Science News Update: April 12, 2013

The spread of H7N9, the link between carnitine and heart disease, the recovery of coral reefs, and iPad apps for flipping the classroom top our April 12th selection of news for the science classroom.

Could New Flu Spark Global Flu Pandemic? New Bird Flu Strain Seen Adapting to Mammals, Humans (Science Daily, April 12. 2013)

The recent news that the H7N9 virus, a form of bird flu, has made the jump to humans is being covered by many of the major news networks. In this article, researchers discuss the mutations that are associated with the jump to humans, and other mammals, and of the possible implications of these changes.

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Red Meat’s Heart Risk Goes Beyond the Fat (Science Friday, April 12, 2013)

The recent discovery the level of carnitine in red meat is related to an elevated risk of heart disease provides an interesting discussion point between diet, bacteria, and physiology. This link contains an excellent audio interview with Stanley Hazen of the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Hazen very clearly describes how carnitine in the diet is related to heart disease.

8 Outstanding iPad Apps to Create Tutorials and Flip Your Classroom (Education Technology and Mobile Learning, April 8, 2013)

Instructors are always looking for materials, and apps, to make flipping the classroom easier. Here is a short list of some of the apps that are recommended for flipping a classroom. We recommend both ExplainEverything and Educreations.

Remote Coral Reefs Can Be Tougher Than They Look: Western Australia’s Scott Reef Has Recovered from Mass Bleaching (Science Daily, April 4, 2013)

In 1998 a mass bleaching event damaged the remote Scott Reef, some 250 km from the coast of Australia, destroying nearly 80% of its coral cover. However, over the course of a 15 year study, scientists have found that the reef, removed from the worst of human interference, was able to rebuild itself in just over a decade, giving hope to future reef restoration.



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