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China begins operating world's largest radio telescope

China begins operating world's largest radio telescope | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
BEIJING - The world's largest radio telescope began searching for signals from stars and galaxies and, perhaps, extraterrestrial life Sunday in a project demonstrating China's rising ambitions in space and its pursuit of international scientific prestige.
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HERE, automakers team up to share data on traffic conditions

HERE, automakers team up to share data on traffic conditions | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
German digital map maker HERE will introduce a new set of traffic services this week that allows drivers to see for themselves what live road conditions are like miles ahead using data from competing automakers, an industry first.
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STEM for in all Areas…. Ten Ideas to Transform STEM from Nouns to Verbs… and Facts to Thinking

STEM for in all Areas…. Ten Ideas to Transform STEM from Nouns to Verbs… and Facts to Thinking | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
There are a lot of ideas floating around in regards to STEM education. As I reflect on my observation of STEM practice in my travels across the country I have become more convinced that STEM is a verb, and not just a set of nouns. In fact, STEM action is something all content areas can embrace…

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Teaching Algebra II: Technology Integration

Teaching Algebra II: Technology Integration | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
I observed an Algebra 2 class at Hacienda (pseudonym), a Northern California high school, on September 9, 2016. The high school has over 1900 students, mostly minority (Asian and Latino). About 20 percent of the students are eligible for free and reduced lunch--a measure of poverty used in U.S. public schools. Over 98 percent graduate…
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How Much Do Visual Experiences Shape How People Think About Math?

How Much Do Visual Experiences Shape How People Think About Math? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A study of 17 people who have been blind since birth found that areas of the brain usually devoted to visual information become active when a blind person is

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Ask Dr. Universe | Washington State University

Ask Dr. Universe | Washington State University | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
How can birds fly when they flap their wings, but when we flap our arms nothing happens? No matter how much you flap your arms or I flap my paws, gravity keeps us pulled to Earth. But when birds use their strong muscles to start flapping their wings, something amazing happens. Read more What is the smallest ... » Mor
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Autodesk Design Academy

Autodesk Design Academy | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Autodesk Design Academy helps educators introduce students to the world of design with free, hands-on supplementary projects and course materials.
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One-Country Space Race? Russia Starts Moon Landing Trials With Plans to Colonize by 2045

One-Country Space Race? Russia Starts Moon Landing Trials With Plans to Colonize by 2045 | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
While other countries are looking for new planets for humans to inhabit, Russian cosmonauts have started preparing for a planned colonization of the Moon. This perhaps shortsighted plan aims to put the first Russians on the surface of the Earth's lone satellite between 2025 and 2045.

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Jeff Bezos Just Revealed His Ambitious Plan For Colonizing Our Solar System

Jeff Bezos Just Revealed His Ambitious Plan For Colonizing Our Solar System | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
In an interview with the Washington Post, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos reveals what he thinks will be the future of humanity when we eventually colonize space. Nuclear reactors in space, populations in the millions, and more.
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Nanoscale tetrapods could provide early warning of a material's failure

Nanoscale tetrapods could provide early warning of a material's failure | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Light-emitting, four-armed nanocrystals could someday form the basis of an early warning system in structural materials by revealing microscopic cracks that portend failure, thanks to recent research by scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley.

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Dark Sky’s Pretty Weather App Is Now a Pretty Weather Site

Dark Sky’s Pretty Weather App Is Now a Pretty Weather Site | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
DarkSky.net puts the best weather app on the web.

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Classroom Labs Are the Next to Go Virtual

Classroom Labs Are the Next to Go Virtual | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Technology expands the lab experience and access to software for college students.

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Enjoying science shouldn’t be rocket science

Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Enjoying science shouldn’t be rocket science | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

With StarTalk gearing up for its season premiere on September 19, The A.V. Club spoke with Tyson about popularizing science and eliminating the gatekeepers, who are often ourselves.
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Microsoft Has a Whole New Kind of Computer Chip---and It'll Change Everything

Microsoft Has a Whole New Kind of Computer Chip---and It'll Change Everything | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
High-end, custom-built "field programmable gate arrays" will run Bing, Office 365, and Azure.
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New Google Sites: Double Click - Teacher Tech

New Google Sites: Double Click - Teacher Tech | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Google Sites has had a major update. You possibly do not have access yet to the new Sites (sites.google.com/new) unless your Apps administrator signed up for the preview. Be patient, it will roll out to everyone eventually (If you want to know when it comes out, follow @jrochelle).

When designing pages in Google Sites you do not have to use the toolbar on the right-hand side. Double clicking on the page brings up this attractive wheel with the option to insert a text box, upload a file, embed a URL, or insert an image.

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10 Genetically Modified Plants You've Never Heard Of

Welcome to Top10Archive! Think it’s scary that geneticists are altering the genetic code of animals to make them glow in the dark? Then you’ll love knowin
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America’s Most Elaborate Corn Maze Is Made of GPS and Math

America’s Most Elaborate Corn Maze Is Made of GPS and Math | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
One farm in Massachusetts has used an arsenal of high- and low-tech tools, and over the years that gear available has changed the look of the maze.
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Dividing 1 By 998,001 Yields A Strange Decimal

Dividing 1 By 998,001 Yields A Strange Decimal | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Math lovers uncovered something strange going on with the number 998,001. If you divide 1 by 998,001, the resulting decimal number will give you almost every three digit number. For example, the decimal starts as follows: 0.000001002003004005006... and so on. However, one three digit number gets skipped. Watch the video below to learn which one gets shafted.

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40+ Superb STEM Resources for Classrooms - Listly by Global Digital Citizen Foundation

If you're looking for some of the most engaging and informative STEM resources out there, look no further. The following list has over 40 of the

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At NASA Space Flight Center, A Successor to the Hubble Telescope

At NASA Space Flight Center, A Successor to the Hubble Telescope | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
ABC News' Mariam Khan takes a look at how the James Webb telescope is very different from the world-renowned Hubble.
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The Autumnal Equinox

The Autumnal Equinox | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"In the Northern Hemisphere, the fall equinox marks the first day of fall (autumn) in what we call astronomical seasons. There's also another, more common definition of when the seasons start, namely meteorological definitions, which are based on average temperatures rather that astronomical events.  Equinoxes are opposite on either side of the equator, so the autumnal (fall) equinox in the Northern Hemisphere is the spring (vernal) equinox in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa."

 

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UW receives $500,000 from Boeing to enhance STEM training, opportunities for local students | UW Today

UW receives $500,000 from Boeing to enhance STEM training, opportunities for local students | UW Today | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Bison: The American Prairie’s First Farmers - Modern Farmer

Bison: The American Prairie’s First Farmers - Modern Farmer | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
"Mother earth never attempts to farm without live stock," said the British agriculturalist Sir Albert Howard, often considered the father of the modern organic farming movement. For millennia, bison were effectively the farmers of North America’s vast interior grasslands, maintaining a delicate ecological balance that supported a rich diversity of plant and animal species.


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Far more plastics floating in oceans than thought

Far more plastics floating in oceans than thought | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

Plastic pollution in the ocean frequently appears as seabird guts filled with cigarette lighters and bottle caps, marine mammals entangled in fishing gear and drifting plastic bags mimicking a gelatinous meal. Last year, a study estimated that around eight million metric tons of our plastic waste enter the oceans from land each year.


But where this plastic ends up and what form it takes is a mystery. Most of our waste consists of everyday items such as bottles, wrappers, straws or bags. Yet the vast majority of debris found floating far offshore is much smaller: it’s broken-down fragments smaller than your pinky fingernail, termed microplastic.


In a newly published study, we showed that this floating microplastic accounts for only about 1% of the plastic waste entering the ocean from land in a single year. To get this number – estimated to be between 93,000 and 236,000 metric tons – we used all available measurements of floating microplastic together with three different numerical ocean circulation models.


Our new estimate of floating microplastic is up to 37 times higher than previous estimates. That’s equivalent to the mass of more than 1,300 blue whales.


The increased estimate is due in part to the larger data set – we assembled more than 11,000 measurements of microplastics collected in plankton nets since the 1970s. In addition, the data were standardized to account for differences in sampling conditions. For example, it has been shown that trawls carried out during strong winds tend to capture fewer floating microplastics than during calm conditions. That’s because winds blowing on the sea surface create turbulence that pushes plastics down to tens of meters depth, out of reach of surface-trawling nets. Our statistical model takes such differences into account.


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