World o fWaste Infographic

August 16, 2012

Image of the Week: The Science of Garbage (Infographic)

When we think of garbage, we tend to think of municipal waste–the trash (and recycling) that comes out of our homes and businesses.  But there’s a whole lot more to the waste stream than just what...

The skull known as 1470

August 10, 2012

Image of the Week: New Fossil Skull Fragments Suggest Greater Complexity in Humanity’s Family Tree

In 1972, archaeologists working in Kenya unearthed a mystery: a partial skull with a long, flat face and a large cranium. For the first half of the 20th Century, scientists thought the evolutionary tree for modern...

Artist's rendering of the Curiosity rover on Mars

August 2, 2012

Image of the Week: NASA’s Curiosity to Land on Mars Sunday

You can bet that scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will be at work late this Sunday.  In fact, they’ll likely be at the edge of their seats until at least 10:31 pm local (Pacific) time–that’s...

Sarah Robles with Barbell

July 25, 2012

Video of the Week: Science of the Olympics

Only two days, one hour, and one minute to go until the 2012 Summer Olympic Games kick off in London. We tend to think of the Olympics as a contest of strength, endurance, and human will–and...

July 19, 2012

Video of the Week: E.O. Wilson’s Advice to Young Scientists about Facing Math and Excelling in Your Field

For many students, even those majoring in science, math is a four-letter word. But renowned evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson has a message for aspiring scientists:  “If you are a bit short in mathematical skills, don’t worry.”...

July 12, 2012

Video of the Week: EU’s ‘Science, It’s a Girl Thing’ Stirs Controversy

This week the European Union launched a new initiative called “Science: It’s a Girl Thing” aimed at encouraging more young women to pursue STEM careers.  Their promotional video clip drew a lot of attention–although not the...

Mono Lake, California - home to the arsenic loving bacteria

July 11, 2012

Controversy over Arsenic-Loving Bacteria comes down to Data Interpretation

A little over a year ago, we ran a blog post about a provocative paper in the journal Science called “A Bacterium That Can Grow by Using Arsenic Instead of Phosphorus.” Or more accurately, we ran...

Computer Image of Evidence for Higgs Boson

July 5, 2012

Image of the Week: Has the Elusive Higgs Boson been Found?

Unless you were hiding under a rock this week, you likely heard the buzz about the Higgs boson (or perhaps more accurately the “Higgs-like particle”). The sub-atomic particle, proposed in 1964 by Peter Higgs and other...

Anne Egger teaching students on a geoscience fieldtrip

June 29, 2012

Earthquake Module that Engages Students with Real-Time Data Receives Award

We’re proud to announce that Visionlearning’s own Dr. Anne Egger has been awarded the prestigious Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction for her learning module “Seismicity and Relative Risk.” Dr. Egger, assistant professor of geological sciences and...

Music notes

June 18, 2012

Darwin Tunes: Scientists Examine How Consumer Choice Can Drive the Evolution of Music from Noise

Here’s an application of evolutionary theory you don’t see everyday: the evolution of music by natural, make that public selection. Researchers from the Department of Life Sciences at the Imperial College of London and the Media...