands its brand among students. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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12:37 PM | Kristen: Doctor of Chiropractic, former cheerleader, GA Tech and Atlanta Hawks
Meet Kristen at the DragonCon parade on Saturday, August 30!
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12:37 PM | Kristin: Doctor of Chiropractic, former cheerleader, GA Tech and Atlanta Hawks
Meet Kristen at the DragonCon parade on Saturday, August 30!
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8:30 AM | Meet the Science Cheerleaders at DragonCon this weekend!
When the annual Dragon*Con parade rolls through Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, August 30, four Science Cheerleaders will be cheering for science and leading parade spectators in citizen science activities! They’ll be marching with other citizen science evangelists including Pamela Gay from CosmoQuest, and the Free Thought Society. Stick around on Sunday when our pals at the Atlanta Science Festival engage fans in a research project we’re launching with ECAST (Expert and […]
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2:56 AM | A 3-D Printed Robot Flying A Prototype for a Quadcopter Hoverbike (Video)
Back in May, I wrote an article about a futuristic new hoverbike called the Aero-X set to go on sale in 2017. Now it seems that the Aero-X may have some serious competition. A company called Malloy Aeronautics recently completely a successful Kickstarter campaign for a similar hoverbike that uses four helicopter bladed instead of two, adding additional control, stability and maneuverability to the craft. Though they haven’t yet built a full-size model, Malloy […]
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12:54 AM | Dr. Jennifer McQueen
Future Science Leaders Program Coordinator and Year 2 Research Instructor Why are you involved in FSL? Science is a process that asks a lot out of those engaging with it. I love working with people as they develop their scientific thinking and meet the challenges that are inevitably a part of scientific endeavors. I enjoy supporting students during […]

August 27, 2014

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11:44 PM | How Global Politics Is Crippling the World’s Response to the Growing Islamic State
The Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) is the most serious terrorist threat to come out of the Middle East in recent memory. The extremist state has a population of 8 million Syrians and Iraqis under its control, and has established its own military, police force, court system and (most worryingly) a massive self-sustaining black market economy. This isn’t some group of crazies hiding in the mountains. The Islamic State (IS) is highly sophisticated, preferring to […]
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9:22 PM | Call for papers: Personal stories from women in science
Diving headlong into motherhood this year has meant less blogging (obvious to anyone who subscribes here…), but it has also made me think a lot more about the scientific life that I would hope for my new daughter and girls like her. Currently her research interests include ceiling fans, her toes, her soother, the dogs […]
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7:31 PM | Where We Donate Our Money Vs. What Actually Kills Us (Infographic)
With the ALS challenge taking Facebook by storm this summer, many people are discussing and critiquing charities and fundraising campaigns in general. While I will never criticize a creative idea generating money for a good cause, I think we all need to step back for a second to actually think about what causes are really worth our money. Check out this awesome infographic from Vocativ that shows how much we raise to fight different diseases versus how many people those diseases […]
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4:40 PM | What Are My Rights to My Health Records?
Here I explain what your rights are for getting a copy of your health records from your dentist and exactly how to do it.The post What Are My Rights to My Health Records? appeared first on Ask the Dentist.
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3:34 PM | This Man Lost Both Arms at Age 10. Now, He’s A World-Famous Pianist (Video)
Liu Wei was born and raised in Beijing, China. When he was 10 years old, Liu had an electrical accident while playing a game of hide and seek with his friends. After 45 days under intensive care, Liu found out that he would be losing both of his arms as a result of the accident. The boy was crushed. But Liu’s mother refused to let him wallow in self-pity. “You are nothing different,” she told him, urging him to learn to
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3:26 PM | Bird Toilet
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2:00 PM | Three Video Games That Teach Programming Through Play
Play can release code from the rules and structures that drive it. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:00 PM | Science Buddies Annual Report: Supporting STEM Education
Science Buddies 2013 Annual Report: STEM: BUILDING 21st CENTURY CITIZENS
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12:36 PM | Getting students to read the syllabus with a Syllabus Quiz
We spend much time writing a syllabus, including all the required information by our universities... and yet, we struggle getting the students to read our masterpiece! Perhaps a syllabus quiz can motivate our students to learn about our courses from Day 1.
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