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The Science Game Center

The Science Game Center | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it

The goal of the Science Game Center is to demonstrate to teachers, scientists, museums, and parents the myriad ways games can be used to improve education in math and science. The Science Game Center will provide a place where users can describe their experiences with math and science games, gather information on game strengths and weaknesses, and share tips on how to use games to help students reach their educational goals.

The Science Game Center will have

a curated List of Science Games searchable by platform and by curated list of concepts
public reviews for each game with 5 star ratings for Fun, Science, and Teaching Effectiveness
ability to search for reviews by Teachers, Scientists, or by age of reviewer
long form authoritative discussion by FAS, teacher and scientist for each game

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Boceprevir and HIV Drug Can Interact Dangerously | Hepatitis Central News, Updates and Commentary

Boceprevir and HIV Drug Can Interact Dangerously | Hepatitis Central News, Updates and Commentary | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
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Synthetic Genetic Polymers Capable of Heredity and Evolution

Synthetic Genetic Polymers Capable of Heredity and Evolution
Vitor B. Pinheiro1, Alexander I. Taylor1, Christopher Cozens1, Mikhail Abramov2, Marleen Renders2,*, Su Zhang3, John C. Chaput3, Jesper Wengel4, Sew-Yeu Peak-Chew1, Stephen H. McLaughlin1, Piet Herdewijn2, Philipp Holliger1,†

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Militärtechnik: "Ein Raketenabwehrschirm funktioniert nicht"

Militärtechnik: "Ein Raketenabwehrschirm funktioniert nicht" | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
Nordkorea und Iran rüsten auf, in Europa ist ein Abwehrsystem für Raketen geplant. Der Forscher Theodore Postol erklärt im Interview, warum das System scheitern wird.
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Gulf seafood deformities alarm scientists

Gulf seafood deformities alarm scientists | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
Eyeless shrimp and fish with lesions are becoming common, with BP oil pollution believed to be the likely cause.
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Research Cuts Will Cause ‘Exodus’ From Spain

EUROPEAN DEBT CRISIS
Research Cuts Will Cause ‘Exodus’ From Spain
Elisabeth Pain
Last week's announcement that the long-delayed 2012 national budget would slash funding for science by more than 25% surpassed the worst predictions of Spanish scientists. According to the Confederation of Spanish Scientific Societies's (COSCE's) analysis of the budget, the cut is "the most drastic cut known" since national research programs were put in place in the late 1980s. COSCE is also concerned because in recent years the government has not even paid the full amount allocated in the science budget.

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Gerd Gigerenzer: On How Decisions are Really Made, Versus How Economists Say They Should Make Decisions, and Why the Folks in the Real World Often Have it Right « naked capitalism

Gerd Gigerenzer: On How Decisions are Really Made, Versus How Economists Say They Should Make Decisions, and Why the Folks in the Real World Often Have it Right « naked capitalism | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it

This talk by Gerd Gigerenzer is about heuristics, and why they are often superior to the more formal methods of analysis and decision-making fetishized by economists. He argues that one of the big things that economists miss is how to approach decision-making under conditions of risk (when probabilities of outcomes can be estimated with some accuracy) versus uncertainty (when you can’t estimate the odds of outcomes and/or may face unknown unknowns).

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SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

The Scientific Electronic Library Online - SciELO is an electronic library covering a selected collection of Brazilian scientific journals.

The library is an integral part of a project being developed by FAPESP - Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo, in partnership with BIREME - the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information. Since 2002, the Project is also supported by CNPq - Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico.

The Project envisages the development of a common methodology for the preparation, storage, dissemination and evaluation of scientific literature in electronic format.

As the project develops, new journal titles are being added in the library

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Science in Society Home page Research - Science and Society

Science in Society Home page Research - Science and Society | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
Science in Society Home page - European Commission - Research...
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How does history work? Marx 101 video and notes | Counterfire

How does history work? Marx 101 video and notes | Counterfire | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
Neil Faulkner provides an overview of the main terms and concepts plus basic reading material for his Marxism 101 session on the the Marxist theory of history.
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How Psychiatry Stigmatizes Depression Sufferers | Personal Health | AlterNet

How Psychiatry Stigmatizes Depression Sufferers | Personal Health | AlterNet | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
Viewing depression as a"brain defect" has resulted in the glorification of insipid happiness, particularly among our politicians. ...
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A Half-Gigabyte View of the Moon - News Blog - SkyandTelescope.com

A Half-Gigabyte View of the Moon - News Blog - SkyandTelescope.com | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
This week NASA scientists unveiled a view of the lunar nearside that measures an astounding 24,000 by 24,000 pixels.
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Dust Devil on Mars | Geology.com

Dust Devil on Mars | Geology.com | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it

NASA has published a video of a dust devil on the Amazonis Planitia region of northern Mars. It is very narrow but about 12 miles tall.

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Ancient Egyptians Recorded Algol's Variable Magnitude 3000 Years Before Western Astronomers - Technology Review

Ancient Egyptians Recorded Algol's Variable Magnitude 3000 Years Before Western Astronomers - Technology Review | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
A statistical analysis of a 3000-year old calendar reveals that astronomers in ancient Egypt must have known the period of the eclipsing binary Algol...
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Cyber War Will Not Take Place

Cyber War Will Not Take Place | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
(2012). Cyber War Will Not Take Place. Journal of Strategic Studies: Vol. 35, No. 1, pp. 5-32.
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The Autism Epidemic and Disappearing Bees: A Common Denominator?

The Autism Epidemic and Disappearing Bees: A Common Denominator? | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
The Autism Epidemic and Disappearing Bees: A Common Denominator?
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Quercetin Might Help Fight Hepatitis C | Hepatitis Central News, Updates and Commentary

Quercetin Might Help Fight Hepatitis C | Hepatitis Central News, Updates and Commentary | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it

Quercetin is a relative newcomer to the arsenal of nutritional supplements believed to help those with Hepatitis C.

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One hundred important questions facing plant science research - Grierson - 2011 - New Phytologist - Wiley Online Library

One hundred important questions facing plant science research - Grierson - 2011 - New Phytologist - Wiley Online Library | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it

Plant science has never been more important. The growing and increasingly prosperous human population needs abundant safe and nutritious food, shelter, clothes, fibre, and renewable energy, and needs to address the problems generated by climate change, while preserving habitats. These global challenges can only be met in the context of a strong fundamental understanding of plant biology and ecology, and translation of this knowledge into field-based solutions.

Plant science is beginning to address these grand challenges, but it is not clear that the full range of challenges facing plant science is known or has been assessed. What questions should the next generation of plant biologists be addressing? To start to answer this question we set out to compile a list of 100 important questions facing plant science research.

 

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Ono’s Experimental MS Drug Cuts Brain Lesions, Study Shows

Ono’s Experimental MS Drug Cuts Brain Lesions, Study Shows | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
An experimental drug to treat
multiple sclerosis developed by Ono Pharmaceutical Co. (4528) reduced
the number of lesions in the brain, a study to be presented at
the American Academy of Neurology showed.
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PLoS ONE: Changes to Airborne Pollen Counts across Europe

PLoS ONE: Changes to Airborne Pollen Counts across Europe | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it

A progressive global increase in the burden of allergic diseases has affected the industrialized world over the last half century and has been reported in the literature. The clinical evidence reveals a general increase in both incidence and prevalence of respiratory diseases, such as allergic rhinitis (common hay fever) and asthma. Such phenomena may be related not only to air pollution and changes in lifestyle, but also to an actual increase in airborne quantities of allergenic pollen. Experimental enhancements of carbon dioxide (CO) have demonstrated changes in pollen amount and allergenicity, but this has rarely been shown in the wider environment. The present analysis of a continental-scale pollen data set reveals an increasing trend in the yearly amount of airborne pollen for many taxa in Europe, which is more pronounced in urban than semi-rural/rural areas. Climate change may contribute to these changes, however increased temperatures do not appear to be a major influencing factor. Instead, we suggest the anthropogenic rise of atmospheric CO levels may be influential.

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DistilBio | The Life Sciences Search Engine

DistilBio | The Life Sciences Search Engine | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
DistilBio is a search engine for the life sciences.
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From counting citations to measuring usage (help needed!)

From counting citations to measuring usage (help needed!) | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it

We sometimes measure the caliber of a researcher by how many research papers he wrote. This is silly. While there is some correlation between quantity and quality — people like Einstein tend to publish a lot — it can be gamed easily. Moreover, several major researchers have published relatively few papers: John Nash has about two dozens papers in Scopus. Even if you don’t know much about science, I am sure you can think of a few writers who have written only a couple of books but are still world famous.

A better measure is the number of citations a researcher has received. Google Scholar profiles display the citation record of researchers prominently. It is a slightly more robust measure, but it is still silly because 90% of citations are shallow: most authors haven’t even read the paper they are citing. We tend to cite famous authors and famous venues in the hope that some of the prestige will get reflected.

But why stop there? We have the technology to measure the usage made of a cited paper. Some citations are more significant: for example it can be an extension of the cited paper. Machine learning techniques can measure the impact of your papers based on how much following papers build on your results. Why isn’t it done?

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Einführung in die Systemtheorie - Wuala

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NASA - Open Government at NASA

NASA - Open Government at NASA | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
NASA.gov brings you images, videos and interactive features from the unique perspective of America’s space agency.
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Biodiversity hotspots

Biodiversity Hotspots “The most remarkable places on Earth are also the most threatened.” By B Shr...
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