Matthew Weik

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Too many kids quit science because they don’t think they’re smart

For most students, science, math, engineering, and technology (STEM) subjects are not intuitive or easy. Learning in general—and STEM in particular—requires repeated trial and error, and a student’s lack of confidence can sometimes stand in her own way. And although teachers and parents may think …

Self-improvement

Reinvent Your Business Model or Die

'Change almost never fails because it's too early. It almost always fails because it's too late.' - Seth Godin<p>One of the key components of transformation and innovation is the business model, and since the ability of companies to transform and reinvent themselves is crucial to their lifeline, I …

Innovation

Want Your Crops To Survive Extreme Heat and Drought? Add Fungus

The future of agriculture may be plant-fungus symbiosis, writes Issie Lapowsky for WIRED<p>The global population continues to grow, and climate change is already tangibly reducing food harvests. Can agriculture adapt to be both more productive and more resilient?<p>One answer to that question may be "add …

Yellowstone National Park

A Few Helpful Tips on Driving Much, Much Too Fast

High-performance racing instructor Ingrid Steffensen offers a few pointers on taking on the track like a pro.<p>(Photo Credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images)<p><b>Here is what I do on weekends: I put on a crash helmet</b> and climb into fast cars with strangers and teach them how to drive on a racetrack. I am a …

Plants Talk. Plants Listen. Here's How

They don't have eyes. Or ears. Or what we would call a nervous system. But plants can talk. And they listen. Let me show you how.<p>First, we'll need a plant eater. This one's perfect: It's an aphid, a hungry little critter who loves to munch on fresh, green leaves ...<p>Next, we arrange lunch. We choose …

Biologists help solve fungal mysteries, inform studies on climate change

A new genetic analysis revealing the previously unknown biodiversity and distribution of thousands of fungi in North America might also reveal a …

Scientists discover the secret behind zombie plants

If the fungal spore outbreak in <i>The Last of Us</i> scared the hell out of you, you'll be doubly terrified to know that there are actual parasites in nature that can turn animals and plants into zombies. In fact, a group of scientists from the John Innes Centre in the UK just figured out how certain …

Climate change may make food less nutritious

A field test is the first to show that elevated levels of carbon dioxide inhibit plants’ assimilation of nitrate into proteins, indicating that the …

West Nile virus may have met its match: tobacco

A drug made inside tobacco plants neutralizes West Nile virus in mice<p>Some people think of tobacco as a drug, whereas others think of it as a therapy — or both. But for the most part, it's hard to find people who think of the tobacco plant in terms of its medical applications. Qiang Chen, an …

Thanks to Climate Change, West Nile Virus Could Be Your New Neighbor

Invasive species aren’t just species — they can also be pathogens. Such is the case with the West Nile virus. A mosquito-borne virus identified in …

Point-and-shoot camera does what Mars rover can’t

A tricked-out version of an off-the-shelf digital camera is able to identify, photograph, and even analyze patches of soil or rocks from afar and in …

Your Houseplants Can Think, Talk, Read Your Mind: New Research Adds Evidence

New research by a team of scientists at the University of Western Australia (UWA) shows plants have long-term memory. This adds to a body of research …

Mouse brains differ if dad was stressed out

<b>U. PENNSYLVANIA (US) —</b> A male mouse’s stress leaves a lasting impression on his sperm, which gives his offspring a blunted reaction to stress, …

The clearest lake in the world – in pictures

The visibility of distilled water is about 80 metres. Blue Lake, in New Zealand's South Island, clocks in at 76 metres. Here are the first-ever …

The first 3D-printed battery is as tiny as a grain of sand

Imagine a computer so small it could slip through the human bloodstream. At just a millimeter in width, a new battery built by a Harvard University …

Birdbooker Report 274

<i>Books to the ceiling,<br>Books to the sky,<br>My pile of books is a mile high.<br>How I love them! How I need them!<br>I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.</i><p>…

Smart Leaders Engage Tomorrow's Workforce

I’m off to Chicago for #SHRM13 and am very excited to see everyone and for all the events. The topic most pressing on my mind today is the battle for young, emerging talent and how fierce the competition is these days in certain sectors. Companies that win it are the ones that will succeed in the …

Archaeologists Discover Lost City In Cambodian Jungle

Australian archaeologists using remote-sensing technology have uncovered an ancient city in Cambodia that has remained hidden for more than a millennium under dense jungle undergrowth.<p>The discovery of Mahendraparvata, a 1,200-year-old lost city that predates Cambodia's famous Angkor Wat temple …

APOD: Delphinid Meteor Mystery (2013 Jun 15) Image Credit & Copyright: Yuri Beletsky (Las Campanas Observatory, Carnegie Institution) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130615.html Explanation: Over a five hour period last Tuesday morning, exposures captured this tantalizing view of meteor streaks and the Milky Way in dark skies above Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. During that time, astronomers had hoped to see an outburst from the gamma Delphinid meteor shower as Earth swept through the dust trail left by an unknown comet. Named for the shower's radiant point in the constellation Delphinus, a brief but strong outburst was reported in bright, moonlit skies on June 10, 1930. While no strong Delphinid meteor activity was reported since, an outburst was tentatively predicted to occur again in 2013. But even though Tuesday's skies were dark, the overall rate of meteors in this field is low, and only the three lower meteor streaks seem to point back to the shower's estimated radiant. http://www.lco.cl/ http://carnegiescience.edu/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130615 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0615

New, simple theory may explain mysterious dark matter

This proposal, which endows dark matter particles with a rare form of electromagnetism, has been strengthened by a detailed analysis performed by a …

What Would Antarctica Look Like If All The Ice Melted?

Spoiler: still not super hospitable.<p>Ever wondered what's underneath the ice--sometimes up to three kilometers thick--that covers Antarctica?<p>Until very recently, we weren't really sure; maps were based on guesses and older technology. But NASA just released a video showing the results of what's …

New research shows gamers make better citizens

New research claims that, far from being mind-numbing escapist entertainment, video games help prepare young people for productive, socially balanced lives.<p>Dr. Kathy Sanford at University of Victoria in British Columbia spent the last five years studying kids ages 13-17 and their relationship with …

10 Stunning Underwater Photos

Featuring a ghostly seal, a stylish crab, and more. You're welcome!<p>Every year since 2005, the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science has judged a crop of photos for consideration in its Underwater Photography Contest. The winners and runners-up--in categories …

Google+ isn't a social network; it's The Matrix

Pretty much everyone (myself included) has been reading Google+ wrongly. Because it bears many superficial resemblances to social networks such as …

Eight bronze age boats surface at Fens creek in record find

A fleet of eight prehistoric boats, including one almost nine metres long, has been discovered in a Cambridgeshire quarry on the outskirts of …

Japan tests 310mph bullet train

Japan's "floating" trains of the future, designed to travel at speeds of 311mph, have undergone their first test tracks.<p>The new generation L0 Series trains, which employ the latest magnetic levitation technology instead of conventional wheels, will begin commercial services in 2027.<p>The first five …

Why did the Neanderthals die out?

The puzzle is one of the greatest surrounding our species. On a planet that bristled with different types of human being, including Neanderthals and …