The online resource for teachers, students and science lovers, Scitable, now offers a mobile version of its social networking website. Going mobile does require the Scitable website developers and content providers to adjust certain applications and resources to work properly in a mobile environment. It takes a concerted effort to ensure that no matter whether the website user is using a computer or a mobile device that they have access to rich content and applications to help promote their science learning. While an iPad user essentially accesses the same online website that any user would access, the added advantages for iPad users include videos, audioRead More →

A research team has successfully used magnets implanted behind a person’s eyes to treat nystagmus, a condition characterised by involuntary eye movements. The case study, published in Ophthalmology and led by UCL and University of Oxford academics, described the implantation of a newly developed set of magnets in the socket beneath each eye of one patient with nystagmus. It’s the first description of a successful use of an oculomotor prosthesis, or an implant that controls eye movement.“Our study opens a new field of using magnetic implants to optimise the movement of body parts,” said Dr Parashkev Nachev (UCL Institute of Neurology), the lead author ofRead More →

Cooperative learning has proven through various studies to be an effective way to teach students a variety of subjects, including science. In case you are not familiar with the teaching method, it requires you to assemble students into small groups, typically with three to five members in each group. The group assemble requires you to mix students up that have different abilities in order to maximize the learning potential of the group. In other word, don’t put all of the A students together in one group and the F students together. Rather assemble the groups with some A, B, C, D and F students. TheRead More →

A novel composite material has been developed by scientists in the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University which shows promise as a catalyst for the degradation of environmentally-harmful synthetic dye pollutants, which are released at a rate of nearly 300,000 tonnes a year into the world’s water. This novel, non-hazardous photocatalytic material effectively removes dye pollutants from water, adsorbing more than 90 % of the dye and enhancing the rate of dye breakdown by almost ten times using visible light. The researchers, led by Dr. Charles W. Dunnill and Dr. Daniel Jones at the Energy Safety Research Institute in Swansea University, reported theirRead More →

When organic chemists identify a useful chemical compound — a new drug, for instance — it’s up to chemical engineers to determine how to mass-produce it. There could be 100 different sequences of reactions that yield the same end product. But some of them use cheaper reagents and lower temperatures than others, and perhaps most importantly, some are much easier to run continuously, with technicians occasionally topping up reagents in different reaction chambers. Historically, determining the most efficient and cost-effective way to produce a given molecule has been as much art as science. But MIT researchers are trying to put this process on a moreRead More →

If you are a science teacher, you have probably heard a student (on more than one occasion) says, “When am I ever going to use this information in the real world?” one of the top ways to illustrate or show students real world use of the information you are teaching is by using case studies as part of your curriculum. Depending on what you are teaching, you can add one or two case studies to your teaching methods to help students glean a better understanding on real life application of the methods, processes or other information you are trying to get across. Illustrates How CompaniesRead More →

The Ghana Minister of Education, Alex Tettey-Enyo launched the first science camp in Ghana in August of 2010. The name of the camp is Science, Technology and Innovation Education (STIE) Camp. The camp curriculum was created for high school students and it seemed to be a popular option for high school students to spend their summer learning. The science camp drew 500 boys and girls to attend. The theme for the camp is set to create an equal balance between boys and girls with the interest and knowledge in science. The theme title is “Ensuring Gender Equity in Science, Technology and Innovation for a BetterRead More →

Today’s students are not like any other generation, kids today were born into technology and using sites such as YouTube and the Internet in general. While some adults are still learning how to use a computer, some should take lessons from a Kindergartner because they have been using computers since before some of them could even speak a complete sentence. If you use technology to get across your science lessons, you may actually get through to your students faster and easier than trying to use old fashioned teaching methods. For example, on private academy uses YouTube to create and upload individual lessons. Students can accessRead More →

Taking inspiration from an unusual source, a Sandia National Laboratories team has dramatically improved the science of scintillators — objects that detect nuclear threats. According to the team, using organic glass scintillators could soon make it even harder to smuggle nuclear materials through America’s ports and borders. The Sandia Labs team developed a scintillator made of an organic glass which is more effective than the best-known nuclear threat detection material while being much easier and cheaper to produce. Organic glass is a carbon-based material that can be melted and does not become cloudy or crystallize upon cooling. Successful results of the Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation projectRead More →

Essential tremor is the world’s most common movement disorder, affecting an estimated 7 million people in the U.S. alone. The hallmark of this disease is an involuntary, rhythmic shaking during intentional movement, complicating everyday tasks like writing, eating and drinking. When resting or sleeping, however, most patients have few or no symptoms. The disease can be treated with a surgical procedure called Deep Brain Stimulation, or DBS, where a neurosurgeon implants an electrode deep in the brain; this wire is then tunneled under the skin to a battery in the chest, which provides electrical stimulation that quiets the symptoms. In current use, however, these implantedRead More →