April 02, 2014

3:16 AM | Individual and professional development in the digital age: Towards a conceptual model of virtual worlds for organizations
Management Research ReviewVolume 37, Issue 3, March 2014, Pages 288-307Individual and professional development in the digital age: Towards a conceptual model of virtual worlds for organizationsKoles, B. , Nagy, P.  Business School, Central European University, Budapest, HungaryView references (134)AbstractPurpose: The current paper aims to embrace an interdisciplinary approach to illustrate some of the ways in which virtual worlds expanded upon the individual, social and […]
12:33 AM | A night of science and stars at the Chabot Space & Science Museum with OZY and me
There has been much talk about new media organizations as of late. Whom and which are innovative enough, new enough, dynamic enough? Diverse enough? Well, it’s still too early to call it but I... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
12:08 AM | Visibility and Citation Impact | Ebrahim | International Education Studies
Visibility and Citation ImpactNader Ale Ebrahim, Hadi Salehi, Mohamed Amin Embi, Farid Habibi Tanha, Hossein Gholizadeh, Seyed Mohammad Motahar AbstractThe number of publications is the first criteria for assessing a researcher output. However, the main measurement for author productivity is the number of citations, and citations are typically related to the paper's visibility. In this paper, the relationship between article visibility and the number of citations is investigated. A case study […]

April 01, 2014

6:34 PM | Toward a common definition of “flipped learning”
A recent document from the Flipped Learning Network attempts to lay down a common definition of "flipped learning", as distinguished from the "flipped classroom." How well does it work?
4:01 PM | NASA news: Satellite Shows High Productivity from U.S. Corn Belt
During the U.S. Midwest's growing season, the region boasts more photosynthetic activity than any other spot on Earth.Mary Williams's insight:This is a summary of a new paper in PNAS that shows "that chlorophyll fluorescence data can be used as a unique benchmark to improve our global models, thus providing more reliable projections of agricultural productivity and climate impact on crop yields."www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/03/24/1320008111.abstractSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology
3:56 PM | PNAS: Specific and heritable gene editing in Arabidopsis
A summary of the article "Multigeneration analysis reveals the inheritance, specificity, and patterns of CRISPR/Cas-induced gene modifications in Arabidopsis." The take-home message: "They studied seven genes at 12 distinct target sites to elucidate the pattern, specificity, and heritability of mutations induced by CRISPR/Cas. They clearly demonstrated that CRISPR/Cas could be used to generate transgene-free Arabidopsis plants with specific and heritable mutations within two generations"The […]
2:51 PM | 25% Of Americans Don’t Know We Orbit The Sun
The National Science Foundation recently released the results of their yearly scientific literacy poll, and while it’s heartening to hear about the 30 percent of Americans who believe science should get more government funding, or the 90 percent who say that the benefits of sciences generally outweigh potential dangers, one of the NSF’s findings shocked […]
2:00 PM | Science enthusiasts can join forces with top researchers through a partnership between DISCOVER Magazine and SciStarter
PRESS RELEASE (PDF) April 1, 2014 For more information: info@scistarter.com PHILADELPHIA, PA. (April 1, 2014) – A “citizen science” movement is sweeping the country, with more than 700 active research projects to prove it. The fields that citizen science advances are diverse: ecology, astronomy, medicine, psychology, linguistics, genetics, engineering, and many more. DISCOVER is teaming up […]Find more posts like Science enthusiasts can join forces with top […]
1:30 PM | Science is all around you: 1st Anniversary
     Celebrate with us our 1st anniversary!       Greetchen: "José, can you believe that we started this adventure one year ago? José: "Wow! How quickly time passes by, when you told me I was surprised. We have learned a lot from this experience and from our guests! José: "Thank you for having me in this adventure, where we enjoyed and learned the science around us. Since you […]
1:30 AM | #Cosmos E4: There Is a Light That Shines
(I live tweet Cosmos every Sunday. For all of my Cosmos recaps, please click here)Episode 4 of Fox's Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson focuses on the Herschel family of scientists, Einstein's theory of Relativity, and the speed of light as nature's fundamental constant.Patrick Stewart voiced astronomer William Herschel, who was one of the main scientists in this episode. William, and his son John, contributed to our understanding of stars and the light that they give off. Light from distant […]

March 31, 2014

7:35 PM | Lifelong Hikes – History is Natural
It is easy to become comfortable with our surroundings in a particular region, and we often forget how geological forces have shaped our landscape throughout history. A walk in nature can lead to pauses that remind us of our connection to the world around us. In March, the lifelong hikers* explored the Endor Iron Furnace** […]
2:12 PM | Sci-Ed joins Lemur Week (video)
Their ghostly eyes are lovely windows to their souls. Lemurs are primates – they have long tails, tree-climbing hands, and incredible curiosity. At least that’s what I encountered on my visit to the Duke Lemur Center (sponsored by Owen Software…The post Sci-Ed joins Lemur Week (video) appeared first on Sci-Ed.
12:27 PM | Saving Science Education: Parents and Communicators to the Rescue!
(Photo: Children getting to touch a live monarch butterfly at the Atlanta Science Festival...
11:12 AM | How big are viruses and how many of them are there? (via xkcd)
See more: Pile_of_Viruses via xkcd   The post How big are viruses and how many of them are there? (via xkcd) appeared first on MicrobiologyBytes.
6:57 AM | A Neutrino Walks Through A Bar, And More Science Jokes From Twitter
Our Twitter followers share their favorite science jokes.Mary Williams's insight:Happy Monday! Don't you think this list is lacking in good biology jokes?See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)

March 30, 2014

10:06 AM | Plant Biotechnology Journal. Translational research: from pot to plot
Interesting overview - good for students!See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
9:31 AM | Microbial Fuel Cells
With greenhouse gases becoming an ever increasing source of concern, many new technologies have been researched to combat this issue. Microbial fuel cells are a new breed of promising technologies, hoping to mitigate the effects of greenhouse gas emissions in the future. Simply put, microbial fuel cells are devices that convert chemical energy into electric […]
2:30 AM | Science Saved My Saturday
When I woke up Saturday morning I thought I’d be packing the car heading out on a camping trip with...

March 29, 2014

3:47 PM | The Psychedelic ROOMBA Experience
There is something about a ROOMBA, the robotic floor cleaning device, that inspires us to put things atop of them for a ride for our entertainment, including babies, cats in shark costumes, and my... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
11:06 AM | Steaming Cup of Communications Stories (3/29/2014)
Each week I read (and share) many different articles and blog posts related to communication. This...

March 28, 2014

7:58 PM | Homeschool Chemistry 101 – Day 4
Introduction to Chemistry By Daniel H. Vestal, AmeriCorps Museum Investigate Lab Educator March 26 2014 marked the grand finale to our Introduction to Chemistry series, with a rousing request for an encore. Before I go any further in this final posting of the series… I want to thank the homeschool students and parents who attended. […]
3:22 PM | What’s an Expert?: A Highly Unscientific Study
If you’re like me, working at a university sometimes seems like working at Experts ‘r’ Us....

March 27, 2014

5:45 PM | March 25 Solar Powered Lantern Update
This week, Jenny and I began working on a solar powered lantern that Catherine has. We started off by figuring out how the solar panel connected to rechargeable batteries and then to LEDs. We looked at the circuits on the lid and listed the materials we would need. We took notes and developed a simplified […]
5:00 PM | Musical Straws: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight
School and family science weekly spotlight: musical straws.
3:03 PM | Connecting is important: local workshop
We get so busy but it is important to take a break, connect with others, and see how your work fits in the greater picture. I had the opportunity to do this at a local outreach workshop on March 7th. It was an inspiring day and I loved the chance to see what others are […]
1:02 PM | Can We Trust Scientists? - YouTube
A look at the disconnect between science and public opinion. ---Links--- NASA climate change consensus resource: http://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus...Mary Williams's insight:This is very good!See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
12:31 PM | Exploiting bacteriophages for human health
This short review is worth reading because it takes a thoughtful and holistic approach to the idea of phage therapy. The post Exploiting bacteriophages for human health appeared first on MicrobiologyBytes.

March 26, 2014

8:47 PM | Wordless Wednesday: Pouched Rat Research Gif
This is a series of shots of me cleaning this Barnes Maze between behavioral observations of my research subjects, the African Giant Pouched Rat, Cricetomys ansorgei.  The diameter of the table or... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
4:00 PM | Mapping the Information Highway in the Brain
It’s hard to imagine life without Google Maps nowadays.  We use the interactive map daily to find out how to get from point A to point B.  Wouldn’t it be […]

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4:00 PM | Crystal Radio: A Science Kit for Student Electronics
Improvements in the Science Buddies Crystal Radio Kit make building a crystal radio a science project students may enjoy for the school science fair or just as an independent electronics experiment—no batteries required! Our scientists have worked to improve the...
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