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2017 in Review: Top Editorial Content

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2017 is rapidly running out. Check out the most read blog posts and daily calendar items for the past year, as well as some staff favorites:

Blog Posts

  1. Weird & Wonderful Creatures: Bleeding Tooth Fungus: Some people think this fungus looks like a bloody tooth, while others think it resembles a tasty pastry. What do you think?
  2. Weird & Wonderful Creatures: The Sarcastic Fringehead: In the first installment in our series about amazing organisms you might not have heard of, learn about a North American fish with an unusual defense technique.
  3. Vote for the Scientific Breakthrough of 2017: Help decide the most momentous scientific breakthrough of the past year.
  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 offers exciting videos and classroom resources to help teach fundamental science concepts using hockey as a context.
  6. Science and Hispanic Heritage Month: Learn about resources that help you connect science to Hispanic Heritage Month.
  7. Science Magazine’s Breakthrough of the Year 2016: AAAS and Science Magazine honor 2016's major scientific discoveries.
  8. Creative Advances in Educational Technology: We take a look at some of the new technological tools and resources developed for use in education.
  9. Superpower of STEM Challenge: Girls ages 15-18, in grades 10-12, are encouraged to channel their superpower of STEM by sharing an original Do-It-Yourself project that could help your family, your community, or the world be safer, healthier, or happier for a chance to win a trip to the world premiere of MARVEL STUDIOS' THOR: RAGNAROK and more!
  10. Weird & Wonderful Creatures: Giant Leopard Moth: This insect grows from a red-striped "woolly bear" caterpillar to a white-spotted moth large enough to fit comfortably in an adult's hand.

The Science NetLinks staff have some favorite blog posts, too: In Spotlight on Science Writers: Hope Jahren, the author of the award-winning Lab Girl shares thoughts about her memoir and her life in science. In Websites Pair Teachers in Need with Donors to Fund STEM Classrooms, learn how teachers are increasingly turning to crowd-sourcing sites and members of the public to fund classroom project needs and how you can help. Finally, We Really Do Know Clouds After All came out after the World Meteorological Organization published a new version of the preeminent International Cloud Atlas—its first version in decades—and made it available online to the public for the first time ever.


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. Smallest Bone in the Human Body (Science Fact): At 3 mm x 2.5 mm, the "stapes" in the middle ear is the smallest named bone in the human body.
  3. Ferdinand Magellan Reaches the Pacific Ocean (Today in Science): Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after sailing through the strait that now bears his name.
  4. 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.
  5. A Chrysalis Is Not a Cocoon (Science Fact): Despite a common misconception, a chrysalis is not the same thing as a cocoon.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Marie Curie’s Birthday (Today in Science): The legendary scientist Marie SkÅ‚odowska Curie was born on November 7, 1867.
  9. Cocos Plate (Science Fact): The Cocos Plate moves 75 mm or 3 inches a year—almost 25 feet per century. That's roughly twice the average velocity of the earth's plates.
  10. Spooky Science (Today in Science): Celebrate the science behind the scare this Halloween!

We have some favorites here, too. You'll want to pet the adorable Arctic Fox, the only land mammal native to Iceland. Learn about the 35 distinct Snowflake Shapes. Take a look at The First View of Earth from the Vicinity of the Moon, but make sure you click through the link to the impressive reprocessed image.

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