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NASA's New Moon Probe Enters Lunar Orbit

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After a month-long journey, the LADEE spacecraft — designed to probe the moon's thin atmosphere and lunar dust — entered the moon's orbit Sunday.
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STEM and Writing: A Super Combination - Edutopia

STEM and Writing: A Super Combination - Edutopia | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"I brought a superhero into my classroom the other day. He wasn't wearing a cape. He didn't have an alias. But he had the greatest superpower of all: inspiration.

When you teach using project-based learning (PBL), one brings outside expertise into the classroom. My eighth graders begin the year creating science fiction based origin stories for original superhero characters as an introduction to a greater advocacy unit. Therefore, it seemed natural to bring in an actual scientist. Which brought me to CalTech and Dr. Spyridon Michalakis."


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Chris Carter's curator insight, April 4, 8:23 PM
Using varied modalities for reflection and processing is an excellent practice.
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Top Posts on Google Maps, MyMaps and Earth from Free Technology for Teachers

Top Posts on Google Maps, MyMaps and Earth from Free Technology for Teachers | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Google Maps ,  Google Earth , and Google My Maps are three of my favorite tools to use in the classroom. They allow us to see the worl

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Dani Rivera's curator insight, October 22, 9:29 PM
Now, we focus more on finding out different platforms since we know learners are used to the common ones. We want to be interactive and innovative for them, but at the same time we want to have a rationale in all activities we perform. And google is a franchise very interactive. For instance, the article shows how using google maps in the classroom (for social subjects) can have a rationale but even for us language teachers is interesting since with methdologies like CLIL we can integrate different and important topics in the classroom.
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Bouncing Smoke Bubbles (Boo Bubbles) | Science Experiments | Steve Spangler Science

Bouncing Smoke Bubbles (Boo Bubbles) | Science Experiments | Steve Spangler Science | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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What lies beneath: 'Monster' plankton discovered in Arctic ice (PHOTO)

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A new species that has been dubbed a hidden ‘monster’ of the plankton world has been found lurking under Arctic sea ice in Canada.
The fortuitous discovery of the eight-legged creature – which freakishly only has one eye, no mouth and two hairy antennae – was made by a University of Manitoba student in 2014.


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Liquid metal discovery ushers in new wave of chemistry and electronics

Liquid metal discovery ushers in new wave of chemistry and electronics | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have used liquid metal to create two-dimensional materials no thicker than a few atoms that have never before been seen in nature.

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Visual Math Program | Math Learning Games | ST Math

Visual Math Program | Math Learning Games | ST Math | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
ST Math is a visual math program that builds a deep conceptual understanding of math through rigorous learning and creative problem solving.
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Man-eating bears ‘besieging’ Siberian villages – official

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Large bears have killed two people in Russia already this fall with a lack of food, making the animals increasingly aggressive and dangerous.
Authorities in the country’s far-east have had to shoot 83 bears as a result – a three-fold increase on previous years.Two men, a hunter and a fisherman, died in September following bear attacks on Sakhalin, a large forest-covered island off Russia’s east coast. The bears have also reportedly attacked dogs cattle and other animals.A local forestry worker, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told AFP that a lack of fish, berries and nuts are forcing the bears to seek out an alternative food source, putting them into contact with humans.

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ThePlanetaryArchives/San Francisco CA's curator insight, October 17, 1:13 PM

"Some days you eat the bear;

some days the bear eats you....."

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Opinion | Beyond the GPS, Mapping Every Place, Everywhere

Opinion | Beyond the GPS, Mapping Every Place, Everywhere | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A three-word answer to the global question, ‘Where are you?’
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Turning Carbon Dioxide into Useful Plastics

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This week (31 Oct – 6 Nov) is #RealTimeChem Week – if you’re a tweeting chemist or chemistry enthusiast, you’ll probably know what that is already, but if you’re not familiar with it check out the …
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Scientists detect gravitational waves from a new kind of nova, sparking a new era in astronomy

Scientists detect gravitational waves from a new kind of nova, sparking a new era in astronomy | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
For the first time, scientists observed a cosmic phenomenon using both gravitational wave detectors and traditional telescopes, starting a new kind of astrophysics.
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The People's Geography Project

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Teresa Morante Arona's curator insight, October 14, 12:58 PM
This website is a group which is organized and lead by Don Mitchell with the University of Syracuse New York.  The aim of The People's Geography Project is to connect the population to the complex geographies of everyday life.  The PGP uses the geography of public space as a radical approach to understanding social and geopolitical theories. Using space as a platform for the public to discuss issues such as globalization and capitalism that effect their everyday life.  Some of their past projects include: the Syracuse Hunger Project, and People's Geography of the U.S.

Without Public Space, Don Mitchell argues that communities cannot interact and stand up for issues that surround their everyday life.  This group allows for communities within the Syracuse New York area discuss, socialize, and understand "how power is organized and exercised within and across all places and spaces (Mitchell, D., 2017. The People's Geography Project. Retrieved from: http://www.peoplesgeographyproject.org.) 

Public space is at par with social freedom, without public space, we as society are hindered by the capitalistic society in which we live. 
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Making Math Second Nature

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ST Math can help educators activate students’ perception-action cycle to build math automaticity.
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Attribution of Extreme Weather Events in the Context of Climate Change

Attribution of Extreme Weather Events in the Context of Climate Change | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Download a PDF of "Attribution of Extreme Weather Events in the Context of Climate Change" by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for free.
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New Research Compendium Addresses Productivity & Transformation When Applying Technology in Learning Math - Digital Promise

New Research Compendium Addresses Productivity & Transformation When Applying Technology in Learning Math - Digital Promise | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Recently, the 60,000-member National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) released a new “Research Compendium,” a handbook with 38 chapters, each summarizing the best research on an important aspect of teaching and learning mathematics. For the past three years, I was honored to work on the team that developed the chapter on “Technology for Mathematics Learning.” The aspects addressed in other chapters included summaries of how students learn specific mathematics content and practices, research on teaching, and much more. Writing the technology chapter gave my team the opportunity (and challenge) to comprehensively organize the vast research knowledge about technology in learning mathematics. So what did we discover?

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5 Ways to Help Numbers Come Alive

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Dr. Rebecca Klemm, "The Numbers Lady," talks about the concepts and tips for teaching math from kindergarten to college. An essential for math educators.

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Combining Inquiry and PBL: 3 Guidelines for Success

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Engaging in inquiry does not mean logging hours in the library or on the computer searching for information. Especially with elementary students, inquiry happens in a variety of settings and experiences. As John Larmer, Editor in Chief of the Buck Institute, points out: “Students can find answers to their questions from many sources, including readings, but also experts, experiments, and field work.”


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The Best Science Sites Of 2017 – Part Two

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  Time for another end-of-year “Best” list. I’m adding this post to All 2017 “Best” Lists – In One Place! You might also be interested in: The Best Science Sites Of 2017 – So Far The Best Scie…

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More efficient separation of methane and CO2

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To make natural gas and biogas suitable for use, the methane has to be separated from the CO2. This involves the use of membranes, filters that stop the methane and allow the CO2 to pass through. Researchers at KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium, have developed a new membrane that makes the separation process much more effective.

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Ripples of Gravity, Flashes of Light

More Info: http://www.caltech.edu/news/ligo-and-virgo-make-first-detection-gravitational-waves-produced-colliding-neutron-stars-80082 On Aug. 17, 2017, th

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Squishy Circuits | Play・Invent・Learn

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Squishy Circuits uses conductive and insulating play dough to teach the basics of electrical circuits in a fun, hands-on way. Let your creations come to life as you light them up with LEDs, make noises with buzzers, and spin with the motor.

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Lee Hall's curator insight, July 13, 1:45 PM
Make circuits using play dough or modeling clay. 
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The Chemical Elements of a Smartphone

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There are an isolated few graphics online that look at elements involved in the manufacture of a smartphone – for example, this ‘Periodic Table of iPhones’ – but there’…
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The Chemistry of Pumpkins – in C&EN

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With a week to go until Halloween, it’s time to get carving pumpkins! Before you do, check out this graphic on the chemistry of pumpkins I made for C&EN last year (you can view the full g…
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The Three Pillars of Sustainability

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Teresa Morante Arona's curator insight, October 12, 7:52 PM
The three pillars of sustainability is a speculative way of observing whether an action, feature, or problem is sustainable. Public space has many benefits, socially: spaces such as squares, and parks enable the population to gather, share, and grow with each other, heightening social capital.  Environmentally, green space provides ecosystem services that house many city species that cannot thrive in dense city environments, as well as providing permeable substances for water runoff, and has a cooling effect on the urban heat island.  Economically, public space, such as the High Line in New York City create revenue for the city, such as higher rents and increased housings costs for desired locations closer to public spaces such as urban nature. 
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INFOGRAPHIC: Why urban forests are essential to successful cities

INFOGRAPHIC: Why urban forests are essential to successful cities | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Jarrimber's infographic details the many advantages of urban forestry and why restoring and expanding the forests in our cities should be a major priority.

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Teresa Morante Arona's curator insight, October 17, 8:32 PM
This infographic depicts a plethora benefits to urban forests and their incorporation in cityscapes. The benefits include: air purification, water management, reduction of energy consumption, human experience, and climate change mitigation. 

However, the loss and degradation of urban forests are at risk when public space is sold to private corporations for development purposes.  If private corporations are allowed to do whatever they want to the area of space purchased, how can cities ensure that their urban forests are protected? 

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Real Animals That Men Made Them Extinct

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It is believed that Steller’s Sea Cows, which grew to at least 8-9 meters and weighed around 8-10 tons, inhabited the Near Islands, southwest of Alaska and the Commander Islands in the Bering Sea. The mammal was tame and spent most of its time eating kelp; this, and the fact that it was unable to submerge its enormous body, is possibly what made it vulnerable to human hunters. Within 27 years of discovery by Europeans, Steller’s Sea Cow was hunted to extinction.


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Viruses Can Get Sick

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Viruses are weird. They swim around, and reproduce, and act as parasites on any unlucky animal who happens to pick them up. But still, they're so dependent on their hosts that some biologists think they don't get to count as living beings on their own — more like random pieces of genetic coding that get in the way of the body's normal function. But the discovery of a virus infecting another virus has scientists questioning that belief.

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This honestly sounds like a nightmare.