The Cosmic Accident of Life: Alan Lightman on Dark Energy, the Multiverse, and Why We Exist Questions like why our world exists and what nothing is have occupied minds great and ordinary since the dawn of humanity, and yet for all our scientific progress, they continue to do so, yielding only hypotheses rather than concrete answers. But there is something immutably heartening in the difference between the primitive hypotheses of myth, folklore and religion, which handed off such mysteries to various deities and the occasional white-bearded man, and the increasingly educated guesses of modern science. In the title essay of his excellent The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew (public library), which also gave us this beautiful meditation on science and spirituality, Alan Lightman points to fine-tuning — the notion that the basic forces propelling our universe appear to be fine-tuned in such a way as to make the existence of life possible — as a centerpiece of how modern scientists have attempted to answer these age-old questions.
Articulating an Impact on Student Learning by Elizabeth Burns, Assistant Professor, School Library Program, Department of Teaching & Learning, Darden College of Education, Old Dominion University The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), passed in December 2015, positions school librarians as Essential Personnel and provides potential dedicated funding to effective school libraries–IF we make them understand why school librarians matter. ESSA falls short, however, of identifying what characterizes an effective school library program. This significant language allows school librarians to voice how their programs make an impact in their schools. The Mindblowing Secret Behind The Numbers 3, 6, and 9 Is Finally REVEALED! Nikola Tesla did countless mysterious experiments, but he was a whole other mystery on his own. Almost all genius minds have a certain obsession. Nikola Tesla had a pretty big one! He was walking around a block repeatedly for three times before entering a building, he would clean his plates with 18 napkins, he lived in hotel rooms only with a number devisable by 3.
Living on the moon! 00:00:00:00On-screen animation shows a house on the moon inside a dome with a sign that reads 'Home sweet home'.00:00:02:15On-screen text reads 'Living on the moon'.00:00:04:05Shot of Planet Earth in space covered in skyscrapers and dancing to music.00:00:12:09NARRATOR:We've lived on the Earth for a long time, and we've gotten pretty good at it. In fact, we've gotten so good at it that we've started thinking about living somewhere else.00:00:21:15Shot of Mars in space with a sign that reads 'Mars Realty, 1.56 x 10 to the power of 15 sq ft! Extra spacious. 1-800-555-MARS.'00:00:21:15NARRATOR:Somewhere like... another planet.
BirdSleuth “We connect students and the public with current research and citizen science. Our goal is to transform the way people learn, inspiring people of all ages to care about birds and the critical issues facing our environment today.” —Nancy Trautmann, director, Education Program Susan Spear/Cornell Lab We rely on your support to expand and improve curriculum resources like BirdSleuth. Overview: Education as part of the Cornell Lab's mission Is our Milky Way galaxy a zombie, already dead and we don't know it? Kevin Schawinski, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Like a zombie, the Milky Way galaxy may already be dead but it still keeps going. Our galactic neighbor Andromeda almost certainly expired a few billion years ago, but only recently started showing outward signs of its demise.
Note Taking Skills for 21st Century Students Note taking skills aren’t just automatic. We tell students “take notes” but they have no idea what that means. What makes “good notes.” What do they write down? Tesla’s Secret Behind The Numbers 3, 6, and 9 Is Finally REVEALED! - Superhv Nikola Tesla did countless mysterious experiments, but he was a whole other mystery on his own. Almost all genius minds have a certain obsession. Nikola Tesla had a pretty big one! He was walking around a block repeatedly for three times before entering a building, he would clean his plates with 18 napkins, he lived in hotel rooms only with a number devisable by 3. He would make calculations about things in his immediate environment to make sure the result is devisable by 3 and base his choices upon the results.
StarChild: The Solar System The Solar System Listen to an audio version of this page. Solar System Activities The StarChild site is a service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), Dr. Harry Potter's World Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine Harry Potter's World presents the following instructional resources for the educators in middle- and high-schools, and in higher education institutions. The resources provide suggested instructional guides and materials that an educator may adapt in whole or in parts as he or she deems most appropriate for the students' interest, level, and academic goals. Middle & High School Lesson Plans Boggart and Fear in Harry Potter and Genetic Traits in Harry Potter are two lesson plans prepared for middle- and high-school teachers. Each lesson plan contains background information and resources related to Harry Potter or academic topics, national standards, learning outcomes, step-by-step procedures, and all classroom materials. The lesson plans are developed in collaboration with Sahar Saddiqui and Annabella Kraut—English and Science teachers, respectively—at Charles E.