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December
2011

One teachers approach to preventing gender bullying in a classroom

togetherforjacksoncountykids: “It’s Okay to be Neither,” By Melissa Bollow Tempel Alie arrived at our 1st-grade classroom wearing a sweatshirt with a hood. I asked her to take off her hood, and she refused. I thought she was just being difficult and ignored it. After breakfast we got in line for art, and I noticed that she still had not removed her hood. When we arrived at the art room, I said: “Allie, I’m not playing. [...]

TOSP Episode 15: December 19th 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] The last TOSP before Christmas! And, because we’re daring, it _isn’t_ Christmas-themed.  Just to give y’all a break. Instead, Elf and aimee cover the winners of the Prime Minister’s Science Prize(s), how bees reach consensus (warning: headbutting), a very special new crab, Jupiter’s heart-cannibalisation, the race to create the bionic eye, and the effect that Foo Fighters concert has both on GeoNet (seismic sensors) and [...]

TOSP Episode 14: December 12th 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] This week’s a little special. In addition to aimee and Elf discussing how our brains process syntax and vocabulary (differently, it turns out!), the biggest black holes yet discovered and a 17 year old who’s made huge strides in the fight against cancer, Elf also sits down with a panel of our bloggers for a discussion! Panelists (in order of appearance): Prof. Shaun Hendy – [...]

TOSP Episode 13: December 5th 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Another week, another collection of brilliant stuff to talk about. This week, Elf and aimee talk about groups.  Well, mostly groups, but also weta, astronomy, learning and why we don’t have a cure for AIDS.  As for groups – we look into how StarCraft 2 is contributing to cognitive science, how we can help the science of whale (dolphin) communication, and how physicists are doing [...]

The British Library's been digitising newspapers…

There were many things of which I have been meaning to write today, but this particular piece of news has swept all of those aside. The British Libray, the national library of the UK, is a not unimpressive institution.  Indeed, it’s so not unimpressive that it has the title of being the world’s largest library (in total number of items). According to its website, it holds over 150 million items, in almost all the world’s [...]