TECHNOLOGY The “miracle material” perovskite could hold the key to ultra-high-speed communications and computing, researchers say. (Forbes and Newsweek) Where can you find perovskite? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas A new use of the familiar mineral perovskite could make the Internet 1,000 faster! Scientists are discovering new characteristics of perovskite due to its ability … Continue reading This Rock May Increase Your Internet Speed by 1000%
UNITED STATES For the first time, thousands of films showing U.S. atmospheric nuclear weapons tests are freely, publicly available in an online archive. (New York Times) What impact did atmospheric nuclear tests have on the scientists who watched them in person? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including today’s simple MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas The brainiacs … Continue reading Bombs Away on YouTube
SCIENCE New observations represent the most complete image of a supernova’s immediate aftermath. (Washington Post and Ars Technica) Learn a little about supernovas with our introductory resource. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas New research details the immediate aftermath of a supernova. What is a supernova? A supernova is the sudden, bright explosion of a … Continue reading Supernova Baby Pictures
What did you learn this week? We learned … … what the best new maps are, according to cartographers. Zoom in on one of the best maps of the year, from National Geographic magazine’s May issue. … Pluto’s heavy heart may have turned the world upside-down. How did NASA get close enough to peer into Pluto’s pretty heart? … bird poop may keep … Continue reading 11 Things We Learned This Week
What did you learn this week? We learned … … you can print your own portable universe—for free! How do cartographers usually depict the universe? … how to navigate the languages of New York. Editor’s pick of the week! What other areas of the world rank highly in the language diversity index? … why earworm songs are earworm songs. What songs are your … Continue reading 10 Things We Learned This Week!