TMN QuickLinks to Current Science News

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Look at the box at the top of the right column labeled “Teachable Moments in the News—Quick Links to Relevant BotU Posts” (TMN QuickLinks). This is a place where I’ll list current stories in the news, or upcoming celebrations, along with links to conceptually relevant Posts and Resource Pages here at the Blog. The TMN QuickLinks box is an easy way to put the Blog’s ‘library’ to work for you and your students by leveraging—and in support of—exciting stories in the news!


About Posts versus Resource Pages: Besides the Posts typical of a blog, Blog on the Universe also includes Resource Pages which are essays I’ve written to address larger topics than covered in a Post, e.g., The Nature of Our Existence, The Power of Models , Scientists and Engineers as Heroes, or The Art of Teaching. These Resource Pages are all found in the right column in the section titled Dr. Jeff on Stuff—the BotU Resource Pages.


For each Post listed in the TMN QuickLinks box, be sure to refer to its entry in the Teachers Lesson Planner for curricular connections (essential questions, concepts, objectives, math skills), and how to put the Post to work. Note that the Resource Pages are not outlined in the Teachers Lesson Planner, but are referenced in the Planner where appropriate.


Now a request for help from you! If you want me to add a news story or celebratory event to the TMN QuickLinks box, let me know! Also let me know what you think of the TMN QuickLinks box as a resource by leaving a comment below.


About the “Latest MESSENGER Update” Entry

in the TMN QuickLinks Box

At the bottom of the TMN QuickLinks box I’ve also included the entry “Latest MESSENGER Update” where I’m providing ongoing coverage of the NASA MESSENGER spacecraft mission to Mercury. MESSENGER goes into orbit around the planet on March 18, 2011. I had created an extensive Special Post for our live Web 2.0 coverage from mission control of MESSENGER’s Sept 29, 2009 flyby of Mercury. The entry in the TMN QuickLinks box takes you to my MESSENGER Updates Post which is regularly updated with new information, photos, and multimedia as they become available. The Post also includes incredible Twitter archives of the Sept 29 flyby, documenting a loss of signal near close approach to Mercury, and the anxiety felt by mission controllers (in fact all of us) as we waited for the spacecraft to come out of a communications blackout with Earth. Drama too is part of science and exploration.


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