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September 06, 2014

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11:04 PM | UK Sets Plans To Launch Their First Commercial Spaceport As Soon As 2016
At the Farnborough International Airshow’s Space Day Conference this past July, UK Space Agency Director General David Parker announced a timetable which laid out the groundwork for the Agency’s first commercial spaceport. The Agency made the decision to build a spaceport in anticipation of the growing demand for space tourism and the expanding space plane industry. The timetable estimates that by 2030, space tourism will be bringing in about $65 […]
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10:59 PM | Review: Crest Be Adventurous Mint Chocolate Toothpaste
Crest Be Adventurous Mint Chocolate toothpaste contains all the flavor and none of the properties of chocolate that actually strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay. The post Review: Crest Be Adventurous Mint Chocolate Toothpaste appeared first on Ask the Dentist.
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9:28 PM | YAY SEWAGE!
Photo from here Whenever we need to go to the washroom, many of us just go find a toilet and flush everything down good and clean after we’ve done our business. However, it wasn’t always this way. If you had lived in the lovely 18th century Europe, you would be enjoying the quaint villages, beautiful […]
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9:11 PM | 2014/2015 Future Science Leaders
We started the fourth year of Future Science Leaders (FSL) this week and are excited by the energy and possibilities! Student writing will start populating this site with interesting science and technology information. Plus, each student will have a journalist role to provide summaries of sessions (highlighted on this site) so please read these pieces to see what […]
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6:08 AM | Choosing a Major
The last four years have flown by and I cannot believe that I am in my last year of high school! Grad year is suppose to be exciting; but with applications to universities approaching, I have to admit, I am kind of stressed. However, I am not stressed yet about the amount of writing to do […]
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5:17 AM | The Lone Survivor of An Islamic State Massacre Tells His Story (Video)
Ali Hussein Kadhim is an Iraqi soldier and a Shiite Muslim. Back in June, he was captured (along with hundreds of other Iraqi military recruits) by the Sunni jihadist group ISIS. After taking the captives to Saddam Hussein’s old complex in Tikrit, the militants separated the soldiers: Sunnis were given an opportunity to repent for their service to the Iraqi government while all the Shiites were lined up in groups and marked for death. Kadhim was 4th in the execution line.
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4:26 AM | Bricks Over Barbies: Lego Surpasses Mattel As World’s Largest Toymaker
Earlier this week, Lego published its earnings report for the first half of 2014. It was good news for the company’s investors: Lego’s revenues for the first half of 2014 were 11% higher than they were for the same period a year ago. The company reported sales of 11.5 billion Danish krone (a little more than $2 billion) for the first half of 2014, surpassing Mattel’s total first half sales and making Lego the world’s largest toy manufacturer. They also said in

September 05, 2014

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10:05 PM | The State Dept. Just Released A Video That Looks A Lot Like ISIS Propaganda
Warning: This article contains some graphic images. In recent weeks, the U.S. government has been working feverishly on trying to figure out ways to combat the growing threat of the Islamic State. One of their main focuses has been ISIS’s highly-successful internet recruitment campaigns. In an attempt to counteract the success of these ISIS recruiting videos, the State Department’s branch of Strategic Counterterrorism Communications made a mock ISIS recruitment video. […]
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9:00 PM | What If Teachers Were Charged With Setting School Direction?
It may take awhile to come to consensus on tough issues, but teachers at Mission Hill School say the process helps them air out bad feelings that can poison the community. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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6:44 PM | Amazonian Warriors Capture and Strip Illegal Rainforest Loggers (Photos)
The Amazon Rainforest is the world’s largest rainforest. It is home to an estimated 400 billion trees from 16,000 different tree species, as well as approximately 10 million species of animals. But the Amazon is also home to a number of indigenous tribes who only recently made contact with the outside world. Unfortunately, one of the main reasons for this contact was the encroachment of illegal loggers and drug traffickers, who have moved into their […]
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4:30 PM | Rosetta Pulls Alongside Jupiter Family Comet: Student Space Science Projects
The Rosetta spacecraft may help provide information about the formation of the solar system and planet Earth. Students and classes explore comets and space science through hands-on science projects.
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4:14 PM | Economic Growth and Internet Usage Impact on Publication Productivity
Economic Growth and Internet Usage Impact on Publication Productivity among ASEAN’s and World’s Best UniversitiesHossein Gholizadeh, Hadi Salehi, Mohamed Amin Embi, Mahmoud Danaee, Ali Ordi, Farid Habibi Tanha, Nader Ale Ebrahim, Noor Azuan Abu Osman AbstractMeasuring the number of papers which are published each year, publication productivity is the factor which shows the reputation of universities and countries. However, the effect of growing economy and using internet on the […]
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3:22 PM | A “Burn the ISIS Flag Challenge” Has Gone Viral in the Arab World
First there was the ALS ice bucket challenge. Then, India introduced their own creative version, the rice bucket challenge. Now, yet another social media challenge is rapidly gaining momentum: the burn the ISIS flag challenge. It began a couple days ago when three young men from Lebanon took pictures of themselves burning the Islamic State flag in the middle of Sassine Square in Lebanon’s capital Beirut and then posted the pictures to social media. Not long afterwards, a Lebanese […]
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3:00 PM | Flipped Water Glass Experiment from Beakman
My book, “Kitchen Science Lab for Kids,”is finally out, and over Labor Day weekend, I traveled to Dragon Con in Atlanta to talk about it and do science with the kids at the convention. At the convention, I got to meet lots of fantastic scientists, science writers, science entertainers and science enthusiasts. One of them was […]
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2:00 PM | Using Games for Learning: Practical Steps to Get Started
Check your hardware, find suitable games, play and learn from colleagues - tips for getting started with game-based learning. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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7:24 AM | "Hungry, hungry humans" New series by Grist author Nathanael Johnson
"As global population grows, are we ever going to run out of food? There are lots of people who say we need to work very hard to make farming more efficient to feed the word. Then there are others who say, no, the real problem is more equitably dividing the food up, and efficient farming techniques actually make the inequality worse. Finally, there are people who say that growing more, and sharing it better, doesn’t matter as long as keep making babies. Here we sort through the sweeping […]
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7:12 AM | Review (PLOS Genetics): Trans-kingdom Cross-Talk: Small RNAs on the Move
"Mobility of sRNA molecules within organisms is a well-known phenomenon, facilitating gene silencing between cells and tissues. sRNA signals are also transmitted between organisms of the same species and of different species. Remarkably, in recent years many examples of RNA-signal exchange have been described to occur between organisms of different kingdoms. These examples are predominantly found in interactions between hosts and their pathogens, parasites, and symbionts. However, they may only […]
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5:48 AM | Flower Colouration
While it may seem a bit depressing to write a post about flowers just as the last of them are disappearing, I feel like it’s appropriate to remind ourselves that they’ll be back again next year, complete with their vivid colours (one can only hope). But how do these colours appear? The answer, as is […]
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5:19 AM | Jane O’Hara
Year 2 Engineering Instructor I’m a science geek turned communicator. The best part about doing cool science is sharing it! Why are you involved in Future Science Leaders? FSL is a very exciting program. I wish something like this had been around when I was in high school, to break down the barriers between science and those people that do science, the scientists (who I now know that, though they […]

September 04, 2014

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11:40 PM | ISIS Captures Russian Jets in Syria, Tells Putin “We Are Coming to Russia”
Late last month, Islamic State fighters captured Taqba Airbase after a bloody battle with Syrian government forces that left hundreds dead on both sides. The airbase was the last government stronghold in the northern part of the country. After overrunning the base, Islamic State fighters made a YouTube video showing the mass execution of some 250 Syrian soldiers. The IS militants forced the captives march naked into the desert before killing them. The Islamic State also […]
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9:59 PM | The Most Dangerous Journeys to School From Around the World (Pictures)
This morning, I woke up around 7:30, threw some clothes on and headed towards the University of Texas campus. On my way to class I had to battle an insane swarm of cars, pedestrians and bikers, as well as a ten-minute walk through the Texas heat from my car to class. I was feeling sorry myself, lamenting about my terrible commute, when I stumbled upon something that immediately put the luxury of my educational experiences into perspective… You see, here in the U.S. we
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8:18 PM | This Artist Used Copper Orbs to Show You the Permanent Costs of Mining (Pictures)
Dillon Marsh is a South African artist who focuses on capturing how human activity re-shapes and often scars the environment. Recently, Marsh has been focused on the impacts of mining, which is a major industry in his home country of South Africa. Marsh was also intrigued by the challenge of trying to create a visual representation of the effects of mining which, unlike many environmentally-damaging practices, happens very gradually: “Air and water pollution, acid mine drainage, […]
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7:43 PM | The coffee genome provides insight into the convergent evolution of caffeine biosynthesis
Science, "The coffee genome provides insight into the convergent evolution of caffeine biosynthesis" "With more than 2.25 billion cups consumed every day, coffee is one of the most important crops on Earth, cultivated across more than 11 million hectares" And one of the most important contributors to the efforts of scientists, too!See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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4:30 PM | Homemade Compass: Weekly Science Activity
School and family science weekly spotlight: make a homemade compass from household materials.
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4:21 PM | Interview: Genetic Testing for Huntington’s Disease, and a Very Personal Decision
By Nazin Sedehi and Laura Rivard Introduction A few months ago, we posted a case study on our Nature Scitable site about “Scott”, a man who tests positive for the genetic mutation that causes Huntington’s disease (HD). Soon after receiving his test results, Scott learns that his wife is pregnant. He and his wife decide [...]The post Interview: Genetic Testing for Huntington’s Disease, and a Very Personal Decision appeared first on Genetics Generation.
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3:53 PM | Forgotten: The Coolest Abandoned Places In the World (Pictures)
We as humans have proven to be phenomenal architects and builders, constructing amazing buildings, monuments, amusement parks and countless other structures. However, we’ve also proven to be somewhat fickle, often abandoning our creations when they are no longer useful or entertaining to us. As nature reclaims these places, it creates an enchanting scene, juxtaposing human development and the natural world in a way that we can’t help but be intrigued by. […]
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2:00 PM | How to Turn Your School Into a Maker Haven
Bringing making into school classrooms is as simple as taking the first step, no matter how small. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:20 PM | Special Issue: Functional-Structural Plant Modelling
A number of research groups in various areas of plant biology as well as computer science and applied mathematics have addressed modelling the spatiotemporal dynamics of growth and development of plants. This has resulted in development of functional–structural plant models (FSPMs). In FSPMs, the plant structure is always explicitly represented in terms of a network of elementary units. In this respect, FSPMs are different from more abstract models in which a simplified representation of […]
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9:16 AM | Eva’s endeavours: a professional path in plant science inspired by Norman Borlaug
“…I wanted to contribute in a similar way” – Eva Weltzien   Learning about the work of Nobel laureate, Norman Borlaug, in high school inspired Eva Weltzien to become a plant breeder so she too could contribute to improving the living conditions in the developing world. Today, Eva is a Principal Scientist in sorghum breeding and genetic resources at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Mali. “Not only did […]
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9:00 AM | What’s the diference between cow TB and human TB?
Why do some stains of TB cause disease in humans and others don't? Continue reading →
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