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Why Jupiter's Red Spot Won't Die

Why Jupiter's Red Spot Won't Die | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Jupiter’s signature Great Red Spot is sort of the "Doctor Who of storms: It just won’t die — even when it has been proven that it must die.
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STEM and Writing: A Super Combination - Edutopia

STEM and Writing: A Super Combination - Edutopia | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"I brought a superhero into my classroom the other day. He wasn't wearing a cape. He didn't have an alias. But he had the greatest superpower of all: inspiration.

When you teach using project-based learning (PBL), one brings outside expertise into the classroom. My eighth graders begin the year creating science fiction based origin stories for original superhero characters as an introduction to a greater advocacy unit. Therefore, it seemed natural to bring in an actual scientist. Which brought me to CalTech and Dr. Spyridon Michalakis."


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Shaking Up the Dinosaur Family Tree

Shaking Up the Dinosaur Family Tree | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A Ph.D candidate and a computer program that took five minutes to run may upend the dinosaur classification system that has been used for more than a century.
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The business case for soil

The business case for soil | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Action on soil sustainability must move beyond the farm and into the boardroom, urges Jess Davies.

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During learning, neurons deep in brain engage in a surprising level of activity

During learning, neurons deep in brain engage in a surprising level of activity | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
It's the part of the brain that makes sure you cannot tickle yourself. The cerebellum, an apple-sized region near the base of the skull, senses that your own fingers are the ones trying to tickle, and cancels your usual response.

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U.S.G.S. Topographical Maps

U.S.G.S. Topographical Maps | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Think of them not as cartographic abstractions, but as incredibly affordable Pollocks.

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Good cartography lies at the intersection of rigorous scientific data display and a aesthetic touch of beauty.  This article is an ode to the beauty of USGS topographic maps as affordable pieces of art.  Geography students that start their own mapping projects need to recognize that good cartographic work often needs to be both an art and a science to fit the needs of their intended audience. 

 

Tags: cartography, visualization, mapping, artgeo-inspiration.

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Frontiers | The Faculty of Language Integrates the Two Core Systems of Number | Language Sciences

Frontiers | The Faculty of Language Integrates the Two Core Systems of Number | Language Sciences | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Only humans possess the faculty of language that allows an infinite array of hierarchically structured expressions (Hauser et al. 2002, Berwick and Chomsky 2015). Similarly, humans have a capacity for infinite natural numbers, while all other species seem to lack such a capacity (Gelman and Gallistel 1978, Dehaene 1997). Thus, the origin of this numerical capacity and its relation to language have been of much interdisciplinary interest, in developmental and behavioral psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and linguistics (Dehaene 1997, Hauser et al. 2002, Pica et al. 2004). Hauser et al. (2002) and Chomsky (2008) hypothesize that a recursive generative operation that is central to the computational system of language (called Merge) can give rise to the successor function in a set-theoretic fashion, from which capacities for discretely infinite natural numbers may be derived. However, a careful look at two domains in language, grammatical number and numerals, reveals no trace of the successor function. Following behavioral and neuropsychological evidence that there are two core systems of number cognition innately available, a core system of representation of large, approximate numerical magnitudes and a core system of precise representation of distinct small numbers (Feigenson et al. 2004), I argue that grammatical number reflects the core system of precise representation of distinct small numbers alone. In contrast, numeral systems arise from integrating the pre-existing two core systems of number and the human language faculty.
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Light Following Robot Using Arduino

Light Following Robot Using Arduino | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Hi everyone. creating a robot that follows the light you are giving as input is simple . we create this project using arduino and three LDR that are mounted in front, left side and right side. we give light input to any of these ldr's and the robot detects the light and follows it. The program and other instructions are provided below. MATERIALS USED: arduino uno LDR - 3 9v battery 2 dc motor 2 bread board connecting wires chassis l293d motor driver

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To understand rivers, let physics be your guide

To understand rivers, let physics be your guide | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Where the River Flows unites physics and environmental science to explain Earth’s waterways.
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Tatama Tapaculo: New Bird Species Discovered in Colombia | Biology | Sci-News.com

Tatama Tapaculo: New Bird Species Discovered in Colombia | Biology | Sci-News.com | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A new species of tapaculo -- called the Tatama tapaculo (Scytalopus alvarezlopezi) -- has been discovered in the cloud forests of Colombia’s Western Andes.
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Consider agriculture’s importance on National Ag Day, all year long

Consider agriculture’s importance on National Ag Day, all year long | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
FRANKFORT — National Ag Day is Tuesday, March 21, and it is a good time
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Jeff Bezos looks a little too happy piloting a giant mechanical robot

Jeff Bezos looks a little too happy piloting a giant mechanical robot | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Add this to the growing pile of evidence the world is slowly transitioning into a sci-fi dystopia: a billionaire entrepreneur with a sideline in building space rockets has been showing of
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Workshop: Teaching Kids to Program with KIBO | The New York Academy of Sciences

Workshop: Teaching Kids to Program with KIBO | The New York Academy of Sciences | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Parents, teachers, & childcare professionals! Find out how kids can learn coding with the hands-on activity KIBO https://t.co/5RasdWjcqY https://t.co/34sGdZnAhj
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Old blood can be made young again and it might fight ageing

Old blood can be made young again and it might fight ageing | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A protein can boost blood stem cells, making them behave like those of younger people. Is it the key to harnessing young blood’s rejuvenating power?

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10 facts about water policy and infrastructure in the US | Brookings Institution

10 facts about water policy and infrastructure in the US | Brookings Institution | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
From the water safety crisis in Flint, Michigan to the near-disaster with the Oroville Dam in California, a string of water-related events have made headlines, and called into question the U.S. foc…
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Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast » Blog Archive » Jon Agee’s Life on Mars

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast » Blog Archive » Jon Agee’s Life on Mars | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Manipulating magnetic textures

Manipulating magnetic textures | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
While the ability to easily control the magnetic properties of small electronic systems is highly desirable for future small electronics and data storage, an effective solution has proven to be extremely elusive.

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2017 Esri User Conference July 10 - July 14 in San Diego, CA

2017 Esri User Conference July 10 - July 14 in San Diego, CA | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
2017 Esri User Conference, Esri International User Conference, Esri UC, GIS Conference, Understanding Our World, July 10 - 14, San Diego Convention Center
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The exact age when girls lose interest in science and math

The exact age when girls lose interest in science and math | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A new European survey commissioned by Microsoft found that young girls become interested in these subjects around the age of 11 and then quickly lose interest when they're 15.
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A new definition would add 102 planets to our solar system — including Pluto

A new definition would add 102 planets to our solar system — including Pluto | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Pluto fans are attempting to reignite a contentious astronomy debate: What is a planet?
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USA Science & Engineering Festival

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USA Science & Engineering Festival updated their cover photo.
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OUR MISSION: Our mission is to stimulate and sustain the interest of our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, and educational Festival in the world.
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African Neolithic Populations Helped Create Sahara Desert, Research Suggests | Archaeology | Sci-News.com

African Neolithic Populations Helped Create Sahara Desert, Research Suggests | Archaeology | Sci-News.com | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The desertification of the Sahara -- the largest hot desert and the third largest desert in the world -- has long been a target for researchers trying to understand climate and ecological tipping points. A new paper by Seoul National University geoarchaeologist David Wright challenges the conclusions of most studies done to date that point to changes in the Earth’s orbit or natural changes in vegetation as the major driving forces.
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Changing the Way Science Is Taught | Exploratorium

Changing the Way Science Is Taught | Exploratorium | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
For most students, science is still defined by textbook chapter assignments on Monday and vocabulary quizzes on Friday. Regrettably, only about one out of ten classrooms give students an opportunity to experience science in an interactive way. The Exploratorium is working to change that.
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Swift Maps a Star's 'Death Spiral' into a Black Hole

Swift Maps a Star's 'Death Spiral' into a Black Hole | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Astronomers measured the light produced when a sun-like star wandered too close to a 3-million-solar-mass black hole similar to the one at the center of our own galaxy.
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Reports » Climate Change at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Reports » Climate Change at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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Supercomputer Models Speed New Materials Discovery - Go Parallel

Supercomputer Models Speed New Materials Discovery - Go Parallel | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
RT @sourceforge: #Supercomputing Speeds New Materials Discovery @Go_Parallel @IntelDevTools https://t.co/Ozg97tDdzD https://t.co/KMZxLsBWSv
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