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September 21, 2014

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5:30 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies: Scottish Art, Student Privacy, Dating with Kids, and the Intersection of Racism and Ableism
Categories: Meta StuffTags: ableismartbookscollegedatingdisability activistseducationEscepticagrounded parentsKanye WestLGBTQMad Art Labmovie reviewsParentingphysicsQueerekaschool of doubtScienceScottish independenceSkeptabilitysleepstuden privacyTeen SkepchickvaccinesTeen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 115: The Doppler Shift Mindy learns about Doppler shift at non-relativistic speeds. Mad Art Lab Making a Book Celia and Treelobsters make a book ...(Read more...)
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4:43 PM | Putting Science in Action in Swaziland
In 2012, the Scientific American Science in Action award became part of Google Science Fair. Last month, one of the judges for both, T.H. Culhane, traveled to Swaziland to work with our 2012 winners... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

September 20, 2014

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10:06 PM | Math movies
After I posted about Lucy I realized that I don’t really know what movies are there that are more math related. And, for my shame, the only one that I can think of without using Google is: A Beautiful Mind. So, I thought … Continue reading →
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4:00 AM | How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
By Paul Tough Synopsis: Why do some children succeed while others fail? The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from […]

September 19, 2014

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11:59 PM | Lucy (2014)
Firstly, I am very sorry for not writing this week at all. It is because university just started for me, and I had a lot of things to do and prepare for it. Also working as a Festival Assistant at TechFest transformed … Continue reading →
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9:00 PM | New study: Ubiquitous chemicals known as phthalates linked to childhood asthma risk
About one in every 10 U.S. children is living with asthma — that’s closing in on 7 million kids. And while we have a good handle on what triggers asthma attacks and exacerbates respiratory symptoms, exactly what causes asthma in the first place is still somewhat of a mystery. However, new research points to some possible new culprits that are difficult, if not nearly impossible, to avoid.
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5:56 PM | 45% of Russians Believe A Global Shadow Government Controls the World
Consider the following statement: “The world is run by some sort of overarching entity that pulls the strings in governments around the globe.” While groups like NATO, the United Nations and the G20 all include some of the biggest and most influential nations in the world, most people would probably say that the statement above is a bit of a stretch. Unless, of course, you live in Russia. A recent poll carried out by the Russian Public Opinion […]
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4:10 PM | What's going on in there?! #brain #art #science www.hunterart.com #tgif #drawing #digitalart
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3:40 PM | Before They Were Scientists: Jelena Vuckovic
On our next stop for the “Before They Were Scientists” world tour, I sat down with Jelena Vuckovic, who spends part of her year in Germany and the other part at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Read on to learn about her experiences as a middle school student in the former Yugoslavia where she played with Legos, almost became a French teacher, and was never told it was unique for a girl to love physics. Lea: Can you tell me what comes to […]

September 18, 2014

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8:34 PM | Working on getting a #yinyang #brain #drawing going with my phone's stylus. #art #science #neuroscience #sciart
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6:38 AM | Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #72
Firethroats, kingfishers, openbills, nightjars, stilts, leafbirds, roadrunners, mangos, laughthrushes, and rubythroats are featured in this 72nd edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week”! With almost 600,000 followers on the Wild Bird Trust Facebook page, the Wild Bird Revolution is accelerating towards our goal of 1 million Wild Bird Enthusiasts by the end…

September 17, 2014

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10:20 PM | The Microbiome: Can We Please Consider the Human Body an Ecosystem Now?
It has long been thought the type and amount of microbes using the human body as a home shape the way we live and behave. The microbiome as it is known is shown to have a greater and greater impact in our daily lives. A new study published in Nature (paywall) provides evidence demonstrating the artificial […]The post The Microbiome: Can We Please Consider the Human Body an Ecosystem Now? appeared first on Just Science.
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1:37 PM | Explainer: Student Loans and What Happens If You Don't Pay Up
With today's graduates facing a cratered job market, and student debt now in excess of $1 Trillion, what are the consequences for people who default on their student loans?
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12:30 PM | Denver student hit in chest with jet of flaming methanol
New incident, same message: Don’t pour alcohol anywhere […]Related Posts:Tornado simulation results in methanol fire, children burnedCSB warns against using methanol in classroom or lab demosPerforming the ‘rainbow’ flame test demo safelyLab safety is critical in high school, tooReport released on New York high school fire

September 16, 2014

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8:45 PM | New Study: Millennials Are Actually Reading MORE Than Their Elders
I’m sure you’ve heard it before: the media lamenting on how lost the young generation is, how addicted we are to technology, how we’re dumbing ourselves down and losing touch with our societal roots. But at least one study seems to be contradicting this characterization of young people as ignorant internet addicts. The study, published by the Pew Research Center last week, found that 88% of Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 claimed to have read at […]
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4:36 PM | MPA ESP Alumni Discuss Success After Graduation
As the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy Class of 2015 starts their second semester of courses, we invite you to learn more about the 682 alumni of the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program.
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3:50 PM | Cool! 3D Printing In The Geosciences
Geological  Fabrication Laboratory!.. Yes.. the future is already here.and it is run by Franciszek Hasiuk of Iowa State University. He explains in a short note in GSA Today just why 3 dimensional  printing is so useful especially in the geosciences:In the geosciences, we struggle with a fundamental problem—we love nature, but its aspects can be truly enormous or fantastically miniscule, very far away or exceedingly rare. Our burden is to overcome these conditions and communicate […]
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3:44 PM | TED-Ed Lesson: What Is the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle?
The second one of the TED-Ed lessons I wrote about quantum physics has now been published: What Is the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. This is, again, very similar to stuff I’ve written before, specifically this old blog post and the relevant chapter of How to Teach [Quantum] Physics to Your Dog. As usual, I tried but…

September 15, 2014

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9:20 PM | Texas Is About to Adopt Textbooks That Lie About Climate Change
The Texas State Board of Education meets this week to discuss the adoption of controversial science textbooks that are deeply misleading about climate change. Now, two groups are working to prevent Texas kids from learning junk science.Read more...
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7:12 PM | Technology Education for Students Is Essential in Creating a Future STEM Workforce, and It Starts With Educating Teachers | Felix W. Ortiz III
This truly is a growing concern and rightly so: Technology Education for Students Is Essential in Creating a Future STEM Workforce, and It Starts With Educating Teachers | Felix W. Ortiz III.The post Technology Education for Students Is Essential in Creating a Future STEM Workforce, and It Starts With Educating Teachers | Felix W. Ortiz III appeared first on Just Science.
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7:10 PM | With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise – NYTimes.com
With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise – NYTimes.com.The post With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise – NYTimes.com appeared first on Just Science.
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6:35 PM | Before They Were Scientists: Daniel Solomon
Sitting down with Daniel Solomon, dean of the NC State College of Sciences, to talk about his middle school life was certainly a highpoint for the “Before They Were Scientists” series. In this interview Dean Solomon opened up about how his life as a child in the Bronx allowed him to appreciate a diverse learning environment, how he got in trouble trying to escape the island he lived on in Florida, and how his parents’ drive for him to go to medical school shaped so much of his […]
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5:19 PM | TED-Ed Lesson: The Central Mystery of Quantum Physics
My TED@NYC adventure last fall didn’t turn into an invite to the big TED meeting, but it did lead to a cool opportunity that is another of the very cool developments I’ve been teasing for a while now: I’ve written some scripts for lessons to be posted with TED-Ed. The first of these, on particle-wave…
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2:25 PM | Intelligence vs. Priorities
Steven Pinker has a piece at the New Republic arguing that Ivy League schools ought to weight standardized test scores more heavily in admissions. this has prompted a bunch of tongue-clucking about the failures of the Ivy League from the usual suspects, and a rather heated concurrence from Scott Aaronson. That last finally got me…
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1:30 PM | Knitting and programming
Two things that I do almost every day are programming and knitting. Programming allows me to implement experiments and analyze the results, and knitting allows me to unwind and recharge, restoring some of the mental energy that activities like programming require for me. Programming is analytic and something that Silicon Valley geniuses do a lot; knitting is […]
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12:22 PM | Hōkūle’a: Enjoying a Day Off
Getting days off is a rarity on the Worldwide Voyage. When we get the opportunity to plan an excursion, we try to make the most of it! This was how some crew members spent our day off after the UN Conference in Samoa.
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11:09 AM | Inclusion is a challenge all over. The Ada Initiative has resources to support women in *your* community.
Real inclusion of women in a variety of professional and public spheres in a continuing struggle. We hear a lot about this struggle in the tech sector, but it's a problem well beyond tech. The Ada Initiative has awesome resources to support women and their meaningful inclusion. You might assume that these resources are just […]
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8:57 AM | How to increase children’s patience in 5 seconds
A single act increases adults’ compliance with researchers. The same act makes students more likely to volunteer to solve math problems in front of others. Moreover, it makes four-year-olds more patient. What sounds like a miracle cure to everyday problems is actually the oldest trick in the book: human touch. How do researchers know this? […]

Guéguen N & Fischer-Lokou J (2002). An evaluation of touch on a large request: a field setting., Psychological reports, 90 (1) 267-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11898995

Guéguen, N. (2004). Nonverbal Encouragement of Participation in a Course: the Effect of Touching, Social Psychology of Education, 7 (1) 89-98. DOI: 10.1023/B:SPOE.0000010691.30834.14

Leonard JA, Berkowitz T & Shusterman A (2014). The effect of friendly touch on delay-of-gratification in preschool children., Quarterly journal of experimental psychology (2006), 1-11. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24666195

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12:48 AM | Pseudoscience techniques rampant in schools because they sound like quick fixes
A skeptical parapsychologists tells it like it is at an education conference – teachers embrace nonsense learning ideas because quick fixes are appealing. Long-term meaningful changes are hard. ‘Pseudoscience has nested in schools’ – news – TES. When Nick Rose worked as a parapsychologist, his job was to investigate why people believed they had been… Source: Doubtful News

September 14, 2014

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2:36 PM | International reading comparisons: is England really doing so poorly?
I was surprised to see a piece in the Guardian stating that "England is one of the most unequal countries for children's reading levels, second in the EU only to Romania". This claim was made in an article about a new campaign, Read On, Get On, that was launched this week. The campaign sounds great. A consortium of organizations and individuals have got together to address the problem of poor reading: the tail in the distribution of reading ability that seems to stubbornly remain, despite […]
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