Superpower: Immortality video Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection Homo Sapien Evolution An infinite amount of birthdays seems incomprehensible. Infinity is a tough concept! Using the fundamentals of set theory, explore the mind-bending concept of the "infinity of infinities" -- and how it led mathematicians to conclude that math itself contains unanswerable questions. Disclaimer: Due to time constraints, not all aspects of each superpower can be discussed and the science is sometimes simplified or generalized.
Watch this bead chain loop defy gravity and bend physics Science is unendingly cool because it can consistently confound the expectations of researcher and layman alike. Case in point, what do you figure would happen if you had a bead chain coiled up in a small container, then pulled one end out? You probably didn’t guess that it would leap up and uncoil like a tiny metallic snake, but that’s what happens. This demonstration is sometimes called Newton’s Beads. It’s an unexpected trick of physics, but the mechanics behind it are fairly simple. When the end of the chain is dropped from the container, it exerts upward force on the next section of the chain.
Sunset Lake Software Molecules is an application for the iPhone, iPod touch, and now iPad that allows you to view three-dimensional renderings of molecules and manipulate them using your fingers. You can rotate the molecules by moving your finger across the display, zoom in or out by using two-finger pinch gestures, or pan the molecule by moving two fingers across the screen at once. The combination of the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad's unique multitouch input system and the built-in OpenGL ES 3-D graphics capabilities enable you to feel like you are manipulating the molecules themselves with your fingers. New molecules can be downloaded from the RCSB Protein Data Bank ( an international repository of biological molecules and their 3-D structures, or NCBI's PubChem, a public database of compounds. Molecules can be downloaded directly to your handheld device and stored there for later viewing.
Five fingers of evolution - Paul Andersen In his talk, Paul Andersen explains the five causes of microevolution. Research one example for each cause in the human population. Use the following population simulator to simulate microevolution: Run the simulation using the default settings. Note the change in gene frequencies due to chance. Reset the simulation and increase the population size to 200. Run the simulation again and note the change in gene frequencies due to chance.
Superpower: Invisibility video How our eyes work How does invisibility work? Will invisibility ever be a reality? 21 Best Comic Book Artists from Comic-Con: A Designer Guide The world’s largest comic book convention has some secrets that are practically unknown to lovers of graphic design and illustration. San Diego Comic-Con International is famous, as well as feared and loathed, for its lengthy lines of lemmings endlessly waiting to get into mammoth show biz hype-fests that are usually available to the whole world on YouTube within hours. But what gets all the press is just a piddling part of the Con experience, quality-wise. The truth is, you can easily spend most of your time in the company of like-minded creative spirits and comic book artists who share your passions, whether it’s cartooning and illustration, storyboards and animation, product and poster design, or whatever. So here are some suggestions on how to indulge and immerse yourself in visual culture, free of Hollywood hassle:
18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently This list has been expanded into the new book, “Wired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind,” by Carolyn Gregoire and Scott Barry Kaufman. Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly out of nowhere and then fail to show up when we most need them, and creative thinking requires complex cognition yet is completely distinct from the thinking process. Neuroscience paints a complicated picture of creativity. Virtual Microscope Images We're adding more all the time! We try to produce one or two new samples each week, so stop by frequently or use an RSS reader to subscribe to the RSS feed advertised on this page to be notified when we add to our library. Image data is the core component for the Virtual Microscope. Below you will find links to each of the samples we have collected and constructed so far. They are arranged by source instrument. In order to view these specimens, you will need to download the Virtual Microscope if you haven't already.
Believe in Ohio STEM videos The Believe in Ohio program invites high school and college students, their instructors and the community to take a virtual field trip into the innovation economy of the future that is being built in Ohio through a series of six, free, regionalized, online courses. What this course is about and why is it important? Our nation is being challenged on an unprecedented level to maintain its historic prosperity.
Superpower: Speed video · The components of air · Human reaction time · Fastest speed ever achieved by a human being At the 2010 NFL draft, NFL Network anchor Rich Eisen was dared to run the 40-yard dash. 29 Delicious Slow Motion GIFs Serial killers aside, this week’s full post is kind of intense and just taking more time than usual. It’ll go up early next week. In the meantime, these 29 succulent slow motion GIFs will serve as a distraction. Let’s start with what happens if you shoot a bullet into a steel wall. The wall wins. National Science Digital Library Welcome to the BEN portal, the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Pathway for biological sciences education. The BEN Portal provides access to education resources from BEN Collaborators and is managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Over 18,482 reviewed resources covering 77 biological sciences topics are available. BEN resources can help you engage student interest, shorten lesson preparation time, provide concept updates, and develop curricula that are in line with national standards for content, use of animals and humans, and student safety. Currently, registration is not required in exchange for access to the wealth of information freely available through the BEN Portal.
Questions no one knows the answers to - Chris Anderson 1) Ask teachers for their favorite unanswered questions. Create a large display space in your school or in some other public area in your community where people can write down other big questions, and/or identify which of the already-posted questions seems especially intriguing to them. 2) Anderson asks, “Why do so many innocent people and animals suffer terrible things?” Humans have been asking this whopper of a question for almost as long as humans have existed. Explore some of the explanations that have been offered by religious leaders, philosophers, writers and others. Identify three or four viewpoints that seem particularly provocative and different from one another.
Expand Your Mind - Puzzles and Brain Teasers To expand your mind you need to learn new facts and develop new modes of thinking that will make the information that you already know more useful. Solving the following problems requires a combination of world knowledge, mathematics, common sense, logic, and science (chemistry, physics). This is not an IQ test. There is no time limit. To expand your mind, do not look at the answers until after you have made an honest effort to figure out the problems. The Bear