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April 18, 2015

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6:43 AM | Mr. Synapse Transmission
When we think about the many nerve cells in our body, it’s almost too much to fathom the idea of how they are able to communicate. Within milliseconds, we receive numerous amounts of information as our brain hastily processes them all. However, throughout the sophisticated steps in our nervous system is an important process known as […]

April 17, 2015

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10:52 PM | IKEA Prepares to Ship 10,000 “Flat-Pack” Emergency Shelters Around the World
The IKEA Foundation has announced plans to manufacture and distribute 10,000 of its innovative new “flat-pack” houses. Like many of IKEA’s home products, the emergency shelters are designed to be easy to assemble. The roof and wall panels snap directly onto the shelter’s metal frame, and are held in place using plastic fasteners. All the tools needed to build the shelter come along with the kit, which also includes a set of language-independent visual […]
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10:43 PM | For Arbor Day: Trees in Books and Butterfly Gardens
For our regular STEM Friday feature we recommend two books about trees for children, just in time for Arbor Day, next Friday April 24, 2015. (Read the rest of the reviews and see a video book trailer at Wrapped in … Continue reading →
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9:59 PM | Does Fluoride Toothpaste Work?
Regular toothpaste doesn't contain enough fluoride to effectively strengthen teeth. That's because the concentration of fluoride in the water system and in toothpaste are two very different things. The post Does Fluoride Toothpaste Work? appeared first on Ask the Dentist.
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9:07 PM | World’s first self-powered camera can film forever
Here's the world’s first fully self-powered video camera, capable of recording creepy images of a person’s head and occasionally gaping mouth for eternity. Well, technically, until the parts wear down, but theoretically, this device can film forever thanks to an internal mechanism that keeps charged at all times.Developed by scientists at Columbia University's Computer Vision Laboratory in the US, the prototype has been built upon one very simple concept: digital cameras and […]
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8:11 PM | This Solar-Powered Bike Can Travel Up To 40 Miles Unassited (Video)
Danish inventor Jesper Frausig has developed a Solar Bike that offers cyclists an easier way to commute without hurting the environment. The Solar Bike requires no plug-in to charge – just park your bike in a sunny area and the solar panels on the bike’s wheels and the battery unit will do the rest. The battery is carefully tucked inside the frame of the bike and can store enough energy to travel up to 40 miles. The bike has adjustable speed and can
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7:17 PM | The SCICOMM 25 (4.17.15)
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. @PLOS creates a new blog to 'explore the […]
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7:00 PM | This Jaguar XF cross Thames river on a high-wire
The Jaguar XF has pulled off some of the best publicity stunts in recent memory. It was aimed at promoting the super luxury car’s incredible balance and stability. This mind blowing act was planned across the Canary Wharf, London.At 18m height above the water, there were two metal wires of 34 mm diameter hanging end-to-end. The Jaguar FX was driven on these thin wires from one end to another. The total distance to covered was almost 240 m and it must have been a nervous, tense ride […]
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6:00 PM | Meet the (Research) Press Release Police
If you follow science communication, you’ve seen countless stories discussing the issue of hype in science reporting. Some of the articles and blog posts blame journalists for sensationalizing stories, while others point a finger squarely at university communications offices. One thing’s for sure, there’s enough blame to go around and everyone deserves some of it. In the past, I’ve taken issue with some of the criticism leveled at university communicators. But I […]
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4:49 PM | Of sardines, sea lions, and “the blob” in the Pacific
If you’ve been following the news about the Pacific Ocean, there’s a lot going on these days. First, there have been the heartbreaking deaths of thousands of starving sea lion pups along the California coast. Then,...
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4:30 PM | Building a Solar-powered Bristlebot
Adding solar panels to a brushbot project gives a new twist to an intermediate robotics building activity, but does it offer more power?
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3:27 PM | Man’s Best Friend: Scientists Uncover Bonding Hormone Between Dogs and People
The bond between a dog-lover and their pooch is one of the strongest bonds in the world. Now, a team of researchers from Japan believe they have uncovered the science behind this phenomenon. During a recent study, scientists from Azabu University found that when a dog owner stares into their dog’s eyes, that person experiences a rush of a hormone called oxytocin. According to The Guardian, “The same hormone has been shown to spike in mothers’ brains when they look […]
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1:50 PM | A guy built his house with water as a construction material
Water using for a construction purposes has rarely been pursued by scientists and researchers. It has wonderful thermal conductivity and temperature properties, but the only problem is that its liquid, so possibly it couldn’t be used as construction material in between all the layers of concrete, iron and glass. But, a Hungarian architect Matyas Gutai has his eyes firmly set on using water as a construction material in the future. He has even made a prototype building with water […]
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1:40 PM | Citizen Science Helps Discover Thirty New Species Where You Would Least Expect It
Thisi a guest post by Aaron Pomerantz, a version of which originally appeared on the author’s website The Next Gen Scientist. Search through hundreds of citizen science projects on SciStarter to find one that gets you buzzing! A recent study has revealed thirty species that are new to science living in the bustling city of Los […]Find more posts like Citizen Science Helps Discover Thirty New Species Where You Would Least Expect It by Editorial Team on the SciStarter Blog. […]
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1:18 PM | Anna L. Sommer (1889–1973), pioneering plant scientist
I've been assembling some of the early papers that demonstrated the roles for micronutrients in plant growth and have enjoyed reading about Anna Sommer, one of the major contributors during what has been described as "the trace nutrient gold rush." Sommer is credited with being the first to experimentally demonstrate the essential nature of zinc, copper, and boron.She received her PhD in Plant Nutrition and Chemistry in 1924, studying with C.P. Lipman. Together they wrote an influential paper […]
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12:33 PM | SSRN Diffusion of Innovation eJournal
SSRN eLibrary Search ResultsDiffusion of Innovation eJournal 343,606 Total downloads| Link to this page | Subscribe to this eJournal (requires login)Showing Papers 1 - 50 of 3,036Sort By12 3 4 ...61 | Next >     Manufacturing Barriers to Biologics Competition and InnovationIowa Law Review, ForthcomingW. Nicholson Price II and Arti K. Rai University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center)andDuke University School of LawDate […]
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11:40 AM | When diet coke cans don’t float better than regular coke cans
This is why you should always test an experiment before you run it… On recent travels, when I saw that they were serving drinks out of tiny cans, I asked for coke and coke light, because I really like the … Continue reading →

April 16, 2015

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11:42 PM | Be careful saying “The Myth about Women in Science” is solved
When a CNN article titled “The Myth about Women in Science” came crawling across my feed, I have to admit that I wasn’t optimistic. I wondered what could possibly count as “THE Myth about Women in Science”. Maybe that women and girls have lesser skills in mathematics and spatial reasoning? That is truly a myth […]
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11:04 PM | #DNLeeLab: Rethinking my feeding enrichment biases
I’m rethinking my feeding enrichment protocols. My pouched rats, Cricetomys gambianus and C. ansorgei, are food generalists but in the lab we feed them commercially available rodent or rabbit... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:43 PM | Pollination By Butterflies
Bees get all the buzz whenever someone brings up pollination, but butterflies deserve some credit, too. In fact, there are some flowers that are pollinated specifically by butterflies. Background: What is pollination? Remember visiting flower parts a few weeks ago? … Continue reading →
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10:20 PM | Environmental Chemist Invents Cement That Absorbs CO2 Like A Sponge
An Arizona inventor has created a innovative new type of cement that actually absorbs CO2, rather than emitting it. Portland cement (the generic name for common cement) is the “glue” that holds concrete together while it hardens. The production of this cement releases a significant amount of greenhouse gases. “This plant, if it’s making about a million tons a year of cement, will emit roughly 800,000 tons a year of CO2 carbon greenhouse gases,” says […]
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6:36 PM | Maths problem that’s gone viral: When the hell is Cheryl’s birthday?
Some days ago, Singaporean television host Kenneth Kong posted the above maths problem on his Facebook page, and it went viral. The high school maths question was aimed at 15- to 17-year-olds, but somehow it managed to stump half of the Internet. It even appeared on the New York Times science page, and prompted a blog from British author and numbers expert Alex Bellos over at The Guardian.So, this problem so frustrated so many adults, but when exactly is Cheryl's birthday? Before we get to […]
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6:12 PM | What Will Education Look Like in a More Open Future?
Technology and rapidly evolving student needs are influencing how schools can think about trust, autonomy and collaboration.
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3:55 PM | Migraines: How They Happen and How to Treat Them Without Drugs (Infographic)
If you’ve ever had a migraine, you know just how miserable they can be. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, roughly 36 million Americans suffer from recurrent migraines; 90% of these sufferers report being unable to work or function normally during an attack. While most people only have attacks once or twice a month, the MRF reports that a whopping 14 million people experience headaches on an almost daily basis. This great infographic — created Christine […]
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3:08 PM | How Bad Is Falling Asleep Without Brushing Your Teeth?
How can that be? Every time you have a meal, the bacteria that naturally reside in your mouth feast on the food you eat. Just like every other living organism, these bacteria excrete waste after a meal. This waste is highly acidic and breaks down tooth enamel, causing root decay and cavities. When you hit the sack without... Read More » The post How Bad Is Falling Asleep Without Brushing Your Teeth? appeared first on Ask the Dentist.
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1:46 PM | The Math Question That Stumped the Internet
Singaporean students have earned some of the highest scores on international tests with a curriculum focused on logic.
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1:26 PM | USA National Phenology Network - Botany Primer
This is an excellent guide to plant structure and function - downloadable PDF herehttps://www.usanpn.org/files/shared/files/USA-NPN_Botany-Primer.pdfSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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11:23 AM | Paid Public Affairs Internship
Tagged: Biology, Careers, Microbiology, Science
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8:40 AM | Team Cheer announces national partnership with Science Cheerleader
​Team Cheer is excited to announce a new partnership with Science Cheerleader! The Science Cheerleaders are current and former cheerleaders who are also scientists and engineers. They aim to inspire, engage, and empower young women to pursue science careers. These goals are a perfect match for Team Cheer. ​Science Cheerleader founder Darlene Cavalier, a former Philadelphia 76ers cheerleader, says, “I founded Science Cheerleader to playfully […]
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4:00 AM | Grow a Themed Flower Garden with your Children {and Seed Giveaway!}
(This post contains affiliate links.)      Planting a garden with children can be a rewarding experience for both kids and adults. With a little imagination you can create a themed children's garden that your kids or students will enjoy planting and observing. Read on for ideas on how to create a Rainbow Garden or a garden for your favorite pollinators- hummingbirds, butterflies or bees, inspired by children's picture books. Then enter the second of our two April giveaways, […]
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