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April 01, 2015

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10:45 PM | April Fools Troll So Hard
I don’t get very many comments. Much of that has to do with what I blog about – most introductory topics. I focus on curiosity. Yet, I’ve noticed that whenever I affirm a more... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:17 PM | Costa Rica Just Became the First Country to Achieve This Carbon Neutral Milestone
Last month, the NRECA — Costa’s Rica’s state-owned electric company — announced that the country had gone 75 straight days using only renewable renewable energy sources. According to The Guardian… “Costa Ricans are the first in the world to power their country for so long without the use of fossil fuels, and the record-breaking achievement was quickly picked up by news agencies all over the world.”   Many Costa Ricans are taking pride in this […]
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8:01 PM | Glimpse of the Garden: Week 1 - No Foolin'
     It is April 1st and unfortunately it is not an April Fool's prank that there is still snow on the ground! However, I have faith that we will see spring and I will work in the garden once again. I love photographing the flowers, vegetables and fruits that we grow in the warmer months at my home. Now through the summer I will be sharing a "Glimpse of the Garden" with you weekly. Are you planning a garden or growing anything currently? Do you garden with children? Please […]
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1:42 PM | Three Games About Viruses That Teach Interconnectedness
Games can help students understand how diseases spread and how people work together in a connected world.
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1:36 PM | Naturalist Center exceeds 200,000 visitors!
Since the Nature Research Center opened in April, 2012, the Naturalist Center has welcomed over 200,000 visitors! Yesterday, a teacher told me that this room is her favorite spot in the entire Museum. She was so inspired by our collection, that she and her students have created their own tiny collection of nature objects and […]
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12:57 PM | To adopt or not to adopt a textbook
Today is the deadline for letting my campus bookstore know which textbooks I want to adopt for my courses next semester. Do I select book from the popular press instead of using a traditional college textbook? Or do I want/need both? Or neither?
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12:00 PM | Genetic, evolutionary and plant breeding insights from the domestication of maize
by Sarah Hake& Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra"The natural history of maize began nine thousand years ago when Mexican farmers started to collect the seeds of the wild grass, teosinte. Invaluable as a food source, maize permeated Mexican culture and religion. Its domestication eventually led to its adoption as a model organism, aided in large part by its large chromosomes, ease of pollination and growing agricultural importance. Genome comparisons between varieties of maize, teosinte and other grasses […]
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11:54 AM | Bug of the Week: Brown Katydid, Now Green Katydid
Remember the little brown katydid from two weeks ago? I didn’t see any katydids last week, but this might be why: There is now a slightly larger green katydid on the zinnias. Is it the same katydid? Of course I … Continue reading →
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11:18 AM | Design of experiment – why?
This is a skill we need to learn a lot more systematically than we currently do! I have recently started working on a small teaching unit on the design of experiments. And I realized that the training that I received on … Continue reading →
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9:00 AM | Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Helps Citizen Scientists Build Connections to Nature
Editors Note: This post by SciStarter contributor Eva Lewandowski describes her experiences with citizen scientists from the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, which was featured in our recent Spring themed newsletter. Check out the rest of the projects on that list here. The Monarch Larva Monitoring Project is also one of more than 800 citizen science […]Find more posts like Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Helps Citizen Scientists Build Connections to Nature by Eva Lewandowski on the […]
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8:48 AM | Arabidopsis BIRD Zinc Finger Proteins Jointly Stabilize Tissue Boundaries by Confining the Cell Fate Regulator SHORT-ROOT and Contributing to Fate Specification
BIRD proteins control tissue boundaries through transcriptional control and nuclear retention of targets. The names of the BIRD Zn-finger proteins originated with the finding that JACKDAW (a kind of crow) is antagonistic to the protein SCARECROW... I seem to remember that SCARECROW is named because the mutant lacks a "heart" (cortex - wizard of oz reference) - plz correct me if I'm wrong. The genetic interactions for each of several mutant combinations of the BIRD family is outlined in the […]
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5:25 AM | What Is Amazon’s New “Dash Button”? (Video)
Amazon just released a device that makes ordering products for consumers easier than ever. Exclusively for Amazon Prime members, the new “Dash Button” gives you the option of reordering common household products where and when you need them. According to USA Today… “Dash is a small oval electronic device about the size of a pack of gum. Each one comes emblazoned with the name of a different, frequently used-up, product. Press the button and the device uses […]
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5:23 AM | Can’t Find Veins? No Problem!
Ever had a needle jabbed into your arm twice when you were getting your blood drawn? Ever had a nurse poke you nervously trying to find a certain vein in your arm? Problem solved! Behold the AccuVein. This is the twenty first century’s most cheap and efficient way of imaging and locating veins for blood drawing and […]

March 31, 2015

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10:58 PM | Turkey Experiences Unexpected Country-Wide Power Outage
On Mar. 31, Turkey experienced a massive power outage that affected nearly all of its major cities. According to Turkish news agency Hurriyet Daily News… “Doğan News Agency reported that almost all 81 provinces were affected by the cuts, except for the eastern province of Van, which imports electricity from neighboring Iran.” According to Business Insider… “The Turkish Electricity Transmission Company, TEIAS, cited a problem at the […]
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9:54 PM | Bug of the Week: Brown Katydid, Now Green Katydid
Remember the little brown katydid from two weeks ago? I didn’t see any katydids last week, but this might be why: There is now a slightly larger green katydid on the zinnias. Is it the same katydid? Of course I … Continue reading →
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8:00 PM | Bubbly Soda Science: Weekly Science Activity
School and family science weekly spotlight: mix up your own bubbly drink and experiment to find just the right combination of ingredients.
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6:35 PM | Photos: Italian Apartments Use Hundreds of Trees to Mute Noise and Provide Clean Air
A unique apartment complex in Italy is bringing real trees into the urban jungle. 25 Verde, located near the Po River in downtown Turin, incorporates roughly 200 trees into its design: 150 potted trees are beautifully woven throughout the complex’s five stories, and another 50 stand watch in the courtyard. In addition, eight massive metal “trees” are intertwined from the ground floor all the way up to the top of the apartments to help provide structural support. The […]
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4:44 PM | Mystery Seed of the Week 243
Last week Karen left a comment that it is difficult to tell how big the mystery seeds are without some sense of scale. Adding scale to the seed photographs is something I have struggled with for a long time. Macro … Continue reading →
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4:07 PM | Seed of the Week: Black-eyed Susan
Our mystery seeds last week were from black-eyed susan plants, Rudbeckia hirta. (Photo is in public domain from Wikimedia) You probably have seen these cheery yellow-orange flowers with their chocolate brown centers. Black-eyed susan (also called brown-eyed susan) plants are … Continue reading →
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3:28 PM | Retailer Invents Unique Sidewinding Circular Skates (Video)
A new pair of skates designed by retailer Hammacher Schlemmer is being labeled by some as a “post modern skateboard”. The Sidewinding Circular Skates are a pair of separate 10-inch rubber wheels with platforms to stand on. With one on each foot, the rider uses a weaving motion to gain momentum. Hammacher’s website describes exactly how to use the unique skates: “These are the annular skates that are propelled by leaning side to side, allowing you to skateboard […]
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3:12 PM | Meeting the Global Food Demand of the Future by Engineering Crop Photosynthesis and Yield Potential (Cell)
Increase in demand for our primary foodstuffs is outstripping increase in yields, an expanding gap that indicates large potential food shortages by mid-century. This comes at a time when yield improvements are slowing or stagnating as the approaches of the Green Revolution reach their biological limits. Photosynthesis, which has been improved little in crops and falls far short of its biological limit, emerges as the key remaining route to increase the genetic yield potential of our major […]
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12:26 PM | SSRN Top Downloads - ALL TIME TOP PAPERS for all papers in this SSRN eLibrary subject area
Modified Stage-Gate: A Conceptual Model of Virtual Product Development ProcessNader Ale Ebrahim, Shamsuddin Ahmed and Zahari Taha University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of Malaya (UM) - Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP), University of Malaya (UM) and University of Malaya (UM)Date posted to database: 16 Dec 2009Last
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12:24 PM | SSRN PROD: Analytical (Product) (Topic)
SSRN eLibrary Search ResultsPROD: Analytical (Product) (Topic) 18,284 Total downloadsShowing Papers 1 - 50 of 100Sort By12 | Next >     Embedded (Lead) Users as Catalysts to Product DiffusionCreativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 24, Issue 1, pp. 151-168, 2015Tim Schweisfurth andCornelius Herstatt Technische Universität München (TUM)andTechnical University Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH)Date Posted: February 19, 2015Accepted Paper SeriesLong Term […]
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12:23 PM | SSRN Top Downloads For PROD: Analytical (Product) (Topic)
1 1,504 Mass Customization at Adidas: Three Strategic Capabilities to Implement Mass CustomizationFrank T. Piller, Evalotte Lindgens and Frank Steiner RWTH Aachen University, RWTH Aachen University and RWTH Aachen University - School of Business and EconomicsDate posted to database: 31 Jan 2012Last Revised: 31 Jan 2012 2 1,404 From Social Media to Social Product Development: The […]
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9:00 AM | Is Climate Change Causing the Seasons to Change? Citizen Scientists in the UK Help Find Out with Nature’s Calendar
Interested in more spring themed citizen science projects? Check out the ones the SciStarter team has handpicked for you here! Or use SciStarter’s project finder to find one that piques your curiosity! In 1998 Tim Sparks, a research biologist at Britain’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Cambridge started a pilot project designed to record […]Find more posts like Is Climate Change Causing the Seasons to Change? Citizen Scientists in the UK Help Find Out with Nature’s […]
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8:18 AM | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Open Access Articles | Digital Commons Network™
All Articles in Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Follow Faceted Search4,259 full-text articles. Page 1 of 115.Role Of Motivation In Learning Course On Hrm Student Achievement Program Management Studies,priyono iyon priyono management, ilham thaief ilham ilham management, rahayu puji suci poppy poppy management2015 university pgri adi buanaExploration Of The Relationships Between And Among Role Strain, Faculty Stress, And Organizational […]
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7:38 AM | Holdings: Virtual teams for NPD – an innovative experience for R&D engineers
Cite thisText thisEmail thisExport RecordExport to RefWorksExport to EndNoteWebExport to EndNoteAdd to FavoritesVirtual teams for NPD – an innovative experience for R&D engineers New interaction tools such as internet allow companies to gain valuable input from research and development (R&D) engineers via virtual teams. Consequently, engineers also get more expertise in diminutive time frames. Virtual R&D teams present the key impetus to the technology acquisition […]
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7:26 AM | SCOPUS indexed article
Articles per profileEbrahim, Nader Ale (22974706300)Doc IDYearCorrectEthical and unethical methods of plagiarism prevention in academic writingBakhtiyari, K.  Salehi, H.  Embi, M.A.  Shakiba, M.  Zavvari, A.  Shahbazi-Moghadam, M.  Ebrahim, N.A.  Mohammadjafari, M.849214917472014yVisibility and citation impactEbrahim, N.A.  Salehi, H.  Embi, M.A.  Tanha, F.H.  Gholizadeh, H.  Motahar, S.M.849071801962014yEquality of Google scholar with […]
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1:54 AM | Modified Kardashian index (MK-index): A measure of discrepant social media profile for scientists
  Modified Kardashian index (MK-index): A measure of discrepant social media profile for scientistsAbstract: This study propose a “Modified Kardashian index” (MK-index), a measure of discrepancy between a scientist’s publication record and social media based on the Hall (2014) K-index. A direct comparison of numbers of citations on Google Scholar and Twitter followers, are used to measure the MK-Index. Modified Kardashian index (MK-index): A measure of

March 30, 2015

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11:56 PM | Boeing Just Patented A Futuristc Shockwave-Shielding Device For Soldiers
According to USA Today… “Star Wars jokes aside, Boeing actually just patented a force field that would use energy to deflect explosions. For real; it’s called, “method and system for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc.”     The patent, which was granted to Boeing on Mar. 17, credits senior Boeing researcher Brian J. Tillotson as the inventor. According to Forbes… “As described in the typically dense language of a patent, the […]
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