The Periodic Table of Videos has been around for a while, but they are actively updating videos and creating new ones. The videos were created by Brady Haran at the University of Nottingham. They are short and very informative. I like to use them during lessons when my classes are discussing specific elements. For instance, some of us like to demonstrate adding lithium and/or sodium to wate
At the Solvay Conference on Physics in 1927, the attendees included Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Niels Bohr - and just one woman (Marie Curie). Almost 90 years later, why does science remain so much of an old boys' club?
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.
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 be doing anymore. Th
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.
A moon-walker is suffering from visions. His proposed human-centered space exploration scheme would divert resources to adventure from science.
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"
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"
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.