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Richard Feynman on Good, Evil, and the Zen of Science, Plus His Prose Poem for the Glory of Evolution

Richard Feynman on Good, Evil, and the Zen of Science, Plus His Prose Poem for the Glory of Evolution | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
"I . . . a universe of atoms . . . an atom in the universe."
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A March Madness Bracket That’s Fun For Science Class

A March Madness Bracket That’s Fun For Science Class | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
It's March Mammal Madness, a bracket with real animals facing off in fictional battles. Hundreds of science classes are playing in schools around the country.
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In memory of Vera Rubin, the woman the Nobel Prize forgot

In memory of Vera Rubin, the woman the Nobel Prize forgot | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
"I live and work under three basic assumptions," Rubin once wrote. "One: There is no problem in science that can be solved by a man that cannot be solved by a woman. Two: Worldwide, half of all brains are in women. Three: We all need permission to do science, but, for reasons that are deeply ingrained in history, this permission is more often given to men than to women."
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January 2017 Maine Science Festival partner events | Maine Science Festival

January 2017 Maine Science Festival partner events | Maine Science Festival | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Science doesn’t stop in Maine. Our partners have a number of public science events this January.  See what’s happening near you and remember that #scienceiseverywhere. 

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OpenEd Adds Thousands of New Science Resources

OpenEd Adds Thousands of New Science Resources | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
OpenEd offers a massive library of free educational games, videos, practice assessments, and tutorials. This week they expanded their catalog by adding more than 1,000 new resources aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. These resources come from notable content producers including SciShow, CrashCourse, and Minute Physics all of which have been featured many times on FreeTech4Teachers.com.
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TIMSS: A Closer Look at Gender Gaps in Math and Science

TIMSS: A Closer Look at Gender Gaps in Math and Science | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Gender gaps are closing worldwide, but the devil is in the details for the United States.
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In science, students in Maine outshine national average - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

In science, students in Maine outshine national average - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The latest National Assessment of Educational Progress data examines fourth- and eighth-graders on knowledge of several fields of science.
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The 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry - Press Release

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry - Press Release | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
They developed the world's smallest machines
A tiny lift, artificial muscles and miniscule motors. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016 is awarded to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa for their design and production of molecular machines. They have developed molecules with controllable movements, which can perform a task when energy is added.
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How to follow Rosetta’s grand finale

How to follow Rosetta’s grand finale | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
28 September 2016
Rosetta is set to complete its historic mission in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet on 30 September, with the end of mission confirmation predicted to be within 20 minutes of 11:20 GMT (13:20 CEST).

Details of how, when and where to follow the key moments online, starting with a review of the mission’s impressive haul of science highlights on 29 September, can be found below
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'Climate science isn’t up for debate, but teachers still shy away from the facts in class'

'Climate science isn’t up for debate, but teachers still shy away from the facts in class' | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"While many teachers cover climate change, they tend to downplay the confidence of the science and the urgency of the issue. We know this thanks to a national survey of science teachers which my colleagues and I at the National Center for Science Education conducted with the Penn State Survey Research Center."

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Teens Like Science, Not Science Class, Study Finds - Curriculum Matters - Education Week

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Portland schools tried to change how they teach climate change — and ignited a firestorm

Portland schools tried to change how they teach climate change — and ignited a firestorm | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
How the fight to change the way Portland Public Schools teach climate change became portrayed as a book ban.
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How Poor Science Education in Kindergarten Harms Kids

How Poor Science Education in Kindergarten Harms Kids | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A majority of low-income and minority kindergarteners come in with poor general science knowledge—and closing that gap may be crucial for ensuring academic success later on.
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In the Classroom: Why Kids Copy their Research Sources, and How to Break the Habit

In the Classroom: Why Kids Copy their Research Sources, and How to Break the Habit | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Why do students copy rather than expressing ideas and information in their own words? Because they haven’t taken the time to analyze and synthesize the material they’ve collected so that they can make their own meaning. "

See also: http://celebratescience.blogspot.com/2017/03/nonfiction-pre-writing-authentic-example.html

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A political organization that doubts climate science is sending this book to 200,000 teachers

A political organization that doubts climate science is sending this book to 200,000 teachers | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The book, created by the Heartland Institute, will be sent out until every science teacher in the U.S. has a copy, PBS Frontline reports.
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The Periodic Table of Elements Scaled to Show The Elements’ Actual Abundance on Earth

The Periodic Table of Elements Scaled to Show The Elements’ Actual Abundance on Earth | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

When you learned about The Periodic Table of Elements in high school, it probably didn't look like this. Above, we have a different way of visualizing the elements. 

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Longreads Best of 2016: Science Writing

Longreads Best of 2016: Science Writing | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
We asked a few writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year in various categories. Here, the best in science writing.
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The Greatest Science Books of 2016

The Greatest Science Books of 2016 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
From the sound of spacetime to time travel to the microbiome, by way of polar bears, dogs, and trees.
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National Science Test Scores Are Out, But What Do They Really Tell Us?

National Science Test Scores Are Out, But What Do They Really Tell Us? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, is called The Nation's Report Card for good reason; the tests are administered the same way year after year, using the same kind of test booklets, to students across the country.
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The Art of Teaching Math and Science | Quanta Magazine

The Art of Teaching Math and Science |  Quanta Magazine | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The impasse in math and science instruction runs deeper than test scores or the latest educational theory. What can we learn from the best teachers on the front lines?

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British trio win Nobel prize in physics 2016 for work on exotic states of matter

British trio win Nobel prize in physics 2016 for work on exotic states of matter | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Prize to be shared by physicists for work on exotic states of matter – follow all the news and reaction live.


Read the article about the three winning scientists here:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/oct/04/david-thouless-duncan-haldane-and-michael-kosterlitz-win-nobel-prize-in-physics

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Measuring Scientific Impact Beyond Citation Counts

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The measurement of scientific progress remains a significant challenge exasperated by the use of multiple different types of metrics that are often incorrectly used, overused, or even explicitly abused. Several metrics such as h-index or journal impact factor (JIF) are often used as a means to assess whether an author, article, or journal creates an "impact" on science. Unfortunately, external forces can be used to manipulate these metrics thereby diluting the value of their intended, original purpose. This work highlights these issues and the need to more clearly define "impact" as well as emphasize the need for better metrics that leverage full content analysis of publications.
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Here's What We Know About the Next Generation Science Standards Tests - Curriculum Matters - Education Week

Here's What We Know About the Next Generation Science Standards Tests - Curriculum Matters - Education Week | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, and many plan to officially start testing students on those standards in the spring of 2018. 

But the tests are, for the most part, still in early development phases. And the question on many educators' minds is: What will the final tests look like?
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Teens Like Science, Not Science Class, Study Finds

Teens Like Science, Not Science Class, Study Finds | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The study finds that teenagers prefer learning about science through hands-on labs.
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Teens do better in science when they know Einstein and Curie also struggled

Teens do better in science when they know Einstein and Curie also struggled | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Apparently learning that science does not always come naturally—even to geniuses—helps children succeed. Students who learned that great scientists struggled, both personally and intellectually, outperformed those who learned only of the scientists’ great achievements, new research shows. Ninth- and 10th-grade students in low-performing New York City schools who read about Albert Einstein’s struggles, including multiple school changes...
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