9. Can You Spell Science?

January 1, 2009

9. Can You Spell Science? asks: Think Americans haven’t gotten smarter? Think again. Between 1979 and 2006, the percentage of scientifically literate adults doubled — to 17%. This year, a survey by a professor of political science at the University of Michigan found that that dismal showing may have improved, but only a little. Currently, […]

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Scope for the imagination: Locating Constructionism in Science Simulations

October 28, 2008

I just heard that my presentation “Scope for the imagination: Locating Constructionism in Science Simulations” has been accepted for the Reggio inspired Childcare and Education Conference in Winnipeg, May 6th to 9th, 2009. This will be my first presentation to a primarily (and primary) education audience, and a chance to hang out with my old […]

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Avatars consume as much electricity as Brazilians

October 16, 2008

Avatars consume as much electricity as Brazilians says, interestingly enough, So an avatar consumes 1,752 kWh per year. By comparison, the average human, on a worldwide basis, consumes 2,436 kWh per year. So there you have it: an avatar consumes a bit less energy than a real person, though they’re in the same ballpark. Now, […]

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Beach Sand Dirtier Than the Water

September 15, 2008

Beach Sand Dirtier Than the Water – Science – redOrbit Beach sand often contains higher levels of E.coli and other fecal bacteria than water at the beach, U.S researchers said. The U.S. Geological Survey said research suggests beach closings due to elevated fecal indicator bacteria may be linked to contaminated beach sand. The findings are […]

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Slashdot | Royal Society and Creationism In Science Classes

September 14, 2008

Slashdot | Royal Society and Creationism In Science Classes The Reverend Professor Michael Reiss, a biologist and Anglican priest, is the education director for the Royal Society, the venerable British science institution. He recently called for creationism to be discussed in science classes, not just in religion or philosophy classes. Science journals reacted with a […]

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Slashdot | Review: Spore

September 11, 2008

Slashdot | Review: Spore The hype leading up to Spore was excessive. But then, so is the scope of the game; following the growth of a species from the cellular level to galactic domination was an ambitious goal, to say the least. Bringing evolution into the realm of entertainment was something Will Wright hoped and […]

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Slashdot | 45th Known Mersenne Prime Found?

August 28, 2008

Slashdot | 45th Known Mersenne Prime Found? “The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) has apparently discovered a new world-record prime number. A GIMPS client computer reported the number on August 23rd, and verification is currently under way. The verification could take up to two weeks to complete. The last Mersenne prime discovered was over […]

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Just a theory: Modern culture destroying science education

August 6, 2008

Just a theory: Modern culture destroying science education – Boing Boing Gadgets The Chronicle of Higher Education writes about the decline of science education, which has wussed out and become too interested in its own cultural propriety to adequately teach the nuts and bolts. We just don’t challenge kids with hard stuff like trig anymore, […]

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Motion Mountain – The Adventure of Physics : The Free Physics Textbook

January 5, 2008

Jeremy knows that I teach “Concept Development in Science” at Ryerson, and I’m always looking for ways to help students understand and get enthusiastic about science. He suggested this as something to look at: Motion Mountain – The Adventure of Physics : The Free Physics Textbook How do objects and images move? How can animals […]

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