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Online Learning Resources. BotanyOnline: Shared learning-support resources for improving Botanical Literacy – Plant Science Today. Guest post by Rosanne Quinelle, an Associate Professor in the School of Life and Environmental Science at the University of Sydney, Australia.

BotanyOnline: Shared learning-support resources for improving Botanical Literacy – Plant Science Today

TNOC Encore: Exploring the Nature Pyramid - The Nature of Cities. (This encore publication originally appeared at TNOC on 7 August 2012.)

TNOC Encore: Exploring the Nature Pyramid - The Nature of Cities

I have long been a believer in E.O. Wilson's idea of biophilia; that we are hard-wired from evolution to need and want contact with nature. To have a healthy life, emotionally and physically, requires this contact. The empirical evidence of this is overwhelming: exposure to nature lowers our blood pressure, lowers stress and alters mood in positive ways, enhances cognitive functioning, and in many ways makes us happy. Exposure to nature is one of the key foundations of a meaningful life.

How much exposure to nature and outdoor natural environments is necessary, though, to ensure healthy child development and a healthy adult life? A powerful idea. Book of the Week: Celebrating Darwin's Library! 'Alternative facts' are now threatening our roast potatoes. Enough! Today, British watchdogs have warned people that roast potatoes can cause cancer.

'Alternative facts' are now threatening our roast potatoes. Enough!

The rationale seems to be that roast/burnt foods contain acrylamide, which is believed to be a carcinogen. Makes sense. But the actual science hasn’t found any link between typical levels of acrylamide in the diet and cancer. Holmes, Shells, and the Intersection of Art & Science. From November 28th through December 9th, BHL is joining the Smithsonian Libraries, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Smithsonian Field Book Project, and Smithsonian Transcription Center in hosting the #ManyHatsofHolmes transcription event.

Holmes, Shells, and the Intersection of Art & Science

This event challenges volunteers around the world to help us transcribe William Henry Holmes' archival materials. Learn more on the Smithsonian Libraries' blog. As the hashtag implies, William Henry Holmes (1846-1933) studied a variety of topics throughout his distinguished career, including anthropology, archaeology, art, and geology. He spent much of his career affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution. He studied art under Theodore Kauffman and went on to work as a scientific illustrator with Smithsonian staff. Seeds: little time capsules that could secure our future. In the very last breaths of the very last day of 2016, I noticed a seedling of Protea montana had pushed off its fluffy little seed coat and revealed itself to the world.

Seeds: little time capsules that could secure our future

My glee at seeing this new life made me grin from ear to ear and do what has become known in our house as “the germination dance”. P. montana is a threatened species from the very highest peaks of the Western Cape of South Africa. Five amazing ways plants have created new technologies. Scientists have come up with a strange new method for detecting explosives: using spinach.

Five amazing ways plants have created new technologies

The plants are impregnated with fluorescent “bionic” nanotubes that emit infrared light. In the presence of specific chemicals, the light turns off and this can be used as a signal that explosives are present. The change in fluorescence can even be detected using a modified mobile phone. Biodiversity from Cancun to London. The 13th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity in going on right now in Cancun, Mexico, and the theme is mainstreaming biodiversity for well-being.

Biodiversity from Cancun to London

The CGIAR centres are there both collectively and individually, mainstreaming away like mad, for example, on the agricultural side. But as I browsed through the draft decisions, what I was struck by was the repeated mention of biodiversity in cities: 6. [The COP] [a]lso encourages Parties, other Governments, relevant organizations and funding agencies to promote and support further research on health-biodiversity linkages and related socioeconomic considerations, including, inter alia, on the following issues: … (e) The contribution of biodiversity and the natural environment, including protected areas, in promoting mental health, particularly in urban areas.

All you need to know about nature deficit disorder. Digital Morphology at the University of Texas. Smithsonian X 3D. The Shortfalls of “Biodiversity” - bioGraphic. The Early Feminist Who Used Botany to Teach Kids About Sex - The Atlantic. “[A]re the male flowers of a vegetable marrow plant needless, or do they lead a useless life; seeing that they bear no fruit?’”

The Early Feminist Who Used Botany to Teach Kids About Sex - The Atlantic

To a modern reader, this simple question about plants seems innocuous, if a bit unfamiliar. Upcoming game uses genetic science to create alien gardens - Kill Screen. Don’t Panic, But Your Avocado is Radioactive: Study Eyes Background Radiation of Everyday Objects. Photo: arsheffield.

Don’t Panic, But Your Avocado is Radioactive: Study Eyes Background Radiation of Everyday Objects

Shared under a Creative Commons license. SAPS Secondary Resources Homepage. Caledon. What Makes a Species? Wild in the Streets: A 24-Hour Field Guide to New York City. ​9 a.m.

Wild in the Streets: A 24-Hour Field Guide to New York City

Southern Black Widow Spider. Ifla2016 091 rosesandler. Speaking the language of science if you are not a scientist. We all do science every day, so let’s talk about it too! Posted on August 25, 2016 by Norm Lownds, Michigan State University Extension Photo: Norm Lownds, MSU. When asked to describe the language or words used in science, many children and adults say it is hard. 42Evolution. I-Tree - Tools for Assessing and Managing Community Forests. Biodiversity Library Exhibitions. Supporting Biodiversity Research in the High School Classroom. When we talk about BHL's impact on global science, we often focus on how our collections support the work of scientists, researchers, and post-docs. Our collections are also an invaluable tool for students as well, and not just college students either. Middle and high school students can use our primary source material to conduct research for classroom assignments.

Additionally, students of all ages can benefit from the wealth of plant and animal illustrations that we make available in Flickr as well as our online exhibitions highlighting topics like Latino Natural History and Early Women in Science. Michael R. Biodiversity Research Centre. Your Wild Life: Biodiversity in Daily Life. The Science Image Collection. Plant & Gardening Help - LibGuides at NYBG.

BBC Radio 4 - Natural History Heroes - 5 scientists who changed the way we see nature. Hhmi BioInteractive. Evolution. ICBL: Investigative Case Based Learning. Evolution Resources from the National Academies. In the News: Your Inner Fish – A Scientific Adventure Have you ever wondered why people look the way they do?

Why our hands and feet have five digits instead of six? Why we stand on two legs instead of four? Global Plants in the Classroom. Introduction Welcome to Global Plants in the Classroom: Botany 101. BioFundamentals © UC Boulder & Teaching Tools in Plant Biology - American Society of Plant Biologists. FAQs and How To Access and Use Teaching Tools in Plant Biology (TTPB) What are Teaching Tools in Plant Biology? Teaching Tools in Plant Biology is a feature of The Plant Cell, published by the American Society of Plant Biologists. TTPBs are developed to facilitate the teaching and learning of plant biology at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Resources for Teaching and Learning Biology. General Biology Nature of Science EvolutionSustainability General Biology: features issues-based articles written by prominent scientists, accompanying lesson ideas, and related teaching resources for high school and undergraduate biology educators. AAAS Science NetLinks is a guide to standards-based Internet experiences for students. provides a searchable database of resources from BEN Collaborative partner organizations such as AIBS, Ecological Society of America, American Society for Microbiology, and Botanical Society of America.

BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium promotes curriculum innovation by serving a national role as a networking resource for individuals to share, distribute, and enhance cooperation among on-going and future biology education development projects. Nature of Science: Evolution and the Nature of Science Institute. Herbaria and Herbarium Specimens. Discover Life. Encyclopedia of Earth. The Amazonian Travels of Richard Evans Schultes. The Secrets of the Wood Wide Web. Epping Forest is a heavily regulated place. Is wood a green source of energy? Scientists are divided. It took half a century for an acorn to grow into the 20-meter-tall oak tree standing here in a North Carolina hardwood forest near the banks of the Northeast Cape Fear River.

But it takes just seconds to turn the oak into fuel for the furnace of a European power plant. 21 reasons why forests are important. Forests cover a third of all land on Earth, providing vital organic infrastructure for some of the planet's densest, most diverse collections of life. They support countless species as well as 1.6 billion human livelihoods, yet humans are also responsible for 32 million acres of deforestation every year. From LUCA to Lily: 12 perspectives. We need a cure for plant blindness. Pl@ntNet - Mobile.