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#Colorado’s Black Canyon of the Gunnison @BlackCanyonNPS | EPOD @EarthPic | #geology #landform

This Earth Science Picture of the Day has two images of the canyon and describes its formation by Ray Boren.

Grand Staircase-Escalante was set up to fail | @highcountrynews | #nationalmonuments #future

An interview with a retiring BLM assistant manager decribing the conflict of cultures managng the Utah national monument.

On the one side are environmentally minded folks from outside the confines of Mormon culture, people like Shelton, who believe fervently in the federal public lands. Their ranks grew following the monument’s establishment in 1996 with the funding then available for hiring new staff, many of whom were trained at world-class science institutions. On the other side, said Shelton, I see a powerful anti-conservation interest, an anti-science interest, and certainly an anti-climate change position. I’ve sat in meetings with high-level people in Utah BLM who will roll their eyes when you mention climate change and say, ‘Well, if you believe it.’ You might as well be asking them to convert to Zoroastrianism. So our staffs are at odds with each other. There’s a lot of antagonism. It’s a really difficult place to work.”

Digging Up A New #Dinosaur | @OnPointRadio - NPR | Meet #Patagotitan

Guests of this 47:04 program include:

  • Traci Watson, a USA Today science contributor
  • Diego Pol, a co-author of the new study
  • Jeff Wison, an associate curator of Museum of Paleontolgy at the University of Michigan

Three related articles are shared along with six images to introduce Argentina's Patagotitan.

A #Dinosaur So Well Preserved It Looks Like a Statue | @TheAtlantic | #nodosaur #fossil

An article by Ed Yong on the discovery, extraction, preparation and reconstruction by the Royal Tyrell Museum of Borealopelta.

The Ongoing Battle Between #Science #Teachers And #FakeNews | @npr_ED | #K12 #misconceptions

"And immediately I start to panic. How have I failed these kids so badly they think the Earth is flat just because a basketball player says it?" [Nick Gurol] says he tried reasoning with the students and showed them a video. Nothing worked.

Two teachers share their experience and a professor of education states that you are not going to change a student's misconception simply by correcting them. Give them the tools to think like a scientist.

Teach them to gather evidence, check sources, deduce, hypothesisize and synthesize results. Hopefully, then, they will come to the truth on their own. 

The man who brought #dinosaurs to #MN to retire at 86 | @kare11

A newscast video and accompanying article with additional images recognizing the career of paleontologist Bruce Erickson for 58 year career with the Science Museum of Minnesota.

SOSx Lite 2.0 is here | @NOAA_SOS Science On a Sphere Explorer Lite | #K12 #OER #visualization #dataanalytics

Science on a Sphere Lite image

From the NOAA team  that created Science on a Sphere comes SOSx Lite 2.0! SOSx Lite is a free version of Science Explorer with some of the most popular datasets for use in home and the classroom. This page describes updates and the contents of SOS Explorer Lite 2.0 (SOSx Lite 2.0), inculding descriptions of three educational tours. See an earlier post for a brief description SOSx and you can download directly from here.

Animated Life | HHMI BioInteractive @BIOINTERACTIVE | #animated #life #video #science #collection #K12

A collection of five short films, made by Sweet Fern Productions and produced in conjuction with The New York Times Op-Docs video channel, bring to life five historical scientific discoveries and the prople behind them. 

  • Alfred Russell Wallace and his contribution to the concept of natural selection
  • Antonie van Leeuwenhoek's microscope
  • Alfred Wegener and the idea of continental drift
  • Mary Leaky and the Laetoli footprints
  • Marjorie Courtenay Latimer's discovery of the coelecanth "fossil fish"

Short Answers to Hard Questions About #ClimateChange | @nytimes

A set of 15 questions are answered by @JustinHGillis that provides the basics of climate change, a "cheat sheet."

 

A Sense of Duty to #Teach #ClimateChange | @nytimes | #teacher #stories

A follow up story from The New York Times sharing 12 teacher responses to an earlier June NYT article about a high school science teacher and his teenage climate skeptics.