May 25, 2011

Thinking One Level Up

I was walking through the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University a couple weeks ago, and stumbled upon a group of high school students in one of the galleries, with a tour guide and a couple...

May 24, 2011

Celebrating Diversity

It’s been a devastating two weeks in terms of weather and natural events. Floods in the Southern US, tornadoes in the Midwest, volcanic eruptions in Iceland…I guess we should be glad that the greatest earthquake in...

May 12, 2011

Inspiring Would-be Scientists

Let’s face it: we’ve all had a crisis of faith (or three) during the course of our career development. Whether we’re students still working through the long list of required courses, academics trying to build our...

May 10, 2011

When the Moon is in the Seventh House…

…and Jupiter aligns with Mars…. Okay, we’ll spare you our singing. But what we won’t spare you is the heads up that this is a great month, and a brilliant week in particular, for stargazing. Throughout...

April 29, 2011

Endeavor’s Last Flight

As the Space Shuttle Endeavor prepares for its last voyage (scheduled for liftoff today), we would like to take a moment to wish the captain and crew of this voyage safe travels. The Endeavor is a...

March 30, 2011

Using Science to Teach English Grammar and Reading

It was a wonderful day when President Obama announced the National Math and Science Initiative, drawing attention to the reality that American students are lagging behind many first-world countries in math and science. It did none...

March 21, 2011

Now, where did I park the car again?

The workings of the human brain, particularly memory storage, have been a fascination of scientists and laypeople alike for centuries. For many of us with spotty memories, improving retention has been a somewhat Holy Grail —...

March 10, 2011

Need a Virtual Nerd?

There are times when even the most math-savvy of us can’t figure out how to solve a problem. Other times, we struggle to grasp math concepts that are important to our research and studies. Now the...

March 4, 2011

Who are you calling a hagfish?

Myxine glutinosa: the name (almost) says it all. The Atlantic Hagfish is well known for its ability to excrete a sticky, glutinous substance from its skin — hence its more widely known moniker, “slime eel.” The...

February 16, 2011

Mobile Technology in the Classroom

Mineral identification app for the iPad It’s pretty hard not to notice how ubiquitous mobile media consumption has become in the last 2 to 3 years. Comscore’s 2010 US Digital Year in Review reports that “nearly...