ENVIRONMENT Large and small, beautiful and bizarre, researchers have released the top ten new species for 2018. (CNN) What were the top ten two years ago? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Amphipod Epimeria quasimodo, a tiny crustacean, is abundant in the frigid waters of the ocean surrounding Antarctica. What are amphipods? In what other … Continue reading Top 10 New Species!
SCIENCE Mythology is rich with tales of dragons and the magical properties of their blood. Well, a new study indicates that the blood of the Komodo dragon is, in fact, loaded with proteins that could be used as antibiotics. Giant dragon versus superbug. (The Economist) Why are antibiotics so important these days? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers … Continue reading 48 Uses of Dragon’s Blood
SCIENCE Scientists have extracted long-dormant microbes from inside the famous giant crystals of the Naica mountain caves in Mexico—and revived them. (BBC) Where else have ancient microbes been found? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including a link to today’s simple MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas Scientists are excited about the extremophile microbes just discovered at the … Continue reading Crystal Caves Hold Long-Dormant Life
HEALTH Supposedly, dropped food is relatively hygienic for about five seconds. Is there any truth to this supposed “rule”? (BBC) Use our resources to better understand why the five-second rule is . . . misunderstood. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas What is the “five-second rule”? The five-second rule is an urban legend that contends … Continue reading Should You Break the 5-Second Rule?
SCIENCE Otzi the Iceman, a frozen mummy from the Italian Alps, may have died with a wicked stomach ache—which helps date migration waves from Africa and Asia. (Nat Geo News) Use our resources to learn more about Otzi. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including a link to today’s simple MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas Take a look at the photograph … Continue reading Iceman’s Gut Holds Clues to Human Migration