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Anne Kelly Knowles Uses GIS Tools to Re-Write History

Anne Kelly Knowles Uses GIS Tools to Re-Write History | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The American Ingenuity Award winner is using geographic information systems to map history's most iconic landscapes
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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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Using varied modalities for reflection and processing is an excellent practice.
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Major cause of dementia discovered

Major cause of dementia discovered | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
An international team of scientists have confirmed the discovery of a major cause of dementia, with important implications for possible treatment and diagnosis.


Professor Garth Cooper from The University of Manchester, who leads the Manchester team, says the build-up of urea in the brain to toxic levels can cause brain damage - and eventually dementia.


The work follows on from Professor Cooper's earlier studies, which identified metabolic linkages between Huntington's, other neurodegenerative diseases and type-2 diabetes.


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United States Botanic Garden - Washington, DC, United States

United States Botanic Garden - Washington, DC, United States | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
363 reviews of United States Botanic Garden "Only pros here. This is a gem. A fortress of trees that are just too tall to imagine and flowers that are beautiful beyond photograph skills. If you're ever visiting the US Capitol, you have to stop by…
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‘King tides’ are rising, so groups span globe to monitor it

‘King tides’ are rising, so groups span globe to monitor it | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Coastal managers are enlisting people with cell phones to photograph impacts of “king tides.” The floods caused by these unusually high tides help people visualize impacts of climate change, including expected sea-level rise.
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Making Fiber Optics in Space

To demonstrate potential scientific and commercial merits of manufacturing exotic optical fibers in space, a private company is working with NASA on a
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Soft Robots - YouTube | #STEM #Robotics #MecaTronics

Robots aren’t usually soft and squidgy. But inspired by the octopus, engineers are creating robots that can twist their way around problems that rigid robots can’t handle.

Feature: The soft touch
http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.10...

OCTOPUS - http://www.octopusproject.eu/
STIFF-FLOP - http://www.stiff-flop.eu/
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Gust MEES's curator insight, December 9, 12:26 PM
Robots aren’t usually soft and squidgy. But inspired by the octopus, engineers are creating robots that can twist their way around problems that rigid robots can’t handle.

Feature: The soft touch
http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.10...

OCTOPUS - http://www.octopusproject.eu/
STIFF-FLOP - http://www.stiff-flop.eu/
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https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=robotics

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-innovative-technologies-and-developments/?&tag=Robotics

 

mguhlin's curator insight, December 10, 1:46 PM
Robots aren’t usually soft and squidgy. But inspired by the octopus, engineers are creating robots that can twist their way around problems that rigid robots can’t handle.

Feature: The soft touch
http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.10...

OCTOPUS - http://www.octopusproject.eu/
STIFF-FLOP - http://www.stiff-flop.eu/
PoseiDRONE

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=robotics

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-innovative-technologies-and-developments/?&tag=Robotics

 

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Researchers discover spinal cord neurons that inhibit distracting input to focus on task at hand

Researchers discover spinal cord neurons that inhibit distracting input to focus on task at hand | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
We think of our brain as masterminding all of our actions, but a surprising amount of information related to movement gets processed by our spinal cord.


Now, Salk Institute scientists have solved a longstanding mystery about how our spinal cord knows when to pay attention to certain pieces of information, and when to ignore it as distracting from the task at hand.


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You can bet there will be an app for that
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Growing Mathematical Mindset in Early Learning

Growing Mathematical Mindset in Early Learning | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
How this southern California school district is equipping its youngest learners with a solid mathematical foundation.

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STEM Resource Finder | Concord Consortium

STEM Resource Finder | Concord Consortium | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The STEM Resource Finder is a collection of the Concord Consortium's best resources for science, math, and engineering education. Our curated collections offer lesson plans and units for your class based on these resources. All for free!"
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A scientist explores the mysteries of the gut-brain connection

A scientist explores the mysteries of the gut-brain connection | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The brain in your head and the one in your gut are always exchanging info. But how do they do it? Neuroscientist Diego Bohórquez is trying to find out the answers.

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In Miami, It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s ... a Flock of Drones?

In Miami, It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s ... a Flock of Drones? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A computer algorithm will result in “a flocking behavior that mimics what you can see in real birds in the sky, or fish in the sea” at Art Basel Miami Beach.

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First DNA sequence from a single mitochondria

First DNA sequence from a single mitochondria | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
DNA sequences between mitochondria within a single cell are vastly different, found researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. This knowledge will help to better illuminate the underlying mechanisms of many disorders that start with accumulated mutations in individual mitochondria and provide clues about how patients might respond to specific therapies. The findings are published in Cell Reports this week.

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Homepage - Digital Promise Research Map

Homepage - Digital Promise Research Map | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Get Started Click on a view button above to explore education research, or jump directly t
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5 Resources Connecting STEM, the Arts, and the World via Discovery Education 

5 Resources Connecting STEM, the Arts, and the World via Discovery Education  | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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The 10 Worst River Basins Contributing to Ocean Plastics

The 10 Worst River Basins Contributing to Ocean Plastics | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
"[A new paper], published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, calculates that rivers contribute between 410,000 and 4 million tonnes a year to oceanic plastic debris, with 88 to 95% [of that total] coming from only 10. Those rivers are the Yangtze, Yellow, Hai He, Pearl, Amur and Mekong in east Asia, the Indus…
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Heads Up, Earthlings! The Geminids Are Here

Heads Up, Earthlings! The Geminids Are Here | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Maybe you've already seen a bright meteor streak across the December sky? The annual Geminid meteor shower has arrived. It's a good time to bundle up, go outside and let the universe blow your mind!
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A Hidden Supercluster Could Solve the Mystery of the Milky Way

A Hidden Supercluster Could Solve the Mystery of the Milky Way | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Astronomers generally stay away from the “Zone of Avoidance.” When one astronomer didn’t, she found a giant cosmic structure that could help explain why our galaxy moves so fast.

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How the Fingerling Caught On (Robot Grip and All) as 2017’s Hot Toy

How the Fingerling Caught On (Robot Grip and All) as 2017’s Hot Toy | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The motorized plastic monkey that grasps your finger is the must-have gift of the holiday season, thanks to marketing, pricing and, well, scarcity.
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What You Think is as Important as What You Eat

What You Think is as Important as What You Eat | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Recent research in the field of mind-body medicine shows there's a lot more to health than what you eat, and most of it has to do with your mind.
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Solar Light (Silent Night) - Scientific Songs of Praise #2

We are releasing a new song every week in the run up to Christmas! This week it's Solar Light (Silent Night). Preorder the album now fro
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Canadian-backed company's biotech breakthrough: tiny, beating hearts made from stem cells

Canadian-backed company's biotech breakthrough: tiny, beating hearts made from stem cells | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Novoheart Ltd. is the first in the world to use stem cells to grow miniature human heart-like valves and wants to use them to test new drugs — technology that may lead to fewer animals being used as test subjects and save big pharmaceutical firms billions.
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Scientists just found the oldest known black hole, and it’s a monster

Scientists just found the oldest known black hole, and it’s a monster | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The discovery could offer clues to the enigmatic early years of the universe.
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Video: How a wooly bear caterpillar survives the winter

Video: How a wooly bear caterpillar survives the winter | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Jeff the Nature Guy finds a wooly bear caterpillar, and talks about how it can freeze in the winter, but survive to become a Isabella tiger moth.
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The most accurate climate change models predict the most alarming consequences, study finds

The most accurate climate change models predict the most alarming consequences, study finds | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The study adds to a growing body of bad news about how human activity is changing the planet's climate and how dire those changes will be in the future.
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Researchers Develop Next-Gen 3D Printed Organ Models

Researchers Develop Next-Gen 3D Printed Organ Models | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Researchers have created artificial organ models from a 3D printer that mimic the exact anatomical structure, mechanical properties and look and feel of real organs.
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