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February 25, 2015

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8:27 PM | Red Bull Rider Invents “Snow-Wakeskating” In Bosnia (Video)
Red Bull professional wakeskater, Brian Grubb, was the first ever to play with a new type of boarding this winter. Equipped with a wench for pull, a traditional wakeskate, and a really warm rubber suit, Grubb was able to smoothly shred through a unique stretch of snow-covered creek in Bosnia, transitioning seamlessly from snow to water and back again multiple times. According to Red Bull… “The mountain of Bjelasnica, 25km from Sarajevo and former host to the Winter Olympics, […]
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7:25 PM | Bug of the Week: Stilt-legged Flies
A teacher friend last week suggested he could show images from Bug of the Week to his class via a SmartBoard and ask students for insights into what they see (Great idea, Jeff!) This insect (from the archives and from … Continue reading →
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6:50 PM | Do you need to turn your computer off at night?
If you want to be your computer lasts for a long time, then you should need to stop turning your computer off at night in case of regularly shutting your computer down and booting it back up.According to tech support guy Steven Leslie, from Geek Squad, "It depends on how often you use it.""If you use your computer multiple times per day, it’s best to leave it on. If you use it for a short time - say an hour or two - just once a day, or even less, then turn it off," says Leslie.And […]
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5:06 PM | Electrical thinking Cap will help you think better
Put your thinking cap on, no we mean literally put it on. How can you literally put your thinking cap on? This is where you thank psychology professor Geoff Woodman and Ph.D. student Robert Reinhart of Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.The duo has come up with an actual thinking cap which is capable of helping people to learn and take decisions quicker and with less error. cap works by transmitting minute electrical shocks to the brain when being worn by the user.The creators have […]
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4:45 PM | Students Use Autodesk 3D Design Software to Create Model Playgrounds
Students in an 8th grade class designed their own playgrounds using Autodesk Inventor software for 3D modeling.
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4:22 PM | Bionic Eye Allows Man to See His Wife for the First Time in 10 Years (Video)
20 years ago, Allen Zderad was forced to leave his job as a chemist after being diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that affects the part of the retina that converts light into images. Zdera’s vision began to rapidly deteriorate, and within 10 years of the diagnosis he was all but blind. Then, a few years ago, Zderad and his wife heard about a groundbreaking new “bionic eye” program at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. The couple was […]
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3:14 PM | Association of British Science Writers
I am delighted to report that my application for membership of the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) has been approved. I look forward to enjoying the benefits of membership of the association, and to contributing where and when I can.  
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3:07 PM | MediaTek MT6795 smokes Snapdragon 810 in Geekbench 3.0, closes in on Exynos 7420
The MediaTek MT6795 chipset has been in the works for quite a while now, but early benchmarks show it will have Samsung’s Exynos 7420 to compete with, while Snapdragon 810 lags behind. All three of these chipsets have the same basic CPU setup – a big.LITTLE combo with four Cortex-A57 and four Cortex-A53.The leaked result comes from Geekbench 3.0, a developer board by the looks of it. This is a CPU benchmark so we can’t compare GPUs – the PowerVR G6200 in the […]
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3:00 PM | Google will give millions of dollars to professionals who hunt Chrome bugs
Google is one of the largest companies in the world, its products are state of quality because the best industry professionals work in them. However, the company also believes there are many great professionals who are not on your list employees, so the company launched a new competition to help your browser.During the Pwnium conference Google revealed a tender for large developers who were present at the event. The company is offering millions of dollars for professionals hunt bugs and […]
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1:51 PM | Strategic edtech planning with the 2015 NMC Horizon Report
This 12th edition of the NMC Horizon Project identifies and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education across the disciplines
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1:37 PM | AfroPop Music Video on Healthy Eating--through Beans! - YouTube
"Rwanda’s top musicians promote beans, a nutritious food that improves children's and women's health! The artistes (King James, Miss Jojo, Riderman,Tom Close, and Urban Boyz) have donated their talent for a healthier Rwanda. Help Rwanda say goodbye to malnutrition by sharing this great song! Swahili with English subtitles."Mary Williams's insight:I was trying to find photos of biofortified crops and I did even better - I found a cheerful video about iron-biofortified beans, developed […]
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1:23 PM | Why you shouldn’t fear the Next Generation Science Standards
This is the last week Iowans can provide comments to an Iowa Department of Education panel that is reviewing the state’s science teaching standards. As I’ve written before, the panel reviewed several sets of standards before deciding to consider the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as a basis for Iowa’s revised guidelines. The panel had […]
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12:35 PM | Wave fields around objects in a channel
One of the reasons I have been wanting to do the vortex street experiment I wrote about on Monday is that it is pretty difficult to visualize flow fields (especially if you neither want to pollute running water somewhere in nature, nor want … Continue reading →
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8:57 AM | Dr Nader Ale Ebrahim - Wikiscientist
Dr Nader Ale Ebrahim University of Malaya UMExpert - Dr. Nader Ale Ebrahim Dr. Nader Ale Ebrahim Birth place Residence Other name Education Last updated Langarud, Guilan, IRAN Malaysia نادر آل ابراهیم PhD degree from University of Malaya 25 February 2015Dr. Nader Ale Ebrahim (born December 01, 1963) is an Iranian researcher. He is expert in the field of Technology Management, Virtual […]
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7:11 AM | Plant Microbe Interactions summer school at Sainsbury Lab (great opportunity! Aug 2015)
This is such an amazing opportunity! Good luck applicants."We will accept a maximum of twenty students onto this course. Students can be at any career stage and sector or working or resident in any country and will be selected on the basis of abstracts describing prior experience and benefit to their research and career. Successful students will be notified soon after abstract submission closes on 5th May and asked to proceed to registration. Registration will be £720 and includes course […]
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5:58 AM | Future of Research events and reports - postdocs helping postdocs
Postdocs helping postdocs! So many postdocs are organizing events and efforts to address the concerns about the future of research. Here is an excellent article by a group that organized one of the first "Future of Research" events. They nicely summarize key concerns and proposed solutions in the F1000Research article, "F1000Research Article: Shaping the Future of Research: a perspective from junior scientists" (http://f1000research.com/articles/3-291/v2). More events are planned (some by […]
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12:22 AM | Scientists Call for Urgent Investigation As More Mysterious Craters Appear In Siberia
Last July, scientists discovered a mysterious crater on the Yamal peninsula in northern Siberia. Within a week, scientists had uncovered two more similar craters in the region. Since then, four more craters have been catalogued in Siberia, bringing the official total to seven. But researchers think the actual number may be much higher than that: “I am sure that there are more craters on Yamal, we just need to search for them… I suppose there could be 20 to 30 craters […]

February 24, 2015

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8:37 PM | CT Scan Reveals Mummy Encapsulated Inside Ancient Buddhist Statue
A computed tomography (CT) scan of a Chinese statue has revealed that a mummified Buddhist monk, whose organs were replaced with ancient Chinese scrolls, is encased within the sculpture. The scan was carried out by researchers at Meander Medical Center in the Netherlands, who confirmed earlier predictions that the statue contained such a mummy. Computed tomography: an imaging method that uses x-rays to create pictures of cross-sections of the […]
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7:25 PM | Why The Teacher’s Pet Resembles The Teacher
Students who are viewed as having a lot in common with their teachers can have an advantage in the classroom. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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7:18 PM | Android M to run in cars without a smartphone: New feature rumours
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7:08 PM | Make this floating LED bed at home in simple steps
This guy decided that the regular bed was too boring for him and therefore opted to create one for himself. He used LED light and some wood for this purpose. The end result? A bed that seems as if it’s levitating. Check out the project below and let us know what you think about in the comments section below. The project kicked off with him creating the basic bed frame. Once he had the frame he went on to test the installation method for the 24ft LED rope light that will be […]
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4:08 PM | Mystery Seed of the Week 238
Last week’s seeds were large and from eastern North America. This week’s seeds are much smaller and from the Southwest. You probably won’t see them out like this, however. The seeds are often hidden within small dried flowers. Do you … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Seed of the Week: Tulip Tree
Our mystery samaras last week were (as Sara suggested) from a tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipifera. (Photograph in the public domain by P.Gibellini at Wikimedia) The scientific species name means “tulip bearing” and refers to the stunning yellow and orange cup-shaped … Continue reading →
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2:29 PM | Coop’s Scoop: Mind over Mainframe – next #CitSciChat discusses citizen science games
The next time you get into an argument with your laptop or shake a fist at your computer, try to refrain from calling it “a stupid machine.” That would be gloating. We really are more intelligent than our computers. Case in point, the human mind can solve some puzzles better than computers. On this principle, […]Find more posts like Coop’s Scoop: Mind over Mainframe – next #CitSciChat discusses citizen science games by Caren Cooper on the SciStarter Blog. Your […]
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2:25 PM | Teaching Kids How to Learn Without Study Drugs
How can parents and teachers reduce stress on the teens and young adults in their lives? One way is stop confusing rigor with workload. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:48 PM | Tomatan: The Hands-Free Wearable Tomato-Feeding Robot (Video)
Last week Japan’s largest supplier of tomato juice and ketchup unveiled a wearable robot that sits atop a user’s shoulders and feeds them tomatoes as they run. According to International Business Times… “Tomatan is a robot that can be worn as a backpack. Weighing 8kg (18 pounds), it features a tomato shaped head with a mouth that opens to dispense the tomato into circular metal arms that then come down over the person’s mouth to feed them a […]
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9:33 AM | Bond robot can write in your handwriting
We all know how email is convenient and quite easy to make use of; simply type the message and with the click of a button it goes to the recipient. However, receiving a package that contains a hand written letter or note still holds a certain meaning and joy. This was the reason behind the creation of Bond Service. It employs a robot to create a note that is hand-written in your handwriting. This note is then sent to the recipient of the user’s choice.Of course you can write […]
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6:59 AM | This home in Australia generates more energy than it uses
The World's first carbon-positive prefabricated house has been unveiled in Melbourne, Australia, and we really want to have a home like this.Created by Australian manufacturing company ArchiBlox, the prefab homes can be ordered, built and delivered, ready to move in within 12 to 28 weeks. The aim is to provide a simple, affordable and stylish way to help people greatly reduce their carbon footprint.The one-bedroom prototype features edible garden walls, rooftop solar panels, a sunroom and […]
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6:35 AM | World’s first grid-connected wave power station in Australia
The world’s first grid-connected wave power station has been activated off the coast of Western Australia (WA) along with that it also supplies zero-emission desalinated water. After more than a decade of testing and demonstrations, Australian company Carnegie Wave Energy has switched on a pilot project that has begun feeding wave-generated electricity into a local WA grid."This is the first array of wave power generators to be connected to an electricity grid in Australia […]
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5:10 AM | Obama Aid: My “Biggest Failure” of 2014 Was Not Securing Disclosure of UFO Files
John Podesta has a long-standing fascination with all things extraterrestrial. Podesta, who resigned from his position as a senior adviser for President Obama earlier this month, recently posted a series of tweets reflecting on some of his best memories and biggest regrets from 2014. Among them was this tweet, which immediately created a buzz amongst UFO enthusiasts: Podesta, who served as President Clinton’s chief of staff from 1998-2001, became a vocal advocate […]
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