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November 18, 2014

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9:53 PM | Philae Lander Discovered Organic Compound On Comet Before Running Out of Power
Scientists from the European Space Agency announced in a blog post this past weekend that the Rosetta Mission’s Philae lander had gone into a deep sleep after depleting its battery reserves. Philae was initially designed to recharge its batteries using solar panels, but one of its harpoons failed during the landing last week, causing Philae to take two bounces – it ended up about a kilometer away from the planned landing zone. As a result, the lander only got about 1.5 […]
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8:56 PM | Close, Peaceful Whale Encounters Captured on Video
I came across these incredible videos by John J. King II (AleutianDream on YouTube) and I just had to share them. These snorkelers are in such close and peaceful contact with wild humpbacks and sperm... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:00 PM | With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Neural Stem Cells
Stem cells have two characteristic and essential properties: Self-renewal. They can divide to give rise to another stem cell. Potency. They are capable of differentiating into specialized cells. Totipotent cells are stem cells that are capable of differentiating into all cell types in the entire organism. Pluripotent cells are descendant of totipotent cells, and are … Continue reading →
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4:47 PM | Blundering Into Innovation
I was thrilled to see the words “In Praise of Failure” emblazoned across the New York Times Magazine innovation issue Sunday morning and to read stories that illustrate that there is no substitute for trial, error and risk-taking in the process of invention. It reminded me that I’ve been meaning to write about a fantastic […]
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4:39 PM | “Memorial Diamonds”: Diamonds Made From Human Cremation Ashes
Algordanza, a Swiss-made diamond company, offers a unique and elegant way of memorializing our loved ones who have passed. Utilizing a highly complex manufacturing process, Algordanza produces “Memorial Diamonds” out of the carbon contained in human cremation ashes. The human body is roughly 18% carbon. After cremation, 2% of that carbon remains – this is the carbon that is captured in the memorial diamonds. According to BoredPanda… “It all begins with a […]
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1:39 PM | The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning
The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning explains key ideas in game-based learning, pedagogy, implementation, and assessment. This guide makes sense of the available research and provides... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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11:16 AM | Brittany: I.T. Auditor and former cheerleader
Brittany holds a degree in Management Information Systems and she also cheered for most of her life. Why MIS, Brittany? When I was in high school, I had a teacher that encouraged me to pursue a computer science degree and suggested Management Information Systems (MIS). I was in her computer information systems class my junior year of high school and I excelled in the course and enjoyed it as well. She recognized that and helped to fuel my desire to...[ Read Full Story ]
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10:15 AM | Making designer mutants in all kinds of model organisms
Recent advances in the targeted modification of complex eukaryotic genomes have unlocked a new era of genome engineering. From the pioneering work using zinc-finger nucleases (ZFNs), to the advent of the versatile and specific TALEN systems, and most recently the highly accessible CRISPR/Cas9 systems, we now possess an unprecedented ability to analyze developmental processes using sophisticated designer genetic tools. Excitingly, these robust and simple genomic engineering tools also promise to […]
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8:39 AM | NASA Computer Model Provides a New Portrait of Carbon Dioxide
An ultra-high-resolution computer model gives scientists a stunning new look at how atmospheric carbon dioxide travels around the globe.Mary Williams's insight:Great video to start your discussions about CO2 (photosynthesis, AGW) - swirls of CO2 showing global distribution and seasonal cycles.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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3:17 AM | The Secret Of Math
Math is a subject that is related to science very closely.There are many science solving processes need math knowledges.Just like science,math is also very interesting.The secret of math attracts me very much.Just give you guys an example.Several weeks ago,I took a pre-calculus 12 functions and relations chapter test,there was a math question which attracts me […]
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12:18 AM | German Village Plays Brilliant Prank On Neo-Nazis Who Gather There Once A Year
Wunsiedel is a small, quiet village in southern Germany. In fact, most people would have never heard of Wunsiedel if it weren’t for one unfortunate detail: the village is the final resting place of Rudolf Hess, one of Adolf Hitler’s most trusted deputies during World War II. After Hess died in prison on August 17, 1987, his remains were sent to Wunsiedel for burial. In the following years, neo-Nazis groups began staging memorial marches in the small village once a […]

November 17, 2014

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8:03 PM | A 5-Year-Old Boy Just Passed Microsoft’s IT Technician Exam
Ayan Qureshi isn’t your typical first grader. Ayan’s father Asim Qureshi, an IT consultant, introduced him to the world of computers when he was just three years old, letting Ayan play with old computers so that he could learn about how hard-drives and motherboards work. “I found whatever I was telling him, the next day he’d remember everything I said, so I started to feed him more information,”   Mr. Qureshi told the BBC. Ayan was indeed a […]
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7:06 PM | What do stars look like?
Okay, that sounds like a silly question, but is it? If you were asked to draw a star, it would probably look something like this: But we all know that stars in the skies are all spheres so why do we even draw spheres with pointy edges? Well, the presentation of stars in our minds […]
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4:47 PM | Plans to Clone A Woolly Mammoth Spark Debate Within the Scientific Community (Poll)
South Korean biotech company Sooam sparked fierce debate within the scientific community earlier this week when they announced a proposal for the possible cloning of a recently discovered woolly mammoth specimen. The scientists working at Sooam believe the extinct Mammuthus can be brought back to life using the DNA of the well-preserved mammoth specimen, which was found buried in the Siberian snow last May. Insung Hwang, a geneticist at Sooam, said he believes this is an […]
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1:53 PM | These Scientists Are Training Computers to Help Farmers Save Their Crops | WIRED
Can’t for the life of you figure out what those white spots on your squash plants are? A new app called PlantVillage may be able to help.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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1:45 PM | Scientific Discovery and the Idea of Freedom
Traditionally, we envision the concept of freedom in two ways: as negative freedom, in the sense of lack of constraint on what science can do or be; and as positive freedom, or the power science has because of what it … Continue reading → The post Scientific Discovery and the Idea of Freedom appeared first on Plain Language Science.
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12:48 PM | The threat of zoonotic diseases
While zoonotic EIDs are a major concern globally, their impact in less developed countries is disproportionately high. Continue reading →
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12:02 PM | Asking students to tell us about “the muddiest point”
Getting feedback on what was least clear in a course session. A classroom assessment technique that I like a lot is “the muddiest point”. It is very simple: At the end of a course unit, you hand out small pieces … Continue reading →
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11:26 AM | I am not a smart man
“I’m a physicist”… “Wow, you must be clever!” This is an interaction most physicists would admit to having at some point. Physics is difficult: everyone knows this. We take pride in it. Ours is the most difficult subject, the most worthy; we are the scientific elite. We are confident about our standing in academia. But […] The post I am not a smart man appeared first on physicsfocus.org.
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8:39 AM | Has The End Of The Banana Arrived?
Researchers fear that a relentless and virulent fungus could cripple the world's banana monoculture.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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6:16 AM | It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It
We’re going back to my favourite juice place that I talked about in my post on the Self-Confirming Hypothesis. Recently, I was buying my favourite drink (like always). The only problem I have with the drink is one “topping” they have in it which is pomelo, which I feel does not work with the flavours […]
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6:03 AM | Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Science of Comets
Recently the scientific community—as well as space enthusiasts everywhere—have been watching and celebrating as the Philae comet lander became the first spacecraft to land on a comet (specifically, comet 67P). After a few suspenseful hours during which Philae fell silent as its batteries ran out, it was able to recharge using solar power and send its […]
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4:44 AM | A Cardboard Bicycle?
How would you like a $30 cardboard full sized bicycle? Israeli mechanical engineer Izhar (Izzy) Gafni has been actively working on this project since 2009, inventing a machine that can manipulate cardboard sheets to form the strongest bicycle structure possible. “The idea is like Japanese origami,” he says. “You fold it once and then it […]
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3:39 AM | Watch It!
Have you ever stood on the skytrain and had the feeling of being watched, or that guy eyeing you from across the room. This sensation, either true or false, is actually a real feeling and may be hard-wired in our brains. The feeling of being watched has happened to us all, don’t fret–you are not […]
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12:00 AM | You Should Know: Dr. Cynthia Coleman and Musings on Native Science
Welcome to the sixteenth installment of You Should Know, where I give my own #ScholarSunday salute to Science Bloggers and the Blogs you may not yet know about.   Introducing…Dr. Cynthia... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

November 16, 2014

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11:53 PM | Contagious Holiday Spirit
Our 3D printed virus ornaments are ready! We are selling these ornaments to raise money for science outreach. We have: Last week, I shared our first few prints on Twitter and they were well received. We had plans to add glitter, but I learned that I should be nowhere near a spray can – and […]
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11:41 PM | Sioux Native Americans Release Statement Calling Keystone XL Pipeline “An Act of War”
In 2008, Canadian oil and gas company TransCanada began construction on the Keystone Pipeline, an extensive, four-phase pipeline project to connect Canadian tar sands (a vast source of crude oil) to refineries and distribution centers in the U.S. The first phase, completed in 2010, is a 2,147-mi stretch of pipeline that runs from Hardisty, Alberta to southern Illinois via Steele City, Nebraska. Phase II, completed in early 2011, added another 291 miles of pipeline, connecting the Keystone […]
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10:05 PM | Where did Ebola come from?
In some parts of Africa, where Ebola outbreak has caused terror among population, rumours regarding the origin of Ebola is spreading. Some of the religious groups say that Ebola comes from those dead in the area, who revived and took the street to find preys. It is also said that zombies walk the streets of […]
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9:23 PM | Amazing Brain Images Take Over Times Square
If you are in NYC in the month of November and your late night socializing takes you to Times Square, be certain to time it so you can see, from 11:57pm to midnight (EST, of course), a short film by... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:34 PM | The World’s Smallest Sculptures – Smaller Than A Human Hair (Photo Gallery)
According to British artist and “nanosculptor”, Jonty Hurwitz… “We live in an era where the impossible has finally come to pass. In our own little way we have become demi-gods of creation.” The quote above comes just after the debut of Hurwitz’s latest creation, “nano-sculptures”. These sculptures are so small that they are hardly visible to the naked eye, some having a width smaller than a human hair, which has a thickness of […]
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