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April 10, 2014

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10:25 PM | Is the Internet Making Our Brains Read Things Like Computers Do?
You’re on your Facebook or Twitter account and click a link that catches your eye. The link is to an article about something you’re interested in, but when you see that the article is more than a few sentences long, you decide that rather than reading through it, you’re just going to skim through it looking for […]
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7:36 PM | WildObs: Instagram for Nature Lovers
Collect and share pictures of memorable encounters with nature using the WildObs app. Want more citizen science? Don’t worry. There’s an app for that. There are nature lovers, wildlife photographers, hikers, kayakers and birdwatchers who pursue their passion every day, and most of them do so in the hope of spotting an osprey, or catching […]Find more posts like WildObs: Instagram for Nature Lovers by Lily Bui - Executive Editor on the SciStarter Blog. Your source for citizen […]
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6:28 PM | Plain Language Editing Using MS Word’s “Readability Statistics”
Plain language is stamped right into the Canadian federal government’s digital communications strategy – it is, by law, no longer a “nice to have” but a “must have” feature of all public-facing content. This focus on accountability to the customer … Continue reading → The post Plain Language Editing Using MS Word’s “Readability Statistics” appeared first on Plain Language Science.
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6:28 PM | Plain Language Ottawa: Editing Using MS Word’s “Readability Statistics”
Plain language is stamped right into the Canadian federal government’s digital communications strategy. It is, in fact, no longer a “nice to have” feature but a “must have” requirement for all public-facing content, including all publicly-funded science publishing. understanding plain language Trouble is, it … Continue reading → The post Plain Language Ottawa: Editing Using MS Word’s “Readability Statistics” […]
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6:16 PM | Frequency Fingerprints
News of radio signals emanating from the bottom of the Indian Ocean provided a much-needed clue to the whereabouts of the missing Malaysian Airlines jet that disappeared from radar screens a little more than one month ago. Over the weekend, ships combing an area one thousand miles west of Australia …
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5:39 PM | Go Big Red!! I’m at Cornell and I want to meet you at Yuri’s Night
I mostly dropped some hints on Twitter and Facebook, but now I am officially announcing it: Trumpet blares: I have transferred to Cornell University. I’m doing the same work, continuing my post... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:19 PM | How Scientists Are Using Genetically Modified Mosquitos to Combat Disease
Jacobina is a small farming town in the eastern Brazilian state of Bahia. Like in many other places in Brazil, Jacobina is plagued by dengue fever The most serious form of the disease, known as dengue hemorrhagic fever, can cause shock, comas and death. The disease is primarily carried by the Aedies aegypti species of mosquito and is one of […]
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4:35 PM | Floating Eggs: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight
School and family science weekly spotlight:
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3:48 PM | Why Aren’t More University Researchers Tweeting?
(Image by KROMKRATHOG via FreeDigitalPhotos.net) About a week ago I came across a story on Science...
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2:40 PM | Ever Wonder What Sound Actually Looks Like? (Video)
It’s a hot summer day. You’re driving down a long, straight road. No matter how hard you focus your eyes, it always looks like the street is shimmering in the distance. This is because the light you’re seeing has been distorted as it passes through air of varying densities.This phenomenon is also what causes stars to appear to twinkle. […]
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12:30 PM | Standing on the shoulders of SBG greatness
I've done a lot of reading on the implementation of standards-based grading (SBG) in physics classes. I often tell people I meet that most of the SBG classrooms I know of are in the high schools. I can point to Frank Noschese, Kelly O'Shea, Geoff Schmit, and Shawn Cornally as SBG experts who have successfully used SBG in their classes and share resources online.Looking online for resources for doing this at the college level has often seemed to turn up fewer resources, at least in my opinion. […]
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2:05 AM | Astronaut “Selfie”: The First Instagram From Space (Video)
The first Instagram from Space was unsurprisingly a selfie. American astronaut Steven Swanson snapped the picture while enjoying the zero-gravity conditions on the ISS. While astronauts have tweeted, checked in on foursquare and even uploaded music videos from space, Swanson was the first to post on Instagram.

April 09, 2014

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11:22 PM | Revolutionary Step? Bolivia Gives the Earth Comprehensive Legal Rights
The Law of Mother Earth is a bold move by the Bolivian government. At its source is the ancient “Pachamama” traditions of the native Andean people. This worldview is based on the belief that the earth is actually a living being (“Pachamama” translates to Mother Earth). The Bolivian government says the law is a culmination of efforts […]
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8:23 PM | Natural soil microbes alter flowering phenology and the intensity of selection on flowering time in a wild Arabidopsis relative
Plant phenology is known to depend on many different environmental variables, but soil microbial communities have rarely been acknowledged as possible drivers of flowering time. Here, we tested separately the effects of four naturally occurring soil microbiomes and their constituent soil chemistries on flowering phenology and reproductive fitness of Boechera stricta, a wild relative of Arabidopsis. Flowering time was sensitive to both microbes and the abiotic properties of different soils; […]
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7:14 PM | 11 African Countries Are Building a “Great Green Wall of Africa” to Stop the Spread of the Sahara Desert
Sub-Saharan Africa has some of the best farmland and in the world. So naturally, the vast majority of food production in Africa takes place there. However, the Sahara desert has been slowly spreading south, covering previously fertile lands with sand and absorbing them into the desert in a process known as desertification.  A UN report […]
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7:08 PM | Sloth Squeak!
Lucy Cooke, the mastermind behind Slothville, a recognized National Geographic Explorer and award winning videographer and TV producer, has a new book, The Power of Sloth, coming out in the UK today.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:25 PM | Wordless Wednesday: Research Snapshots 6
I was trying very hard to share some new photos from but I can’t seen to upload any pictures today. I’m missing my rats, actually, so revisiting the photographs of them makes me recall... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:08 PM | Superhero Suggestions
After last week's post about more diverse mascots, I started thinking about comic book characters. Sure, there's SpiderMan (have you seen Scientifically Accurate SpiderMan?!) and Poison Ivy, but I want more characters inspired by real living things, so I have some suggestions for some new characters. 
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4:00 PM | Bet on your Brain: The Psychology of Winning
~ Infographic courtesy of the team at A Winning Personality.
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3:07 PM | The Navy SEAL’s Parachute Jump Into the San Diego Padres’ Stadium From Their Perspective (Video)
When the San Diego Padres hosted the L.A. Dodgers for their home opener last Tuesday, they held a special ceremony to honor baseball legend Jerry Coleman. As part of that ceremony, three members of the Navy SEAL’s Parachute Team the “Leap Frogs”, parachuted into the stadium with special flags bearing Coleman’s initials and trademark star. Here’s what […]
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3:04 PM | Briefing: banana disease
More The post Briefing: banana disease appeared first on MicrobiologyBytes.
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3:00 PM | Life Sciences and Big Data: What's the Big Deal?
There was no singular moment of Big Data Bang, but we are living in and heading towards a time of seemingly endless and exponential data explosion—and the race to create solutions and strategies to help tame, store, organize, and make...
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7:00 AM | PNAS: Sugar demand, not auxin, is the initial regulator of apical dominance
"We have revealed that apical dominance is predominantly controlled by the shoot tip’s intense demand for sugars, which limits sugar availability to the axillary buds. These findings overturn a long-standing hypothesis on apical dominance and encourage us to reevaluate the relationship between hormones and sugars in this and other aspects of plant development." By Michael G. Mason, John J. Ross, Benjamin A. Babst, Brittany N. Wienclaw, and Christine A. BeveridgeSee it on Scoop.it, via […]
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6:49 AM | Google’s Robot Army
When we think of Google, we think of the lifesaver that helped us in our last minute essays or, in my case, the only way I passed my social studies class.  However, it seems that recently Google has begun investing in the emerging Robotics industry. First a quick history of robotics, while robotics seems pretty […]
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6:41 AM | Bacterial tricks for turning plants into zombies
Microbe deploys proteins that manipulate both the plant it infects and the insects that spread it.Mary Williams's insight:Here's the article in PLOS Biology http://www.plosbiology.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pbio.1001835And an article about the research in the local Norwich newspaperhttp://www.edp24.co.uk/news/graphic_scientists_solve_mystery_of_the_zombie_plants_1_3533805See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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2:42 AM | The Illusion of Choice in The Media (Infographic)
In 1983, 90% of media in America was split between 50 different companies. By 2011, that same 90% was controlled by only 6 companies. Check out this awesome infographic on the consolidation of American media. Click the image to see the full size version. Note from Business Insider: “This infographic is from last year and is missing […]
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1:52 AM | Brain programming
There is nothing more fascinating to me than hearing my husband and his colleagues  when they talk about programming problems. The programming language allows any device capable of responding to such code, to do so fabulous things that make us buying them, looking at them or playing for hours and hours with them, virtually we become addicted to them.A simple task, as accepting a click on a button or the touch on a tab, involves long chains of operations that allow  to the device to […]
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12:43 AM | Zombie Zone
I have recently developed an unhealthy addiction to Plague Inc., a simulation game where you play as a bacteria, virus, prion (yes… Prion) or other deadly pathogen. Your objective? Destroy humanity. My favourite pathogen to play as is the fictional (I hope) Necroa virus. This virus can turn the dead into zombies. Let me tell […]

April 08, 2014

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10:38 PM | Galaxy Skirt Day 3
Today I finished taping the transparency sheets together! It was hard to line everything up but after some frustration I finally got it. Next, I got the silk screen I prepared a few weeks ago out of the cupboard and set up the station to set the silk screen. A few weeks ago I coated […]
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9:04 PM | If You Don’t Believe In the Transformative Power of Music, Watch This Video
Meet Henry. In his younger days he was a vibrant, fun-loving man who was always full of energy. As Henry grew older and his health began to deteriorate, however, he became more and more depressed and withdrawn. It got to the point where Henry was almost completely unresponsive. Enter Dan Cohen. Dan is a social worker […]
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