Check out this recent blog post about using the SkyLight in a research lab. Spoiler alert, it includes fantastic writing and fantastic photos of these planarians aka “some kinds of worms that can regenerate cut body parts, including the head, brain and everything!” (Learning something new every day…) They are also secretly kind of adorable and look like they have a fine set of googly eyes.
[photo credit: baldscientist]
Check it out – a recent Science Friday interview about astrophotography with phones to get prepped for all the clear fall skies that are on the way. Especially useful if you do not live in a land covered by lovely nighttime piles of fog (hi San Francisco!).
Side detour for some education insight and real talk…Janet Napolitano is currently the president of the University of California system and is sometimes pretty real about education. Also definitely worth listening to is the original interview that this article came from. There are many opinions about her & policies & politics & leadership (& pretty much everything) thrown around, so it’s definitely worth getting an idea of where she’s at, such as these thoughts on online learning:
For higher education, she said, “It’s not a silver bullet, the way it was originally portrayed to be. It’s a lot harder than it looks, and by the way if you do it right it doesn’t save all that much money, because you still have to have an opportunity for students to interact with either a teaching assistant or an assistant professor or a professor at some level.”
As for preparing the courses, “if they’re really going to be top-quality, that’s an investment as well.” Taking aim at the dream that online learning might be most useful for students needing help in remedial courses in subjects like English and math, Napolitano said: “I think that’s false; those students need the teacher in the classroom working with them.”
Several weeks ago we were lucky enough to be up in the lovely land of Portland (Oregon) with an extra moment to stop by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. If you are ever in the area, we vouch that OMSI is legit worth a visit (and we are all grown-ups here!), plus we got a few fantastic pictures to share that have been taken with their SkyLights. Right now I canNOT get over how much I dig these snail shots…
Interlude to check out the Foldscope, a very cool project that has been getting some press around the Internets lately. Spoiler alert: It is a microscope made from cardboard!….Now that you are interested, you can take a moment to enjoy the inventor’s TED talk (a few years old but so worth watching!).
Per the Foldscope website:
Foldscope is an origami-based print-and-fold optical microscope that can be assembled from a flat sheet of paper. Although it costs less than a dollar in parts, it can provide over 2,000X magnification with sub-micron resolution (800nm), weighs less than two nickels (8.8 g), is small enough to fit in a pocket (70 × 20 × 2 mm3), requires no external power, and can survive being dropped from a 3-story building or stepped on by a person. Its minimalistic, scalable design is inherently application-specific instead of general-purpose gearing towards applications in global health, field based citizen science and K12-science education.