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November 23, 2014

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5:34 PM | What do I do with my data??
This time of year, most of the questions I get focus on how to graph the data collected. If you are trying to decide between a line graph and a bar graph… it usually is not your choice. The type of data and type of project dictate what, mathematically, you are “allowed” to do. Here … Continue reading »
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1:45 PM | You Should Know: Dr. Umberto Cannella and Dr. Cinnamon blog
Welcome to the seventeenth installment of You Should Know, where I give my own#ScholarSunday salute to Science Bloggers and the Blogs you may not yet know about.   Introducing Umberto Cannella,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:02 PM | Beautiful Chemistry
Beautiful Chemistry is a project collaboration between the Institute of Advanced Technology at the University of Science and Technology of China and Tsinghua University Press. The goal of this project is to bring the beauty of chemistry to the general public through digital media and technology.Mary Williams's insight:Super collection of videos and images featuring the beauty of chemistrySee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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1:07 AM | House Passes Bill That Would Prevent Scientists from Advising EPA On Their Own Research
The headline issue in Congress last Tuesday (November 18) was the Senate vote on the Keystone XL pipeline. The 1,179-mile pipeline extension eventually failed in the Senate by one vote, leading to jubilation from climate activists and other groups opposed to the new pipeline. But while these people celebrated, the House of Representatives was quietly passing a different bill: H.R. 1422. The bill, which passed 229-191 along mostly partisan lines, would reconfigure the EPA’s […]

November 22, 2014

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11:06 PM | The “Brockettship” – The World’s First Circular Keyboard (Video)
Boston-based PianoArc prides itself on its innovative and creative keyboard designs. The “Brockettship” is the world’s first “circular keyboard controller”, according to its designers. This reinvented version of the piano offers more keys and freedom of play. According to PianoArc… “The “Brockettship” [was] used by Brockett Parsons on the Lady Gaga Born This Way 2012-2013 tour. We strive to re-imagine the world of keyboard performance […]
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6:52 PM | Supertongue
The other day I was reminded of a fun fact I had once read in a book about food. I learned about a special gene that allows some special people to have a heightened sense of taste. These people are able to taste things like PTC and other substances that would normally have no taste […]
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3:09 AM | Science in Detergents
Nothing can be more mundane than putting clothes and sheets into the laundry and pressing the button to start the laundry. Laundry are indeed boring,  but without them, we misses the fresh detergent fragrance from the clean T-shirts, and we stare at oil stains for weeks. Laundry, an important chore, seems to be not erasable […]
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2:42 AM | Well Tempered Glass
Most people we know drive cars and use smartphones. The common link between these two is tempered glass. This type of glass is much stronger than the regular “annealed” glass, up to five times as strong. When it breaks, it shatters into innumerable, minuscule pieces, preventing large pieces from injuring people. But how does this […]

November 21, 2014

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9:30 PM | A Bus Powered by Human Waste
Bio-Bus powered by human waste hits the roads for a test run in England.
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12:43 PM | Fog and clouds in a bottle
A little bit of hands-on meteorology for a change. This post is inspired by www.planet-science.com‘s “fog in a bottle” and “make a cloud in a bottle” posts. Inspired meaning that I had to try and recreate their experiments after I … Continue reading →
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8:10 AM | The Plant Detective’s Manual
The Plant Detective’s ManualA research-led approach for teaching plant scienceGonzalo M. Estavillo, Ulrike Mathesius, Michael Djordjevic and Adrienne B. NicotraMary Williams's insight:Super - I saw a presentation about this award-winning set of investigative labs and loved it, how great that it's now available as a free PDF or epublication!See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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6:29 AM | Stem Cell Transplant with Our Own Stem Cells
While I was talking to my dad about my daily endeavors, he informed me about the new way to transplant stem cells with your own stem cells. I was obviously very intrigued and took on the adventure to find out what this new way was. It is called the cord blood bank. The name is […]

November 20, 2014

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9:45 PM | Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress
A lighthearted how-to guide puts students on a yellow brick road to setting up a website using basic HTML and CSS or a content system like WordPress.
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7:00 PM | How Libraries are Advancing and Inspiring Schools and Communities
Libraries are experimenting with some exciting ways to inspire and engage the community by creating meeting and maker spaces with old technology and new. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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2:51 PM | Curriculum alignment tool
With thousands of resources on Learn Chemistry, it can be hard to find a resource that suits the lessons you’re teaching today. To help you to find what you’re looking for, we’re piloting a new tool which shows you our resources aligned to your curriculum.  As teachers from around the world use Learn Chemistry, we’ve started off with curricula from a range of countries. We currently have most secondary chemistry curricula for the UK, USA, Canada and […]
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1:00 PM | A University Rethinks Research Communication
Today my colleagues and I are proud to share the results of nearly a year of hard work,...
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12:57 PM | The Internet Responds to a Scientist's Sexist Shirt
I started off thinking this was going to be a short piece asking if we were approaching the...
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12:50 PM | 'Best of' the Top Science Communication Stories - Part 3
This is the third of a three-part ‘Best of’ series showcasing more than 300 of the...
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3:30 AM | Proper Brushing Technique: How to Brush Your Teeth to Avoid Damage
There is a right way and a wrong way to brush your teeth and the wrong technique can damage them. In this video, Dr. B demonstrates the right way to brush so you protect your pearly whites. The post Proper Brushing Technique: How to Brush Your Teeth to Avoid Damage appeared first on Ask the Dentist.

November 19, 2014

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8:57 PM | Making screencasts: The working example
In this third video of three on making screencasts, we discuss the "working example" video where the instructor is writing out longhand on a screen as you would at a whiteboard.
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7:10 PM | How Much Performance Pizzazz Does a Teacher Need to be Effective?
Does does a teacher's performance distract, or does it inspire? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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5:45 PM | Wordless Wednesday: #EBONYPower100 for Social Media (& Science Outreach) Influence
EBONY Magazine announces the 2014 honorees of their 2014 Power 100 List – names of the most influential African Americans in every facet of life from politics, entertainment, health, science,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:23 PM | Watch As A Wall of Snow Hits Buffalo, NY (Time-Lapse Videos)
Tuesday morning was the coldest November morning in the United States since 1976, with more than 85% of the surface area of the contiguous 48 states experiencing below-freezing temperatures. According to Dr. Ryan Maue at WeatherBell models… “ Compared to normal, temperatures over the past several days have dropped off a cliff—to 10°C below climate normal—more anomalous than even during the Polar Vortex of early January 2014. November is shaping up to be a […]
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4:00 PM | Butterfly Kids
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3:55 PM | Annotated article series name change
The Royal Society of Chemistry’s annotated article series is designed to help students interpret and understand the information in journal articles.  It’s a selection of articles from a wide variety of our journals, and from a range of chemistry disciplines, that have been re-written by the authors into a standard accessible format and divided into set sections. The sections include areas such as looking at why the study was important, what procedures were used and […]
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3:51 PM | Video of the Week: A Year in the Life of Earth’s Carbon Dioxide
Sometimes it is easy to forget we are all members of a unified environment on Earth and actions in one area affect many others.  In this new NASA computer model, though, scientists provide a comprehensive understanding of how...
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2:00 PM | Musical Bottles: Weekly Science Activity
School and family science weekly spotlight: explore the physics of sound by making music using bottles.
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1:52 PM | Reflections on Rosetta
“It’s all down to Isaac Newton now. It’s down to the laws of physics.” As the world waited to hear whether a refrigerator-sized probe had landed on a comet’s surface, European Space Agency senior science advisor Mark McCaughrean spoke to the live webfeed in Germany. “If Isaac’s friendly to us, we’ll have a great landing,” […] The post Reflections on Rosetta appeared first on physicsfocus.org.
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1:44 PM | Teaching Professional Skills… what exactly is a “Doctor of Philosophy”?
True story... student walks in to a faculty member's office, sees the diploma hanging above her desks and comments, "Wow! For someone that has a degree in philosophy, you certainly know oceanography really well!" What can we learn from this and teach students when they see our diplomas that state we have a "Doctor of Philosophy"?
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12:20 PM | How to plan a course from scratch
Where do I even start??? A very helpful concept, which is completely contrary to how most people approach course planning, is “backward design”. Instead of looking at all the cool experiments, the awesome, fun materials, the best case studies, we … Continue reading →
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