We like the British newspaper The Guardian for many things, not the least of which is their erudite and entertaining book reviews. But now we have something else to enjoy from their website: Satellite Eye On Earth. Each month, The Guardian posts photos of earth captured by NASA and European Space Agency satellites. The photos bring about a whole new appreciation for the fragility of human life on a planet whose surface erupts, breaks apart, blows around, floods and is subject to weather that is unrepentant in its ferocity.

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Who knew origami had gotten so complicated and fascinating since we folded our last crane? Independent Lens–the PBS series which showcases terrific independent films–presented Between The Folds recently.

“Origami may seem an unlikely medium for understanding and explaining the world. But around the globe, several fine artists and theoretical scientists are abandoning more conventional career paths to forge lives as modern-day paper folders. Through origami, these offbeat and provocative minds are reshaping ideas of creativity and revealing the relationship between art and science.”

These artists and scientists have gone way beyond the old “kootie-catcher” to create pieces of exquisitely folded paper that sometimes don’t even resemble paper in the end. Take a look at the film’s site and be sure to follow the links to the individual artist’s sites where you can see what they’re up to and interested in.

Thanks to Centerbrook Architect’s Ken MacLeod for bringing this wonderful film to our attention.

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/between-the-folds/film.html

The United States Geological Survey provides some very interesting pages on their website. One of them shows maps with locations of earthquakes around the world within the last 7 days. Earthquakes in the news make this site a great resource as it provides exact locations, rates of magnitude and answers to frequently asked questions.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/

Great Web Sites For Kids

September 3, 2009

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, maintains a list of hundreds of links to recommended web sites for kids up to 14 years old on its Great Web Sites for Kids page. The links are organized into subject categories including: Animals, The Arts, Sciences, Mathematics & Computers and History & Biography.  There is also a link to sites of interest to parents, caregivers and teachers.

http://www.ala.org/gwstemplate.cfm?section=greatwebsites&template=/cfapps/gws/default.cfm

NASA has provided us with a website full of interactive fun for anyone who wants to learn more about space exploration and our astronaut’s adventures.

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/mmgallery/index.html

The Cognition and Language Laboratory at Harvard has a website where they get help on their experiments from regular folk like you and me. Trying to find thousands of volunteers to ‘drop by’ the lab isn’t always practical but asking for volunteers on the Internet has shown far more potential for obtaining large numbers of human guinea pigs. There are currently 5 experiments with which they’d like your help.  Take their tests and show these Harvard scientists a thing or two about cognitive learning.

http://coglanglab.org/index.html

Enough about swine. Watch this YouTube video and be amazed yet again about the brilliance of the dolphin brain.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5us-v4bntP8