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June 27, 2014

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4:01 PM | Where I’ll Be: CONvergence/SkepchickCON 2014!
Every year, the Skepchick Network and Freethought Blogs get together to host a science and skepticism track at CONvergence in Minneapolis over the 4th of July weekend. This will be my third year participating in programming, and every year it just keeps getting better. CONvergence is one of my favorite cons to attend, for many […]
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3:29 PM | Games In The Classroom: What the Research Says
The way we understand the expectations and promises of today’s game-based approaches will have a long-term impact on how we imagine and implement them in the future. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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3:07 PM | iLabs: GoPro Hero 3+ Action Cam Joins the Micro World!!
To continue with our return to the digital space, we have another addition to our lab to show off, a GoPro Hero 3+ Action Cam!!! Purchased with funds from last year’s Biogen Idec Foundation $100,000 grant to our Museum (again, more on that in another posting), our GoPro will be busy capturing everything from people […]
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2:41 PM | #RealTimeChemCarnival
Yesterday we were at the RAF Cosford Museum to run activities as part of the Chemistry at Work event for schools. We’ve been before and it remains a spectacular venue for outreach. Set up and ready to go! Again we … Continue reading →
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2:24 PM | iLabs: FINALLY! The Bioluminescent Plankton Exhibit is UP!!
Well, after a crazy Winter and Summer in the Micro World iLab (more on that in the next post), we are finally getting around to share with you some of what’s been happening, and it’s a LOT!!! To start off the blog posting resurrection for the Micro World iLab: A LONG-overdue update on our lab’s […]
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11:58 AM | A synthetic antibody with broad antiviral activity
An alternative strategy for creating virus-resistant cells and animals. The post A synthetic antibody with broad antiviral activity appeared first on MicrobiologyBytes.
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2:22 AM | Secchi App: Tracking Phytoplankton with the Push of a Button [GUEST POST]
Help scientists monitor the phytoplankton population in oceans with a secchi disk and the secchi app. Want more marine-themed citizen science projects? We’ve got you covered! Marine ecosystems, like all ecosystems, are made of complex food webs. The most abundant part of a marine food web is microbial plankton. Phytoplankton are very important, as they are responsible […]Find more posts like Secchi App: Tracking Phytoplankton with the Push of a Button [GUEST POST] by Rae […]
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1:20 AM | STEM GOOOOAAAAALLLLLS
Cosmos was awesome, so I definitely had to get the DVD! Click on the pic to access my Cosmos posts! In the spirit of the World Cup, let's check out some important goals to achieving diversity within the STEM community. But first .... Germany's Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA's Reid Wiseman and Steve Swanson are both celebrating advancing to the next stage of the World Cup.  Check out some quick soccer […]

June 26, 2014

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11:52 PM | Three things from Evolution 2014
I just got back from Evolution 2014, a scientific conference for those who study all aspects of organismal evolution. The conference was held in Raleigh, North Carolina, and I had an absolute blast during my first time at Evolution.One of my favorite events was Saturday's Evolution film festival. A bunch of short films created by scientists and science educators were screened to a rowdy audience. There were a lot of laughs and nerdery-induced groans. My favorite film ("Dinosaur", below) was […]
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10:23 PM | Time Lapse Photography Reveals the Amazing Secret Life of Corals (Video)
You may have heard of or even seen coral reefs before. The corals that make up these reefs may look like strange rock formations or odd plants, but in actuality, corals are animals. These marine invertebrates live in large colonies of genetically identical polyps: tiny, spineless creatures which are typically vase-shaped. A colony of these polyps is […]
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9:10 PM | Think You Can Disprove Man-Made Climate Change? There’s $10,000 Up for Grabs If You Can
Dr. Christopher Keating is a former physics professor who taught at the University of South Dakoa as well as the U.S. Naval Academy. He is also author of the book “Undeniable: Dialogues on Global Warming”. Recently, Keating posted a challenge on his blog: he offered $10,000 to anyone who could disprove man-made climate change using the […]
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8:00 PM | Sending Mixed Message: Do Parents Value Kids’ Achievement Over Empathy?
Parents and educators tell kids to care for one another, but their actions often send the message that high achievement and personal happiness are actually more important. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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3:28 PM | A 16-Year Old Programmer Just Made a Plugin That Shows Where Politicians Get Their Funding
Nicholas Rubin is a 16-year old self-taught computer programmer from Seattle, Washington. He is also the inventor of Greenhouse, a new browser plugin that let’s you know exactly where politicians get their campaign funding from. When the plugin is active, the names of House or Senate members on any given webpage are highlighted. All you have to […]
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3:00 PM | Powering a Raft with Surface Tension: Weekly Science Activity
School and family science weekly spotlight: surface tension used to power a small raft.
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2:00 PM | What’s the Impact of Overzealous Internet Filtering in Schools?
Over-filtering websites at schools misses the opportunity to teach students the critical skills they’ll need to discern the good from the bad. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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12:08 PM | Six social media mistakes (and how to fix them)
1. Treating all social media equally Each social platform has unique user engagement conventions, audiences and languages. Before starting to share content on any platform, explore it thoroughly and sure you understand the differences and the distinctive ways people communicate … Continue reading → The post Six social media mistakes (and how to fix them) appeared first on Plain Language Science.
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11:34 AM | Project overview: ENSA - Engineering Nitrogen Symbiosis for Africa
Really enjoyed today's talk by Giles Oldroyd on the molecular basis of root nodule symbiosis establishment, which has the goal of (ultimately) introducing this capacity to grains- see the proejct overview at ENSA https://www.ensa.ac.uk/ A few links to the biology: Synthetic biology approaches to engineering the nitrogen symbiosis in cereals.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24687978 A GRAS-Type Transcription Factor with a Specific Function in Mycorrhizal Signaling […]
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9:00 AM | "How to Promote Your Article (43 ways to improve papers citations)" by Nader Ale Ebrahim
How to Promote Your Article (43 ways to improve papers citations)Nader Ale Ebrahim, Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of MalayaAbstractWriting an article for online distribution in a way that maximized the chances of citation hits, is different from preparing one for print journals in some small, but important, respects. To be cited, articles have to be visible in an electronic environment. Therefore, publishing a high quality paper in […]

June 25, 2014

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10:16 PM | Watching A Cell Divide Under An Electron Microscope Is Mesmerizing (GIF)
Mitosis, or cell division, is the process by which your body grows and/or repairs itself by producing more cells. In the first stage of mitosis, known as prophase, the cell condenses, and the chromosomes inside the cell’s nucleus replicate. The membrane which encases the nucleus also disappears. In the second stage, metaphase, these chromosomes align […]
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8:42 PM | Sophisticated Spacecraft: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Reusable Successful Test Flight (Video)
Last month, on May 2, SpaceX conducted a test flight of their new Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) spacecraft. Check out the video below to see it in action. The “rocketcams” in the video feature a shot from the nose of the rocket followed by video footage from the ground. The test flight took place in McGregor, […]
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4:47 PM | Upset Stomach
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4:39 PM | The First “Scent Message” Has Been Sent Over the Internet
Last Tuesday, the first “scent message” was delivered via e-mail from New York to Paris. The scent: champagne and macaroons. The new technology was invented by David Edwards and Rachel Field, who showcased their invention, known as the oPhone, last Tuesday at Manhattan’s American Museum of Natural History. Here’s Edwards, Harvard professor and CEO of Vapor Communications, the company which […]
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3:16 PM | Why It’s Imperative to Teach Empathy to Boys
We need to cultivate empathy in all children, but gender stereotypes -- often reinforced in playrooms -- risk leaving boys, in particular, with a social deficit. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:55 PM | The Reciprocal Space of Social Media
In a bit of end of semester navel gazing last week I was contemplating the usefulness or otherwise of blogging. The first website I ever ‘ran’ was back in 1997 and it’s creation coincided with having reliable access to a … Continue reading →
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12:06 PM | Backtrack to… Geology Terminology
Every once in awhile, I come across something (a tweet, an email, etc.) that reminds me of an article I read or conference presentation I heard that I want to go back and revisit.  Recently, my memory was triggered by this tweet: Americans hear & use the term #globalwarming more than #climatehange More differences in here: http://t.co/8HaeDsnR7x pic.twitter.com/pDBPeGJUqj — Yale Climate Project (@YaleClimateComm) May 28, 2014 Our findings strongly suggest …
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12:00 PM | Eye on Science: Student Essay Winner Helps Engage Students with Science
Lauren Killingsworth, a recent high school graduate, already has an impressive resume of stem cell research that may contribute to future treatments for blindness. Out of the lab, she is making a difference in the lives of both students in...
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11:17 AM | PNAS: Hit-and-run transcriptional control by bZIP1 mediates rapid nutrient signaling in Arabidopsis
"Cellular signals evoke rapid and broad changes in gene regulatory networks. To uncover these network dynamics, we developed an approach able to monitor primary targets of a transcription factor (TF) based solely on gene regulation, in the absence of detectable binding. This enabled us to follow the transient propagation of a nitrogen (N) nutrient signal as a direct impact of the master TF Basic Leucine Zipper 1 (bZIP1)Unexpectedly, the largest class of primary targets that exhibit transient […]
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11:05 AM | Hans Lambers on soil phosphate acquisition in impoverished soil (AoB Blog)
From the AoB Blog: This week guest author Charlie Haynes is AoB Blog’s roving reporter at the EPSO/FESPB plant biology Europe conference.   Hans Lambers is the Winthrop Professor at the University of Western Australia. His research focuses on mineral nutrition of native Australian plants and crop and pasture legumes.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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6:12 AM | Ethical and unethical methods of plagiarism prevention in academic writing
Ethical and unethical methods of plagiarism prevention in academic writingBakhtiyari, K.; Salehi, H.; Embi, M.A.; Shakiba, M.; Zavvari, A.; Shahbazi-Moghadam, M.; Ale Ebrahim, N.; Mohammadjafari, M. (2014) Ethical and unethical methods of plagiarism prevention in academic writing. International Education Studies, 7 (7). pp. 52-62. ISSN 1913-9020 PDF - Published Version [error in script] Download (429Kb) | Preview Official URL: […]
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