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Festival Schedule | Maine Science Festival

Festival Schedule | Maine Science Festival | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Maine Science Festival is New England's premier science event featuring 3-days of events for all ages at the Cross Center and venues across downtown Bangor, Maine. Science is Everywhere!
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The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress | WIRED

The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress | WIRED | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Happy Friday, everyone. The Friday, that is, that will forever be known as the day after The Day The Internet Exploded Over That Stupid Dress.

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Thousands of Einstein Documents Are Now a Click Away

Thousands of Einstein Documents Are Now a Click Away | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A mammoth effort is underway to digitally publish Albert Einstein’s letters, papers, postcards and diaries that have been scattered in archives, attics and shoeboxes.
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Education

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This site is addictive--in status update style sentences, the results of studies done in a variety of social and psychological science fields are summarized and links provided to the source.  I dare you to resist scrolling through just a few...

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The Library of Congress Launches New Interactive eBook Series for Students and Teachers, All Materials Free to Access | LJ INFOdocket

The Library of Congress Launches New Interactive eBook Series for Students and Teachers, All Materials Free to Access | LJ INFOdocket | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
From The Library of Congress: The new Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics, from history to science to literature.
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American Museum of Natural History Unveils New Database With 7,000 Digitized Items (Images, Illustrations, Drawings & More) | LJ INFOdocket

American Museum of Natural History Unveils New Database With 7,000 Digitized Items (Images, Illustrations, Drawings & More) | LJ INFOdocket | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

New online from the Research Library at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. More digitized content will be added moving forward.

The database is free to access and search.

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Policy: Twenty tips for interpreting scientific claims

Policy: Twenty tips for interpreting scientific claims | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"This list will help non-scientists to interrogate advisers and to grasp the limitations of evidence."

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Top YouTube Channels for Science and Math Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Top YouTube Channels for Science and Math Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

A round-up of some wonderful educational YouTube channels for Math and Science teachers. These channels are taken from a long list that comprises more than 170 YouTube channels. 

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Species+ now available

Species+ now available | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Species+ is a new online resource providing comprehensive information on globally protected species. It includes all species covered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), as well as those included in the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations.

Species+ can be accessed at www.speciesplus.net

 
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MIXED BAG WHEN US EXAM SCORES COMPARED GLOBALLY (Math, Science)

MIXED BAG WHEN US EXAM SCORES COMPARED GLOBALLY (Math, Science) | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

 So how do U.S. eighth-graders do in math and science when compared to their peers around the globe? Turns out it matters which state they live in, according to a study being released Thursday.

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New Website Sparticl.org Launches to Grow Teen Enthusiasm for Science

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- New Website Sparticl.org Launches to Grow Teen Enthusiasm for Science. Curated content, social networking and gaming combine to attract more teens to science.
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Who's Afraid of Peer Review?

More on the sting operation conducted by a journalist who submitted a bogus article to hundreds of open access science journals--where it was accepted for publication with alarming frequency. 

"Acceptance was the norm, not the exception. The paper was accepted by journals hosted by industry titans Sage and Elsevier. The paper was accepted by journals published by prestigious academic institutions such as Kobe University in Japan. It was accepted by scholarly society journals. It was even accepted by journals for which the paper's topic was utterly inappropriate, such as the Journal of Experimental & Clinical Assisted Reproduction.

The rejections tell a story of their own. Some open-access journals that have been criticized for poor quality control provided the most rigorous peer review of all. For example, the flagship journal of the Public Library of Science, PLOS ONE, was the only journal that called attention to the paper's potential ethical problems, such as its lack of documentation about the treatment of animals used to generate cells for the experiment. The journal meticulously checked with the fictional authors that this and other prerequisites of a proper scientific study were met before sending it out for review. PLOS ONE rejected the paper 2 weeks later on the basis of its scientific quality."

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Science, Mathematics, Physical and Environmental Education

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We have assembled last year’s most read articles from Routledge Education Journals researching Science, Mathematics, Physical and Environmental Education. Find out why these papers were so popular by taking a look yourself.
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These articles would normally require database access to read and may be useful, not just for their content, but as examples of scientific articles for teaching students how to read such types of text.

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Teachers, Students Analyze Data From European Particle Accelerator -- THE Journal

Teachers, Students Analyze Data From European Particle Accelerator -- THE Journal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
With the help of data now becoming available, high school teachers and students in two programs at Notre Dame University can study data from the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland.
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Cymatics - Science Vs. Music

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Nigel Stanford created a fascinating and dramatic video that he descirbes as "An exploration of the effect of Cymatic Frequencies on matter." This site breaks the video down into its parts and explains how he set up the "experiments."

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The NSTA blog

The NSTA blog currently consists of twelve categories (or sub-blogs):

Chapters and Associated GroupsConferencesEarly YearsThe Leading EdgeMs. MentorNext Generation Science StandardsNSF Videos and LessonsNSTA MembershipNSTA Press BooksNSTA ReportsScience 2.0SciLinks
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Five-Minute Film Festival: The Science of Sports

Five-Minute Film Festival: The Science of Sports | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Sports offers a perfect opportunity to explore concepts like force, motion, potential energy, velocity, and torque. Engage your students with this collection of videos about the intersection of science and sports.
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Places To Get Free Full-Text Scientific Studies - Edudemic

Places To Get Free Full-Text Scientific Studies - Edudemic | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

It's a short list, of course, but here are a few sites where you can get science related journal articles for free. The other place you can find such articles? Your library...

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Free Technology for Teachers: Sports Science - Baseball

Free Technology for Teachers: Sports Science - Baseball | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Spring will be here soon. With spring comes the beginning of a new baseball season for Little Leaguers, high school players, and pros. This is a good time to take a look at the science of the sport."

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Four Publishing Organizations Release “Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing” | LJ INFOdocket

The blog post notes that the principles/best practices doc is a “work in progress” and feedback is welcome.

Direct to Full Text: Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing
Contains 16 Principles of Transparency
Released on December 19, 2013.

See Also:  OASPA’s second statement following the article in Science entitled “Who’s Afraid of Peer Review?” (November 11, 2013)

See Also:  OASPA’s response to the recent article in Science entitled “Who’s Afraid of Peer Review?” (October 4, 2013)

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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Fun Physics Games for Students

Richard Byrne writes: "One of my former colleagues always seemed to have his physics students in the hallway, in the stairwells, or outside for various physics demonstrations. His students always seemed to be having fun. I was a little jealous that he hadn't been my physics teacher too. He showed students that physics was fun. The following games might not be as fun as hands-on demos, but they could still be good for getting students interested in various physics concepts."

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Welcome to Mole Day! Here are a Dozen Resources for Chemistry Teachers

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Welcome to Mole Day! Here are a Dozen Resources for Chemistry Teachers | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Sorry, Chem teachers, I'm a little late with this one--apparently Mole day was October 23rd... but to make up for it, my favorite cybrarian has some web resources to share with you.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 7 Free iPad Apps for Science Lessons

Free Technology for Teachers: 7 Free iPad Apps for Science Lessons | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Richard Byrne reviews free apps: Bill Nye The Science Guy, goREACT, Powers of Minus Ten: Bone, Virtual Heart, 3D Brain, Essential Skeleton, and Solve the Outbreak.

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International Cephalopod Awareness Days

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International Cephalopod Awareness Days (ICAD) are upon us. From October 8-12 (of any year), spend some time celebrating "the most intelligent invertebrates in the world"

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Happy Friday! (And you wonder why I bother with Twitter--see what we would have missed? This was shared by author Margaret E. Atwood)

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