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"This list will help non-scientists to interrogate advisers and to grasp the limitations of evidence."
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A round-up of some wonderful educational YouTube channels for Math and Science teachers. These channels are taken from a long list that comprises more than 170 YouTube channels.
Species+ is a new online resource providing comprehensive information on globally protected species. It includes all species covered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), as well as those included in the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations.
Species+ can be accessed at www.speciesplus.net
So how do U.S. eighth-graders do in math and science when compared to their peers around the globe? Turns out it matters which state they live in, according to a study being released Thursday.
ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- New Website Sparticl.org Launches to Grow Teen Enthusiasm for Science. Curated content, social networking and gaming combine to attract more teens to science.
More on the sting operation conducted by a journalist who submitted a bogus article to hundreds of open access science journals--where it was accepted for publication with alarming frequency.
"Acceptance was the norm, not the exception. The paper was accepted by journals hosted by industry titans Sage and Elsevier. The paper was accepted by journals published by prestigious academic institutions such as Kobe University in Japan. It was accepted by scholarly society journals. It was even accepted by journals for which the paper's topic was utterly inappropriate, such as the Journal of Experimental & Clinical Assisted Reproduction.
The rejections tell a story of their own. Some open-access journals that have been criticized for poor quality control provided the most rigorous peer review of all. For example, the flagship journal of the Public Library of Science, PLOS ONE, was the only journal that called attention to the paper's potential ethical problems, such as its lack of documentation about the treatment of animals used to generate cells for the experiment. The journal meticulously checked with the fictional authors that this and other prerequisites of a proper scientific study were met before sending it out for review. PLOS ONE rejected the paper 2 weeks later on the basis of its scientific quality."
Sting operation submits study, riddled with errors and written by imaginary authors, to 304 journals; 157 accept it for publication.
Yet another reason we subscription databases are still worth the price of admission...
"All but five states have signed on to the Common Core State Standards in math and English, but states have been more tentative about picking up new science standards released in April. Known as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the new guidelines, which call for a greater emphasis on problem solving than previous standards and teaching of core ideas that cut across physics, biology and chemistry, such as proportionality and cause and effect, are generating as much controversy as their sister standards."
"Search the Internet for any research article published in 2011, and you have a 50–50 chance of downloading it for free. This claim — made in a report1 produced for the European Commission — suggests that many more research papers are openly available online than was previously thought. The finding, released on 21 August, is heartening news for advocates of open access. But some experts are raising their eyebrows at the high numbers."
Richard Van Noorden
Tony White discusses the inspiration and workflow behind his new climate change novel published for mobile and other platforms by the Science Museum in London.
High school students are taking more science and math courses now compared with 1990, according to the new Condition of Education report.
"What motivates researchers to spend their lives pursuing answers to difficult questions? For some, it’s the thrill of discovery. For others, it’s the collaborations they form along the way. This 60-second video series provides a window into the work of HMS faculty, highlighting the people behind discoveries that are shaping biomedicine. Researchers explain what they do, why they love it and why it matters."
Richard Byrne reviews ten sources for video about science.
The blog post notes that the principles/best practices doc is a “work in progress” and feedback is welcome.
Direct to Full Text: Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly PublishingContains 16 Principles of TransparencyReleased on December 19, 2013.
See Also: OASPA’s second statement following the article in Science entitled “Who’s Afraid of Peer Review?” (November 11, 2013)
See Also: OASPA’s response to the recent article in Science entitled “Who’s Afraid of Peer Review?” (October 4, 2013)
Richard Byrne writes: "One of my former colleagues always seemed to have his physics students in the hallway, in the stairwells, or outside for various physics demonstrations. His students always seemed to be having fun. I was a little jealous that he hadn't been my physics teacher too. He showed students that physics was fun. The following games might not be as fun as hands-on demos, but they could still be good for getting students interested in various physics concepts."
Sorry, Chem teachers, I'm a little late with this one--apparently Mole day was October 23rd... but to make up for it, my favorite cybrarian has some web resources to share with you.
Richard Byrne reviews free apps: Bill Nye The Science Guy, goREACT, Powers of Minus Ten: Bone, Virtual Heart, 3D Brain, Essential Skeleton, and Solve the Outbreak.
International Cephalopod Awareness Days (ICAD) are upon us. From October 8-12 (of any year), spend some time celebrating "the most intelligent invertebrates in the world"
Happy Friday! (And you wonder why I bother with Twitter--see what we would have missed? This was shared by author Margaret E. Atwood)
"Scholarly article" just doesn't mean what it used to mean (or maybe we have been too trusting all along). In China, a combination of pressure to publish and earn national prestige along with financial incentives has created a market for fraud.
The Darwin Correspondence Project has concluded a study of Darwin's letters to women and created a short film about their findings, which Dr. Philippa Hardman summarized by stating: “Darwin was no feminist, but our research has shown that his views on gender were a lot more complex than has been acknowledged in the past."
Meet some high school and college students who have taken stands on issues connected to science education.
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute contends that the Next Generation Science Standards fail to adequately align with the common-core math standards.
Even though only one state has adopted the standards, some teachers have already scrapped old lessons and instructional styles to embrace new ones.
PD opportunities for science teachers this summer from the Personal Genetics Education Project at Harvard Medical School (not all the work will be happening in Boston however).
This content is brought to you by IBM. http://youtu.be/oSCX78-8-q0
"To get a sense of how powerful (and small) atoms are, here’s a chance to see what they look like in the above stop motion animation. Shot through a scanning tunneling microscope, the video above magnifies atoms 100 million times. Take a look to see atoms in action in the world’s smallest movie, A Boy and His Atom."
Don't miss the accompanying video, Moving Atoms: Making the World's Smallest Movie : http://youtu.be/xA4QWwaweWA