The AAT Project.
Do you have a great idea or invention that you are ready to bring it to life? Well, here’s your chance! The AAT Project™ is an online competition that will identify, mentor and manage exceptional teens whose ideas will change the world. This is an opportunity to work with renowned scientists, have your work exposed to a wide audience, and if you’re very lucky, win a significant cash prize. Check out our Tumblr, and you’ll find a link to our website with more information.
Good luck for everyone, to the organizers and to all participants
For anyone who’s interested in entering, a quick note: to sign up, you join the mailing list on our website, and then you are invited to submit a competition entry, uploaded to YouTube. It’s first come, first serve, so the earlier you put your name down, the earlier you can submit and get your entry judged by our elite panel of distinguished STEM educators, including Hazel Sive, MIT Professor of Biology and faculty member of Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Rafe Mazzeo, Stanford Professor of Math, co-founder of Stanford University Math Camp, and faculty member of Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies, and many more.
Win, and get a chance to meet and work with these people! We admit that while the $75,000, documentary video by Academy-Award Winning Ross Kauffman, and private concert with America’s biggest celebrities we’re offering are pretty big draws, the biggest draw in this competition is always that you get to bring your idea to life, with the help of our panel, whether it’s groundbreaking research or a full-blown invention. There are twelve monthly competitions, and then one annual competition, from which the Grand Prize Winner will be chosen. The first monthly competition begins in September, so we hope you’ll join soon.
If not, there is, of course, our Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram to follow, our Facebook page to like, and if you like art and literature, our zine. Any medium is welcome. Check it out here, and submit your work! I realize I wrote you guys a little essay, so tl;dr, just read the bolded and check out our presentation for more information.
Happy STEM, and we look forward to hearing from you!
Scientists must have a vivid intuitive imagination, for new ideas are not generated by deduction but by an artistically creative imagination.
- me: *owns 264 unread books*
- me: *buys 17 new books*
- me: *rereads harry potter*
Today’s post examines some of the chemical components of bee, wasp, hornet and ant venoms. Also, in the accompanying post, why you can’t really use knowledge of acids and alkalis to neutralise bee stings, how ants can create ionic liquids, and what bee attack pheromones smell like.
See a bigger version of the graphic & read the post here: http://wp.me/p4aPLT-rb
Column chromatography for beginners.
First, look after an immobile phase (usually silica or alumina) what was tested before with the correct eluent (mixture of 2 or more organic solvent). If the mixture of compounds separate with this mixture on a TLC (thin layer chromatography) what is made from the same immobile phase it will hopefully work on a larger scale also.
For every g of the purified material take at least 10-15 g of immobile phase, mix it with the eluent (1 pics) and load it in the column. Place your mixture of compounds on the top with a little celite or sand (3 pics) and let the eluent flow down the column (4 pics). Every time the top would dry, add more eluent to keep it always wet.
If you are lucky enough the main component will separate and it will form a nice layer on the column (last pics).
If anyone is interested in this chromatographic method I could write a step by step “how to do” from it. Anyone?
Zombie Ant Fungi ‘Know’ Brains of Their Hosts
Read the full article Zombie Ant Fungi ‘Know’ Brains of Their Hosts at NeuroscienceNews.com.
A parasitic fungus that reproduces by manipulating the behavior of ants emits a cocktail of behavior-controlling chemicals when encountering the brain of its natural target host, but not when infecting other ant species, a new study shows.
The research is in BMC Evolutionary Biology. (full access paywall)
Research: “Species-specific ant brain manipulation by a specialized fungal parasite” by Charissa de Bekker, Lauren Quevillon, Philip B Smith, Kim Fleming, Debashis Ghosh, Andrew D Patterson and David P Hughes in BMC Evolutionary Biology. doi:10.1186/s12862-014-0166-3
Image: A dead ant manipulated by a species of so-called “zombie ant fungus” clings to a twig in a South Carolina forest. Newly published Penn State research represents the first extensive study of zombie ants in North America. Credit Hughes Lab/Penn State.
Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys shows individual stars, clusters of stars and nebulae in the spiral galaxy NGC 300, located approximately 7 million light-years away from Earth. The image shows a star-forming region a few thousand light-years farther from the galaxy’s centre. The yellow nebulosities are the glow from hot gas that has been heated by radiation from the nearest young, blue stars. The image at far right reveals more diffuse groupings of young, blue stars, farther away from the galaxy’s centre, along with faint shells of hot gas.
Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Dalcanton and B. Williams (University of Washington)