BLAST from the Past

Last night Dr. Mark Devlin appeared on The Colbert Report to talk about BLAST the Movie. The movie is a documentary about an experiment in 2006 that involved launching a car-sized telescope in Antarctica using a balloon. Before Lab Out Loud, we did a podcast for the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers called Periodicity.  Dr. Devlin, a graduate of University […]

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Lab Out Loud at the Amaz!ng Meeting 7

This weekend Brian and I are happy to be in Las Vegas attending The Amaz!ng Meeting7 (TAM7). TAM7 is a conference sponsored by the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) that showcases speakers and guests that focus on critical thinking and skepticism. You might remember our discussion with Phil Plait (a.k.a. The Bad Astronomer) in episode 12 when we talked about […]

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When Crittercams Attack

My favorite webcomic, XKCD, recently featured a hilarious senario that reminded me of our interview with Crittercam installer Mike Heithaus. So maybe this is how Mike decided at the early age of five that he was going to pursue scientific research.

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Meet Neil deGrasse Tyson Live Online!

Meet Neil deGrasse Tyson live online. Enjoy an hour with Neil, and… get a sneak peak of NOVA scienceNOW’s upcoming season learn about media resources for your classroom sample hands-on activities have Neil answer your questions about the universe Wednesday, May 27, 6 to 7pm ET Learn more at: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/webcast.html

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Gilligan's Cell

It was early spring of 1998 and I was student teaching in a 7th grade Life Science class. Now, I’m not a biology person – not certified to teacher it at all – but here I was trying to teach kids about the parts of the cell to the tune of Gilligan’s Island. Desperate times called for desperate measures. The […]

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Lab Out Loud in New Orleans

Dale and I will be at the NSTA 2009 Conference on Science Education in New Orleans. On Thursday, I will sporting my Lab Out Loud T-shirt, and Dale will be wearing his on Friday – come talk to us as we are out and about during the conference. You can also follow our tweets to see what we’re doing at […]

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My Radioactive Student

Yesterday a student came up to me and explained that she had been injected with a radioactive isotope for a medical scan.  She then asked if she was still radioactive. Expecting the isotope to be mostly decayed or simply too small to notice, I wanted to calm her fears with a Geiger counter check. The results surprised me, and she […]

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