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- Butterflies: The Butterfly Trust’s seeds are specialty seeds for the more interested butterfly gardener – so they add a bit of variety to the garden when people have used the swan plant for some years and want a ‘change’. For instance, there is another milkweed (swan plant) which has scarlet flowers etc. Monarchs love that too! If schools are looking for swan plant seeds , then the Trust is grateful when people buy Yates seeds as the Butterfly Trust benefits from sales of their swan plant seeds; 2014 Calendars; Educational resources; and Butterflies on the Hub.
- Winged Ambassadors – Ocean Literacy through the Eyes of Albatross : Albatrosses, charismatic and threatened seabirds, are ambassadors for a clean ocean because they traverse vast oceanic regions searching for floating food (US); Royal Albatross Centre educational resources and opportunities (NZ) ; Flight Theme from Science Learning Hub (NZ).
- Prime Factorisations: All integers are prime or the product of primes. This animation shows the prime factorisations of each integer in order.
- Memorial Park: The last LEARNZ field trip for 2013 is a very special event: Memorial Park 1 is a roading project to remember those who served at war. More info. This Wellington trip has relevance to all New Zealanders, starts 19 November and requires no login - go there now. Watch LEARNZ Teacher Shelley Hersey introduce this field trip.
- Crack In The Pine Island Glacier: Between November 9–11, 2013, a large iceberg finally separated from the calving front of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier. Scientists first detected a rift in the glacier in October 2011 during flights for NASA’s Operation IceBridge. By July 2013, infrared and radar images indicated that the crack had cut completely across the ice shelf to the southwestern edge. New images now show that Iceberg B-31 is finally moving away from the coast, with open water between the iceberg and the edge of Pine Island Glacier.
- Illuminations: Resources for teaching Maths (USA)
- Melt: What would Earth look like if all the ice melted?
- Butterfly Wings: Check out these images of butterfly wings under the microscope.
- The operating system of life: Humans, octopi and pine trees alike are all made up of cells, tiny but sophisticated systems that keep life going. Cells are almost like tiny factories run by robots, with the nucleus, DNA, proteins, lipids, and vitamins and minerals all playing critical roles. This TEDEd video lays out the blueprint of a cell and explain how biochemistry binds all life together.
- How many human body parts remain undiscovered? In recent months, scientists have described a new layer in the cornea of the human eye and a long-overlooked ligament in the knee. In our modern age of imaging and other advanced medical technologies, how is it possible that we still don’t know everything there is to know about our anatomy?
- Shake Up! New Zealand Association for Environmental Education Biennal Conference .15-17 January 2014
- When is a comet not a comet? Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have observed a unique and baffling object in the asteroid belt that looks like a rotating lawn sprinkler or badminton shuttlecock.
- Snowflake Safari : A video on the vast varieties of snow crystals. A physicist at Caltech and snowflake expert, shares secrets of the snowflake.
- Pollen Trap: Pollen comes in a number of colours and shapes.. A microscope is often used to accurately identify pollen.
- Inside Food: MRI scans of foods and plants result in some fascinating images.
- Natural compounds that keep the gut healthy : Plant and Food Research suggests that compounds in fruits and vegetables help us stay healthy by supporting the natural beneficial microorganisms in our gut that help us digest food and keep our bodies in balance.
Carbon-Negative Energy Is Here! This Device Makes Clean Energy and Fertilizer: During World War II, amid a gasoline shortage, many European commuters had to improvise, often resorting to installing clunky power generators that converted wood into fuel for their engines. But once fossil fuels were readily available again, these briefly popular machines were, for the most part, tossed into the dustbin of history. Today, an alternative energy startup, has slowly begun resurrecting this more than century-old technology known as gasification.
Photographs Taken Through the Lens of a Microscope. Beautiful!!
Bees avoid hard choices to cut their losses: Bee choices like humans, bees avoid making difficult choices to minimise their losses, researchers have found.
The Encyclopaedia of Life: (EOL )is a global effort to bring together information about life on earth and make it freely available on-line. EOL also has amazing images, videos, maps, classification information and some fun educational applications.
From Biotech Learning Hub: Fonterra’s botulism bungle; Better wool;Commercial biofuels from algae; Stem cells harmonise cardiac beat; SpaceEd workshop for teachers; Biofuels adding to rainforest destruction?; Genetics Otago annual symposium;
Transforming Drawings Into Playable Instruments: What if you could transform a sketch of your favourite musical instrument into something that actually plays music? Welcome to MusicInk, an innovative new educational toy invented to teach children about the properties of sound in a fun and interactive way.
‘Neurocam’ Wearable Computer: A new device, the Neurocam, has been developed – promising to automatically capture pictures of whatever the user finds interesting. The headset combines a brainwave scanner with an iPhone dock, which can be strapped to the side of the user’s head, monitoring what they see. Reports explain how the device allows a brainwave-quantifying algorithm developed by Keio University in Japan, to monitor the user’s level of interest. When the device judges them to be particularly interested in a particular visual, it automatically captures a five second film on their iPhone – including time stamp and location, so the clip can be replayed.
Redesigned Sandbag Could Help Millions During Natural Disasters: A makeover the humble sandbag. While extremely effective against rising seawaters, it is heavy and cumbersome to lug around, not to mention very bulky to store. Using science and math skills a young boy began to experiment with alternate materials that could be as effective against the surging waters, without the added weight.
Smell the rainbow!: Rainbows are amazing arcs of light, containing a myriad of colours we can see. However, there are only three different colour receptors in our eyes: red, green and blue. Your eyes don’t have a purple receptor. When you look at purple things, your blue and red receptors respond. Many colours are picked up by all three types of receptors, at different levels. What about smell? Humans can smell a wide range of scents, from farts to flowers. However, we don’t know nearly as much about smell as we do about sight. Do we have physical receptors for each smell, or can we even describe most scents as a mixture of a few basic smells
- Prize Winner! Winning a big prize can make you famous – so how do great mathematicians deal with the fame?
- The Beauty of Mathematics: “Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music.” —Bertrand Russell. There’s maths in almost everything around us – this video explores some of the beautiful patterns in our world.
- 2014 LEARNZ: Enrolments are now being taken for 2014 LEARNZ field trips: That’s right! You can now enrol your class in 2014 field trips – a fantastic line up of motivating and highly engaging field trip experiences. And there’s more to come – LEARNZ will keep you posted
- Otago chemistry outreach channel : Three videos made by University of Otago Chemistry department students as part of their outreach program. They are intended as a resource for teachers and their pupils.
- International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics, Romania, August 2014: Any interested Y12 students can email firstname.lastname@example.org to register their interest. Now. The RASNZ Olympiad organising committee will contact applicants in December with an assignment to complete. Further training will be arranged to best suit the locations of students. Final team selection will be made in March 2014.
Nature, nurture or neither?’:The Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution is proud to bring you ‘Nature, Nurture or Neither?’ - a public talk by Professor Steve Jones, University College London, geneticist and popular science writer, rescheduled from last year. and visit webpage to book tickets.
‘The unseen world – why bacteria rule’, The Rotorua Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand is pleased to present a talk by Mathew Stott from GNS Science.: 6pm Tuesday 5 November, Rimu Room, Scion, 49 Sala Street, Rotorua. This is a public lecture – all welcome.
“Why did the pigeon cross the road?’: In this talk – ninth in the 10×10 Lectures – Dr Claire Postlethwaite will show how mathematics can help us understand many aspects of animal behaviour, using examples from homing pigeons, possums, bees and electric fish.7.30pm Tuesday 19 November, Hawke’s Bay Holt Planetarium, Chambers Street (on the grounds on Napier Boys’ High School), Napier. View webpage for more details and to register for a free ticket
Teacher’s Guide: Classroom to Classroom interaction Using Skype and ePals:21st century educational system makes its classrooms with no boundaries. Technology helps students learn anywhere. Many technological approaches bring the world into your classroom through video conferencing, social networking, etc. Through video conferencing, educators can engage their classrooms and watch students of one class interact with students of another class.