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Top maths tips for parents preparing for the school year

With recent reports showing Australian performance in Mathematics has stagnated over the years, Dr Catherine Attard from Western Sydney University believes the new school year is a time for parents to take the extra step to help their children succeed academically.

Geoengineering Earth's Atmosphere: How It Could Affect Astronomy

Creating clouds in the sky or redirecting sunlight to bring down the Earth's temperature could have an effect on astronomy.

Empathy, respect for one another critical to ease political polarization, sociologist says

The unprecedented level of political division in the United States has been worrisome to many Americans, but bridging that gap is not an impossible task, according to a Stanford sociologist.

Cell fate regulation by LIN41 determined by binding location

Helge Großhans and his group at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI) have elucidated the mode of action of the RNA-binding protein and stem cell factor LIN41. In an animal model, they showed that LIN41 silences four specific mRNAs, by two distinct mechanisms. Show More Summary

Video: The unexpected intersection between art and science

It's a common misconception that art and science are vastly different; that they never overlap. But creativity is as essential to the scientific process as it is to the artistic method. Artists and scientists share a curiosity for the unknown, an appreciation for the beauty of the worlds they explore and an interest in creating something new.

Study pinpoints how skin cells' identity can be disassembled to create stem cells

Researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have published a study demonstrating how specialized proteins are able to change the identity, or cellular characteristics, of skin cells and create induced pluripotent stem cells, which have the ability to turn into any cell type in the body. Show More Summary

Work begins in Palo Alto on NASA's dark energy hunter

Lockheed Martin is helping NASA begin the hunt for dark energy, a mysterious force powering the universe's accelerating expansion. An instrument assembly the company is developing, if selected by NASA for production, will be the core...Show More Summary

Bacterial discovery solves 20-year-old molecular paleontology mystery

A fatty molecule thought to be unique to flowering plants has turned up in bacteria skimmed from the Adriatic Sea. The surprising finding solves a 20-year-old paleontological mystery and could affect how scientists interpret the presence of this molecule in the ecological record. Show More Summary

Gifted and black: The brilliant woman who got the US into space

In deeply divided 1950s America, how did Katherine Johnson become the one person astronauts would trust to get them into orbit? Discover her amazing story

60 years later, are colonial-era laws holding Africa back?

When Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo took the oath of office on Jan. 7, by his side was a judge wearing a traditional British horsehair wig and black judicial robes. Just how far had Ghana shifted away from colonial rule since gaining independence in 1957? Many Africans — and political scientists — believed that the newfound […]

Manganese oxides in treatment system could be mixed blessing

In a "bad news, good news" scenario, researchers at North Carolina State University have found that some black sludge growing in a water-treatment site could have redeeming benefits.

The last time the oceans got this warm, sea levels were 20 to 30 feet higher than they are today

Ocean temperatures today are about the same as they were more than 100,000 years ago — at a time when sea levels were 20 to 30 feet higher. The findings, published in the journal Science, highlight the key role that human activity has played in global warming and underscore concerns about the future...

Live Leak – IBPS SO Marketing Model Question Paper 2017 (Based on Predicted Pattern)

16 hours agoAcademics : Testbook Blog

Your IBPS SO exam is only a week away. You should make the best use of the time that you have left in between. Analyse your performance through mock tests to figure out your weak areas and then improve on them. This will help you develop a clear strategy for attempting your IBPS SO exam. Show More Summary

SSC CHSL Questions Asked 20th January 2017 (All Slots)

16 hours agoAcademics : Testbook Blog

The SSC CHSL Exam 2017 began on 7th January. The Combined Higher Secondary Level (10+2) exam is taking place to recruit candidates to the post of Lower Division Clerk (LDC) and Data Entry Operator (DEO). SSC CHSL exam is being conducted across the country in multiple shifts. Show More Summary

Introduction To Aromaticity

The Highly Anomalous Behavior of “Cyclohexatriene” Scene: a plane full of passengers are flying over the Atlantic ocean. Halfway through the flight, there’s suddenly a loud THUNK from outside the plane. Everyone wakes up from their sleep and starts wondering what’s going on. Show More Summary

What Value a Sporangium?

Regular readers of this site will know that I select the subject of most posts by assigning myself a taxon semi-randomly and then trying to find something to say about it. And sometimes when I spin the wheel, what comes out can be a little obscure. Show More Summary

Best of Our Blogs: January 20, 2017

I heard health coach and author Amy Kurtz say something that changed my worldview of healing and health. On Insights at the Edge, she said, “Healing is a journey, not a destination.” Although she was talking about chronic illness, I think anyone struggling with their health can appreciate […]

Science falling victim to 'crisis of narcissism'

Cut-throat atmosphere in world-class labs and conferences closer to House of Cards than Big Bang Theory, says Swiss academic It is the enduring scientist stereotype: socially awkward, of unkempt appearance, and more concerned with cracking the laws of nature than anything as trivial as social status. Show More Summary

Smart buildings predict when critical systems are about to fail

Start-ups use sensors and machine learning to do “predictive maintenance”, spotting faults in building systems like heating and air con before they crash

Every president is a minority leader. Trump will be, too.

A key trope of any inaugural address is a pledge of unity — that, despite the divisions of the campaign just past, the new president will serve the entire nation and not the interests of one political party. Thomas Jefferson probably put it most memorably in 1801, during the first inauguration that marked a transfer […]

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