Category archives for Education

Blogging Pro Bono

Photo source. The blogosphere can be a strange world for writers, offering vistas as broad ranging and fickle as human nature itself. Bloggers relying on pageviews for sustenance, even those who do not, face the challenge of attracting as many readers as possible, sometimes at the cost of becoming an uncivil “woo meister,” provocateur or…

Blindly Supporting Blind Faith

American taxpayers are supporting more and more private faith-based schools, including anti-science creationist curricula, whether you like it or not.

Shaming “No Chemicals”

Have you ever bought something that contained “no chemicals”? If you have, please let me know and share with Mary Carmichael, a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT.

Fast, Hot Ships And Teenage Scientists

British teenage students have re-discovered a classical physical phenomenon, the Leidenfrost effect that could someday help ships glide through oceans more efficiently.

Imagine you have two months to live. What would you do, what would you write to your friends and colleagues? I don’t know if I have two months – do you? No one does. Life is an ongoing risk, an opportunity to embrace challenges, to coast, or to be numb.

Evolution Rap, Like This!

The Rap Guide to Evolution Music Videos, sponsored by the Wellcome Trust. I’ve been exploring the use of rap and pop culture to teach science and mathematics, ranging from Lupe Fiasco to Linkin Park, but that topic is for another day. But anyone interested in evolution, whether student or teacher, could find this “Evolution Rap”…

Maybe it’s just me, but I see beauty in this. Scientists at the University of Manchester have created high resolution images of a 49 million year old spider encapsulated in fossilized amber resin using X-ray computed tomography, typically used in medical imaging.

Source. The Art of Science Learning is a superb blog about STEM education. Their posts provide us with insights from experts in science education. What would a young science student have to say?

May 12 was a glorious day for our graduates, some 2,730 students celebrating the completion of their undergraduate education. Our Commencement Speaker John Legend, a Grammy Award Winner, shared an important message in both speech and in song: equal access to quality education is a right, not a privilege.

Credit: MIT International Review Did undergraduate students pinpoint Bin Laden in 2009? A paper published in the MIT International Review indicates that they might have.