Various federal agencies participate in scientific roles in the communities in which the agencies serve. In a combined effort to help educate the general public on scientific matters, a one-stop research, has emerged as a portal for sharing information on scientific matters. As teachers, you can use the resources available through the site to help you drive points home to your own students in a classroom setting. It’s a Test Currently, the website is in its testing phase, or beta version. While you can use the site to garner information, pull information for your syllabus or add information to your science curriculum, youRead More →

As a teacher, you had to do a year or so of hands-on training in the classroom before you were able to apply for your first teaching job completely on your own. Especially for certain situations, hands-on learning or learning through role play can increase the retention of information you are trying to get across to your students. Create Scenarios When using a role playing scenario, you can approach creating the scenarios or scientific situations in a number of different ways. Your role as the teacher, however, requires you to set the stage for the students. If you are teaching them about the different rolesRead More →

Imagine being able to take a crystal-clear snapshot of an entire brain, recording what every single neuron was doing at a particular moment as an animal experienced fear or pleasure or any other emotion. Today, that’s just a dream — neuroscientists have to choose between seeing the entire brain in low resolution or seeing a small piece of it in high resolution — but a new technique known as FLARE could bring that dream one step closer to reality. The research emerged, says Alice Ting, PhD, out of neuroscientists’ frustration with their inability to capture a fine-grained picture of what the whole brain was doing inRead More →

When male chimpanzees of the world’s largest known troop patrol the boundaries of their territory in Ngogo, Uganda, they walk silently in single file. Normally chimps are noisy creatures, but on patrol they’re hard-wired. They sniff the ground and stop to listen for sounds. Their cortisol and testosterone levels are jacked 25 percent higher than normal. Chances of contacting neighboring enemies are high: 30 percent. Ten percent of patrols result in violent fights where they hold victims down and bite, hit, kick and stomp them to death. The result? A large, safe territory rich with food, longer lives, and new females brought into the group.Read More →

Various studies illustrate that cooperative learning can help students to learn the science information you are trying to teach them. Sometimes, students have the ability to learn better and faster from their peers than directly from the teacher. Studies also show that the benefits of cooperative learning for students is more than just the ability to learn the information at hand. For one, students that do not do as well in science as some of their peers learn better when they are in cooperative learning groups with a mixed ability of students. This means that a student that doesn’t do well can learn from theRead More →

Patients with dementia may actually die sooner if their family caregivers are mentally stressed, according to a new UC Berkeley study. From 2007 until 2016, UC Berkeley researchers tracked the mortality of 176 patients with neurodegenerative diseases that are corrosive to brain function. They also measured the mental health of the family members who took care of them. Their findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, indicate that patients tended by caregivers with depression, anxiety and other symptoms of mental illness typically died sooner than those being looked after by caregivers in good mental health. For example, compared to patients whoRead More →

The Nature Publishing Group runs a social networking website for science education and research. The name of the website is Scitable. The website provides free access to a library filled with content on science topics of all sorts. In addition, the site offers tools to spur science learning and conducting research on science topics. The Scitable website turned one in January 2010. The focus on the website is a combination of life sciences, but the site also includes tools teachers can use to manage teaching lessons to students in a classroom environment. The content contributors include scientists and teachers, but the social networking also includesRead More →

Using cooperative learning as a technique to teach your students about science involves more than grouping students together and allowing them to help each other learn. It is also about mixing and mingling the abilities of the students that make up each group. Experts say that cooperative learning has seven elements that must exist to achieve success with this teaching methodology. Interdependence: The students need to have the belief that each of their actions either helps the group succeed or leads the group down the other path. In-person interaction: Group the children in rows or circles where they have to face each other while workingRead More →

Many cognitive processes, such as decision-making, take place within seconds or minutes. Neuroscientists have longed to capture neuron activity during such tasks, but that dream has remained elusive — until now. A team of MIT and Stanford University researchers has developed a way to label neurons when they become active, essentially providing a snapshot of their activity at a moment in time. This approach could offer significant new insights into neuron function by offering greater temporal precision than current cell-labeling techniques, which capture activity across time windows of hours or days. “A thought or a cognitive function usually lasts 30 seconds or a minute. That’sRead More →