1. Discovery Education Essentials Video Series Premiere!

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    The Discovery Education Support team is thrilled to announce the debut of our brand-new YouTube series, Discovery Education Essentials! Hosted by yours truly, this show will give you an insider’s guide to new site features, a look at upcoming releases, and a chance to meet the people who make Discovery Education work. Plus, since it’s […]

  2. Fun Fact Friday: Chipotle Peppers

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    Did you know that chipotle peppers don’t grow on trees, or bushes, or anywhere? It’s true! Chipotle peppers have their dark color and smoky flavor for a very good reason. They’re actually smoked and overripe jalapeño peppers! While the plump and green peppers are picked early, the “runts” of the jalapeño litter are left behind, […]

  3. Calendar of Cool: First Department of Space Medicine Established

    On this day in, 1949 the first Department of Space Medicine was established. This day in 1949 the United States Air Force School of Aviation Medicine at Randolph Field, Texas established the first Department of Space Medicine, and Dr. Hubertus Strughold became its first professor. Strughold had already been the director of aeromedical research for […]

  4. Fun Fact Friday: Dairy Cows Prefer Relaxing Music

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    Did you know that researchers in the United Kingdom have discovered that dairy cows produce more milk when listening to relaxing music? It’s true! According to this article from the BBC, “Psychologists at the University of Leicester, UK, played music of different tempos to herds of Friesian cattle. Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and Simon & Garfunkel’s […]

  5. Calendar of Cool: the Apollo Theater Opens

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    Today is the 80th anniversary of the opening of the Apollo Theater on the January 26, 1934. The most famous club for African-American performers and popular music in the U.S. is the Apollo Theater, a continuing legacy of the Harlem Renaissance. From the beginning, the Apollo offered amateur nights each evening, where many famous artists, such as […]

  6. Fun Fact Friday: Bubble Wrap

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    Would you believe that bubble wrap, everyone’s favorite popping packing material, was originally marketed as wallpaper? It’s true! While bubble wrapping is now equally famous both for being fun to pop, and for having excellent cushioning qualities, its inventors had something very different in mind. According to Wikipedia:  “Bubble wrap was invented in 1957 by […]

  7. Tech Brief w Justin- Google Cardboard

    Hello! Happy belated new year! For the first post of the new near, I wanted to jump into a lesser known (and surprisingly simple) technology developed by Google.  Google Cardboard was created to show the relative simplicity (and accessibility) of creating your very own virtual reality experience. Now I know what you may be thinking…cardboard? […]

  8. Fun Fact Friday: The Fax Machine

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    Did you know that the fax machine was originally invented in 1843? It’s true! Scottish inventor Alexander Bain received a patent for the concept in 1843. Only three short years later, he turned that concept into reality, when his Electric Printing Telegraph successfully reproduced graphics in laboratory experiments. According to Wikipedia: “He used a clock […]

  9. Fun Fact Friday: Nat King Cole

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    Everybody knows Nat King Cole’s “Christmas Song” (aka Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire), and some folks may know that he released three albums in Spanish, but did you know that he recorded one song sung entirely in Japanese? It’s true! Cole’s “Kareha” (commonly known in English as “Autumn Leaves”) was recorded, but never released, […]

  10. Tech Brief : Coding

    Today’s topic touches on the scary….well maybe not so scary world of coding. I’ve been contemplating this topic for awhile and wanted to share a few resources that can help you get started. The Obama administration has taken some serious strides to promote STEM learning throughout all US schools. Part of this new focus involves […]

  11. Calendar of Cool: Basketball Invented

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    On December 1, 1891, Dr. James B. Naismith invented basketball, making today the 123rd birthday of the sport! Dr. Naismith was a Canadian-American doctor and physical education teacher. While working at the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts, Naismith was asked to come up with a sport that could be played indoors in winter, and came up with […]