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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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8:07 PM | The Next Rover NASA Is Sending to Mars Will Produce Oxygen and Search for Farmland
Back in June, Chief NASA Scientist Ellen Stofan did an interview in which she announced NASA’s plans to colonize Mars. “We like to talk about pioneering Mars rather than just exploring Mars, because once we get to Mars we will set up some sort of permanent presence,” she told the Guardian in the interview. Now, […]
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5:32 PM | #Ferguson & Chemical War Agents: Wrong
Editors note: To donate money, food, or supplies to the efforts in Ferguson, please see the following link: http://breed7910.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/campaigns-for-mikebrown-ferguson/ Credit: AP There have been protests for the last few days in Ferguson, MO, due to the unjustified shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black man. I hate to say "another" but it's true -this Mother Jones article focuses on four unarmed Black men shot in the last […]
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4:47 PM | Pieces of an Atmospheric Puzzle
Take two breaths. One came from the ocean. More specifically, it came from microscopic plant-like organisms known at phytoplankton, which produce half of Earth’s oxygen as they drift around the ocean (and other water bodies). Together with land plants, these tiny, floating organisms help maintain the balance of gases that …
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4:02 PM | 750,000 Begonias Bloom to Form Belgium’s Famous Flower Carpet (Photo Gallery)
Grand Place is the central square in Belgium’s capital city of Brussels. Every two years, the plaza in front of Grand Place is planted with nearly a million flowers, creating a massive natural carpet. This year’s carpet, assembled by 100 volunteers on August 14, contains about 750,000 flowers. It measures more than 250 feet in length and nearly 78 feet in […]

August 16, 2014

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10:44 PM | Why Ultra-Pure Water Is Actually Bad for Your Health (Video)
We tend to imagine that purity is the ultimate indicator of the quality of water. So why is 100%, ultra-pure water not good for us? Well the simple answer is that water (H20) purely comprised of hydrogen and oxygen doesn’t provide our body with the natural electrolytes and salts we need to survive. here is no such thing […]
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6:22 PM | How To See A Map of Every Location Where Google Has Tracked You
I’m not here to bash Google or Google Maps. I use both regularly and I definitely appreciate the convenience they’ve added to my life (the time before Google Search seems more and more like the dark ages these days). But with added convenience often comes added cost. One of those costs is allowing Google to track […]
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4:17 PM | Using Abstract Shapes to Capture the Motion of Legendary Olympians (Video)
Felix Deimann, a young motion artist from Dortmund, Germany, has always been fascinated with the dynamics of motion. So for his final college thesis project, he decided to use digital graphics and abstract shapes to capture some of the most iconic athletes from the history of the Olympic Games. His subjects: Nadia Comăneci, the first gymnast to […]
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3:00 PM | Shaking It Up: For-Profit University Aims to Compete With the Ivy League
A start-up university is rethinking everything about the college-experience and hoping to revolutionize higher education in the process. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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12:27 PM | Muse Hack interview with Darlene Cavalier, founder of Science Cheerleader and SciStarter
" First and foremost, we want to help people recognized that they are as entitled as anyone else to play active roles in science and technology. In the process, we’ve been able to help a lot of researchers and other people organizing participatory research and civic engagement projects, recruit skilled participants. A win/win! "
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10:00 AM | iLabs: “Catch of the Day” – Paramecium: The Tarheel Protist!
Today’s blog post was created by our Investigate Lab staff and Kai, one of our wonderful volunteers!  Enter the underwater world of a special “Tarheel” – the Paramecium by the Micro World Investigate Lab staff and volunteers: Every state has a state bird, but North Carolina’s also got a wonderful candidate for state protist: Paramecium. […]
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12:32 AM | Did You Know… Muhammad Wrote A Letter Guaranteeing the Protection of Christians?
Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, lived from 570-632 AD. Muslims believe that he is the final prophet of the monotheistic Abrahamic tradition, which includes Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. So although it may come as a shock to many, it’s really not that surprising that Muhammad frequently visited the Christian monks of Saint Catherine’s Monastery on Mt. Sinai in the Sinai peninsula […]

August 15, 2014

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9:27 PM | A Look Inside The World’s Most Expensive RV (Video)
Recently an RV sold in Dubai for its asking price of $3.1 million. This hefty price tag put the RV on record as the world’s most expensive RV ever sold. But why would someone pay so much for an RV? Well for starters, the outside of the record-setting RV is covered in gold. Also, the RV […]
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4:33 PM | How A Thunderstorm Shapes Air Traffic Around the World’s Busiest Airport (GIF)
If you have ever traveled within the United States, chances are that you have probably had a connection that takes you through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport. The airport has been the busiest in the world since 2005, and currently averages more than 250,000 passengers per day. Though it may seem strange that Atlanta is the center of […]
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2:00 PM | Video Games And The Future Of The Textbook
Curriculum designers are rethinking not only the textbook, but educational content delivery in general. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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9:42 AM | Perplexed by Pauli
A rather pervasive meme claiming that nothing ever really touches anything else has been circulating on the internet for a number of years. I think, although I’m not entirely certain, that it may well have its origins in an explanation by a certain Michio Kaku. This type of explanation later formed the basis of a […] The post Perplexed by Pauli appeared first on physicsfocus.org.
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7:07 AM | New Phytologist: Hitchhiker's guide to multi-dimensional plant pathology (2014)
Filamentous pathogens pose a substantial threat to global food security. One central question in plant pathology is how pathogens cause infection and manage to evade or suppress plant immunity to promote disease. With many technological advances over the past decade, including DNA sequencing technology, an array of new tools has become embedded within the toolbox of next-generation plant pathologists. By employing a multidisciplinary approach plant pathologists can fully leverage these […]
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