HEALTH A new study indicates that men have better spatial recognition skills, and a more effective strategy at using them. (Tech Times) Use our resources to introduce spatial recognition strategies to both boys and girls. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in today’s Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Why did the new study conclude that men have a better sense of direction … Continue reading Do Men Have a Better Sense of Direction than Women?
SCIENCE It’s nutcracker season! As we begin December, the Clark’s nutcracker has stored up to 20,000 treasure maps in its 5-ounce birdbrain. And the maps are accurate, detailed, and instantly retrievable. (Nat Geo Phenomena blog) How do nutcrackers navigate? Use our resources to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The Robert Krulwich blog … Continue reading How a 5-Ounce Bird Stores 10,000 Maps in its Head
GEOGRAPHY Imagine trying to find a house when your directions sound like this: “When the pavement ends, drive a mile and turn left at the school bus stop. Then it’s the third house on the right.” On the Navajo Nation, this scenario is common. But that’s beginning to change. (NPR) Use our resources to better understand the language of location and why it’s important. Discussion … Continue reading Navigating Navajo Nation Is About to Get Easier
By Alyson Foster Content & Collections Specialist, National Geographic Library This month marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal. The canal remains one of the greatest construction projects ever undertaken, an effort that spanned more than three decades. It required the labor of tens of thousands of workers who dug their way nearly 80 kilometers (50 miles) across the rugged terrain … Continue reading #tbt: The Quiet Opening of the Panama Canal
By Maggie Turqman Manager of Research, National Geographic Library In today’s #tbt feature, we remember the historic flight of the Double Eagle II in August 1978—the first balloon flight to cross the Atlantic. Double Eagle II launched on August 11 from Presque Island, Maine, carrying Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman. Almost six days and 4,987 kilometers (3,099 miles) later they landed safely in … Continue reading #tbt: The First Successful Balloon Flight Across the Atlantic