Nov
22
Filed Under (Health, Scientists) by on November 22, 2009 and tagged

Title of article: Galileo’s fingers and tooth found!

Source: MSNBC.com

Author: AP

Date: November 20, 2009

Things to think about as you write your comments and reflections:

  1. Who was Galileo?
  2. Why were his fingers and tooth missing?
  3. Where did they find it?

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Oct
28
Filed Under (Health) by on October 28, 2009 and tagged , , , ,

Title of article: Junk Food Junkies

Source: Science News

Author: Stephen Ornes

Date: October 28, 2009

Things to think about as you write your comments and reflections:

  1. Describe the experiment they did using rats and junk food.  What were the results?
  2. What about the group of rats that was fed only nutritious foods?
  3. What did the rats do when the junk food was taken away?
  4. How can the information gained from this experiment help people avoid obesity?

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Oct
28

Title of article: Swimming Pools Kept Clean by Going Green

Source: Discovery News

Author: Jessica Marshall

Date: October 28, 2009

Things to think about as you write your comments and reflections:

  1. What kind of moss do they use to keep the pools clean, instead of using chlorine?
  2. What were some of the benefits noticed by people who swam in these types of pools?
  3. How does the moss keep the water clean?
  4. What is biofilm? What kinds of problems does it cause?

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Oct
28
Filed Under (Life Science) by on October 28, 2009 and tagged , , ,

Title of article: Chimps Mourn Passing of One of Their Own

Source: ABC News

Author: KI MAE HEUSSNER

Date: October 28, 2009

Things to think about as you write your comments and reflections:

  1. Which chimp passed away? How old was she?
  2. How did the chimps react when they saw her?
  3. What were your thoughts when you saw the photograph of the chimps?

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Oct
28
Filed Under (Earth Science, Technology) by on October 28, 2009 and tagged , , , ,

Title of article: Nasa launches rocket successfully

Source: BBC News

Author: None Posted

Date: October 28, 2009

Things to think about as you write your comments and reflections:

  1. What is the name of the rocket and what is its purpose?
  2. Where did it launch from? Where did it go?
  3. Why is the top half of the rocket a “dummy”?

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Oct
28
Filed Under (Earth Science) by on October 28, 2009 and tagged , , , , ,

Title of article: Earliest Apelike Human Ancestor Disproved?

Source: NationalGeographic.com

Author: Christine Dell’Amore

Date: October 27, 2009

Things to think about as you write your comments and reflections:

  1. When and where was this fossil found?
  2. What is its significance?
  3. What are crown strepsirhines?
  4. Where do scientists think apes evolved – Africa or Asia?

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Oct
21
Filed Under (Earth Science) by on October 21, 2009 and tagged , ,

Title of article: 32 New Planets Found Outside Our Solar System

Source: NationalGeographic.com

Author: James Owen

Date: October 19, 2009

Things to think about as you write your comments and reflections:

  1. Where are these planets located? What is an exoplanet?
  2. How did they find these exoplanets?
  3. Do these planets revolve around stars, similar to how the Earth revolves around the Sun? If so, what types of stars?
  4. What is the significance of this finding?
  5. What does HARPS stand for?

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Oct
21
Filed Under (Health, Technology) by on October 21, 2009 and tagged , ,

Title of article: Googling Fights Dementia

Source: NationalGeographic.com

Author: Ker Than

Date: October 20, 2009

PODCAST – 60 seconds – click to listen to a summary of this article from Scientific American

Things to think about as you write your comments and reflections:

  1. What is dementia?
  2. Describe the research they used that lead to this finding.
  3. How does surfing the web help the brain?
  4. What other activities give similar effects?

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Oct
17
Filed Under (Health) by on October 17, 2009 and tagged , , , ,

Title of article: Why does soda taste so good?

Source: Discovery.com

Author: AP

Date: October 16, 2009

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Things to think about as you write your comments and reflections:

  1. What makes soda fizzy? Where do the bubbles come from?
  2. What do our taste buds detect in the soda? Is it sweet, sour, bitter, or salty?
  3. What animals were involved in this research?
  4. Just for fun: How does a soda fountain work? Watch the video and find out!

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Oct
17
Filed Under (Earth Science) by on October 17, 2009 and tagged , , , ,

Title of article: Orionis Meteor Shower Starts This Weekend

Source: NationalGeographic.com

Author: Victoria Jaggard

Date: October 16, 2009

Things to think about as you write your comments and reflections:

  1. What is a meteor shower?
  2. What is the name of the comet associated with the Orionids and why?
  3. Why are they called the Orionids?
  4. When is the best time to see the meteor shower?

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