Science: resources for South African teachers
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From black holes to the physics of footballs...good stuff from the Net to use in your class, courtesy of the Reeler Centre at Pinelands High School  (If you would like to receive a weekly newsletter of the latest items in this Scoop just mail me at avanzyl@phs.org.za)
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What Happens When Students Design Their Own Assessments? I Edweek

What Happens When Students Design Their Own Assessments? I Edweek | Science: resources for South African teachers | Scoop.it

24 May 2017

With classmates, parents, teachers, and even the Roanoke County schools superintendent standing before him, high school senior Bubba Smith took a deep breath and set the two-story Rube Goldberg machine into motion.

The contraption, which performed a series of complicated actions to lift a banner, was part of Bubba's fourth-quarter grade for his AP Physics class. Students in physics and the AP Calculus class worked on the machine for nine weeks and then presented it during Hidden Valley High School's end-of-year exhibition of students' projects, most of which they designed themselves.

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Mayim Bialik: "Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular" | Talks at Google

Published on May 16, 2017
Actress, author, and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik discusses her new book "Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular". Mayim Bialik, star of The Big Bang Theory, puts her Ph.D. to work as she talks to teens about the science of growing up and getting ahead. A must-have book for all teenage girls. Growing up as a girl in today’s world is no easy task. Juggling family, friends, romantic relationships, social interests and school…sometimes it feels like you might need to be a superhero to get through it all! But really, all you need is little information.

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Speech to Laser to Sound I Inside Science

Published on May 12, 2017
Noise. Our world is full of it, from a feisty family dinner to the bustling sounds of the big city. To people who are hard of hearing, the rich audio tapestry of urban life can be more of a barrier -- a bombarding barrage of babble that drowns out the sounds they actually want to hear. Now scientists hope high tech lasers will one day alleviate this decibel dilemma.

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Stretchable, flexible, ultra-thin batteries made with zinc – Imprint Energy I National Science Foundation

Published on May 4, 2017
The rapidly growing portable electronics industry means huge demand for affordable, durable batteries that pack more energy. Imprint Energy, a small business funded by the National Science Foundation, is pioneering a new way to manufacture ultra-thin, flexible, high-density batteries.

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Chernobyl's Massive Radiation Shield Is Preventing Nuclear Fallout I Seeker

Published on Apr 6, 2017
The damaged Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant still holds 200 tons of nuclear fuel and if it were to leak into the atmosphere, the consequences would be catastrophic. So the world came together to find a way to seal the radiation and the result is a megastructure like we've never seen before.

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Made in Space: 3-D Printing Could Change the Way Astronauts Travel | Short Film Showcase

Published on May 3, 2017
What happens when something breaks aboard the International Space Station? In the past, spare parts had to be sent on resupply missions, which were expensive and time-consuming. Former NASA intern Jason Dunn saw a better option and founded Made in Space.

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Around the World on Sun Power I National Geographic

Published on Apr 24, 2017
In 2016, Solar Impulse became the first aircraft to navigate around the world on clean solar energy. Hosted by Jason Silva, Origins: The Journey of Humankind rewinds all the way back to the beginning and traces the innovations that made us modern.

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6 of the Longest Experiments Ever I Scishow

Published on May 3, 2017
From the bell that hasn't stopped ringing, to observing evolution in action, SciShow presents 6 of the Longest Experiments Ever.

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Quantum computers: Computing the impossible I Nature

Published on Mar 22, 2017
Quantum computers could crack problems that are impossible for conventional computers. But first researchers have to build one that's big enough to be useful. This animation looks at the challenges and rewards of creating a quantum computer.

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Beating Nature at Its Own Game I thegatesnotes

Published on Mar 14, 2017
Bill Gates met with Nate Lewis, a Caltech professor who hopes to turn sunlight into fuel to power our cars, trains, and airplanes.

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The Disaster That Changed Engineering: The Hyatt Regency Collapse

Published on Mar 13, 2017
The Hyatt Regency Hotel collapse was a disaster that changed engineering: it's taught in colleges and universities as a way to make it clear: you check and double-check everything. Something that seems like a subtle change can cause a catastrophic failure if it's not thoroughly checked first!

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SpaceX Is Sending People to the Moon! I SciShow

Published on Mar 10, 2017
SpaceX is spearheading space travel for consumers and one day hopes to take people to the moon!

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Hanging With the Spider-Man of the Science Department I Great Big Story

Published on Mar 9, 2017
Like most superheroes, Moises Vazquez prefers to keep his identity hidden—however, unlike most other costumed crusaders, you can find Vazquez in the front of a classroom. The 27-year-old, who dresses up as Spider-Man for his classes, teaches science at the Autonomous University in Mexico City.

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Smashing view: Even a hammer can't break this glass I Science Magazine

Published on May 16, 2017
Why a hammer won’t break this unusual piece of glass. Physicists shatter the secrets of Prince Rupert’s drops.

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We Found Another State of Matter: The Supersolid! I Seeker

Published on May 13, 2017
Scientists have created, yet another state of matter called a supersolid! But what is it, and what does it do?

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Could the neutrino hold the answers to some of the universe’s big questions? I Hailey Reissman

Could the neutrino hold the answers to some of the universe’s big questions? I Hailey Reissman | Science: resources for South African teachers | Scoop.it

5 May 2017

The neutrino has been called “the ghost particle,” due to its otherworldly ability to pass through solid objects, including you and me. Researchers in Antarctica are trying to catch them, hoping they might reveal the most energetic areas of the universe.

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How we explore unanswered questions in physics | James Beacham I TED Talk

Published on Jan 20, 2017
James Beacham looks for answers to the most important open questions of physics using the biggest science experiment ever mounted, CERN's Large Hadron Collider. In this fun and accessible talk about how science happens, Beacham takes us on a journey through extra-spatial dimensions in search of undiscovered fundamental particles (and an explanation for the mysteries of gravity) and details the drive to keep exploring.

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Why Can't You Use Your Phone on a Plane? I SciShow

Published on Apr 25, 2017
Whether you've got the latest iPhone or the same flip phone you've had since 2002, you're still asked to turn off your device before take off. Why is that?

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Graphene Could Solve the World's Water Crisis I Seeker

Published on Apr 29, 2017
Turning saltwater into clean drinking water is an expensive, energy-intensive process, but could the wonder material graphene make it more accessible?

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Adam Savage: The Enemy of Science is Bias I Tested

Published on Apr 27, 2017
Adam Savage's full speech from the San Francisco March for Science on April 22, 2017.

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Time Is But a Stubborn Illusion - Sneak Peek | Genius

Published on Mar 24, 2017
Watch an exclusive sneak peek from the first episode of Genius, starring Geoffrey Rush as the older Einstein and Johnny Flynn as the younger.

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A Plastic That Conducts Electricity? I SciShow

Published on Mar 20, 2017
Plastics usually stop electricity in its tracks, but scientists have figured out a way to keep the electrons flowing.

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We Could Back Up The Entire Internet On A Gram Of DNA I Seeker

Published on Mar 15, 2017
Nature's code for life is stored in DNA, but what if we could code anything we wanted into DNA? Scientists are figuring out how.

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The Weak Nuclear Force: Through the looking glass I Fermilab

Published on Mar 10, 2017
Of all of the known subatomic forces, the weak force is in many ways unique. One particularly interesting facet is that the force differentiates between a particle that is rotating clockwise and counterclockwise. In this video, Fermilab’s Dr. Don Lincoln describes this unusual property and introduces some of the historical figures who played a role in working it all out.

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See How These Artists Got Fireflies To Flash On Command I Science Channel

Published on Mar 12, 2017
These fireflies are playing along to the beat, thanks to some clever nature hacking!

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