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We bring the excavations to you! Follow online as ancient civilizations are unearthed. Get full access to frequently updated field notes, Q&A with archaeologists, personal journals, and more!
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Science, technology, engineering and math in K-12
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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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Using varied modalities for reflection and processing is an excellent practice.
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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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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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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

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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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Kids Design The House Of The Future, And It’s Chilling

Kids Design The House Of The Future, And It’s Chilling | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Whimsical tree houses . . . and war-proof bunkers.

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Skype a Scientist

Do you ever wonder what it’s like being a scientist?

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Websites for Math Teachers curated by educators' technology

Websites for Math Teachers curated by educators' technology | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Migrating Birds Are Running Out of Water

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WATER MANAGEMENT IN the West can often seem to pit people against wildlife, but it doesn’t have to, according to a recent report by the National Audubon Society. The report highlights how drying saline lakes in the West and changing riparian habitat along the Colorado River are impacting migrating birds. But the two habitats also share a vulnerability to climate change and water management. The demand for water from growing metropolitan areas, like Salt Lake City, is often at the expense of these habitats and wildlife.

But David O’Neill, Audubon’s chief conservation officer, says that doesn’t have to be the case. In the report, Audubon highlights areas where environmentalists are working with policymakers, water managers and farmers to supply both birds and people in the West with enough water.

Saline lakes and riparian habitat on the Colorado both provide invaluable habitat for birds flying from Canada to Latin America and back every year.

Saline lakes, like the Great Salt Lake or the Salton Sea, provide valuable food and resting spots for shore birds, such as American avocets, while riparian shrubs and willows on the Colorado River provide food and shelter for vireos, warblers, flycatchers and more.

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Visual Math Program | Math Learning Games | ST Math

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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

Man-eating bears ‘besieging’ Siberian villages – official | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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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"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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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

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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 project allows web users to explore 3-D vertebrate specimens from inside out

New project allows web users to explore 3-D vertebrate specimens from inside out | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant will launch a new initiative to “teleport” specimens from museum shelves to the internet by CT scanning 20,000 vertebrates and making these data-ric…

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The next supercontinent: Four ways Earth could reshape itself

The next supercontinent: Four ways Earth could reshape itself | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Plate tectonics is a slow-grind drama with some dramatic plot twists – these scenarios show how Earth might look in 250 million AD
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New experiments and simulations reveal molecular interactions in extreme phases of water ice

New experiments and simulations reveal molecular interactions in extreme phases of water ice | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Water is everywhere. But it's not the same everywhere. When frozen under extreme pressures and temperatures, ice takes on a range of complex crystalline structures.


Many of the properties and behaviors of these exotic ices remain mysterious, but a team of researchers recently provided new understanding. They analyzed how water molecules interact with one another in three types of ice and found the interactions depended strongly on the orientation of the molecules and the overall structure of the ice. The researchers describe their results in The Journal of Chemical Physics.


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Studying entropy in metallic glasses

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A team led by Caltech recently solved a decades-old materials science mystery by tracking down the origin of entropy in metallic glasses.

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Monarch butterflies disappearing from western North America : Indybay

Migratory monarchs in the west could disappear in the next few decades if steps aren’t taken to recover the population, Schultz said.

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