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August 25, 2014

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7:23 PM | Inside the science of sinkholes
Sinkholes aren’t new, but they certainly make news, causing millions of dollars of damage, contaminating water supplies, and even claiming lives. This latest monster under the bed appears often without warning and with potentially catastrophic results, as evident in a sampling of actual headlines: “Ground swallows man sleeping in his bed,” …
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7:21 PM | A Man Just Discovered An Ancient Underground City Underneath His House
Mustafa Bozdemir is a 50-year old man from the Anatolia region of Turkey. Five years ago, he inherited a house in the Melikgazi district (in the Anatolian province of Kayseri). Recently, Mustafa decided to do some renovations on the house. He believed it was just a simple one-story structure, and decided to try to clear out an area underneath it, thinking that there might be some storage space for food or possibly even a stable beneath the house.  But what he discovered
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4:00 PM | ALS: An Infographic and the Ice Bucket Challenge
The Knowing Neurons team accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! We nominate EyeWire, Kerri Smith of Neurpod, Dan Ariely, and Oliver Sacks!   ~ Infographic by Jooyeun Lee, Anita Ramanthan, Kate Fehlhaber, and Jillian Shaw. ~ References: Renton A.E. & Bryan J Traynor (2013). State of play in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis genetics, Nature Neuroscience, 17 … Continue reading →

Renton A.E. & Bryan J Traynor (2013). State of play in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis genetics, Nature Neuroscience, 17 (1) 17-23. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nn.3584

Vucic S., Rothstein J.D. & Kiernan M.C. (2014). Advances in treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: insights from pathophysiological studies., Trends in neurosciences, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24927875

Ferraiuolo L., Andrew J. Grierson, Michael Sendtner & Pamela J. Shaw (2011). Molecular pathways of motor neuron injury in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Nature Reviews Neurology, 7 (11) 616-630. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nrneurol.2011.152

Andersen P.M. (2011). Clinical genetics of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: what do we really know?, Nature Reviews Neurology, 7 (11) 603-615. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nrneurol.2011.150

Dion P.A. & Guy A. Rouleau (2009). Genetics of motor neuron disorders: new insights into pathogenic mechanisms, Nature Reviews Genetics, 10 (11) 769-782. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nrg2680

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3:08 PM | Where I’ll Be: DragonCon 2014
So, it’s that time of year again. This week I pack up 50% (it feels like, looking at my suitcases) of my apartment contents and decamp to Atlanta for a week of science, costuming, nerdery and fantastic friends. DragonCon is a huge (50,000-ish people) multi-genre science fiction, fantasy, new media, science, steampunk, anime and everything […]
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3:02 PM | Chinese Boy Receives First 3-D Printed Vertebra Implant (Video)
Doctors at Beijing’s Peking University have made a truly monumental step in the field of orthopedic surgery: implanting the first ever 3-D printed vertebra into a 12-year old boy. After he suffered a neck injury while playing soccer, it was discovered that the boy had a malignant tumor on his spinal chord. Following an examination of the tumor, the boy’s doctors decided that their only choice was to remove his entire second vertebra. But rather than replacing it […]
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2:00 PM | How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies
A practical and engaging guide to smart studying tips.
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2:00 PM | Quiz Yourself: How Good Are You at Teaching the Art of Learning?
Test how well you know some of these counterintuitive study tips.
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7:52 AM | SSRN Top Downloads For IRPN: Sociology of Science & Innovation (Topic)
Equality of Google Scholar with Web of Science Citations: Case of Malaysian Engineering Highly Cited Papers Nader Ale Ebrahim, Hadi Salehi, Mohamed Amin Embi, Mahmoud Danaee, Marjan Mohammadjafari, Azam Zavvari, Masoud Shakiba and Masoomeh Shahbazi-Moghadam 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
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7:49 AM | SSRN Top Downloads For Management Educator: Courses, Cases & Teaching eJournal
Equality of Google Scholar with Web of Science Citations: Case of Malaysian Engineering Highly Cited Papers Nader Ale Ebrahim, Hadi Salehi, Mohamed Amin Embi, Mahmoud Danaee, Marjan Mohammadjafari, Azam Zavvari, Masoud Shakiba and Masoomeh Shahbazi-Moghadam 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
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4:36 AM | The Dangerous Ingredient in Your Toothpaste That Will Stay With You Forever
You know those small balls in your toothpaste? They're made of a plastic that does not decompose and they're getting found embedded deep in the gums.The post The Dangerous Ingredient in Your Toothpaste That Will Stay With You Forever appeared first on Ask the Dentist.

August 24, 2014

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9:58 PM | How Much Is A $100 Worth In Your State?
If you’ve ever traveled outside of the country, you’ve probably had to exchange your U.S. dollars for the currency of the country you’re visiting. Based on the exchange rate, your money usually becomes more valuable (unless you’re traveling to Europe). But while we don’t typically think about our money having different values when we travel within the U.S., there are actually huge differences in purchasing power from one state to […]
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7:52 PM | How A Parisian Engineer Revealed The Mona Lisa’s 500-Year Old Secrets
The Mona Lisa is arguably the most iconic and well-known piece of art in the world. In December of 1962, just before the painting began a tour of the United States, The Louvre (the French Museum that serves as the painting’s permanent home) had an insurance assessment done on the painting: it was valued at a whopping $100 million. In today’s dollars (accounting for inflation), that’s around $780 million. Take into account that the painting has only been increasing in
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6:09 PM | Apps for Academia: Let's Talk Tech
A big part of training to be a scientist is training to be productive. Grad students and faculty do a lot of different things in a set amount of time, and that amount of time always stubbornly stays the same or reduces. Improving efficiency not only allows you to have more time for non-work things, but also allows you to devote valuable time to tasks that need creativity instead of efficiency. My advisor often tells us that we are too busy and need more time to sit around and think. As […]

August 23, 2014

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9:04 PM | Living with Labels
Another label post… Yes, I know… I need to get over it. This isn’t the type of label post you’re thinking of, though! I swear! It’s not a never-ending rant (although I do need to write one of those soon… suggestions of things I can get irate about?) This is one of those self help guides that […]
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8:36 PM | Pictures That Show You Just How Extreme California’s Current Drought Is
If you weren’t aware, California is going through a very serious drought. 2013 saw the lowest rainfall numbers in California’s recorded history, and 2014 has been by far the hottest year on record for the state, according to the NOAA. The Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) is a standardized metric which compares long-term droughts by looking at rainfall, temperature and soil moisture levels. The scale goes from +6 (very wet), to -6 (very dry). Anything below a -4 is considered
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7:34 PM | National Park Service’s 98th Birthday Means Free Entrance for You
In honor of The National Park Service’s 98th Birthday, they are waiving the entrance fees of the parks that charge them. Established in 1916, the National Park Service was created to care for... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

August 22, 2014

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8:30 PM | How Kids Are Learning to Code While Playing Minecraft
To get ahead in the game, kids are learning to code their own Minecraft features. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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4:40 PM | New Bristlebot Science Kit for Student Robotics!
Above: The Brushbot is one of the three robots kids can build using the Bristlebot Kit from the Science Buddies Store. A brand new Bristlebot Kit launched today in the Science Buddies Store. With this new kit, students can experiment...
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2:00 PM | How To Choose A Learning Game
Keep in mind some of the key elements of a good educational game when trying to sort through the hundreds of games available. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:58 PM | Approaching balance in an academic life
"Work-life balance" is an important and yet contentious idea in academia. Everyone wants it, but it seems hard to find. Balance can be had in academia, but it takes intentionality.
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10:56 AM | Update from the Global Experiment 2014
The Global Experiment 2014: the art of crystallisation is proving a real success. But credit for this success must be shared with all the teachers, parents and the participants themselves – thank you, and please keep submitting your data. How to take part in the global experiment   The experiment is simple to do as it uses non-specialised equipment and readily available materials. It is ideal for students aged 7-16 as they can investigate the properties of five samples by […]
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9:08 AM | From the dandruffome to deep sea vents
Coming soon to a scalp near you: the dandruffome. Continue reading →
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4:17 AM | Kenneth Huang
St. George’s School Why have you joined Future Science Leaders? I joined Future Science Leaders because I want to learn more about the different fields of science. I feel FSL will provide me the necessary tools to nurture my passion to discover new ideas. Not only that, the program’s numerous opportunities and experiences will allow […]
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4:14 AM | Maya McGrath
Killarney Secondary Why have you joined Future Science Leaders? To explore future job opportunities, and expand my knowledge on technology, biology, and chemistry. What are your hobbies? -Reading  -Writing  -Studying   -Hanging out with friends  -Listening to music What is your favourite colour? Green What is your favourite celebrity? Johnny Depp What is your favourite sports […]
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4:12 AM | Wendy Tsai
Moscrop Secondary School Why have you joined Future Science Leaders? “Science does not know its debt to imagination” – R.W. Emerson    I have joined Future Science Leaders to continue to foster my love and passion for science. I have loved science from a young age and hope that it will one day define me in […]
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4:10 AM | Olivia Harvery
David Thompson Secondary School Why have you joined Future Science Leaders? To meet people with similar interests as me, and to expand my knowledge in different fields of science. What are your hobbies? Reading, basketball, singing, piano, drawing, writing What is your favourite colour? Dark blue    
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4:08 AM | Hebah Hussaina
Fraser Heights Secondary School  Why have you joined Future Science Leaders? Science has always been a huge passion of mine ever since I was young. My favorite questions to ask were ‘Why?’ and ‘How?’ as a response to anything and everything I encountered.  I love learning, especially about topics which I am passionate about. I […]
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4:06 AM | Alice Huang
Moscrop Secondary School  Why have you joined Future Science Leaders? I want to enrich the science curriculum by accomplishing projects and doing more hands on activities that will allow me to connect in depth with different sciences. I also wish to expand my horizons and learn more about the different careers in the STEM fields […]
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4:03 AM | Ivan Cheng
Magee Secondary Why have you joined Future Science Leaders? I joined to explore my passion for science and further my knowledge. I also hope to meet those with similar interests and make new friends. What are your hobbies? I enjoy playing video games, as well as playing various musical instruments, such as the piano, Chinese […]
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3:56 AM | Christine Park
Crofton House School  Why have you joined Future Science Leaders? I always knew that I wanted to go into sciences for university but I am still unable to choose only one area that I want to broaden in. I joined Future Science Leaders because I want to expand my knowledge in science so that I […]
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