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October 27, 2014

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1:00 PM | Halloween Science Connections
Science activities and projects that let kids get hands-on with things slimy, ghoulish, gross, light-up, or glow-in-the-dark.
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12:07 PM | What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child?
New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help students better understand and retain information. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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8:37 AM | A Brief History of How Bees Sexed Up Earth and Gave Flowers Their Colors
How a striped, winged, six-legged love machine sparked "the longest marketing campaign in history."Mary Williams's insight:Review of the book "A Sting in the Tale: My Adventures with Bumblebees" by Dave GoulsonSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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8:35 AM | Free Coursera course - What a Plant Knows
"Can we say that plants have senses? You will learn how plants sense their environment and how scientists study plant senses. You will be exposed to both classic and modern experiments in plant biology, and may even start to question what defines us as humans."See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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2:58 AM | Prophecies that Really Come True
The self-fulfilling prophecy is an idea that’s really bugged me for a while, so I thought I should share it with you. I first thought of it when thinking about my favourite juice store. They have ranked their juices in order of popularity so there’s a big poster that says “#1 House Special” that describes their […]
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2:32 AM | The Smart Grid: An Energy Solution
The world is racing against the clock, trying to tackle the energy crisis before our resources run out. Lately, scientists have been coming up with new, brilliant ways of saving energy, one of which is the smart grid. The smart grid is actually not that new of a concept, but very few people know of […]
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2:01 AM | Facilitating social collaboration in mobile cloud-based learning: A teamworkas a service (TaaS) approach (Article)
IEEE Transactions on Learning TechnologiesVolume 7, Issue 3, 1 July 2014, Article number 6860285, Pages 207-220Facilitating social collaboration in mobile cloud-based learning: A teamworkas a service (TaaS) approach  (Article)Sun, G. , Shen, J.   School of Information Systems and Technology, University of WollongongWollongong, NSW, AustraliaView references (73)AbstractMobile learning is an emerging trend that brings many advantages to distributed learners, […]
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12:05 AM | The Coolest Places on Earth: The Abandoned Town of Kolmanskop, Namibia (Pictures)
In 1908, German railway worker Zacharias Lewala stumbled upon a diamond while working in an area of the Namib Desert in southern Namibia (Namibia was a German colony at that time). After Zacharias informed his supervisor of the find, word quickly spread that the area was rich in diamonds, and German miners began flocking to the area. The diamonds made the first miners very wealthy, so they decided to shape the mining town after a classic German town, complete with a

October 26, 2014

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9:06 PM | You Should Know: Dr. Dr. Buddhini Samarasinghe and Jargon Wall
Welcome to the thirteenth installment of You Should Know, where I give my own #ScholarSunday salute to Science Bloggers and Blogs you may not yet know about. Introducing…Dr. Buddhini... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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8:26 PM | 10 billion people for dinner | Nina Fedoroff | TEDxCERN - YouTube
The world population is estimated to reach 10 billion in the near future. How can we feed so many with our existing resources? Nina Fedoroff gives an overview of what’s needed, highlighting the important role that science has played in developing food and agriculture throughout human history and the solutions it could offer.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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7:01 PM | Research Summary 10/23/14- Microscopes and Lenses
Last week at FSL research we delved into the world of microscopes! After splitting into two teams, we worked to solve a mini mystery while learning how to use the stereomicroscope, testing hair and pen samples to solve the crime. Our next station was an optics activity in which we measured the focal length of […]
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6:42 PM | ADHD in Girls (Like me)
You know that kid in your class? The one who is always buzzing with energy or will never stop talking while the teacher delivers yet another boring lecture? The one you jokingly say has ADHD because they can never seem to focus? I’m not that kid, but I have ADHD. Yesterday I went to the […]
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5:23 PM | These 20-Year-Olds Started A Free Mobile Laundry Service for the Homeless
Homelessness is extremely difficult, to say the least. Besides having to battle the elements every day and constantly wondering where your next meal will come from, the homeless tend to have a very difficult time maintaining personal hygiene. So earlier this summer, two young men from Brisbane, Australia came up with an ingenious idea to help improve hygiene for the homeless: a free mobile laundry service. 20-year olds Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi, the founders of Orange […]
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5:39 AM | ARE YOU STRESSED OUT TODAY?
“When Math Goes Horribly Wrong” by Ben Babcock licensed under CC 2.0 Are you feeling stressed today? So is everyone else at some point in their lives! I get stressed out a lot. Whether it’s because of a big test, a bombed test, losing things, responsibilities, and just the general wear and tear of day to […]

October 25, 2014

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11:31 PM | Google VP Breaks World Record For Highest Altitude Skydive (Video)
Google’s senior vice president Alan Eustace has just broken the world record for highest altitude skydive, as well as multiple other world records. As if executive duties at Google weren’t enough to occupy Mr. Eustace, he and the Stratospheric Explorer (StratEx) team at the Paragon Space Development Corporation teamed up to beat the memorable record set by Austrian Felix Baumgartner during his Red Bull featured “Space Jump”. The jump took place on October 24th. […]
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9:30 PM | Perspective: 50,000 People Once Lived In 0.0102 Sq. Miles In China (Pictures)
No that’s not a typo. The Kowloon Walled City was a collection of 300+ interconnected high-rise buildings constructed without the guidance of a single architect or engineer. The city was also ungoverned by any health or safety standards. The Walled City was initially built as a Chinese military fort but became an enclave in 1898 while China was under British occupation. The population of the city ballooned after the Japanese took control of Hong Kong during World War II. The
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5:56 PM | Secrets from A Hundred-Year Old Notebook Found In the Ice of Antarctica (Video)
In 1910, British explorer Robert Scott set out on his second expedition to Antarctica. The mission, known as Terra Nova, proved to be ill-fated: Scott and a number of his companions eventually died from a combination of extreme cold, exhaustion and starvation. But now, more than 100 years after Scott’s death, a new artifact has been discovered from the expedition: a notebook. When the Terra Nova team arrived at Antarctica in 1910, they split into two groups: Scott took one […]
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11:31 AM | Virtual teams: A literature review
Virtual teams: A literature reviewAuthorsNader Ale Ebrahim, Shamsuddin Ahmed, Zahari TahaPublication date2009JournalAustralian Journal of Basic and Applied SciencesVolume3Issue3Pages2653-2669PublisherINSInet PublicationDescriptionAbstract: In the competitive market, virtual teams represent a growing response to the need for fasting time-to-market, low-cost and rapid solutions to complex organizational problems. Virtual teams enable organizations to pool the talents and expertise of employees […]
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5:54 AM | Saving lives with electric vehicles
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 7 million premature deaths in 2012 can be linked to air pollution. And motor vehicles are one of the biggest contributors to air pollution. So if accepted widely and used long enough, electric vehicles could decrease mortality rates in the world and improve people’s health conditions! Electric cars were very popular in […]
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2:49 AM | Reality or a Hoax?
Technology has changed and radically evolved over the span of 50 years. Computers used to be rare and extremely expensive back when they were first created. It was impossible to do anything besides enter numbers and letters into the system and they would be the size of a building. Constantly breaking down and causing huge losses […]

October 24, 2014

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9:41 PM | Why A Russian Protestor Cut Off Part of His Own Ear With A Butcher Knife
Controversial Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky has gained a reputation for his somewhat shocking form of political demonstration. Pavlensky is known for his extreme self-harming protest tactics, and just this month he may have outdone himself by cutting off part of his right ear with a butcher knife in public. This was not the first incident like this. In fact, Pavlensky has a history of self-harming performances like this one. According to Vocativ… […]
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9:06 PM | October 21st, 2014 – Representation and Visualization of Data
On October 21st, this week’s session of FSL, we explored different ways to represent data. We met up at the UBC North Bus Loop and then shortly after walked towards the Centre of Interactive Research on Sustainability. Once we got there, a few of us sneakily poured ourselves coffee and tea and sat down into separate […]
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6:52 PM | Candy Corn Geodesic Dome
A classic science project takes on Halloween tones with candy corn-colored candies, a few ordinary toothpicks, and a bunch of triangles.
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6:08 PM | The Love Life of Plants - YouTube
"Bill Gates recently met with some researchers at Cornell University. Cornell is one of the world's top universities for research on improving crops. Their work involves a lot of plant breeding. Because most of the world's poor people are farmers, helping farmers grow more food is one of the most powerful levers we have for fighting poverty".See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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4:00 PM | Spawns of Satan
I recently participated in my first research study as a volunteer. It wasn’t as frightening of an experience as I imagined, and the misconception of being in a soundproof metal cage, watched like a lab rat was somewhat cleared. The study aimed to explore the range of emotions that can be elicited from babysitting a […]
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3:29 PM | This Guy Passed Out 520,000 Sandwiches to the Hungry Last Year (Video)
They call him “The Sandwich Man” – and for good reason. Every night for almost 13 years now, Allan Law loads up his mini-van with sandwiches and other basic necessities and drives around the streets of Minneapolis, giving them away to those in need. Law witnessed the effects of poverty firsthand when working as a 5th grade and 6th grade teacher in the inner-city of Minneapolis from the late 60s all the way up until his retirement in 1999. But
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2:24 PM | Warming world uncovers frozen past
What’s that smell? If you are on an ice patch in the Yukon Territory in Canada, the answer might be millennia-old caribou dung. Weapon shaft in Yukon ice patch (Credit: Yukon Government) In 1997, sheep hunters...
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1:43 PM | A Problem-Solving Game For Teachers and Administrators
A simple game can bring educators together to talk about pain points and observations, and ultimately, find a solution. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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9:08 AM | Let’s get things in perspective
Malaria kills thousands of times more people than Ebola virus each year. Continue reading →
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12:38 AM | Modified Stage-Gate: A Conceptual Model of Virtual Product Development Process (Downloadable article) [WorldCat.org]
Modified Stage-Gate: A Conceptual Model of Virtual Product Development ProcessAuthor: Ale Ebrahim, Nader; Ahmed, Shamsuddin; Taha, Zahari Edition/Format:  Downloadable article Publication:African Journal of Marketing ManagementDatabase:WorldCatSummary: In today's dynamic marketplace, manufacturing companies are under strong pressure to introduce new products for long-term survival with their competitors. Nevertheless, every company cannot cope up progressively or […]
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