I plan on collecting various tidbits here, based on scientific topics that
Bill mentions on his show, or scientific questions from the callers. But for the
first item in the collection, I’ve provided links to a topic I never heard
brought up on his show: How dreadfully poor the public’s knowledge of basic
science is. For starters, read this article that appeared on the front page of
the San Francisco Chronicle, on Friday, May 24 1996:
This section contains several simple experiments that are safe enough to do with children
of almost any age.
A young caller once asked Bill about “flicker lights” and how they worked. Bill’s answer
described how blinking lights work, but flicker lights are something entirely different. So I bought one, and made
a movie of what it looks like.
Students lack solid
grasp on science, says the National
Science Teachers Association.
Science-Related Web Sites
Americans Flunk Science Basics
- A disappointing story showing that most Americans don’t really understand
some of the most basic scientific principals.
- Yahoo science directory
- A good starting point for researching scientific sites on the Web.
- Scientific Journals
- A short list of interesting, useful scientific magazines.
- The Why Files
- An interesting and useful site created by the National Science Foundation,
which “is an electronic exploration of the science behind the news”.
- YES Mag Projects
- From a Canadian science magazine aimed at children, this is a list of
safe, simple experiments and projects you can try in your home.
- For Kids Only (NASA’s Earth
- Contains scientific information on topics including air, land, natural
hazards, and water.
- Cool Science for Curious Kids
- The Howard Hughes Medical Institute invites curious kids to explore
biology…on screen, off screen, and in between.
- Inventure Place, The National
Inventors Hall of Fame
- An online museum dedicated to invention, established in 1973 by the U.S.
Patent and Trademark Office.
- Nova Online
- A companion site to PBS’ science show, NOVA.
- The Mad Scientist Network
- An archive of thousands of science questions and answers, which also
offers the chance to ask the network of over 500 scientists questions by
- Science Daily Magazine
- An online magazine that offers daily reports on the latest research and
advancements in science.
- The Star Trails Society
- Observation of the Week
- Earth Observatory
- Historic Wings
- Inner Auto
- How Stuff Works
- Innovative Transportation Technologies
- Annenberg/CPB Exhibits Collection
- Sandlot Science
- Dissections of the Real Brain
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