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ChemEd X contributors and staff members are continually coming across items of interest that they feel others may wish to know about. Picks include, but need not be limited to, books, magazines, journals, articles, apps—most anything that has a link to it can qualify.

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by Deanna Cullen
Thu, 10/03/2013 - 13:21

ChemMatters is an educational magazine containing articles on topics for high school chemistry students. The articles explain the connection between what chemistry students learn in school and the world around them.

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by Deanna Cullen
Thu, 10/03/2013 - 12:59

Environmental studies can be included in any science curriculum.  Whether you are looking for lessons to incorporate ideas related to "green chemistry" or you are looking to use safer methods and materials in the laboratory, you will find many great resources at this site.  There are new labs and also replacement labs for some of those familar activities that we shouldn't b

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by Deanna Cullen
Thu, 10/03/2013 - 12:23

The ACS Chem Clubs Web site offers an assortment of ideas to spice up your lesson plans near Halloween.  There are many recommended demonstrations including using a Jack-O-Lantern with different color flames or smoke coming out of it.  There are activities for dressing up like elements and testing candy just to mention a couple. 

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by Hal Harris
Mon, 09/23/2013 - 14:39

A moon-walker is suffering from visions. His proposed human-centered space exploration scheme would divert resources to adventure from science.

Recent activity: 3 years 5 months ago
by Deanna Cullen
Thu, 09/19/2013 - 08:35

Scientists in Sweden confirm new element 115 after atoms collide. Check out this CNN clip for information about the most recently discovered element #115.

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by Hal Harris
Wed, 07/24/2013 - 13:49

Lots of us learned about percentages and statistics by studying batting averages, and many of our students are passionately choosing players for fantasy leagues in various sports. Is it possible to find methods for the evaluation of players in soccer using methods similar to those in "Moneyball"? This question and many others are addressed in "Soccernomics"

Recent activity: 3 years 7 months ago
by Hal Harris
Mon, 06/24/2013 - 16:29

Nobelist Roald Hoffman usually chooses an intriguing topic for his regular contributions to the Sigma Xi bimonthly, American Scientist. For the current issue, he has chosen to examine the question, "What would be the result of mixing a collection of the elements we find on earth and its nearby environment and heating them up enough to encourage them to react?" This "Gedankenexperiment"

Recent activity: 3 years 8 months ago
by Hal Harris
Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:53

One of the pioneers in digital media and networks is disquieted by the dominance of the digital landscape by a few Siren Servers, who capitalized not on their superior products or expertise, but solely on their ability to extract a profit from each of the bits that make up Big Data. He thinks we all should be paid for our contributions, or at least the system be changed so as to provide incentives real contributions.

Recent activity: 3 years 7 months ago
by Arrietta Clauss
Mon, 06/03/2013 - 11:32

Social media is getting a lot of attention as a way to disseminate information and to get students involved in chemistry classes.

Recent activity: 3 years 8 months ago
by Arrietta Clauss
Fri, 05/31/2013 - 10:57

Universities, community colleges, and high schools can use MOOCs to create an environment to enhance student learning.  Last fall a professor at San Jose State used recorded MOOC lectures in an introductory electrical engineering course to create a flipped classroom.  Students passed at a much higher rate than usual—91%, compared with 59% and 55% in two other, more traditional sections of the s

Recent activity: 3 years 9 months ago