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April 15, 2014

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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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5:10 PM | Does Access to Birth Control Reduce Poverty?
In American politics the proliferation of birth control is important because of how it affects the eternal resting place of our immortal souls. But believe it or not, there are also non-metaphysical policy consequences to increasing access to birth control. A new study by a pair of economists — Stephanie Browne of J.P. Morgan and […]

Browne, S. & LaLumia, S. (2014). The Effects of Contraception on Female Poverty, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, DOI:

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4:28 PM | Life and Lemons: Follow-up on 'the' conversation
I told you we would get back to Dr. Ego Tistical…This isn't really about Dr. Tistical specifically, but the medical doctor (as opposed to nurses, EMTs, etc.) profession in general. Based on my experience I expect that a majority of medical doctors care deeply about titles and I wonder why. My issue isn't so much with the focus on titles, it's the implicit disrespect of others that comes with their use of titles. The conversation between myself, the Dr. Tistical, and the medical […]
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4:00 PM | Family Egg Science
Egg science comes over-easy this time of year. Whether you are boiling eggs, dyeing eggs, or both, there are easy questions you can ask with your kids to turn the activity into a hands-on science experiment that everyone will enjoy....
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3:40 PM | 3, 2, 1…Project MERCCURI Blasts Off to the ISS Today!!
What happens when you combine professional cheerleaders, microbiologists, and astronauts? The answer is Project MERCCURI and the Microbial Playoffs… in SPAAACE! SPACE FLORIDA, FL — Today, something  amazing is headed toward the ISS—microbial life from earth!This moment is the culmination of a citizen science experiment called Project MERCCURI (Microbial Ecology Research Combining Citizen and University […]Find more posts like 3, 2, 1…Project MERCCURI Blasts […]
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3:24 PM | Can Twitter Make Scientists Better Communicators?
claimtoken-534fe0d4ed33a Last week I posted a story to LinkedIn asking why we don’t have more...
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1:48 PM | SpaceX Dragon and Lunar Eclipse
It’s a big day for science lovers! Not only will there be a total lunar eclipse in the wee hours of Tuesday morning (around 2:00-3:30 a.m. Central Time), but this afternoon at 4:58 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (3:58 CDT) a SpaceX/Dragon Cargo Craft will launch from Cape Canaveral, FL to the International Space Station! The SpaceX […]
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1:34 PM | Where Will a Biology PhD Take You?
Based primarily on the 2012 NIH Workforce report this infographic represents current workforce sizes and annual fluxes before and after a PhD in the b...See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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1:00 PM | Judging science fairs: 10/10 Privilege, 0/10 Ability
Every year, I make a point of rounding up students in my department and encouraging them to volunteer one evening judging our local science fair. This year, the fair was held at the start of April, and featured over 200 …The post Judging science fairs: 10/10 Privilege, 0/10 Ability appeared first on Sci-Ed.
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12:30 PM | Thoughts on mindset vs. grit
A recent story on NPR caught my attention. The story is about schools teaching "grit" and whether or not it can be done. My introduction to the concept of grit came from a really great episode of This American Life from 2012. Even though grit is only mentioned by name twice in the episode, there was quite a bit of discussion on non-cognitive traits and their importance to learning. My interest in the episode is summed up best by this line:"Non-cognitive traits like grit and self-control are […]
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11:30 AM | A zombie tractor and ISU plant research’s new direction
The zombie garden tractor gets your attention. The driverless machine can move through rows of sorghum, going for hours with only a GPS navigation brain to guide it. High-tech cameras, meanwhile, take three-dimensional photos of every sorghum plant it passes – a kind of Google Street View for fields. More importantly, the unmanned machine represents […]
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4:53 AM | April 8th 3-D Printing Update
During this session, I learned how to calibrate the 3-D printer to make sure that the base platform is just a paper’s width apart from where the hot plastic comes out. If the platform is too close, the hot plastic will not be able to get out and would be squeezed to the side, creating […]
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4:36 AM | April 8th Solar Panel Lantern Update
After doing research for the past few days, I managed to build a prototype circuit with the help of Simon, a special guest. We carefully redrew the electric circuit to analyze and understand what each part on the circuit did and build it with the available tools we had at FSL. After building the circuit, […]
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4:28 AM | Supplier Assessment and Selection Using Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process in a Steel Manufacturing Company by Farzad Tahriri, Mohammad Dabbagh, Nader Ale Ebrahim :: SSRN
Supplier Assessment and Selection Using Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process in a Steel Manufacturing CompanyFarzad Tahriri University of Malaya (UM) - Faculty of EngineeringMohammad Dabbagh University of Malaya (UM) - Faculty of Computer Science and Information TechnologyNader Ale Ebrahim University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering; University of Malaya (UM) - Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research […]
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4:18 AM | Live Talk in the Daily Planet: What is Arduino? (or, “How to build robots!”)
What: Free talk with live demonstration and Q&A.When: April 15, 2014 @ 10:45AMWhere: Inside the Daily Planet Theater.Who: Matthew Faerber, Coordinator of the Visual World Investigate Lab in the NRC. Ever want to build a robot but didn’t know where to start? Come to the Daily Planet to learn how adults and children alike are using an affordable technology called Arduino […]
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3:01 AM | The impact of emergent virtual leadership competencies on team effectiveness
Leadership and Organization Development JournalVolume 35, Issue 2, April 2014, Pages 106-120The impact of emergent virtual leadership competencies on team effectivenessZiek, P.a , Smulowitz, S.b  a Department of Media, Communications and Visual Arts, Pace University, Pleasantville, NJ, United Statesb Department of Communication, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, United StatesView references (40)AbstractPurpose: The research on virtual team leadership does well to […]
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1:35 AM | Blood Moon Bullshit
There's a total lunar eclipse early Tuesday morning that will be visible across the United States.  Unfortunately, for those of us in the EDT time zone, totality won't occur until about 3:00 am (and I have an 8:40 am class that morning).  Also, and this is depressingly predictable for the Hudson Valley during interesting astronomical events, the weather forecast currently says "Showers likely" for Monday night and a 90% chance of showers for Tuesday.  Probably won't even set my […]

April 13, 2014

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7:23 PM | National Geographic Predicted What Americans Will Look Like In 2050
As part of their 125th Anniversary edition last October, National Geographic decided to publish a series of pictures predicting what the average American would look like in the year 2050. Here’s some of the images (click an image to see full size version): Did you think those were photoshopped? If so, you’d be wrong. National […]
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6:45 PM | You Should Know: Dr Caleph Wilson and 1st Generation STEM
The hashtag #ScholarSunday is very much like #FollowFriday or #FF for short. Dr. Raul Pacheco (@RaulPacheco and raulpacheco.org). He created it as a vehicle for academics to engage with each other... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:22 AM | Illuminating traffic control for cell–division planes
From eLife,  an overview of plant cell divivision by Silke RobatzekSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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