Nature, the folks who brought you the free life sciences learning community Scitable, are today announcing “Principles of Biology”, a college level electronic textbook. Building upon the cross-platform success of Scitable, the new textbook offers a variety of fully interactive features, including quizzes and assessments, an online gradebook for instructors, and more. Perhaps most notable in this… → Read More
We covered Scitable.com, the social network for science education from Nature Publishing Group, back in May. At that time, I was told that a mobile-friendly version of the site was in the works. Today that mobile site is ready, as seen in the screenshot above.
Scitable’s Vikram Savkar has been studying broadband adoption, and has drawn some interesting conclusions. Obviously one of those… → Read More
This is borderline neat, but my hatred for Twitter is so powerful these days that I can’t be sure. Nature—you know, Nature—is tweeting the Apollo 11 landing. “But Carlos,” you say, “that was 40 years ago, lol!” True, but Nature is tweeting the landing as if it were happening today. The first tweet: “#Apollo 11 passes 9-hr flight readiness review: 16 July launch date approved. → Read More
How cool is this? Wildlife researchers often set up hidden cameras, activated by motion, to catch animals like tigers cruising around the jungle. This software by the Wildlife Conservation Society looks at captured footage of tigers (or other animals with other programs) and analyzes it to produce a mesh which is unique to every individual tiger. It can then sort or analyze the footage according… → Read More
While I applaud the bundling of what appears to be a couple gorgeous nature shows with Sony’s Blu-Players, I ask: why didn’t they go the whole hog? Planet Earth box set, baby. Sure, you lose $50 or so off every sale, but that show is hot, hot, hot. Or, failing that, why not a free Blu-Ray disc of the buyer’s choice? I mean, don’t get me wrong, a sampler DVD is nice (I… → Read More
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this Discovery biosphere is awesome. Aside from looking totally cool, it is a valid educational experience for children. It allows kids to control the environment within the sphere. The system has options to control temperature and humidity and can even simulate rain. Sort of like an ant farm, but probably neater. It’s available now for… → Read More