Monthly Archives: February 2016

Traditional Thursdays: Mr. Lincoln’s Way

Keeping the celebration of Black History Month in mind, Patricia Polacco’s Mr. Lincoln’s Way is an incredible story that can be a wonderful gateway for students to the discussion of race and intolerance in the school setting. In this moving story, Eugene, the school bully, is sent to the principal’s office for calling an African-American student a racist slur. There […] Continue reading

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Winner’s Wednesday: A Mango-Shaped Space

It has been twelve years since A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass won the American Library Association’s Schneider Family Book Award, but this book is just as important now as it was back then. A Mango Shaped Space follows a thirteen-year-old girl named Mia who has synesthesia, which means that she sees and hears words […] Continue reading

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Stephen Hawking and the Universe

Stephen Hawking has fascinated me since I was a young child. Besides just his scientific discoveries and knowledge, the fact that he has been able to succeed so amazingly with such a potentially hindering disability is extremely remarkable. One of Hawking’s talks that I found extremely interesting was his “Questioning the Universe” TED Talk. In […] Continue reading Continue reading

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The Simplicity of Science

When studying science, something that often overwhelms or pushes people away is the apparently complexity of it. In chemistry, a lot of people give up when they reach organic; in physics, some people just can’t get past certain theories. However, when reading about the nature of science in chapter three, something occurred to me: science […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Virtual Reality Companies Look to Science Fiction for Their Next Play

A fun article! http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/17/technology/virtual-reality-companies-look-to-science-fiction-for-their-next-play.htmlFiled under: SF Continue reading

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The Fermi Paradox

Have you ever sat around and wondered, where are all the aliens? Well, you certainly aren’t the only one. In 1950, Enrico Fermi came to the realization that “any civilization with a modest amount of rocket technology and an immodest amount of imperial incentive could rapidly colonize the entire galaxy” according to SETI.  His theory, known… More The Fermi Paradox Continue reading Continue reading

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MUSE Telescope

The Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) telescope is one of the newest telescopes that allows us to get 3D views of the universe. MUSE is installed on the European Southern Obserbatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile. It took over a decade to design and develop it but finally went online in March of 2014 and captured… More MUSE Telescope Continue reading Continue reading

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The Slowest Speed of Light

Quickly imagine the speed of light. It’s fast right? I’m sure you’ve been taught that the average speed of light falls somewhere around 3 x 10^8 m/s (6.706 x 10^8 mph) and you are partially correct. But what if I told you that you would have been equally right with an answer of just 38 […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Photo from the Opportunity

  This incredible photo from the rover Opportunity pictures the Endeavor crater rim. It’s truly amazing how that even 12 years after being sent, Opportunity is still sending back photos this amazing. Opportunity is the longest-running Mars Rover, having been exploring and taking pictures of Mars since 2004. Opportunity has been documenting mineral samples, craters,… Continue reading Continue reading

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Telescope

image source Throughout human history, the invention and improvement of telescope occupied an indispensable place in the advancement of astronomy. And this blog is devoted to introducing  the history of telescope in last four hundred years. The earliest known workingtelescopewas created by Hans Lippersheyin 1608 to “see things far away as if they are nearby”. […] Continue reading Continue reading

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