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Heartbreak “physically” hurts (and what this has to do with science communications)

Heartbreak “physically” hurts (and what this has to do with science communications) | Science, I choose you! | Scoop.it

This is my Wordpress post on a research project re: how your brain responses to "hurt" feelings caused by physical stimuli and that caused by what we consider "emotional hurt" (like in break-ups or rejections). Aside from this being an interesting research, I also compared the write-ups published by three different sources (a fashion magazine, a science news website, and the original scientific article)on the same research

 

By the way, I am hoping to move to Wordpress for some of my longer posts. I haven't figured out how to coordinate the posts yet - will hopefully figure it out soon!

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Science, I Choose You!

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“About science outreach, education, communication & cool stuff that should be taught in school ”
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(sorry reposting this b/c I just accepted the last two recommendations and that will be the last posts for this page) 

 

In case you don't know yet, I currently have a Wordpress blog (http://scienceichooseyou.wordpress.com/) where I write about science and the society (usually longer articles). However, it is starting to get really difficult to maintain both my WordPress blog and my scoop.it page. In addition, WordPress provides better analytics for me to track where the traffic came from.

 

So starting now I will only maintain my Wordpress blog. It is really sad because scoop.it was how I started writing consistently. However, I hope that this is a good change. I will continue to curate content relevant to science outreach, education, and communication on my blog. I would appreciate it so much if you can continue to follow me through my blog, or my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ScienceIChooseYou, or twitter @theresaliao

 

Anyways, thanks again for your support and hope to still stay in touch through social media!

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Theresa Liao's curator insight, January 14, 2013 6:05 PM

In case you don't know yet, I currently have a Wordpress blog (http://scienceichooseyou.wordpress.com/) where I write about science and the society (usually longer articles). However, it is starting to get really difficult to maintain both my WordPress blog and my scoop.it page. In addition, WordPress provides better analytics for me to track where the traffic came from.

 

So starting now I will only maintain my Wordpress blog. It is really sad because scoop.it was how I started writing consistently. However, I hope that this is a good change. I will continue to curate content relevant to science outreach, education, and communication on my blog. I would appreciate it so much if you can continue to follow me through my blog, or my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ScienceIChooseYou, or twitter @theresaliao

 

Anyways, thanks again for your support and hope to still stay in touch through social media!

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Five mind-blowing secrets of outer space

Five mind-blowing secrets of outer space | Science, I choose you! | Scoop.it
Have you ever looked at the night sky and marveled at the stars? Here, circling our lonely star in our lonely galaxy, we gaze past the bright lights, imagining the wonders they conceal. These tiny ...
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BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - Science in Action

BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - Science in Action | Science, I choose you! | Scoop.it
The BBC World Service's weekly look at new developments in science from around the world.
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You can download the episodes and listen to them on the bus :)

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About Grace Hopper - developed first cs compiler, popularized the term "debug" | Grace Hopper 2013

About Grace Hopper - developed first cs compiler, popularized the term "debug" | Grace Hopper 2013 | Science, I choose you! | Scoop.it
Meet Rear Admiral Grace Hopper By Merry Maisel, San Diego Supercomputer Center Most of us remember seeing Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper on television. We
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I first learnt in a programming class that the term "debug" was made popular by Computer Sceintist Grace Hopper. Back then it really was a "bug" in the massive computer. I didn't realize that she was also the first to develop complilers (like a translator for translating English intructions into programming codes that a computer can "understand" - this is pretty big...)

 

It is funny how our impression of a computer scientist is typically a male (makes sense, since at my university the percentage is about 20% female for the computer science program) - but in fact many females made their marks in computer science. Grace Hopper being one of them (the other computer scientist/mathematician I can think of right away is Ada Lovelace). 

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Stunning Photos of Cities Without Light Pollution

Stunning Photos of Cities Without Light Pollution | Science, I choose you! | Scoop.it
There are many advantages to city life, from conveniences like 24-hour delis and reliable public transportation to all of the culture that’s right at our fingertips. But there’s one thi...
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At night time, what do you see when you raise your head? Perhaps 30 or 40 years ago we could still see the stars and be inspired by the wonders of the universe. Well, this is not so much the case for kids these days. Light pollution took away this opporunty. In an interesting photography project by Thierry Cohen, images of stars in the night sky (taken at locations of the same latitude) are superimposed on images of major cities. The end result is what we would have seen of the sky if all the lights are turned off in the cities.


An explanation about how the photos were made is available here: http://lejournaldelaphotographie.com/entries/9602/thierry-cohen-darkened-cities

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You might not yet know what a Menger Sponge is, but you will be impressed after watching this video - Mathematical Impressions: The Surprising Menger Sponge Slice | Simons Foundation

You might not yet know what a Menger Sponge is, but you will be impressed after watching this video - Mathematical Impressions: The Surprising Menger Sponge Slice | Simons Foundation | Science, I choose you! | Scoop.it
The Menger Sponge, a well-studied fractal, was first described in the 1920s. The fractal is cube-like, yet its cross section is quite surprising. What happens when it is sliced on a diagonal plane?
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Hm, I am not sure what else to say about this, other than please watch the video - math is fascinating!

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Best Science Images from 2012 (this will take you a while)

Best Science Images from 2012 (this will take you a while) | Science, I choose you! | Scoop.it
My grandpa used to own a camera shop. Although I didn’t get a chance to meet him before he passed away, I grew up surrounded by photographers – and that might explain why I have a speci...
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Okay this is a bit of shameless self-promotion: I wrote up this collection on my wordpress blog and thought that I would share it here as well. This is my collection of collections of best science photos from 2012. A pretty comprehensive list...

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366 days: Images of the year | Nature News

366 days: Images of the year | Nature News | Science, I choose you! | Scoop.it
Disintegrating ice, spectacular sunbursts and minuscule lizards are among 2012’s most striking pictures.
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WU-TANG's GZA raps and rhymes on StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Welcome back to StarTalk hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. This week, Neil sits down with the one and only, The Genius, Gza to discuss h...
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This is to follow up re: my previous scoop.it post on Nov 20

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The Strange Powers of the Placebo Effect [VIDEO]

A look at the many strange effects of placebos.
Via Sakis Koukouvis
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The placebo effect is an interesting area of study. Personally, what's weird to me is that even though I am aware of the effect, that brand name ibuprofen and generic ibuprofen are pretty much the same, I cannot take generic ibuprofen tablets because they don't work on me (after several attempted I simply gave up and just stuck with brand name).

 

This video shares some interesting aspects of placebo effects.

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Oh, yes it's weird. It's a kind of mind's power.
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Great animation + Carl Sagan's monologue = Pale Blue Dot

A visual response to Carl Sagan's famed 'Pale Blue Dot' monologue, where he muses on our planet's appearance in a photograph taken by the Voyager 1 space probe.…
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A wonderful animation paired with Carl Sagan's monologue. Thanks Krister for sharing this on his blog the Dancing Physicist (http://www.dancingphysicist.com/visualization-of-pale-blue-dot/)

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Do you use Google and Wikipedia A LOT (like me)? | What makes us intelligent? - BBC Future

Do you use Google and Wikipedia A LOT (like me)? | What makes us intelligent? - BBC Future | Science, I choose you! | Scoop.it

This article makes me feel so much better :P 

 

"… and does Google and Wikipedia make it better or worse? Studies show that other people and tools influence our brain power as much as our own minds."

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A clickable guide to the world's energy use | Nature News

A clickable guide to the world's energy use | Nature News | Science, I choose you! | Scoop.it
Use our interactive graphic to find out which countries were using up Earth's resources fastest in 2011, and which ones were taking a lead on renewable energy.
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Is Chaitin proving Darwin with metabiology?

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Mathematicans always love to wander into the sciences, and evolution is a prime target! Gregory Chaitin – a founder of algorithmic information – has expanded his lectures on Life as Evolving Software to build metabiology: a mathematical theory of evolution. He presents his theory in the provocatively titled book: "Proving Darwn: Making Biology Mathematical". Does Chaitin achieve his goal and prove Darwin? 

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Science, I Choose You!

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Theresa Liao's insight:

In case you don't know yet, I currently have a Wordpress blog (http://scienceichooseyou.wordpress.com/) where I write about science and the society (usually longer articles). However, it is starting to get really difficult to maintain both my WordPress blog and my scoop.it page. In addition, WordPress provides better analytics for me to track where the traffic came from.

 

So starting now I will only maintain my Wordpress blog. It is really sad because scoop.it was how I started writing consistently. However, I hope that this is a good change. I will continue to curate content relevant to science outreach, education, and communication on my blog. I would appreciate it so much if you can continue to follow me through my blog, or my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ScienceIChooseYou, or twitter @theresaliao

 

Anyways, thanks again for your support and hope to still stay in touch through social media!

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(sorry reposting this b/c I just accepted the last two recommendations and that will be the last posts for this page) 

 

In case you don't know yet, I currently have a Wordpress blog (http://scienceichooseyou.wordpress.com/) where I write about science and the society (usually longer articles). However, it is starting to get really difficult to maintain both my WordPress blog and my scoop.it page. In addition, WordPress provides better analytics for me to track where the traffic came from.

 

So starting now I will only maintain my Wordpress blog. It is really sad because scoop.it was how I started writing consistently. However, I hope that this is a good change. I will continue to curate content relevant to science outreach, education, and communication on my blog. I would appreciate it so much if you can continue to follow me through my blog, or my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ScienceIChooseYou, or twitter @theresaliao

 

Anyways, thanks again for your support and hope to still stay in touch through social media!

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"Unmixing" a mixture is impossible, right? So what's going on here? Laminar (Un)mixing | C21 Teaching for the 21st Century

It looks like we're mixing together and then separating a uniform mixture of liquids. According to the second law of thermodynamics (and common sense), this ...
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Many probably have seen a video similar to this - colours were mixed together but later separated (unmixed). But most videos do not come with a clear scientific explanation. Here we dig a little more into the scienc behind the video, and tell you how you can make your own laminar (un)mixer at home!

http://c21.phas.ubc.ca/article/laminar-unmixing

 

Next science magic show, perhaps?

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Twitter Fun in The Space: William Shatner Tweeted an Astronaut Living in Space & He Replied

Twitter Fun in The Space: William Shatner Tweeted an Astronaut Living in Space & He Replied | Science, I choose you! | Scoop.it
Former Star Trek starship captain William Shatner sent a tweet to Commander Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut currently living in space aboard the International Space Station as Flight Engineer....
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C21 video contest - connecting physics to real life issues in 4 minutes | C21 Physics Teaching for the 21st Century

C21 video contest - connecting physics to real life issues in 4 minutes | C21 Physics Teaching for the 21st Century | Science, I choose you! | Scoop.it
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This is a video contest that I am running - if you konw any Grades 8-12 students who are in Canada and are interested in making videos, this is the contest for them! There are prizes for top 3 teams. 

 

But, if you are not in Canada, the C21 website is still pretty awesome to visit :)

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Science through numbers - 366 days: An interactive journey through 2012 in numbers | Nature News

Science through numbers - 366 days: An interactive journey through 2012 in numbers | Nature News | Science, I choose you! | Scoop.it
Scroll through Nature’s numerical guide to the year’s scientific events.
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Review 2012 through scientific achievements and discoveries (and, this is another fun interactive scrolling infographic).

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Musical Tesla - "Sweet Home Alabama"

These are two gigantic solid state musical Tesla Coils. A Tesla Coil is a special type of transformer invented by Nikola Tesla that is able to generating ext...
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The Chemistry of Snowflakes

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“The Chemistry of Snowflakes” by Bytesize Science explains how snowflakes form and why, despite their widely varying forms, they are often hexagonal. The video tracks formation of snowf...
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Snow day in Vancouver! Perfect day to learn about snowflakes.

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What science says about gun control and violent crime

What science says about gun control and violent crime | Science, I choose you! | Scoop.it
Does gun control mean fewer guns on the street and less violence? Does encouraging gun ownership mean better protected people and less violence? I don't think it's too early to be asking questions like this.
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This is heartbreaking. They didn't even have a chance to grow up. I don't know what else to say. It's time we start talking about gun control and violent crime.

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The Calculus of Love | Video of the Week, Scientific American Blog Network

The Calculus of Love | Video of the Week, Scientific American Blog Network | Science, I choose you! | Scoop.it
Video of the Week #73, December 12th, 2012:

From: The Calculus of Love by Caleb A. Scharf at Life, Unbounded.

Source: Dan Clifton
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"You've elected to join what is probably the most difficult seminar in the department of math, which would make it the most difficult class in the entire university."

 

Not really much about the math, but an interesting short video surrounding the Goldbach's conjecture.

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East Asian countries outperformed others in math and science in TIMSS | Reports assess global student achievement in math, science and reading literacy

East Asian countries outperformed others in math and science in TIMSS | Reports assess global student achievement in math, science and reading literacy | Science, I choose you! | Scoop.it
Students from East Asian countries, in addition to a select group of European countries, outperformed students around the world in mathematics, science and reading at both the fourth and eighth grades, according to the latest assessments directed...
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I grew up in Taiwan and even when I was in grade 11 I was surprised by the gap between science education in Taiwan and that in Canada. This result doesn't really come as a shock...but I feel that there are lessons (both advantages and disadvantages) we can learn from science education in East Asian countries that can help us improve education in North America. 

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Who can say NO to water balloons? | Water Ballons Filmed In Slow Motion. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Who can say NO to water balloons? | Water Ballons Filmed In Slow Motion. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? | Science, I choose you! | Scoop.it

We are working on our annual science show and one of the demos is the breaking of a water balloon. Here is a videos forwarded to us by one of the faculty. My coop student and I could not stop laughing...

 

"The gents at Tested wanted to film a water ballon exploding on someone's face in super slow motion. Of course they did! Slow motion is the best thing."

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