October 22, 2014

11:40 PM | Democratic Education: A New Way to Look at Teaching and Learning (Opinion Piece)
Seven-year-old Penelope Day needs both hands to pick up the power drill. Penelope is spending the week at a day camp run by Construction Kids, a Brooklyn-based program that offers building classes throughout the year for kids as young as 2 years old. It’s one of a new and immensely popular wave of programs trying to shift kids away from computer screens toward actual, hands-on activities. Like building things from scratch. Using, yes, real, working power tools. With help […]
2:29 PM | Controversial App
Just a couple of minutes ago I was watching this video: This video presents an application (PhotoMath) that acts as a smart camera calculator or problem solver. It reads and solves mathematical expressions by using the camera of your mobile device … Continue reading →
4:59 AM | Caries Prevention: review suggests that education training and fairer payments would increase prevention delivered by dentists
Seven qualitative studies and 41 surveys were included in this qualitative metasummary of factors that increase or decrease dentists delivery of caries prevention. While the surveys in particular, are of questionable quality some commonality emerges that further education and training coupled with a fairer pay scheme would be a reasonable approach to change the balance in favor of the provision of dental caries preventive measures by dentists The post Caries Prevention: review suggests that […]

October 21, 2014

10:13 PM | umichswip: APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics...
umichswip: APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) are three-day regional conferences for undergraduate physics majors. Apply to attend The 2015 conferences will be held Friday, January 16 through Sunday afternoon, January 18, 2015. North Carolina Research Triangle Purdue University Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey University of California, Santa Cruz University of Michigan University of Mississippi University of Texas at Brownsville Yale University The APS CUWiP […]
9:31 PM | Episode 208 – Camping on a Diamond Sea
00:00:00 – Arthur C. Clarke wrote in 2010: Odyssey Two that the center of Jupiter was one giant diamond. He probably never expected to be right… sort of. A new model suggests that conditions on Jupiter and Saturn may be right to have diamonds forming in the atmosphere and raining down from above. Pretty trippy stuff, […]
4:30 PM | Pygmy Seahorses: Masters of Camouflage If you were to ask me...
Pygmy Seahorses: Masters of Camouflage If you were to ask me “Hey Joe, what are pygmy seahorses masters of?" then of course my answer would be "CUTENESS!!!" I had no idea that they were also connoisseurs of camo. But scientists had never asked how these diminutive deceivers were able to match their knobby host corals so closely. This video, the first in a new series called Deep Look from KQED, tells the story of how California Academy of Sciences researchers put their adorable […]
3:51 PM | The Employee Dogs and Asymmetric Facial Hair of SparkFun’s New Building
After a visit to the new SparkFun mothership, engineering seems perfectly possible. (And the dogs are really cool.) Continue reading → The post The Employee Dogs and Asymmetric Facial Hair of SparkFun’s New Building appeared first on Author Garth Sundem.

October 20, 2014

8:53 PM | Religion matters more than education when it comes to creationist beliefs
The USA is a conundrum when it comes to creationist beliefs. While the US comes about average in high-school science education results, staggering numbers of American adults are not only creationists but young earth creationists - believing that the earth is a mere 6,000 years old.Now, there's quite a lot of research to suggest that this is due to widespread fundamentalist Christian beliefs. But quite how that manifests is unclear. Are fundamentalists generally ignorant of science - or is it […]
8:11 PM | What IS a day in the life at Penn Medicine?
So tomorrow is the University of Pennsylvania’s annual Day in the Life project, and we’re pretty excited. I’ve taken photos for two previous Day in the Life projects during my time here at Penn Medicine (you can find those here and here), and both times I’ve been amazed at the...
3:55 PM | NEW VIDEO! How To See Time Travel In this week’s...
NEW VIDEO! How To See Time Travel In this week’s It’s Okay To Be Smart, I’ll show you how to build your own cosmic particle detector and witness time travel with your very own eyes! Earth is under constant bombardment from cosmic radiation. There’s sunlight, of course, but that’s the good stuff. Solar wind, the next most common variety, is mostly blocked by Earth’s magnetic field and diverted to the poles. But there are other, more distant sources of charged […]
1:01 AM | quirky science demonstrations
A very brief post before I dive back into marking! My friend Cathy pointed me at this short, fascinating video that shows some quirky chemistry & physics demonstrations (afficionados of Facebook will find it here). I had a couple...

October 19, 2014

7:36 PM | Would you spread the word?
Dear faithful readers, As you know, I usually write about science for the popular public, but I also write about autism from the perspective of a father. Recently, I was thinking about the worry that all of us parents of kids in the autism spectrum feel about their future, and somehow I expressed my feelings …
7:15 PM | How do we really know the Earth has a solid core? I mean, we...
How do we really know the Earth has a solid core? I mean, we can’t go down there, despite what Jules Verne would lead you to believe. As I mentioned in my “Structure of the Earth” video this week on It’s Okay To Be Smart, Earth’s tendency to shake and rumble up here on the crust has allowed us to discover a lot about its inner structure. Earthquakes don’t only send waves along Earth’s surface, they send certain kinds of waves (P-waves and […]
5:15 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies: Genetic Smarts, GMOs, and Looney Toons
Categories: Meta StuffTags: Ben and Jerry'scartoonsDBT skillseducationEscepticageneticsgmogrounded parentsKate Tietjemovie reviewPandorumParentingphysicsschool of doubtTeen SkepchickTeen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 118: Heat, Temperature, and the Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics Mindy dips her toe into thermodynamics. DBT Skills: Yes You Get To Have Fun Remember ...(Read more...)

October 18, 2014

9:01 PM | Sharpen your thinking about business advice: Sensitivity, specificity and base rates
Your news feed might have pieces about how to get better at business (or indeed your living your life). They might have a seemingly empirical basis, and offer numbers of great specificity: the ten ways the successful manage their time; … Continue reading →
6:35 PM | Blue Collar Roots vs. White Collar Reality
My father was a machinist and my mother a nurse. I still recall the smell of the machine shop on my father’s clothing when he came home from work, the name “Gary” embroidered on his blue shirt. When I was a child, my father chopped wood and sold it by the side of the road to […]

October 17, 2014

9:51 PM | Life, um, finds a way—except when it doesn’t
This week the LA Review of Books has my review of Unnatural Selection, a nifty new book in which ecological toxicologist Emily Monosson describes how living things evolve their way around the things we humans do to try and contain them. … the introduction of the insecticide DDT rapidly led to the evolution of resistant […]
9:00 PM | Teen-Designed Tech Goes Head to Head in MIT Contest
An MIT competition hands out $10,000 to 15 high school science teams. Continue reading →
7:37 PM | Flutter: Butterfly Sanctuary
I know that most of this month, so far, was more about the Mathematicians’ Event and I believe sometimes it is to much, even if I love this event a lot. So I decided to do something completely new today: … Continue reading →
5:25 PM | Before They Were Scientists: Doug Emlen
I recently sat down with evolutionary biologist Dr. Doug Emlen when he was in town to give a seminar at NC State. We met at the Hunt Library, and after testing out a few of their famous chairs, we settled in for an interview that took us around the world. Read on to learn how Doug spent the first six months of sixth grade in Kenya with his dad studying birds, got singled out in science class and learned early on in his academic career that he would never be Indiana Jones. Lea: We’re […]
5:14 PM | Interns Summer in Review, Part 4: So, what do YOU know?
An Explanation of NEON’s Airborne Observation Platform and Cyber Infrastructure through New Eyes After spending time together in NEON’s summer internship program, Ariel Kaluzhny (a computer science student) and Maddy Ball (an environmental science major) learned a lot about their NEON projects, explored a good bit of Colorado and became great friends. But, coming from … Continue reading »
4:30 PM | MPA Program Announces Full Fellowship Opportunity- Apply Now!
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Environmental Science and Policy is pleased to announce the creation of the Dean’s Environmental Science and Policy Fellowship – the first full tuition grant made in the program’s 12-year history. All prospective students who apply to the program by January 15, 2015 will be eligible for the Fellowship, valued at approximately $72,000.
12:55 PM | People Are More Swayed by Things That Look Sciencey
Anyone who’s paged through a women’s magazine will recognize this strategy: to make a product seem better, surround it with a scientific glow. “Clinical trials show lashes grow up to 400% fuller!” “27% reduction of dark spots in 10 weeks!” “Ceramides!” Does this actually help convince people to hand over their cash? A study using […]The post People Are More Swayed by Things That Look Sciencey appeared first on Inkfish.

Tal, A. & Wansink, B. (2014). Blinded with science: Trivial graphs and formulas increase ad persuasiveness and belief in product efficacy., Public Understanding of Science, DOI: 10.1177/0963662514549688

12:39 PM | Trying to cover up black lines #science #neuroscience #painting #brain #science #art #wip
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October 16, 2014

10:33 PM | Dr. Madhav Chavan: Technology Alone Won’t Reform...
Dr. Madhav Chavan: Technology Alone Won’t Reform Education Dr. Madhav Chavan describes how technological innovations are inherently non-linear, and therefor don’t easily transpose to the linear world of education. Read more at By: Big Think.
5:36 PM | And now for the fun part: choosing your outreach activities!
The wonderful thing about science communication and outreach is that there are an almost infinite number of ways to share your science. We’ve made a quick list of some of the kinds of activities you can be involved in to share your science.
3:27 PM | Entangled States at TED-Ed
The fourth video I wrote for TED-Ed is now live: Einstein’s Brilliant Mistake: Entangled States. The title is not just an Elvis Costello reference, but gets at the fact that while the Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen paper was wrong in that the local hidden variable theories they favored are impossible, it turned out to be…
2:26 PM | Should teenagers sleep in and start school later in the day?
Would teenagers do better in their exams if they could sleep in and start school later in the day? Can physical fitness improve academic achievement? Will teaching the same lesson multiple times over with breaks between sessions improve learning? Can computer games teach children to read? These questions above are part of a multi-million-pound research project, […] The post Should teenagers sleep in and start school later in the day? appeared first on Your Brain Health.
2:00 PM | Do What You Can and Don’t Worry About the Odds Against You
I have been blogging a bit about a fabulous book called “Voyage of the Turtle” by Carl Safina. At some point, this book has become less about gaining a simple “tortoise education” and more about learning how to simply live life. In one of my favorite quotes, the author writes (this about watching a single […]
9:10 AM | Selfie from space!
Hello again, Rosetta! After a ten year journey, the spacecraft is only 16km from the comet it’s been sent to …Continue reading →
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