Tiny Shrimp Cause a Big Stir

SCIENCE The vertical migration of brine shrimp causes substantial mixing of the water column. (Science) Learn more about this “marine mix” with our student-friendly article. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The brine shrimp studied in the new article engage in diel vertical migration. What is diel vertical migration? Diel vertical migration describes a daily … Continue reading Tiny Shrimp Cause a Big Stir

MARCH MAMMAL MADNESS – Fun Lessons from the First Round

Greetings to everyone who has an interest in the amazing “Performance Science” event of the springtime: March Mammal Madness. In my previous post, I shared the history of this six year old event and how you could get in in on the ground floor of this year’s tournament. More than 1,500 educators responded to March Mammal Madness creator Dr. Katie Hinde’s offer for early brackets! … Continue reading MARCH MAMMAL MADNESS – Fun Lessons from the First Round

Sand Mining Threatens Ecosystems and Endangered Species

ENVIRONMENT Across Asia, rampant extraction of sand is eroding coastlines and scouring waterways. San mining is taking a toll that scientists are beginning to assess—and environmentalists hope to reduce. (Science) How do miners “quarry” sand? Use our resource to learn more. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Sand mining is a multi-billion dollar industry, practiced … Continue reading Sand Mining Threatens Ecosystems and Endangered Species

Scientists Discover New Species of Shark

SCIENCE Genetic research helps uncover the Atlantic sixgill shark. (National Geographic) Are there any shark sanctuaries in the species range of the newly identified species? Use today’s MapMaker Interactive map to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including a link to today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas So, tell us about the species of shark described … Continue reading Scientists Discover New Species of Shark

There Might Not Be Any Wild Horses Left on Earth

SCIENCE Once thought to be the world’s only remaining wild horses, a new study shows Przewalski’s horses have domestic ancestors. (National Geographic) What is domestication? Use our resources to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas New genetic research has revealed that Przewalski’s horses are feral, not wild. What is the difference? Wild animals … Continue reading There Might Not Be Any Wild Horses Left on Earth