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10 tips to encourage quality student filmmaking in the classroom

Reposted from: http://www.edtechavenger.comDid you know that filmmaking helps to develop higher order thinking skills? Check out Niko Theodosakis’s …

See this blurry blue dot? It’s the lightest exoplanet imaged so far

The new planet – designated HD 95086 b – has a predicted mass of only four to five times that of Jupiter.<p>Astronomers have confirmed the existence of …

Astronomy

APOD: Orion Nebula in Oxygen, Hydrogen, and Sulfur (2013 Jun 04) Image Credit & Copyright: César Blanco González http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130604.html Explanation: Few astronomical sights excite the imagination like the nearby stellar nursery known as the Orion Nebula. The Nebula's glowing gas surrounds hot young stars at the edge of an immense interstellar molecular cloud. Many of the filamentary structures visible in the above image are actually shock waves - fronts where fast moving material encounters slow moving gas. The Orion Nebula spans about 40 light years and is located about 1500 light years away in the same spiral arm of our Galaxy as the Sun. The Great Nebula in Orion can be found with the unaided eye just below and to the left of the easily identifiable belt of three stars in the popular constellation Orion. The above image shows the nebula in three colors specifically emitted by hydrogen, oxygen, and sulfur gas. The whole Orion Nebula cloud complex, which includes the Horsehead Nebula, will slowly disperse over the next 100,000 years. http://www.atlasastronomia.com/astrofotografia/cesar/cesar.html Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130604 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0604

Pin-tailed Whydah composite

Early bird called Dawn beat Archaeopteryx to worm by 10m years

A prehistoric beast the size of a pheasant has become a contender for the title of oldest bird to stalk the Earth.<p>The small, feathered "Dawn" bird …

What Is a Trojan Horse?

Today's Wonder of the Day takes us on a trip way back to the time of the War. As told in Virgil's <i>Aeneid</i>, a famous poem, the Greeks had tried to the …

Ancient History

How to Tell if Your Roommate is a Monster

Looking at all this Monsters University stuff coming out lately, we got to thinking: what if monsters went to OUR universities? Would we be able to …

The mysterious world of pygmy seahorses

<b>PYGMY SEAHORSES ARE AMONG</b> the world’s smallest fishes. Around 2cm in length, these tiny animals are relatively new to science: six of the seven …

South-east Asia

Africa's Rift Valley from above – in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2013/apr/19/africa-rift-valley-kenya-ethiopia-in-pictures<p>720<p>German photographer Michael Poliza travelled by …

What Is Medicine Made From?

Can you imagine living thousands of years ago? After a hard day of hunting for food, you return to your cave and plop down on a rock. Unfortunately, …

How Are Sound Effects Made?

Do you know what a light sounds like? What about the of a Tyrannosaurus Rex? If you've seen the <i>Star Wars</i> or <i>Jurassic Park</i> films, then you probably …

Dinosaurs

OPINION: What killed Australia's megafauna?

<b>THROUGHOUT THE ICE AGE</b> that characterised our planet for much of the last two million years, mainland Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea formed a …

Climate Change

First to the Everest summit: 60 years on

<b>"WELL, GEORGE, WE KNOCKED</b> the bastard off." It is now 60 years since Edmund Hillary rolled back into camp on 29 May 1953 and announced to fellow Kiwi …

Mountaineering

AG reader photo: Star trail

<b>THIS STUNNING SHOT,</b> sent in by AG reader Grant Schwartzkopf from Paringa in South Australia, captures the blazing trails of stars over Lake Bonney in …

South Australia