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November 16, 2014

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5:00 PM | Smooth Move: How GABAergic Interneurons Regulate Skilled Motor Behavior
In early 2014, the American free-solo rock climber Alex Honnold climbed 2,500 feet of limestone without ropes.  The demanding route called El Sendero Luminoso in El Potrero Chico, Mexico required 3 hours of intense concentration and precise movements. One wrong move and the young climber would have fallen thousands of feet with catastrophic consequences. In … Continue reading →

Fink A.J.P., Z. Josh Huang, L. F. Abbott, Thomas M. Jessell & Eiman Azim (2014). Presynaptic inhibition of spinal sensory feedback ensures smooth movement, Nature, 509 (7498) 43-48. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature13276

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4:45 PM | This Graphic Designer Turns Dirty Car Windows Into Masterpieces In His Spare Time (Pictures)
Scott Wade is a graphic user interface designer from Texas. He is also one of the world’s premier dirty car artists. Yes, dirty car art is a real thing, and it actually has a pretty big following. Scott’s exceptional talent for the craft of dirty car art has taken him all over the world, turning dusty car windows into amazing masterpieces for all sorts of different clients. Wade got his inspiration from his time living on a long dirt road in central
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6:27 AM | Citation Management Tools
 Source: https://digitalresearchtools.pbworks.com/w/page/17801648/Citation%20Management%20Tools Citation Management Tools DiRT (Digital Research Tools) has a new home! Please visit Bamboo DiRT to explore this excellent collection of research tools.Definition:Citation management tools enable researchers to capture bibliographic information about research materials, create bibliographies, add footnotes, and manage research collections.  Some citation management tools also make […]

November 15, 2014

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8:17 PM | This Strange Wrinkle-less Brain Was Recently Found in A Long-Forgotten Lab Closet
One of the most familiar characteristics of the human brain are its grooves (sulci) and folds (gyri). But not everyone’s brain is the same when it comes to these structures. Roughly 1 out of every 85,470 children are born with a rare brain condition known as lissencephaly, which is characterized by a lack of sulci and gyri. The condition is a result of abnormal neuron migration during the early weeks of embryo development, and most people born with it pass away before
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7:01 PM | Ask Dr. B: How to Adjust to Sleeping With a Night Guard
I'm getting a night guard due to my horrible grinding and clenching. This will be my second try. Tips on adjusting to it? The post Ask Dr. B: How to Adjust to Sleeping With a Night Guard appeared first on Ask the Dentist.
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5:19 PM | These Guys Want to Build A Fleet of Giant Fighting Paintball Robots (Video)
Most new technologies aim to solve a common problem, facilitate a difficult task, or just generally make our lives easier and better. But sometimes it’s okay for new technologies to be designed solely for entertainment purposes – the MegaBots Project would certainly fall into that category. The MegaBots design team, which includes engineers, scientists, artists and manufacturers, came together to create giant, paintball cannon-equipped robots. Their current […]
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5:00 PM | WIDE AWAKE at #SfN14
There’s always one person snoring through the talk you’re trying to listen to at SfN.  That person might even be you at some point during this meeting!  Whether you are sleepy because of the time change, or because you finished your poster at 3AM, or because you were up late catching up with friends and … Continue reading →

Liu S., Qili Liu, Masashi Tabuchi, Yong Yang, Melissa Fowler, Rajnish Bharadwaj, Julia Zhang, Joseph Bedont, Seth Blackshaw & Thomas E. Lloyd & (2014). WIDE AWAKE Mediates the Circadian Timing of Sleep Onset, Neuron, 82 (1) 151-166. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2014.01.040

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3:59 PM | Required reading: What are we going to do about saving salamanders?
The fungi are coming for all the animals I love.Frogs have declined across the world. Bats are disappearing from North America. Even snakes! From the outside looking in, our American biodiversity is a hodgepodge of invasive species surrounding smaller and smaller pockets of protected native flora and fauna. And now, you may be able to add salamanders to the list. Nooo!Eastern Newt in red eft phase (Notopthalmus viridescens)A recent publication in the journal Science describes the […]
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2:43 PM | Virtual Teams
Virtual Teams [Guest editors' introduction] Full Text as PDF Author(s) Smite, Darja Kuhrmann, MarcoKeil, PatrickAbstractAuthorsReferencesCited ByKeywordsMetricsSimilarDownload CitationEmailPrintRequest PermissionsOver the past decades, today, and in the future, business contextsin software organizations and the common ways of developing software are changing dramatically. Formation of teams in distributed environments, virtual or not, calls for new ways […]
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2:17 PM | Women in Science: an Example of Roadblocks
It's exciting times in our Medical School. We recently completed a Strategic Plan entitled Strategic Vision 2025 and we hired a new Dean. There are numerous problems at the university medical school, but these are off-set (in part) by the many strengths of the medical school. Our new dean has embraced the Strategic Plan and had a Town Hall meeting this last summer to outline in broad terms 6 goals to be addressed in the next year (some are of course longer term goals, but can be […]
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1:31 AM | Why Hundreds of Australian Climate Change Activists Just Buried Their Heads In the Sand
Yesterday (November 13) was an interesting day on Sydney’s Bondi Beach. Someone walking along the beach yesterday would have seen 400 people with their heads buried in the sand. These people were climate activists, and they were mocking Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s stance on climate change. Specifically, the protest aimed to criticize the Australian government for not putting climate change on the agenda of the upcoming G20 summit that will take place in […]

November 14, 2014

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10:01 PM | Winton Science Book Shortlist Authors Read Passages
The Royal Society in London has selected it’s winner of the Winton Prize for Science Books. The purpose of the prize falls right in line with the goals for Read Science! Google Hangouts; to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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8:53 PM | Record Number of New Species Put Under Protection Status By World Conservation Body
According to ThinkProgress.org… “The Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has extended protections to scores of migratory birds, fish and mammals.” The meeting, which was held in Quito, Ecuador, is a six-day convention full of tough negotiations. This year’s meeting, which involved more than 900 experts from 120 different countries across the globe, […]
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6:41 PM | SciStarter Hackfest Coming to CitSci2015!
Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on the CitSci2015 blog at the Citizen Science Association What: A hands-on meet-up where everyone participates in dreaming up AND building creative tools to improve the field of citizen science! Where: Citizen Science 2015 Conference, San Jose, CA Who: The SciStarter team and YOU! Why: To capitalize on the collective wisdom (and desire […]Find more posts like SciStarter Hackfest Coming to CitSci2015! by Arvind Suresh […]
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5:08 PM | This Cool Video Shows You All ~600,000 Asteroids Discovered In Our Solar System Since 1980
Scott Manley is a self-described “astronomer, hacker, gamer, DJ” from Scotland. He is also an avid YouTuber. A few years back, Manley created an awesome visualization showing the discovery of new asteroids in our solar system since the year 1980. Originally posted back in 2010, Manley updated the video this past June to include all of the approximately 600,000 asteroids that have been found over the past 34 years. Check it out! Even compared to Mercury (the smallest […]
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2:13 PM | Curiosity in Young Learners Is the Foundation of Academic Success
Early childhood education is important for nurturing academic growth later in a students' life. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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12:10 PM | What is the weight of air? An experiment I would never do with kids.
How to mess up kids’ understanding of the world with so-called “science experiments”. My colleague’s son recently went to a fancy-schmancy science thing. And what they learned there is “how to measure the weight of air”. So far so good. Here … Continue reading →
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10:24 AM | Should I stay or should I go now? The postdoc mobility myth
Far back in the mists of time, in the great and glorious days of Britpop, Forrest Gump, and John Major’s “Back to Basics”, I was a postdoc[1]. It was my first postdoctoral position after completing my PhD at Dublin City University in late 1993 and I loved the research I was doing, the working environment, […] The post Should I stay or should I go now? The postdoc mobility myth appeared first on physicsfocus.org.

November 13, 2014

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10:57 PM | Research Shows Gains in ST Math Use
A study of elementary school students using ST Math shows positive results on California state tests. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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10:15 PM | Russia and China Just Signed A $400 Billion Gas Deal. What Does It Mean For Global Affairs?
On May 21st of this year, China and Russia signed an enormous gas deal, worth an estimated $400 billion. The agreement calls for Russia’s government-controlled Gazprom to supply state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation with up to 38 billion cubic metres of gas a year over the span of 30 years, beginning in 2018. On November 10th, China and Russia struck a second agreement that deepened their budding energy ties. The new deal lessens Russian reliance […]
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9:07 PM | Future Science Leaders at the Opening Celebration of L A M P on Nov. 20
L A M P (Light Architecture Movement Project), sponsored by GRAY magazine, is an international design competition, created to offer designers an opportunity to engage their talents in unique conceptual explorations and to connect the local community to architecture and design. Science World’s Future Science Leaders have contributed to the L A M P event by […]
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8:59 PM | Lights you can wear!?! Make Your Own Wearable Art with a Light! Nov. 22
In celebration of LAMP (Lighting Architecture Movement Project), Science World’s Future Science Leaders will be co-hosting a lighting design workshop for 7 to 12 year olds. Participants will get to unleash their inner designer and create badges, wristbands or even decorative ornaments with LED lights. Lighting designer Matthew McCormick is hosting this workshop as part […]
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7:59 PM | New Discovery: 11,000 Year Old Burial Site Offers Insight Into Earliest Americans
An ancient burial site for two infants (causes of death still unknown) was discovered earlier this month in what is now Alaska. Experts estimate that the burial took place approximately 11,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age. The site is believed to be credited to some of the earliest Americans, who were actually descendants of peoples who had crossed over from east Asia a few thousand years earlier via the Bering Land Bridge, which once connected the continents of Asia […]
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7:49 PM | Solar Ovens Are Totally Hot!
Can you harness the sun to cook your dinner? A solar oven skeptic is converted after building his own solar oven and putting it to the test.
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7:49 PM | A Stunning and Groundbreaking Human Heart Simulation
At the cutting edge of research in the life sciences, a team of scientists and animators from Japan has created an astonishing new film about the function of the human heart. The team uses... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:13 PM | Plant Evolution Infographic
It's like having a time machine—supercomputers and gene sequencing allow scientists to study early events in plant evolution.  One of our conservation scientists, Norman Wickett, Ph.D., is co-leade...See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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5:56 PM | Vote for Science magazines's Breakthrough of the Year 2014!
What do you think is this year's biggest scientific achievement?Could it be the wheat genome?http://www.sciencemag.org/site/extra/wheatgenome/Engineered lignin?http://www.sciencemag.org/content/344/6179/90Experimental flooding in the Colorado River delta?http://news.sciencemag.org/environment/2014/03/u.s.-and-mexico-unleash-flood-restore-colorado-river-deltaSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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4:43 PM | The Bike Path Version Of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night (Video)
Daan Roosegaarde is a Dutch artist and innovator. According to his website, Daan… “…is internationally known for creating social designs that explore the relation between people, technology and space. ”   His most recent masterpiece is a kilometer-long bike path in Barbant, the Dutch county where Van Gogh was born and raised. At night, the path lights up with patterns based on Van Gogh’s world famous “Starry Night” painting, with the help of […]
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4:00 PM | Help Us Support This Blog And Citizen Science Stories With Beacon
Citizen science runs on the sweat of volunteers — that’s one of the things that makes it so incredible. And for a long time, so has the SciStarter blog network. This has been great for us, and we would love to keep doing that. But if we’re going to expand and bring you more stories, […]Find more posts like Help Us Support This Blog And Citizen Science Stories With Beacon by Angus Chen on the SciStarter Blog. Your source for citizen science and other science you can do.
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3:45 PM | What Paper Cuts are Like for Cells
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