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Nanotechnology Day & Everyday Uses of Nanotechnology – In C&EN

Nanotechnology Day & Everyday Uses of Nanotechnology – In C&EN | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

October 9 wasNational Nanotechnology Day in the US, as it’s 10/9 in the American date format (and one nanometre is 10–9 metres). This month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in C&EN ta…

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Scientists Are Creating Micro Fuel Cells for Our Shrinking Technology

Scientists Are Creating Micro Fuel Cells for Our Shrinking Technology | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Researchers developed a method of transferring an energy source to virtually any shape using direct laser writing.

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THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*'s curator insight, October 18, 2016 10:52 AM

"And so begins a new age in energy storage..."

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Sun, Moon and Earth Align for Stunning Supermoon Finale to 2016 (PHOTOS)

Sun, Moon and Earth Align for Stunning Supermoon Finale to 2016 (PHOTOS) | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
November’s date is expected to reach “extra-supermoon” status as it becomes a full moon within about two hours of perigee, making it the closest full moon of the 21st century.


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A Fun Answer to the Perennial Question: How Are Pencils Made?

A Fun Answer to the Perennial Question: How Are Pencils Made? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The classroom writing implement has roots in exploding stars, the French Revolution, the British crown jewels and Walden Pond.
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10 Articles on Using Tech to Teach Math via AskaTechTeacher

10 Articles on Using Tech to Teach Math via AskaTechTeacher | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Here are ten of the top Math-and-tech tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: C-STEM Studio — A Great Way to Blend Math and Robotics 10 Tech Tools for Your Math Class Zap Zap Math–Clever, Rob…

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Finding needles in chemical haystacks

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A team of chemists including Daniel Weix from the University of Rochester has developed a process for identifying new catalysts that will help synthesize drugs more efficiently and more cheaply. The trick was to do something that has not been attempted before, to examine libraries of drugs to find the cure for bad chemistry: new catalysts.

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Scientists Grow Full-Sized, Beating Human Hearts From Stem Cells

Scientists Grow Full-Sized, Beating Human Hearts From Stem Cells | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Of the 4,000 Americans waiting for heart transplants, only 2,500 will receive new hearts in the next year. Even for those lucky enough to get a transplant, the biggest risk is the their bodies will reject the new heart and launch a massive immune reaction against the foreign cells. To combat the problems of organ shortage and decrease the chance that a patient’s body will reject it, researchers have been working to create synthetic organs from patients’ own cells. Now a team of scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School has gotten one step closer, using adult skin cells to regenerate functional human heart tissue, according to a study published recently in the journal Circulation Research.

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This good news comes with a pretty big risk.

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National Geographic Education

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National Geographic Education brings geography, social studies and science to life. Using real-world examples and National Geographic's rich media, educators, families, and students learn about the world and the people in it.
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What All-Girls Schools Are Like Today

What All-Girls Schools Are Like Today | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
They’re focusing on STEM in an effort to close the achievement gap.
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Astronomers observe a supergiant fast X-ray transient prototype

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(Phys.org)—A team of astronomers led by Enrico Bozzo of the University of Geneva, Switzerland, has recently studied a prototype of a supergiant fast x-ray transient (SFXT), designated IGR J17544-2619. The researchers investigated its spectral variability during outburst and quiescence, as this source exhibits one of the most extreme levels of X-ray variability among other objects in the same class. The findings were presented in a paper published Oct. 9 on arXiv.org.

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What's the tallest mountain on Earth?

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"Mount Everest is usually said to be the highest mountain on Earth. Reaching 29,035 feet at its summit, Everest is indeed the highest point above global mean sea level—the average level for the ocean surface from which elevations are measured. But the summit of Mt. Everest is not the farthest point from Earth’s center.

Earth is not a perfect sphere, but is a bit thicker at the Equator due to the centrifugal force created by the planet’s constant rotation. Because of this, the highest point above Earth’s center is the peak of Ecuador’s Mount Chimborazo, located just one degree south of the Equator where Earth’s bulge is greatest. The summit of Chimborazo is 20,564 feet above sea level. However, due to the Earth’s bulge, the summit of Chimborazo is over 6,560 feet farther from the center of the Earth than Everest’s peak. That makes Chimborazo the closest point on Earth to the stars.  

You may be surprised to learn that Everest is not the tallest mountain on Earth, either. That honor belongs to Mauna Kea, a volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. Mauna Kea originates deep beneath the Pacific Ocean, and rises more than 32,800 feet from base to peak."


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I've tried to answer this question without any visual aids and there is always at least one confused look in the class.  This infographic is the most straightforward way to give the 'long' answer to a seemingly simple question, "what is the tallest mountain on Earth?"  It all depends on how you measure it and what your reference point is.   

 

Tags: physicalEcuador, Nepal.

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Bill Nye: What One Person Can Do to Save the World

Bill Nye: What One Person Can Do to Save the World | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
This week, Bill Nye dishes out some warm and fuzzy feelings (served on a bed of seriousness) through a kind and inspiring response to Victoria, a middle school student from Washington state who is looking for some clues about how to counteract climate change, and make an individual stride towards a better world.

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THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*'s curator insight, October 12, 2016 2:11 PM

You are the key to the future, my friend.

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Free Physics Games - Play on your Interactive Whiteboard

Free Physics Games - Play on your Interactive Whiteboard | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Play our FREE windows10 GCSE Physics games in class on your Interactive Whiteboard! Get your students competing to learn - in class and at home
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Math Playground - Hundreds of Math Games & Instructional Videos @rmbyrne

Math Playground - Hundreds of Math Games & Instructional Videos @rmbyrne | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Math Playground is a great website containing hundreds of mathematics games appropriate for K-8 students. I first reviewed the site back in 2008. Whenever I have returned to it since then, more games and other helpful features have been added to it.

Math Playground offers a huge variety of math games for students. You can locate games according to suggested grade level, by topic, or by question type. Students who need a refresher on a skill, can probably find one in Math Playground's video library. Math Playground's video library offers more than 100 instructional videos organized according to topic. To the right side of each video students will see some suggested games aligned to the topic covered in the instructional video.

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Thinking About Mars - Food , Space Science

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Always an interest. How will people have food on Mars.
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Virtuali-Tee: The Ultimate Way to Learn About the Body!

Curiscope is raising funds for Virtuali-Tee: The Ultimate Way to Learn About the Body! on Kickstarter!

Kids switch on when you bring a subject to life. For just the price of a t-shirt, teach your kids about the anatomy.

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STEAM Games, Apps, and Sites

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When their forces combine, science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) are a super group of essential subjects that lead to long-lasting learning. Using an interdisciplinary STEAM approach in the classroom increases critical thinking, broadens perspectives, and reduce

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STEAM, combining science, technology, art, engineering, and math, great idea.

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How Game Makers Are Struggling to Make VR Fun

How Game Makers Are Struggling to Make VR Fun | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
It's the Wild West in the world of virtual reality and game makers are writing and scrapping rules in real time.
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Chesapeake Bay has its own king crab: Giant blue is caught in Harford County

Chesapeake Bay has its own king crab: Giant blue is caught in Harford County | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The crustacean, caught (and released) last month, had a shell that measured eight inches across and a claw span of 18 inches.
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The stars that hid themselves away

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Astronomers have spotted ancient stars hiding at the centre of the Milky Way
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Anatoli Petrovich Bugorski, The Man Who Put His Head ...

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On July 13, 1978, Russian scientist Anatoli Petrovich Bugorski put his head directly into the path of a proton beam in the particle accelerator Synchrotron U-70.


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Tinkercad | Create 3D digital designs with online CAD

Tinkercad | Create 3D digital designs with online CAD | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Tinkercad is an easy-to-use 3D CAD design tool. Quickly turn your idea into a CAD model for a 3D printer with Tinkercad.
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Boeing Grants Aim to Beef up STEM Ed in Washington -- THE Journal

Boeing Grants Aim to Beef up STEM Ed in Washington -- THE Journal | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Three Washington state universities have been the recent recipients of new grants from Boeing for STEM initiatives.

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Aviation Explorers looks to help students pursue careers in flight

Aviation Explorers looks to help students pursue careers in flight | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A team that includes the Pearson Field Education Center, county school districts and a Vancouver flight center will give students interested in aviation ca

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