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April 26, 2015

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4:07 PM | How I Got Converted to G.M.O. Food, from the New York Times by Mark Lynas
We can’t deny the science: Biotech works — for good.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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10:52 AM | SSRN Diffusion of Innovation eJournal
Optimize Your Article for Search EngineUniversity of Malaya Research Bulletin, Vol. 2, No. 1, 23, December 2014Nader Ale Ebrahim 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)Date Posted: April 02, 2015Accepted Paper Series17 downloadsMiddle Ground in Customer-Utility Relationship? Analyzing the Drivers of […]

April 25, 2015

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11:48 PM | Cuba Has Had A Lung Cancer Vaccine for 20 Years. Now It’s Heading to the US
During the early 1990s, the Cuban government’s Molecular Immunology Center began testing a groundbreaking lung cancer vaccine called CimaVax. Besides treating the symptoms of the disease, the vaccine also helps prevents recurrence of the cancer. With Cuba and the United States normalizing relations in December, CimaVax could be available in the U.S. in the not so distant future. Kelvin Lee is the chief of immunology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New […]
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9:17 PM | These Are the World’s 5 Happiest and 5 Least Happy Countries, According to the UN
Once a year, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), an initiative sponsored by the United Nations, creates an index of the happiest countries in the world. According to the BBC, the World Happiness Report is based on data gathered by the Gallup World Poll, taking into account variables like, “real GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, corruption levels and social freedoms.” This year, European countries claimed four of the five top spots, with […]
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4:21 PM | EU Considers Regulating Internet Firms Before We Hit “A Point Of No Return”
According to The Wall Street Journal… “The European Union could create a powerful new regulator to oversee a swath of mainly U.S.-based Internet companies, according to an internal document.” The plan, first reported by The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Fairless, was given to European Union digital commissioner Günther Oettinger as a warning to start the oversee of online power-houses like Google, Amazon and Facebook. The concern is that the rapid pace of change […]
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1:59 PM | Artificial photosynthesis breakthrough turns CO2 emissions into plastics and biofuel
Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley have created a hybrid system of bacteria and semiconducting nanowires that mimics photosynthesis. According to the researchers, their versatile, high-yield system can take water, sunlight and carbon dioxide and turn them into the building blocks of biodegradable plastics, pharmaceutical drugs and even biofuel. Although renewable energy is making up a growing portion of the world’s […]
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9:36 AM | World’s largest vertical farm opens this year
Vertical farming is typically done in tall buildings with lots of sunlight. A new 21,031-square-metre vertical farm going to open soon in Newark, New Jersey this year, and is expected to grow close to a million kilograms of pesticide-free produce on a yearly basis.It is made out of an old steel factory and the farm will not only be 75 times more productive than a farm of a similar size spread across a flat, open field, but it requires far less to run. The farm also uses recyclable […]
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7:10 AM | The Victorian Gentlewoman Who Documented 900 Plant Species
Marianne NorthSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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6:09 AM | May 21st Discover Summary
In this week’s session, we returned back to our Environment unit, and were introduced to a programming language popular among the biologists, known as the RStudio program. Using this program, we had learned to perform various functions for analyzing data, which was an effective way to manipulate and display our data sets. For example, the plot() function would […]
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4:00 AM | Malaysian Postgraduate Workshop Series (MPWS): One Day Workshop on Research Tools: Supporting Research and Publication
One Day Workshop on Research Tools: Supporting Research and Publication[PERSIAPAN AWAL] Adakah anda tahu, sebelum anda memulakan langkah anda sebagai pelajar Postgraduate, rupa-rupanya ada teknik yang boleh membantu untuk memilih Supervisor (SV) yang tepat, di mana kita boleh 'check' latar belakang SV contohnya sudah berapa jurnal yang diterbitkan oleh seseorang SV itu, link atau 'networking' sesorang SV dengan universiti lain di dalam dan luar negara, conference yang pernah disertainya dan […]
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3:15 AM | The SCICOMM 25 (4.24.15)
Welcome to the latest edition of the SCICOMM 25. This is where I pull together the week's 25 most talked about science communication stories, determined by the engagement rate of stories I've shared on Twitter. Many are written by the world's leading science communicators. Some offer tips and advice, while others tackle important issues we need to discuss and debate. All of them are worth checking out. I hope you enjoy this week's list. Top Stories: A science writing competition […]
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1:57 AM | SSRN Legal Information & Technology eJournal
Does a Long Reference List Guarantee More Citations? Analysis of Malaysian Highly Cited and Review PapersThe International Journal of Management Science and Business, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 6-15, 2015Nader Ale Ebrahim ,H. Ebrahimian ,Maryam Mousavi andFarzad Tahriri 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 […]
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12:32 AM | 3 Companies With High-Performing Virtual Teams
Source: http://www.onpointconsultingllc.com/blog/3-companies-with-high-performing-virtual-teams 3 Companies With High-Performing Virtual TeamsPosted byDarleen DeRosa February 26, 2015 Share Article:Maintaining work relationships virtually presents unique challenges.It’s more difficult to build trust, manage accountability and form bonds among teams separated by physical distance. Add to that a greater potential for miscommunication or […]

April 24, 2015

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11:33 PM | Chinese Scientists Just Genetically Modified Human Embryos for the First Time Ever
In a controversial breakthrough, a group of Chinese researchers has admitted to tweaking the genes of human embryos for the first time in human history. The scientists used a genome-editing enzyme called CRISPR/Cas9, which has the ability to cut out damaged segments of DNA (that may carry genetic defects) and replace those segments with healthy DNA. In other words, CRISPR could potentially be used to “cleanse” a child’s genome of deadly […]
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7:31 PM | Wireless Companies Beware- Google Just Launched Its Very Own Mobile Service
Early on Thursday (4/24), Google shook up the mobile industry by officially unveiling its new wireless service, Project Fi. The service is still in the “early access program” stage, so for now it will be limited to owners of the Google Nexus 6 cell phone (it also requires a special SIM card). Project Fi is unique from other wireless services in that customers will only have to pay for the data they actually use. Data is sold in 1GB blocks, and consumers will […]
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7:18 PM | Nokia to make Android phones in 2016, R&D shifts to China
Recently we heard rumors about alleged Nokia plans for re-entering the phone market in 2016. We are happy to report those plans are indeed true and Nokia will be marking its return next year with an Android smartphone. Nokia sold its device business to Microsoft a year ago and it signed a non-compete clause preventing the company from producing smartphones under the Nokia brand until December 31, 2015 and feature phones under the Nokia brand for a decade.Nokia used wisely these […]
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7:11 PM | World’s first electric rocket going to debut this year
Space travel has seen tremendous advances in the fields of Avionics, Robotics and Materials engineering. The risk and difficulty factors have been reduced to minimum levels. But in relation to cost and range, we have been lingering in the stone age since the very start of our space endeavors. It is due to the monstrous fuel consumption of contemporary rocket thrusters that we have been stuck here. It makes it difficult to maintain cost efficiency no matter what we do in other […]
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5:56 PM | Android peeing on an Apple logo in Google Maps
For all the Android fans, this is a prank that they can be proud of. Earlier today, some guy on the internet saw this weird looking map feature on Google maps in Rawalpindi city, a big metropolis of Pakistan.This weird little feature is obviously not there on the terrain in real. So the big question is, how did it get there? The most probable explanation is that someone using the map maker submitted this change on the map and it slipped through the approval system somehow. For those of you […]
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5:29 PM | What happens when molten lava meets an ocean
We've all seen volcanoes erupt before. We all know what lava looks like. And if you haven't been to the ocean, you're at least well aware of it's appearance.  Volcanic explosions are the way to go if you are planning to make your movie amazingly interesting. However, watching a rare footage of it – the real deal – will leave you amazed and shocked as well. Because no one's ever captured this dangerously close a look of what lava looks like when it hits water. Don't […]
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4:59 PM | For Astronomy Day: Books for Kids to Explore the Universe
This week is filled with special celebrations. Wednesday was Earth Day, today is Arbor Day (see last Friday's post for suggestions for marking Arbor Day), and tomorrow, April 25, 2015, is Astronomy Day. What a great week to get out and celebrate nature and science! Today, let's get ready for Astronomy Day. What better way ...continue reading →
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4:50 PM | Hydaway water bottle folds down into a flat disc
The water bottle design has seen a number of changes over the years. One of the biggest trends we've seen in water bottle design is the collapsible bottle that compacts down to pocket size when empty. But, Hydaway offers a slightly different take on the trend, its silicone body compacting like an accordion into a flat, pocketable disc.The bottle still has a protruding cap that keeps it at 2 in (5 cm) thick when packaged up, however. With its soft-sided, accordion-like folding action and […]
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3:01 PM | Chinese Construction Workers Just Stumbled Upon Dozens of Dinosaur Eggs
The city of Heyuan in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong has quite the collection of dinosaur eggs. Dubbed the “Home of Dinosaurs,” Heyuan earned a Guinness World Record in 2004 for having the world’s largest collection of dinosaur eggs. That collection just got a bit larger, after construction workers doing road repairs stumbled upon a cache of 43 fossilized dinosaur eggs on Sunday. The eggs were discovered right in the heart of downtown Heyuan. […]
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2:49 PM | Two floating solar power plants recently opened in Japan
The two big floating solar power plants have just been completed in Japan, ready to power 1,000 homes without taking any electricity from the grid.Solar power is booming in Japan; the nation doubled its solar power capacity within two years of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, and is now a world leader along with China and the US.  These two plants are situated on the Nishihira and Higashihira Ponds in Kato City, which is part of the Hyōgo Prefecture of Japan. […]
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2:25 PM | Glimpse of the Garden: Week 4, A Splash of Yellow
(this post contains affiliate links)      Despite snow flurries the past couple of days the plants are still doing their best to persist! I was actually happy that I hadn't gotten all my flower beds raked out yet because the leaves and litter have allowed a little protection from some unseasonably cold temperatures. Jonquils ©SBFThese little jonquils that I transplanted from a pot gifted to us last spring are just about the only color we have in the front yard. They […]
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2:25 PM | Researchers invented glasses-free 3D holograms using graphene
Three dimensional holographic images and floating displays outside a screen have long been a favorite of science fiction films like from the rescue message carried by R2-D2 in Star Wars to the holographic maps in Avatar. But in real life, its very difficult to achieve the same effect without the use of annoying 3D glasses.Now researchers at Swinburne University of Technology have shown the capacity of a technique using graphene oxide and complex laser physics to create a full-colour, pop-up, […]
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12:47 PM | Can Self-Directed Learning Work for Underprivileged Children?
Student-centered learning has largely been the domain of middle class families. David Gribble found that less privileged children can thrive in these environments as well.
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11:14 AM | Eddy generation and optics.
Eddies. Dips in the surface and shadows on the ground. I always get really fascinated by watching how eddies are generated by obstacles in a fluid. But it is especially exciting when you don’t only see the eddies because you … Continue reading →
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9:20 AM | Is a small artificial virus fragment the key to a Chikungunya vaccine?
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes and causes Chikungunya fever. CHIKV occurs in the tropical and subtropical parts of the world. Regions where it has already caused epidemics include Africa, territories around the Indian Ocean, Southeast Asia, and … Continue reading →

April 23, 2015

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10:57 PM | Nearly A Third of the Fighters In Yemen’s Civil War Are Children
A substantial portion of the fighting in Yemen is being done by young men who aren’t even old enough to vote yet. According to Julien Harneis, UNICEF’s representative in Yemen, nearly one out of every three fighters in Yemen is under the age of 18. “You can say that up to a third of fighters in the armed groups in Yemen are children… We are seeing children in battle, at check-points and unfortunately among (those) killed and injured,” Harneis […]
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9:07 PM | Super online games to learn about evolution
Lots to explore here, including a game where you build phylogenetic trees based on shared traits - very well done! See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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