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September 19, 2014

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7:55 PM | Vancouver to Tokyo in just 60 minutes?
In modern times, cities and towns are spread out sometimes over 1000’s kilometers apart. Getting from one place to another can be really time consuming. Especially traveling anywhere with airplanes can be a really long journey. Sometimes it can take up to 14 hours on a continuous flight. Sitting in one spot can be frustrating […]
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7:51 PM | On ADHD
“Oh my god, a squirrel!” Just kidding. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common mental disorders diagnosed in children. According to the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), about 3-7% of school-age children have ADHD. It seems today that ADHD is over diagnosed , which is most definitely true. What […]
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7:01 PM | Non-Euclidean Geometry
Here’s an old joke: From your cabin you walked south one mile to hunt a bear, but you didn’t find it. So you turned left and walked another mile, and you still see a sign of that bear. You finally turned left again and walked a mile; surprisingly, you are back at your cabin where […]
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5:56 PM | 45% of Russians Believe A Global Shadow Government Controls the World
Consider the following statement: “The world is run by some sort of overarching entity that pulls the strings in governments around the globe.” While groups like NATO, the United Nations and the G20 all include some of the biggest and most influential nations in the world, most people would probably say that the statement above is a bit of a stretch. Unless, of course, you live in Russia. A recent poll carried out by the Russian Public Opinion […]
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3:47 PM | Building a Laser Cutter
What is the most expensive way to cut a circle out of a piece of paper ? Using a laser cutter of course ! A laser cutter is a machine which uses a high powered focused laser beam to burn and cut into material. The laser module is mounted on a two axis motion system […]
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3:07 PM | What Are These Strange Creatures and Why Are They Washing Up On the Shores of Monterey Bay?
Meet the velella velella. These odd creatures, which are often called by-the-wind sailors, are a species of invertebrate closely related to Portuguese Man-o-wars. Basically, they’re jellyfish that spend the entirety of their adult lives on the surface of the water. Their only form of navigation is the sail on their back, which is how they got their nickname. When winds get violent, velella velellas are pretty much at the mercy of the ocean, and are often stranded by the […]
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2:30 PM | How Looking at Student Work Keeps Teachers and Kids on Track
Regularly looking at student work throughout the creation process gives teachers insight into how the project is hitting home and gives students important feedback. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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10:18 AM | New Phytologist: Different shades of JAZ during plant growth and defines (2014)
Ever since their discovery as key regulators of the jasmonate (JA) signaling pathway (Chini et al., 2007; Thines et al., 2007; Yan et al., 2007), repressor proteins of the JASMONATE ZIM-domain (JAZ) family have been rising stars in research on hormonal regulation of plant growth and defense. In plant cells, JAZ repressor proteins interact with an E3 ubiquitin ligase complex (SCFCOI1) that together function as a JA receptor. In resting cells, JAZs block the activity of […]
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9:03 AM | Streptococcus pneumoniae causes cardiac lesions
Streptococcus pneumoniae causes lesions in the heart. Continue reading →
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8:20 AM | Scientific Reports: Secret lifestyles of Neurospora crassa: can it be a plant pathogen? (2014)
Neurospora crassa has a long history as an excellent model for genetic, cellular, and biochemical research. Although this fungus is known as a saprotroph, it normally appears on burned vegetations or trees after forest fires. However, due to a lack of experimental evidence, the nature of its association with living plants remains enigmatic. Here we report that Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) is a host plant for N. crassa. The endophytic lifestyle of N. crassa was found in its […]
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6:01 AM | Facebook messed with your emotions?
At this year’s second FSL session, I shared my ideas for possible topics for my research project. One topic I am interested in is the effect of social media on people’s perceptions of themselves and the psychology behind that. Catherine kindly led me to the recently released Facebook experiment and I found the results very […]
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5:55 AM | OCD – The “popular” disorder
Do you feel the need to wash your hands over and over again? Do you have the impulsion to put all the pens on the table along one horizontal line? Do you check repeatedly whether the door is locked or stove is turned off? If the answers are all yes, then you probably have OCD, […]
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3:52 AM | Under the Deep Sea (A Little Mermaid Parody)
Those of you following this blog know that I love me a great science music video parody. This awesome one from College Humor does not disappoint! Marine biologists will celebrate this awesome video... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:14 AM | Humanizing Mice And Its Effects On Learning Abilities
As crazy and even a little creepy as it sounds, humanizing non-human animals has been a fascination for me for a long time. Animals that can be made to think or move like humans could open up a whole new field of science. Maybe it’s from watching too much Tom and Jerry or Pinky and the Brain […]

September 18, 2014

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11:56 PM | New Study: World Population Set to Hit 11 Billion By the Year 2100
A study published today in the online edition of the journal Science predicts that the world’s population will continue to grow steadily throughout the 21st century, contradicting the widely-held belief that world population was getting close to leveling off. The study, a joint project between the University of Washington and the United Nations, was the first to employ modern Bayesian statistics. This more complex statistical method combines all available […]
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9:19 PM | The Bionic Pancreas: How A Son’s Illness Inspired His Father to Revolutionize Diabetes Care
Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States today, with 29 million Americans currently living with the disease. Of those 29 million, the majority suffer from Type 2 diabetes which, in most cases, is caused by a combination of poor diet and lack of exercise of long periods of time. But while Type 2 diabetes can be almost completely reversed by improving your eating and lifestyle habits, Type 1 diabetes (which affects 3 million Americans) is a chronic
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8:27 PM | Internal Chaos: Non-Linear Dynamics Within the Brain
The Conscious Mind and It’s Weaknesses Lately, I have not been sleeping. I have several times woken up in the middle of the night by riveting ideas that surpass my imagination. In all honesty, I have woken up on numerous occasions by just a single idea. Joined by a feeling of pure ecstasy of that is unattainable […]
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8:26 PM | The British Society for Plant Pathology - Education Resources
Super activities for primary through university agesSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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8:00 PM | Three Tips to Focus Parent-Teacher Conferences On Creating a Partnership
Parent-teacher conferences are a great time for the adults in a child's life to get on the same page about the student's educational journey at school and at home. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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7:46 PM | The “Iwatch”— I am watching
Since this is my first post of the year, it is not my wish to ruin the first topic I’ve even posted. It is more of an inexperience thing, so I’ll do one that is hard to begin with. Let’s go with the giant of smartphone technology—Apple. My idea comes from an article on “Times”. […]
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3:36 PM | The Coolest Places On Earth: The White Temple- Thailand (Pictures)
At the northern tip of Thailand, in the Chiang Rai province, lies one of the most beautiful and elaborate pieces of architecture and sculpture in the world. Wat Rong Khun, better known to the western world as the White Temple, is a modern buddhist temple built in 1997 by Chalermchai Kositpipat, a Thai visual artist born and raised in Chiang Rai. In May of this year, an earthquake struck the region, nearly destroying the temple. Kositpipat initially said we would demolish the […]
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2:00 PM | When Students Get Creative With Tech Tools, Teachers Focus on Skills
Teachers find the most success integrating technology into the classroom when they have clear instructional goals. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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6:40 AM | Economic Growth and Internet Usage Impact on Publication Productivity
Economic Growth and Internet Usage Impact on Publication Productivity among ASEAN’s and World’s Best UniversitiesHossein GholizadehHadi SalehiMohamed Amin EmbiMahmoud DanaeeAli OrdiFarid Habibi Tanha,Nader Ale Ebrahim, Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of MalayaNoor Azuan Abu OsmanAbstractMeasuring the number of papers which are published each year, publication productivity is the factor which shows the reputation of universities […]
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6:08 AM | GMO debate grows over golden rice in the Philippines (video from PBS)
Vitamin A deficiency is a deadly threat to kids and pregnant mothers in the Third World. In the Philippines, the best nutrient sources are rarely part of the daily diet, so researchers have tried adding vitamin A to rice, a staple food. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien investigates the debate that’s grown up over the development of golden rice, a genetically modified crop. Continue reading →See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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2:28 AM | Symphony of Science Turns 5 Years Old Today!
Who doesn’t love the first, the original “Symphony of Science” tune, “Carl Sagan – ‘A Glorious Dawn’ ft Stephen Hawking”? This song was posted five... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

September 17, 2014

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10:51 PM | On the Eve of Independence Vote, Scotland Still Split Over Whether or Not to Leave the UK
307 years ago, representatives from England and Scotland came together to sign the “Articles of Union”, an agreement that merged the two countries into one single sovereign state. Since then, the English and the Scottish have had their fair share of disagreements and conflicts with one another, but the United Kingdom has always endured. But that may end tomorrow, with Scotland set to vote on whether or not to leave the UK and become an independent country. And with the […]
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4:12 PM | Anxiety Dreams
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4:00 PM | (Transneuronal) Attack of the Mutant Huntingtin!
Huntington’s disease (HD) is an incredibly debilitating neurodegenerative disorder. Currently, there is no treatment that effectively reverses the progression of the disease or delays its onset. Huntington’s is a particularly difficult diagnosis because it is an autosomal dominant degenerative disease, meaning that any child of an affected parent has a 50% chance of inheriting the … Continue reading →

Pecho-Vrieseling E., Sascha Fuchs, Dorothee Bleckmann, Maria Soledad Esposito, Paolo Botta, Chris Goldstein, Mario Bernhard, Ivan Galimberti, Matthias Müller & Andreas Lüthi & (2014). Transneuronal propagation of mutant huntingtin contributes to non–cell autonomous pathology in neurons, Nature Neuroscience, 17 (8) 1064-1072. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nn.3761

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2:54 PM | DARPA Asked This Grad Student To Design A Jetpack That Makes You Faster. He Delivered
Jason Kerestes is a graduate student studying engineering at Arizona State University. Not long ago, Jason was approached by a team from ASU’s Human Machine Integration Labs. They had heard that he owned his own welding business and wanted his help on a project they were working on designing robotic prosthetics to help amputees. The project was being funded in part by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the agency responsible for developing new […]
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2:00 PM | How Virtual Reality Meets Real Life Learning With Mobile Games
Games played on mobile devices allow teachers to leverage all the information on the internet along with the lived experiences of people in real life. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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