I’ve been building a library of science blogs to follow and here is a physics blog written by a colleague of mine – Wendy is very passionate about Physics and there are some great posts about diverse careers involving physics.
I also spotted this blogpost on Twitter about one of the periodic tables I had mentioned in a previous post. Turns out it is not as accurate as I thought- very interesting article, it’s worth a read !
Technology is a great thing and the introduction of mobile devices in the classroom has great advantages when teaching Chemistry. In practical work we constantly encourage our pupils to note down their observations, in particular things like colour changes, bubbles, precipitates … So a video clip of the experiment allows an observation to be recorded and stored for future reference. Recently my senior pupils have been introducing me to joys of SloMo and the attached clip just proves how powerful a recording can be. This is an A2 experiment preparing an Azo dye – prepare to be mesmerised !
Great to hear about this years Nobel prize for medicine. It was divided, one half jointly to William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura “for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites” and the other half to Youyou Tu “for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria”. William C Campbell was born in Donegal and attended school in Belfast before heading abroad for his studies. As you are maybe aware Northern Ireland has its fair share of Nobel Peace Awards but it’s great to see science being acknowledged, we are the country that bore Thomas Andrews and William Thompson (Lord Kelvin) after all !