This Week in Chemistry: A New Antibiotic, & Flexible Implants for Paralysis Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have heard the news about a new antibiotic and its novel method of discovery, but there have also been stories about the potential of testosterone injections to slow the growth of prostrate cancer, and the mystery of nature’s missing structural red colours finally getting an explanation. As always, links to further articles and original research papers are provided below. She Begins To Pour Milk In A Bag. Seconds Later? The Best Treat Ever She Begins To Pour Milk In A Bag. Seconds Later? The... How Does an Orange Peel Pop a Balloon? Chemistry, of Course! By Tom Kuntzleman, Tori Talaski and Charles Schaerer There is a new experiment circulating the web. Check it out: Isn’t that cool? The juice from an orange peel causes a balloon to pop.
KS2 Science Finding out how you move and grow. Can you label the human skeleton? When you've finished move onto the animal skeletons. Fun with frozen: making ice grow I have been noticing lots of fun ideas being shared by my fellow bloggers that are all related to the Walt Disney movie “Frozen.” I must admit that my grandsons and I have enjoyed watching this movie at home on more that one occasion. So for all you “Frozen” fans out there (and for those of you who just like really cool ice science), here is a fun way to make ice grow just like Elsa does! (1) StudiSverige - YouTube Categories Pinterest Log in More to explore: Youtube Chemistry Interactive Video Animations Chemistry Based Animations These animations support the teaching of concepts in chemistry in freshman through graduate level courses. Some of the QuickTime movie are without audio, and some of the audio--from a few of the sound augmented QuickTime movie--has been stripped and made available in Real Audio's streaming audio format.
Science Saturday What first comes to mind when you think of Seattle? Did I hear you say rain? This week’s Science Saturday project is about water and is from Seattle. Anne, a Seattle mother of three, shares her pictorial How to: Self-Watering Seed Starter Pots. Dissolving, Expanding And Bouncing Egg Science Experiment Out of all the egg science experiment you can do dissolving egg shells should be at the top of every child’s to do list. It’s a great visual and tactile STEM project to do at home and there are quite a few things that you can talk about with the kids. In fact it should be on every parents to do list if you haven’t done it yet! You want at least two clear glasses. One to add vinegar to (white is better visually but you can use dark vinegar) and one to add water to.
Edible Slime or Gak (Chemical and Borax Free!) One of the things I love to do with this blog is to use my science background (I have an M. Ed in science education and used to be a middle and high school science teacher) to create new play recipes that are safe - and if possible, that are edible (I love the idea of creating sensory play that is great for all ages so that babies and toddlers can join their siblings in play without having to miss out on the fun). So far I've developed a Safe/Edible Glow Water, and Edible Mini Water Beads (with no choking hazard!), and an Edible Pretend (Melting!) States of Matter - PhET Interactive Simulations Topics Atoms Molecules States of Matter Description Heat, cool and compress atoms and molecules and watch as they change between solid, liquid and gas phases. Sample Learning Goals