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December 22, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Science Sites Of 2013 – Part Two

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Well, this is the last of my annual lists for this year. You can see all twenty-one “The Best of 2013″ lists here.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Science Sites Of 2013 – So Far

The Best Science Sites Of 2012 — Part Two

The Best Science Sites Of 2012 — Part One

The Best Science Sites Of 2011

The Best Science Sites Of 2011 — So Far

The Best Science Websites — 2010

The Best Science & Math Sites — 2009

The Best Science & Math Websites — 2008

The Best Science Websites For Students & Teachers — 2007

Here are my choices for The Best Science Sites Of 2013 — Part Two (not in any order of preference):

I’ve added this video to The Best Images Taken In Space:

The New York Times has begun producing one minute “Science Takes” videos on its website.

You can see them all here.

I’ve embedded one below, though you may have to click through to see it if you’re reading this post in an RSS Reader:

I posted about an ambitious special New York Times feature on science education. I think the best part of it was their inviting people to respond to this question: What Memorable Experiences Have You Had in Learning Science or Math?

Here are student responses.

Here’s a video by Symphony of Science — learning about black holes has never been so interesting!

You just have to love this infographic:

Moon Phases Explained (with Oreos)

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Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

You can read more about NASA’s latest video on climate change showing what happens to the United States.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About Climate Change.

You better believe I’m adding this photo of earth from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft near Saturn to The Best Images Taken In Space. You can see more of NASA’s photos here and read about the mission here.

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The Best Resources For “Moon Day”

How Big Is The Ocean? is a TED-Ed video and lesson plan.

I’m adding it to The Best Web Tools That Show You Objects To Scale.

 

Four Ways To Visually & Musically Chart Global Warming

TED-Ed just published a series of fun videos and accompanying lessons on the topic “If Superpowers Were Real.”

The videos and lesson are on super speed, super strength, invisibility, body mass, immortality and flight.

Here’s the introductory video:

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December 22, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: “NASA | Earthrise: The 45th Anniversary”

From NASA:

In December of 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 became the first people to leave our home planet and travel to another body in space. But as crew members Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders all later recalled, the most important thing they discovered was Earth.

Using photo mosaics and elevation data from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), this video commemorates the 45th anniversary of Apollo 8′s historic flight by recreating the moment when the crew first saw and photographed the Earth rising from behind the Moon. Narrator Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon, sets the scene for a three-minute visualization of the view from both inside and outside the spacecraft accompanied by the onboard audio of the astronauts.

I’m adding this to The Best Images Taken In Space:

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November 20, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: Rube Goldberg Machine Ad To Show That “girls deserve more choices than dolls and princesses”

In case you haven’t yet seen this ad that shows ” girls deserve more choices than dolls and princesses,” here it is (you can read more about it at The New York Times).

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Rube Goldberg Machines.

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September 12, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Voyager Has Left The Solar System — Here Are Some Useful Resources

September 3, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Special NY Times Section On Science Education

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The New York Times just published a special section on science education called Science Times Special Section: Learning What Works. It seems surprisingly ambitious. Here are just a few of the articles it includes:

Sesame Street Widens Its Focus

Young Students Against Bad Science

Standard-Bearer in Evolution Fight: Eugenie C. Scott Fights the Teaching of Creationism in Schools

Guesses and Hype Give Way to Data in Study of Education

Field Testing The Math Apps

Two interactive features — first, where suggestions on how to improve science education (many which sound pretty good) are shared and, secondly, a science “quiz.”

The New York Times Learning Network is inviting students to contribute their answers to this question: What Memorable Experiences Have You Had in Learning Science or Math?

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August 5, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Updates On The Mars Rover Curiosity

Today marks the one year anniversary of the Mars Rover Curiosity landing on Mars. Here are some new additions to The Best Sites For Learning About The Mars Rover Curiosity:

One Year on Mars: The Curiosity Rover is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.

Mars Curiosity Rover Tracker is a neat interactive feature from The New York Times.

National Geographic also has a nice interactive.

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