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14 November 2011

Are You What’s Wrong With The World??

The left was easy, (one of my science heroes) but I’ve never seen the girl on the right in my life. I guess I am NOT what’s wrong with the World! Have not been able to find who made this…

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18 September 2011

Weekend Digest- Hadrons and Asteroids

With all the talk of the hunt for the increasingly elusive Higgs Boson, I ran across a great info graphic that makes some sense of the Standard Model. Click the image to make it much bigger and save it for future reference. It was produced by the Contemporary Physics Education Project and would make a great wall poster in classrooms. I’ve mentioned courses by the Teaching Company before and they …

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14 September 2011

Educating The Educators

This is part two of a guest post from retired professor John Annexstad about education. Part one is here. In my last (post) I related the advances in education that the country of Finland is enjoying. I also noted that a columnist, Eggers, from the Bemidji Pioneer has suggested that we remove grading from our schools. It is interesting to note that Finland does require testing but they do not …

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7 September 2011

The Latest and Best Symphony of Science

  If I try to show my wife even the most basic equation her eyes glaze over, but she loves this. So do I. For Americans, the long-haired dude is Brian Cox formerly of a British rock band who did the best two series on astronomy and cosmology since Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. Cox is an Astrophysicist with CERN. They aired on the BBC in the past two years and you …

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5 September 2011

Weekend Science Digest- A Symphony of Science

  Lots of science news this week caught my eye and number one on the list is the video above (thanks to “Bad Astronomer” Phil Plait) . John Boswell has his entire collection of videos online along with the music. You can download them for whatever you think is fair. These videos are IMHO a great teaching tool about what and who we are, and what science and scientific method …

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2 September 2011

The Hubble Road Show

The story of Hubble and the simply amazing discoveries it’s made possible is largely unknown and many young people do not even know that if it were not for a daring space shuttle mission, it would have been nearly worthless. In a country that is at the bottom of the heap in science literacy (among industrialized nations), this is one good idea.  Anything that serves to inspire and kindle interest …

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31 August 2011

Thoughts on Education-How Finland Does It

Guest post by by Dr. John O. Annexstad (Retired  professor and a lover of “the ice” (21 visits to Antarctica). A recent article by Eggers in the Bemidji Pioneer stated that our schools need to abandon the grading system. The reason he gives is that all students are capable of learning, and assigning grades tends to impede the progress of many. In today’s article I will examine this idea from …

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26 August 2011

Hurricanes and Quakes are Inspirational Science Moments

Every meteorologist I know can point to a big storm as the inspiration that led them into the field of atmospheric science (A blizzard in 1968 and the tornadoes of June 8,1974 for me), and this is true for other sciences as well. Neil de Grasse Tyson still has his certificate of accomplishment from the Hayden Planetarium that he now directs. The certificates are still given out and he signs …

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25 July 2011

Neil de Grasse Tyson- “How much would you pay for the Universe”

Famed astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson knows how to put things into perspective and is one of the world’s best champions of science. This video is a must watch. Hat tip to Steve Cowing at NASA Watch for this. (Note: I changed the name of this post- sorry for any confusion)

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17 July 2011

Derek Bok: “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance”

Nicholas Kristoff’s piece in the NY Times is a must read today. Click the image to visit the old gray lady:

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