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November 26, 2014

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5:58 PM | Study: Full-day preschool can set kids up for academic success, better health
Children who have the opportunity to attend full-day preschool programs, versus part-day programs, tend to score higher on school readiness measures such as language, math, socio-emotional development and physical health, according to a recent study. So, why is this finding important to public health? Because education has literally been described as an “elixir” for lifelong health and wellbeing.
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5:58 PM | Study: Full-day preschool can set kids up for academic success, better health
Children who have the opportunity to attend full-day preschool programs, versus part-day programs, tend to score higher on school readiness measures such as language, math, socio-emotional development and physical health, according to a recent study. So, why is this finding important to public health? Because education has literally been described as an “elixir” for lifelong health and wellbeing.
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3:13 PM | Combing Food and Formulas
A long time ago, I had this idea in mind: if I could be a better cooker I could make people around me understand more about geometry (2D, 3D shapes or higher dimensions). I believe that food has a way … Continue reading →
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10:33 AM | Rape on Campus Should be a Never Event
The Rolling Stone article, “A Rape on Campus” should be a must read for every one who attends college, plans to attend college, or has children or loved ones on a college campus, especially one with a significant fraternity presence. UVa is my alma mater for two of my degrees, but this story reminded me…
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12:54 AM | Should We Fund Space Exploration?
From KQED Education Do Now: Human space travel has long been a subject of fascination and scientific inquiry. Should we fund space exploration, or would the money be better spent elsewhere?

November 25, 2014

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7:26 PM | Risk & Safety in Outdoor Education.
Risk & Safety in Outdoor Education. Great short article by Keith McCabe – a Member of our Brisbane Thinking Group (See: What is a Thinking Group?), First published this on LinkedIn. With enough support from readers we may be able to convince him to become one of our Awesome Authors and not waste any more […] The post Risk & Safety in Outdoor Education. appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.

November 24, 2014

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11:04 PM | NEW VIDEO! Where Do Birds Go In Winter?  "They migrate towards...
NEW VIDEO! Where Do Birds Go In Winter?  "They migrate towards the tropics, smart guy. We already knew that." Okay, okay, no reason to get your feathers in a ruffle. With winter approaching, birds across the world are beginning their annual journey, gliding overhead in V-shaped flocks toward warmer climates. Pretty much everyone knows that. At least these days they do. Throughout history, people came up with some bonkers theories about where birds flew off to, including […]
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10:43 PM | Tour of Space Camp by scijoy: SciJoy was given a tour of Space...
Tour of Space Camp by scijoy: SciJoy was given a tour of Space Camp. This is a video of the modules and simulators we explored. While the fidelity of the simulators are not what real astronauts use, the campers are trained in actual systems and processes that astronauts utilize. The campers were given the scenario of a leaking ammonia tank and had to perform a space walk to repair it. Shortly after this was created for Space Camp, this anomaly occurred on the ISS. When I was in middle school, […]
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10:39 PM | Fraction of Bachelor’s Degrees Earned by Women, by...
Fraction of Bachelor’s Degrees Earned by Women, by Major Just saw this concerning data compiled by the American Physical Society. Since reaching a peak in the early/mid-2000’s, the fraction of bachelor’s degrees awarded to women across the sciences has been on the decline. I don’t know quite what to make of this. If it were just due to the funding troubles caused by the financial collapse or flattening budgets in the years before that, we’d expect to see degrees […]
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10:28 PM | Crazy Pool Vortex  We’ve all seen it. Drag your hand, a...
Crazy Pool Vortex  We’ve all seen it. Drag your hand, a paddle, or a round dinner plate across the surface of the water, and you’ll see whirlpool-like vortices spiraling away from you like submerged cyclones. Hold on a sec… water is transparent. Where did those two shadows come from? And what makes those spinning tornadoes travel the way they do across the water’s surface? In this awesome video from Physics Girl, you’ll find out the answers to those […]
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3:52 PM | Apply to be a 2015-2016 Kenan Fellow
The application process for the 2015-2016 cohort of Kenan Fellows is now open! Watch this video to see what being a part of the Students Discover project meant to our first cohort of scientists and teacher-scientists. Learn how the Students Discover project directly relates to what you can do in your classroom and meet some of the scientists you’d be working with!
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1:52 AM | Lexile ludification
A while back, I wrote about our first experience with lexile ranges.  The short story is that lexile ranges are indicators of reading levels that are determined by sentence length and word frequency.  While they may be a useful tool to picking out books for children, they don’t at all address the complexity of themes […]

November 23, 2014

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9:00 PM | Swarm Sunday: 11/9/14 – 11/22/14
  Just a few swarms to report from the last few weeks: USA: Tracy, CA Spain: Estepona And here is the US map for the last two weeks: Red pins are static swarms, yellow pins are migratory. Click the map to enlarge! Only 2 swarms in two weeks, but both were migratory, including one international sighting in […]

November 21, 2014

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2:59 PM | PNAS: Fran Poodry, Educational Technology Specialist
I’ve decided to do a new round of profiles in the Project for Non-Academic Science (acronym deliberately chosen to coincide with a journal), as a way of getting a little more information out there to students studying in STEM fields who will likely end up with jobs off the “standard” academic science track. Third in…
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7:30 AM | Lifestyle changes for cognition and dementia: better than a new drug?
Should all molecular research institutes looking at neurodegenerative diseases be replaced by parks, playgrounds and cycle paths? Mark Horowitz highlights a recent systematic review of modifiable risk factors associated with cognition and dementia, which suggests that from a public health perspective, there may be some sense in this idea. The post Lifestyle changes for cognition and dementia: better than a new drug? appeared first on The Mental Elf.

November 20, 2014

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5:03 PM | How the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants built a ROV and won a national competition
I cannot wait to see Underwater Dreams narrated by Michael Peña, and written and directed by Mary Mazzio.  The story is how sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants built a ROV to compete in a national competition. Despite being poor kids with no resources, and starting off with no knowledge of how to build an ROV, they won beating […]
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5:03 PM | How the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants built a ROV and won a national competition
I cannot wait to see Underwater Dreams narrated by Michael Peña, and written and directed by Mary Mazzio.  The story is how sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants built a ROV to compete in a national competition. Despite being poor kids with no resources, and starting off with no knowledge of how to build an ROV, they won beating […]
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4:24 PM | Why Mentoring Makes a Difference to Medical Students and Faculty
A recent post on this blog by Dr. Yvette Calderon, associate dean for diversity enhancement at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, described the importance of mentors and role models as she navigated her way through the unfamiliar territory of medical school and residency in the 1980s. Now, one of her central roles is to act [...]
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3:32 PM | PNAS: Bob Cross, Naval Computer Scientist
I’ve decided to do a new round of profiles in the Project for Non-Academic Science (acronym deliberately chosen to coincide with a journal), as a way of getting a little more information out there to students studying in STEM fields who will likely end up with jobs off the “standard” academic science track. Second in…
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3:30 PM | Making the Most of Puberty on the Scale of a Planet
Access to education and jobs can make the world's huge youth population an asset.
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12:07 PM | The Neuroscience of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms in Adolescent Learning
By Dr. Christopher-James Harvey   At its simplest, sleep is driven by two broad systems working symbiotically: sleep/wake homeostasis and biological circadian rhythms. Sleep/wake homeostasis tells us that the need for sleep is accumulating as we progress throughout the day, and helps us to maintain sleep throughout the night to make sure that the ‘sleep […]
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12:07 PM | The Neuroscience of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms in Adolescent Learning
By Dr. Christopher-James Harvey   At its simplest, sleep is driven by two broad systems working symbiotically: sleep/wake homeostasis and biological circadian rhythms. Sleep/wake homeostasis tells us that the need for sleep is accumulating as we progress throughout the day, and helps us to maintain sleep throughout the night to make sure that the ‘sleep […]
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11:04 AM | #ScienceAfrica Unconference 2014 – reaching the whole spectrum of society
It was with great pleasure that I ‘virtually’ attended the second Planet Earth Institute #ScienceAfrica Unconference on the 18th November. From following on Twitter it seemed like an excellent day with good discussions and presentations. Since last year’s Unconference I have moved to Mozambique. In 9 months I have seen extreme rural areas and big […]
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2:44 AM | Inking in the #brain. #sciart #science #neuroscience #art #artistsofinstagram #education #artist #brainart #sketchbook #artwork #learning #neuro #artfido
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12:15 AM | How to Get Skills in Cyber Security?
We were talking before, though our cyber security sessions, that a career in cyber defence is the quite challenging one and it requires a lot of hard work and time to put your skills and expertise at a competitive level. […]test The post How to Get Skills in Cyber Security? appeared first on Australian Science.

November 19, 2014

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11:29 PM | Jane Goodall: 5 reasons to have hope for the planet
Jane Goodall is not only arguably the most famous conservationist who ever lived, but also the most well-known and respected female scientist on the planet today. Her path to reach that stature is an unlikely as it is inspiring. Told to 'never give up' by her mother, Goodall set out in her 20s to pursue her childhood dream: to live with animals in Africa. By the time she was 26 she doing just this.
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5:01 PM | "Much of the world-class research conducted on our campuses is inextricably linked with research..."
“Much of the world-class research conducted on our campuses is inextricably linked with research emanating from UC. If California is to remain an economic dynamo, then it needs the full capability of its research universities to be well supported.” - The Presidents of Caltech and Stanford making the case for why California needs to reinvest in public higher education.
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12:00 PM | When Your Congressman IS a Rocket Scientist...
Source: Link belowNote: Dr. Holt represented New Jersey, but hey: we're close enough! Okay, he was actually a plasma physics person, but you get the drift. Go with the bit...Rush Holt, a physicist, educator, and eight-term Democratic member of Congress, has been named the new CEO of AAAS (which publishes ScienceInsider). He will succeed Alan Leshner, a neuroscientist who is stepping down this winter after leading AAAS since 2001.Holt, 66, has represented a New Jersey district since 1999, but in […]
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8:00 AM | Genetics and education policy
Philip Ball has an article in the December issue of Prospect (ungated on his blog) arguing that consideration of the genetic basis to social problems is a distraction from socioeconomic causes. The strawman punchline for the Prospect article is “It’s delusional to believe that everything can be explained by genetics”. The article has drawn a […]
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4:53 AM | I'm at it again. #drawing another #brain #sciart #science #neuroscience #art #artistsofinstagram #education
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