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March 02, 2015

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9:03 AM | T cell exhaustion during persistent viral infections
Why does the immune system fail to clear some virus (and other infections) and allow a state of chronic infection to occur? Continue reading →
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7:38 AM | Our brain's pattern of wavelengths to store memories
Neuroscientists have found evidence that brain waves of different frequencies play a crucial role in storing memories by getting separate brain regions to work together.It’s part of a growing body of research that suggests that our brain waves - long thought of as simply a byproduct of neuronal activity - play a crucial role in allowing our brains to communicate internally. Intrigued by previous research in the area, a team led by Earl Miller and Scott Brincat, both from MIT, […]
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6:55 AM | What makes a popular science video on YouTube
Everyone's looking for an audience for their videos on YouTube, and there are plenty of science videos out there. But not all are popular so what makes one more interesting than another?See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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6:28 AM | Transportation For the Future
How do you get to school or work everyday? If it’s close enough to where you live, maybe you can walk or jog there. Or maybe you bike, drive or take public transportation such as the bus or Skytrain. But what if you wanted to visit another country? You have the option of travelling by […]
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5:58 AM | The Voynich Manuscript
What do Assassin’s Creed, Indiana Jones , and the cryptographer Alan Turing (The Imitation Game) have in common? The Voynich Manuscript. The Voynich Manuscript is a hand written document, of which 240 pages remain, written on calf skin vellum, illustrated with diagrams, drawings, and an unknown language written from left to right. It was purchased in Italy […]
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5:43 AM | IKEA’s new furniture will wirelessly charge your devices
IKEA has just announced at MWC 2015,that it will stock desks, tables, and lamps capable of wirelessly charging your phone, laptop, and other devices in Europe and North America as early as April. But we’ll have to wait indefinitely for their ‘global roll-out’ to reach us, this is still the most promising prospect of wireless charging that we’ve seen. Earlier this year, a router that can wirelessly charge up to 12 devices from almost 5 metres away was […]
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5:36 AM | The Famous Dress
Earlier this week, the dress in the photo above suddenly went viral online, causing lots of disagreements and therefore trampling all other news in its path. This dress was reported to be purchased for a wedding to be worn by the mother of the bride.  One day, after the mother snapped a picture of the dress and […]
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5:29 AM | SanDisk unveils world’s first 200GB microSD card
Memory cards come in powers of two, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and so on. SanDisk broke the mold – and the record – with a new 200GB microSD card. It’s a follow-up to the to the first ever 128GB but offers 56% more storage.That’s enough to record 20 hours of 1080p video.Moving files won’t take nearly as long, the card is UHS-I rated and can offers transfer speeds of 90MBps. That’s approximately 1,200 photos moved per minute. The card is water proof, temperature […]

March 01, 2015

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10:47 PM | Post from the Coffee Shop 2015-03-01: And so it begins…
Over the years, I have often talked to people or seen TV shows or movies where people “work” at a coffee shop. I have never been one to seek out these opportunities for a number of reasons: As a synthetic chemist, my “work” has often been tied to a lab. You can’t really pull out […]
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8:30 PM | Phytomonas : Trypanosomatids Adapted to Plant Environments
"Over 100 years after trypanosomatids were first discovered in plant tissues, Phytomonas parasites have now been isolated across the globe from members of 24 different plant families. Most identified species have not been associated with any plant pathology and to date only two species are definitively known to cause plant disease. These diseases (wilt of palm and coffee phloem necrosis) are problematic in areas of South America where they threaten the economies of developing countries."See it […]
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4:34 PM | Writing Good Multiple Choice Test Questions | Center for Teaching | Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt UniversityMary Williams's insight:This is really usefulSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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4:33 PM | KFCs in the UK Are Planning to Sell Coffee In Edible Cups… Made Out of Cookies
Every morning, millions of Americans purchase cups of coffee to get their day going. This coffee is typically served in styrofoam cups, which do a great job of keeping the coffee hot. However, styrofoam also takes more than a million years years to decompose, making it terrible for the environment. But what if you could just eat your cup after you finish your coffee? That’s the idea that KFC had when it decided to try out edible cups at select locations in the
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11:01 AM | Monsieur T-Cell
Ever since I’ve gotten sick, I have always wonder what is happening in my body. It’s truly fascinating to realize that under the skin, millions of cells are interacting with each other, whether its for growth or defence against pathogens. As a result, when one digs deeper into the immune system of humans, they come […]
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10:03 AM | Arm band informs you about body temperature rise
A team of scientists from the University of Tokyo has come up with a solar powered arm band which plays an alarm if the user’s body temperature gets high. This gadget will, reportedly, find its way to those who are in charge of managing/monitoring more than one patient.The gadget is comprised of a flexible silicon solar panel, a piezoelectric speaker, power supply circuit and a temperature sensor. All of these have been created by making use of organic components that have been ink […]
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9:52 AM | Monster catfish spotted in Italy
This is a wels catfish (Silurus glanis), weighs 127 kg and heavier than a giant panda, a large species found in the freshwater rivers and lakes of Europe, from up in the United Kingdom, all the way east in Kazakhstan, and then in Greece right down south.After the beluga sturgeon, it's the largest known species of freshwater fish, thought to grow up to 4 metres long and a whopping 400 kg (800 pounds). That's equivalent to four baby elephants. This one, caught by the Ferrari brothers, […]
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8:55 AM | The ‘perfect storm revisited’: food, energy and water security in the context of climate change - YouTube
"Streamed live on 26 Feb 2015Some five years ago Sir John Beddington, Senior Adviser at the Oxford Martin School, raised the concept of 'The Perfect Storm' in which the issues of food, water and energy security needed to be addressed at the same time as mitigating and adapting to climate change. In this seminar he highlights changes that have occurred since then and the progress made and challenges that are currently faced."Mary Williams's insight:Here's the press release from the hosting […]
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8:22 AM | Does a Long Reference List Guarantee More Citations? Analysis of Malaysian Highly Cited and Review Papers
 Source: http://researchleap.com/does-a-long-reference-list-guarantee-more-citations-analysis-of-malaysian-highly-cited-and-review-papers/ Does a Long Reference List Guarantee More Citations? Analysis of Malaysian Highly Cited and Review Papers 0 February 28, 2015INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT SCIENCE AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - ISSN 1849-5419 (Print) - ISSN 1849-5664 (Online) International Journal of Management Science and Business AdministrationVolume 1, Issue 3, […]
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8:21 AM | Does a Long Reference List Guarantee More Citations? Analysis of Malaysian Highly Cited and Review Papers
THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT SCIENCE AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION VOL 1 NO 3-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT SCIENCE AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION – ISSN 1849-5664 (ONLINE) – ISSN 1849-5419 (PRINT) ContentAuthorsDoes a Long Reference List Guarantee More Citations? Analysis of Malaysian Highly Cited and Review PapersNader Ale Ebrahim *1, H. Ebrahimian 2, Maryam Mousavi3, Farzad Tahriri3Pdf 382 KB Female Entrepreneurship: from Women’s Empowerment to […]
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7:45 AM | Humble plants that hide surprising secrets
In this intriguing talk, biologist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim introduces us to rare plant species from isolated islands and regions of Africa. Meet the shape-shifting benjoin; the baume de l'ile plate, which might offer a new treatment for asthma; and the iconic baobab tree, which could hold the key to the future of food. Plus: monkey apples.Mary Williams's insight:This is a super talk. Teaching idea. Assign students the task of watching this video, and then exploring the Red List for other endangered […]
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7:06 AM | New 'Cryogenic' Clock Developed In Japan Accurate For 16 Billion Years
Japanese researchers have developed a pair of time-keeping devices that are so accurate, they'll lose one second every 16 billion years, so, more than three times the age of the Earth, and 3 billion years older than the Universe itself. Created by physicists led by Hidetoshi Katori from the Riken Research Institute, these 'cryogenic optical lattice clocks' are so accurate, they beat the caesium atomic clocks that are currently being used to define what a 'second' is. In fact, atomic […]

February 28, 2015

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11:39 PM | Boris Nemtsov, Russian Opposition Leader And Vocal Putin Critic, Shot Dead In Moscow
Former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in Moscow yesterday. Officials say Nemtsov was crossing a bridge in view of the Kremlin at around 11:40 p.m. when multiple attackers (who have yet to be identified) pulled up in a white car and shot him four times in the back before driving off. Nemtsov — who served as Deputy Prime Minister under former Russian president Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s — has never been a fan of Putin, and
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9:17 PM | Innovative Tech Firm Shows Off A Drone Controlled Entirely By Brainwaves (Video)
Imagine boarding a flight in which the pilot isn’t even on the plane. Instead, he or she is on the ground, hooked up to a helmet that allows them to fly the plane using nothing but their brainwaves. That’s the future that Tekever imagines. The innovative company demonstrated the technology at an airstrip in Lisbon, Portugal earlier this month, using it to control a small unmanned drone. Tekever based their brain-controlled drone system off of existing […]
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6:35 PM | California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom: What's Growin' On?
Teaching resources for primary school classrooms. See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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6:13 PM | The 25 biggest turning points in Earth’s history (from BBC Earth)
From leaps forward in evolution to devastating asteroid impacts, these were the turning points that shaped our world.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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5:37 PM | The importance of "enthusiasm" (for teaching and communicating science)
Next week we'll be talking about "enthusiasm" and how important it is when teaching and communicating science. Here are some quotations about enthusiasm - do you have any favorites?See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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3:43 PM | Tiny snake swallows an entire huge egg
Snakes might have some mighty fangs to help bring their prey down, but those jabby little twin-spears won't do much when it comes to tearing apart big chunks of flesh and sinew. That's why snakes have to swallow their prey whole, which means if you're a big snake, you get big prey, if you're a tiny snake, sorry, but you have to stick to tiny prey. Except when you're the little snake in the video below, because it obviously didn't get the memo. Fortunately for it, snakes have […]
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8:05 AM | Image analysis in plant science - challenges and perspectives (by Guillaume Lobet)
Yes! Read this - a call to standardize and integrate tools for plant image analysis, and a call for more image specialists to join the green team. From Guillaume Lobet (@guillaumelobet)Mary Williams's insight:Guillaume's observations about the cycle of analysis tool maintenance is particularly important....See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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7:26 AM | Measles, Measles, Measles… What is it?
There has been a lot of buzz lately about a measles outbreak in North America. Personally, I’ve never had measles and I just assumed it was something like chicken pox. My guess wasn’t too far off, but still, they are very different diseases. WHAT IS IT? Measles is a highly contagious and very serious viral […]
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12:05 AM | New York’s Anti-Prison Rape Videos Ignore One of the Biggest Problems: Prison Staff
Over the next few months, the state of New York will begin to implement a new initiative aimed at reducing some of the sexual violence that has plagued the state’s prison system for years. Incoming inmates — both male and female — will be shown an orientation video that offers advice on how to identify and avoid sexual predators while in jail. The videos were funded through a federal grant under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and are directed […]

February 27, 2015

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9:17 PM | Plants and Pathogens teaching tool updated and revised
We've updated and revised TTPB22, "Plants and Pathogens". http://www.plantcell.org/site/teachingtools/TTPB22.xhtml Lots and lots of new references, a few new case studies and some new slides too. What a fascinating and wonderful topic to have a chance to revisit!See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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