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September 28, 2014

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5:19 AM | Journalism Post Sept 25
Today we got the opportunity to have two excellent speakers teach us how to 3d model. After a brief presentation on how prototypes are used we moved right into a tutorial on how to use Autodesk 123 a free modeling software. Groups were formed and the design challenge addressed — getting a boat to float. […]

September 27, 2014

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10:45 PM | If Fireflies Weren’t Cool Enough, Here’s An Awesome Firefly Time-Lapse Video!
Photographer/filmmaker Vincent Brady teamed up with National Geographic to put together an awe-inspiring time-lapse video using awesome stills of fireflies. The video/stills were captured at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, and Grand Ledge, Michigan, during the summer of 2013. Enjoy! Fireflies or “lightning bugs” as some people call them, are a winged beetle that scientist believe to be over 2,000 species of on our planet. According to Wikipedia… “Light […]
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7:29 PM | Halloween Science: Mad Scientist’s Green Slime
What could be more fun than creating your own green slime ?  It’s easy to synthesize your own green goo using only Elmer’s glue (the non-washable kind), Borax (found in the laundry detergent section of Target and some grocery stores), green food coloring and water. Mix together about 1/3 cup glue and 1/3 cup water with a spoon or […]
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5:17 PM | Meet Two of the World’s Best Hula Hoopers (Video)
Professional hula hoop performer Coral Jade is undoubtedly one of the best hula hoopers in the world. The modern hula hoop was created by by Arthur K. Melin and Richard Knerr in 1958. Since then, children and adults from all over have enjoyed the physical challenge and entertainment the hula hoop offers. But few hula hoopers have earned an international reputation and gotten a deal with GoPro. Based in Melbourne, Austrialia, Jade has earned a reputation as far more […]
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8:10 AM | What is with OLED displays?
We are exposed to it seemingly every minute of our modern day lives. With the ever present presence of smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, and televisions, digital screens are a major part of everyone’s life. Furthermore they have increased dramatically in quality and pixel density. In the latest smartphones, manufacturers were able As a result, I […]
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7:47 AM | A Gel That Could Stop Bleeding Instantly
When I first came across this invention, I became immensely intrigued, not only regarding how it works,  but also how and where it could be used. Essentially, this invention, called the Veti-Gel (also referred as Medi-Gel), is able toinhibit bleeding immediately upon application to the wound, and commence the healing process automatically by stimulating the […]

September 26, 2014

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10:29 PM | This Billionaire Is Giving Away 75% of His Fortune After Meeting With Bill Gates
Nearly 40 years ago, back in 1976, an Indian man named Anil Agarwal started a small mining and energy company called Sterlite Industries in Mumbai, India. In 1986, he merged Sterlite with a number of other companies owned by his family to create Vedanta Resources. The energy and mining firm proved to be extremely successful, making Agarwal a very wealthy man. His current fortune is worth an estimated $3.3 billion, including a 70% stake in Vedanta on the London Stock […]
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7:10 PM | Obama Just Created the World’s Biggest Ocean Preserve in the Pacific
Yesterday, Barack Obama used his executive powers under the Antiquities Act to create the world’s largest ocean preserve in the south-central Pacific Ocean. The move expands upon the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument reserve, which was created by George W. Bush back in 2009. Obama’s expansion will increase the reserve to about 6 times its current size, for a total area of 490,000 square miles.   The reserve bans commercial fishing and deep-sea […]
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6:45 PM | Fighting fires with science
The King Fire blazed across headlines earlier this month when it morphed from a minor incident near the hamlet of Pollock Pines, California, into a massive wildfire that has since scorched more than 140 square miles of parched, rugged...
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5:15 PM | NASA’s Curiosity Rover Is Finding Some Strange Objects On The Surface of Mars…
Back in November of 2011, the spacecraft for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory project launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida. A little less than a year later, on August 6, 2012, NASA’s Curiosity Rover touched down on the surface of Mars. Since then, the rover has been exploring the surface of the Red Planet, taking samples and performing experiments to, “…assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. In other […]
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2:46 PM | Ireland’s particle accelerators: Out of sight, out of mind
I am the exception in my family: I’m a scientist. There have been many professions within my family but none in the sciences. Nevertheless, many of them are fascinated by science and it was my father’s enthrallment with the sciences that began my passion into the world of discovery. As a result, I am used […] The post Ireland’s particle accelerators: Out of sight, out of mind appeared first on physicsfocus.org.
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1:38 PM | Halloween Science: Vampire Rock Candy
Think Halloween science! I’m going to post a spooky experiment every few days from now until Oct.31st. They’re great for school or home Halloween parties, and some even make groovy Halloween Decorations! This bloody candy experiment takes a few weeks , but is worth the wait! If you start soon, you’ll have gorgeously gruesome rock […]
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1:29 PM | Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education?
An encouraging new report describes preliminary, first-year outcomes from a study of 3,000 middle school students that shows kids can, in fact, learn more in science classrooms that adopt a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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4:00 AM | In the time it takes to read this post, the area of 50 football fields will have been destroyed in the Amazon
I’ve always been a tree hugger so when I saw this story pop up on my Facebook news feed, I was instantly interested and decided to do some research of my own. The Amazon rain forest is home to more than 43,370 different species, many of which cannot be found anywhere else on Earth. It […]
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2:46 AM | How Well Do You Know How Well You Know Yourself?
A Small Reminiscence of Stanford. During the summer, I was given the opportunity to live and learn at Stanford University for three weeks through taking an AP Macroeconomics course. I have to admit it was very academically rigorous, however it introduced to me a very promising field of study that I at the time never […]

September 25, 2014

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10:50 PM | 16-Year-Old Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Agricultural Breakthrough
Every year, Google sponsors a global science fair in the hopes of finding young scientist with innovative ideas that could change the world. This year’s winners are no exception.  Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow (all 16) took the top prize with their project “Combating the Global Food Crisis”. The trio figured out a way to cut seed germination time in half, while also producing crop yields nearly 75% greater than normal. So how’d they […]
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9:00 PM | New Teaching Tool, "Plant Nutrition 1: Membrane Transport and Energetics, Potassium Nutrition, & Sodium Toxicity"
In this first of three lessons spanning the topic of Plant Nutrition, we examine primarily the energetics and mechanisms of nutrient uptake and transport. These processes are particularly well illustrated by an examination of the essential nutrient potassium (K), and the closely related element sodium (Na). We also examine the challenges associated with providing plants with sufficient K to support vigorous growth, and the detrimental effects of sodium accumulation in soils. Finally, we examine […]
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7:55 PM | Confessions of a Hiring Manager: Your Resume is Awful
I’m a hiring manager, and I have a confession to make. I can’t stand bad resumes. No, that’s not...
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7:15 PM | Computer Programming Basics: An Hour of Code
With a smorgasbord of fun, engaging, playful, and puzzling modules available as part of the Hour of Code initiative, kids can experiment with programming basics and sample Javascript, Python, Ruby, and more.
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7:03 PM | Earth’s Magnetic Field Is Weakening 10x Faster Than Previously Thought
We often take it for granted that the North Pole is at the top of the globe and the South Pole is at the bottom. But in reality, these poles have flip-flopped a number of times in Earth’s history, the most recent being about 780,000 years ago. Each flip is preceded by a gradual weakening of the magnetic field. Since the early 2000s, scientists have been predicting that the next polar flip would happen in the next 5,000 years or so, based
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4:20 PM | Being an Octopus
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4:03 PM | Another whodunit: Fictional airline CEO may have been murdered
  Every year, I create a mystery for students in the Future Science Leaders program to solve. There are several bits of evidence – some of it conflicting – and the students need to determine who did it and provide the evidence that supports their theory. If interested, you can read about the rationale of […]
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1:07 PM | Four Activities to Jump-Start Teamwork Among Teachers and School Leaders
Now, more than ever before, teachers could use creative, innovative teamwork to help them ensure success. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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9:42 AM | Stewards of the Stream: When Citizen Science Meets Water Quality
Keep track of water quality and learn about environmental stewardship with Stream Team. Looking for more water monitoring projects?  We’ve got you covered! Spencer Towle is a senior at Cate School in Carpinteria. As we walk down to a bioswale on the campus, this San Francisco native with a head of unruly brown hair describes […] Find more posts like Stewards of the Stream: When Citizen Science Meets Water Quality by Ian Vorster on the SciStarter Blog. Your source for citizen […]

September 24, 2014

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11:34 PM | Nigerian Military Kills Boko Haram Leader and Captures Hundreds of Militants
Earlier today, the Nigerian military announced that nearly 270 Boko Haram fighters have surrendered this week following a military offensive against the Islamic militant group in northeast Nigeria. A military spokesman also announced that the Nigerian military had killed Boko Haram’s current leader, Mohammed Bashir. The group’s original leader, Abubakar Shekau, is thought to have died back in 2009. Nigerian officials say that following Shekau’s death, Bashir […]
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3:29 PM | Why do we age?
In our busy lives, we never get time to think about how we developed from an embryo to a fully functioning human. With time all living things weaken and die. The question “Why do we age” is a disputed one. None of us have agreed on a single answer and still this question remains a... Article by asdfScience - The Science Blog
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3:22 PM | Where will Ebola strike next?
A new paper in eLife updates predictions about where in Africa wild animals may harbour Ebola virus and where the transmission of the virus from these animals to humans is possible. Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | How Repetition in Music Affects Your Thinking
Repetition in music is surprisingly seductive. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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12:08 PM | The aspirin screen experiments
The aspirin screen experiment is a freely available digital resource. The interactive tool enables students to undertake an aspirin synthesis, perform recrystallisations, thin layer chromatography and modify experimental conditions to determine the effect on yield. This interactive resource introduces students to the aspirin synthesis and coaches them through the steps needed to complete a class […]
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6:33 AM | Assistant Professor Position in Plant Biology | Department of Plant & Microbial Biology | UC Berkeley
Mary Williams's insight:It's a great department on a great campus - I spent more than 8 years in Berkeley (undergrad, postdoc and sabbatical visitor) and it's heaven. Good luck all you applicants!See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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