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October 30, 2014

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11:31 PM | New #brain #painting underway! #art #science
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8:19 PM | Neuroscientists Break into the Brain to Expose Its Workings
The brain is a dazzlingly complex web of somewhere around 100 billion neurons, each of which communicates with others through thousands of connections. The idea of manipulating such a complex system... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:22 PM | NEW VIDEO! Why I’m Scared of Spiders In a scientific...
NEW VIDEO! Why I’m Scared of Spiders In a scientific sense, I love spiders. Their intricate webs, their beautiful colors, their glassy little eyes… but I do not love them in the 3-D, actually-in-my-presence sense. I expect some of you are just like me in that regard. According to scientists, insects, spiders, and other creepy-crawlies rank as some of the most commonly reported fears in people of all ages. My rational side tells me that there’s nothing to be scared of. Science […]

October 29, 2014

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6:52 PM | Should Fracking Be Banned?
From KQED Education Do Now: On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 three counties in California will decide by ballot whether or not to ban hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as “fracking.” It’s steeped in controversy, from the amount of water it uses to how and where that water--and added chemicals--are eventually disposed. Should fracking be banned? Why or why not?
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10:58 AM | Core Econ: a free economics textbook
Today I want to tell you guys about core-econ.org, a free (although you do have to register) textbook my buddy Suresh Naidu is using this semester to teach out of and is also contributing to, along with a bunch of other economists. It’s super cool, and I wish a class like that had been available […]
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12:57 AM | Tricks of the Trade: LaTeX
Ok, guys. I’ve been studying as a baby statistician (scienctician? statscientist? ecologitician?)  for a little while now and I’m here to share some of their secrets. Before I started here at Penn State I had a couple ideas about what other grad students in my department would be like. First, everyone would be computer masters of any and all statistical programs: R, SAS, others that I hadn’t even heard of yet. Second, they’d all be completely on top of everything in […]

October 28, 2014

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6:10 PM | Creationists Stage a Surprise Attack on Science at Michigan State
As part of a "back door" strategy to teach intelligent design on college campuses, an Oklahoma-based creationist group is sponsoring an Origin Summit at Michigan State University. Faculty and students are divided over how to respond, especially since the event will be attacking the work of an eminent MSU scientist.Read more...
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5:12 PM | NEON releases a higher education video on photosynthesis
Did you ever wonder how scientists measure photosynthesis? Check out the latest NEON educational video, developed in collaboration with David Moore (University of Arizona), Ankur Desai (University of Wisconsin) and Pat Morgan (LiCOR). This video is the second in a series of data-science focused videos hosted on YouTube. Also be sure to check out our … Continue reading »
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5:12 PM | NEON releases a higher education video on photosynthesis
Did you ever wonder how scientists measure photosynthesis? Check out the latest NEON educational video, developed in collaboration with David Moore (University of Arizona), Ankur Desai (University of Wisconsin) and Pat Morgan (LiCOR). This video is the second in a series of data-science focused videos hosted on YouTube. Also be sure to check out our … Continue reading »
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5:03 AM | Resource Alert: Engaging Black and Latino Parents of Young Children
By: Sharon ChinChild Trends recently published a report to help parents of black and Latino families engage in the development of their children. Past literature indicates that parents who are provided with educational opportunities, economic support and social networks, are able to better meet the needs of their children. However, ethnically-diverse families typically do not benefit from many currently available parenting programs that were developed for middle-income, white parents. Parental […]

October 27, 2014

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9:28 PM | pechaflickr, connected courses – education in the future?
Recently I had a blast, attending an inspirational workshop by Alan Levine (I grab professional development opportunities like these with both hands!). The workshop gave me some ideas for new things to try with my students next year, and I thought...
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5:39 PM | Finished my latest #brain #painting!! Phew! #sciart #neuroscience #science #art
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1:55 AM | Swarm Sunday: 10/1/14 – 10/26/14
I am all kinds of behind on my weekly swarm reports, but I’m trying to get caught up!  Rather than bombard you all with a bunch of swarm posts all at once, today I am going to focus only on the swarms that have been reported so far this month. I’ll post the other weeks as […]

October 26, 2014

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7:46 PM | Evariste Galois
As you have observed I omitted Evariste Galois born on 25th October 1811 from my daily posts and this is because he is the one that influenced me to start the event ‘Celebrate Mathematicians in October‘ and so I decided … Continue reading →
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1:03 AM | Interactive Periodic Table with Videos
Interactive Periodic Table with Videos on each element by TedEd http://ed.ted.com/periodic-videos Filed under: Education Tagged: chemistry, education, science
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1:03 AM | Interactive Periodic Table with Videos
Interactive Periodic Table with Videos on each element by TedEd http://ed.ted.com/periodic-videos Filed under: Education Tagged: chemistry, education, science

October 24, 2014

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8:54 PM | How to Study: 5 Basic Practices for Academic Success
Many students complain that they don’t know how to study, so I’ve compiled this short and sweet page of the basics. Perhaps now, as the first grading quarter winds to a close, is a good time to read down this list and get back on track with these five essential good-student behaviors: How to Study Five […]
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8:01 PM | A Q&A with public health leaders on the opioid epidemic: ‘Prescription opioid abuse is still raging out of control’
While pharmaceutical companies are making billions in painkiller profits, it’s the public sector that ends up bearing the burden and cost of the fallout that accompanies skyrocketing sales of highly addictive prescription opioids. After the jump is a Pump Handle Q&A with two public health officials at the forefront of the opioid abuse epidemic within America’s big cities.
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4:14 PM | Reality Is Too Confining
We know that nature experiences can change environmental behavior—but it turns out those experiences don’t have to be real.
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3:29 PM | This Guy Passed Out 520,000 Sandwiches to the Hungry Last Year (Video)
They call him “The Sandwich Man” – and for good reason. Every night for almost 13 years now, Allan Law loads up his mini-van with sandwiches and other basic necessities and drives around the streets of Minneapolis, giving them away to those in need. Law witnessed the effects of poverty firsthand when working as a 5th grade and 6th grade teacher in the inner-city of Minneapolis from the late 60s all the way up until his retirement in 1999. But
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2:20 PM | Before They Were Scientists: Randy Woodson
When I learned that North Carolina State University had a scientist as our Chancellor I made it my personal goal to tell his middle school story. Finally, after a year of conducting Before They Were Scientists interviews, I had my chance. I recently sat down with Chancellor Randy Woodson in his office overlooking the iconic NCSU Bell Tower. He started our conversation by opening a three-ring-binder and flipping through the exhaustive list of questions I had sent the week before to help him […]
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1:44 PM | An Evening with the Writers of the Clean Air Act: Insight into the ‘Golden Age’ of Environmental Law
On October 22, 2014, the Earth Institute hosted a panel discussion on the Origins of Environmental Law, featuring Leon Billings and Thomas Jorling, the two senior majority and minority staff members who led the Senate Subcommittee on Environmental Pollution which originated and developed The Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and other major environmental legislation. [...]
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11:00 AM | Open Access: Access to knowledge
“Access to knowledge is a basic human right.” Yet sadly as scientists we are often forced to operate in a framework in which this is not always the case. This week sees the celebration of the eighth Open Access Week, and whilst there have undoubtedly been many achievements by the Open Access (OA) movement since […]
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7:38 AM | Cambridge Admissions – Dispelling the Myths
Myths abound about admission to Cambridge, despite all attempts to put out some real hard facts (and similarly by Oxford). The interview process itself, which both universities use, seems to be shrouded in particular mystique. Cambridge has recently posted a … Continue reading →
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7:16 AM | Oppiminen pelissä
[In Finnish, new book on games, playfulness and learning] Vastapaino on julkaissut mielenkiintoisen teoksen Oppiminen pelissä: pelit, pelillisyys ja leikillisyys opetuksessa (toim. Leena Krokfors, Marjaana Kangas & Kaisa Kopisto). Kirjoitin kirjaan seuraavat alkusanat: Oppimisen ja pelaamisen yhteys on toisaalta ikivanha … Continue reading →

October 23, 2014

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9:02 PM | Two big challenges facing the technology & digital industries (IMHO)
Over at democracy corner, Manchester Digital is interviewing all of its elected council members. Somehow, I got volunteered to be first interviewee. Here’s my two pence on one of the questions asked: “What do you think is biggest challenge we face as an industry?” (with some extra links) Firstly, coding and “computational thinking” [1], needs to be understood as something that isn’t […]
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6:24 PM | App Does Math Homework with Phone Camera
Don't tell the kids, but the optical character recognition software of PhotoMath could alter homework forever. Continue reading →
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4:37 PM | Photo Essay: A Day in the Life of the Hudson River
Once a year, Piermont Pier becomes a field station, and local students, a team of environmental investigators. On Tuesday, scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory led students through a series of field experiments designed to teach them more about the Hudson River.
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2:04 PM | Morning #painting working in between the lines #brain #science #sciart #neuroscience #neuroscience
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