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Mechanical gears found in living creature

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on Monday, 16 September 2013
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Teachable Moment: This is a great example of inadvertent biomimicry... we didn't even know that insects had already evolved a gear system long before we did!

insect-leg-gears-1Scientists in the United Kingdom have discovered an insect that uses a gear mechanism to jump.  They hypothesize that the mechanical advantage from the gear system enables them to jump quickly with

References:      Popular Mechanics web site  http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/the-first-gear-discovered-in-nature-15916433?click=pm_latest

How Stuff Works

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on Saturday, 13 October 2012
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howstuffworksTeachable Moment: Many answers are a bit simplified but generally a great little web site to explore.

Reference: http://www.howstuffworks.com/

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Global Resources Stock Check

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on Sunday, 30 September 2012
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global resources stock checkTeachable Moment: Most of us have a very narrow understanding of which resources we use are non-renewable.  This highly informative graphic illustrates the range of non-renewable resources and helps initiate a discussion about prioirities.

Reference: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120618-global-resources-stock-check

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Science Friday

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on Thursday, 14 June 2012
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scifriTeachable Moment: NPR's Science Friday is a great show exploring math and science and their web site is a wonderfully rich resource not only for listening to older episodes but also for finding engaging videos and teacher tools.

Science Friday is a weekly science talk show, broadcast live over public radio stations nationwide from 2-4pm Eastern time as part of NPR's 'Talk of the Nation' programming. Each week, we focus on science topics that are in the news and try to bring an educated, balanced discussion to bear on the scientific issues at hand. Panels of expert guests join Science Friday's host, Ira Flatow, a veteran science journalist, to discuss science - and to take questions from listeners during the call-in portion of the program.

Reference: http://www.sciencefriday.com/

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Map of Life

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on Saturday, 09 June 2012
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Teachable Moment: Crowdsourced data gathering through a shared visualization engine provides one of the most elegant and powerful ways I've ever seen to track and underscore the importance of biodiversity.

 

References:http://www.mappinglife.org/

By bringing together all types of information about species distributions, providing model-based integration, and providing a system for users to build upon our knowledge, the Map of Life project hopes to support our community in understanding and saving the world's biodiversity. The result will ultimately be a knowledge-base and platform for species distribution map development, along with a set of tools for querying, accessing, downloading and summarizing them.

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MIT +K12

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on Saturday, 09 June 2012
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Teachable Moment: Sometimes the best person to teach a challenging concept is someone who has recently learned it and wants to share their own excitment of the discovery. I can't wait to see this video library grow.

 

MIT has launched an initiative encouraging its students to produce short videos teaching basic concepts in science and engineering. The videos — aimed at younger students, in grades from kindergarten through high school — will be accessible through a dedicated MIT website and YouTube channel. A subset of the videos will also be available on Khan Academy, a popular not-for-profit educational site founded by an MIT alumnus.

References: http://k12videos.mit.edu/

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Science Buddies

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Teachable Moment: Great resource for ideas for science projects.

Science Buddies mission is to help students from all walks of life to build their literacy in science and technology so they can become productive and engaged citizens in the 21st century. We have created personalized learning tools, over 15,000 pages of scientist-developed subject matter (including experiments based on the latest academic research), and an online community of science professionals who volunteer to advise students. We also provide resources to support parents and teachers as they guide students doing hands-on science projects. Representing much more than a website, Science Buddies quickly and efficiently matches students with the information that will hold their interest and answer their questions. We provide a bridge between scientists and students, giving students access to current scientific research and simultaneously giving scientists a way to reach out to young people interested in their fields.

References: http://www.sciencebuddies.org/

The "Dance your PhD Contest" 2010

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on Tuesday, 13 September 2011
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Teachable Moment: Thesis defense?  How about a Thesis dance!  I don't know what surprises me more... that someone came up with this idea, that multiple people submitted... or that there are some real gems in here!

 

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Information is Beautiful

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on Friday, 19 August 2011
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Teachable Moment: Brilliant examples of representing complex data in stunning visual ways.  This web site is a trove of ideas for students looking to best present their data in innovative ways.

I’m David McCandless, a London-based author, writer and designer. I’ve written for The Guardian, Wired and others. I’m into anything strange and interesting.

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Science of Cooking: Food Science, Recipes & Projects | Exploratorium

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on Wednesday, 17 August 2011
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Science of CookingTeachable Moment: Everyone likes to cook but few understand the science behind it.  This web site provides engaging examples with simple clear explanations.

Discover how a pinch of curiosity can improve your cooking! Explore recipes, activities, and Webcasts that will enhance your understanding of the science behind food and cooking.

References: http://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/index.html

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