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August 02, 2014

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1:52 PM | Jellywatch: Observing Blobs for Marine Ecology
Turn your beach visit into marine ecology research on worldwide jellyfish populations. Looking for more summertime citizen science projects? Find them here. Between 2012 and 2013, power plants in Israel, Sweden, Scotland, Japan, and the U.S. were shut down unexpectedly, all for the same reason: jellyfish. Blooms of jellyfish abundantly swarmed in coastal waters and clogged […]Find more posts like Jellywatch: Observing Blobs for Marine Ecology by Sheetal R. Modi on the SciStarter […]
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1:30 PM | AAPT Summer meeting twitter analytics #aaptsm14
The Summer meeting of AAPT 2014 has come and gone.  It was fantastic to get to engage with so many incredible teachers, to hear what they are doing in their classrooms, to catch up with old friends, and make some new ones.The use of twitter at the AAPT conferences has grown over the past few years. Rhett had a post at the end of the 2013 Winter meeting in New Orleans which showed only 116 tweets using the conference hashtag.This past meeting, there were over 1500 uses of the conference […]
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7:37 AM | Asymmetric Predictability and Cognitive Competition in Football Penalty Shootouts: Current Biology
" Following repeated kicks in the same direction, goalkeepers became increasingly likely to dive in the opposite direction on the next kick. Surprisingly, kickers failed to exploit these goalkeeper biases. Our findings highlight the importance of monitoring and predicting sequential behavior in real-world competition. "See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)

August 01, 2014

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11:45 PM | A Mysterious Lake Just Suddenly Appeared in the Middle of the Desert in Tunisia
Apparently, Siberia isn’t the only place that has been experiencing strange geological occurrences lately. Residents of the Gafsa region in Tunisia are still trying to make sense of a lake that appeared out of nowhere recently. A group of three shepherds with an intimate knowledge of the land in the region discovered the new lake three weeks […]
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9:24 PM | Exploring Citizen Science
This post, written by Christine Nieves, originally appeared on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneering Ideas blog.  Check out the citizen science projects mentioned in the post, such as: FoldIt, Sound Around You, and FightMalaria@Home. I remember the distinct feeling of learning about Foldit. It was a mixture of awe and hope for the potential breakthrough contributions a […]Find more posts like Exploring Citizen Science by Rae Moore on the SciStarter Blog. Your […]
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7:39 PM | Again with curiosity (Library Instruction West 2014)
So, not only was this conference in Portland but it was also awesome.  Thanks one more time to Joan Petit, Sara Thompson, and the rest of the conference committee who put on such a great event. Marijuana Legalization Papers Got You Down?  You Won’t Believe What We Did About It! Hannah Gascho Rempel & Anne-Marie […]
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6:59 PM | World Health Organization: Ebola Outbreak Is Moving Faster Than Our Efforts to Control It
The current Ebola outbreak in Africa is a serious problem. Since it began in March, the outbreak has claimed 729 lives, leaving another 1,300 people with confirmed or suspected infections. This is by far the most serious and deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus ever. The second most deadly outbreak, in 1976, only had 602 cases and 431 deaths. Earlier today, Dr. Margaret Chan, […]
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5:38 PM | Words matter (was What does "brick and mortar" make you think of?)
(Note: I posted a version of this originally on July 31, 2014. It was accidentally deleted, and I was unable to recover the original post. I rewrote the missing parts and added an epilogue at the end.)The PERC conference kicked off with an interesting talk by Mike Dubson from CU Boulder. There is a great summary of the talk by Stephanie Chasteen over at her blog. The talk was about comparing a traditional large lecture-hall physics class to a MOOC of identical content.I was struck, […]
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4:13 PM | In the Bustling, Interactive Classroom, A Place for Digital Games
Teachers can use games as a supplement that enables increased one-on-one learning between teacher and student. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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4:11 PM | WOW! This Artist Uses Acrylic Paint to Make Real People Into Walking Paintings (Photo Gallery)
Many artists have earned their reputations by being able to take two-dimensional canvases and turn them into realistic, 3-D looking images of people. Alexa Meade is a Los Angeles-based artist who decided to turn that formula on its head. Rather than trying to paint 3-D images of people on canvas, she paints directly on the skin […]
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3:55 PM | iLabs: PANDEMIC! — Part II
Here is the second installment written by our intern, Megan Polzin, about her efforts in creating a Pandemic class: iLabs: Teaching Middle School Students About Pandemics In the last post, I detailed how I began to create a class about Pandemics for my summer project. After the initial planning phase, I realized that there would […]
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1:54 PM | Evolution of physiological responses to salt stress in hexaploid wheat
Very nice! Examining the salt tolerance of hexaploid wheat, its progenitors and a synthetic hexaploid reveals "polyploidy-induced alteration in gene regulation under salt stress"See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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1:42 PM | Root contraction in Cycas and Zamia (Cycadales) determined by gelatinous fibers
ABSTRACT• Premise of the study: Reaction wood (RW) in seed plants can induce late and usually secondary changes in organ orientation. Conifers produce compression wood (CW), generated by compression tracheids, which generate a push force. Angiosperms produce tension wood (TW), generated by tension wood fibers (TWF) often described as “gelatinous fibers,” which exert a pull force. Usually RW is produced eccentrically, but it can occur concentrically, as in aerial roots […]
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9:00 AM | Outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in Guinea: Ecology Meets Economy
Ebola virus is back - but why? Continue reading →
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1:10 AM | Discussion on Data Visualization through CitSci.org’s Feature Friday
Want to learn about data visualization in citizen science? Take part in CitSci.org’s Feature Friday!   What: This feature Friday will focus on data visualization on the CitSci.org site. Who: Anyone who is interested in data visualization in a citizen science setting. Please join our conversation with your valuable input. Researchers, coordinators, and volunteers are […]Find more posts like Discussion on Data Visualization through CitSci.org’s Feature Friday by Rae Moore […]

July 31, 2014

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11:58 PM | New Study: Just 7 Minutes of Running per Day Cuts Your Risk of Dying from Heart Disease In Half
Most people know that exercising regularly reduces your risk of heart disease, but a new study suggests that even a seemingly insignificant amount of exercise can have huge benefits for heart health. The study, which will be published in the August edition of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, was a joint project. It included researchers […]
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11:06 PM | Along came a spider
What’s the first you think about when you see a spider?  Running away?  Danger?  Fairies? Spiderman? Do you wonder if spider silk is really strong enough to stop a train, like they showed in Spiderman 2? Whatever your thoughts, you’re probably not thinking about 3D printing in space.  Yet, the time might be near when…
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8:36 PM | “Firenados”: What Causes A Fire Tornado? (Photo Gallery)
Seven News in Australia recently released video of a fire tornado captured by Chris Tangey of Alice Springs Film and Television. A still from that video went viral and had everyone asking: What is a fire tornado? And what can cause one? The recently surfaced “Firenado” picture was captured by Chris when he noticed a […]
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3:48 PM | Teaching Kids Skills For Deep Reading on Digital Devices
Does reading online or in digital format negatively impact comprehension? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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3:05 PM | COASST: Monitoring seabirds of the Pacific Northwest
Identify beached birds and help monitor the health of the coastal ecosystem. Looking for more summertime citizen science projects? Find them here.                 Do you enjoy long walks on the beach while taking in the surrounding wildlife? Are you concerned about environmental issues and passionate about community projects? […]Find more posts like COASST: Monitoring seabirds of the Pacific Northwest by Carolyn Graybeal on the SciStarter Blog. […]
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2:59 PM | Pizza Box Solar Oven: Weekly Science Activity
School and family science weekly spotlight: make a solar oven from household and recycled materials.
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2:50 PM | The Pope Just Released A List of 10 Tips for Becoming a Happier Person and They Are Spot On
In a recent interview with the Argentine publication Viva, Pope Francis issued a list of 10 tips to be a happier person, based on his own life experiences. The Pope encouraged people to be more positive and generous, to turn off the TV and find healthier forms of leisure, and even to stop trying to convert people […]
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12:05 PM | 7 things you should know about Ebola virus
7 things you should know about Ebola virus Continue reading →
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10:33 AM | Simultaneous editing of three homoeoalleles in hexaploid bread wheat confers heritable resistance to powdery mildew - Nature Biotech.
Wang et al, 2014Sequence-specific nucleases have been applied to engineer targeted modifications in polyploid genomes1, but simultaneous modification of multiple homoeoalleles has not been reported. Here we use transcription activator–like effector nuclease (TALEN)2,3 and clustered, regularly interspaced, short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-Cas9 (refs. 4,5) technologies in hexaploid bread wheat to introduce targeted mutations in the three homoeoalleles that encode MILDEW- RESISTANCE LOCUS […]
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8:44 AM | What Are Little Boys and Girls Made of? The Origins of Sexual Dimorphism
This symposis is great - it and the paper it summarizes would be fun for your gentics course.Geng S, DeHoff P, Umen, JG (2014) Evolution of Sexes from an Ancestral Mating-Type Specification Pathway. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001904See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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8:25 AM | A tidal wave of signals: calcium and ROS at the forefront of rapid systemic signaling: Trends in Plant Science
Systemic signaling pathways enable multicellular organisms to prepare all of their tissues and cells to an upcoming challenge that may initially only be sensed by a few local cells. They are activated in plants in response to different stimuli including mechanical injury, pathogen infection, and abiotic stresses. Key to the mobilization of systemic signals in higher plants are cell-to-cell communication events that have thus far been mostly unstudied. The recent identification of systemically […]
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4:06 AM | Practice & the tenure question
I feel odd weighing in here, because I have actively not joined the conversation on twitter.  Between a conference, putting one project to bed and ramping another one up – I knew that I would not be able to keep up there so I consciously stayed away.  And I also knew that I needed some […]
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12:09 AM | This Polish Street Artist Creates Captivating Lace-Inspired “Public Jewelry” (Photo Gallery)
NeSpoon Polska isn’t just your every day spray-paint graffiti artist. The female street artist from Warsaw, Poland has her own unique brand of art that incorporates lace patterns. She uses stencils, ceramics, paints and sometimes even actual crocheted webbing to create her amazing street art masterpieces, and everything is a potential canvas. She refers to her art as “public jewelry”. Check […]

July 30, 2014

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10:56 PM | Why Are South Koreans Using Balloons to Send Chocolate-Covered Marshmallows to North Korea??
Earlier today, around 200 South Korean activists gathered in a park near the border with North Korea. The activists released 50 massive helium balloons, each toting a large bag of snacks. In total, they sent 770 pounds of snacks to the North. The bulk of this weight came from the 10,000 Choco Pies the activists sent North. […]
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8:57 PM | » Rediscovering an “Extinct” Carrot | NYBG
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