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Career Spotlight: Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Graduate Student

Science | July 23, 2015

Career Spotlight: Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Graduate Student

Elijah Martin is a second-year graduate student in the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology program at University of California, San Francisco. He works in the laboratory of Dr. Deepak Srivastava at the Gladstone Institutes. Martin studies how the heart forms to try to understand the causes of heart disease in order to develop therapies.

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Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes

Science | July 22, 2015

Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes

The Foldscope costs less than a dollar to produce and could have major implications for global health and for science education.

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E-book: Engineering Is Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes

Science | July 22, 2015

E-book: Engineering Is Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes

The new, media-rich e-book from QUEST, Engineering Is Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes, tells the story of how Stanford University bioengineer Manu Prakash and his colleagues designed a lightweight, inexpensive, robust, paper microscope in order to help people in developing countries and remote areas diagnose diseases.

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Science Spotlight: Bending Light with a New Kind of Microscope

Science | July 21, 2015

Science Spotlight: Bending Light with a New Kind of Microscope

Manu Prakash, a bioengineer at Stanford University, has created a fully functional microscope out of waterproof paper that uses teeny-tiny lenses to magnify objects. He calls it a Foldscope. The different parts of the microscope are printed on paper, which the user punches out and folds together. The Foldscope requires no power outlets and works with standard microscope slides.

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Career Spotlight: Water Quality Specialist

Science | July 21, 2015

Career Spotlight: Water Quality Specialist

Meet Melanie Harrison, a water quality specialist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA). She helps protect and restore threatened and endangered fish by evaluating development projects.

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Activity: Air Pressure, It’s in the Bag

Science | July 17, 2015

Activity: Air Pressure, It’s in the Bag

In this activity, students are asked to create a change in air pressure using a garbage bag and vacuum cleaner, then create an illustration, model or concept map that explains what is happening.

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Teacher Feature: Water Restrictions with PBS LearningMedia

Science | June 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Teacher Feature: Water Restrictions with PBS LearningMedia

What is the value of PBS LearningMedia? PBS LearningMedia is easy to use. You can organize media and create assignments in one place. The icing on the cake is that students can create within the site as well.

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Does California’s Agriculture Industry Need More Water Restrictions Due to the Drought? Students Weigh In

Science | June 17, 2015 | 1 Comment

Does California’s Agriculture Industry Need More Water Restrictions Due to the Drought? Students Weigh In

California is in the middle of one of the biggest droughts in the state’s written history. Read what students had to say about whether or not California’s agricultural industry should have more water restrictions due to the drought.

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How Smart Should We Allow Robots to Get?

Science | June 9, 2015 | 1 Comment

How Smart Should We Allow Robots to Get?

Artificial intelligence is now more available to us than ever before, and it is getting smarter every year. While some scientists envision artificially intelligent robots as rescuers and caretakers of the future, others are worried that creating technology as intelligent as humans might be rather dangerous. How smart do you think we should we allow artificial intelligent to become?

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Should We Allow Apps to Collect Private Health Data for Research? Students Weigh In

Science | May 25, 2015 | 1 Comment

Should We Allow Apps to Collect Private Health Data for Research? Students Weigh In

There is some questioning regarding the ethics of using an app to collect medical data from individuals, and it has sparked a bit of controversy. Read what students had to say about the ethics of allowing apps to collect personal data for research.

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