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April 14, 2014

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12:30 PM | Thoughts on mindset vs. grit
A recent story on NPR caught my attention. The story is about schools teaching "grit" and whether or not it can be done. My introduction to the concept of grit came from a really great episode of This American Life from 2012. Even though grit is only mentioned by name twice in the episode, there was quite a bit of discussion on non-cognitive traits and their importance to learning. My interest in the episode is summed up best by this line:"Non-cognitive traits like grit and self-control are […]
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11:30 AM | A zombie tractor and ISU plant research’s new direction
The zombie garden tractor gets your attention. The driverless machine can move through rows of sorghum, going for hours with only a GPS navigation brain to guide it. High-tech cameras, meanwhile, take three-dimensional photos of every sorghum plant it passes – a kind of Google Street View for fields. More importantly, the unmanned machine represents […]
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4:53 AM | April 8th 3-D Printing Update
During this session, I learned how to calibrate the 3-D printer to make sure that the base platform is just a paper’s width apart from where the hot plastic comes out. If the platform is too close, the hot plastic will not be able to get out and would be squeezed to the side, creating […]
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4:36 AM | April 8th Solar Panel Lantern Update
After doing research for the past few days, I managed to build a prototype circuit with the help of Simon, a special guest. We carefully redrew the electric circuit to analyze and understand what each part on the circuit did and build it with the available tools we had at FSL. After building the circuit, […]
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4:28 AM | Supplier Assessment and Selection Using Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process in a Steel Manufacturing Company by Farzad Tahriri, Mohammad Dabbagh, Nader Ale Ebrahim :: SSRN
Supplier Assessment and Selection Using Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process in a Steel Manufacturing CompanyFarzad Tahriri University of Malaya (UM) - Faculty of EngineeringMohammad Dabbagh University of Malaya (UM) - Faculty of Computer Science and Information TechnologyNader Ale Ebrahim University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering; University of Malaya (UM) - Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research […]
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4:18 AM | Live Talk in the Daily Planet: What is Arduino? (or, “How to build robots!”)
What: Free talk with live demonstration and Q&A.When: April 15, 2014 @ 10:45AMWhere: Inside the Daily Planet Theater.Who: Matthew Faerber, Coordinator of the Visual World Investigate Lab in the NRC. Ever want to build a robot but didn’t know where to start? Come to the Daily Planet to learn how adults and children alike are using an affordable technology called Arduino […]
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3:01 AM | The impact of emergent virtual leadership competencies on team effectiveness
Leadership and Organization Development JournalVolume 35, Issue 2, April 2014, Pages 106-120The impact of emergent virtual leadership competencies on team effectivenessZiek, P.a , Smulowitz, S.b  a Department of Media, Communications and Visual Arts, Pace University, Pleasantville, NJ, United Statesb Department of Communication, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, United StatesView references (40)AbstractPurpose: The research on virtual team leadership does well to […]
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1:35 AM | Blood Moon Bullshit
There's a total lunar eclipse early Tuesday morning that will be visible across the United States.  Unfortunately, for those of us in the EDT time zone, totality won't occur until about 3:00 am (and I have an 8:40 am class that morning).  Also, and this is depressingly predictable for the Hudson Valley during interesting astronomical events, the weather forecast currently says "Showers likely" for Monday night and a 90% chance of showers for Tuesday.  Probably won't even set my […]

April 13, 2014

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7:23 PM | National Geographic Predicted What Americans Will Look Like In 2050
As part of their 125th Anniversary edition last October, National Geographic decided to publish a series of pictures predicting what the average American would look like in the year 2050. Here’s some of the images (click an image to see full size version): Did you think those were photoshopped? If so, you’d be wrong. National […]
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6:45 PM | You Should Know: Dr Caleph Wilson and 1st Generation STEM
The hashtag #ScholarSunday is very much like #FollowFriday or #FF for short. Dr. Raul Pacheco (@RaulPacheco and raulpacheco.org). He created it as a vehicle for academics to engage with each other... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:22 AM | Illuminating traffic control for cell–division planes
From eLife,  an overview of plant cell divivision by Silke RobatzekSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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3:43 AM | Cherry Seeds Were Taken Into Space. When They Were Planted Back On Earth Something Crazy Happened
Back in 2008, 265 cherry seeds from various cherry trees across Japan were sent up to the International Space Station. They arrived at the ISS in November of 2008 and returned in July of the next year, after orbiting the Earth 4,100 times. Some were taken in for lab testing, but a few of them […]

April 12, 2014

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9:41 PM | The Week's Top Science and Higher-Ed Communications Stories (4/13/2014)
Each week I read (and share) many different articles and blog posts related to science and...
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5:22 PM | NASA’s Curiosity Rover Takes Photo of a Strange Light on Mars
A photo recently captured by NASA’s Curiosity Rover has according to Space.com… “…set the Internet abuzz yet again about the possibility of life on Mars.” Check Out the photo that has created such a buzz below. Although many UFO advocates are loving this photo and referring to it as evidence of extraterrestrial life, the rovers […]
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1:42 PM | What Does the World Eat For Breakfast? (Video)
Have you ever woke up and thought, ‘I really feel like some bread with cold cuts and cucumber and a side of hard-boiled eggs and sliced tomato!’? Ya, me neither. It’s probably because we’re not from Sweden, where this is a typical breakfast meal. Check out this BuzzFeed video that shows you what a typical […]
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8:32 AM | Plant Cell: What is Stress? Dose-Response Effects in Commonly Used In Vitro Stress Assays
"We found that the commonly used stress-inducing agents mannitol, sorbitol, NaCl and H2O2 impact shoot growth in a highly specific and dose-dependent way. Therefore, shoot growth is a sensitive, relevant and easily measured phenotype to assess stress tolerance over a wide range of stress levels."Mary Williams's insight:Often students use Arabidopsis seedlings in the teaching lab to learn about plant physiology. This paper shows that shoot growth is sensitive parameter to quantify even mild […]
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8:26 AM | Plant Cell: Efficient Genome-Wide Detection and Cataloging of EMS-Induced Mutations Using Exome Capture and Next-Generation Sequencing
" In conclusion, we provide a method for developing large-scale induced mutation resources with relatively small investments that is applicable to resource-poor organisms. Furthermore, our results demonstrate that large libraries of sequenced mutations can be readily generated, providing enhanced opportunities to study gene function and assess the effect of sequence and chromatin context on mutations. "Mary Williams's insight:Nice paper and resouce for genetic studies in rice and wheatSee it on […]
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1:02 AM | NASA Releases Over 1000 of Their Computer Software Codes Hoping to Spark Innovation
Yesterday (4/10/14), NASA officially launched their Tech Tansfer program, making the computer codes for over 1000 different NASA programs available to the public. NASA published the codes in an open-access software catalog, in the hopes that independent coders or software designers will provide innovations to the NSA. Here’s Jim Adams, deputy chief technologist at NASA: […]

April 11, 2014

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6:13 PM | Americans Think 75% of Politicians Are Corrupted and 70% Use Their Power To Hurt Their Enemies
Recently, the Reason-Rupe polling organization conducted a poll to gauge Americans’ views on US politicians’ morality…or lack thereof. The poll results revealed that people think that 75% of US politicians are corrupted by campaign donations and lobbyists and 70% use their power not only to help their personal friends but to hurt their enemies. Many believe the increasing disapproval […]
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5:18 PM | Google Doodle Honors Chemist Dr. Percy Julian
April 11, 2014 would have been Dr. Julian Percy’s 115th Birthday and it was a beautiful site to behold – seeing today’s Google Doodle honoring the man and his science. Dr. Julian’s... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:30 PM | Dive Into Robotics with Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future
This great guide and collection of family-friendly activities lets kids explore the history of robotics and put robotics engineering concepts to use with hands-on projects at home. Introduce Students to Robotics Engineering Robotics: DISCOVER THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF THE...
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2:38 PM | Where do viruses come from?
Read more   The post Where do viruses come from? appeared first on MicrobiologyBytes.
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1:30 PM | Weekend reading (April 11)
Small shiny objects from the web for your reading enjoyment.
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11:23 AM | Reasons to be cheeful: Influenza treatment
Maybe there is some reason to be more optimistic about treating influenza. The post Reasons to be cheeful: Influenza treatment appeared first on MicrobiologyBytes.
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7:03 AM | Botany: Special issue: The microbiota of plants
In this Special Issue, we have tried to capture the diversity of plant–microbe research that is on-going, and that might not normally be marketed under the banner of “plant microbiome research”. Nevertheless, it belongs under this banner and we highlight some of this research here, including a variety of plant “habitats” such as roots, leaves, and floral parts, as well as a variety of microbes, from bacteria and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to dark septate fungi. […]
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6:48 AM | Central Cell–Derived Peptides Regulate Early Embryo Patterning in Flowering Plants
Plant embryogenesis initiates with the establishment of an apical-basal axis; however, the molecular mechanisms accompanying this early event remain unclear. Here, we show that a small cysteine-rich peptide family is required for formation of the zygotic basal cell lineage and proembryo patterning in Arabidopsis. EMBRYO SURROUNDING FACTOR 1 (ESF1) peptides accumulate before fertilization in central cell gametes and thereafter in embryo-surrounding endosperm cells. Biochemical and […]
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6:45 AM | Oh No! Is Math All Wrong?
We all use math in our daily lives. Whether we’re counting objects, adding up money to pay for goods or dividing up food among friends, math is all around us. But what if someone suddenly revealed some proof that 1=2 or that 1=-1 or something like that. Math would be completely ruined! Unless… It’s been […]
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12:26 AM | The Coolest Places on Earth: Cancun Underwater Museum of Art (Pictures)
The Cancun Underwater Museum of Art is the brainchild of English sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. In November of 2009, he began the project by placing 100 sculptures in the shallow water of Cancun National Marine Park. He has since added more sculptures. Taylor models the sculptures after members of the local community there, and since they […]

April 10, 2014

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11:24 PM | Mapping Microbes…at the 76ers game with the Science Cheerleaders!
The Pulse visited a collecting event at a Sixers game in February. Click on the yellow link above to hear the story. You can contribute your own cell phone and shoe samples at the Philadelphia Science Festival, which begins on April 25th. To learn more about the project, visit spacemicrobes.org. Watch a related video and listen to this segment on WHYY’s The Pulse!
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10:25 PM | Is the Internet Making Our Brains Read Things Like Computers Do?
You’re on your Facebook or Twitter account and click a link that catches your eye. The link is to an article about something you’re interested in, but when you see that the article is more than a few sentences long, you decide that rather than reading through it, you’re just going to skim through it looking for […]
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