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Botanicus Interacticus: Interactive Plant Technology

Botanicus Interacticus: Interactive Plant Technology | The Science Communicator | Scoop.it

Had no idea Disney was into researching plant interactions. My mind is racing with cool ideas of how this computing technology could be implemented! 

 

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10-Foot Bobbit Worm Is the Ocean's Most Disturbing Predator

10-Foot Bobbit Worm Is the Ocean's Most Disturbing Predator | The Science Communicator | Scoop.it

"Hate to leave you with the image of a beautiful tropical ocean swarming with sex-crazed 10-foot-long worms with hair-trigger jaws, but that’s totally happening now."


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Ello Bobbit!  "A mix between the Mongolian death worm, the Graboids from Tremors, the Bugs from Starship Troopers, and a rainbow."

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Overcoming Fears While Napping | The Scientist Magazine®

Overcoming Fears While Napping | The Scientist Magazine® | The Science Communicator | Scoop.it
Repeated exposure to fear-associated stimuli during short bouts of sleep made study participants less frightened of related provocations once they awoke.
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Exposing yourself to fear-related smells while you're asleep could help you overcome certain fears! Its amazing what we can learn while we are alseep. 

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Sloths Teach Us About Energy Efficiency?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Sloths Teach Us About Energy Efficiency? | The Science Communicator | Scoop.it
Sloth symbiosis can bioinspire energy efficiency and human industrial ecosystem design. Biomimicry is another great idea, like a baby sloth in a bucket!
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We could learn a few things from these docile, energy efficient creatures. 

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Spider silk coated with carbon nanotubes has multiple surprising uses

Spider silk coated with carbon nanotubes has multiple surprising uses | The Science Communicator | Scoop.it
Physicists have discovered that simple methods can result in surprising and environmentally friendly high-tech outcomes during their experiments with spider silk and carbon nanotubes.
Nikki Kapp's insight:

I think there's potential for a collaboration here - Steven could make good use of Randy Lewis' spidergoats (fact not fiction - they are engineered to produce spider silk protein in their milk for largescale production of spider silk which has many useful properties)

 

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-10/fabrics-spider-silk-get-closer-reality

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Best Science and Engineering Visualizations of 2012

Best Science and Engineering Visualizations of 2012 | The Science Communicator | Scoop.it
Thousands of words would spill out of these visualizations, the winners of the 2012 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge.
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How People Smell Themselves

How People Smell Themselves | The Science Communicator | Scoop.it
You might not be able to pick your fingerprint out of an inky lineup, but your brain knows what you smell like.
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A recent study suggests that MHC peptides, the proteins present on the surface of our cells that allow our immune system to identify self from foreign, are responsible for us recognizing our own scent. Experiments with sweaty T-shirts demonstrate that women prefer sweat with an MHC based aroma most different to their own. Certain perfumes are thought to amplify our natural aroma and potential chemical attraction, so choose wisely!

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Strange, Animal-Shaped Nebulas and Their Earthly Doppelgangers | Wired Science | Wired.com

Strange, Animal-Shaped Nebulas and Their Earthly Doppelgangers | Wired Science | Wired.com | The Science Communicator | Scoop.it
In honor of the Florida Manatee Festival, the NOAO is renaming nebula W50 as the Manatee nebula. Here, we take a look at other animal-shaped nebulas and how closely they resemble their animal namesakes.
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Scientists build with DNA bricks

Scientists build with DNA bricks | The Science Communicator | Scoop.it
Researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute have coaxed single strands of DNA to fit together like Lego bricks and form scores of complex three-dimensional shapes, including a teeny-tiny space shuttle.
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A superbly blue berry

A superbly blue berry | The Science Communicator | Scoop.it
The most intense color in the biological world belongs to a tiny African berry. Iridescent blue and metallic, it literally outshines any other plant or animal substance in the world.
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David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization | Video on TED.com

TED Talks David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections.

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Digital pills make their way to market

Digital pills make their way to market | The Science Communicator | Scoop.it

Have you been taking your meds properly? Soon your doctor will be able to keep track of your prescription intake by use of digital pills. These pill contain tiny sensors that respond to digestive juices in your gut and produce a signal that is relayed back to the mobile phone of your health-care provider. Pretty nifty!

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Keep Climate Denial Out of Our Schools

Keep Climate Denial Out of Our Schools | The Science Communicator | Scoop.it

An inspiring petition to remove climate denial from education by a 17 year old high school student. This message is directed at Joseph Bast, CEO of Heartland Institute, who is budgeting for educational programs to teach children that climate change is a controversial, unsettled issue.

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These Are Some of the Most Otherworldly Creatures You'll Find on Earth - Wired Science

These Are Some of the Most Otherworldly Creatures You'll Find on Earth - Wired Science | The Science Communicator | Scoop.it
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underwater beauties. 

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Petridish - Fund Science and Explore the World with Renowned Researchers

Petridish - Fund Science and Explore the World with Renowned Researchers | The Science Communicator | Scoop.it
Petridish lets you fund promising research projects and join first hand in new discoveries.
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A new direction for crowdfunding scientific research.

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Alan Betts: A Proposal for Communicating Science

Alan Betts: A Proposal for Communicating Science | The Science Communicator | Scoop.it
The web site of Alan K. Betts where you can learn about his atmosepheric research, his talks, published writings and about the topic of climate change as it relates to the state of Vermont.
Nikki Kapp's insight:

Atmospheric researcher Alan Betts suggests a great way to communicate current research to the public - requiring all scientific journals to be published with a second version which is open access and in plain English, outlining the relevance and significance of these studies. Seems pretty appropriate considering how much of funding comes from the public. Betts speaks particularly to weather and climate studies - the information from which is vital for people to make informed decisions and to have an impact on the future of their earth, but they don't have access to scientific journals and even if they did, very few will have the background to understand the scientific language used. 

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Lab-Grown Model Brains | The Scientist Magazine®

Lab-Grown Model Brains | The Scientist Magazine® | The Science Communicator | Scoop.it
Three-dimensional tissues called “cerebral organoids” can model the earliest stages of brain development.
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Scientists in Austria have built a model of the human brain from embryonic stem cells embedded in a support gel. This first step holds promise for building larger, "personal" brain models encoding the genetics of specific neurological disorders to facilitate the study of effective treatments. 

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China Announces Plans to Export Greenhouse Gases to Terraform Mars

China Announces Plans to Export Greenhouse Gases to Terraform Mars | The Science Communicator | Scoop.it
As an extension of China’s $16 billion plan to combat air pollution in its cities, today the CNSA announced an ambitious plan to export the nation’s emissions to Mars.
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A Piece Of Cloth That Conjures Light And Sound

A Piece Of Cloth That Conjures Light And Sound | The Science Communicator | Scoop.it
With the right flourish, a simple piece of fabric can be dazzling. Just think about the people who twirl flags in parades, or the matadors who dodge peril with a graceful swoosh of their capes. Of course, to do these things well requires practice.
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Wrinkled Fingers Get Better Grip on Wet Objects

Wrinkled Fingers Get Better Grip on Wet Objects | The Science Communicator | Scoop.it
New research suggests that prunelike wrinkles on fingers and toes may have evolved to give early humans an advantage in wet conditions.
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Research suggests that wet, wrinkly fingers may be an evolutionary trait that improved our grip.

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Covered in Ink, Cross-sections of Trees Make Gorgeous Prints

Covered in Ink, Cross-sections of Trees Make Gorgeous Prints | The Science Communicator | Scoop.it
Connecticut-based artist Bryan Nash Gill uses ink to draw out the growth rings of a variety of tree species
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Geoff Mann sculpts with motion

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Geoff Mann is a Scottish contemporary artist & designer who has been famed for materializing motion and sound. Mann captures motion paths from various aspects of nature and transforms them into captivating sculptures using 3D printing technology. "Attracted to Light" is one of his most famous pieces, a lamp shade created by reproducing the flight path of a moth fluterring around a lightbulb.

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Mirrorbox: The Story of How Art Became Science

Megan Daalder is an artist who went on a scientific journey. She tells the story of how the mirrorbox evolved into a scientific investigation of the psychological and neurological basis for human empathy.

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How to Use Psychological Tactics to Avoid Strangers on a Bus | Wired Science | Wired.com

How to Use Psychological Tactics to Avoid Strangers on a Bus | Wired Science | Wired.com | The Science Communicator | Scoop.it
A sociologist who rode coach buses for three years has codified the unspoken rules of avoiding total strangers. "Avoiding other people actually requires quite a lot of effort," she said in a press release.
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Blindness, Bone Loss, and Space Farts: Astronaut Medical Oddities

Blindness, Bone Loss, and Space Farts: Astronaut Medical Oddities | The Science Communicator | Scoop.it

Space travel isn't as glamorous as it seems...

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