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December 10, 2014

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8:22 AM | Gene critical to the development of low arsenic plants identified by scientists
Summary of a new paper out in PLOS Biology, "Genome-wide association mapping identifies a new arsenate reductase enzyme critical for limiting arsenic accumulation in plants"http://www.plosbiology.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pbio.1002009See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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8:20 AM | C2-domain Abscisic acid-Related (CAR) proteins mediate the interaction of ABA receptors with the plasma membrane
"We show that transient calcium-dependent interactions of PYR/PYL ABA receptors with membranes are mediated through a 10-member family of C2-domain ABA-related (CAR) proteins in Arabidopsis thaliana. Specifically, we found that PYL4 interacted in an ABA-independent manner with CAR1 in both the plasma membrane and nucleus of plant cells. CAR1 belongs to a plant-specific gene family encoding CAR1 to CAR10 proteins, and bimolecular fluorescence complementation and coimmunoprecipitation assays […]
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8:17 AM | (New Plant Cell Review) Phytochromes: An Atomic Perspective on Photoactivation and Signaling
"Whereas the downstream signaling cascades and biological consequences have been described, the initial events that underpin photochemistry of the coupled bilin chromophore and the ensuing conformational changes needed to propagate the light signal are only now being understood. Especially informative has been the rapidly expanding collection of 3D models developed by x-ray crystallographic, NMR, and single-particle electron microscopic methods from a remarkably diverse array of bacterial Phys. […]
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2:53 AM | Rape Culture and Parenting
Enough with the rape threats already.As the father of a pre-teen I have concerns about the internet and online trolling/cyber-bullying. Well those birds have finally come home to roost. Today I get a report from the school that in an online chat room (associated with an extracurricular activity my kid is involved in) the following chat was sent to my son:fuck you racist bitch you rape your fucken mom.There were associated smileys, which I omitted. Unfortunately I first had to deal with my son's […]
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12:53 AM | The New Farm Bill: Doubling the Value of Food Stamps When Used on Local Fruits and Veggies
The federal government is planning to put $100 million into a program that is doubling the value of food stamps when they are used to purchase local produce. The latest research shows that if Americans ate just one more serving of fruit or vegetables a day, we could prevent 30,000 premature deaths every year, from heart diseases and strokes alone. On top of that, we’d save an estimated $5 billion in national medical costs related to those diseases. A significant part of […]

December 09, 2014

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9:08 PM | Russia/U.S. Tension Grows: U.S. Sends 100 Tanks Into Eastern Europe To Counter “Russian Aggression”
According to The Washington Times… “The U.S. Army plans to send 100 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles into Eastern Europe as a deterrent to “Russian aggression”. ”   The aggression being referred to is in reference to Russia’s annexation of Crimea during the recent Ukrainian uprising, and the continued presence of Russian military forces in eastern Ukraine, where government forces are still skirmishing with pro-Russian rebels. Russia has […]
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9:00 PM | Beyond the School Science Fair: Advanced Science Competitions
A science project, especially an advanced one, may have a longer shelf life than just a single fair or a linear competition circuit. Top science students may find many events and venues in which to enter and showcase their research and findings.
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6:08 PM | A New Levitating Speaker Has Hit The Market (Video)
A new gravity-defying speaker is utilizing aircraft-grade aluminum and levitation technology to produce a 360-degree, high-quality acoustic experience. According to Techtika.com, the “Mars” speaker’s features include… “…a 1.75 inch full-range speaker and a passive radiator in floating object. CSR AptX . Deep bass. a 4.5-inch subwoofer and 10,000mAH powerbank inside base underneath.” Unlike conventional speakers, the speaker and […]
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1:24 PM | Why Math Might Be The Secret To School Success
A new study is focusing on what works best to prepare kids for school. Math may be what really counts, say researchers, one of who describes it as "a lever to improve outcomes for kids longer term." [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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12:20 PM | Time for the fall meeting… and is it time for a new conference format?
15-minute talks, hour-long plenaries, and half-day poster sessions... is it time to rethink how we can better use technology to create a more effective conference?
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9:00 AM | This Will Revolutionize Education - YouTube
Many technologies have promised to revolutionize education, but so far none has. With that in mind, what could revolutionize education?Mary Williams's insight:Excellent videoSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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7:05 AM | Top 3 Journal Selectors for PhD Students
 Source: http://hazmanlabs.com/site/blog/top-3-journal-selectors-for-phd-students/Top 3 Journal Selectors for PhD StudentsGet Your Research Published in The Best Matching JournalsWe understand that finding a suitable journal might be a tough phase for most of us to locate and publish. Let’s try searching for the topic of ourarticle in a relevant library database to see where related articles in our field have been published.Most of us will use  Scopus or ISI, for […]
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12:16 AM | US Funded/Published Textbooks Promoting Jihad Are Still Being Used by Taliban Today
In the late 1970s, Afghanistan went through a period of political upheaval – exacerbated by the global chess game being played between the Soviet Union and the United States during the Cold War. In 1975, a group of militants from the Jamiat Islami party attempted to overthrow the government. Though the attempt was unsuccessful, support for the Islamist party continued to grow. In April of 1978, Mir Akbar Khyber – a well-known Afghan intellectual and leader […]

December 08, 2014

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10:14 PM | Botanical Accuracy: White lichens, green mosses, and Swedish Christmas...
Moss or lichen? Follow the link for a videoSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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5:57 PM | Why The “Assassin Bug” Covers Itself In the Corpses of Its Victims After Eating Their Insides
In the forests of Malaysia lives one of the most unique insects you may ever come across. The Acanthaspis petax, more commonly known as the assassin bug, has quite the gruesome reputation, despite being barely half an inch in size. After capturing its prey (typically ants), the assassin bug injects its victims with an enzyme that dissolves their insides, making it easy for the assassin bug to suck them out. Once it has finished with its meal, the assassin bug attaches […]
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5:00 PM | Superbugs and Antibiotics: Explore with a Dice Game
A new classroom activity, sponsored by Cubist Pharmaceuticals, helps students see how populations of bacteria respond to antibiotics. Using a colorful dice game, students roll the dice to see how many bacteria respond to treatment each day.
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2:15 PM | How Dissecting a Pencil Can Ignite Curiosity and Wonderment
Researchers are studying how engaging in design thinking and tinkering can help kids feel they have agency over the lives and surroundings. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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12:50 PM | Stages of group development
Why you need a good storm in order to perform with a group. We’ve all made the experience of having to work in groups. Sometimes it is fun, sometimes it is less fun. But you can actually influence how well … Continue reading →
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12:30 PM | Guest post: Summer research programs offer a window to academic careers
To remove the cobwebs on this Sci-Ed blog, we welcome new poster Yoo Jung Kim, a recent Biology graduate of Dartmouth College and a post-baccalaureate research fellow at NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute. In addition to being a scientist and a science … Continue reading »The post Guest post: Summer research programs offer a window to academic careers appeared first on Sci-Ed.
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9:02 AM | Human Viruses and Cancer
To date, seven viruses have been consistently linked to different types of human cancer, and infections are estimated to account for up to 20% of all cancer cases worldwide. Continue reading →
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7:28 AM | Santa Claus!
Maybe it’s the Christmas carols constantly playing in the background, the excitement of the children, or just the smell of hot chocolate and marshmallows, but something just makes this time of the year so special. And so in the holiday spirit, this post will be dedicated to our favourite childhood figure, Santa Claus, and his amazing work habits […]
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2:11 AM | Small Numbers, Big Difference
Imagine you’re sitting at a meeting where the CEO of a department store chain is talking. He is pointing at a list of the stores with the highest theft rates. He goes through the stores, and shows that most of these stores are in rural areas. He concludes that we must increase security in rural stores. “Objection!” a […]
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12:32 AM | New Photo of Europa Shows the Ice-Covered Moon’s Surface in Stunning Detail (Video)
NASA’s Galileo spacecraft has been orbiting Jupiter since the late 1990’s. Since then, NASA has recorded data, producing stellar imaging of one of Jupiter’s largest moons, Europa. Thanks to many years of observation, astronomers have garnered enough data to depict the Jovian moon (Jovian refers to anything related to Jupiter) in its fullest, most breathtaking form yet! NASA added the photo to its extensive Photo Journal on November 21st. Innovations in optical technology […]

December 07, 2014

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8:34 PM | Check Out “The Mothership Spacenet Base Jump” In Action (Video)
The “Moab Monkeys” are a Utah-based group that focuses on slacklining, highlining (which is basically high-up slacklining), base jumping, and filmmaking. The group is mainly noted for their base jumping, which is parachuting from a fixed structure or cliff.  According to Bored Panda… “They have performed their stunts in places like Rio and the Austrian Alps. However it’s no coincidence that their hometown is Moab – a town in Southern Utah […]
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7:59 PM | Old Drug Yields New Treatment
My science fair project from last year focused on the potentials of a mood stabilizer pill in rewiring the brain. I have an tendency to reexamine the existent antidotes and how they may be used to treat other seemingly incurable symptoms. Recently, it is found that an antidepressant drug Tranylcypromine, marketed since the 1960s as Parnate, […]
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5:54 PM | Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
Introduction Most of us at one point, have probably heard of the term, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”.  Although I personally am not too fond of adorning myself, I do understand the reason why so many women worldwide instantaneously become mesmerized by diamonds. Unfortunately, the number of women who are able to afford natural diamonds […]
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5:22 PM | Technical Writing: Layout Tips
Once you have a clear sense of audience, purpose, and context, you can apply the following principles to enhance communicative competence of your documents: 1) Typographic devices — boldface, italics, shading — highlight items in a text and help the … Continue reading → The post Technical Writing: Layout Tips appeared first on Plain Language Science.
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2:31 PM | Nobel Prize Lectures in Physiology or Medicine Today
Today, be sure to catch the 2014 Nobel Prize lectures in Physiology or Medicine taking place at Aula Medica at Karolinska Institutet in Solna, Sweden at 13:00 Sunday 7 December. Archived on YouTube... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:11 AM | This Nigerian Billionaire Just Pledged $100 Million to Help Grow 10,000 African Startups
Anyone who really knows Africa will tell you that the key to financial and social advancement is not foreign aid and transnational corporations, but rather an investment in Africa’s own human capital. A recent study of 10 developing African economies found that 53% of people had plans to start a business within the next three years. That number was as high as 70% in the countries of Angola, Botswana, Malawi and Uganda. But while many Africans see opportunities […]

December 06, 2014

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9:24 PM | You Can Now Transfer Money to Other People Via Snapchat. But Would You?
Snapchat has partnered with online payment company Square to develop an easier way for users to transfer money electronically. The announcement was made in a blog post from Snapchat last month. Square is recognized for its contribution to small businesses, connecting online payment services with tablets and smart phones. Though Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel doesn’t expect the investment to rival leading online payment providers like PayPal, the partnership is big for Snapchat […]
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