A Break From the Big Game: The Scout Report's Swipe Radio, Burgess Shale, No More, Codex Mendoza,The Salt, Density Design, Breastfeeding Journal, San Diego Zoo Animal Finder and Others
DensityDesign, a Research Lab at Politecnico de Milano, has mastered the art of visually presenting variegated social and organizational phenomena. As the site suggests, by "rearranging numeric data, reinterpreting qualitative information, locating information geographically, and building visual taxonomies, we can ... describe and unveil the hidden connections in complex systems." From the homepage, readers may explore a host of interesting visualizations, including representations of sonic environments, Wikipedia controversies, and Cesarean sections. The Research tab opens to further fascinating projects, while the Blog examines the various methods Density Designs utilizes in their visualization work. For readers who love eye-popping graphs and models that contribute to the understanding of complex information, this site is sure to inspire.
The San Diego Zoo is home to hundreds of different exotic animals, from anacondas and meerkats to dung beetles and giant pandas. With the zoo's animal finder, located on its website, students can locate and easily research the animals that fascinate them. There are several convenient ways to scout the site. Readers may proceed alphabetically, by scrolling through the photographs of amur leopards and zebras. Readers may also like to search by category, such as Africa Rocks or Australian Outback. In addition, the site hosts an Animal Name Quick Search for locating specific species. Selecting any animal will link to useful information. For instance, at up to 10 feet long and 176 pounds, the Komodo dragon is the largest living lizard species with ancestors dating back more than 100 million years.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), "If every child was breastfed within an hour of birth, given only breast milk for their first six months of life, and continued breastfeeding up to the age of two years, about 800,000 child lives would be saved every year." The International Breastfeeding Journal, which is open access and free to anyone, publishes the latest research on breastfeeding and all its health-related, psychological, sociological, and even anthropological impacts. Recent articles have included a qualitative study on the implementation of a new initiative in an Australian hospital, a cross-sectional study of Ethiopian mothers who breastfeed, and a commentary on breastfeeding in public. With hundreds of articles online, the International Breastfeeding Journal is a great resource for anyone interested in this fundamental health practice.
Every year, the National Recording Preservation Board selects 25 recordings that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." They must also be at least 10 years old. With the library's 2013 selection, the number of items in the registry reached a total of 400. The picks are as diverse as they are fascinating, ranging from the 1915 Broadway musical, "They Didn't Believe Me," to U2's breakthrough rock album, "The Joshua Tree." Each recording is accompanied by an annotation explaining the cultural and historical significance of the selection. For instance, George Washington Johnson was the first African American to make commercial records. His 1896 recording, "The Laughing Song," was his best known song, and it is bound to make readers smile.
The School of Open offers free online courses, face-to-face workshops, and training programs on topics that loosely gather around the subject of openness — in education, research, and science. Typical topics include Creative Commons licenses (what they are and how to use them), open educational resources, and how to utilize and share creative works. Interested readers can register for Facilitated courses (Creative Commons for K-12 Educators) or Stand-alone courses (Get CC Savvy) that allow students to work through the material at their own pace. Training Programs are offered in Spanish, English, Chinese, and other languages. Readers may also volunteer to design and run their own courses through the site.
Teaching History with 100 Objects may be funded by the United Kingdom's Department of Education, but the resources available on the website will be useful to educators the world over. The 100 objects in question consist of historically significant Irish posters, English canons, Chinese tea pots, Viking scales, and many other fascinating objects. The site can be scouted in a number of convenient ways. Readers can search by topics, dates, places, or themes, or simply select an image from the homepage to get started. Each object is accompanied by a brief annotation, as well as additional categories, such as About the object, A bigger picture, Teaching ideas, and For the Classroom. Each category is packed with information, ideas, and suggestions for bringing history to life.
When Kansas became the 34th state on January 29th, 1861 it was this document, the Wyandotte Constitution, that was implemented as its charter. The document was not without controversy, as proslavery and antislavery movements sparred over provisions in the text. In fact, the Wyandotte Constitution was the fourth constitution written during what became known as the Bleeding Kansas era, a period noted for its fiery political feuds. The constitution can be read in its (somewhat faded) original form on the Kansas Historical Society's website. It can also be read in a full text version, shared, printed, or "saved to bookbag" if readers have an account.
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