2016 in Review: Top Editorial Content

Another great year at Science NetLinks is coming to a close! We host thousands of online resources and are constantly adding more. Check out the ten most popular blog posts and daily calendar items this year on Science NetLinks:

Blog Posts

  1. Weird & Wonderful Creatures: The Sarcastic Fringehead: The first installment in our series about amazing organisms you might not have heard of.
  2. Creative Advances in Educational Technology: We take a look at some of the new technological tools and resources developed for use in education.
  3. 5 Questions for a Scientist: Educational Technology Inventor Jie Qi: Learn what it's like to work in science with our series of interviews with STEM professionals. Today's subject: educational technology inventor Jie Qi.
  4. Space Exploration: Inspire budding explorers and astronomers with this collection of resources.
  5. Bring the Science of NHL Hockey into Your Classroom!: A collaboration between NBC, the National Hockey League, and the National Science Foundation offer exciting videos and classroom resources to help teach fundamental science concepts using hockey as a context.
  6. Back-to-School Resources from Science NetLinks: Make the transition back to the classroom easier this fall with these resources from Science NetLinks.
  7. Science and Hispanic Heritage Month: Learn about resources that help you connect science to Hispanic Heritage Month.
  8. Gravity Launch: The App: Science NetLinks has updated its popular interactive, Gravity Launch, and made it available for Android and iPad tablets.
  9. APAHM 2014: The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad: Learn about the history of the transcontinental railroad and Asian Americans' role in building it.
  10. AAAS Volunteers Promote STEM at National Science Festival: AAAS staff, members, fellows, and friends volunteered at the 2016 USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., on April 14-16.

Daily Content

  1. Discovering the Great Barrier Reef (Today in Science): Capt. James Cook, commander of the British ship Endeavour, discovered the Great Barrier Reef off Australia by running aground on it.
  2. Ferdinand Magellan Reaches the Pacific Ocean (Today in Science): Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after sailing through the strait that now bears his name.
  3. A Chrysalis Is Not a Cocoon (Science Fact): Despite a common misconception, a chrysalis is not the same thing as a cocoon.
  4. The Perfect Date (Science Fact): Looking for the perfect date numerically? Today is the only day of the year where the month (6) and the day (28) are different perfect numbers. June 6 is the only other perfect number date.
  5. Reptile Awareness Day (Today in Science): Reptile Awareness Day promotes learning about different types of reptiles, their natural habitats, and the ecological threats they face.
  6. Estivation (Science Fact): Estivation (or aestivation, in Europe) is the summertime version of hibernation, when animals go into a state of dormancy to lessen the effects of drought and/or high temperatures.
  7. Ben Franklin's Kite Experiment (Today in Science): Ben Franklin defies the first law of parenting—not to play outside during thunderstorms—to experiment with a kite, key, & bolt of lightning in pursuit of electrical knowledge.
  8. Blood Donations (Science Fact): Worldwide, people donate 88 million units of blood annually—enough to fill 32 Olympic-sized swimming pools. However, that still meets less than 60% of the 150 million units needed.
  9. Be Brainy (Today in Science): Use your brain to celebrate itself as part of Brain Awareness Week, March 14-20.
  10. Skin Deep (Science Fact): Human skin is, on average, roughly 0.1" thick.

The most popular Image of the Day is The Next Generation of Spacecraft, Orion.



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