Science magazine is inviting young people to contribute responses to a GREAT question. Unfortunately, the deadline to submit a 250 word response is May 17th, the day after I publish this post.
Here’s their question:
You can travel back in time to share one piece of scientific knowledge from today. Where do you go? Describe the date and place you choose, the information you share, and how it might change the course of history. (Assume that the people you visit will understand and believe you!)
Dynamic Sun: Stunning Three-Year Time-Lapse View is a video from NASA. Here’s how they describe it:
In the three years since it first provided images of the sun in the spring of 2010, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has had virtually unbroken coverage of the sun’s rise toward solar maximum, the peak of solar activity in its regular 11-year cycle. This video shows those three years of the sun at a pace of two images per day.
The media has been awash with images from the Planck satellite this week. Here’s a short explanation from The New York Times:
Astronomers released the latest and most exquisite baby picture yet of the universe on Thursday, one that showed it to be 80 million to 100 million years older and a little fatter than previously thought, with more matter in it and perhaps ever so slightly lopsided.
Recorded by the European Space Agency’s Planck satellite, the image is a heat map of the cosmos as it appeared only 370,000 years after the Big Bang, showing space speckled with faint spots from which galaxies would grow over billions of years.
How Do Things Fly? is a great interactive site from the Smithsonian. It is THE site to learn about anything related to flight. You can design and virtually fly your own plane, and you can even design and print-out your own paper airplane.
On January 28, 1986, NASA Challenger mission STS-51-L ended in tragedy when the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after takeoff. On board was physicist Ronald E. McNair, who was the second African American to enter space. But first, he was a kid with big dreams in Lake City, South Carolina:
Energy Realities is a collection of video, multimedia and infographic resources about energy related issues that’s sponsored by National Geographic, along with a number of other partners like New Scientist, Slate, and — here’s what has me concerned — an oil company.
Here’s how it describes itself:
A visual guide to global energy needs, which shows how technology and intelligence are ensuring humanity continues to progress. The site combines maps, multimedia, and writing from four premier publishers and tells the story of energy use, production, and sustainability on our planet. We invite you to explore and share this content to help increase understanding and dialogue about our world’s energy needs.
I did a quick once-over of the site, and I didn’t see anything that seemed obviously influenced by the oil company’s participation, but who knows? It did seem pretty engaging, but proceed with caution….
The Guardian has just published an interactive infographic that lets you see the temperature change over the past one hundred years in most locations in the world. Just type in your city and country and, voila, you see it graphed for your location.