We Didn’t Start the Fire (Until Much Later Than We Thought We Did)

SCIENCE Humans’ ability to control fire is among the most important technological advances in our evolutionary history. Research on Neanderthal cave sites is offering new insights on this old enigma. Maybe not as old as we think. (Sapiens) Could Neanderthals start a fire? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s simple MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas Most people think that … Continue reading We Didn’t Start the Fire (Until Much Later Than We Thought We Did)

This Week in Geographic History, October 3 – 9

Here’s an advance look at a some of the “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events coming up this week.  For each date, we’ve matched it with a map or visual, background information, and a classroom activity so you can plan ahead. Monday, October 3 TDIGH: East and West Germany Unite The reunification of Germany, which came less than a year after fall of the … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History, October 3 – 9

Caveman Chemistry

SCIENCE Scientists know a lot about Neanderthals these days, from their hair color to their mating habits. Still, a basic mystery remains: Did they know how to start a fire? (Scientific American) Take a walk through “Hominin History” for a look at Neanderthals and their closest relatives. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including today’s simple MapMaker … Continue reading Caveman Chemistry

Agency Urges a Change in School Science Demos

EDUCATION The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has urged museums and schools to stop using methanol and other flammable chemicals in science demonstrations in light of a flash fire that injured 13 people, most of them children, at museum earlier this month. (Associated Press) Use our resources to learn more about chemistry, and thanks to esteemed colleague Samantha for the heads-up on this great current event … Continue reading Agency Urges a Change in School Science Demos

Wildfires Scorch San Diego

UNITED STATES Nine wildfires are burning across San Diego County, as record dry conditions, warm temperatures, and gusty winds contribute to an early start to the Golden State’s fire season. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to make your own fire map. Discussion Ideas Take a look at the fire map above, provided by California Fire News (CFN). Compare it with this nice map from … Continue reading Wildfires Scorch San Diego