Cape Town, South Africa, is a busy city with a population of 433,700 people. It's also a popular tourist destination. And—it's about to run out of water. Day Zero, the day when the wells are expected to completely dry up, is predicted to arrive sometime in July 2018.
One way to get kids interested in science is by letting them do science. Discoveries made are discoveries remembered! This might seem hard—after all, how can fifth graders contribute to actual scientific fields of knowledge? With citizen science!
Common squid from the Belgian continental shelf. Photo credit: Hans Hillewaert
What’s a cephalopod and why do we devote a week to celebrating it? Cephalopods are marine creatures of the molluscan class Cephalopoda and include octopi, squid, cuttlefish, and nautiluses. These are pretty strange looking creatures, and they are also extremely capable. For example, you can watch videos of an octopus opening a glass jar with a screw-top lid from the inside. There are also instances of octopi travelling across land in search of food.
Bioengineering is a pretty exciting topic. Yes, it’s also a controversial one, but it offers great fodder for classroom discussion!
Take this question, for example. Should wooly mammoths be brought back from extinction through genetic engineering? This is an important question, because now, scientists are closer than ever to being able to make this a reality.
Henrietta Leavitt helped reveal what the galaxy really looks like!
This is the last day of March, and Women’s History Month is drawing to a close. Let’s take this opportunity to learn about one of the unsung heroes of astronomy, Henrietta Swan Leavitt.
The human family tree got a little bigger last week! Scientists discovered pieces of 15 different skeletons in a cave in South Africa that belong to a new species of human ancestor that has been named homo naledi.
ART BY STEFAN FICHTEL. SOURCES: LEE BERGER AND PETER SCHMID, WITS; JOHN HAWKS, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON