Terry Davin

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Altering A Species: Darwin's Shopping List

By genetically modifying organisms, we can now create glow-in-the-dark cats and fish, mice with singing voices, less flatulent cows, carbon-capturing plants, humanized cow milk, and even trademark pigs that poop environmentally-friendly feces.<p>Scientists are hard at work trying to grow human organs …

Biology

How Some Neuromyths Just Don’t Go Away

Some commonly held ideas about what we know about the brain are nothing more than myth, and a new study recently published in <i>Frontiers of Psychology</i> …

Why Teachers Need Their Freedom

Educators must remain engaged and autonomous in order to do their jobs well and avoid burnout.<p>My co-teacher and I met in the parking lot before school and stared into my car trunk at the costumes and props we had gathered over the weekend. We were giddy with excitement and nervous because neither …

Teaching

How to slam dunk creationists when it comes to the theory of evolution

The 2001 discovery of the seven million-year-old Sahelanthropus, the first known upright ape-like creatures, was yet more proof of humanity’s place …

G Man puts the smack down on me!

I got into a conversation with a creationist in a hangout late one night, and now, wouldn’t you know it, he has announced that he “humbled” me. …

Critical thinking: how to help your students become better learners

Want your class to make the most out of learning opportunities? Try focusing not just on the task itself, but how they approach it<p>Encouraging students to build awareness, understanding and control of their thought processes – also known as metacognition – has been identified by the Education …

Pedagogy

How Donald Trump got human evolution wrong

Human evolution has a public relations problem. That isn’t just because some people are skeptical of science in general or because creationists reject the notion of evolution. As it is often studied and taught, human evolution can be male-biased and Eurocentric, even reeking of sexism and …

Biology

The politics of math: Is algebra necessary to obtain a college degree?

If you can’t simplify the following operation, chances are the state won’t let you graduate from community college:<p>Algebra problems like this one are at the heart of a dispute over the level of math deemed necessary to earn an associate degree or transfer to a four-year college. Failure to complete …

Mathematics

Research suggests humans emerged 2.8M years ago amid major climate change event

Mystery still shrouds much of the story of our origins, but new Arizona State University (ASU) research sheds new light on why we first emerged where …

Why Does Teacher Talk Still Dominate High School Classrooms?

Teacher talk still dominates high school classrooms, but it doesn't have to, and here are a few reasons why.

Pedagogy

Revamped "Anti-Science" Education Bills in U.S. Find Success

State and local legislatures in the United States are experimenting with new ways to target the topics taught in science classes, and it seems to be …

We Need to Rethink How We Educate Kids to Tackle the Jobs of the Future | Inc.com

Our education system was designed for the 20th century. It is largely focused on teaching kids how to retain information and manipulate numbers. It regularly tests these abilities and, if you do well, you are promised to get into a good college, have a successful career and live a happy, prosperous …

Communication Skills

#15toptips for Student-Centred Teaching 3: Build ‘authenticity’ into your assessment strategy

As lecturers we often tend to think first of what we want to teach. This is an entirely natural response if we view ourselves primarily as subject …

Teachers must ditch 'neuromyth' of learning styles, say scientists

Eminent academics from worlds of neuroscience, education and psychology voice concerns over popularity of method<p>Teaching children according to their individual “learning style” does not achieve better results and should be ditched by schools in favour of evidence-based practice, according to …

Education

On Santa Cruz Island, they killed the cows, sheep, and bees. Now it’s time to finish the job

All Queens Must Die<p>On Santa Cruz Island, they killed the cows, sheep, and bees. Now it’s time to finish the job<p>By Ryan Bradley | Photography by John Francis Peters<p><b>The cows were</b> the first to go because cows are big, and killing them was easy. The ranchers on Santa Cruz Island had been killing cattle …

Learning Strategies, Not Learning Styles

Too often we put students in boxes and label them with learning styles, when we should be teaching them learning strategies to use when we aren't …

Pedagogy

The day the theory of evolution levelled up

A great debate between biologist Thomas Henry Huxley and Bishop Samuel Wilberforce played a huge part in the theory of evolution's spreading through history.<p>Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of the Species," published in 1859, turned out to be a tremendously important work of scientific literature. …

Evolution

The best $5 I ever spent on an iPhone app

If you thought the iPhone wasn't for tinkerers, think again. Workflow puts powerful task automation in the palm of your hand.<p>When you think of smartphones and automation, your mind might immediately gravitate towards IFTTT or even Tasker for Android.<p>Automation apps let you create "recipes" that …

Apps

New Wave of Under The Sea Renewable Energy Sources Coming

We have all seen the many wind turbines and solar panels that are set up in the countryside and peoples homes, but what about underwater turbines? …

Renewable Energy

The Mistrust of Science

<i>The following was delivered as the commencement address at the California Institute of Technology, on Friday, June 10th.</i><p>If this place has done its job—and I suspect it has—you’re all scientists now. Sorry, English and history graduates, even you are, too. Science is not a major or a career. It is a …

Critical Thinking

Farmers have modified our food for at least 10,000 years, why does it matter all of a sudden?

In the past week you’ve probably eaten crops that wouldn’t exist in nature, or that have evolved extra genes to reach freakish sizes. You’ve probably eaten “cloned” food and you may have even eaten plants whose ancestors were once deliberately blasted with radiation. And you could have bought all …

Agriculture

New support for human evolution in grasslands - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Buried deep in seabed sediments off east Africa, scientists have uncovered a 24-million-year record of vegetation trends in the region where humans …

Clean fuel from "bionic leaf" could ease pressure on farmland - scientists

Dubbed "bionic leaf 2.0", the technology uses solar panels to split water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen<p>By Chris Arsenault<p>RIO DE JANEIRO, June 2 …

Ancient fossils, an Internet database and evolution: An idea hatched at the Field Museum

The Field Museum has more than a half-million fossils in its collection comprising all manner of plants and animals. It includes fossils from 430 million-year-old trilobites from Chicagoland's Silurian reef to 195 million-year-old dinosaurs from Antarctica to 7,000-year-old humans from Iran, Iraq …

Why the effects of 2016 El Niño trumped climate change in the Alberta wildfires

In the wake of the damaging Alberta fires, there has been a lot of attention paid to what role climate change plays in wildfires. Yet 2016 is also a …

Inside The Looming Disaster Of The Salton Sea

BOMBAY BEACH, CALIFORNIA — The lake is drying up, uncounted dead fish line the shore, and the desert town is losing people.<p>It could be the plot of a …

Water

Indians demand government action after temperatures hit 51C

Residents of a city in the north-west of India have called for government action as temperatures reached 51C (123.8F), the highest the country has experienced since records began.<p>Phalodi, in the desert state of Rajasthan, is suffering an unprecedented medical crisis as a result of the record …

India

Win total odds for top college football teams released for upcoming season

The Golden Nugget has released early win total futures for top college football teams, led by Clemson and Florida State<p>Early college football win …

College Football

Storing Heat to Make Solar Electricity All the Time

COLOGNE, Germany—At Germany’s aerospace agency, the next frontier is capturing the sun here on Earth and keeping it on tap.<p>In a 4-year-old glass and …

Portugal Just Ran For 4 Straight Days Entirely on Renewable Energy

Awesome!<p>As renewable energy matures into an ever more popular and cost-effective source of electricity, we're getting used to seeing some historic …