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Scientific American's Top 10 Science Stories of 2014

The year saw many developments that will have far-reaching and long-lasting implications, both practically and intellectually. Start the countdown below and go to the end to see some of the other important stories that didn’t quite make the cut.

 

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Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs Of 2014

This year, humanity landed on its first comet, a child was born to a woman with a transplanted womb, and a fossilized sea shell forced us to reconsider our conceptions of human culture. Those are just a taste of the 20 achievements, innovations, and advances we've selected for our roundup of 2014's biggest scientific breakthroughs.

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STEM Education – Hearing Summary

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla recently held a select hearing on STEM Education on October 22nd, 2014. Businesses and educational panelists were in attendance to discuss the importance of public-private partnerships in advancing high-quality STEM programs. With a greater demand for STEM education across all sectors, it is more important than ever to strengthen STEM learning. Bonilla highlighted how critical it is to develop strong collaborations and partnerships aimed to increase alignment between academic settings and the professional workplace to ensure that students are career-ready.

Research in Engineering Education

The REE program accepts a diverse range of project scales from small, exploratory projects to large scale investigations with a broad, systemic scope; project budgets should match the project scope.  Small-scale, exploratory projects with high transformative potential are strongly encouraged.  The estimated number of awarded proposals is based on a projected average funding level of approximately $100,000 per project per year.   All PIs should discuss the budget of proposed projects with a cognizant program officer before submission.

Global Oneness Project Offers Free Lesson Plans Aligning With California Standards

The Global Oneness Project is an educational program that provides free film and media resources aligned with Common Core, College, Career, Civic Life for Social Studies, and the Next Generation Standards. Access free lesson plans that highlight the arts, culture, and the environment in order to engage high school and college students in global and multi-cultural themes, as well as environmental issues.

More Arab Women Studying STEM

For as long as she can remember, Amirah Ahmad Daghache has had a fascination with electronics and computer systems. As a child growing up in Saudi Arabia, Daghache did really well in math and says she was "the nerd that enjoyed doing her math homework."

Today, Daghache, a Palestinian-Canadian, is putting those math skills to use as a telecommunications engineering major at the Canadian University of Dubai.

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Duolingo For Schools Is Free, And It May Change The EdTech Market

Duolingo for schools offers a window into the future of education technology. It shows us how interactive digital technologies can be used to create a more equitable educational landscape, not just in the U.S., but globally. It reminds us why we all bought into these networked technologies in the first place. Data-driven solutions don’t have to be all about corporate growth, they can also be about creating innovative ways to improve humanity’s lived experience in the world.

Obama Budget Would Restore Ed-Tech Money Flow to K-12 Districts

President Obama's newly proposed budget calls for restoring a big source of federal money to state and local education technology programs, bringing money for teacher training, and classroom instruction customized to individual students' needs.

Holiday Lectures on Science

The Holiday Lectures on Science series brings current research into the science classroom, helping to bridge the gap between textbook curriculum and exciting new research developments.

The fastest-growing STEM major in the U.S.

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