Behind the Scenes

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Innovative Entertainment Model Designed to Get Kids Outside
Plum Landing Logo

July 31st, 2014
The new online production, Plum Landing, teaches kids core science concepts and gets them exploring their worlds through online webisodes, games, an app, videos and hands-on activities.
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Predicting How Biodiversity Affects Disease
collecting samples from skin
July 16th, 2014
With the increase of cross-species disease it is important to understand how disease, species-interactions and biodiversity interact.
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Zzzzzzzz: The Mathematics of a Good Night’s Sleep
The structure of sleep changes as the brain develops

June 24th, 2014
Mathematician Janet Best uses mathematical models to learn about slee-wake patterns.
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Frog Population Decline Linked to Killer Pathogen
Wood frogs are highly susceptible to ranavirus

July 28th, 2014
Ranavirus may be partly to blame for dwindling frog populations.
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Kids and Science Good for More than Just a Grade
Human-safe insecticide?
July 14th, 2014
A sixth-grade student’s science fair project led to the discovery that erythritol, a sugar alcohol in Truvia, may be a human-safe insecticide.
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Thanks, Dad: Owl Monkeys Are Caring Fathers, Too
An owl monkey father and baby

June 13th, 2014
Patricia Wright of Stoney Brook University explains why owl monkeys are devoted fathers and nocturnal.

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The Slippery Rules of Mudslides
Oso, Washington 5 days after the landslide
May 7th, 2014
Mathematician E. Bruce Pitman researches how mudslides and other debris flows work.
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Citizen Science Aims to Clean Up Pacific Plastics
COASST interns size up a plastic bag which can be a hazard for sea turtles
July 28th, 2014
COASST studies seasonal patterns of ocean debris to aid in the clean up of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
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Tech Sandbox: The Playground of Neural Engineering
Unicorns fly in a game designed by students at Tech Sandbox

June 25th, 2014
This University of Washington course and competition encourages students to create projects the incorporate the core principles of neural engineering.
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Combatting TBI by Engineering Resilience in the Brain
microtubules act as train tracks for transporting molecular cargo from one end of the neuron to the other

May 31st, 2014
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania model neural structures in the brain to better understand traumatic brain injury.
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