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Map of Life shows distribution of any species throughout the world

Map of Life shows distribution of any species throughout the world | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it
Map of Life is a new Google Maps-based website, which indicates the distribution of almost every species of vertebrate animal in the world.
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Scientists Have Found a Huge Underground Water Reserve in Kenya

Scientists Have Found a Huge Underground Water Reserve in Kenya | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it
This is incredible. Scientists have found an underground water reserve in Kenya so large that it could meet the entire country's water needs for the next 70 years.
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Sun Will Flip Its Magnetic Field Soon [VIDEO]

Sun Will Flip Its Magnetic Field Soon [VIDEO] | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it
The sun is going to flip. In an event that occurs once every 11 years, the star's magnetic field will reverse its polarity in a matter of months, according to new research from NASA-supported observatories.
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We are almost to the mid point of Solar Max...

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Kite Patch makes you invisible to mosquitoes

Kite Patch makes you invisible to mosquitoes | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it

This lightweight patch can keep blood-sucking bugs away and could prove key in the global battle against malaria."

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Bees Being Trained to Hunt Land Mines [VIDEO]

Bees Being Trained to Hunt Land Mines [VIDEO] | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it
ZAGREB, Croatia (TheBlaze/AP) -- There are some innovative ideas to safely find and detonate land mines to prevent accidents like that which haunts Mirjana Filipovic, who lost her boyfriend and her own leg while on a fishing trip that took them to...
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3 Years of the Sun in 3 Minutes [VIDEO]

3 Years of the Sun in 3 Minutes [VIDEO] | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it

"Since the Solar Dynamics Observatory opened its multi-spectral eyes in space about three years ago, we’ve posted numerous videos and images from the mission, showing incredible views of our dynamic Sun."

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Sun Unleashes Biggest Solar Flare of 2013 [VIDEO]

Sun Unleashes Biggest Solar Flare of 2013 [VIDEO] | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it
The most powerful solar flare of the year erupted from the sun on April 11, sparking a temporary radio blackout on Earth, NASA officials say. The solar flare occurred at 3:16 a....
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Study: Bee Venom Kills HIV [VIDEO]

Study: Bee Venom Kills HIV [VIDEO] | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it
Discovery could lead to topical gel to prevent HIV transmission.
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Carbon nanotubes make it possible to grow human hearts

Carbon nanotubes make it possible to grow human hearts | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it
This week, the American Chemical Society's journal Nano printed an article detailing the use of carbon nanotubes in a growth scaffold for rat heart cells. The result?
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San Antonio Poised To Launch First Bookless Public Library

San Antonio Poised To Launch First Bookless Public Library | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it
The world is going completely digital, and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff is walking into that direction as well.
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I understand the utility and functionality of vast array of e-books at your fingertips, but I also love paper books...

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Giant squid filmed in Pacific depths, Japan scientists report

Giant squid filmed in Pacific depths, Japan scientists report | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it
Scientists and broadcasters said Monday they have captured footage of an elusive giant squid roaming the depths of the Pacific Ocean, showing it in its natural habitat for the first time ever.
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The Giant Squid has the largest eye in the animal kingdom with a diameter of approximately 25 centimeters.

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Take a Guided Tour of the International Space Station [VIDEO]

Take a Guided Tour of the International Space Station [VIDEO] | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it
Before she left the International Space Station this weekend, former ISS commander Suni Williams recorded an extensive guided tour of the orbital laboratory...
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Why Mosquitoes Can’t Fly in Fog

Why Mosquitoes Can’t Fly in Fog | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it
Mosquitoes can fly through rainstorms without a problem, but fog is another story.
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Radiation Belt Mission Renamed to Honor James Van Allen [VIDEO]

Radiation Belt Mission Renamed to Honor James Van Allen [VIDEO] | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it
The recently launched Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission, which is studying the Van Allen radiation belts, has now been renamed in honor of the late...
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Better Concrete « Technology « Science Today

Better Concrete « Technology  « Science Today | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it
Roman concrete constructed 2,000 years ago is still strong today, even under rough sea. In contrast, the concrete we manufacture only lasts around 100 years.
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Since I live in Michigan, where the freeze-thaw cycle and road salt work to destroy the concrete used in roads, exploiting the secrets of Roman concrete is of particular interest to me.

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Who’s killing the bees? New study implicates modern farming

Who’s killing the bees? New study implicates modern farming | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it
Everything from chemistry to beekeeping seems to contribute, and that has big implications for big business.
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Computerized brain made of GPUs could be the future of AI

Computerized brain made of GPUs could be the future of AI | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it
GPUs may be the key to unlocking the future of AI research, just like the semiconductor kicked off personal computing. A team of researchers believes they have the code to do it.
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Earth’s core is much hotter than previously thought – hotter than the surface of the Sun

Earth’s core is much hotter than previously thought – hotter than the surface of the Sun | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it

Using a delicious combination of particle accelerators, X-rays, high-intensity lasers, diamonds, and iron atoms, scientists have worked out that the inner core of the Earth is actually 6,000 degrees Celsius -- some 1,000 degrees hotter than the surface of the Sun.

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What Happens When You Wringing Out a Washcloth in Space [VIDEO]

What Happens When You Wringing Out a Washcloth in Space [VIDEO] | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it
Commander of the International Space Station Chris Hadfield has been answering questions about how astronauts perform every day tasks -- like washing one's hands -- in space. This latest one is not so much a how-to but a what does it look like.
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72% Of Professors Who Teach Online Courses Don’t Think Their Students Deserve Credit

72% Of Professors Who Teach Online Courses Don’t Think Their Students Deserve Credit | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it
This is not a good sign for online education: 72 percent of professors who have taught Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) don't believe that students should get official college credit, even if they did well in the class.
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Say What???

 

This makes no sense. Does this speak to the quality of the student or the efficacy of MOOCs?

 

How can the profs say, "I don't think the students in my MOOCs don't deserve credit for taking the classes I've designed?

 

What's the unspoken objection or argument?

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Watch a Bubble Popping in Extra Slow Motion [VIDEO]

Watch a Bubble Popping in Extra Slow Motion [VIDEO] | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it
The Slow-Mo Guys slow down the bursting of a bubble creating some interesting results.
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The orderly way a bubble disintegrates is not what I had imagined.

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Salmon Use Magnetic Map to Find Rivers

Salmon Use Magnetic Map to Find Rivers | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it
After traveling the Pacific Ocean for years, sockeye salmon find their way home to their birthplaces using the Earth's magnetic field, new research shows.
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Fireflies' bumpy abdomens may lead to brighter LEDs

Fireflies' bumpy abdomens may lead to brighter LEDs | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it

"Scientists who evidently spend too much time with fireflies have managed to put all that bug-watching to good use: developing brighter LEDs. One problem..."

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Dragonflies Show Human-like Selective Attention

Dragonflies Show Human-like Selective Attention | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it
Researchers from the University of Adelaide have uncovered the first evidence that invertebrates, like primates, have brain cells dedicated to the process of selective attention.
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Cricket’s Supersensory Hearing Inspires Ultrasensitive Technology

Cricket’s Supersensory Hearing Inspires Ultrasensitive Technology | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it
A newly identified hearing organ in the South American bushcricket, Copiphora gorgonensis, could lead to the creation of microscopic acoustic sensors.
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Giant Sun Eruption Recorded by NASA [VIDEO]

Giant Sun Eruption Recorded by NASA [VIDEO] | EduTech Chat | Scoop.it
The huge solar eruption does not appear to be aimed at Earth, NASA says.
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