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September 17, 2014

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1:32 PM | Identification of phosphatin, a drug alleviating Pi starvation responses in Arabidopsis
Interesting new chemical genetics study identifies a compound that alleviates some of the low-Pi responses in plants. Treated plants grow better on low P, "this reveals that the developmental restrictions induced by Pi starvation are not a consequence of metabolic limitation, but also result from genetic regulation." (OPEN in Plant Phys)See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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1:00 PM | What's in a Watermelon?
Are the seeds in your watermelon playing hide-and-seek? Can plants grow without soil? The plant world offers a cornucopia of mysteries that are ripe for investigation.
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12:04 PM | Learning science through reading, writing… and doodling
What do you do when you see a student doodling in class? Studies show that perhaps we should encourage this behavior.

September 16, 2014

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10:30 PM | This School District’s New Vehicle Isn’t a Bus- It’s An Armored Military Vehicle
The flow of military equipment to local police forces has just taken a new turn, with news surfacing that the San Diego Unified School District now has an MRAP (mine-resistant ambush protect vehicle). The district acquired the vehicle via the government’s 1033 Program, which gives away unneeded or unused military equipment to local departments at no cost. This is the same program that provided much of the militaristic equipment seen during the recent events in […]
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8:45 PM | New Study: Millennials Are Actually Reading MORE Than Their Elders
I’m sure you’ve heard it before: the media lamenting on how lost the young generation is, how addicted we are to technology, how we’re dumbing ourselves down and losing touch with our societal roots. But at least one study seems to be contradicting this characterization of young people as ignorant internet addicts. The study, published by the Pew Research Center last week, found that 88% of Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 claimed to have read at […]
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2:46 PM | ‘Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible’
This animated documentary celebrates the scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, whose discovery of microbes would change our view of the biological world.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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2:00 PM | Role-Playing Game Upends College Lecture and Ignites Fire in Students
A complicated role-immersion game has a few college professors handing over control of the classroom to students who are suddenly showing more passion and interest than ever before. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:44 PM | The U.S. Is Committing 3,000 Troops and Half A Billion Dollars to Stop the Spread of Ebola
Later today, President Barack Obama will announce the United States’ new plan for stemming the spread of the Ebola virus in Africa. As of September 7, there were 4,366 confirmed, suspected or probable cases, as well as 2,218 deaths. The real numbers are probably much higher though, since many suffering from the disease in rural parts of Africa are actively avoiding detection. The President will announce his plans during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]
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1:10 PM | Good news on ozone layer should spur climate action
For the first time since 1980, the ozone layer that shields us from harmful radiation is repairing itself after being eaten away over decades by human-produced chemicals. The good news comes just in time to celebrate...

September 15, 2014

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10:10 PM | This App Uses Your Phone To Help With Cancer and Alzheimer’s Research While You Sleep (Video)
A University of Vienna invention is turning our smartphones into a network of processing power. The Samsung Power Sleep App was developed by Samsung in Austria, as a collaboration with the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Vienna. Samsung Power Sleep lets you donate the processing power of your smartphone or tablet to assist researchers with the decryption of protein sequences. This decryption is an essential part of cancer and Alzheimer’s research (as well […]
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9:20 PM | This Fungus Cannon Shoots Off Spores Faster Than Bullets from A Shotgun (Video)
Back in June, I wrote a post about the fastest animals in the world, including the hydromantes salamander, the mantis shrimp, the cheetah and the peregrine falcon. But life on this planet is not limited to the animal kingdom. If we’re talking about the fastest organisms in the world, then the Pilobolus crystallinus, a fungus typically found growing on herbivore poo, is definitely a contender. The fungus creates spores which it eventually shoots off at speeds up to […]
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5:05 PM | Why Microsoft Just Spent $2.5 Billion to Buy the Company That Makes Minecraft
Just a year after acquiring Finnish mobile giant Nokia, Microsoft is buying yet another Scandinavian company. This time it’s Swedish-based firm Mojang, maker of the popular game Minecraft. Minecraft, for those who aren’t familiar, is a game that allows its users to build their own structures and communities using lego-like virtual bricks. The game also allows users to explore other players’ structures and battle one another. Since its release […]
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2:42 PM | Plant Physiology: Efficient gene editing in tomato in the first generation using the CRISPR/Cas9 system (2014)
To test the efficacy of CRISPR/Cas9 in tomato, we chose to target a gene that, when function was disrupted, would result in a distinctive, immediately recognizable phenotype early in the plant tissue culture phase of Agrobacterium-mediated transformation. A CRISPR/Cas9 construct was designed to target neighboring sequences in the second exon of the tomato homolog of Arabidopsis ARGONAUTE7 (SlAGO7), because loss-of-function mutations are recessive and result in plants whose typical compound flat […]
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2:00 PM | Measuring Students’ Self-Control: A ‘Marshmallow Test’ for the Digital Age
Researchers hope that being able to accurately measure how well students resist digital temptations will help them learn about how "academic diligence" features in later life success. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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10:38 AM | Supporting primary science
Supporting chemistry education is a key aim for the Royal Society of Chemistry. To make sure this aim covers all ages, we are excited by the work we are now doing to extend that support towards primary (5-11) education.  Chemistry is not often introduced as a seperate discipline at this age range so we have taken the concious decision to support science as a wider subject. We are aiming to work with other organisations, teachers and schools in delivering new resources, materials and […]
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5:36 AM | Afraid of the Dentist? You’ll Love This Natural (and Adorable) Method
If you're not going to the dentist because it's uncomfortable, scary, or you've had a bad experience, this method could make a significant impact on your health without you having to take a valium. The post Afraid of the Dentist? You’ll Love This Natural (and Adorable) Method appeared first on Ask the Dentist.
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4:56 AM | Combustion
Everyones favourite exothermic(a reaction emitting more energy than it consumes) oxidation, fire. Now as much as this is an everyday reaction for most people, few know it’s actual process. Calling me pyromaniac would be anything from false so I had my own theories from countless burnings of hundreds of materials. Some were complete failures (toxic […]
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4:46 AM | The Smart Trash Can
Japanese engineer Minoru Kurata has designed a smart trashcan which moves itself to catch your garbage as you toss it (click here to watch it in action). The system includes a wall mounted Kinect sensor that was hacked to detect the motion of trash being tossed, send the information to a computer which calculates the […]
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4:40 AM | Augmented reality. What is it?
With the release of Google GLASS there has been alot of talk about augmented reality/wearable devices. First off what is augmented reality? Augmented reality is a technology that allows computer graphics to be put over a direct or indirect live view of a real physical environment. Sounds like science fiction, but augmented reality has been […]
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4:36 AM | Ethics of scientific publication: (Mal)-practices and Consequentialism
Ethics of scientific publication: (Mal)-practices and Consequentialism Full Text as PDF 1 Author(s) Chattopadhyay, Anupam ; MPSoC Architectures Research Group, RWTH Aachen, Germany AbstractAuthorsReferencesCited ByKeywordsMetricsSimilar Download CitationEmailPrintRequest Permissions In this paper, we review the ethical issues involved with scientific publication. The possible […]
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4:15 AM | September 11 Circuit Fun!
On September 11, the engineer stream focused on our improving our skills with circuits. First off, we played around electronics, and made simple circuits involving LED lights and motors. We experimented with different amounts of LED lights, and tried adding switches to the circuit. Personally, I’m not very experienced with circuits, and so a lot of my […]
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2:51 AM | SSRN Top Downloads For AARN: Human Borders - Animals, Science & Technology, & Material Culture (Topic)
Equality of Google Scholar with Web of Science Citations: Case of Malaysian Engineering Highly Cited Papers Nader Ale Ebrahim, Hadi Salehi, Mohamed Amin Embi, Mahmoud Danaee, Marjan Mohammadjafari, Azam Zavvari, Masoud Shakiba and Masoomeh Shahbazi-Moghadam 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
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1:11 AM | SSRN Top Downloads For AARN: Science & Technology Studies (Sub-Topic)
Equality of Google Scholar with Web of Science Citations: Case of Malaysian Engineering Highly Cited Papers Nader Ale Ebrahim, Hadi Salehi, Mohamed Amin Embi, Mahmoud Danaee, Marjan Mohammadjafari, Azam Zavvari, Masoud Shakiba and Masoomeh Shahbazi-Moghadam 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
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12:28 AM | I don’t know what I don’t know
Quick! Surprise Logic Puzzle! Problem 1: What do all of these numbers have in common? (Don’t worry this isn’t a math post, so there’s no math) 143, 426, 914, 743, 460, 384. Think about it for a little bit, and try to find the answer. The answer is that all of the numbers contain the […]

September 14, 2014

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10:09 PM | Meet Dreadnoughtus and Dendrogramma, New Species Great and Small
Last week, scientists announced two incredible discoveries of new species, one an enormous land animal and the other a tiny marine creature. Researcher Kenneth Lacovara with the skeleton of Dreadnoughtus schrani. Image: Kenneth Lacovara Measuring nearly...
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10:07 PM | Using Only Strips of Paper, This Lady Makes Spellbinding Masterpieces (Pictures)
Yulia Brodskaya is an exceptionally creative illustrator and artist who has totally revolutionized the way paper is used in art. Born in Moscow in 1983, Yulia moved to the UK in 2004 to continue her art education at the University of Hertfordshire. After finishing with her schooling in 2006, Yulia started off her professional career working mainly as an illustrator and graphic designer. But it didn’t take long for her to give up computers in order to […]
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9:16 PM | Comfort foods
“Chipping Away: Seyfert’s Curlie Potato Chips” by Adam Kuban licensed under CC 2.0 When my mom went shopping this weekend, she went to Costco and got two giant family sized bags of chips. Often annoyed with my constant craving for them, she decided that she would keep buying them until I got sick of chips […]
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9:06 PM | We’ve Been Stereotyping Incorrectly
“Are you an extrovert or an introvert?” Do you often find yourself stuck in deciding between these distinct black-and-white stereotypes? Perhaps if you’re like me, who appears to be at times an extrovert or introvert, then you are most likely an ambivert. According to Myers Briggs, extroverts are action oriented: they seek breadth of knowledge and influence, […]
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8:53 PM | McDonald’s Happy Meals In India Are Now Coming With Books Instead of Toys
Last month, McDonald’s India announced a change to their iconic Happy Meals: instead of coming with a toy, the meal now comes with a book. In a statement, the fast food giant said that the move would be in following with their goals of, “…changing consumer lifestyles, while championing children’s happiness and well-being.”   Ranjit Paliath is Vice President of Business Operations for McDonald’s India (West and South).  He spoke about the recent […]
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6:32 PM | What Science Knows
Here is the thing. Whatever anyone, including science as a whole, could say about how things are is always merely reverse-engineered knowing based on what we think is happening. This is not at all the same as knowing what is happening. Think … Continue reading → The post What Science Knows appeared first on Plain Language Science.
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