50 years since man landed on the moon

July 20, 2019

Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong, Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin, and Command Module Pilot Michael Collins formed the American crew that landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969.

Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours 39 minutes later on July 21; Aldrin joined him 19 minutes later. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft. Michael Collins was the only one of the three not to walk on the moon.

Check it out:

Have you ever wondered why Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon, not “Buzz” Aldrin. Find out here.

There are also heaps of archive movies on the NASA page here.

“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”


NASA Charts 4,000 Exoplanets in One Map

July 15, 2019

In less than 30 years, humanity has discovered more than 4,000 exoplanets, and to celebrate the milestone, NASA created a map that puts that number into a more visual perspective.

Learn more here.

WORLD CLASS: How to build a 21st-century school system

June 16, 2019

World Class, written by Andreas Schleicher, is a fantastic book summarising huge amounts of research to help teachers, principals and policy makers improve the global education landscape.

The book can be read or downloaded as a PDF for free online here.

But, knowing that teachers are already busy people, I thought it might be useful to share a series of excerpts from the book that I found the most powerful and thought provoking.

As such, please click here to download my summary of WORLD CLASS.

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Sleep is your superpower

May 12, 2019

The benefits of sleep are well known. I actually wonder how much a lack of sleep due to our ‘always on’ society impacts on issues like rising anxiety and depression.

Anyway, further evidence of the value of sleep is provided in this TED talk …

Sleep is your life-support system and Mother Nature’s best effort yet at immortality, says sleep scientist Matt Walker. In this deep dive into the science of slumber, Walker shares the wonderfully good things that happen when you get sleep — and the alarmingly bad things that happen when you don’t, for both your brain and body. Learn more about sleep’s impact on your learning, memory, immune system and even your genetic code — as well as some helpful tips for getting some shut-eye.

Life is a battlefield! Fungus vs Ant

April 25, 2019

In the tradition of ‘Killer Whale vs Seal‘, ‘Lion vs Buffalo vs Crocodile‘, ‘Shark vs Octopus‘, ’Leopard vs Porcupine‘, ‘Hornets vs Honey bees‘, ’Salmon vs Grizzly Bear‘, ‘Hippopotamus vs Crocodile’, ‘Polar Bear vs Walrus Colony’, ‘Giraffe vs Giraffe‘, ‘Caterpillar vs Frog‘, ‘Frog vs Poison Newt’, ‘Rubber bands vs Water Melon’,  ‘Sarcastic fringehead vs Sarcastic fringehead’, ‘Jaguar vs Crocodile‘, ‘Snake vs Crocodile‘, ‘Centipede vs Snake‘, ‘Moray Eel vs White Tip Reef Shark‘, ‘Rabbit vs Snake‘, ‘Octopus vs Octopus‘, ‘Rat vs Snake’, ‘Iguana vs Snakes‘, ‘Eel vs Octopus vs Human‘, ‘Red Octopus vs Swimmer Crab‘ and ‘Bombardier beetle vs Toad’, here is ‘Fungus vs Ant’:

Amazingly brutal!

What If We Detonated All Nuclear Bombs at Once?

April 1, 2019

What happens if make a huge pile from all 15,000 nuclear bombs and pull the trigger? And what happens if we make an even bigger pile?

It would be bad, obviously ….

Becoming: From zygote to tadpole, in six stunning minutes

February 9, 2019

Watch a single cell become a complete organism in this six minutes of timelapse:

Native to central and southern Europe, the amphibious alpine newt breeds in shallow water, where its larvae are born, hatch and feed on plankton, before sprouting legs and moving to land.

Single-celled Organism Dies

December 31, 2018

This is a single-celled organism in the genus Blepharisma and it is dying.

While we cannot be sure why it died, it was possibly apoptosis, or a programmed cell death when something triggers the release of enzymes that dissolve the proteins and cell membrane.

More awesome videos of micro-organisms can be seen here.

How to Build a Dyson Sphere

December 22, 2018

The sun has all the energy we could ever conceivably need, but we haven’t been all that efficient in harvesting that energy …yet. One way to capture the sun’s energy is to build a Dyson sphere, or a megastructure surrounding the sun. See …

The beauty of curiosity

November 11, 2018

Seemingly pointless scientific research can lead to extraordinary discoveries, says physicist Suzie Sheehy. In a talk and tech demo, she shows how many of our modern technologies are tied to centuries-old, curiosity-driven experiments — and makes the case for investing in more to arrive at a deeper understanding of the world.