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February 22, 2015

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7:47 AM | Feb.19/15 Boat Racing!
The last session was really fun! After working tirelessly on our 3D printed boats for weeks, the big day finally arrived. We took our boats out to the water, to see them move, if they could move at all! We had to do certain accomplishments. First challenge: if they could float in still water. Everybody […]
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7:41 AM | Toes!
I don’t know about you but I’ve always found toes to be the most useless things ever. I mean, you can grab objects, write, or play an instrument with your fingers. But can you write with your toes? Or even pick something up other than a pencil you’re too lazy to reach down and grab? Not […]
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4:20 AM | Feb. 19 Engineer Summary
This week, we finally got to race our our boats against each other and against tinkerine! One of the boats, before the contest In the previous weeks, both our researchers and engineers have been working hard on their boats in their respective groups, hoping to compete in speed, agility, and visual appeal. We were judged […]
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2:02 AM | Image of the Week: Picturing—and Preserving—Soundscapes
Shhh. Do you hear that? Last week at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in San Jose, CA, all eyes (and ears) were fixed on a new map from the National...
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1:48 AM | China Building Artificial Islands to Bolster Strategic Positions In South China Sea
China is attempting to secure its territorial claims in the highly disputed South China Sea – by building islands in the region. In late January of this year, satellite images analyzed by IHS Jane’s, a defense intelligence provider, showed China rapidly creating five different islands in contested waters. U.S. officials say the islands are large enough for China to build airstrips in the remote archipelago, and have already observed a small port […]

February 21, 2015

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9:25 PM | What’s The Most Popular New Vehicle In Your State? (Map)
With dozens of new cars and trucks hitting the market each year, buyers have a wide variety of choices when it comes to what type of vehicle they’d like to drive. But despite all of the different options, the majority of drivers are purchasing the same select few vehicles year after year. Like most markets and industries, a handful of elite players have dominated sales in the United States. In terms of state popularity, Ford F-Series leads the way, followed by the […]
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8:14 PM | Birthday wishes
Alright, so today is my birthday. YAY me, I managed to survive another trip around the sun (despite what many Americans think). Not really a big accomplishment considering ~20,000,000 other people are alive world-wide that were born on this day at some point during the last 115 years. Similarly,  ~880,000 other people in the US were born on this day. Hell, I share a birthday with ~150 people in Greenland (Inuuinni Pilluarit! fellow birthdayers). The disconcerting thing to me is that […]
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5:44 PM | Turn Your Favorite Friend Into A Plush With “Cuddle Clones”
Cuddle Clones provides a unique service for pet lovers: creating a customized “exact plush replica” of your pet. Pet owners are encouraged to send in multiple photos from different angles so that the company can see exactly what the pet looks like. After sending in photos, owners can also select specific physical distinguishing features they’d like on their stuffed toy. For many pet lovers, the service has provided a timeless and meaningful way to […]
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5:30 PM | This is how much our body is worth
This infographic will tell us the value of your organs and bodily functions, one by one. Trust me, you're not worthless. Ever contemplated selling an organ on the black market just to make rent? Depending on what you're selling, you could make as much as US$650,000 (£425,000), according to the infographic below, created by Buddy Loans.Unfortunately, that's the market price for your heart, which, well, you kind of need. But selling off a kidney would still raise a decent […]
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5:11 PM | Scientists identify the gene that makes our brains bigger
Mouse embryos have developed massive, fast-growing brains after receiving a dose of human DNA in the womb. Scientists suspect that the gene encoded by this DNA is what separates us from all other animals. Humans would be nothing without our remarkable brains. Despite sharing 98 percent of our DNA with chimpanzees, we’ve got much bigger brains, and they undergo a massive white matter growth explosion in the first two years of life, which means a super-fast proliferation of […]
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4:41 PM | Facebook will allow insert figures in the Timeline images
Facebook now allows you to add stickers on the photos before posting them from an iPhone or an Android device. This news may please the selfies fans who like to enhance the images and send the already everyday figurines social network, although it can also irritate those who have allergies even sending pictures in the comments. Stickers had been launched in December, but it worked only to be sent through Messenger or comments. Those who like the feature just using third-party applications […]
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3:44 PM | why colours are better under the sea
All sexual connotations aside, Disney's Sebastian the Crab said it best when he sung his little heart out about how everything's better down where it's wetter. If Sebastian was a real crab, he'd include this footage, captured by italian filmmaker Sandro Bocci aka Bolidesottomarino, in his pitch, because it shows just how much better it is under the sea. But then things get super-creepy at 2:55, when you see what looks like some kind of anemone consuming its food with a mouth that looks so […]
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3:23 PM | Confessions of Academic Ghost Authors | SAGE Open
Confessions of Academic Ghost AuthorsThe Iranian ExperienceEhsan Shahghasemi , Manijeh Akhavan DOI: 10.1177/2158244015572262 Published 11 February 2015 ArticleFigures & DataInfo & MetricsE-letters PDF AbstractAcademic plagiarism exists in all academic spheres, but contextual factors determine the level, intensity, and forms of it. Over the last few years, the phenomenon of “Ghost Authorship” has become widespread in Iran, and […]
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12:00 PM | Saturday Science Experiment: A 2 for 1 Snow Experiment
Step 1: Jar of Snow     Got snow? Here are 2 of my favorite snow experiments to do with children. The best part is, you can do both at the same time! All you have to do is fill up a jar or glass with snow. You can cover the jar with some plastic wrap if you want to be sure there is no evaporation and nothing falls in. The questions we'll tackle are: How much water is left when the snow melts? Is snow clean? I particularly like the second question as many of my students like […]
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7:52 AM | Finale of “Strange Faces”
Lately, (actually for 2 month), I have been cleaning out all my magazines I have stored last year. Lots of interesting articles have attracted my attention, and this time, I was extremely fascinated by the Special Section on Science, on January 30. Investing the privacy concerns was such an interesting topic, so I decided to do […]
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7:34 AM | My Strange Addiction: Extreme Overclocking
What if I told you that you could dramatically speed up your computer hardware by tweaking around a few numbers? Overclocking can allow your $150 dollar Processor to have the performance of a $400 Processor. This is why I am addicted to overclocking. I’m not talking about those scam programs, but actually speeding up the […]
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7:33 AM | Nader Ale Ebrahim - oalib
Visibility and Citation Impact [PDF]Nader Ale Ebrahim, Hadi Salehi Embi, Mohamed Amin Habibi Tanha,Farid Hossein Gholizadeh Motahar, Seyed MohammadInternational Education Studies , 2014, DOI: 10.5539/ies.v7n4p120 Abstract: The number of publications is the first criteria for assessing a researcher output. However, the main measurement for author productivity is the number of citations, and citations are […]
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6:06 AM | Why Are Unhealthy Foods So Addictive?
Have you ever gone on a snack binge, where you just can’t seem to stop eating? Well, it might not just be your lack of self-control! (just kidding you’re an amazing person) Junk foods such as candy are often overwhelmingly high in sugar and other quickly absorbed products. A recent study conducted by Erica M. Schulte […]
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4:23 AM | Discover Summary: February 17
Obama takes last place in survey of the greatest black presidents of the US. This statement is true… technically. This statement, as well as many other examples, were the main focus of Feb. 17’s FSL Discover session; misleading representation of data. Catherine gave us a presentation all about this topic, providing us with many intriguing […]
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2:19 AM | Impact of Social Sciences – How to win at academic presentations: top tips on what to say and how to say it.
 Source: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2015/02/20/how-to-win-at-academic-presentations/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ImpactOfSocialSciences+%28Impact+of+Social+Sciences%29How to win at academic presentations: top tips on what to say and how to say it.Presenting is an essential skill for communicating research, but unfortunately it is not a skill researchers get much guidance on. Sarah Knowles pulls together some general […]

February 20, 2015

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9:45 PM | See it? Share it! Return of the Barred Owl
     We saw a lot of our resident Barred owl today. I thought I'd post a few pictures I took this morning and afternoon. It is not too unusual to see a Barred owl out during the day when we've had so much snow and cold. As it is more difficult for them to hunt in their usual spots they are attracted to places with bird feeders that may also be attracting rodents. Find out more about this type of owl in my last owl post! It was enjoying some sun on a cold day and keeping an […]
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4:29 PM | Size in Space: Just How Big is the Biggest Star We Know Of? (Video)
With a diameter of approximately 2.8 million kilometers (about 1.75 million miles), VY Canis Majoris, a red hypergiant star located in the constellation Canis Major, is the largest star we have ever come across. To picture its gargantuan size, imagine a passenger jet flying just above the surface of Canis Majoris at 900km/h (560 mph). At this speed, it would take the aircraft roughly 1100 years to make just one full circle around the star! The video below helps put this size
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4:20 PM | Shoo, Flu!: Vaccine Science
What are your chances of getting the flu this year? Discover how your immune system and the flu vaccine work together to keep you healthy.
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3:03 PM | A soft drink ingredient poses cancer risk to consumers
Researchers found that drinking just one can of caramel-coloured soft drink a day could expose you to unsafe levels of a possible carcinogen.Soft drinks have never been the most nutritious dietary choice, but new research suggests that an unnecessary colouring ingredient may pose a cancer risk, even to people who consume an average amount of soda.The chemical in question is a byproduct of caramel colour, a common ingredient that gives colas, root beers and iced teas their dark hue. […]
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2:45 PM | Sony to launch 5.2-inch smartphone with 2 GB Ram and Android 5.0
Sony might be mulling an exit-strategy for the smartphone market, but that hasn’t stopped the company from working on new products. An upcoming smartphone from the company has appeared in the database of benchmarking app Compubench.Carrying model number E2333, the smartphone will feature Android 5.0 Lollipop, 5.2-inch 720p HD display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and NFC. It will be powered by Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 610 processor with Adreno 405 GPU and pack […]
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2:19 PM | How Neighbors Can Grow a Community-Centered School to Teach Kids and Adults
A school in a low-income neighborhood in Tampa is tapping into community members to be a part of the learning experience for the children and the adults. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:43 PM | Electronically Plugged
Recently, I have started a new yet bad habit: checking my phone before bedtime and often times in bed. I thought that it would be more ideal to do so after finishing my homework and studying for my tests, but little did I know that it is actually very harmful. At first, I didn’t notice […]
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11:16 AM | iLabs: WRAL.com Video and Interview of the Micro World iLab!!
Sarah Lindenfeld Hall of WRAL.com’s “Go Ask Mom” feature, visited our Micro World Investigate Lab yesterday and interviewed Christy and I about our lab.  If you want to ready the article and catch the video, check out: Destination: Nature Research Center’s Micro World Investigate Lab
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11:14 AM | Exploding water balloons – again!
I am usually very motivated to write posts for this blog, but for some reason today I’m not. I have interesting posts scheduled for next week, don’t you worry, but today was supposed to be a review of some literature on teaching … Continue reading →
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10:43 AM | Film can fun with Paul Williams
http://www.biotech.wisc.edu/webcams?lecture=20150211_1900Mary Williams's insight:I really enjoyed seeing Paul Williams' lecture (http://www.biotech.wisc.edu/webcams?lecture=20150211_1900), which reminded me of the first time I saw him speak more than 20 years ago. Paul's always been a proponent of hands-on learning, so he handed out props....(see above).In 1991, Paul was the first recipient of the ASPB's Excellence in Education award for his pioneering efforts to get plants into the classroom […]
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