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April 16, 2014

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9:00 PM | Green Engineering: National Environmental Education Week
From creating systems to desalinate water using solar energy to growing rooftop gardens to increase food supply and regulate building temperature, environmental engineers tackle all kinds of problems and innovate new solutions to help create a more sustainable world. Students...
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7:45 PM | Our brain is not programmed to reading or writing
The title is certainly somehow confused, but here I'll explain you how I came up to this.I am advisor of a very intelligent woman who is studying musical cognition and her work proposes a relationship between the processes of reading and writing music and natural language. We have written a couple of articles which we hope to publish soon, but while we were working with her thesis I made comments, and about a paragraph I wrote her the following note: remember that our brain is not […]
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5:30 PM | 6 of The Most Breathtaking Yet Terrifying Bridges You Could Ever Cross (Pictures)
Click any of the images to enlarge them. 1. Capilano Suspension Bridge- North Vancouver, Canada Height: 70m (230ft); Length: 137m (449ft)- This simple suspension bridge crosses the Capilano River in the Canadian province of British Columbia. 2. Hanging Bridge of Ghasa- Kushma, Nepal Height: 70m (443ft); Length: 137m (1,128ft)- This bridge was created in the hopes of […]
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4:09 PM | Science Buddies Success Story a Finalist in Global Challenge with Girls in STEM Project
A few year ago, Laura did a science project on bacteria and water bottles. Today, she is a finalist in a global challenge and encouraging other girls to get excited about STEM!
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3:15 PM | USNews STEM Solutions presents “Leading by Example,” moderated by Science Cheerleader
Session 8A: Leading by Example: The Crucial Role of Mentors Date: Wednesday April 23, 2014 Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00PM Location: Room 207A Speakers: Capt. Barrington Irving , Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D. , Eric Schwarz , Mark J. Tamaro, P.E. Inspiring and engaging individuals who might not consider a STEM education or career is a challenging goal. Hear firsthand from a panel of mentors and coaches about what works and how best to cultivate relationships between individuals of different […]
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3:00 PM | Who's in Charge Around Here?!
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2:45 PM | Wordless Wednesday: Pouched Rat having a treat
This is a video recording of me introducing a new snack to the African Giant Pouched Rats (Cricetomys ansorgei) – fresh pumpkin seeds. This fellow really seems to like it. I’m super... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:25 PM | Are The Netherlands’ Glow In The Dark Roads The Future?
On a half a kilometer stretch of highway in the Netherlands, glow in the dark roads have replaced streetlights for the first time. The idea, which won Best Future Concept at the Dutch Design Awards, was first promised by design firm Studio Roosegarde in 2012. The road markers have been re-painted using a photo-luminising powder (co-developed with Heijmans, a road construction […]
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2:18 PM | Google’s Algorithm Changes and SEO Consulting
By Jian Shi Proper optimization of your site content for SEO requires both a robust initial page and/or site optimization and skillful ongoing SEO maintenance. This is where understanding the search engine environment — and the history that made the … Continue reading → The post Google’s Algorithm Changes and SEO Consulting appeared first on Plain Language Science.
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2:18 PM | SEO Consulting: Google’s Algorithm Changes
By Jian Shi Proper SEO optimization of your site and content requires both a robust initial setup and skillful ongoing SEO maintenance. This is where understanding search engine environment — and the history that made the SEO rules and strategies … Continue reading → The post SEO Consulting: Google’s Algorithm Changes appeared first on Plain Language Science.
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8:15 AM | Plant biologists FRET over stress
Summary of a pair of papers that use FRET as a biosensor for ABASee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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5:31 AM | Ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, banana phone!
  I love my iPhone, but I’m not sure if it is a healthy relationship. I also love the sciences and in the future I wish to become an oncologist–which is a doctor that specializes in cancer. So, when I was googling an article to write my blog post on I was shocked when I […]
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2:35 AM | If You Missed The Blood Moon You Can Watch The Whole Thing Here In Just 9 Seconds (Gif)
You may have heard people talking about the “blood moon” that happened last night. If you missed it, not to worry! Here’s the entire event (which took just under two and a half hours) in just 9 seconds: To learn more about what caused the blood moon checkout our post about the event from yesterday. […]
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2:31 AM | April 15th Summary – LCDs!
This session was a continuation of where I ended off last week working with the Hello World example for LCDs. I had rewired all the pins and changed the code to fit the LCD, however the LCD still would not display the words. When I arrived, Andrew had bought new character LCDs, which are simpler […]
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12:49 AM | This Mind-Blowing Skin Gun Is Revolutionizing How We Treat Burn Victims! (Video)
The skin cell gun was created by Jörg C. Gerlach of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, along with colleagues at Stem Cell Systems GmbH in Berlin. It takes stem cells from healthy skin and puts then in a solution with water. This solution is then sprayed onto the burned area using the specialized cell gun. […]

April 15, 2014

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11:14 PM | Police Are Testing a Powerful New Surveillance System Dubbed The “Live Version of Google Earth” (Poll)
Don’t forget to let us know how you feel by responding to the poll questions at the end! Many thanks! Last year, police in the infamously crime-ridden city of Compton in south-central Los Angeles began testing out a new system which allowed them to do something Big Brother himself would be jealous of: watch the movements of […]
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5:01 PM | How The Odds of You Even Existing Are Basically Zero (Infographic)
A ridiculous number of factors had to come together for you to be born. This infographic quantifies the probability of all of these factors happening. Think about it the next time you’re feeling insignificant or telling yourself that something is “impossible”! Click the image to see the full size version.
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5:00 PM | First Grader Puts the Science of Fruits and Gelatin to the Test
You like your gelatin desserts solid and jiggly but not runny, right? A kitchen chemistry experiment reveals why certain gelatin and fruit combinations might appear at a potluck or picnic and not others. For this student and her family, the...
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3:12 PM | Why This Sculpture of Jesus as A Homeless Man Caused A Major Stir In A Wealthy Community
Davidson, North Carolina is an affluent neighborhood where things tend to stay pretty quiet. Recently, however, one seemingly innocuous sculpture sparked quite the controversy in Davidson. The sculpture that started it all is called Jesus the Homeless. It depicts jesus as a homeless man wrapped in a blanket, laying on a park bench. The blanket obscures […]
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11:00 AM | Growing Alum Crystals in Eggshells
It only takes a spark to start a fire, and it only takes one atom to act as a seed for crystal formation. Under the right conditions, the atoms in alum will join together like puzzle pieces to form large crystals. I posted a few years ago about how to grow a large alum crystal, […]
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8:28 AM | Horizontal transfer of an adaptive chimeric photoreceptor from bryophytes to ferns
What's going in in that understory?Wonderful evolutionary story hereSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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6:32 AM | Rescuing US biomedical research from its systemic flaws
Important Perspective from four heavy-hitters of US science (Bruce Alberts, Marc W. Kirschner, Shirley Tilghman, and Harold Varmus) = They call for a system that would " balance supply and demand in a sustainable fashion, adjust the pipeline that delivers new scientists, moderate the size of laboratories that are now difficult to fund, and restore an environment in which talented trainees and scientists can do their best work."Mary Williams's insight:One of their suggestions is to use more […]
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5:22 AM | April 8th Alarm Clock Progress!
So far, I have played around with the gradual light portion of my alarm clock project, this week I focused on the real time clock. Simon who has experienced with arduino clocks assisted me with the process of making the code. Although, not a long code, I learned a lot about the different functions and […]
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5:16 AM | Ferrofluids
My Science Fair project this year involved ferrofluids so this blog will talk a bit about these interesting fluids and what they can be used for. Ferrofluids (FFs) are liquids that respond to magnetic fields. They are colloidal suspensions made up of tiny ferromagnetic particles (usually ferric oxide, also known as iron III oxide), about […]
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2:39 AM | #Cosmos E6: How Deep? Put a Star To Sleep
(I live tweet Cosmos every Sunday @ 8pm CST. For all of my Cosmos recaps, please click here)The sixth episode of Cosmos aired on Fox , and I held my usual live tweet which is shown below. But first, let's check out some videos from the episode.Check out the complexity of "life in the dew drop", which features two life forms, Paramecium and. Dileptus, in an epic battle. It's amazing how much goes on within the smallest things that humans can observe.  As Tyson puts it, the […]
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12:54 AM | “Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation” is 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner!
I am always thrilled when a science themed book wins the General Non-Fiction Pulitzer Prize. Some of my favorites from previous years include the following: 2011 Siddhartha Mukherjee “The... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 14, 2014

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10:40 PM | Yes, the GOP is the Party of Big Business
Or at least big “economic sectors.” From a new study by the the University of Maryland’s James Gimpel, Frances Lee, and Michael Parrott: We identify the economic interests in the United States that have a partisan alignment. We disaggregate corporate and trade association political action committees by economic sector, using the most fine-grained classifications available. We then analyze […]
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8:24 PM | Did You Know… There’s A Frog That Can Freeze Itself Solid Then Thaw Out And Come Back to Life
The North American wood frog has one of the most amazing adaptations I’ve ever seen or heard of: in winter, it turns itself into a frogsicle. The moment it touches an ice crystal, signals are set off which cause it to pull water away from the center of its body, encasing the internal organs in a […]
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6:57 PM | The hidden costs of unsolicited textbooks — a view from the mailroom
In a followup to an earlier post about unsolicited review copies of textbooks, I had a chance to ask a student employee of our university mailroom about how these affect the daily workflow of mail services. His response was enlightening but, sadly, not surprising.
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6:14 PM | What Is A Blood Moon and Why Is It Happening Tonight During the Total Lunar Eclipse??
At exactly 8:58 p.m. CST (central time) tonight, the moon will move into Earth’s shadow. The total lunar eclipse, where the moon is completely shaded by the Earth, will start a little more than an hour later at 10:07 p.m. CST, and will last until approximately 11:25 p.m. CST. You may have heard the term […]
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