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July 25, 2014

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11:08 PM | Why Are People Paying As Much As $5,000 per Stem for This Orchid? (Photo Gallery)
The Rothschild’s orchid (Paphiopedilum rothschildianum) is one of the rarest and most expensive flowers on the planet. Those familiar with the black market say that the plant fetches sums of up to $5,000 a stem. A close up of the rare orchid. Click to enlarge So you are probably asking why in the world this plant is […]
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10:14 PM | Editors advise “How to publish” at Plant Biology 2014
During the recent Plant Biology conference, editors from the ASPB journals The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology shared insights and fielded questions aboutSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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7:24 PM | Technology and Higher Education
When the focus is on student-learning, technology is superior. When the focus is on technology, student-learning is inferior. Technology in higher education is a hot topic across the world, and one […]
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7:18 PM | Bird Bill of Fare
by julia jacobs Have you ever tried to eat soup with a fork or salad with a spoon? People have learned to use the utensil that works best for different foods they are eating: soup—spoon, salad—fork, and even fries—fingers. Birds do the same thing; only instead of using utensils they use their beaks.  Birds have […]
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6:35 PM | Summer Treats: Jean Talon Market
My schedule slows down in the summer and I try to add some healthy habits. Sometimes they stick and sometimes… life happens. This summer’s focus is adding more fruits and vegetables. I love the Jean-Talon market in Montreal and thought I’d share some of its yummy goodness. I just have to point out the Fractal Cauliflower. It is called Romanesco […]
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6:34 PM | Exactly 8.2% or 80% of the Human Genome is Functional
Science and its interpretation is wonderful. Today I saw a post on Twitter from @LAbizar, referencing an @GEN, post that stated 8.2% of Human DNA is Functional with a link to a GEN article: “Surprise: Only 8.2% of Human DNA Is Functional.” The GEN writeup cited a PLoS Genetics article, “8.2% of the Human Genome Is Constrained: Variation in Rates of…
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5:17 PM | Clients, not customers
Are students customers, or are they just students? Perhaps there's a third way -- to think of them as clients, and faculty as consultants.
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3:22 PM | Why The Most Important Educational Instruction Comes Before First Grade (Infographic)
When we talk about educational inequality in our country and the poor conditions of public schools in low income areas, we tend to focus on middle schools and high schools, and their inability to reach “troubled” youth. This is definitely an important aspect of the problem, but the issues start much, much earlier. One of the […]
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3:00 PM | Crash Testing Calculators: Product Engineering and the Road to Improved Durability
Students can experiment with the engineering design process by trying to improve the durability of a simple handheld device.
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2:00 PM | Could the Same Genes Shape Math Skills As Reading Ability?
About half the genetic contribution to a child's reading ability also shapes how math-savvy she is, a big study of twins finds. But there's still no telling exactly which genes are involved. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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10:00 AM | iLabs: Fall Family Class “Teaser” for the Micro World
It’s that time of year in the Micro World iLab where we’re putting our schedule of upcoming family lab classes together. To give you a “taste” of what’s coming, I’ve included some class information below, for the programs we’ll be doing in September-November. There will be more topics coming for sure, such as: Our 4-part […]
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8:02 AM | Viruses: Friends, Foes, Change Agents
In contrast to their negative reputation as disease causing agents, some viruses perform crucial biological and evolutionary functions that help to shape the world we live in. Continue reading →
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2:30 AM | SSRN RCRN: Design of Communication (Topic)
Managing Communication in New Product Development Process: Virtual R&D Teams and Information TechnologyUnited Kingdom - Malaysia - Ireland Engineering Science Conference, pp. 495-502, 2011Nader Ale Ebrahim ,Shamsuddin Ahmed ,Salwa Hanim Abdul Rashid andZahari Taha Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya (UM)Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP), University of […]
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2:29 AM | SSRN Top Downloads For RCRN: Design of Communication (Topic)
Managing Communication in New Product Development Process: Virtual R&D Teams and Information TechnologyNader Ale Ebrahim, Shamsuddin Ahmed, Salwa Hanim Abdul Rashid and Zahari Taha Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya (UM)Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP), University of Malaya (UM), University of Malaya (UM), University of Malaya (UM) -

July 24, 2014

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11:02 PM | Kids as Young As Five Hunt Giant Bird-Eating Goliath Tarantulas in the Venezuelan Jungle (Video)
Children in the Piaroa tribe in Venezuela are taught at a young age how to fend for themselves, including how to find food while on their own in the jungle. One of the youngsters’ favorite jungle snacks comes right out of most people’s nightmares: the goliath birdeater tarantula, the world’s largest spider. These huge tarantulas can reach up […]
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8:00 PM | Why Is It So Hard to Change How We Teach Math?
American students continue to fall behind international peers in math, but it's not for lack of trying different teaching methods. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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4:50 PM | From High School Nerds to STEM Celebrities: The Story of The Wannabe Scientist
They were bored and they were nerds. So they did what bored nerds do, they started a...
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4:46 PM | Despite All the Depressing News, The World Is Not Getting Worse, It’s Getting Much, Much Better
Today, I woke up and skimmed the world news headlines. 80% of the stories were about the Israeli-Palestinian crisis or the Malaysian aircraft shot down in Ukraine. The other 20% was mostly news on the Air Algerie flight which disappeared earlier this morning and ISIS’s exile and persecution of the Christians in Mosul. It was a very depressing […]
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4:23 PM | I Brain You
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4:00 PM | Melting Ice: Weekly Science Activity
School and family science weekly spotlight: melting ice chemistry.
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2:00 PM | What Happens When School Design Looks Like Game Design
At the Quest To Learn School, curriculum experts and game designers work together to reimagine what school might look like if it drew its inspiration from video games. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:00 PM | #Extant S3: See Things First, Hear Them Later
I livetweet CBS' sci-fi show Extant every Wed night on Twitter at 8pm - check out the storify at the end of the article or click here! Me and Astronaut Doug Wheelock in front of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, the day before liftoff In last night's episode of Extant, Molly (played by Halle Berry) sees a rocket lifting off, heading into space and likely docking with the space station.  It reminded me of when I attended a shuttle launch. One of the most […]
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6:28 AM | How to Promote Your Article by Nader Ale Ebrahim :: SSRN
How to Promote Your ArticleNader Ale Ebrahim Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya (UM); Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP), University of Malaya (UM)June 23, 2014University of Malaya Research Bulletin, vol. 1, no. 1, 23 June, 2014. doi: 10.6084/m9.figshare.1083502 Abstract:     Writing an article for online distribution in a way that maximized […]
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2:54 AM | “Concrete Facts” and “Irrefutable Evidence” Aren’t Needed to Add Someone to the Terrorist Watch List
Recently, I reported on the rapidly growing terrorist watch list in the United States. In the past 5 years, the government has been adding names to the list at an increasingly fast pace, peaking last year with 468,749 names being added. Well, it seems part of that ridiculously high number may be explained by a new set […]
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1:14 AM | How to Promote Your Article - E-LIS repository
How to Promote Your Article Ale Ebrahim, NaderHow to Promote Your Article., 2014[Newspaper/magazine article] TextHow to promote article - UM Bulletin Vol 1 2014.pdf - Published versionDownload (370Kb) | Preview Official URL: http://um.edu.my/doc/research/Vol12014/#p=38 http:...English abstractWriting an article for online distribution in a way that maximized the chances of citation hits, is different from preparing one for print journals in […]

July 23, 2014

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7:55 PM | Science Communication: Making the Switch
***This is a guest post I wrote for the SciLogs blog network. You can read the full piece, complete...
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7:49 PM | 12 Pieces of Street Art That Seamlessly Mesh With the Nature Around Them (Photo Gallery)
Street art is one of the more creative art forms around today. Because of its visibility, it is often used to make political or social statements, like the street art that emerged in Brazil before and during the World Cup. But some street artists like to use their work to bring out parts of the natural […]
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6:55 PM | Internship Opportunities at the VisLab!
Learn about the VisLab and its’ internship/volunteer opportunities at http://tinyurl.com/vislabNRC!
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4:33 PM | Real-time analysis of human movement
Walking and running are two of the most common movements that humans perform. They are also the basis of not only elite performance, but also injury. In biomechanics we use […]
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4:00 PM | The Split Brain: Making Two Hemispheres Whole
Admit it!  You’ve taken one of those online quizzes to see if you’re more “right-brained” or “left-brained.”  Too bad it’s all bunk!    Popular culture would have you believe that creative and artistic people are right-brain dominated, while logical, methodical, and analytical people are left-brain dominated.    The fact of the matter is that you … Continue reading →
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