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March 06, 2015

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6:02 AM | Zoology Science Activities for Kids
Our post today is inspired by a new middle grade children’s book, Zoology for Kids: Understanding and Working with Animals, with 21 Activities (For Kids series) by Josh Hestermann and Bethanie Hestermann with a foreword by The Kratt Brothers. The … Continue reading →

March 05, 2015

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11:48 PM | US Commander: Around 12,000 Russian Soldiers Supporting Rebels In Eastern Ukraine
Speaking in Berlin on Tuesday (3/3), U.S. Army Europe Commander Ben Hodges estimated that roughly 12,000 Russian troops are supporting pro-Russian separatist forces in eastern Ukraine. Hodges said that these forces were made up of military advisers, weapons operators and combat troops, and added that another 50,000 Russian troops are stationed on Ukraine’s eastern border – ready to cross over if the separatists should suffer a major setback in their ongoing conflict […]
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10:17 PM | Exploring Animal Phyla
Tomorrow we are going to be putting the spotlight on a great new children’s book about zoology, which is the study of animals. To get ready, let’s explore what we mean by the animal kingdom. What organisms are actually considered … Continue reading →
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8:37 PM | Oh, the Lonesome, Woesome Tumbleweed
I saw my first tumbleweed while driving through Oklahoma. Who knew they could be so cool? Or dangerous...See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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8:37 PM | When Plants Get ... Radioactive?
Some plants can take in toxic metals without harm. Others take it up a notch.Mary Williams's insight:Another comic on phytoremediation from Maki NaroSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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8:14 PM | Eiffel Tower Goes Green, Installing Two New Modern Wind Turbines (Video)
In an effort to reduce the environmental impact of its most iconic monument, the city of Paris just installed two wind turbines to help offset the Eiffel Tower’s energy use. According to Popular Science… “The turbines are part of a plan to reduce the environmental impact of the tower. The group that runs the tower is also installing rainwater collection systems, LED lights, and solar panels on the tower.”   Urban Green Energy (UGE), a […]
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7:25 PM | Find Out What Happens When Lava Is Poured Directly Onto Ice (Video)
A few years ago, some folks at Syracuse University had an idea to create the “Lava Project”, in hopes of sparking interest in the Arts and Sciences. According to their website… “The goals of the project include scientific experiments, artistic creations, education, and outreach to the Syracuse University and City communities.”   By involving professors from a number of different departments, the project offers a wide variety of scientific […]
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5:18 PM | Billionaire Finds World’s Largest Sunken Battleship Using Private Exploration Team (Video)
This week, American billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen announced the discovery of one of history’s most famous sunken battleships. The Musashi was one of two “super battleships” built by the Japanese during World War 2. Weighing in at over 140 million pounds and measuring 862 feet in length, it was one of the largest battleship ever built, according to BBC. As large and armed as the battleship was, it was eventually taken down by American […]
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5:08 PM | Scientists figure out why Indian cuisine tastes so delicious
Scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur have come up with a reason, according to science, for why Indian food tastes so good. And strangely enough, it actually goes against the principle that made British chef Heston Blumenthal so famous, known as ‘food pairing’. The basis of food pairing is that foods, whether they’re sweet and savoury, can work together in a recipe if they contain the same types of flavours. So while white chocolate and caviar […]
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2:31 PM | How to Grow a Classroom Culture That Supports Blended Learning
Palo Alto High School teacher Esther Wojcicki shares her guidelines on creating a culture of trust, respect and independence for blended learning.
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12:58 PM | Our new article in F1000Research, "Digital teaching tools and global learning communities"
We're pretty excited about our new article in F1000Research, "Digital teaching tools and global learning communities". Read the article here http://f1000research.com/articles/4-59/v1 and the executive summary blog post here http://blog.aspb.org/…/digital-teaching-tools-and-global-l…/. Please share and comment - we're learning by doing, and want your ideas and suggestions. Thanks!See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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12:53 PM | Silencing the alarms: Innate immune antagonism by rotaviruses
This review discusses the structural and mechanistic basis of innate immune antagonism by two direct effectors, the Rotavirus NSP1 and VP3 proteins. It starts with a nice overview of Rotavirus biology then goes on to describe how the structural and … Continue reading →
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12:43 AM | Numbers Don’t Lie: Federal Probe of Ferguson PD Exposes Widespread Discrimination Against Blacks
On August 9, 2014, Officer Darren Wilson, a white officer from the Ferguson Police Department, fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African-American, after a brief altercation. The shooting sparked weeks of unrest and protest in Ferguson, a city in which 95% of the police force is white while two-thirds of the population is black. The shooting also ignited a national debate about the strained relationship between law enforcement and people of color. Many people […]

March 04, 2015

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8:08 PM | Waarom bestuderen we planten?
Waarom bestuderen we planten? "Why study plants?" is now available in Dutch! http://www.plantcell.org/site/teachingtools/TTPB1.xhtml. Thanks to the Experimental Plant Science PhD student council for translating it! http://www.graduateschool-eps.info/…/phd-student-council-ma… You can also download this free resource in Catalan, Chinese, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish, thanks to many teams of volunteers. Good […]
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7:42 PM | Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for Kids in Grades 5-8
I don’t typically write sponsored posts, but I love this contest so much that I’m more than happy to spread the word about it! Last year, I was lucky enough to hear the ten Young Scientist Challenge finalists present their innovations and was blown away by their creativity, their knowledge, and their passion for helping […]
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7:00 PM | How Low Can You Go? Melting Road Ice
Dropping the freezing point of water can help keep roads free of ice, making them safer for driving. What are the best tools for the job?
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6:50 PM | IKEA’s Newest Furniture Line Integrates Wireless Charging for Your Mobile Devices (Photos)
At the Mobile World Congress this past Sunday (March 1), IKEA unveiled a bold new line that allows you to charge your mobile devices by simply placing them on the furniture. The “Home Smart” line integrates Qi wireless charging technology – “the most used wireless charging standard in the world,” according to Business Insider. Qi wireless chargers use a set of embedded magnetic coils to generate a small electromagnetic field. Mobile devices that […]
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5:00 PM | Ghost in the Machine: The Neuroscience of Consciousness
Some questions cannot be addressed by science.  Like parallel universes, the consciousness of others is not something that can be directly observed, measured, or experienced.  Rene Descartes famously said, “I think, therefore I am.“ a declaration that only knowledge of one’s own consciousness is absolute.  You assume that friends and neighbors have subjective, internal experiences … Continue reading →

Tononi G. & G. M. Edelman (1994). A measure for brain complexity: relating functional segregation and integration in the nervous system., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 91 (11) 5033-5037. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.91.11.5033

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2:42 PM | Just the Right Length: Eyelash Physics
images: spishram, Mike Baird, foxypar4, Jams_123, basykes     Those long, lush eyelashes mascara commercials are pushing for my actually be putting women at an evolutionary disadvantage. Eyelashes serve an important purpose, keeping small debris out of one of our most important mucous membranes. They also let us know when something is close to our eyes so that they are not poked! Researchers have found that there is an optimum length for eyelashes. This Goldilocks length of […]
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2:40 PM | How Tech Enables College-Level Learning ‘Everywhere’
In his new book, Kevin Carey envisions a future in which online education programs solve two of colleges' biggest problems: costs and admissions. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:22 PM | The Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN) [Women's History Month]
What can the Earth Science Women's Network possibly offer? It turns out, I underestimated the value of the "WN" in ESWN.
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12:19 PM | Confluence of Danube and Morava river
Confluence of Danube and Morava river. Watching the shear flow on Elbe river the other day, I was reminded of another shear flow which I had watched a long time ago. In 2009, J and I went to Bratislava in … Continue reading →
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11:56 AM | Bug of the Week: A Cuckoo Bee
We have been seeing this curious insect every year in February and March in our spring wildflowers. (February 18, 2015) It regularly visits the desert marigolds. (March 4, 2009) Although it looks like a wasp or maybe a flower fly, … Continue reading →
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7:21 AM | Helping the "Plant Blind" to See. Nice essay by Chris Martine
"Guest blogger and Bucknell University professor Chris Martine, Ph.D., talks about guiding students away from their electronic devices and into the plant world."See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)

March 03, 2015

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8:03 PM | Plant growth patterns changing on much of Earth’s surface
More than half of Earth’s land surface has seen major changes in factors such as leaf-on date and how much vegetation grows in a season.This is not surprising, but it is important evidence. Here's the summary, "Plant growth patterns changing on much of Earth’s surface"https://www.sciencenews.org/…/plant-growth-patterns-changin… and here's a link to the article in Nature Climate Change "Three decades of multi-dimensional change in global leaf […]
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7:28 PM | International Women's Day - CIMMYT honors "Superwomen of Wheat and Maize"
In anticipation of International Women's Day next Sunday, CIMMYT has curated a set of "Superwomen of wheat and maize" - check them out, an impressive group! Nice photos too.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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6:43 PM | 100 Citizen Science apps for your Android
Have at em! Click on the image to find an app or two for you. (Courtesy of Google Play.)    Find more posts like 100 Citizen Science apps for your Android by Darlene Cavalier on the SciStarter Blog. Your source for citizen science and other science you can do.
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5:34 PM | Pakistan Journal of Information Management and Libraries - Current Issue (Vol. No.15, 2014)
Current Issue (Vol. No.15, 2014)     Guest Editorial: What is the Value of Social Justice in Pakistan's Library and Information Science? by Bharat Mehra   Developing Standards for Library Services in Pakistan: A Critique of Professional Efforts by Mumtaz Ali Anwar The Relationship Between […]
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2:00 PM | Leonard Nimoy Influenced Us All
As Spock, Leonard Nimoy played a pivotal role on the original Star Trek series and movies. Star Trek painted a picture of diversity - different races, cultures, and species working together to make things right in the universe.  It served as a great example of the power of science fiction, especially as a young African American geek that struggled to see diversity in other forms of media that I love. Sci-fi author Cerece Rennie Murphy had a great point about the power of sci=fi […]
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1:55 PM | When School Leaders Empower Teachers, Better Ideas Emerge
Distributed leadership is not about delegating tasks, but giving individuals ownership over outcomes and creating a culture of innovation. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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