April162014
I went to my first smelt fry today. Very tasty.

I went to my first smelt fry today. Very tasty.

5PM
11AM

thekidshouldseethis:

From the Ri Channel's View the Tales from the Prep Room series, this is how you make a fluidized bed of sand: Making Sand Swim. Watch how these solids suddenly behave a lot like a fluid as air escapes between the sand particles, causing them to float. It’s definitely one of the more strange and fascinating demonstrations that we’ve seen. 

Related watching: ScienceDemo.org, and at RIGB.org, a video list that I put together for The Royal Institution that has our favorite STEM videos for kids… well, at least some of our favorites. There are so many.

5AM
“The bottom line is that saying there are differences in male and female brains is just not true. There is pretty compelling evidence that any differences are tiny and are the result of environment not biology,” said Prof Rippon. “You can’t pick up a brain and say ‘that’s a girls brain, or that’s a boys brain’ in the same way you can with the skeleton. They look the same.” Prof Rippon points to earlier studies that showed the brains of London black cab drivers physically changed after they had acquired The Knowledge – an encyclopaedic recall of the capital’s streets. She believes differences in male and female brains are due to similar cultural stimuli. A women’s brain may therefore become ‘wired’ for multi-tasking simply because society expects that of her and so she uses that part of her brain more often. The brain adapts in the same way as a muscle gets larger with extra use. “What often isn’t picked up on is how plastic and permeable the brain is. It is changing throughout out lifetime. The world is full of stereotypical attitudes and unconscious bias. It is full of the drip, drip, drip of the gendered environment.” Men and women do not have different brains, claims neuroscientist - Telegraph

(via mustangblood)

April152014

Do you guys remember when I was at that thrift store and ran into that super gay guy and his super straight straightman friend? And the first guy was all “Gurrrlll, you need to get this belt, you look hot!” and I pretended like I was going to buy it but I didn’t because I don’t really do belts? Well, I got this dress and it absolutely needed a belt so I went back to the thrift store (two weeks later) and they still had it and so I bought it and now I have the best belt and also the best story.

5PM
“The bottom line is that saying there are differences in male and female brains is just not true. There is pretty compelling evidence that any differences are tiny and are the result of environment not biology,” said Prof Rippon. “You can’t pick up a brain and say ‘that’s a girls brain, or that’s a boys brain’ in the same way you can with the skeleton. They look the same.” Prof Rippon points to earlier studies that showed the brains of London black cab drivers physically changed after they had acquired The Knowledge – an encyclopaedic recall of the capital’s streets. She believes differences in male and female brains are due to similar cultural stimuli. A women’s brain may therefore become ‘wired’ for multi-tasking simply because society expects that of her and so she uses that part of her brain more often. The brain adapts in the same way as a muscle gets larger with extra use. “What often isn’t picked up on is how plastic and permeable the brain is. It is changing throughout out lifetime. The world is full of stereotypical attitudes and unconscious bias. It is full of the drip, drip, drip of the gendered environment.” Men and women do not have different brains, claims neuroscientist - Telegraph

(via mustangblood)

2PM
For this week’s Art Assignment, we were supposed to find the quietest place. I work at a school, in the lunchroom (or kindergarten, or with noisy 4/5th graders), so quiet is pretty hard to find. Even my kitchen is noisy, with the refrigerators and the warmers and the washers. I recently discovered this space, which is in a corner, through a door into a storeroom, and up a steep flight of stairs. It is blissfully quiet. I can’t hear anything. There is wifi, an an outlet. I think I might be spending all my breaks up here.

For this week’s Art Assignment, we were supposed to find the quietest place. I work at a school, in the lunchroom (or kindergarten, or with noisy 4/5th graders), so quiet is pretty hard to find. Even my kitchen is noisy, with the refrigerators and the warmers and the washers. I recently discovered this space, which is in a corner, through a door into a storeroom, and up a steep flight of stairs. It is blissfully quiet. I can’t hear anything. There is wifi, an an outlet. I think I might be spending all my breaks up here.

11AM

jtotheizzoe:

Watch this liquid boil and freeze at the same time! It’s not magic, these folks just dropped the pressure and temperature to the perfect place to hit the substance’s triple point, that magical nexus on the phase diagram where solid, liquid, and vapor coexist.

The liquid above is almost certainly not pure water (those crystals look a little funny), but here’s water’s phase diagram, complete with triple point and its various ice phases. Yes, even that one.

(via Mental Floss)

11AM
“Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water” Zen proverb
April142014

Registering for courses is so hard because I want to take them all. All the library classes. All the book arts classes. All the interdisciplinary. All the psychology. All the education. I need to stop looking through the catalog or I’ll never get anything done.

11AM
ginandnola:

Holy shit are there more of these
Too accurate. And I loved these books when I was little.

ginandnola:

Holy shit are there more of these

Too accurate. And I loved these books when I was little.

(Source: )

8AM
Happy Monday from Tom, my custodian friend! (/the spaghetti dinner this weekend)

Happy Monday from Tom, my custodian friend! (/the spaghetti dinner this weekend)

5AM
mikeerrico:

10 Rules for Students and Teachers, from John Cage

mikeerrico:

10 Rules for Students and Teachers, from John Cage

April132014

thekidshouldseethis:

Discovered by German physicist Helen Sperl in 1891, popularized in 1950 by Danish engineer Werner Ostberg, and demonstrated here by Grand Illusions' Hendrik Ball, this is a Tippe TopWatch as it spins “at a high angular velocity,” turning itself upside down to spin on its stem. But wait, there’s more

The interesting thing is that when the Tippe Top inverts, it also changes the direction of the rotation! In other words, at some point during the inversion, the top stops spinning around the axis through the stem and then starts to rotate the other way. At the same time, the center of mass is lifted, and the top is thus a quite interesting problem concerning conservation of energy and angular momentum.

There’s more physics and toy videos in the archives, including another from Grand Illusions: the Spiraculum.

11AM

the-back-wings:

x

My kinda style.

(via holycrapyarnandstuff)

← Older entries Page 1 of 456