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Dark Matter, Dark Energy and Inflation: The Big Mysteries of Cosmology

Dr. Michael S. Turner, Professor, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, University of Chicago. Presented Feb. 15, 2011 Our current cosmological model des...

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Storytelling in Fundraising: When Your Donor Responds with These Five Simple Words, You’ve Succeeded

Storytelling in Fundraising: When Your Donor Responds with These Five Simple Words, You’ve Succeeded | Science Communication from mdashf | Scoop.it
Books and articles on storytelling and narrative in fundraising are proliferating nearly as quickly as bad storytelling and narrative in fundraising (could there be a connection?). In an effort to ...
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On the Relationship Between Students’ Perceptions of Teaching Quality, Methods of Assessment, and Satisfaction

On the Relationship Between Students’ Perceptions of Teaching Quality, Methods of Assessment, and Satisfaction | Science Communication from mdashf | Scoop.it

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Although the relationship between students’ perceptions of quality of teaching and studentsatisfaction may seem self-evident, the interaction between these concepts and related methods of assessment is rarely examined. The findings reveal that the perceived teaching qualitycategorization emerges as a concept with multiple facets centered on learning, enthusiasm, interaction and student engagement, communications, and practical relevance. The authors note significant links among students’ satisfaction, their feeling reactions on various levels, and their evaluations of teaching and instructors under various assessment schemes.


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Student satisfaction and student perceptions of quality at international branch campuses in the United Arab Emirates

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The international branch campus has emerged as a popular form of transnational higher education but to date little research has been undertaken on student perceptions and experiences, other than the student feedback evaluations conducted by institutions. This research employed a survey questionnaire to investigate student perceptions of study at international branch campuses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the country which hosts the largest number of branch campuses globally. Across the seven dimensions examined – programme effectiveness, quality of lecturers and teaching, student learning, assessment and feedback, learning resources, use of technology, and facilities/social life – it was found that students are largely satisfied. The findings refute many of the criticisms of international branch campuses in the literature, regarding quality, political or ideological issues.


Via Dr Vangelis Tsiligiris
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Higher Education around the world 

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Research sheds light on origins of greatness

Research sheds light on origins of greatness | Science Communication from mdashf | Scoop.it
In a provocative new paper, an expert suggests working memory capacity -- which is closely related to general intelligence -- may sometimes be the deciding factor between being good and being great.

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World Science Festival Video : Steven Weinberg: The Real Needs of Society

World Science Festival Video : Steven Weinberg: The Real Needs of Society | Science Communication from mdashf | Scoop.it

Each generation benefits from the insights and discoveries of those who came before. “If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants,” wrote Isaac Newton. In a new annual series, World Science Festival audiences are invited to stand on the shoulders of modern-day giants. When it comes to government support, big science isn’t just about particle colliders. Steven Weinberg, a professor of physics at the University of Texas, Austin, stresses that areas such as education, infrastructure, and healthcare are just as important for a society.


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Wisdom 

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A new discipline emerges: The psychology of science

A new discipline emerges: The psychology of science | Science Communication from mdashf | Scoop.it
You've heard of the history of science, the philosophy of science, maybe even the sociology of science. But how about the psychology of science?

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America cannot afford to lose its grip on science - Lisa Randall - CNN - RichardDawkins.net

America cannot afford to lose its grip on science - Lisa Randall - CNN - RichardDawkins.net | Science Communication from mdashf | Scoop.it

(CNN) -- On a recent visit to Barcelona, Spain, my local translator, who told me he was becoming increasingly interested in physics as he listened to my responses to reporters' questions, commented that he couldn't believe the biggest advances in my field will come not from America but from Europe -- for him, an unexpected turn.


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Science and the roots of faith - Telegraph

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Steve Jones explains why men, scientists, professors and the British are less likely to believe in God than women, children and Americans.

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Sorry I can't write twice !!

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More bad science in the literature : Pharyngula

More bad science in the literature : Pharyngula | Science Communication from mdashf | Scoop.it

That sad article on gyres as an explanation for everything has had more fallout: not only has it been removed from Science Daily's site, not only has Case Western retracted the press release, but one of the editors at the journal Life has resigned his position over it.


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howto spot the spurious and actually honor them?

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Want to be the Next Neil deGrasse Tyson? Be Yourself

Want to be the Next Neil deGrasse Tyson? Be Yourself | Science Communication from mdashf | Scoop.it

Don't aim to be a version of someone else. The greatest people in our society, Tyson argues, are those who have been able to "carve niches that represent the unique expression of their combination of talent."


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If you want to be a great man of science do something outstanding don't just criticize or ridicule others !!

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19th Century French Artists Predicted The World Of The Future In This Series Of Postcards

19th Century French Artists Predicted The World Of The Future In This Series Of Postcards | Science Communication from mdashf | Scoop.it
If you’ve ever struggled to imagine how life will change over the next century thanks to technology, take comfort — you’re not alone. Over 100 year ago, some French artists tried to do the same thing.

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The French vision of a vacuum cleaner?

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Einstein's Unusual Brain May Help Explain His Genius

Einstein's Unusual Brain May Help Explain His Genius | Science Communication from mdashf | Scoop.it
Called the "embodiment of pure intellect," Albert Einstein has long been considered one of the most brilliant men who ever lived. During his life and since his death, people everywhere have wondered how one man could have possessed such genius.

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Dyscalculia: The deficiency to calculate runs as high as 7% in the Western population

Dyscalculia: The deficiency to calculate runs as high as 7% in the Western population | Science Communication from mdashf | Scoop.it

Brian Butterworth is on a crusade to understand the number deficit called dyscalculia — and to help those who have it. Researchers estimate that as much as 7% of the population has dyscalculia, which is marked by severe difficulties in dealing with numbers despite otherwise normal. The disorder illuminates the inner workings of the brain's number sense — the ability to understand and manipulate quantities. This sense is every bit as innate as vision or hearing, yet scientists disagree over its cognitive and neural basis, a debate that dyscalculics may help to settle.


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When numbers are screwed !!

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How To Create Infographics | Resources To Get You Started

How To Create Infographics | Resources To Get You Started | Science Communication from mdashf | Scoop.it
Ready to create amazing infographics to drive links, social shares, and traffic back to your website? The following are over 20 resources for creating

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I am so interested to know !! 

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101 Websites for Science Teachers

101 Websites for Science Teachers | Science Communication from mdashf | Scoop.it
A list of the top 101 websites for science teachers including general science, astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, and more.

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Brian Schmidt (Nobel Prize Winner): The accelerating Universe

ANU Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt gives a Vice-Chancellor's Public Lecture. The talk is titled 'The accelerating Universe'.

In 1998 two teams traced back the expansion of the universe over billions of years and discovered that it was accelerating. It was a startling discovery that suggests that more than 70 per cent of the cosmos is contained in a previously unknown form of matter, called Dark Energy. 

In this talk, Brian Schmidt, leader of the High-Redshift Supernova Search Team, describes this discovery and explains how astronomers have used observations to trace our universe's history back more than 13 billion years, leading them to ponder the ultimate fate of the cosmos.

Professor Brian Schmidt joined the staff of The Australian National University in 1995, and was awarded the Australian Government's inaugural Malcolm McIntosh award for achievement in the Physical Sciences in 2000, The Australian Academy of Sciences Pawsey Medal in 2001, the Astronomical Society of India's Vainu Bappu Medal in 2002, and an Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship in 2005. In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the United States National Academy, and Foreign Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences.

Brian's work on the accelerating universe was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, jointly with Adam Riess and Saul Perlmutter.


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Oral Sex Worse Than Smoking? | IdeaFeed | Big Think

Oral Sex Worse Than Smoking? | IdeaFeed | Big Think | Science Communication from mdashf | Scoop.it

While the human papillomavirus (HPV) is known for infecting genitals, it can also spread quickly via oral sex, causing throat cancer disproportionately in men, says a new study. "Researchers examined 271 throat-tumor samples collected over 20 years ending in 2004 and found that the percentage of oral cancer linked to the human papillomavirus surged to 72 percent from about 16 percent, according to a report released yesterday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology."


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How crowdsourcing is changing science - The Boston Globe

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Science is driven forward by discovery, and we appear to stand at the beginning of a democratization of discovery. An ordinary person can be the one who realizes that a long arm of a protein probably tucks itself just so; a woman who never went to college can provide the crucial transcription that reveals a spidery script to be a love poem from 2,000 years in the past. Nobody can say where the movement will go, but among the new pioneers of crowd science, there is a palpable sense that they have just happened upon a powerful, poorly understood new resource.


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funding of science from the crowd? Thats like getting your bills paid by your neighbours. Awesome. Science is something that need be supported by society and this is perhaps an example. 

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funding of science from the crowd? Thats like getting your bills paid by your neighbours. Awesome. Science is something that need be supported by society and this is perhaps an example. 

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OpenLab: The Renaissance Man, and how to become a scientist over and over again | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Discover Magazine

OpenLab: The Renaissance Man, and how to become a scientist over and over again | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Discover Magazine | Science Communication from mdashf | Scoop.it

Aiden is a scientist, yes, but while most of his peers stay within a specific field – say, neuroscience or genetics – Aiden crosses them with almost casual abandon. His research has taken him across molecular biology, linguistics, physics, engineering and mathematics. He was the man behind last year’s “culturomics” study, where he looked at the evolution of human culture through the lens of four per cent of all the books ever published. Before that, he solved the three-dimensional structure of the human genome, studied the mathematics of verbs, and invented an insole called the iShoe that can diagnose balance problems in elderly people. “I guess I just view myself as a scientist,” he says.


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Scientist of a different kind.

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Aspire To Inspire: Women in Science (NASA)

Think Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is just for boys? We think differently; visit http://women.nasa.gov/a2i/ to find your inspiration! In...

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More Women needed in science !!

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New report outlines trends in U.S. global competitiveness in science and technology

New report outlines trends in U.S. global competitiveness in science and technology | Science Communication from mdashf | Scoop.it

The United States remains the global leader in supporting science and technology (S&T) research and development, but only by a slim margin that could soon be overtaken by rapidly increasing Asian investments in knowledge-intensive economies.


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Is this the answer why USA is a pioneer in innovation when its maths and science standing are not the top 1? Could be, see in the end its what kind of employment you are creating not what basic education level you have as there could be a time lag during which you can pick up your level to a higher one if you are in th right environ !!

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Does Islam Stand Against Science? - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Does Islam Stand Against Science? - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Science Communication from mdashf | Scoop.it

We may think the charged relationship between science and religion is mainly a problem for Christian fundamentalists, but modern science is also under fire in the Muslim world.


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Youngsters learn more about science online - Science/Technology - NewsObserver.com

Youngsters learn more about science online - Science/Technology - NewsObserver.com | Science Communication from mdashf | Scoop.it
A survey by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in 2009 showed that, among 15-year-olds in 33 of the world's developed nations, the U.S. ranked 21st in math (below average) and 13th in science (average).

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US 21st in math, 13th in science but pioneers in innovation. How?

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Countering the abuse of academic freedom - University World News

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Greece is the birthplace of democracy. This heritage, along with the harsh experience of a dictatorship in the late 1960s and a higher education movement that played an important role in the restoration of democracy, has marked the state of the modern Hellenic Republic.


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India finds a partner in abuse of educational system. The US is not far above either. But India is bit closer to Greece it seems in mixing deadly politics and student aggression in the functioning of academics. 

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