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 →

Long-term exposure to a noisy environment, particularly at night, is linked to infertility in men, according to a study in Environmental Pollution. The researchers found that exposure above the WHO night noise level (55 dB – equivalent to the noise of a suburban street) is linked to a significant increase in infertility. The scientists behind the study, from Seoul National University in the Republic of Korea, say it is important to consider noise when assessing environmental conditions that contribute to infertility. Noise can be annoying – it breaks your concentration and disrupts your sleep. But noise has also been linked to health problems, such asRead 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 →

For the first time ever, astronomers at The University of New Mexico say they’ve been able to observe and measure the orbital motion between two supermassive black holes hundreds of millions of light years from Earth – a discovery more than a decade in the making. UNM Department of Physics & Astronomy graduate student Karishma Bansal is the first-author on the paper, ‘Constraining the Orbit of the Supermassive Black Hole Binary 0402+379’, recently published in The Astrophysical Journal. She, along with UNM Professor Greg Taylor and colleagues at Stanford, the U.S. Naval Observatory and the Gemini Observatory, have been studying the interaction between these blackRead 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 →

Among young adults at risk for suicide, highly variable sleep patterns may augur an increase in suicidal symptoms, independent of depression, a study from Stanford has found. Sleep disturbances can warn of worsening suicidal thoughts in young adults, independent of the severity of an individual’s depression, a study from the Stanford University School of Medicine has found. Sleep problems among young adults at risk for suicide — especially variation in when they went to sleep and when they woke up — emerged as a warning sign of worsening suicidal thoughts in the following days and weeks, the study showed. The study was published online JuneRead More →

A molecular test can pinpoint which patients will have a very low risk of death from breast cancer even 20 years after diagnosis and tumor removal, according to a new clinical study led by UC San Francisco in collaboration with colleagues in Sweden. As a result, “ultralow” risk patients could be treated less aggressively and overtreatment avoided, leading to fewer toxic effects. “This is an important step forward for personalizing care for women with breast cancer,” said lead author Laura J. Esserman, MD, MBA, a breast cancer specialist and surgeon with UC Health. “We can now test small node-negative breast cancers, and if they areRead 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 →

Many people living with dementia reside in long-term care facilities, where the lack of stimulation can result in behaviors such as hitting, screaming, and wandering. Common measures to avoid such “responsive” behaviors, such as antipsychotic medications and personalized recreational and music therapy programs, can cause adverse health effects in the former case and be difficult for staff to find time to carry out in the latter case. A team of human factors/ergonomics researchers helped to evaluate and refine Ambient Activity (or AA; Ambient Activity Technologies Inc.), interactive tools designed to augment existing programs and activities by alleviating boredom and increasing engagement. The team evaluating theRead More →

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, ScieneEducation.gov 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 ScieneEducation.gov 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 →