August 16, 2014

12:27 PM | Muse Hack interview with Darlene Cavalier, founder of Science Cheerleader and SciStarter
" First and foremost, we want to help people recognized that they are as entitled as anyone else to play active roles in science and technology. In the process, we’ve been able to help a lot of researchers and other people organizing participatory research and civic engagement projects, recruit skilled participants. A win/win! "
10:00 AM | iLabs: “Catch of the Day” – Paramecium: The Tarheel Protist!
Today’s blog post was created by our Investigate Lab staff and Kai, one of our wonderful volunteers!  Enter the underwater world of a special “Tarheel” – the Paramecium by the Micro World Investigate Lab staff and volunteers: Every state has a state bird, but North Carolina’s also got a wonderful candidate for state protist: Paramecium. […]
12:32 AM | Did You Know… Muhammad Wrote A Letter Guaranteeing the Protection of Christians?
Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, lived from 570-632 AD. Muslims believe that he is the final prophet of the monotheistic Abrahamic tradition, which includes Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. So although it may come as a shock to many, it’s really not that surprising that Muhammad frequently visited the Christian monks of Saint Catherine’s Monastery on Mt. Sinai in the Sinai peninsula […]

August 15, 2014

9:27 PM | A Look Inside The World’s Most Expensive RV (Video)
Recently an RV sold in Dubai for its asking price of $3.1 million. This hefty price tag put the RV on record as the world’s most expensive RV ever sold. But why would someone pay so much for an RV? Well for starters, the outside of the record-setting RV is covered in gold. Also, the RV […]
4:33 PM | How A Thunderstorm Shapes Air Traffic Around the World’s Busiest Airport (GIF)
If you have ever traveled within the United States, chances are that you have probably had a connection that takes you through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport. The airport has been the busiest in the world since 2005, and currently averages more than 250,000 passengers per day. Though it may seem strange that Atlanta is the center of […]
2:00 PM | Video Games And The Future Of The Textbook
Curriculum designers are rethinking not only the textbook, but educational content delivery in general. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
9:42 AM | Perplexed by Pauli
A rather pervasive meme claiming that nothing ever really touches anything else has been circulating on the internet for a number of years. I think, although I’m not entirely certain, that it may well have its origins in an explanation by a certain Michio Kaku. This type of explanation later formed the basis of a […] The post Perplexed by Pauli appeared first on
7:07 AM | New Phytologist: Hitchhiker's guide to multi-dimensional plant pathology (2014)
Filamentous pathogens pose a substantial threat to global food security. One central question in plant pathology is how pathogens cause infection and manage to evade or suppress plant immunity to promote disease. With many technological advances over the past decade, including DNA sequencing technology, an array of new tools has become embedded within the toolbox of next-generation plant pathologists. By employing a multidisciplinary approach plant pathologists can fully leverage these […]

August 14, 2014

11:06 PM | Why the F*** Don’t All Police Officers Have to Wear Front Facing Cameras??
Please excuse my use of profanity in the title, but I’m very upset right now. I’m upset that an unarmed teenager was gunned down in Ferguson, MO last weekend. I’m upset that a few ignorant individuals used the tragedy as an excuse to cause mayhem, and even more upset that law enforcement agencies have used these […]
8:31 PM | What Mars Looked Like When It Had Water, Courtesy of NASA (Video)
Today, we think of Mars as having  a cold, dry, and desolate environment (because it does). But that was not always the case. Four billion years ago, while our Sun was still in its infancy, Mars was covered with water. Back then, it had a much thicker atmosphere, which kept the planet warm enough for […]
8:00 PM | Could Robo-Readers Be Valuable Teaching Tools?
Sometimes impersonal feedback can be easier for students to accept and incorporate into their writing. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
3:00 PM | Seeing Tonic Water Glow: Weekly Science Activity
School and family science weekly spotlight: experiment with tonic water and a black light to learn more about fluorescence and light energy!
2:36 PM | Reacting to the Arrest of Two Journalists Covering The Fallout In Ferguson
Late yesterday evening, Twitter began to buzz with news that two reporters had been arrested by police in Ferguson, MO. The situation in Ferguson has been extremely tense since an unarmed black teen named Michael Brown was shot and killed by police on Saturday afternoon. Things got even worse yesterday, as SWAT teams were dispatched […]
2:16 PM | Brandi : Master’s Degree and former Indianapolis Colts cheerleader
Brandi has a Master’s Degree  and she cheered for the Indianapolis Colts. Hi, Brandi! What turned you on to science? What turned me on to science was my interest in discovering a cure for cancer. I had a grandfather, who was a vivid portrait painter, creator, and artist. He was diagnosed with lung cancer when I was very young, and succumbed to the disease within months of his diagnosis. My only true memory of him was spending time at his...[ Read Full Story ]
2:00 PM | Hacking School Computers: Cause For Celebration, Not Concern
An educator argues for letting kids tinker with the code on their school-owned devices. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
9:16 AM | Why HIV Virions Have Low Numbers of Envelope Spikes: Implications for Vaccine Development
A theoretical basis why artificial virus-like particles (VPLs) with a high density of envelope spikes might make a safe and efecting prophylactic vaccine against HIV. Continue reading →
9:00 AM | SSRN Top Downloads For IRPN: Innovation & Organizational Behavior (Topic)
 6-Virtual Teams: A Literature ReviewNader Ale Ebrahim, Shamsuddin Ahmed and Zahari Taha University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of Malaya (UM) - Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP), University of Malaya (UM) and University of Malaya (UM)Date posted to database: 7 Nov 2009Last Revised: 5 Aug 2014SSRN Top Downloads
8:45 AM | Fibonacci
It appears that Fibonacci was the first person in Europe to represent a real number in a place value system: he wrote a root of the equation as     .
7:13 AM | Special Issue: Small molecules: from structural diversity to signalling and regulatory roles - The Plant Journal
Despite the many challenges in detecting and functionally characterizing small molecules, genomics advances paired with increasingly sophisticated metabolomics approaches have led to a steady increase in the discovery of metabolites of diverse structure and roles in signaling and regulatory processes. This special issue will highlight recent advances and discoveries in the field of small molecule research ranging from signaling metabolites in primary metabolism to molecules with roles in inter- […]
12:51 AM | How Ultraviolet Light Reveals All the Secrets Buried Just Below Your Skin (Video)
Ultraviolet or UV radiation is the radiation released by the sun. While the sun’s energy is obvious extremely important for our survival, the UV rays it emits can damage our skin over time. Examining your skin through an ultraviolet lens can reveal things you never knew were there (a lot of people have freckles they can’t […]

August 13, 2014

10:47 PM | Koko, the Gorilla Who Uses Sign-Language, Mourns the Death of Her Friend Robin Williams
In 2001, Robin Williams traveled to the headquarters of the Gorilla Foundation in Woodside, California after taking a personal interest in ape conservation. While there, he met the famous gorilla Koko, who was taught American sign-language at a young age. The two were made for each other. Koko quickly took a liking to Williams’ kind heart, and […]
6:51 PM | Exploring a Culture of Health: Reimagining Medical and Health Education
This post is part of Exploring a Culture of Health, a citizen science series brought to you by Discover Magazine, SciStarter and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, serving as an ally to help Americans work together to build a national Culture of Health that enables everyone to lead healthier lives now and for generations to come.   What we […]Find more posts like Exploring a Culture of Health: Reimagining Medical and Health Education by Carolyn Graybeal on the […]
5:40 PM | Neighborhood In Oregon Buys Drone To Enforce Local Environmental Standards
The Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association in Portland, Oregon, just recently purchased a $1,500 DJI Phantom 2 Vision drone. The association named the drone “Flying Monkey 1″. The purpose of the drone is to monitor a nearby rail yard and a few local construction site, making sure the sites adhere to environmental standards that the group feel are a low priority for the […]
4:44 PM | This is what I call numeracy
From Vasily Grossman‘s notebooks published in A Writer at War, pp. 161-162, an entry about the Red Army infantry fighting off Luftwaffe in Stalingrad: The brains of the Red Army have finally turned to to the anti-tank rifle … [using] a cart wheel, fastened to a picket and rotating through 360 [degrees]. [...] Battalion Commander […]
4:00 PM | A Tale of Two Aphasias
It’s 1861, and the French neurologist Paul Broca is examining a new patient. Dr. Broca is puzzled because all the patient can say is “tan.” When Dr. Broca asks him questions, Tan cannot seem to form the words. However, it is clear that Tan can understand language because, when he asked to whistle or sing … Continue reading →

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3:28 PM | Units Matter Part II
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2:00 PM | How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom
Tips to make sure classroom technology is focused on asking students to be creative, collaborative and analytical. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
2:00 PM | Taste Test: Do You have the Papillae of a Supertaster?
Are you a picky eater? Maybe there is a scientific reason for your reluctance to eat certain foods even if you know they are good for you. Find out with a tongue-dyeing taste-testing science project!
12:40 PM | Setting a technology policy for your classroom? Ask students for input
Devising a policy on technology in the classroom? Ask your students, David Gooblar writes in @chroniclevitae. — Chronicle (@chronicle) January 23, 2014 For those of us heading back to the classroom this fall, we are thinking about what to do in our classes, and how to keep our students engaged during the 50 minutes we have them three times week – and by “engaged,” I mean keeping students connected …
7:53 AM | Frontiers | The role of mycorrhizal associations in plant potassium nutrition | Plant Traffic and Transport
Potassium (K+) is one of the most abundant elements of soil composition but its very low availability limits plant growth and productivity of ecosystems. Because this cation participates in many biological processes, its constitutive uptake from soil solution is crucial for the plant cell machinery. Thus, the understanding of strategies responsible of K+ nutrition is a major issue in plant science. Mycorrhizal associations occurring between roots and hyphae of underground fungi improve […]
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