Explore scale with this mesmerizing interactive graphic that does a wonderful job of visually relating the sizes of different components of the universe, from phospholipids and DNA to galaxies in space! http://scaleofuniverse.com/
Geography Awareness Week (GAWeek), celebrated every third week of November, is an awareness program focused on highlighting the importance of geo-literacy and geo-education. This year's theme is "Declare Your Interdependence," which explores the idea that we are all are connected to the rest of the world through the decisions we make on a daily basis, including what foods we eat and the things we buy. The graphic below is linked to more information:
Geography is the study of the world and all that's in it. It asks the question "What makes a place the way it is?" and the answer includes any and all interactions with other places. Understanding these interactions can help scientists, historians, business professionals and policy-makers to understand the past and predict future events.
Mapping the Nation by Susan Schulten tracks the development of cartography as a tool for showcasing data and discusses the beginning of an era where maps are not only used for spatial orientation, but also for complex analysis and problem-solving. The companion website, http://www.mappingthenation.com/, includes hundreds of colorful maps from the book, each with a short description of its significance in history, politics, and science.
With "All Hallows' Eve" right around the corner, everyone seems to be planning costumes, decorations, games, parties, tricks and treats... does anyone know where we got all of these traditions?
This site explains this history behind a lot of the familiar Halloween celebrations and icons, from bats, candy corn and Jack-o-lanterns to Friday the 13th and Bobbing for Apples: Haunted Bay - History.
I had no idea about the Celtic precursor to this beloved holiday! It's amazing to see how religious and cultural traditions are evolved and adapted as they spread through the years.
This generation is highly visual; with the amount of images, maps, info-graphics and other digital media at our disposal, there's no need to have a science class in black and white. I know that I always perked up at my desk when a teacher was showing something that looked really cool, and I think that so many science-related topics can be aesthetically intriguing, at the very least.
If you're looking for some stimulating material, this website seems to have a wealth of beautiful imagery available for download; the site description: "Weather, sky and environmental stock imagery for broadcast, new media, web sites, advertising, theater, science centers and earth science educators."