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Plant xylem from the sapwood of coniferous trees can remove bacteria from water by simple pressure-driven filtration. #science #botany
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We need more of this !!
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Science of the Invisible: Six critical success factors for mobile Web 2.0 pedagogy
http://scienceoftheinvisible.blogspot.com/2014/04/six-critical-success-factors-for-mobile.html
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Dweck, Carol S. Self-theories: Their role in motivation, personality, and development. Psychology Press, 2000.
http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=P0Mccblm6eUC&dq=SELF-THEORIES
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Especially once one realizes that EVERY system is causal and that the next change in ANY system is simply that change that causes the greatest dissipation of energy and structure of all options available at that instant. Translation: There is no free will. Deduction: Even "Self-Theories" are themselves the simple result of causality finding optimal available path towards maximal entropy.
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One of the difficulties that stands in the way of anybody who wants to do anything about the extortionate cost of scientific journals is lack of information: the big publishers insist on confidentiality clauses, so that we do not know what our universities are paying for their journals (though all the evidence is that it is a huge amount). The post linked to below is rather long, but the gist of it is that I have been trying to collect information about Elsevier. If you're in a hurry, then almost certainly the part you'll find most interesting is the result of Freedom of Information requests I made to 24 top British universities. Amazingly, 18 of them (and counting) ended up telling me what they are paying per year. Also, one of them gave the information to somebody else, so we know about 19. I hope that this is just the start. I especially hope that people in other countries with FOI legislation will try to use it.

I do recommend reading some of the accompanying explanation as well as the figures themselves, as it is possible to jump to incorrect conclusions if all you have to go on is the raw numbers. But the raw numbers are quite interesting ...
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Science of the Invisible: The only way is ethics 
A very useful article setting out four key principles for the use of learning analytics. 
http://scienceoftheinvisible.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/the-only-way-is-ethics.html
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I've been reading some interesting stuff recently on publishing so the purpose of this post is to try to pull it all together and reframe it in the (specific) context of scientific publishing.  
http://scienceoftheinvisible.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/thoughts-on-future-of-scientific.html
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The opinions expressed here represent my own views and not those of my employer. Comments on posts represent the opinions of others. Alan Cann is the author of two highly successful textbooks, has served on the editorial boards of numerous scientific journals, creator of MicrobiologyBytes.com, Internet Consulting Editor of the Annals of Botany.  Has worked as a consultant for numerous educational and scientific institutions, and have published extensively on educational research. Principles of Molecular Virology http://www.amazon.com/Principles-Molecular-Virology-Fifth-Alan/dp/012384939X/ Maths from Scratch for Biologists http://www.amazon.com/Maths-Scratch-Biologists-Alan-Cann/dp/0471498351/ All original content I post here is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ If you would like me to follow you here I need to see: 1. A profile picture. 2. A description of you and your interests. 3. Regular postings here which are of interest to me.