Science, as a body of knowledge as we know it today, is remarkably young, not more than a few hundred years old. And what we know also as science largely relates to the facts and explanations of everyday life. There is a need to examine what constitutes science as a process, the discipline of doing science. What are those elements of study and practice that distinguish science as an endeavour? What are the social dynamics that influence the practice of science? What are the limits of science itself? These are questions that have to be considered by a student of science. Science is also often understood as learning science as a subject and this involves the teaching and learning science and the pedagogy that must be adopted to develop a scientific bent of mind and to prepare the learner for doing science. This is a portal for students and teachers to understand and share resources on both these areas.
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1: Pedostibes tuberculosus, Ghatophryne ornata, Duttaphrynus melanostictus, Hylarana sp., Hylarana sp., Clinotarsus curtipes
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Each of these images is cropped from a macro image of a live frog photographed in the wild.
None of them were harmed.
Tiktaalik roseae - Between fish and land animal
Tiktaalik is a new species that was disovered in 2006 that has fish like features and features like a land animal. They have features of fish as well as tretrapods. Several fossils have been discovered of this fish. An extant fish Alligator Gar resembles the Tiktaalik most. Click here for more details.
Why the platypus will never have a stomach
Researchers have found that the animals without stomachs have completely lost the complex genes required for gastric digestion. Click here to read more.
Hexagonal North Pole of Saturn
There is a hexagonal cloud over the North Pole of Saturn. This was first discovered in 1980s and astronomers are trying to understand why this is happening. Click here to read more.
Francis Crick and Thomas Watson - physicist and ornithologist - made one of the most important discoveries of molecular biology in the last century. They discovered the structure of the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) the repository of genetic material.
While the structure of the constituents itself was known, it took several scientists to discover the framework. While Watson and Crick were awarded the Nobel Prize for proposing the double helix model of the DNA - described by molecular biologists as sublimely beautiful, another biophysicist Rosalind Franklin made several crucial discoveries of the DNA including one of the forms of the double helix. Her X-ray crystallography images provided the crucial links and inputs for formulation of a helical model. Rosalind Franklin died before the announcement of the Nobel Prize and her contribution to the discovery of the DNA remained known only to molecular biologists and geneticists.
The exhibition has been conducted in Bangalore Rural, Mandya and Uttara Kannada. For more details click here.
Content analysis of 9th science textbook
Content analysis of 9th standard science textbook. Event is taking place in Bagalkote on July 20, 2013. Sanjeev Kumar Isaraddi will be conducting the event as Resource Person.
Biology Olympiad Exposure Camp
This is an exposure camp on biology experiments and theory for the Biology Olympiad and will be held between September 4 - 6, 2013 at Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education. For more details click here.
An online course in classical mechanics from MIT eDX
This course is offered on eDX and is taught by legendary Professor Walter Lewin. He brings Physics alive with his demonstrations and makes the learner appreciate the beauty of Physics. Online course starts on September 9 2013. More details are available here.
The International Junior Science Olympiad
The IJSO is an annual competition for children under 15 years of age in science. This is held in December every year in one of the participating countries and will be held in Pune in December 2013. For more details click here.
Click here for mind maps, activities, video and multimedia resources for science lessons in Class 9.The resources have been developed to help build conceptual understanding and have been arranged according to the chapters in the textbook.