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Snopes: Urban Legends Reference

www.snopes.com

Snopes is a fantastic website that has gathered together a massive number of urban legends, hoaxes and scams and provides information on their validity and origins. Think of it as Mythbusters for the web.

Whenever a concerned acquaintance forwards me an email telling me …

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Comics

I love comics, and am often amazed not only by how funny they can be, but also how much can be learned from them. Growing up I was a regular reader of Calvin & Hobbes, The Far Side and Mad Magazine. As I …

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Waldseemüller Map

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waldseemuller_map

The Waldseemüller map is a world map drawn by German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller and originally published in April 1507. The map consists of 12 panels, arranged in a 4×3 grid, totaling 2.48 by 1.38 meters when wall mounted into a single piece. It was …

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The Alluring and Alien Sights of a Bee in Ultra Close-up

http://discovermagazine.com/photos/18-alluring-alien-sight…

My previous post touched on the difference between looking at something with a high speed camera, and how different things can look compared to the naked eye. This set of images provides us with a similar contrast, but this time dealing with magnification. These …

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Images to Inspire

Recently I have been thinking about how I can set up my classroom to inspire my students. I was looking online for some interesting posters, and to be frank, there was very little that appealed to me. I was mulling over the idea of producing …

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Gever Tulley on 5 dangerous things for kids

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/gever_tulley_on…

As a parent and a teacher, I am keenly aware of the need to provide children with a safe environment in which to grow up and learn. However, at a certain point, too much safety begins to deny children the opportunities to assess and …

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Stunning High-Speed Photos of Birds

http://discovermagazine.com/photos/12-stunning…

Every so often, someone does something so well, you wonder why its ever been done any other way. In this case, despite having seen a great many photos in my life, I was still taken aback by the quality, depth and detail of Andrew …

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No Arms, No Legs. No Worries

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciYk-UwqFKA

Nick Vujicic may have neither arms nor legs, but what really sets him apart from most of us is his attitude. Whilst it is hard to imagine someone with more to complain about, he maintains an extremely positive outlook on life. In this video …

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Food For Thought

This is a great poem that sums up the important relationships that exist between parent and teacher, home and school. I saw it on a classroom wall in Sydney today, and it really made me stop and think about the way I teach and how …

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No Impact Man

http://noimpactman.typepad.com/

Colin Beavan (a.k.a No Impact Man) dedicated a year of his life to trying to reduce his environmental impact to zero. He stopped taking taxis, trains and elevators, only ate food grown within 250 miles of his home, left the power grid, stopped buying …

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