11 Things We Learned This Week

This week, we learned …

… why people are moving to Chernobyl. Read of the week!

Northern Ukraine is beautiful this time of year. Photograph by Jorge Franganillo, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-2.0

Who else is moving to Chernobyl?



… teachers feel misunderstood, unheard, and disrespected.

Photograph by Charles Edward Miller, courtesy Flickr. CC-BY-2.0

We recognize the contributions teachers make every week!



… the U.S. is enduring worsening geographic inequality.

Map courtesy The Hamilton Project at Brookings

Find three ways to help your students combat inequality.



… the most important science policy in every state.

In the DC area, we’re doubling down on storm drains to the Chesapeake Bay.
Photograph by Toni Guagenti, courtesy Joint Base Langley-Eustis

What were candidates’ views on science during the 2016 election?



… it will take at least three million years for animals to recover from human impact.

Game hunted by oilman Kerry Krottinger surrounds him and his wife, Libby, in their Dallas home.
Photograph by Robert Clark, National Geographic

Use our activity to guide a student-led brainstorm on how people directly and indirectly affect animals and plants.



… moons can have moons, and they are called moonmoons. Or moonitos. Or submoons.

That’s Uranus on the left, and its six largest moons: Puck, Miranda, Ariel, Umbriel, Titania, and Oberon. Image by NASA, of course!

What is a moon?



… how a school in Syria is helping students traumatized by war.

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah recently returned from weeks spent at a summer camp for Syrian children at a refugee camp in Turkey, where he took this photo of boys being boys.
Photograph courtesy Aziz Abu Sarah, National Geographic

What trauma are students in Syria and Syrian refugee camps dealing with?



… the abc’s of AI.

“Embodied AI” is a fancy way of saying “robots with AI capabilities.”
Photograph by James Nachtwey, National Geographic

A new grant from National Geographic and Microsoft will support research and scientific discovery with AI technologies to advance agriculture, biodiversity conservation, climate change and water.


… grazing sheep are baaaa-d news for fish.

Grazing by sheep during low tide reduces the food available for fish during high tide.
Photograph by Mary and Angus Hogg, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-2.0

Learn more about unexpected “trophic cascades” in a different ecosystem.



… how Native Californians are practicing indigenous forestry management.

The Karuk people have long relied on a healthy understory—maintained by prescribed burns—for medicine and food (like the gooseberries being collected here by Karuk Food Crew employee Ron Reed.)
Photograph by Colleen Rossier, courtesy USDA

How are other indigenous peoples using traditional land use methods to adapt to climate change?



… five science tricks to scare up a better Halloween. Boo!

Find five fun ways to bring Halloween to the classroom! Here’s another five!

One thought on “11 Things We Learned This Week

  1. This comment is in reference to your Dia De Muertos post from a year or two ago. I couldn’t find a “comment” section on that post.
    So. In Spanish the correct way to say Day of the Dead is “Dia De Muertos”. “muertos” means “the dead” so when one translates from English to Spanish the tendency is to say, “Dia de los Muertos” essentially saying, Day of the the dead.”

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