Category Archives: Class Topics

Guest post: Brennan

Brennan writes: Hi, I found an amazing video of a a solar eruption in the sun. I saw it on CNN. Apparently NASA had taken the video. I thought it might be a cool video to post on the blog. … Continue reading

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The Story of Stuff

Here’s the link to the web video we watched in class. Feel free to watch it again, or one of the other videos on the site. Want to change the world? The site lists 10 things you can do to … Continue reading

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Iceland volcano may last months or even years!

I’ve been slow to put up a post about the Icelandic volcano because the story keeps getting more interesting; every time I start a post, I hear a new interesting story about it and put it off! As we’ve discussed … Continue reading

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Earthquake update

Since my last post about earthquakes, there’s been another major earthquake, this time a 6.9 quake in China. It happened last Wednesday, and like the Haiti quake, there was a great deal of damage because it hit a relatively poor … Continue reading

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Plate Boundary animations

(Updated to fix incorrect link.) Here are the plate boundary animations I showed you in class today. You should also review the diagram on p. 34-35. Good luck on Monday’s quest! Continental Drift: drag the continents to see how they … Continue reading

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An unusual view of the International Space Station

NASA released this picture of the moon–that little white dot in the dark side of the moon is the International Space Station. Pretty cool! Speaking of the space station, it’s been getting some new equipment lately. On February 8th, NASA’s … Continue reading

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Earthquakes and more earthquakes!

As I told you in class, this has been an earth-shattering week, literally. On Sunday, there was a 7.2 earthquake in Mexico near the California earthquake. Sustained shaking of up to a minute was felt as far away as Los … Continue reading

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Closeup photos of Mars's moon

The European Space Agency’s unmanned spacecraft “Mars Express,” which is in orbit around Mars, has taken the sharpest pictures of Mars’s moon Phobos ever, in preparation for a proposed Russian mission to land a probe there. Based on the photos … Continue reading

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What is your favorite science experiment website?

Now that we’re in trimester 3, it can be hard to think of ideas for Science Writer’s Notebook entries. As you know, I recommend the Exploratorium website for cool science experiments you can do at home, but I know that … Continue reading

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6.9 aftershock in Chile occurs during presidential inauguration!

Chile’s new president,Sebastián Piñera, was inaugurated today. During the ceremony, the central part of the country experienced the largest aftershock yet from the 8.8 earthquake that occurred on February 27. While there have been many aftershocks since the earthquake, this … Continue reading

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