The case of the vanishing honeybees

In the past decade, the US honeybee population has been decreasing at an alarming and unprecedented rate. While this is obviously bad news for honeypots everywhere, bees also help feed us in a bigger way — by pollinating our nation’s crops. Emma Bryce investigates potential causes for this widespread colony collapse disorder.

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Lesson by Emma Bryce, animation by Lillian Chan.

via TED Education.

Explainer Spotlight - Maria Cortes

Working at the New York Hall of Science has changed Maria’s life. She has always been a fan of science, and working here has helped her improve her communication skills.

via Explainer TV.

Grammar’s great divide: The Oxford comma

If you read “Bob, a DJ and a clown” on a guest list, are three people coming to the party, or only one? That depends on whether you’re for or against the Oxford comma — perhaps the most hotly contested punctuation mark of all time. When do we use one? Can it really be optional, or is there a universal rule? TED-Ed explores both sides of this comma conundrum.

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Lesson by TED-Ed, animation by Zedem Media.

via TED Education.

Learning Space №51: Global Astronomy Month

What are your plans for Global Astronomy Month? We’ll be discussing this world-wide celebration with Mike Simmons from Astronomers Without Borders.

Duration: 01:15:11

via Astrosphere Vids.

Learning Space №50: NASA Wavelength

Dr Nicole Gugliucci first demonstrates a Star Finder “Cootie Catcher” with constellations on it.

This week we’re teaming up with Morgan Woroner (@NASAWavelength) to show you all of the educational resources that NASA Wavelength has to offer.

Duration: 01:07:07

via Astrosphere Vids.

Are We Doing Too Much Homework?

Homework can be a pain during your teenage years. Some teachers give too much, and others give too little. Laci and Trace did some research of their own to find out if doing homework actually helps the learning process.

via DNews Channel.

A-rhythm-etic. The math behind the beats

Ready to dance in your seat? Drummer Clayton Cameron breaks down different genres of music—from R&B to Latin to pop—by their beats. A talk that proves hip hop and jazz aren’t cooler than math—they simply rely on it.

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Talk by Clayton Cameron.

via TED Education.

Crystal Dilworth: 30 Seconds on Teaching Dance to Scientists

We give Crystal Dilworth 30 seconds to explain how she teaches dance to scientists and she says they’re like 8-year-old girls.

Crystal Dilworth recently completed her Ph.D. in Molecular Neuroscience at Cal Tech. Her research has focused on the molecular basis for nicotine dependence. An accomplished life-long dancer, Crystal now choreographs Cal Tech’s musical productions. That’s right, she teaches other scientists to dance… and they’re good!

via NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers.

The science of spiciness

When you take a bite of a hot pepper, your body reacts as if your mouth is on fire — because that’s essentially what you’ve told your brain! Rose Eveleth details the science and history behind spicy foods, giving insights into why some people continue to pay the painful price for a little spice.

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Lesson by Rose Eveleth, animation by Flaming Medusa Studios Inc.

via TED Education.

Learning Space №48 - Citizen Science in the Classroom

Today we’re talking with Lily Bui from about bringing citizen science projects into the classroom.
Project NOAH:

Duration: 59:41

via Astrosphere Vids.

NCSE Webinar 4: Media skills for science education advocates

This workshop focuses on media outreach: the panelists will discuss their own experiences, and share advice and resources to help citizens like you plan for media outreach and be effective spokespeople for science.

Duration: 01:44:11

via National Center for Science Education.

Should Everybody Learn to Code? - Computerphile

With in the US and the Next Gen report in the UK, there’s currently a real push to include Computer Science in schools, but should everybody learn to code?

Next Gen Report:
Code Org:

Computer Science at the University of Nottingham:
This video by Brady Haran and Sean Riley.
Computerphile is a sister project to Brady Haran’s Numberphile.

via Computerphile.

Common Science Facts People Don’t Know

It’s a widely known fact that the Earth revolves around the sun, but did you know 25% of Americans don’t know this? Recent surveys are showing that Americans aren’t too smart when it comes to science. Anthony and Laci discuss a few common science facts that a lot of people simply don’t know.

via DNews Channel.

HuffPost Girls in STEM: Dr. Rudy Tanzi and Lauren Yesko

"Secret Life" has partnered with HuffPost Girls in STEM! Certain mentees from the Girls in STEM mentorship program won a chance to come on the set of "Secret Life" and ask our scientists some questions.

via NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers.

Learning Space №47 - Geology with CUPCAKES

This week, we’ll be talking with Jess Krim about a super-fun demonstration for science class. There will be cupcakes… There is a cupcake sitting on my desk right now that I cannot eat. Find out why in a few minutes!

Duration: 50:53

via Astrosphere Vids.