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August 20, 2014

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3:31 PM | If I have seen further than others it is because I have a bloody big microscope
Advanced microscopy has emerged as a powerful tool in microbiology. Here's why. Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | Starting From Scratch: A Public School Built on Dreams of Students and Parents
A public school near San Diego is proving that district schools can be just as innovative as charters. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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12:22 PM | Before you set a hashtag for your course or have students blog, think FERPA
Are you going to require that your students post on a public blog this semester?  Will you be creating a Facebook page for your class and asking students to post on it?  Will you have students post selfies on Twitter with a course hashtag?  For those instructors that use social media with their students and courses, this could be the most important tweet you read all year:   Is your …
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12:11 PM | Issues in Ecology | Ecological Society of America
Mary Williams's insight:I just stumbled across one of these and wanted to share the link - published by the Ecological Society of America, and written for the general public / high school / university undergraduates. Topics include biofuels, nitrogen in the environment, climate change.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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12:00 PM | The Perfect 46 Movie Available Worldwide for Streaming Viewing
Back in April, I featured the thought provoking film The Perfect 46 here at SciAm. I was impressed with the show and highly recommend it. Fortunately for us, it has gone beyond the film festival... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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8:20 AM | Plant genetic engineering, climate change and food security - Ortiz &al (2014) - CGIAR [pdf]
This paper exploreswhether crop genetic engineering can contribute to addressing food security, as well as enhancing human nutrition and farming under a changing climate.The review is based on peer-refereed literature, using results to determine the potential of this gene technology. It also provides a brief summary of issues surrounding this genetic enhancement approach to plant breeding, and the impacts on farming, livelihoods, and the environment achieved so far.The genetic engineering […]

August 19, 2014

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9:00 PM | The Poetic Dance Between Simplicity and Uncertainty in Physics
A beautiful animated video explaining the beauty of physics in everyday life. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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8:53 PM | Extinction
When it seemed that, without intervention, the Panamanian golden frog (Atelopus zeteki) would become extinct due to a chytrid fungus infection, conservation scientists removed as many of the remaining population as they could, to give the species the best chance of survival in a controlled, fungus-free environment.Seeds of the world's smallest water lily (Nymphaea thermarum) were collected before the plant's habitat was destroyed forever, to preserve genetic diversity and grow new plants with a […]
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8:53 PM | Extinction
When it seemed that, without intervention, the Panamanian golden frog (Atelopus zeteki) would become extinct due to a chytrid fungus infection, conservation scientists removed as many of the remaining population as they could, to give the species the best chance of survival in a controlled, fungus-free environment.Seeds of the world's smallest water lily (Nymphaea thermarum) were collected before the plant's habitat was destroyed forever, to preserve genetic diversity and grow new plants with a […]
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8:22 PM | BugBio: Treehoppers
  We are kicking off Insect Thursday in the Naturalist Center starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 28, 2014 we will have Olivia Evangelista from the Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil discussing treehoppers. She is a visiting postdoc in the genomics research lab in the Nature Research Center. Dr Evangelista studies Membracidae, a group of […]
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2:59 PM | This Well-Known Hair Stylist Spends His Day Off Giving Haircuts to the Homeless
Mark Bustos is a hair stylist based in New York City. Currently, Mark works at the swanky Three Squares Studio, which  has been featured in magazines like GQ, Details and Vanity Fair, among others. But on his day off, you won’t find Mark shmoozing with his high-end customers. Rather, you’ll find him walking the streets of […]
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2:00 PM | Trust, Equity, and Student-Centered Learning With Fourth-Graders
We examine how three different teachers in three completely different communities are dealing with BYOD issues, including trust, equity, and what happens when you try to put student-centered learning... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:04 PM | Science Communication Quotations
“Even for the physicist, the description in plain language will be a criterion of the degree of understanding that has been reached.” - Werner Heisenberg “One way to find out if you have succeeded (in writing clearly) is to show your … Continue reading → The post Science Communication Quotations appeared first on Plain Language Science.
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7:24 AM | ▶ Harvesting the Sun: A Profile of World Horticulture - YouTube
"Seeking to share horticulture's scope and value with a wide readership, the International Society of Horticultural Science (ISHS) has released Harvesting the Sun: A Profile of World Horticulture."See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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7:19 AM | Soil Biology and Biochemistry: Root exudates mediated interactions belowground
"The root exudate composition reflects the contradictory-concomitantly attractive and repulsive-behaviour of plants towards soil microorganisms."See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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12:53 AM | Deaths That Don’t Have to Happen: The Relationship Between Knowledge and Health
Editor’s note: As part of  a writing class I took this summer, I had to do a group project addressing a social issue within our society. Part of that assignment was writing an essay that promotes activism to address the issue.The research inspired me, so I decided to share that essay with you. Hope you enjoy!  Knowledge, and […]

August 18, 2014

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7:27 PM | Infographic: 9 plant diseases that threaten your favorite foods–and how GM can help | Genetic Literacy Project
"Nature is relentless, challenging farmers with weeds, insects and diseases. Advances in genetic modification offer some unique tools that can help increase food production despite these challenges."See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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7:03 PM | Why This Beetle Is Whiter Than Anything Human Technology Can Produce
If you ever visit Southeast Asia, you might come across the whitest thing you’ve ever seen. And it’s not this guy: It’s the Cyphochilus beetle, a beetle whose shell is whiter than even the whitest paper, the whitest snow, even the whitest paint. In fact, it’s brighter than anything that human technology could create using a material as thin […]
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6:55 PM | The End of the Academy?
"Non-tenure-track—also known as adjunct or contingent—faculty members now make up more than 70 percent of those who teach in higher education. The trend—which shows little sign of abating—threatens national goals of maintaining global preeminence in science and technology, including biology, say education experts. "See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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4:55 PM | Beijing’s Simple Yet Effective Idea to Get People to Recycle (Video)
China has become notorious in recent years for its high levels of air pollution. This, however, is only one of many issues facing China as the country’s middle class continues to grow. Beijing, China’s capital city, is home to around 20 million people. As a result, the city produces a lot of trash. On a number of occasions, […]
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4:02 PM | Educational value of deliberate mistakes
This recent story, Confuse Students to Help Them Learn, moved me to re-publish a post from my previous blog. The Economist (22 Sept 2007), of all journals, published a long obituary of a parrot, Alex the African Grey, who became an ex-parrot on 6 September 2007, aged 31. The last time Irene Pepperberg saw Alex […]
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2:00 PM | How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn
Psychologists are finding that when students are motivated by a desire to have a positive impact on the world they are more able to plug away at challenging or tedious tasks. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:30 PM | The four things I am really working on this semester
As we transition from summer back into the academic year, there are a lot of things to work on this fall, but four big ideas in particular are going to be a focus for my work this semester.
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9:18 AM | Bacteriophage behavioral ecology: How phages alter their host’s habits
Bacteriophages direct many aspects of bacterial behaviour. Continue reading →
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8:14 AM | Supplier Assessment and Selection Using Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process in a Steel Manufacturing Company
Journal of Scientific Research and Reports, ISSN: 2320–0227,Vol.: 3, Issue.: 10 (16-31 May) Original Research ArticleSupplier Assessment and Selection Using Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process in a Steel Manufacturing CompanyFarzad Tahriri1*, Mohammad Dabbagh2 and Nader Ale Ebrahim31Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing, Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.2Department of Software Engineering, […]
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7:10 AM | Shifting lands: how international trade is transforming global biodiversity
"Very few nations can meet their demand for materials from domestic resources alone and so most depend on international trade. The amount of raw materials crossing national borders has increased eightfold in the past five decades, but what does this mean for our landscapes and biodiversity?"See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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4:52 AM | Effective strategies for increasing citation frequency
International Education StudiesVolume 6, Issue 11, 2013, Pages 93-99Effective strategies for increasing citation frequency  (Article)Ebrahim, N.A.a , Salehi, H.b, Embi, M.A.c, Tanha, F.H.d, Gholizadeh, H.e, Motahar, S.M.f, Ordi, A.g  a Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP), University of Malaya, Malaysiab Faculty of Literature and Humanities, Najafabad Branch, Islamic […]
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3:45 AM | VirtualTeams · GitHub
Download Packages25 downloads Introduction to Research Tools Box 29-08-2012.pdf — Ale Ebrahim, N. (2012). An Introduction to The Effective Use of Research Tools Box. Research Tools in Education Series, 1(5), 1-85.2.9MB · Uploaded on Oct 31, 201228 downloads Virtual R&D Teams.pdf — Ale Ebrahim, N. (2012). Virtual R&D Teams Definition. Nader Ale Ebrahim's White Papers, 1(1), 1-2. Retrieved from […]
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12:32 AM | Equality of Google Scholar with Web of Science Citations: Case of Malaysian Engineering Highly Cited Papers - E-LIS repository
Equality of Google Scholar with Web of Science Citations: Case of Malaysian Engineering Highly Cited Papers Ale Ebrahim, Nader and Salehi, Hadi and Embi, Mohamed Amin and Danaee, Mahmoud and Mohammadjafari, Marjan and Zavvari, Azam and Shakiba, Masoud and Shahbazi-Moghadam, Masoomeh Equality of Google Scholar with Web of Science Citations: Case of Malaysian Engineering Highly Cited Papers.Modern Applied Science, 2014, vol. 8, n. 5, pp. 63-69.[Journal article […]

August 17, 2014

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10:36 PM | Lack of Education: The Real Reason for the Spread of Ebola
Since the latest Ebola outbreak began in March, there have been more than 2,100 reported cases and 1,145 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. This is already by far the most serious Ebola outbreak in recorded history. But the disease isn’t some super-virus that is spreading through the air and infecting anyone who comes […]
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