The Plastic Brain

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Should you ever wonder why it was called La Belle Époque, please refer to the above picture.

Via tamburina:

The first air show at the Grand Palais in Paris, France. September 30th, 1909. Photographed in Autochrome Lumière by Léon Gimpel.

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Children’s perceptions of scientists, before and after actually meeting them.

Via this article, via MindShift.

Particularly relevant after this came out today:

Huge drop in year 12 students studying science‎ 

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Last week, I set my Year 11 Scientific Studies class the task of analysing the composition of a rock on Mars. Yesterday, they succeeded.

The video is my quick documentation of the processes. A pair of the students have the task of doing a more complete and thorough job, which I will hopefully post here in the future…

I was a great way to end my final school placement. Now I just have a few weeks of my course to finish, then a long break before starting teaching for real in January.

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Why don’t whales get the bends?

jtotheizzoe:

skepttv:

Naked Science Scrapbook – Why don’t whales get the bends, when divers can?

If a diver surfaces too quickly after a dive, they can get the bends, or decompression sickness, causing excruciating pain and sometimes even death. In this Naked Science Scrapbook, find out what causes the bends, why human divers can get it and why (usually) whales don’t …

“Questions I have never asked but now must know the answer to”

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The secret of creation lies in the waveDiagrams and paintings by “outsider scientific-mystic” Walter Russell

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Shining a torch on a wall is a good way to see the conic sections in real life. Can you spot a circle, the ellipses, a parabola and the hyperbolas? [code] [more]

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