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The superbug that doctors have been dreading just reached the U.S.

By Lena H. Sun and<p>Lena H. Sun<p>National reporter focusing on health<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Brady Dennis<p>Brady Dennis<p>Reporter focusing on environmental policy and public health issues<p>Email Bio Follow<p>For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to …

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FossilFinder.org

Be a real part in ongoing research exploring fossil bearing landscapes in the Turkana Basin in northern Kenya. Here we ask you to help us document …

Scientists are scrambling to come up with ways of getting plastics out of our oceans — and they’ve proposed some pretty unusual ideas

Located on the southern tip of the Pacific island chain of Hawaii, Kamilo Beach is an isolated stretch of black volcanic shoreline in the middle of nowhere.<p>Just a few hundred yards from shore, humpback whales rise up from the depths, colorful fish fill the reefs and rare sea turtles swim in to nest …

Flint's water crisis: what went wrong

Photograph: Jake May/AP<p>Flint resident Andrew Watson drops to the floor in tears and a resident holds a jug of contaminated water as Flint police stand guard at the city council chamber …

How plate tectonics have influenced the geopolitics of the modern world

As we report today, a group of scientists in Sydney has constructed the most advanced model so far of the Earth’s plate tectonics, creating a picture of what the continents looked like up to 1 billion years ago. These tectonic movements have shaped both the geography of the planet and its geology, …

How Europeans became tall and fair-skinned 8,500 years ago

When agriculture arrived in Europe some 8,500 years ago, humans didn’t simply adapt their lifestyles and eating habits, but also their genes.<p>Researchers, led by geneticist David Reich at Harvard Medical School, analyzed the DNA of 230 ancient humans who lived between 3,000 and 8,500 years ago and …

Study Predicts Grim Future For Hawaii's Rarest Forest Birds

More bad news out of the "extinction capital of the world."<p>Millions of years ago, songbirds somehow managed to make their way to Hawaii, eventually evolving into dozens of unique species perfectly adapted to their isolated tropical paradise.<p>But Hawaii has often been called the "extinction capital …

Double catastrophe killed dinosaurs, says study

Asteroid impact and volcanic eruptions might have been a one-two punch that killed off the dinosaurs. New dates suggest the catastrophes were nearly …

Newly Identified Human Ancestor Homo Naledi Was Handy With Tools

Science News<p>Homo naledi, the ancient human ancestor whose fossils have been retrieved from a South African cave, may have been handy with tools and walked much like a person, according to scientists who examined its well-preserved foot and hand bones. Its foot and hand anatomy shared many …

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What is the Yellowstone supervolcano?

Beneath Yellowstone National Park lies a volcanic hotspot. The most recent enormous eruption occurred 640,000 years ago. What’s going on now?<p>Beneath …

Climate change is going to reshuffle ocean animals

Marine species are relocating, generally toward the poles, to find water temperatures that suit them, scientists say. By the end of the century, they …

America’s growing love affair with the most wasteful thing to drink there is

By Roberto A. Ferdman<p>Roberto A. Ferdman<p>Bio<p>Once an occasional indulgence, bottled water is quickly becoming America's drink of choice.<p>The average person in the United States now consumes more than 35 gallons of bottled water per year, according to data from market research firm Beverage Marketing …

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Ankylosaurs Slurped Food With Powerful Tongues

Science & InnovationLaelaps<p>Over eight decades ago, while pondering the heavily-armored dinosaur <i>Scolosaurus</i>, the eccentric paleontologist Franz Nopcsa proposed what is probably one of the oddest ideas in the annals of paleobiological speculation. <i>Scolosaurus</i> was a low-slung quadruped that shuffled …

Milestone In Nigeria: One Year Polio-Free

It’s cause for excitement, but there’s more work ahead<p>One year ago today, health officials announced the last case of polio in Nigeria. Since then, the country has remained polio-free—one step of many toward an official certification of eradication from the World Health Organization.<p>As of 1988, …

In Africa's 'cradle,' an old fossil site yields new finds

KROMDRAAI, South Africa (Reuters) - Crouched in a shallow square grid dug into the red African earth, American graduate student Sarah Edlund uses a hand brush to scrape soil into a dustpan.<p>U.S. graduate students scrape soil into a dustpan as they try to uncover implements fashioned from quartz that …

Leaky Vaccines Enhance Spread of Deadlier Chicken Viruses

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>Over the past fifty years, Marek’s disease—an illness of fowl—has become fouler. Marek’s is caused by a highly contagious virus, related to those that cause herpes in humans. It spreads through the dust of contaminated chicken coops, and caused both …

Why failure is crucial for a student’s success

If you’re at all like me, somewhere in your home you have at least one can of WD-40®, because the stuff works wonders. If you teach science, I …

The case for project-based learning

Why are you closing?<p>It hides the content It looks like an ad I trust only original links<p>Link shared by<p>Links by @New Tech Network<p>http://bit.ly/1LtBTjK …

What It Takes to Become an All Project-Based School

Here are a few of the statistics New Tech has gathered from their schools: students graduate at a rate six percent higher than the national average …

Partnerships For My PBL Classroom: More Than A Test

<b>May 20, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 6, Number 10</b><p><i>Driving Question: Why do I bother with community partners in my classroom?</i><p>It's never a bother.<p>Imagine a …

The case for project-based learning

Project-based learning is not some new-fangled teaching method just coming into vogue. In fact, use of the PBL approach can be tracked back to the …

How to Create the Learning Community Vital to Project-Based Learning’s Success

Project-based learning has become a hot topic as educators look for ways to effectively get students solving problems, working collaboratively and …

Integrated PBL Projects: A Full-Course Meal!

Photo Credit: Andrew Miller<p>Teachers develop PBL curriculum for the coming year.<p>Use a Variety of Planning Strategies<p>I wrote about many of these …

This school in Norway abandoned teaching subjects 40 years ago

Finland has announced that in their new national curriculum, they will emphasize phenomena-based project studies instead of traditional subjects. The Ringstabekk school—with 425 students aged 13 to 16 years just outside Norway’s capital, Oslo—has been doing this for 40 years with great success. It …

Use PBL to Inspire Passion and Teach Lifelong Learning

Inspire Passion in Learning<p>In an effective PBL classroom, instruction shifts away from the teacher to student accountability and ownership. Students …

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<i>Editor's Note: This post refers to Graphite, the former name of this website.</i><p>The Graphite team hosted our very first #GraphiteChat on Twitter last …

Student-developed Driving Questions in Science PBL

One of my favorite aspects of project-based learning is that students identify the areas within a topic that are most fascinating to <i>them</i>, and then …

Gold Standard PBL: Essential Project Design Elements | Blog | Project Based Learning

<b>Challenging Problem or Question</b><br>The heart of a project – what it is “about,” if one were to sum it up – is a problem to investigate and solve, or a …