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Table of Contents
2. Sponsor’s Spot: Which Pooh Is for You?
3. Weekly Topic: Bad Science
4. Link to Bad Science
5. Note from a Printables Club Member
6. Related Games
7. Quote of the Week
8. Classified Ads
9. Subscription Management
#1. August 3, 2005
Summer is flying by, isn’t it? Howard and I are alone (again.) This time just for three days. Both the kids return on Saturday. The house will seem so full!
Oh … I posted a series of snapshots of me that display randomly on my blog site. What do you think?
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
#2. Which Pooh Is for You?
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#3. Bad Science
by Barbara J. Feldman
Bad Science Printable (** for premium members only)
Bad science (also known as junk science, science myths or science misconceptions) consists of common misconceptions passed on from parents, teachers and inaccurate text books. As American scientist Stephen Jay Gould said, “The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best and therefore never scrutinize or question.”
Phil Plait is an astronomer who loves wagging his virtual finger at inaccurate astronomy wherever he finds it. My favorites sections are Misconceptions and Movies. Misconceptions debunks common ideas such as “The sky is blue because it reflects light from the oceans” and “Water spins down a drain one way in the northern hemisphere and the other way in the southern hemisphere.” In the movie section, Plait includes spoiler and non-spoiler critiques for many science fiction films.
Alistar B. Fraser is an Emeritus Professor of Meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, and the creator of both Bad Science and Bad Meteorology ( http://www.ems.psu.edu/~fraser/BadMeteorology.html ). Both sites are dedicated to exposing “well understood phenomena which are persistently presented incorrectly by teachers and writers.” For example, despite common representation as teardrop shaped, raindrops are spherical or shaped like hamburger buns.
Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics
Think you know movie ratings? Visit Stupid Movie Physics to learn about GP (good physics), PGP (pretty good physics) and PGP-13 (” Children under 13 might be tricked into thinking the physics were pretty good; parental guidance is suggested!”) This fun site rates movies, and explains generic physics mistakes commonly found in movies. “Ever notice how cars in movies always burst into flames the instant they collide with anything? Our favorite is when a car falling from a high place explodes the instant before it hits the ground.”
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#4. Link to Bad Science
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#5. Note from a Printables Club Member
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Thank you so much for all the work you do to make my work much, much more simple.”
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#6. Related Games
Science 101 Crossword
Scientifically Speaking Crossword
http://www.surfnetkids.com/games/science2-cw.htm (** for premium members only)
#7. Quote of the Week
“Curiosity in children is but an appetite for knowledge.” ~~ John Locke (1632 – 1704) British philosopher
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