Florida’s Flamingos Were Hiding in Plain Sight

ENVIRONMENT It turns out that Florida’s prettiest pinkos are natives of the Sunshine State after all. (National Geographic) Learn more about American flamingos with the Photo Ark! Discussion Ideas What is the species range of the American flamingo? Until recently, the species range of the American flamingo was thought to be mostly in the countries of the Caribbean—hence the bird’s other name, the Caribbean flamingo. … Continue reading Florida’s Flamingos Were Hiding in Plain Sight

Supernova Spotting is for Amateurs

SCIENCE With a simple telescope and camera, a citizen scientist has helped professional astronomers witness the never-before-seen beginnings of a star’s explosive death. (Scientific American) Learn more about supernova baby pictures with our Q&A resource. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas New research describes the “shock breakout phase” of a supernova. What is a supernova? … Continue reading Supernova Spotting is for Amateurs

Potentially Powerful New Antibiotic Discovered in Dirt

SCIENCE A new class of microorganisms kills drug-resistant “superbugs”—and lives in dirt. (Washington Post) Learn more about antibiotics and the biotics they target with our Q&A here. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas New research outlines the discovery of a new strain of antibiotics found in dirt. What are antibiotics? Use our resource here for … Continue reading Potentially Powerful New Antibiotic Discovered in Dirt

Geography Awareness Week: Honoring a Forgotten Slave Cemetery

UNITED STATES Students and educators who discovered a slave burial site at a Bronx park are working to have a marker placed, delivering belated recognition to early New Yorkers. (New York Times) The Hunts Point Slave Burial Ground Project has a fantastic, standards-aligned curriculum. This citizen science project is a perfect example of the Geography of Civil Rights—this year’s Geography Awareness Week theme. Teachers, scroll … Continue reading Geography Awareness Week: Honoring a Forgotten Slave Cemetery

Mysterious Stone Structures Discovered in Saudi Arabia

WORLD Thanks to satellite imagery, archaeologists have uncovered nearly 400 ancient, previously undocumented stone structures in the Arabian desert. (New York Times) How do scientists identify ancient structures with satellite imagery? Our own “space archaeologist” can help answer that! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Huge, ancient stone structures were just discovered in the Arabian … Continue reading Mysterious Stone Structures Discovered in Saudi Arabia