background preloader

Science Friday

Science Friday
Don't miss the new documentary film Particle Fever. Not only does it take you behind the scenes at the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson, but it explains in everyday language just why the search for Higgs was so important, how the size of the particle is crucial to understanding the universe and whether we may be the only universe there is, and how the lives and reputations of scientists hinged on the 40-year quest. The filmmakers talk about it here.

http://sciencefriday.com/

Related:  Across ContentScience and Engineering - Not Chemistry Specific

Collection Online Featuring nearly 1600 artworks by more than 575 artists, the Collection Online presents a searchable database of selected artworks from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection of over 7,000 artworks. The selected works reflect the breadth, diversity, and tenor of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s extensive holdings from the late 19th century through the present day, and are continually expanded to include a larger representation of the museum’s core holdings as well as recent acquisitions. Q?rius, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Bring a Smithsonian Scientist into your classroom with Smithsonian Science How, a live television-style program streamed through the web that takes questions from your students. The 25-minute program features the research and personalities of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, providing your students with positive STEM role models, information about science careers and pathways, and more! Smithsonian Science How delivers real-world science through free, live webcasts and teaching resources. Check out the webcast schedule to get started, or preview our talk-show format by watching a program from our webcast archives.

The Top 75 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2012 *Update: The Top 100 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2012 have just been published. Click here to check out the most up-to-date post! After the positive reception from last year’s “Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2011“, the Sifter promised to highlight the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day‘ at the end of every quarter, eventually culminating in an epic Top 100 for 2012. It’s hard to believe we’re already into the final quarter of 2012. Schools Should Teach Science Like Sports Suppose you wanted to teach children to play baseball or softball. How would you go about doing it? One approach might be to sit them down and start having them memorize the rules of the game, the dimensions of the field, the names and statistics of past players, and a host of other facts. You would stop teaching them periodically to review the material in preparation for multiple-choice assessment tests. The students who showed a great aptitude for memorizing large numbers of facts could go into honors classes where they would memorize even larger numbers of facts. At the end of the process, without ever leaving the classroom, how well do you think the children would be able to play baseball or softball?

Skunk Bear : NPR It’s that time of year again! Mammal March Madness has arrived! This is the annual tournament of simulated combat between mammal species organized by four biologists. 65 species enter … and only one is crowned the champion. Here’s how it works: Scientific literature is cited to substantiate likely outcomes as a probabilistic function of the two species’ attributes within the battle environment. Attributes considered in calculating battle outcome include temperament, weaponry, armor, body mass, running speed, fight style, physiology, and motivation. BanksyInside - A Digital Magazine Dropping What's Fresh on the Web The mysterious Banksy just released some new paintings on his website. You heard it right, Banksy painted on a canvas. All Banksy fans will appreciate. Here are a few of my favourites.

5 Quick Tips for Secondary Classroom Management That Actually (I Promise You!) Work This fall I will begin my sixth year of teaching, which is still weird to see written down because it seems like just yesterday I was struggling through my first. (And second. And probably third, too, for good measure.) Classroom management was my biggest struggle in those beginning-teaching years. I went in suspecting I would have classroom management in the bag because I'd had pretty extensive experience working with kids from babysitting, being a camp counselor and other volunteer-type roles.

A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science Click to enlarge A brief detour from chemistry, branching out into science in general today. This graphic looks at the different factors that can contribute towards ‘bad’ science – it was inspired by the research I carried out for the recent aluminium chlorohydrate graphic, where many articles linked the compound to causing breast cancer, referencing scientific research which drew questionable conclusions from their results. The vast majority of people will get their science news from online news site articles, and rarely delve into the research that the article is based on. Personally, I think it’s therefore important that people are capable of spotting bad scientific methods, or realising when articles are being economical with the conclusions drawn from research, and that’s what this graphic aims to do.

Rashad Alakbarov Paints with Shadows and Light Artist Rashad Alakbarov from Azerbaijan uses suspended translucent objects and other found materials to create light and shadow paintings on walls. The best part is that you can easily create something similar at home – all you need is one or two lamps and some items from your desk. The stunning light painting below, made with an array of colored airplanes has found its way to exhibitions like the Fly to Baku at De Pury Gallery in London. Rashad adds, “Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light. Above all things reverence thyself.”

Teaching Calculus The following answer to a question we’ve all been asked was posted yesterday on a private Facebook page for AP Calculus readers. The author, Allen Wolmer is a teacher and AP Calculus reader. He teaches at Yeshiva Atlanta High School, in Atlanta, Georgia. I reprint it here with his kind permission. Chemistry 104: Metric Conversions Instructions Before viewing an episode, download and print the note-taking guides, worksheets, and lab data sheets for that episode, keeping the printed sheets in order by page number. During the lesson, watch and listen for instructions to take notes, pause the video, complete an assignment, and record lab data.

9 Books Scarier Than Any Horror Movie There is nothing better than a good ghost story. It might be tempting to pop in one of your scarier movies when you want to get into the Halloween spirit, but there are plenty of novels sure to keep you up for just as many nights. Just be careful if you read these titles in a public place. Why Some Colleges Are Ditching the Science Lecture For Hands-On Learning “Squat! Squat! Squat! Higher! Faster!” In the basement of the Duane Physics and Astrophysics building at the University of Colorado Boulder, a science demonstration is going on — but it looks more like a vaudeville act.

Related: