Friday, October 10, 2008

Science Friday 101008

Physics of Baseball, KQED
Use this QUEST segment and Educator Guide to explore the physics behind baseball and see how one Bay Area teacher explains the connections.
Download the Educator Guide (PDF)
Discuss "corking" a bat on the QUEST Blog

Genebase Bionet: The DNA Ancestry Project
Discover your deep ancestral origins. Find out where your ancestors came from, their ethnic background, and how they have scattered throughout the world today.

SLIDE SHOW: Corals and Comet Dust, NYTimes
And more science in pictures: aspirin-making walnut trees, glass butterfly wings and catapulting fungi.

Three Chemists Win Nobel Prize By KENNETH CHANG, NYTimes
One Japanese and two American scientists won this year’s prize for their work on observing cells.

Three Physicists Share Nobel Prize By DENNIS OVERBYE, NYTimes
The prize was awarded to an American and two Japanese physicists for their work exploring the hidden symmetries among elementary particles.
Times Topics: Nobel Prizes
Discoverers of AIDS and Cancer Viruses Win Nobel

Computers + Biology = Virus Detector A Conversation With Joseph Derisi By CLAUDIA DREIFUS, NYTimes
Joseph DeRisi, a molecular biologist and biochemist, helped invent the ViroChip, which accelerates the ability of researchers to diagnose viral infections.

One in 4 Mammals Threatened With Extinction, Group Finds By JAMES KANTER, NYTimes
One in four mammals is in danger of disappearing because of habitat loss, hunting and climate change, a global conservation body warned on Monday.

Video Game Helps Math Students Vanquish an Archfiend: Algebra By WINNIE HU, NYTimes
Then all action stopped as an algebra problem popped on screen: What is the slope-intercept formula for points A and B?

Butterfly counters miffed at S.F. museum, SFGate
Liam O'Brien was sitting down for dinner Sept. 27 when he flipped on the television news to see a flock of monarch butterflies...
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